Here’s a comment predicting the political future given the Republicans’ take over of both branches of congress:

Mary Ann & Ken Bergman Ashland, OR 3 hours ago
Now that Republicans fully control both houses of Congress, the chances increase that they’ll overreach in their zealous fervor to do everything they can to make President Obama a failure. There will be bills passed that they know the President will veto. There will be further blockage of his executive and judiciary appointments. And there will be a raft of Congressional hearings on the “scandals,” real or imagined, of the Obama administration. They may play their game of bluff over the federal budget, even though they’ll likely get the blame if the government is shut down. If certain Republicans have their way, there will be impeachment proceedings, even though Republicans don’t have the necessary two-thirds of the Senate in their pocket. It’s going to be a time of high theater, although little if any legislation is likely to be enacted.

So the President is wise to act, to the extent that he can, to carry out needed actions by executive orders. Unfortunately, they’re likely to be challenged in the courts, effectively tying them up for months or years in the legal process. The Republicans will use every means at their disposal to prevent the Obama administration from moving forward on important issues.

The level of mean-spiritedness of today’s Republicans is likely to become even more apparent to the public and turn them off. But Democrats are not faultless; they need to push progressive programs that help all of us, and stop being “Republican-Lite.”

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It will be interesting to look at this a year from now and see how things turned out.

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Does this summarize his column today?
Those who pull themselves up by their own bootstraps are the good guys and deserve their rewards, while the rest are just the takers like Romney’s 47%. Brooks didn’t say this but this is essentially the interpretation given by many of the commenters, and I agree.

Racism won. Obstructionism won. But we’ll see how they do now! Watch for the backlash, GOP! Here’s a good comment by Brian of NYC in the NYT:

“This is the absolute best thing that could have happened. This is the end of the GOP as we know it.

The next two years will see Repubs having to do what they are institutionally against: making government work. Watch. The dog has been chasing the car for so long it no longer has any idea what to do besides bark. This places Democrats in perfect position for 2016. The next two years will be a circus as the extremist GOP agenda will be forced into broad daylight for all to see. Obama’s power of veto will ensure that their social and economic goals won’t take us back to the middle ages, so I’m not worried about them doing any lasting damage.

This isn’t a win for them. This is a short term set-back against progress that will arouse the disgust of the American public. In the meantime, it will be good fun watching them try to throw a ball they’ve spent the past four years trying to deflate.”

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Here’s what I wrote on that day, mis-spellings and all:
“This is one of those days I shall always remember — D Day. The invasion of western Europe has finally begun between the towns of Le Harve, Cherbourg and extending down the penninsula. This day marks the most terrific and the most men used in one attact in the history of the World!! Thousands of airoplanes were used and it is said that more bombs were dropped today than in the entire 6 months of bombing by the Germans on London.”

RLS is a trusted commenter Virginia 11 hours ago

Here’s my list, Charles: We are running out of time on dealing with global warming. We need fair trade, not so-called free trade. We need to join the rest of the civilized world and guarantee health care as a right. We need to expand Social Security. We are undermining public education with the Race to the Top initiative. We need to rein in the NSA and the military-industrial complex. We need more stimulus, not austerity. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage ($15). We need to strengthen labor rights legislation. We need to return to a progressive tax code and end corporate tax loopholes. We need to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuel companies, agribusiness, and other corporate welfare. We will have another financial crisis if Wall Street reforms are not strengthened. We need a financial transaction tax to curb speculation; the new revenue should be used to fund valuable public investments in infrastructure, clean energy, research and education, creating millions of jobs. We need to close Guantanamo Bay. We need to end the drone attacks that are killing innocent civilians and creating a new generation of terrorists. And on and on and on.

When candidates in both parties are raising big sums of money it is clear that their allegiance lies with the wealthy donors who fund their campaigns. We will not solve the many problems that the country faces unless we elect more progressives like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and move to public financing of elections.

Matthew Carnicelli is a trusted commenter Brooklyn, New York

“If it’s politically impossible to do what’s needed, Democrats should at least make the case for stimulus and indulge no illusions that there is some other way to turn conditions around. ”

Exactly. Make the case forcefully – even if they have to buy blocks of time on prime time network television, the way Ross Perot did in the early-mid 1990s.

Hammer your point home again, and again, and again – taking great pains to systematically demolish the talking points of the austerity hawks and the misinformation machine that fuels them.

And then make the mid-term elections a referendum on the kind of nation we want to become – a neo-feudal banana republic, dominated by corrupt, decaying elites like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson; or an economically vibrant democratic republic, in which social and economic mobility is not some fading dream, but a promise to be realized by every new generation of Americans.

I can’t make up my mind as to whether to use the Windows 7 computer I bought for $200, or just get an iMac for $1299. On cost alone the choice should be obvious! But going back a number of years I’ve dreamed of getting a Mac some day. The wonderful Windows XP (SP3) operating system I’ve had for many years is going to be abandoned by Microsoft in April so I have to make a decision. Some say one can keep Windows XP and protect it by using Sandboxie. I read this on Bleeping Computer. But I’m not sure I should go that route. Well, perhaps I should look into it. But I’d still be stuck with my $200 Windows 7 computer, keyboard and mouse. I’d need to get a monitor but that would be less than $100 for a 17 inch. Just can’t make up my mind.

This morning I read the opinion piece in the New York Times by Charles M. Blow, and then I read the most recommended comments to his article. The two comments which really say it all, in my opinion, are the following:

Karen Garcia New Paltz, NY
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Lost in the circular blame game media hype of the GOP vs the White House vs. the contractors vs. HHS are an estimated 30 million people who’ll still be uninsured even if the website worked like a charm from Day One. This includes the 8 million desperately poor people deliberately barred from expanded Medicaid in GOP-controlled states.

These same 30 million are joining nearly 20 million others who, starting Friday, will have their SNAP benefits cut by an average of $32 a month for a family of three. That’s a week’s worth of thrifty meals. And since most Food Stamp households contain children, it kind of does bring the political malpractice up to the level of felony-grade child abuse.

The looming cuts don’t even factor in the $4 billion already agreed to by the full Senate. That’s peanuts, compared to the $40 billion the clinical sadists of the House GOP want to inflict, just to hold up poor people as Old Testament pariahs deserving of scorn.

So where’s the outrage over the deliberate slow starvation of a fifth of the population? Where’s the anger over the fact that half of all public school children now live below the poverty line, and that a third of all adults are deemed officially poor in the “one exceptional nation?” How about the insanity of both parties even discussing chained CPI for retirees when the level of extreme elder poverty jumped another 16% in the last year alone?

A website glitch is the least of it. Where are the jobs? Where’s the humanity?
Oct. 30, 2013 at 9:41 p.m.REPLY

gemli Boston
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Obamacare may have had some start-up woes and missteps, but I don’t know of any major government initiative that was devoid of implementation problems, or that depended so heavily on a complex Web roll-out. Whatever this says about assigning blame and the subsequent hazing of Mr. Obama, it says one thing very clearly about Republicans: they can attack this plan with impunity because they had absolutely nothing to do with it. Their contribution to the health care discussion has been to obstruct it, and to say that the American people don’t want affordable health care.

Republicans have used this false austerity mantra for the last 5 years, and not because it will grow the economy. We can’t cut our way to prosperity any more than we can starve our way to full bellies. But the intention is to starve the government of revenue, close or seriously constrict social safety net programs, and obstruct any and all legislation that might reflect favorably on Mr. Obama. Hence the glee with which they pounce on the problems.

They have tried to abort Obamacare, and, failing that, have turned its birth into a breech delivery, intending to cause pain rather than pave the way for uninsured families to get health insurance. I’d like to say that they just don’t care about American families, but that would not be accurate. Their lack of care would be welcomed. What they’re doing is actively hurting millions of people for their own selfish motives.
Oct. 30, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.REPLY

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