I'm not at all happy about President Obama caving in to the Republicans and their definition of compromise on giving tax breaks to those who make over $250,000 a year.
Another campaign promise broken, that's how I see it.
What he and the Republicans he's in bed with don't understand is that those wealthy individuals would still have been getting the tax break on their first $250,000 of income, like everybody else, but they wouldn't be getting the special treatment on their additional income. And 80 per cent of Americans agree that they should not be getting the tax cut.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is threatening to filibuster the measure, and I say go for it.
Even if it delays the defense bill that includes Don't Ask Don't Tell and everything else in the lame duck session.
And I don't want to hear any complaints from progressives or Democrats or gays or anybody else because the fault of the matter lies with you. By not exciting your voters and getting them out to the polls in November, you empowered the Republicans and virtually assured the nation that nothing progressive or positive will happen during this session or the next two years.
The President and the Republicans are wanting to add $900 billion to the deficit. I'm not a deficit hawk by any means, and it wasn't high on my list of priorities going into the 2010 elections. But that's all the Republicans were talking about, and then the hypocrites turn around and sponsor a measure that adds $900 billion, and bring the president along with them (so they can later blame him for increasing the deficit even further).
Giving those tax breaks to the rich do nothing to stimulate the economy. I mean, these are tax breaks the rich have had for 10 years and they did nothing to help the economy during that time, so what makes them think they will help during the next two years?
Well, today is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death.
We old hippies and others still imagine the world as a better place, and have faith that someday we will get there. Just not as quickly as we hoped.
Here's Lennon's song "Imagine," performed on the show "Glee," by members of a choral group from a school for the deaf who were invited to the Glee school to practice and perform, and joined by some of the regulars on the show. Bet you've not seen the song performed in this manner.