Any challenge to Obama will move scardey Dems to the RIGHT, not to the LEFT!!
And a splintered Democratic Party can hand the election to the Neandrethal Republicans.
P.S. When Humphrey lost to Nixon in 1968, that was NOT a good outcome at all for the Dems. I regret my angry vote for Dick Gregory rather than Humphrey. (I was outraged that Humphrey was afraid to challenge Richard Daley when Daley's cops pummeled me and other peaceful protesters at the Dem Convention in Chicago.)
"Food Stamped," a documentary a few bites shy of an hour, screens at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. June 28 at the JCC East Bay Theater, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. Admission is $10. Call 510-848-0237. The Potashes will be on hand afterward to answer questions and participate in one panel with nutrition experts.
What's most shocking about the GOP and the budget is that they've left California in such dire straits, even with the so-called "compromise." And that the news media have let them get away with it, calling it a legislature that can't get it together -- rather than noticing that the GOP has refused any compromise that would yield a budget to cover basic state responsibilities.
Thanks to the GOP's "no new funding" pledge, California will now be 50th in the nation in per-student funding -- worse than Alabama and Arkansas in support of education!! All state services will grind to a slowdown. City governments are going broke, as the state takes taxes it was meant to distribute throughout California and holds them to pay basic costs.
This is also the outcome of Prop 13 -- meant to freeze Grandma's property taxes in the 1970's -- but it also froze the property taxes of all corporations in the state -- resulting a switch in funding from corporations to individuals. Prop 13 also halted the steady, predictable income from property taxes, as rates rose only when the market was inflated and houses sold. In their wisdom, the "no tax" prophets did not put any funding in its place, and the state began to run on deficit funding.
Question is: will the California voters end the GOP stranglehold on the budget by ending the insane requirement that 2/3 of all legislators must approve any taxes and any budget. That means despite the Democratic majority in the state, it takes 3 Republican votes to get any tax or budget legislation done.
It is a good thing that Congress will be ahead of Obama on this issue.
Better that Obama save his political collateral for pushing forward the multi-billion-dollar stimulus initiative, and be able to say to conservative critics that he was pressed by Congress to halt the Bush tax cuts sooner than they wished.
Leaves Obama with more leverage-- and shows that Obama is not the only player affecting the action (hence, showing the role of a tri-party government).
Please contact the members of our Senate Democratic Steering Committee, which is organizing who gets prized committee chairmanships in the Senate.
You'll find background info (what Joe has done and threatened, including his support of the filibuster against `extreme' - or progressive - Democratic legislation), a script for your phone call, and contact information for key Senators, at