Thursday, September 06, 2012

Bubbah Rules

“I love our country – and I know we’re coming back. For more than 200 years, through every crisis, we’ve always come out stronger than we went in. And we will again as long as we do it together. We champion the cause for which our founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor – to form a more perfect union. If that’s what you believe, if that’s what you want, we have to re-elect President Barack Obama.”

-William Jefferson Clinton, 5 September 2012

Bill Clinton is the reason I am no longer a Democrat. It is my opinion that the guy moved the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt too far toward the center/right. But I am forced to humbly concede: Politically it doesn't get much better than Clinton. As my brother Jeff posted on my Facebook page this fine September morn, "Bubbah delivers". Indeed he does. The Dems are damned lucky that he and they are on the same team. Pity the poor GOP. They ain't got no Bubbah. There's never been a politician like him. There will never be another. Politically he is the old maestro. I can't help but admire and, yes, even love the man - grudgingly, I assure you.

If Obama wins this thing in November historians will pinpoint Clinton's address last night to the Democratic Nation
al Convention as the reason. He knocked it out of the park and into the next town. His performance was all-the-more impressive (and noble) because, by all accounts, the two men loathe on another.

Around twenty years ago I read a biography that dealt with the relationship between Robert F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, The title says it all: "Mutual Contempt". They absolutely despised each other. And yet they both left an indelible mark on the time in which they lived. Can you imagine the sixties without Bobby and LBJ? I can't wait to read the book about Barack and Bill. That ought to be a real page-turner. The former president made an interesting point last night:

“President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did. Listen to me now, no pres
ident – not me or any of my predecessors – no one could have fully repaired all the damage in just four years."

Think about this, folks: When FDR was elected eighty years ago, he was not able to undo the mess he inherited from the Republicans in one term. He wasn't even able to do it in two terms. It took him nearly a decade! Unlike Roosevelt, Barack Obama will not be allowed the luxury of four terms. It will probably take two - possibly three - different presidents to clean up this mess.

When Presi
dent Obama took office we were losing well over a half million jobs per month. He reversed that nasty trend. We're now at thirty straight months of job growth. It's been a slow process but at least we're heading in the right direction. Have I been jumping with joy with regard to this administration? Hardly. As a progressive Barack Obama disappoints in a few categories to be sure. But in all fairness, given the obstruction and sabotage (I call it treason) that has been placed in his path by the halfwits who control "the party of Abraham Lincoln" (Thank goodness for quotation marks) it's a miracle he has been able to accomplish anything at all!

Do you recall the last time we had a right wing extremist in the White House? Remember how sweetly that worked out? Maybe I'm being presumptuous but I've got a feeling that we really don't want to go down this road again.

The president formally accepts the nomination this evening. Will he be able to top the speeches
made by Bubbah and Michelle? That's a tough order. One thing is certain, it's going to be First Class political theater.

Tom Degan
, NY


setts senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren is getting mixed reviews for her address to the convention last evening. As far as I'm concerned she was brilliant....Okay, maybe not "brilliant" - but she did fine. I've got my fingers crossed and my hands folded for her. We need her in the senate like nobody's business.


Here is a YouTube link to Bill Clinton's address last night to the Democratic National Convention:


It is one of the greatest convention speeches since Teddy Kennedy's classic "The Dream Will Never Die" in 1980.


by Marshal Frady

George Wallace was, beyond any doubt, a complicated man. When we think of him our minds conjure up the image of a defiant Alabama governor at the school house door, attempting to deny an education to Vivian Malone and James Hood for no other reason than the color of their skin. Wallace was, like Bill Clinton, a political genius. He might have done great good during his time on earth. To his credit, toward the end of his life he sought forgiveness from the people he tried to oppress. This biography has been out of print for quite some time but I imagine you can find it on ebay if you look hard enough. It's well-worth the search. A great read!


The jobs report for August was just released. Unemployment has gone down from 8.3 to 8.1 percent. Good news for the prez - sort of. At least the number didn't go up, right?

Read more here:


At 11:22 AM, Blogger Yellowstone said...

Hat's off to San Antonio's Castro - another brillant young progressive!

Wouldn't it be a trip to see Eastwood show up again at this convention and talk coherently? Perhaps instead of an empty chair but to a stand up poster of MR.

Hang on to you hat's folks - this election is going to be an 'E Ride'!

At 11:54 AM, Blogger charles moore said...

Obama and Clinton are a winning combination. They don't have to like one another and can put aside differences in order to work together. I found it interesting to compare Clinton's speech which was all about Obama to Christie's which was all about himself. The GOP is too busy stabbing one another in the back and trying to climb to the top of the heap to pull together.

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

Thanks but ill pass on having Pocahontas in the Senate. We have enough populist demagogues as it is.

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Degan would talk real high of russ feingold too who thinks a babies brains should be blown out the way JFK's brains were in Dallas.

The Democrats have a big welfare vote and that is scary, the only thing that would get idiots like barack insane obabykiller reelected.

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clinton is an accused rapist and was impeached. He's a big joke and the football game got higher ratings.

At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The idiot democrats did not want God in there platform, hope all can say that democrats really are nothing but tools of the devil.

At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is my memory correct, wasnt Clinton removed from practicing law in AR?
Bubba was smart enough to sign the GOP's budget and reformed Wellfare, that saved billions untill the ONE undid all his good work.

Notice weather forecast for the ONE'S speech tonight calls for zero chance of rain.

Figures, he's the guy who said if elected he would take action to lower the rising sea levels. If he can do that, a little rainy weather wouldn't be a problem. Maybe he really didn't want to be out doors in an unfilled stadium, nah, he is way to transparent to be that deceitful.

At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

African Americans are 13% of the population but get 1 out of 3 abortions. The KKK Democrat Party is alive and well!

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama Rule's

"We're going to be gifted with a health care plan we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don't, which purportedly covers at least 10 million new people without adding a single new doctor, but.......

- provides for 16,000 new IRS agents,
- written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it,
- passed by a Congress that didn't read it but exempted themselves from it, and
- signed by a President who smokes,
- with funding administered by a Treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes,
- for which we will be taxed for 4 years before any benefits take effect
- by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare,
- all to be overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke.

So what the blank could possibly go wrong?"

At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bubbah Runs the DNC's war on American Women:

Juanita Broaddrick
Paula Jones
Monica Lewinski

just a few of the victims.

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Smokey Lagumski said...

Warren at DNC, ignores Native American questions

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Elizabeth Warren, scrambling to shift focus from her ongoing Cherokee scandal, dismissed demands from Native Americans who want her to explain her heritage claims in her first appearance at the Democratic National Convention this morning.

Questions surrounding Warren’s American Indian heritage re-emerged after many members of a council of Democratic Native Americans — including the great-grandson of Geronimo — were outraged that Warren listed herself as a minority in a law school directory without any proof.

Even former Democratic Party Chairman Howard "Yeaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaa" Dean — who championed Warren throughout his address to the Massachusetts delegation — wouldn’t touch the red-hot topic.

“I’m not getting into that,” he said in response to several questions about the issue.

Records: Prof profited by buying, selling homes

Elizabeth Warren, who has railed against predatory banks and heartless foreclosures, took part in about a dozen Oklahoma real estate deals that netted her and her family hefty profits through maneuvers such as “flipping” properties, records show.

A Herald review has found that the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate rapidly bought and sold homes herself, loaned money at high interest rates to relatives and purchased foreclosed properties at bargain prices.

Tommy Degan:
"As far as I'm concerned she was brilliant....Okay, maybe not "brilliant" - but she did fine. I've got my fingers crossed and my hands folded for her. We need her in the senate like nobody's business."

lol Tommy,
Warren talks about "fairness" but LIES on her Harvard application about her ethnicity to gain an unfair advantage for admission. She also enjoyed being one of those evil capitalistsm, like Ayn Rand, profiting in the housing market. Typical elitist Democratic hypocrite, "Do as I say, not as I hypocritically do"! The saddest part is the kool aid drinkers with their rose colored glasses like Tom Degan, Dave Dubya who think she is so wonderful! lol lol lol!

Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe
So proud to live, so proud to die

But maybe someday when they learn
Cherokee Nation will return
Will return
Will return

At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Smokey Lagumski said...
DNC 2012: DNC Platform Changes on God, Jerusalem Spur Contentious Floor Vote

Lots of laughs on the Aye vote winning to put God back in the DNC platform. The Dems really looked like fu*king idiots Tommy!

2/3rds said Aye? It sounded like the majority of the clowns voted NO.. Is that "Democracy" Dave Dubya?

Lol on Debbie Whatshername Schultz's opinion on the vote!

I wonder if Slick Willie Clinton asked Sandra Fluke out for a drink!

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Monica Lewinsky said...

I still love you Bill!

It took a while for me to understand why you only had cigars in the Oval Office, but never smoked.

The truth of the matter is that if I never gave that bitch Linda Tripp the blue stained dress, you would have gotten away with lying about our relationship. Maybe you could hang the blue stained dress in your new Presidential library as it is a wonderful conversation piece.

Of course the truth all depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is", isn't it?

At 1:55 PM, Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

The platforms should reflect the Constitution. Please show me where you find "God" in it. In the meantime, reread the First Amendment.

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs last month, a weak figure that could slow any momentum President Barack Obama hoped to gain from his speech to the Democratic National Convention. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July, the Labor Department said Friday. But that was only because more people gave up looking for work. The government only counts people as unemployed if they are actively searching.The government also said 41,000 fewer jobs were created in July and June than first estimated. The economy has added just 139,000 jobs a month since the beginning of the year, below 2011's average of 153,000."

At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Picard said...


Leslie only likes the constitution when it applies to secularism.

So forcing Catholics to buy other people's birth control is cool.

Federal Government MANDATING individuals to purchase a product to subsidize older generations healthcare is cool because the Supreme Court can say whatever the hell they want. It violates individual rights. doesn't matter what a bunch of idiots in black robes say. Remember the court wasn't established to bend our constitutional rights in favor of public policy.

SO MANY unconstitutional bureaucracies created by the federal government to regulate the Nations policies. Something only states should do by power of the 10th ammendment.

You see liberal democrats only follow the constitution when it gives the government more power.

At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The platforms should reflect the Constitution, show me where govt funded abortions are found.

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Ron Baldwin said...

Picard, at 3:46 PM, seems to argue that the 10th Amendment is a Super Amendment that trumps all other parts of the constitution.

The 10th Amendment reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

The 10th Amendment does not apply to any powers allowed to the Federal Government by the Constitution. That was the specious argument supporting “Nullification,” which after the Civil War has disappeared in the dustbin of history.

As to the individual mandate in ObamaCare, three Justices said the mandate was allowed by powers granted to the Federal Government in the Commerce Clause, while the fourth Justice (Roberts) said the mandate was a tax, which is allowed by the 16th Amendment (1913).

At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Are you better off? Just 96,000 jobs added in August as 368,000 people LEAVE the workforce in bleak employment report dealing blow to Obama re-election hopes

Lowest workforce participation rate since September 1981
Jobless rate drops to 8.1 per cent but only because workforce shrinks
President Barack Obama knew of figures before big speech

Yeah, but he wants to increase taxes on the top 2% of earners who already pay 70% of taxes. Makes sense to me, plus it will make me feel less miserable know the rich are getting theirs!

At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Ron, I thought Obama said he was lowering taxes on the middle class? If Obamacare is a tax, then he is raising taxes on the middle and lower class of income earners in America.

But then Obama also said the Affordable Health Care Act was not a tax. I guess his missed the class on that while he was in college.

At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Picard said...


No. It doesn't matter what John Roberts says about the ICC. It DOES NOT allow for mandated healthcare! If someone choses not to engage in a market place, how can that be commerce thats regulated? Does every Healthcare company operate between states? No and we have a law that says healthcare can't be bought across state. so where's the argument for the ICC?

"Picard, at 3:46 PM, seems to argue that the 10th Amendment is a Super Amendment that trumps all other parts of the constitution."

What. What are you talking about? The Constitution clearly states that the federal government has several enumerated powers. Which means since the fed government doesn't have power to provide education. thats why the states handle education. Thats all the 10th amendment says. Its not a super amendment. it has the same weight as every other amendment in that our government must follow them.

So I showed why ICC doesn't apply and why the feds have no power to mandate inactivity in a market.

There is only ONE way to change the constitution. Not by congress or some Imperial President or some judicial activists in black robes for life. The amendment process is the only way. The document wasn't made so politicians could stretch it for policy whether its popular or unpopular.

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Harley A. said...

So, Obama saved GM did he? Maybe (probably not).

Anyway, let's give him the credit. Anyone ever read the 2009-2014 restructuring plan that GM had to submit to received the bailout funds? Anyone bother to look into the fact that the plan called for a reduction of about 30% of the workforce (roughly 20,000 jobs)? And a pretty substantial consolidation of plant locations? I guess not - too busy lambasting Bain for using the same type strategies.

At 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"too busy lambasting Bain for using the same type strategies."

Now you did it, liberals will be foaming at the mouth at the very thought of what you posted as being true.

At 3:29 AM, Anonymous Ron Baldwin said...

Picard commented at 7:39 PM, “No. It doesn't matter what John Roberts says about the ICC. It DOES NOT allow for mandated healthcare!”

Picard expressed very forcefully his opinion that the Constitution does not allow for the individual mandate in the ACA (Affordable Care Act). Except for very narrow exceptions, he is entitled to whatever opinion he might wish to put forth (1st Amendment and all that).

I mentioned Justice Robert’s basis for ruling the ACA constitutional. Justice Roberts said it was a tax, and pursuant to the 16th Amendment Congress has the power to tax income for whatever purpose they wish.

As to whether Justice Roberts’ comments about the constitutionality of an Act of Congress matter, I believe that Marbury v Madison (1803) established the power of the Supreme Court to exercise judicial review of whether something is or is not in accord with the Constitution. What Justice Roberts decided absolutely does matter very much since his was the deciding fifth vote upholding the constitutionality of almost all the ACA, including the individual mandate.

Like Picard, I also have strong opinions about decisions by the present Supreme Court. I was pleasantly surprised that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of almost all the ACA. I have a 54 year old daughter who is unable to work and I pay almost $20,000 a year just for her health insurance, plus co-pays and health care not covered. On the other hand, I was quite disappointed by the Citizens United Decision that corporations are people and have free speech rights, etc. Had I been alive in 1857 I would have deplored the Dred Scott Decision, or in 1896 their Plessy v Ferguson Decision.

Perhaps Picard and I can agree that we both have strong opinions on the decisions of the Supreme Court and those opinions are likely to be different for each of us. Regardless of our individual opinions on these decisions. they can only be overturned by future Supreme Courts, by constitutional amendments, or by a constitutional convention such as we had in 1787. Imagine the chaos if there was no settled process to decide the constitutionality of acts by governments.

At 11:36 AM, Anonymous wolfess said...

Good news for the prez - sort of. At least the number didn't go down, right?
I think you meant "at least the number didn't go UP" correct?

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...


Thank you so much for pointing that out for me. The correction has been made. I've been so damned careless lately. That's because I write these things too damned early and type too damned fast.

Thanks again!


At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Picard said...


Its not an income tax its an existance tax. If i dont have to have an income to have to pay the mandate.

Look im sorry about your daughter but her lack of healthcare doesn't justify a bypass (as i percieve it) of the constitution.

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Sal said...

Hi Tom,
Wow...the difference between the two conventions couldn't be more stark! I so admire your patience...some of the people who drop the totality of their wisdom off on your site stop just short of setting my hair on fire.

I guess the only two things important in terms of reading material for some of these buffoons is the Bible and the Constitution, both of which, it's no coincidence, depending on one's interpretation seem to agree with everything they believe.

So, thanks for hanging in there Tom! Some of us depend on you for a relief from the bleak political landscape.

Being from Milwaukee I watched Wisconsin's famous son with wonder as he told lie after lie. I'm glad the media called him on it!


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