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I've seen the Trust Fund and it is

not very impressive.

Some years ago, probably around the start of W's second term, PBS did a program on his brief campaign to privatize Social Security--just in time for us to have diverted our payroll withholdings into securitized sub primes.

At one point in the program they tried to make things more visual by showing the Fund. It was easy. It wasn't a room full of gold bars, or thousand dollar bills. Just a couple of filing cabinets about 4 feet by two feet.

Obama to propose social security cuts in the SOTU

according to Robert Kuttner, via destor.

I'm almost without exception a defender of Obama here.  Not on this one if Kuttner is right.  Not just no but damn no.  In spades.  With bells on.

Hey, we just killed Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Anybody notice?

This is a great achievement. Where's the applause?  Where's the commendations for Barack and Harry and Nancy?

We are in full throat here when expressing our disapproval of some Administration fault or failure. And rightly so. But this great victory seems to have been welcomed with a resounding ho hum.

Is it more fun to punish someone?  To write a stinging post dwelling on Barack's failure(s)?  Or some other targets?

Don't ask, don't tell is in the process of being repealed

Wonderful. Finally  joining  the world's other normal countries. "Exceptional" no longer in this regard.

The vote to limit debate was 63 to 33 with six republicans joining 57 democrats: the 4  announced before :Collins, Snowe, Brown(Mass) and Murkowski plus two additional ones Kirk and Voinevitch.

The formal vote on repeal  is to come later, sounds like this afternoon.

It's a good day.

My cardiologist has a patient who's

chief of staff for a well known  Congressman  . Told him  she supported Obama and wanted to root for Obamacare , and had read the bill.

 And couldn't understand it.,

He replied, neither could he.

Corporate myths.

1. Corporate ceo' s are changing how they run their companies in order to defeat Obama in 2012.

Get him out of there

In 1960 Bobby Kennedy was addressing a lunch/rally in Cincinnati  when in the middle of some comments about the impact of religious prejudice on Jack's campaign.  His voice broke and he began crying. 

Palin will win in 2012

She'll.........

Sweep the primaries leaving a gaggle of standard issue republican polls in her dust.

Pick an establishment running mate. Patraeus anyone?

Acquit herself fine in debates with Obama. I've seen the tapes of her Alaskan gubernatorial debates. She won. Informed, sensible , sell assured. And

The Reps can't defund Obamacare

by itself.

We know what Gingrich did. They won't repeat that.

They could try and do a mini version of that by eliminating the funding for  a specific department but I think they'd get a mini version of the Gingrich reaction

Otherwise the House,by itself,can't reach down within a department and order some specific action.

Obamacare/Obamamessage

Had an appointment Wednesday with a doc who's a democrat.Very interested in politics, very smart. Husband is a reporter for the Times and one of her patients is the chief of staff of a well known very liberal dem.

The doc told the C.O. S. she had studied the health care bill and is unable to understand it. The chief of staff said neither could he.

Obama's perhaps fatal flaw is too much Adlai Stevenson and too little Ross Perot.  

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