Apr 10 2011

Punting the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Punting the Punditsis an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

Not one real economist from the left to critique the budget. Stay in bed

This Week with Christiane Amanpour: Ms. Amanpour’s guests Republican Congressman Mike Pence and Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen debate the serious budget crisis facing America. The roundtable with George Will, interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile, Chrystia Freeland of Thomson-Reuters and National Journal’s Ron Brownstein discuss the budget deal.

Christiane Amanpour has a the Sunday exclusive interview with Academy Award-winning director and actor Robert Redford.

Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: Mr. Schieffer’s guests Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Vice Chair, Democratic Conference and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee debating the budget battles.

The Chris Matthews Show: This week’s guests Gloria Borger, CNN Senior Political Analyst, Michael Gerson, The Washington Post Columnist, John Harris, Politico Editor-in-Chief and Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Columnist will give their opinions on these questions:

Will Republicans’ deep cut proposals hurt their chances in 2012?

Will his birther argument help or hurt Donald Trump In Republican primaries?

Meet the Press with David Gregory: Mr. Gregory will have exclusive interviews with Budget Committee Chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the president’s senior adviser and former 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe.

The Roundtable guests Chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics, Tim Shriver; host of CNBC’s “Mad Money” Jim Cramer; the New York Times White House Corresopndent Helene Cooper; and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director, Chuck Todd discussing the president’s leadership and the 2012 landscape.

State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Ms. Crowley iintervies White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe, the Senate’s number two Democrat, Dick Durbin and the vice-chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Republican Jeb Hensarling of Texas.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will join her to discuss the ongoing protests and upheaval in the Middle East and billionaire, Donald Trump to talk nonsense.

Fareed Zakaris: GPS: Fareed gives his take on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and has an exclusive interview with one of America’s elder statesmen, James Baker on the US budget and foreign policy

Matt Taibbi: Tax Cuts for the Rich on the Backs of the Middle Class; or, Paul Ryan Has Balls

Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s latest entrant in the seemingly endless series of young, prickish, over-coiffed, anal-retentive deficit Robespierres they’ve sent to the political center stage in the last decade or so, has come out with his new budget plan. All of these smug little jerks look alike to me – from Ralph Reed to Eric Cantor to Jeb Hensarling to Rand Paul and now to Ryan, they all look like overgrown kids who got nipple-twisted in the halls in high school, worked as Applebee’s shift managers in college, and are now taking revenge on the world as grownups by defunding hospice care and student loans and Sesame Street. They all look like they sleep with their ties on, and keep their feet in dress socks when doing their bi-monthly duty with their wives.

Every few years or so, the Republicans trot out one of these little whippersnappers, who offer proposals to hack away at the federal budget. Each successive whippersnapper inevitably tries, rhetorically, to out-mean the previous one, and their proposals are inevitably couched as the boldest and most ambitious deficit-reduction plans ever seen. Each time, we are told that these plans mark the end of the budgetary reign of terror long ago imposed by the entitlement system begun by FDR and furthered by LBJ.

Scarecrow at FDL: Obama DemoPods Feed Tea-GOP Zombies, Keep Washington Monument Open

You would think that a sentient President of the United States would be embarrassed, ashamed, and contrite after one of the more mindless and destructive governmental performances in years. Nope. Not the President who foolishly believes the federal government needs to tighten its belt because he’s clueless about the difference between families and the federal government. Has there ever been a Democratic President more befuddled about what leadership requires?

Having locked his own DemaPod Party into voting to slash $38 billion for their own programs, Mr. Obama didn’t apologize. Instead he thought it was a moment to make another speech urging you to visit the Washington Monument, as though he were George Bush telling you to visit Disneyland. Why anyone would want to watch this spectacle of a government and party betraying their followers and making fools of themselves from the top of the Washington Monument escapes me.

Robert Reich: Why the Right-Wing Bullies Will Hold The Nation Hostage Again and Again

When I was a small boy I was bullied more than most, mainly because I was a foot shorter than than everyone else. The demanded the cupcake my mother had packed in my lunchbox, or, they said, they’d beat me up. After a close call in the boy’s room, I paid up. Weeks later, they demanded half my sandwich as well. I gave in to that one, too. But I could see what was coming next. They’d demand everything else. Somewhere along the line I decided I’d have a take a stand. The fight wasn’t pleasant. But the bullies stopped their bullying.

I hope the President decides he has to take a stand, and the sooner the better. Last December he caved in to Republican demands that the Bush tax cut be extended to wealthier Americans for two more years, at a cost of more than $60 billion. That was only the beginning – the equivalent of my cupcake.

Steve Benen: The Next Bite At The Apple

No one wants to hear this, but there are three moments for a budget crisis in 2011: wrapping up the current fiscal year, extending the debt limit, and next year’s budget. The first was wrapped up last night, and as ridiculous as this may sound, it was arguably the easiest of the three.

Last weekend, when the outcome of this week’s budget debate was still in doubt, a Republican congressional aide told Roll Call, “This is going to be nothing compared to the debt limit.” Or, as Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) told CNN yesterday, “The debt ceiling is going to be Armageddon.”

Last night, almost immediately after the agreement was announced, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed his satisfaction — and then mentioned the fight over the debt limit.

Oh, good.

John Nichols: No Shutdown, But a Lot of Sellouts

If you had asked Franklin Roosevelt or Harry Truman or John Kennedy or Lyndon Johnson or Jimmy Carter or even Bill Clinton what Democrats would defend in a fight over the future of government, there’s no real question that funding for housing, public transportation, community development programs and safe air travel would be high on the list.

Yet, in order to achieve the Friday night deal that averted a government shutdown — for a week and, potentially, longer if an anticipated agreement is cobbled together and agreed to — all of those programs took serious hits.

Peterr at FDL: user Lessons in Negotiations from Marian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday April 9, 2011

Watching the news last night hurt.

President Obama’s remarks on the budget agreement with the GOP included this signature line: “Like any worthwhile compromise, both sides had to make tough decisions and give ground on issues that were important to them.  And I certainly did that.”

Yes, Mr. President, you certainly did. Nobody can “give ground” on important issues like you can. (See Iraq, the public option, Dawn Johnsen, . . .)

It wasn’t always like this in DC. Once upon a time, there were folks there who took on entrenched opponents with creativity and passion. And they won.

Eighty-two Seventy-two years ago today, the renowned Marian Anderson gave a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. That wasn’t where she originally wanted to sing, but that’s where the concert ended up.

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