CITIZENS JUST CAUSE TROUBLE  3:46 pm January 4, 2012

Obama Installs Consumer Chief, Officially Makes Citizens ‘Consumers’

by Ken Layne

Terrible album, incredible cover art.Citing a pressing need to legally redefine Americans as “consumers” before they get any other big ideas, President Obama today appointed his choice to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The appointment bypassed the Senate, because the Republican minority there won’t allow anything but tax cuts for the rich and new War Contracts. The Senate has not officially adjourned since last year, because the GOP won’t allow that, either. So the procedural fake outrage today is about the president’s authority to make recess appointments, even though Obama is appointing someone with “bipartisan support” who has been waiting for a year to go to work. What that work will entail, however, is the formal conversion of U.S. citizens to “consumers.” Considering how quickly the rights of human citizens are being signed away by this president, perhaps it is a good thing that the American people are getting a new designation!

The Washington Post reports:

President Obama on Wednesday installed his pick to head a consumer watchdog agency on Wednesday, defiantly using his executive authority to bypass GOP lawmakers who had rejected the nomination last month.

Obama cast the move to allow Richard Cordray to begin work as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a way to protect the interests of middle-class Americans who suffered during the abuses in the financial system that led to the Great Recession of the past few years.

Poor Americans will continue to be savagely abused by the nation’s intentionally cruel society, while the richest Americans will continue to live in their own separate world, with separate sentencing laws and private jetways with no TSA gropers and basically the right to do anything they can buy their way out of. The shrinking middle class needs to be convinced that there’s a point to all of this — other than banal hassles and meaningless toil and a death prolonged by for-profit hospitals, insurers and the medical/pharmaceutical industry — and Obama’s recess appointment today is intended to show these depressed, overworked people that he cares about their Sisyphean plight.

“I will not stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people they were elected to serve,” Obama said in a speech announcing his appointment. “Not when so much is at stake. Not at this make-or-break moment for the middle class.”

He did not explicitly mention the overwhelming fear in the White House that the middle class has begun to feel affinity for the working class and the downtrodden, and that these 300 million Americans could easily overpower all the police, private security forces and military personnel combined, most likely with minimal casualties as the shaken soldiers and cops realize what side they naturally fall upon. But there was little doubt, in the fourth year of the financial collapse, that the “make-or-break moment” is less about the middle class than the continued amoral plunder and exploitation of the Earth and humanity.

Bloomberg reports:

“I am now the director and my work will be to protect American consumers,” Cordray said at the airport in Cleveland, where he was accompanying the president to a speech on the economy. “I’m going to be 100 percent focused on that.”

It was a transparent attempt to separate former Ohio attorney general Cordray’s new federal agency from the 1% which created it. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a creation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, which has sought to put a few band-aids on the hemorrhaging, beaten-to-pulp 99% — while doing almost nothing to endanger the wild gambling and ill-gotten gains of the financial elite firmly in control of both houses of Congress, the White House and especially the military/industrial empire policed by the CIA, NSA, State Department and Pentagon.

Obama made clear that this executive action to officially turn citizens into consumers should not be mistaken for any kind of Ralph Nader-style interest in actually protecting people from the deadly, life-ruining manufactured bullshit they “consume” in lieu of leading meaningful lives built upon family, community, creativity, spirituality and rewarding work. The president refused to appoint establishment liberal Elizabeth Warren to the position a year ago, fearing that her patrician concern for working people would make Wall Street uncomfortable.

The Washington Post continues:

Obama nominated Cordray to lead the bureau in July, bypassing Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren, who faced fierce opposition from Republicans concerned by her strong views on the behavior of financial firms. Warren had spent about a year setting up the bureau as interim chief.

Cordray attended the University of Chicago Law School and clerked for moderate Supreme Court Justices Byron R. White and Anthony M. Kennedy.

Hahahahah, “moderate Supreme Court justices.” Anthony Kennedy voted with William Rehnquist 92% of the time, and has been reliably pro-corporate, anti-labor and anti-environment, and “has reliably issued conservative rulings during most of his tenure.” You’ve got a friend in Cordray, consumers! Enjoy your new designation, and remember to do your part to continue propping up capitalism and empire for the sake of a few hundred billionaires, while the Earth dies. [Bloomberg/Washington Post/USA Today]

 
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BaldarTFlagass January 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I also see that he is going to recess appoint 3 peeps to the National Labor Relations Board. Ha ha, suck it Republicans!

SorosBot January 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Now, when will comments get back to normal?

BaldarTFlagass January 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

This is what happens when someone mocks Led Zeppelin, even in a measly alt-text.

Barbara_i January 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

The website is broken.

Callyson January 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Glad to hear I am not the only one having issues…

smokefillednewyear January 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

That’s a term used for the mentally ill population as well..

nounverb911 January 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Are corporations consumers too, my friends?

Texan_Bulldog January 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Looks like Barry found one of Hillary’s spare balls. Huzzah!

SorosBot January 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

And this will be the worst abuse of procedure ever, even though when Bush used recess appointments to get around the Democratic Senate blocking his appointments it was perfectly OK.

BaldarTFlagass January 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Here’s some interesting numbers on recess appointments since Reagan, on a website that isn’t all fucked up:

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/04/397589/president-obama-has-made-far-fewer-recess-appointments-than-any-recent-president/

Barbara_i January 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Sweet, Wonkette is displaying ya’ll’s e-mail addresses for us to see.

Callyson January 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

President Obama…defiantly using his executive authority to bypass GOP lawmakers
Please tell me we will see many more news articles using this phrase…please tell me this is one of many instances of President Obama fulfilling a New Year’s resolution to bust the balls of the Greedy One Percent…

BigDumbRedDog January 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

“Not when so much is at stake. Not at this make-or-break moment for the middle class.”

I can never remember. Is Obama in support of the make, or the break?

weejee January 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I see the 8 bits of raging intense power of Intense Debate’s Comadore 64s is a little slow today. Kinda like the Retuglicons in the Senate with Barry’s appointments

Callyson January 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

President Obama…defiantly using his executive authority to bypass GOP lawmakers
Please tell me that President Obama is fulfilling a New Year’s resolution, and that we will see many more news articles with this phrase for the forseeable future…

Serolf_Divad January 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I am NOT a number… I am a consumer!

mathazar January 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Is that you, number six ?

ttommyunger January 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Take a number!

C_R_Eature January 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I am not a Consumer…I am a Free Man!

Be Seeing You.

BaldarTFlagass January 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

My week would not be complete without a Ken “Glass is always half-empty” Layne.

nounverb911 January 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Corporations are consumers too, my friends.

SorosBot January 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Hey, we got the regular comments back! Sadly we've lost what I wrote about this before and I can't remember what it was; but believe me it was totally hilarious.

SorosBot January 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Things are still working slowly though. I think after Santorum was all over Wonkette last night some seeped into the system to mess things up.

weejee January 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Yer olde avatar wuz great.

SorosBot January 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

It was fun to see the squiggly-lined aliens again; I just wonder why some people were able to keep their avatars and some weren't.

Geminisunmars January 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Favoritism!

Bonzos_Bed_Time January 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Effin' one-percenters always getting to keep their avatars…

BaldarTFlagass January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Yeah, I had some classic posts in there, couple that probably would have earned 3-digit thumbs-up and kicked me up another p or 2. But I forgot them in my frustration. Dammit.

Mumbletypeg January 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Best not to try and reply if you can help it next time that glitch happens. I went to reply to a comment and, in that weird interface mode, it auto-filled my info with another user's — their personal e-mail included.
I think this has been pointed out before though, so I hope I'm not overweening in this caution. Because the user was one who had posted a comment already, I'll assume by avoiding comment within that compromised frame, one can avoid exposing one's personal info to the public at large.

smokefillednewyear January 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

That term is used for a lot of the mentally ill population as well.

jus_wonderin January 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Testing. Testing.

weejee January 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Mmm, seems the 8 bits of raging power of Intense Debates Commodore 64s is back on track and all the earlier posties are toasty.

jus_wonderin January 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

That might be best. Barb told me my email was showing. And here, all along, I thought I had it tucked up high.

weejee January 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Saw that on a couple of posts. If someone got mine are they going to be surprised.

jus_wonderin January 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Weejee, are you Barack Obama in real (non Wonkette) life? <g>

smokefillednewyear January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Show us yer email!

weejee January 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Well just a little, a.**alia@*upremecourt.***.

Barb January 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I emailed everyone who had their addresses showing, lol.

BigDumbRedDog January 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Barb, I saw your email but I didn't write it down and now I totally forgot it. Sorry I'm such a shitty stalker.

smokefillednewyear January 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I saw yours! I'll email ya if I can remember it. I only saw it for a split second.

SorosBot January 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I saw someone's – could have been yours; I'm not sure whose it was.

Barb January 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

You should have emailed them, lol.

jus_wonderin January 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I finally got to meet Barb in person sorta. It has been a lifelong dream of mine.

BaldarTFlagass January 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I didn't see anyone's email address during the "Back to the Past" interlude. I was too busy typing in my name and email address in order to comment.

♪ Gonna leave a comment like it's 1999 ♫

Monsieur_Grumpe January 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm

They should upgrade to an Amiga 100. I just happen to have one for sale. No hard drive though.

Pithaughn January 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm

or some nice stable OS2 platform.

KenLayIsAlive January 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I so do not want to see the rest of your avatar.

Nostrildamus January 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I, for one, welcome our new Consumer WatchCorn Dog Overlords.

Mumbletypeg January 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Anthony Kennedy voted with William Rehnquist 92% of the time, and has been reliably pro-corporate

Well there is some hope at least we'll see corporate ingratiation at the campaign finance level lose some steam, as state Supreme Courts move to blunt the force of SCOTUS's whims. I heard this on Democracy Now! and had to take it as the rationed morsel of good newz allotted for today, pardon my crumb-scavenging…

PalinzADummy January 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I'm so pleased and proud of MT!

Mumbletypeg January 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Indeed: "Citizens United" is feeling heat around places in Cali and NY too

PalinzADummy January 5, 2012 at 2:25 am

Yay us, man.

Schmannnity January 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Finally, the Bill of Rights can be replaced with the Uniform Commercial Code.

Huevos Ocupados January 5, 2012 at 3:43 am

I guess…just as long as the uniforms aren't polyester. Maybe a nice cotton jumpsuit like the prisoners get?

Goonemeritus January 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Mr. Layne I would like to respectfully suggest you might be in danger of being perceived as reflexively negative.

TanzbodenKoenig January 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Yea, I have a feeling Ken just gets up in the mornings, washes down last nite's whiskey with a handful of Valiums, reads the news with a grim smile before he climbs up on the chair, slips the noose around his neck and thinks about it for a minute before he climbs down with a sighing "not today" and writes us a post that brings us crashing back down to reality.

ChuckieJesus January 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm

TanzbodenKoenig speaks sooth; Herculean levels of cynicism require a medication of some sort, or a blog. Or both.

Limeylizzie January 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

You think?

OneYieldRegular January 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I hope this means I'll get back the $6 a month I used to pay to Wells Fargo just for the privilege of having a checkbook back before I deserted them for my friendly credit union.

Callyson January 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

President Obama…defiantly using his executive authority to bypass GOP lawmakers
Please tell me that Obama is fulfilling a New Year's resolution, and that we'll see many more news stories with this phrase for the foreseeable future…

GOPCrusher January 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

The Yahoo comment boards are quickly filling up with Republiklan rage over Dictator Obama.
Good thing George Bush never used a recess appointment.

BarackMyWorld January 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

So the procedural fake outrage today is about the president’s authority to make recess appointments, even though Obama is appointing someone with “bipartisan support” who has been waiting for a year to go to work.

Cries for impeachment in 3, 2, 1…

PocketsTheClown January 5, 2012 at 1:07 am

Haha special prosecutor all lined up you think? I can wait to see which flunkie gets the job of GOP Designated Patsy for Horsetrading of Senate Seats haw haw.

PalinzADummy January 5, 2012 at 2:26 am

What planet are YOU on? They've been ongoing since Jan 21, 2009. Remember "the oath of office was not properly administered therefore John McCain actually really secretly won"?

BaldarTFlagass January 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

My week is never complete without a Ken "Glass is Always Half-Empty" Layne post.

vulpes82 January 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm

HALF-empty? Son, at the Layne Desert Compound, the glass is always stone cold EMPTY (because all the booze has been downed)!

BaldarTFlagass January 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

♫ Layne's World, Layne's World, It's Party Time, It's Excellent!! ♪

fuflans January 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm

You’ve got a friend in Cordray, consumers!

right. and when i get some money to consume things i'll be sure to call on you.

GOPCrusher January 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

When I start seeing some bank CEO's being perp walked into Federal Court, I'll believe it.

MzNicky January 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Today we are all consumers. Well, and every other day, too.

SorosBot January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

What about on days we just sit around our apartment in our underwear all day, playing video games and watching TV?

jus_wonderin January 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm

On those days, I consume Vodka.

MzNicky January 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

On those days you are consuming electricity. And lots of beer too, right?

SorosBot January 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Ah, but I already purchased the beer and don't pay for the electricity until the end of the month.

Geminisunmars January 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm

You are a pre and post consumer.

ifthethunderdontgetya January 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Don't Mock Led Zeppelin!!!!!
~

BaldarTFlagass January 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

You see what happens? Huh? Right?

Ayn Rand Paul Tard January 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Picture funny, words sad. Now my heart hurts.

Huevos Ocupados January 5, 2012 at 3:17 am

Achilles' Last Stand smashes all other last stands like muthafuckin' grapes!

BigDumbRedDog January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

“Not when so much is at stake. Not at this make-or-break moment for the middle class.”

I can never remember is Obama is for the make or the break.

You can't delete me, intense debate. I will just keep reposting. Also, I don't like that little purple monster that you turned me into. I am a big red dog, not a weird purple monster.

CrunchyKnee January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Hey Cordray, consume this!

Ayn Rand Paul Tard January 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Zat you, Santorum?

HarryButtle January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Shorter McConnell to Obama: How dare you use procedural wrangling to get around our procedural wrangling!?!?

ps alt-text fail. Achilles Last Stand…terrible? I think not!

SorosBot January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

They thought that could copy the Democrats and skip technically adjourning to prevent recess appointments, but forgot that the Dems actually had a Senator go in and technically start a session every day.

Geminisunmars January 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

You mean for once the Dems where able to play ahead of the reptilians?

SayItWithWookies January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

It used to be that regulatory agencies were formed with the intent of protecting consumers — though whether they actually did was subject to fluctuations. I guess it speaks to the erosion of that quaint little convention that we now have to explicitly state in the name of the agency that its purpose is to protect the consumers — which will add a bit of irony when the CFPB is finally retooled to work hand-in-hand with the section of the market it's supposed to regulate.

qwerty42 January 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm

It appears the President is on a "recess appointment roll" (from TPM) … he is going to fill slots on the NLRB as well.
SOSHULISZM!!!

DaRooster January 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

This is an outrage! This is like the 30th time he has done this… no other President would do something like this!
Well except for-
W=171
Clinton=140
Reagan=240…
But he should definitely get in big trouble over this!!
Although there hasn't been a filibuster in like… a week?

Monsieur_Grumpe January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Here comes the whining. I cna hear it now.

Obama is shoving it down our throats!

Our 5% approved do nothing congress should expect a lot more throat shoving.
Gag on this suckers!!!1111!!

Ruhe January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

"…your part to continue propping up capitalism…" Is there anything but capitalism?

kissawookiee January 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Coincidentally, my favorite part about weekends at the shore growing up *also* was the sitting around the bong in the marina coffee shop with the family.

imissopus January 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

So wait, am I supposed to be happy or angry about this?

vulpes82 January 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Who knows?

natoslug January 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I'm happy because I like being angry. So this pisses me off. Oh wait, I'm happy again. Fuck.

PocketsTheClown January 5, 2012 at 1:09 am

Are you rich?

actor212 January 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

"WE THE BUYERS, in order to form a more perfect souffle, establish a web presence, ensure domestic linen, provide for the common victuals, promote the general Well-Built, and secure the blessings of consumption for ourselves and our poor-house mates, do ordain and establish this Constitution Of The United States Of Amana*"

*50% off coupon on page 3

BaldarTFlagass January 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

For all the Republicans that are bitching about this "abuse" of the recess appointment, I say to thee, FUCK OFF!!!!

imissopus January 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Right, but you know the Republicans are thinking that those other presidents weren't all, er, uppity about it.

Bonzos_Bed_Time January 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Can't we just say fuck off to Republicans without having a specific reason?

pinkocommi January 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

"Hahahahah, 'moderate Supreme Court justices.'"

It does sound like an oxymoron these days, doesn't it. <<sniff. wipes tear from cheek.>>

Not_So_Much January 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Would've been a way better 'Fuck You!' to the GOP if he had also changed Cordray's title to "Czar".

GOPCrusher January 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Nancy Pelosi just called. Said she would like her spine back when you're done with it, Mr. President.

Sassomatic January 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Citizens go to Gitmo, consumers go to shopping malls. Take your pick.

UnholyMoses January 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Hey now!

Presence is easily the most underrated Zeppelin album (well, perhaps after III … and maybe In Through The Out Door, tho that has some suck on it … and Houses of the Holy was outstanding overall … but other than those … )

Ken Layne January 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Haha, stoners! "Presence" was one of those records that was incredibly compelling when I was a little kid, because what the fuck was going on in that picture? And then, eventually, I listened to it … I am sorry if it just sounds like generic Zeppelin to me. But don't take it personally, I also really like In Through the Out Door.

UnholyMoses January 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

No personal offense taken!

To be honest, I haven't listened to Presence since … well, I was a high school stoner. So maybe I'll have to give it a relisten as a 40-year-old stoner.

I did, however, put on* Physical Graffiti the other day and forgot how much I love "Down By the Seaside." Great song.

(* As in, put it on the turntable. Just nothin' like vinyl when it comes to the classics.)

doloras January 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

John Paul Jones on the beautiful Yamaha GX-1 synthesizer. "Carouselambra" ftw.

WhatTheHeck January 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm

So, what kind of watchdog did we get? A Doberman or one of those oh-so-friendly Golden Retrievers?

Huevos Ocupados January 5, 2012 at 3:54 am

Corporate Lap Dog.

coron4 January 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I think it's the one Mittens strapped to the roof of his car.

not that Dewey January 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm
johnnymeatworth January 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Wow, so Mitt Romney IS the dad on the cover of Presence!

Golfing_OJ January 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I predict that we'll see far fewer "Layne is such a pessimist!" comments when people find themselves shooting more and more cops in the face to protect their one hoarded box of Triscuits!

DerrickWildcat January 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm

That and In Thru the Outdoors are the best of his albums.

Bonzos_Bed_Time January 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

In thru the out door is why santorum is surging.

prommie January 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm

What is this terrible album? Alan Parsons Project? Anything By Rush?

GOPCrusher January 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I equate Led Zeppelin hatred with hipsters that think drinking PBR is cool.

natoslug January 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I'm so hip I've never drunk PBR. No seriously, I've got hips, and I've never drunk PBR. I do love me some PB&J though.

PalinzADummy January 5, 2012 at 2:31 am

I'm so fucking hip I've never even drunk beer.

natoslug January 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

You should try it sometime. It's great with a side shot of rohypnol.

prommie January 5, 2012 at 10:02 am

I equate it with having lived through the 70s haze of heavy metal sludge. Thank God for The Ramones.

user-of-owls January 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I'd like you to look at this lede from the blaring headline story on Fox right now. Just look at it. The word "journalism" shrivels and dies whenever it hears the word "Fox." It just up and dies.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce may sue the Obama administration over President Obama's controversial appointment of Richard Cordray to head a controversial consumer financial board, officials from the business group told Fox News on Wednesday after an unprecedented display of executive power that is sure to poison already-strained relations with the GOP.

elviouslyqueer January 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Add a couple more "Nigger please" and throw in an obligatory veiled assassination threat and, hey presto! You've got Breitbart's next blogfart.

UnholyMoses January 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Wait — you mean Fox News really isn't … objective journalism!?!?!?

My nuttier-than-squirrel-shit uncle who calls the Civil War the "War of Northern Aggression" and uses Fox and NRO as sources in his pretty-much-always-ignored rants will haz a sad.

Now someone stop me before I create another dash-laden-made-up-adjective again!

Geminisunmars January 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

stop-it!

qwerty42 January 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

War of Northern Aggression
In the town my Dad was from, in upstate New York, there is a monument and a canon (pointing south) dedicated to those who fought in the "War of the Southern Rebellion". I mention it when I hear about the "War of Northern Aggression".

natoslug January 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Fucking whitewashing pansies. That monument should be dedicated to those who fought in the "War of Southern Treason."

Biff January 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I laugh at your objective journalism.

Designer_Rants January 5, 2012 at 12:48 am

You realize ethics aren't gonna make payroll, right? Hannity's worth every $million!

Negligently_Joe January 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

It is controversial, and unprecedented, unless you are familiar with the actual precedents at work, and the fact that "pro forma" sessions almost certainly don't actually count as the Senate being "in session", because that definition has always been a practical one, not a technical one, and by definition, "pro forma" sessions involve a single senator waving a gavel and saying some magic words, alone, and they aren't actually able to do any Senate business anyway.

Designer_Rants January 5, 2012 at 12:50 am

Too… sensical.

vulpes82 January 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm

This proves once and for all that Barack Obama is morally weak.

Designer_Rants January 5, 2012 at 12:41 am

And he's leading from the rear.

Pithaughn January 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I'm not happy about it, but I will take consumer over serf every day.

HelmutNewton January 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Maybe we Wonketeers should all move to Montana. At least *their* Supreme Court knows how to bitch-slap corporations.

PalinzADummy January 5, 2012 at 2:33 am

Movin' to Montana soon
Gonna be a mental floss tycoon

Limeylizzie January 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Fabulous Charles Pierce today on this very thing.

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/obama-richa

carlgt1 January 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm

sure, it's all just one step closer to calling us "comrades"

Chet Kincaid January 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm

He did not explicitly mention the overwhelming fear in the White House that the middle class has begun to feel affinity for the working class and the downtrodden, and that these 300 million Americans could easily overpower all the police, private security forces and military personnel combined, most likely with minimal casualties as the shaken soldiers and cops realize what side they naturally fall upon.

1. Hahaha! What are you smoking? The Arab Spring ain't happening over here, and sure as hell won't be for a long time to come. Because for one thing, white middle/working class people are never going to join hands with the fucking poor so long as they can imagine the poor are a different color. This is/will be true even when the white humps are/become poor themselves.

2. For the Wonketeer who acted like I was an asshole for saying that SOME PEOPLE have the fantasy that OWS Americans will overthrow the establishment like a bunch of Libyans, here's the proof from the top.

imissopus January 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Ya know who else spent all his time huddled in the California desert with his Family, ranting and raving and praying for some sort of civil war in America? Spoiler alert: it wasn't Hitler.

doloras January 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm

You see, Layne gets this rap of being "all negative, all the time", and then when he says something positive and hopeful – like the quoted paragraph – the "realistic" crowd jump on him for that.

carlgt1 January 5, 2012 at 12:03 am

or to dust off that John Steinbeck quote: "Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."

ttommyunger January 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm

So, did Santa bring Barry a brand-new set of 'Nads for Christmas? Let's hope so, Pilgrims; let's hope so.

C_R_Eature January 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm

It's about Fucking time, Barry.

Slap 'em again. Hard.

Guppy January 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Maybe now senators will be forced to actually filibuster instead of this pro forma bullshit.

Next thing you know CSPAN will start using wide-angle shots.

Designer_Rants January 5, 2012 at 12:38 am

This post is amazing! I would immediately re-read, but I almost vomited. I hope (after the drone wars) when they finally stop pretending and start staking out their Lordships, that my feudal master is kind enough to let me keep enough of my wheat for the cold winter months. I don't want to eat my children, but if it's me or them…

Negropolis January 5, 2012 at 12:57 am

Only you, Ken, would you take good political and policy news, and turn it for bad. This bureau deals with Americans in their capacity as a consumers, just like our government deals with us in different capacities are citizens and humans and whatever else the hell we are at any given time. It doesn't make us consumers anymore than dealing with Medicare makes us patients. Gawd.

Ken, this crushing, kneejerk negativism makes you morally weak.

How dare the president create another body for citizens to have some kind of formal redress of grievances against corporations! How dare that negrah bastard!

Fuck it, just fuck it, already. I'm losing my shit.

Huevos Ocupados January 5, 2012 at 3:23 am

Plus a sideswipe at Led Zep? Somebody hold me back!

PalinzADummy January 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Yah. We need you sane, though, so don't lose ALL your shit.

Huevos Ocupados January 5, 2012 at 3:30 am

This Zeppelin bashing will not stand, man.

crookedE January 6, 2012 at 7:46 am

*slow claps*

this is a masterpiece, Mr. Layne.

Tundra Grifter January 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

Self-proclaimed Constitutional expert Off-the-Mark Levin continues to flog this supine equine – without mentioning the simple fact that the US Senate during the pro forma session can not conduct any business.

According to our Constitution a majority of Senators must be present to pass legislation. Assuming for a moment, of course, that is the business of the Senate.

For my money this is proof that the pro forma stuff is form without substance. And Mr. Obama was correct in point that out.

Barb January 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Well, now that you saw my email addy, you know my real name, lol.

jus_wonderin January 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I won't stalk you. Unless you like that sort of thing. <g>

PalinzADummy January 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I took a sip once, and it tasted very bitter to me. Which is odd, because I like many bitter things, like greens, and bitter gourds, and stuff. I really like the smell of the wheat beers. They smell wonderful. I just don't like the way they taste.

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