FIAF – Thursday Edition v. III

Leaving for a little weekend get-away tonight, so FIAF is moved up a day.

So, let’s get started, I’ve got packing to do.

Democrats are not serious about the budget. I know, you’re shocked.

Democrats, on the other hand, have now gone 750 days without passing a budget in the Senate, and Sen. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.), the budget-committee chairman, has remained steadfastly aloof regarding his plans to move forward.

750 days. At issue? Well, the socialist factions of the Democrat party want to raise taxes. Of course. The moderates, who worry about reelection, want to cut spending. Democrats want to simply demonize whatever the Republicans recommend.

Republicans argue that Democratic dysfunction can be attributed to the panic that often sets in when one side realizes it is losing the fight. Basically, Democrats are still struggling to reconcile the public’s demand for spending restraint — voiced emphatically in the 2010 midterms — with their intractable aversion to the idea. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, sums up their dilemma as follows: “They cannot bring forth a budget their members support that the American people will support, and they understand that. . . . And they’ve got a big problem.”

And leading the unseriousness? Obama in reelection mode.

“[The Ryan plan is] a vision that says America can’t afford to keep the promise we’ve made to care for our seniors. It says that ten years from now, if you’re a 65-year-old who’s eligible for Medicare, you should have to pay nearly $6,400 more than you would today.”

Liberal “Agenda Project” demonstrates how Paul Ryan wants to push grammy from a cliff in their relentless pursuit to “build a powerful, intelligent, well connected political movement capable of identifying and advancing rational, effective ideas in the public debate”.

Harry Reid is leading the “least deliberative ‘greatest deliberative body’ in the World.

As the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid bears special responsibility for failing to direct attention to the central challenges of our time. His floor strategy seems to be focused on saving Democrats more than democracy. I would relish a debate on tax earmarks, spending cuts and competing budgets (if there were competing budgets), yet the votes he seems most interested in scheduling — such as tax breaks for big oil companies — are designed for short-term political gain rather than long-term deficit reduction.


Most transparent administration EVA!™ doesn’t allow experienced reporters to question the president. He hasn’t faced questions from pool reporters since April 5th.

The White House notes that Obama likes to do sit down interviews, most recently his softball hitting practice session with Steve Kroft of CBS.

Yea, I bet he does.

But this approach denies the country a regular view of the president’s thinking and avoids the diversity of questioning he might get at a regular or mini-news conferences. He’s also not forced to think so much on his feet during the one-on-ones, since he takes more time to prepare for the interview, which is often focused on a particular topic.

Obama also talks to a lot of local interviewers, who are often intimidated or just gentler than national correspondents and ask questions about local stuff. These are sessions are, more than anything, tools to get the president on TV in local markets in states he needs to win in 2012.

They control the press.

Don’t forget, the Rapture is this weekend. So, I’m assuming I’ll see most of you here on Monday, right?

Now, for the video. My son tells me the awesome news that QOTSA age coming out with a new album. YEA. Joyous day. So, with that in mind, I give you this

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