Dean Baker once thought Obama’s New Deal was a good idea. Dean Baker eventually read, thought, understood what a mess the Obama New Deal is and pulled his support:
However, after further thought and conversations with people around Washington (first and foremost, Nancy Altman, the co-director of Social Security Works), I have become convinced that this deal would be a disaster. Paul Krugman does a nice job laying out the limited benefits of the stimulus, but my greater concern is what happens to Social Security in this story. Effectively, this deal would give us a permanent two-percentage point reduction in the payroll tax in a Washington climate very hostile to Social Security.
Krugman and Baker are greatly respected by Democrats. But we are tired of them. They supported Obama and continue to try to support the boob. Why would it ever take anyone who is “smart” more than a nanosecond to figure out that what is right for Obama is not right for America?
Krauthammer should know that Obama is indeed a great bargainer and wily buyer and seller – but only when it comes to his own personal advancement. Witness today’s just in time for Christmas stocking stuffers publicity stunt in which Obama reads a book to children. Unlike Bush the book Obama read is not about pet goats. Obama is much shrewder when it comes to self-promotion. Barack Obama instead chose to read a book written by… himself.
It's Friday, movie post night. I was asked about documentaries.
Netflix offers a lot of Nature and Discovery and Frontline documentaries that you can stream. I'm rarely interested. But this week, heeding my e-mails, I watched two documentaries.
The one I thought I'd love was a bust. "Collapse" was about Michael Ruppert and his theories, feelings and hunches. I thought this would be a nail biter instead it was a yawn enducer. And when making a film that's supposed to scare, you should probably build to the scare. Instead, it's all over the top including Rupper's 'line readings.' I was very, very dsiappointed.
I didn't think I'd like "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work." That was a great documentary. Joan's 75 in the film and she's Joan Rivers but hasn't had 'heat' in a bit and the bookings aren't coming in the way she's used to. She's also working on a play that she ends up nixing after success in one area and mixed reviews in London. It works because Joan holds nothing back. You may think, "I hate her!" but you won't think, "I'm bored!"
I don't hate Joan Rivers. I think she's funny. I love "The Girl Most Likely To . . ." and she wrote that. And I'd love to see "Rabbit Test" which I think she directed (Billy Crystal gets pregnant). I love her in Spaceballs.
She's funny, no question.
But I think the film holds you regardless of your opinion of Joan Rivers.
It's a classic and one I recommend strongly.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"