The Things that Happened


President Obama just left DC for an eleven-day vacation to Hawaii in the wake of the most productive Congressional burst we’ve seen in ages. What happened during this lame duck session?

START – Obama gets a victory and keeps beating the non-proliferation drum. This is a major step in the right direction for nuclear security worldwide.

Food Safety Modernization Act. – This bill passed after being fixed to protect small farmers. It became the biggest public health accomplishment of Obama’s presidency.

DADT repeal. – Another step towards equality. Overdue.

Judicial Appointments – GOP has been holding up tons of judges, clogging our court system. That changed with the confirmation of a raft of appointments.

Net Neutrality… sorta. – This compromise ruling will probably see a lot of tweaking for a long time to come. Keep your eye on this ball, but know that your open/free internet is intact due to this ruling.

Tax Cut, Unemployment Benefit – “Compromise” – Did this effort allow for the other five things on this list to succeed? It’s often looked like Obama’s been playing checkers instead of chess, but the lame duck session suggests otherwise. If Obama ballooned the deficit and protected the rich in order to accomplish these other things, does that make the Tax Cut Compromise easier to stomach?

Anyway – I’m back offline. Merry Holidaymas!


  1. Diogenes says:

    This is the best Festivus evah!

    The holiday for airing of grievances (and feats of strength)

    The origin:

  2. Diogenes says:

    For Shad (et al.)

    I practiced in the shower all year and dressed up special to put this together just for you.

    I AM your monkey.

    Happy, Merry, etc.

  3. nathan ramsey says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

  4. It does not make the tax cut deal easier to stomach for me. I think Obama could have given away a lot less tax wise and still gotten the other things through. The polls were with the President on these things, and the Repubs couldn’t have acted like dicks forever. The fact is that he is going to have to fight for the things he wants and not just talk about fighting.

    The hangover will set in now that the lame duck party is over. This Congress failed to pass a single appropriations bill, leaving it to the next Congress. Which happens to have a Republican House. Unless the same gridlock happens late in 2012, it means the 112th Congress will have control over three years of the fiscal calendar instead of two. A remarkable session cession by the 111th Congress.

    Meanwhile, Obama thinks his failed Deficit Commission report is going to be a good starting point for his State of the Union. Because the state of our union is a milk cow with 310 million tits.

  5. Tom Sullivan says:

    Merry Christmas to you too, Nathan.

    Do the cows give ice cream in this weather?

  6. nathan ramsey says:

    Cows like the cold weather, especially anything above 15 to 20 degrees. Normally, they eat more feed and give more milk in cold weather. They want you to eat plenty of cheese & ice cream and drink lots of milk for Christmas!