-6.2%

Annualized in 08Q4. 10% is one marker of a depression.

So, it’s worse and now a poll shows 2/3rds of Americans of both parties think we will need another stimulus. Obama chess. Nice.

The next stimulus should include Medicare for everyone.

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I've got your tea party right here.

So, Bobby The Page, how about this:

1. New Jersey ($0.62)
2. Connecticut ($0.64)
3. New Hampshire ($0.68)
4. Nevada ($0.73)
5. Illinois ($0.77)
6. Minnesota ($0.77)
7. Colorado ($0.79)
8. Massachusetts ($0.79)
9. California ($0.81)
10. New York ($0.81)

This information shows how much each state gets back per dollar it sends to the federal government.

Notice anything about these states in the bottom 10? Every single one is a 2008 blue state. Every. Single. One. And yet we have to listen to fucking conservative assholes from the welfare states whine about California spending beyond its means? Give us our 19% back you motherfucker and we wouldn’t have a deficit.
How about we enforce a dollar for dollar rule on federal taxes? It will never happen, but it’s ludicrous for these stupid mutherfuckers to say anything when they are sucking our money away and they criticize *US* of being the leeches.

Go to hell, Jindal. California should demand that number be changed to at least .90.

Banks

Sure, the CATO institute isn’t going to be in favor of the government owning one share of any bank, let alone have 100% control. And technocrats know that all that would happen is that the banks would be cleaned up and spun back off.

That’s not the problem.

The problem is the clean up, whether it’s done just by regulation or by internal control. The couple of thousand people at the top of these banks that would be purged are rich, yes, and that counts for a lot, yes, but they have a direct line to power in both parties. You know, these guys that sauna with Geithner and know that he has a huge mole somewhere private.

So, Krugman et al. know what we need to do. I know what we need to do. Obama probably does too. But the reality is, we’re just not there politically yet. To get there, there must be more pain.

You can know everything you need to know about banking and economics to fix this situation. But unless you know your politics, you can’t project whether those solutions will be implemented timely.

Just consider global warming. Everyone knows about it. People denying it know its real, but just want to shit on liberalism or continue to pollute cause it makes them money. Everyone’s known about it for 20 years, and anyone who pays any attention to science knew about it 30 years ago. And nothing has been done, in fact, it’s only been made worse. The reason is simple: the politics of fixing the problem don’t exist. Even if there was a syncronicity of governments in power with the will to pass a real global warming treaty, most of them would fall when the consequences hit those countries. Only when people see a disaster or two will they act.

Same with the banks. Difference is we’ll see the banking disaster this year.

Columns From A Parallel Universe

This article

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/feb/24/california-republicans-cpac

claims that it’s California’s liberalism that has resulted in crumbling schools, pollution, and fiscal collapse. Clearly this guy isn’t from this universe…

…where the Republicans have held the Governor’s mansion for 13 of the last 42 years, where the right has pushed and funded a number of right wing “reforms” that have caused this mess. For some reason, to guys like this, the Democrats have always run California.

The reason these “reforms” have been passed is the right has constantly pushed to limit further and further the power of their perceived liberal oppressors in Sacramento. Well, it worked. They have given the Legislature so little power to adapt through their “reforms” that it is essentially unable to function.

California needs reform, but the idea that liberals are to blame is nuts. Republicans working the refs because they can’t win elections on ideas is to blame.

25th Whacko To Propose California Split

http://downsizeca.org/Home_Page.html

These plans are always brought by tinfoil right Republicans, and they will never happen (it would just add two GOP senators). But, I’m down.

I would alter his proposal to include ALL of the coastal counties north to Oregon in California and let the state of Fresno (haha) have everything else. So, LA, Ventura, Santa Barabara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano, Napa, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte.

I’d hate to imagine what those assholes would do to the Sierra and the water sources, but it would be worth it to be rid of them.

UCR, UCSD, UCI, UCM, and UCD are in Fresno. California would keep Berkeley, UCSF, UCSC, UCSB, and UCLA. That’s a bummer, but if we could get rid of those redneck fucks we’d probably have five new UCs in 10 years.

Check and Mate

“I know that we haven’t agreed on every issue thus far, and there are surely times in the future when we will part ways. But I also know that every American who is sitting here tonight loves this country and wants it to succeed. That must be the starting point for every debate we have in the coming months, and where we return after those debates are done. That is the foundation on which the American people expect us to build common ground.”

May have noticed that the Conservatron legs were a little creaky in rising for the applause line in bold above. That’s because their entire ideology is predicated on some people loving their country more than others, or somehow being more American than others. Of course, in the unofficial State of the Union context, no Conservatron could sit through that statement, even as it drove a stake through their fetid dark hearts.

All that leaves the Conservatrons is Bobby Jindal the Page, sounding like he is reading a children’s book full of false choices and nonsense, having his own McCain Green Screen moment.