Glenn Greenwald on Cheney's fear mongering interview he gave to his new BFF's over at Politico. I believe Glenn is right and that Cheney is trying to lay the ground work for the media to attack President Obama and blame him if we are attacked again.
Rachel talks to Paul Krugman about what we need to do to get our economy moving and on the failures of Reaganomics and deregulation that have led us to the mess we're in now.
Kit Bond discussing the confirmation of Leon Panetta for CIA and still pushing the GOP talking points on WMD in Iraq and failing to note the pressure put on the intelligence community by Dick Cheney and other members of the Bush administration.
David Shuster talks to John Harris about the interview Dick Cheney gave to his pals over at Politico.
From Think Progress:
The reality is that it is the policies that Cheney has fought so hard for over the years that have made America less safe. His scare tactics are nothing more than an attempt to salvage his own conscience.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney was a national disgrace and an embarrassment to himself while in office, but he's not quite done engaging in some of the cheapest, most offensive, least honest demagoguery imaginable.
Previous national leaders, once they leave office, usually maintain some sense of decorum, refraining from attacking their successors. Cheney waited just two weeks before accusing the Obama administration of coddling terrorists and putting American lives at risk. Classy.
Rachel Maddow talks to Sen. Bernie Sanders who was the one that first came up with the idea of limiting executive pay. Sanders also feels we need to have a real investigation into who caused the banking crisis and that the TARP oversight committee should lead it.
President Barack Obama announcing new rules to curb executive pay for bailed out companies.
David Shuster filling in for Keith talks to Jonathan Turley about the latest twists and turns with Rove refusing to appear before Congress. Turley feels that Rove can no longer continue to maintain the untenable position that they're going to invoke executive privilege to protect the executive branch against information from the executive branch and that Rove might be finally be looking at a real chance of indictment and contempt chareges.
We can only hope. If anyone finally gets to the bottom of the Don Siegelman case I think Karl Rove is in big trouble. This latest news is a good step in the right direction.
From The Situation Room Jan. 2, 2009. Michael Steele is completely clueless. Hey Steele, weren't you drawing a government pay check at one time? Maybe that didn't qualify as a job. I think the people working for the Post Office, Parks Department, IRS....etc., etc., etc. might disagree with you.
UPDATE: John Amato:
As soon as he had the chance, Michael Steele makes it perfectly clear why he's a perfect choice for the RNC. He can lie with the best of them. This statement was utter nonsense as Wolf Blitz looked on like a blow up doll.
BLITZER: But if there's an economic recovery and there are jobs created...
STEELE: Are you taking into account inflation?
And, first off, the government doesn't create jobs. Let's get this notion out of our heads that the government create jobs. Not in the history of mankind has the government ever created a job.
Small business owners do, small enterprises do, not the government. When that government contract runs out, that job goes away. That's what we're talking about here. And those two to four million jobs that are projected won't happen. Trust me.
Wolf moved on to a new topic immediately. Maybe Blitzer had a few voices in his ear piece and didn't really listen to Steele's answer, but to sit back and not respond to a LIE that big is insane. Watching the crazy stock market shows all year, most of the time they said that because of government hiring, the job reports didn't look as bad as they should have. We all know that FDR put people to work. Did the TSA get any work because of the federal government and the strict rules in airports? Steele is a clown and this is the type of lying that needs to be exposed always.
And as Duncan properly states:
As Dean says, we're living in the Republican alternative universe where government spending isn't stimulus. Stimulus is instead... well, no one really knows. You can argue about the effectiveness of various stimulus measures. You can argue about what spending priorities should be. But anything which involves buying stuff and paying wages or otherwise putting money into the pockets of people is stimulus.