Open Thread: Simply Marvelous

President Obama on the Ryan budget plan:

“It is a Trojan Horse. Disguised as deficit reduction plans, it is really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It is thinly veiled social Darwinism. It is antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everybody who’s willing to work for it; a place where prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class. And by gutting the very things we need to grow an economy that’s built to last  — education and training, research and development, our infrastructure — it is a prescription for decline.”

Mitt Romney on the Ryan budget plan:

It would be “marvelous if the Senate were to pick up Paul Ryan’s budget” and pass it.

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13 Responses to Open Thread: Simply Marvelous

  1. Rep. Jim Splaine April 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    A Memo To National and State Republicans:

    In just 122 days, I qualify for Medicare.  It’s about the only thing I can think of that’s great about turning 65.

    As a doctor friend said to me the other day, I’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time.  And working for it.

    Will the Republicans just keep their brand of government out of my life?  Please. Don’t ruin things that millions of Americans have created and worked to preserve for much of our history.

    While you’re at it, stay out of my bedroom too.  And leave working men and women alone.  And don’t keep trying to destroy our schools.  Stop ruining America.  

    Just leave us alone.  Take your greed elsewhere.  If you don’t love America and our way of life here, just leave us alone.  And if you won’t respect our freedoms and the caring we have for our families and neighbors, just go away.  Thank you.  

    • Lucy Edwards April 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      I am going to steal this comment and use it everywhere.  Don’t even try to stop me.

  2. susaninrindge April 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Romney… his use of language is always awkward because it comes from some weird, convoluted place in his barren soul.

    • elwood April 8, 2012 at 4:16 am #

      Can’t keep them out!

      Brian Wilson does a version of S’Wonderful on his Gershwin album.

  3. JimC April 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    He really gets to the heart of the matter in that quote.

  4. susanthe April 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    is trying to make Mitt more palatable to the wimmins:

    • GreyMike April 7, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

      Is unzip him (hilarity ensues).

    • hannah April 8, 2012 at 12:06 am #

      I suspect that’s because their behaviors consist of repetitive actions that harden into habits and habits are, by definition, very difficult, if not impossible to change.  Willard has no bad habits, but his behaviors and responses are inflexible.  He mirrors the people with whom he interacts to a certain extent, but he’s not comfortable doing it because they are all strange.  Willard does not know how to relate to the strange.

      Willard has been promoted up and out.  It’s like social promotion, which happens because nobody wants the over-grown child to stick around.

      No doubt, Willard marvels at a budget plan.  He himself has no idea how much money, how many houses or how many horses his wife has.

      The French managed OK with a dauphin.  Why not the U.S?  Oz was a marvelous place.

      • Lucy Edwards April 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

        is not a bad habit?  

  5. elwood April 8, 2012 at 4:04 am #

    All I’ve seen about his positions is, no pledge, and “not so extreme” as all those others in both parties.

    That always seems like a line from “Idiot’s Guide to Running for Office.” But he can speak for himself.

  6. IgnoreAtYourPeril April 8, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    Either you believe in cooperation and collective assistance or you don’t. Or in poetry:

    If time is a road
    well traveled.
    Then we are all
    passengers, willing or unwilling.

    If the road is a path
    to a destination.
    Then we are all due
    to arrive sooner or later

    If the path is rocky,
    and dangerous.
    Then we all must pick our way
    over the pitfalls.

    If the rocks are too difficult
    we have a choice
    Then we can reach for help
    or tough it out alone.

    If the difficulties mount
    and I stop and fall.
    Then you can reach to help me
    or slap my hand away.

    (c) IAYP 2012

  7. elwood April 8, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    A song of betrayal, or maybe of how folks can feel betrayed, this Easter weekend.

  8. tchair April 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm #


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