The Morning: March 29, 2011

No, you don’t understand.  The price stays the same, you just get less:  Companies across the board are reducing the package size of food, but not the price.  They do it by making the products “greener or “healthier”.  They’re really just including less food for the same price.

Boehner and the Republicans are simply wrongWe’re not broke.  Why?  People keep buying our debt.  This doesn’t mean that we’re not in a bad place, but we’re not broke.  In fact, the U.S. economy is less likely to default than any other major economy.  It won’t the the rhetoric though.  It works because it’s seemingly easy to understand.

The President finally tells us why we went to war with Libya: He articulated well our responsibility, “There will be times, though, when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and values are. Sometimes, the course of history poses challenges that threaten our common humanity and common security – responding to natural disasters, for example; or preventing genocide and keeping the peace…”  He also took a few swings at both President Clinton (Bosnia) and Bush (Iraq, natch).  He hedged a bit when it comes to the other democracy movements (Syria, Yemen, Bahrain) saying, “I believe that this movement of change cannot be turned back, and that we must stand alongside those who believe in the same core principles that have guided us through many storms…”  The problem is, we’re not standing with all of those people.  We are choosing who we support.  Right now we’re choosing to support the government in Bahrain, which hosts our 5th Fleet, the government in Yemen, who we have worked with to fight Al Qaeda, and the government in Syria, because President Assad looks like a “reformer”.  Right now, all three countries are putting down peaceful protests with violence.  So, he got it mostly right and he finally spoke to us.

Maybe we can finally have a conversation about priorities: As reports come in that Republicans are set to reject a budget deal from the White House, it’s time to think of it as a good thing.  If the President and Congressional Democrats refuse to back down we’ll have time to really examine each proposal on it;s merits.  We can actually discuss what it means to cut certain programs and find loopholes that we might be able to close.

Again, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show get it right: This time on GE, corporate taxes, and the big fuck you they’re giving to the taxpayers.  Good thing the President made Jeff Immelt the chair of his business council.

It’s nice to see a government official, fired for being honest, stick to his guns: P.J. Crowley still thinks the treatment of P.F.C. Manning is stupid.

He’s only doing this to get us to watch the Apprentice: Donald Trump goes uber-birther and releases his birth certificate to the internet paper of record, NewsMax.

Isn’t this revolution? Tea Partiers believe that a couple states can band together and take the power to regulate health care away from the federal government.

Because AT&T is terrible: Sure, Sprint may not be opposing the AT&T/T-Mobile deal for altruistic reasons.  But they probably understand what the merger would mean for their industry, “This transaction will harm consumers and harm competition at a time when this country can least afford it.”

City folk are ruining everything: Cities account for 70% of climate changing emissions.  We have a responsibility to do something about it.

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