Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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"Trump has, thus far, made casual phone calls to the leaders of Taiwan and Pakistan, two significant countries on the world stage involved in fraught issues.

He has also casually suggested that flag burners be not merely tried as criminals, but deprived of their citizenship. He has done these things, and others, without the slightest introspection, consultation with others, knowledge of the issues, or even acknowledgment of institutional structure or constraint. And all this as president-elect, before he is even inaugurated.

These, my friends, are not the actions of a president, but those of a caudillo, asserting his power to actuate major policies on his whim, and his alone, without constraint or consideration. This is the man whose most famous line prior to his political campaign was, 'You're fired!' Or, worse than a caudillo. He is demonstrating, over and over again, that in his mind he conflates the state, and the country, with himself, and himself alone. He then hosts victory rallies and claims an overwhelming electoral victory in a country which voted by more than 2.5 million votes for his opponent over himself.

Do not trivialize this." -- Michael K.

Friday, March 27, 2009

NATE SILVER OF "FIVE THIRTY-EIGHT" EXPLAINS THE GOP BUDGET PROPOSAL




In their eagerness to answer President Obama's challenge to come up with an alternative budget, the Republican leadership unveiled their budget yesterday to a skeptical public. John Boehner tried to explain how giving more tax cuts to the top 1 percent wealthiest Americans would increase revenues, but was unable to complete his explanation due to the ear-splitting derisive laughter coming from reporters--mainstream, liberal, and conservative.

DISCLAIMER: No teleprompters were used in the reporting of this story.

UPDATE: The GOP will deliver their detailed budgetWednesday.
Wednesday, April 1.
April Fool's Day.
The GOP is now promising to deliver its budget on April Fool's Day.

5 comments:

James Wolfer said...

Wow. I just choked on my breakfast.

Time said...

It's healthy to interrupt the sometimes depressing dealings with our serious problems, with a little humor.

Lynne said...

A budget without numbers - that's precious!

Arthurstone said...

Interesting proposal from the GOP.

Much more nuanced & comprehensive than I'd supposed.

Weepy John Boehner is, as always, a marvel.

Heh. Heh.

TRUTH 101 said...

I didn't notice any funding for deregulation on there Shaw. That must be on the next installment.