Saturday, December 04, 2010

NASA Discovers New Life: Arsenic Bacteria With DNA Completely Alien To What We Know

Please pass the elderberry wine.

Friday, December 03, 2010


One, not verified, letting the tax cuts for the rich expire on schedule provides as much deficit reduction as all of the Simpson-Bowles proposals.

Republican claims that expiration of these hurts small business hiring is a great exaggeration. Only 3% of small businesses might be affected. Also, taxes are only on profits and the decision to hire is based on expectation of increased profit, not tax rates.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Democrats Fear Obama Will Cave On Tax Cut

Given the history of the President's negotiating tactics, this fear is well founded. He has seemed to think it wise to give the Republicans concessions at the start (e.g.. no public option, stimulus tax cuts), expecting in return reciprocal action or at least good faith bargaining . He gets neither.

This hardly the hard core "Chicago style" politics, Republicans complain about. I hope that the President has finally learned that the Republicans will only work, even to the country's detriment, to bring Obama down, denying him a second term.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Deficit Commission Report Proposes Higher Retirement Age, Tax Cuts For Wealthy

Fix the deficit by reducing tax revenues, lowering taxes on the wealthy? Whose idea was this, Ronald Reagan?