Friday, March 29, 2013

Unsurprising News

(Editorial cartoon by Tom Toles and published by the Washington Post on 3/28/13.  Click on image to enlarge and then please return.)

I should be used to this by now, but I'm not.  I'm still appalled that a president elected twice to pull us out of the morass we were thrown into by a Republican administration and its owners is still catering to those who would do us in.  From the Washington Post:

Obama will have his second dinner in as many months with Senate Republicans on April 10, a White House official confirmed. The president dined earlier this month with a group of Republicans at the Jefferson Hotel, part of a charm offensive.

The new dinner is being coordinated by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). A spokesman for the senator said the president called him in the last two weeks and asked if he would like to help organize a second dinner and Isakson replied he would be happy to.

The dinner party – no location or guest list has been announced yet – will come during what will otherwise likely be a fiery week for Obama and the Republican opposition.

The president is set to release his budget that week – a package of new spending programs and tax hikes that the GOP is sure to oppose. He will also be pushing for quick progress on a bill to overhaul immigration laws and to pass legislation to try to reduce gun violence.

One question: who will foot the bill? The president paid for the Jefferson dinner, complete with Hamachi tartar appetizer and lamb acai and lobster entrees, out of his own pocket.   [Emphasis added]

I'll tell you who will foot the bill:  those of us not part of the 1%.  Whether it's lobster or hot dogs, we're the credit card without limits except when it comes to taking care of our interests.

Even if President Obama were interested in what is best for 99% of the people of this country, those who are struggling mightily to just survive, his continuous pandering to the extreme right, offering to give away anything to "make a deal", makes it unlikely that this latest dinner party will be anything other than mutual back-patting.

And we lose once again.


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