President Obama vows to veto efforts to shortcut Deficit Supercommittee’s failure trigger

Republicans are talking about passing legislation to shortcut the automatic spending triggers built in to the Deficit Reduction Supercommittee’s failure to come up with a plan. President Obama is having none of it. From this afternoon:

Good afternoon. As you all know, last summer I signed a law that will cut nearly $1 trillion of spending over the next 10 years. Part of that law also required Congress to reduce the deficit by an additional $1.2 trillion by the end of this year.

In September, I sent them a detailed plan that would have gone above and beyond that goal. It’s a plan that would reduce the deficit by an additional $3 trillion, by cutting spending, slowing the growth of Medicare and Medicaid, and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.

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Pretend Democrats Patrick Caddell & Douglas Schoen say President Obama must not run in 2012

Only on Fox News and the pages of the Wall Street Journal are PUMA-inciters Douglas Schoen and Patrick Caddell considered “Democrats”. Nevertheless, Fox and the WSJ trot them out from time to time to show the world that there is disharmony in the ranks of liberals and Democrats. The fact is, however, despite their resumes, these two are no more Democrats than my cat Spooky (who is pretty Libertarian, just sayin’…)

The latest effluvient from these two is an editorial in the WSJ today saying that there is no way that President Barack Obama can govern when he wins in 2012 so the president should just step aside right now and let the real leader of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton take center stage.…

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder disses current GOP candidates for president

Apparently Michigan Governor Rick Snyder didn’t get the memo. From a Mackinac Center-sponsored event a couple of weeks ago, here is the Governor speaking about keynote speaker Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels during his introduction:

But when people were talking about people that should run for president, Gov. Daniels … really would have been an outstanding candidate. Again, I’ll be blunt, compared with some of the people running today, (he would have been) head and shoulders above them.

Take that Mitt, Herman, Rick, Rick, Michele, Newt, Jon and Ron!…

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden booed by NASCAR fans

After receiving a standing ovation from drivers during a pre-race drivers meeting on Sunday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden were unceremoniously booed at NASCAR’s final race of the year at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The two women were there honor military men and women and their families and to draw further attention to the companies who have stepped up to hire returning vets and their spouses as part of the Joining Forces initiative.

Here is a snippet of the First Lady’s comments on Sunday.

We know you guys are moms out there — moms and dads juggling it all alone while someone is deployed.…
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Mich Republicans to use “imaginary wages” and “imaginary pensions” to reduce workers’ compensation benefits

You have to hand it to the Republicans in the Michigan legislature. Just when you think it’s not possible for them to kick the 99% in the face any more ruthlessly, they go and prove you wrong. Their current targets are workers who are injured on the job and the creative ways they are coming up with the reduce workers’ compensation benefits will stagger your mind.

So far this year the legislature has passed bills to raise your taxes and tax your pensions…now they want to take away money you don’t even have!

House Bill 5002, passed by the House and now in Senate Committee, would cut worker compensation benefits by wages you don’t earn at a job you don’t have.

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Paul Scott is officially FIRED by the citizens of Michigan

And so it is done.

An election board Friday certified results from a recall election that removes a Republican state lawmaker from office.

Rep. Paul Scott of Grand Blanc was removed from the Legislature by 233 votes out of more than 24,000 ballots cast in a Nov. 8 election. The Board of State Canvassers certified the results in a meeting at the state Capitol.

Republicans say they won’t challenge the outcome and instead will focus on the special election to replace Scott, scheduled for Feb. 28.

Good riddance, Mr. Scott.

By the way, Scott was removed by a slender 233 vote margin.…

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Sugar Law Center lecture & fundraiser a rousing success, Emergency Manager plaintiffs honored

On Wednesday this week, the Sugar Law Center held their annual reception and fundraiser called “ESSENTIAL: Advocacy for Community Justice”. The event started with the first annual Leonard Grossman Memorial Lecture given by civil rights attorney Michael L. Pitt.

Michael L. Pitt

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From the lecture program:

Michael Pitt has earned a nationwide reputation as a litigator and in employment and civil rights cases. He is also widely known as a civil rights advocate who has taken on enormous challenges and won.…
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Mich Supreme Court: Okay to tax seniors’ pensions but not raise taxes on the wealthy

The Detroit Free Press characterizes a move by the Michigan Supreme Court as a “victory” for Governor Rick Snyder. The reality is that it is a solid defeat for the 99% and a “victory” for the 1%. The Michigan Supremes basically said it’s okay to tax seniors’ pensions but not okay to raise taxes on the 1%.

A divided Michigan Supreme Court has given the green light to the extension of Michigan’s 4.35% personal income tax to pensions, one of the cornerstones of the Gov. Rick Snyder-led overhaul of the state tax system that was approved amidst partisan rancor earlier this year.…
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