I have news for Obama - he just lost the only votes that would have kept him in the White House in 2012 and his approval rating proves it - it's been dropping steadily each time the country learned he'd given in on something again. I expect if the vote goes through on Reid's plan - which means even hard-core Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, who said she'd never vote for anything that touched The Big Three or maintained the ridiculous tax cuts on the wealthy - will vote for it - then President's approval rating will end up in the basement - where it belongs.
America was behind him on his stance - his promise not to sacrifice the elderly, the disabled, and the middle class, and now it appears he's given in on all of it. He's also showed his yellow streak by refusing to consider using Section 4 on Sunday at 1am to avoid all this crap. Yes, it would have been trouble for him; resulted in legal issues, but the country would have moved on, the debt ceiling raised, the budget safe. And in the end, even with a predominately right wing Supreme Court, it would have been easy to prove the danger the US faced if nothing was done at all, which was his only true choice in the face of the Republicans refusal to budge in the middle of something they manufactured.
Right now, the Republicans deserve America - they deserve the Presidency in 2012 - and America deserves them.
A Sci-Fi movie
"In a lovely, sun-dappled room, Oliver Stone sits in front of his computer, his mind whirling with ideas for his newest movie; his foray into Science Fiction - or so he thinks. Originally, his script had been entitled 2012, but with that title taken, he's been forced to change it to January 22, which represents the Presidential inauguration date for 2013. In his film, America sees its black President defeated by its first female president. He's spent a great deal of time on the name for the new President and finally settled on Monica Sara Butler, a member of the newest Party - which in the movie has split from the Republican Party to create an official Tea Party.
As he stares at the black letters, stark against the white of his Word program, he sees a world where "Small Government" is represented by a photo of King Kong. In his script, President Butler, who's been blessed with a Tea Party majority in both her Houses *Oliver nods happily at his homage to Shakespeare* disbands the Environmental Protective Agency in her first week. She then goes on to sign SB 1170A, the bill that not only gives life back to DADT, but adds stronger punishments for anyone in the military who is found to be gay. Penalties like, life in a military prison."
"His mind races on...to President Butler's second month in office when she signs a bill that makes all abortions, no matter the reason, illegal, and makes it a crime for any physician to perform one. When the bill is challenged, the Supreme Court upholds it, thus reversing Roe v. Wade. Unlike earlier times when abortions were illegal, the new bill penalizes both the woman and the medical staff with a minimum penalty of 5 years in prison for the woman seeking (or receiving) the abortion and 25 years to life for any doctor who performs one (and any staff involved in helping, receiving 5-15 years in prison). By December 31st of 2013, there are no public schools left as, in the almost year preceding the date, all schools and/or districts were 'put up for sale' to Charter 'companies' with over 70% taken over by the Christian Charter Association, a corporation with stockholders, formed by the Tea Party before they split from the Republicans. However, when SAT scores begin dropping drastically by mid-2014, President Butler signs a new law that provides monetary incentives for pupil performance, incentives that go to the corporation and its stockholders in the form of huge bonuses (as opposed to going to the teaching staff, who no longer have unions, thanks to SB1202, which made unions, both public and private, illegal).
"In the script, initially, America is thrilled when SB1202 brings tons of corporate work back to the US from third world countries. Without unions ensuring fair pay and fair treatment, corporations could once again manufacturer in the US. Unfortunately, since the minimum wage was also one of the first laws President Butler and Congress did away with, American workers find themselves making the same money the third world country employees were making. But there's an initial ray of hope: their President promised that even without unions, their pay would be higher because she did away with all "Entitlement Programs" so their checks would be much closer to the gross amount than ever before (after all, no more money taken out for Social Security, unemployment insurance, (since unemployment was also considered an "Entitlement Program"), SSD, and Worker's Compensation, etc. and since The Tea Party platform promised a flat tax rate for everyone - with no loopholes (which was the primary reason Butler was elected) the only thing taken out of their checks was their flat rate (this was decided so as to end any kind of filing of Income Taxes. The IRS was, naturally, disbanded, causing the unemployment rate to rise about 10.8%). Of course, the flat rate turned out to be 26% of an employees wage, which, for checks that were now so small anyway - turned out to be a big chunk and considering that ALL states were now taxing employees, and that the percentage changed from state to state, some had as much as 50% of their payroll check dollars deducted, while the lowest combined deduction was 30%.
"In the new America under President Butler, the top 10% of wage earners were exempt from the flat tax rate as it was determined that top wage earners were usually business owners and, by exempting them, President Butler explained to America that this would create even more jobs, but as Americans soon learned, it only created higher bonuses for the top elite in the businesses. As for corporations, they too were mostly exempt from taxes, especially if they had any government contracts (like corporations that specialized in providing paid soldiers); ran the Medicare Voucher program, or provided personal retirement plans since SS was no longer available - but they were also offered incentives for performance, much like the Charter schools.
"Oliver sighed and sat back, stretched a bit, took a sip of now tepid coffee, and decided to take a break from writing. His dogs were restless and needed a run - and so did he. Putting the script out of his mind for bit, he got up, whistled for the dogs, leashed them, and headed outside to catch the last bit of the day before the sun set and it would be time to get back to his script. Maybe he'd call Steven Spielberg for some advice...."
End Part 1