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We’ll Have Sequestration for Christmas this Year

SEQUESTRATION? It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like……Congress! (a Holiday Parody by Ken Rynne)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Congress / Ev’rywhere you go.
Take a look at the budget tiff / approaching the fiscal cliff /
With revenue & tax cuts all aglow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Congress /Domestic cuts in store
But the prettiest sight to see /is the tax cut that will be /
On your own front door.

A pair of hop-along boots /& a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Generals and friends /
Dolls that won’t talk but will go for a walk /
Is the hope of Petraes’ men /
And Grover Norquist pledges not to start that pledge again.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Congress / Ev’rywhere you go; /
The White House has got a tree / The Capitol now has three /
for Democrats Republicans, and Tea (party)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Congress/ a deal will soon be near
But the thing that will make us sing / is the silliness they’ll bring /
as they do each year!

But the thing that will make us sing / is the silliness they’ll bring /
as they do each year!

Merry Congress & Happy Sequestration Everyone from Planet Washington!

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Deficit Cuts: “Big Bird Don’t Cry”

The Jersey Boys’ classic adapted for today’s budget woes.

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“Come Fly With Me” Air Travel Has Changed. Sinatra never sang about enhanced pat downs!

That was before TSA and fees for just about everything…

Enjoy it live Saturday @ The Westin.

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Remember Who You Are! Planet Washington explores lies, darn lies, and campaign promises in “Circle of Lies”

Hear it live, Saturday @ The Westin.
Hakuna Matata!

College Tour Healing with Humor Parody Videos

How YOUR NEWS Is Made & Our First Term Obama Medley “Barack Obama Superstar”

…..Professor Ken Rynne of Planet Washington explains to a live audience “How Your News Is Made.” Three flavors: PBS SnoozeHour, MSDNC, and FAUX NEWS.
If it leads…it bleeds. “Breaking News” means BE AFRAID!!! And more lessons from years misspent on the Hill.   Also – our first term Obama tribute.

Live comedy performance.

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You Say Off-shor-ed/I Say Out-sourc-ed/ Let’s Call Your Campaign Off!

This week, etymologists and scrabble players but few others were entranced by candidate Mitt Romney’s efforts to draw a distinction between jobs he offshored while at Bain Capital versus jobs he outsourced while at Bain Capital. The biggest gaffe since President Obama declared the private sector “in good shape.” These guys DO talk for a living. and talk and talk.

when news breaks, we fix it.

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It’s ROMNEY! Texas Makes it Official! GOP Nominee seen here with “Supporter” Donald Trump.

NEXT: Romney -Trump 2012! Bring On the Trump-Biden Debates!!! O Mama!
We have met the enemy and it is us. – Pogo

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Germany says Austerity! France says Non! Greece Threatens to Move Out! It’s Euro Family Feud!

Germany Austerity Policies: Berlin Unmoved By Votes In France, Greece
Reuters | By Noah Barkin and Stephen Brown
Posted: 05/07/2012 11:31 am

BERLIN, May 7 (Reuters) – Germany is ruling out any substantive shift in its approach to Europe’s debt crisis despite a rising chorus of opposition to Berlin’s austerity policies that reached a crescendo in Sunday’s elections in Greece and France.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking in Berlin on Monday, rejected the notion that Europe was on the brink of a major policy shift after Socialist Francois Hollande defeated her fellow conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and Greek voters punished ruling parties who slashed spending to secure a foreign bailout.

Shunned by Merkel, who publicly backed Sarkozy’s campaign, Hollande repeatedly criticised Germany’s focus on budget cuts and labour law reforms as the solution to Europe’s debt crisis. Many saw his victory and the outcome in Greece as heralding a shift in Europe toward higher-spending growth-oriented policies.

But close Merkel allies made clear within hours that the expectation in Berlin was that it would be Hollande who would be making the lion’s share of the concessions, and rowing back on policy promises made during the French campaign which the Germans view as dangerous for the entire single-currency bloc.

“The position of the German government is clear. We will continue on our savings path,” said Volker Kauder, parliamentary leader of Merkel’s conservatives and one of her closest allies.

After another bad night for her Christian Democrats (CDU) in a state election on Sunday, Merkel knows that if she is to win a third term next year she can ill afford to ignore German voters’ demands that she give no more of their cash away to foreigners.

“Germans could end up paying for the Socialist victory in France with more guarantees, more money. And that is not acceptable,” her ally Kauder said. “Germany is not here to finance French election promises.”


Those promises appear potentially costly.

Hollande has pledged to balance the French budget in five years, but he also wants to hire tens of thousands of new teachers, introduce a 75-percent tax on million-euro annual incomes and raise the minimum wage.

He favours the introduction of joint euro zone bonds and a more active role for the European Central Bank in fostering growth – both taboos in Germany.

Andreas Schockenhoff, a leading CDU lawmaker who heads a Franco-German parliamentary group, told Reuters he expected Hollande to commit “very quickly” to “stability policies”.

Pressed repeatedly at a news conference on whether the French and Greek votes might change the policy debate in Europe, Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert insisted the only way forward was growth through structural reform – such as of tax and labour rules aimed at improving trade – not debt-funded stimulus plans.

Merkel herself made clear that, while there was scope to discuss tactics, the overall strategy EU leaders committed to by agreeing a compact on fiscal consolidation was “not negotiable”.

“We are in the middle of a debate to which France, of course, under its new president will bring its own emphasis,” she said. “But we are talking about two sides of the same coin – progress is only achievable via solid finances plus growth.”


The German leader telephoned Hollande, whom she has never met, on Sunday night after his victory and the two spoke, with the help of interpreters, for nearly a quarter of an hour.

Sources told Reuters the conversation was friendly and that Hollande assured Merkel he wanted very close ties. The president is expected to visit Berlin next week, most likely on May 16, the day after he takes office, on his first foreign trip. Merkel said Hollande would be welcomed with “open arms”.

Germany has already signaled it is ready to negotiate a “growth pact” with the new French leader. Though its terms may well be vague, that would allow Hollande to claim victory in his push for a more balanced approach to the crisis.

But bold new initiatives that might give ailing economies like Greece and Spain a substantial boost are unlikely.

“Boosting growth is fine, but the question is how,” CDU budget expert Norbert Barthle told Reuters. “Our focus remains firmly on structural reforms.”

German officials have indicated they are prepared to explore a more flexible use of EU structural funds, bolster the capital of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and allow the issuance of so-called “project bonds” to fund investment in infrastructure.

These steps would not require substantial new funds from Berlin and this is why they are acceptable. But launching new government stimulus programmes, allowing euro members more time to cut deficits they have pledged to get down, or giving the ECB new powers to bolster growth remain anathema to Germany.

“There will be no loosening of the deficit targets,” one high-level German source said, pointing to Hollande’s victory speech in Tulle as a sign of his readiness to work with Germany.

“He mentioned cutting back the deficit as his second priority. That was significant and a signal.”

Hollande’s chief economic adviser, former finance minister Michel Sapin, also said on Monday: “Nobody expects that we simply arrive in power and hand out money.”


On Greece, officials in Berlin and Brussels are also taking a hard line, making clear they see no room for the country to renege on or renegotiate the terms set out in its multi-billion euro rescues by the bloc and the IMF.

(What’s a Grecian Earn? Not much today.)

The failure of the big parties that have dominated Greek politics for decades to secure a majority, and a surge in support for extreme parties from the left and right, has raised questions about whether Athens will stick to its commitments and sparked speculation it could be forced out of the euro zone.

“Either they stick to the programme and receive the financing from member states – or they will have to default,” said a senior euro zone source before the pro-EU Greek Socialist party leader called explicitly for a renegotiated bailout deal.

“What the default would lead to, I don’t know,” the source said. “But certainly to even more hardship for Greek citizens.”

At the core of the European project, formed around France and Germany to end a succession of wars, Hollande can look to the euro zone’s third economy, Italy, for support. Sapped by a moribund business climate and budget cuts meant to appease wary creditors, Prime Minister Mario Monti’s technocratic government endorsed the new French president’s pro-growth agenda.

An indication of whether Hollande is ready for confrontation with France’s key partner, Germany, or will seek reconciliation will come when he names his government later this month.

A leading candidate for the post of prime minister is Jean-Marc Ayrault, a German-speaker who knows the country well and who has sent conciliatory messages to Berlin in recent weeks.

Choosing him over Martine Aubry, a more traditional Socialist who was responsible for introducing France’s 35-hour workweek, would signal that Hollande is ready for compromise.

“I will be very interested to see whether or not Hollande kicks off his presidency with a battle with Merkel,” said Louis Gargour, chief investment officer of hedge fund LNG Capital.

“This is a contest of Keynesian economics and a focus on growth versus an extended phase of austerity that electorates are fast becoming tired of.”

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It Couldn’t Get Worse Dept. Secret Service Scandal! Sarah Palin’s Opinion (at last!)

Secret Service Carousing Overseas: Unprofessional.
Refusing to Pay Prevailing Wage For Services Rendered: Cheap.
Affording Sarah Palin More Airtime: UNFORGIVEABLE.

The longest 15 minutes on record…and who was her running mate again?

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Romney Toy Gaffe ‘Etched’ in History!

Gaffe: noun, a slip of the truth. – Ken Rynne

News: Yesterday, a senior Romney adviser went on CNN and seemed to suggest that Mr. Romney’s conservative positions in the primary season could change like an Etch A Sketch drawing.

“I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign,” Eric Fehrnstrom, a longtime adviser to Mr. Romney, said in response to a question about pivoting to a matchup with Mr. Obama and appealing to moderate swing voters. “Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.”

The reference to a children’s drawing toy that erases the last image with a simple shake immediately fed attacks from Mr. Romney’s rivals that he was an untrustworthy standard-bearer for the conservative cause.

We Fix It: If it has the ring of truth – it may be a lasting image through November.  Meanwhile sales of Etch A Sketch and the stock price of its manufacturer Ohio Art have soared. Frankly, we think more toy-related gaffes are just what this campaign needs — bring on other clasics like “Operation” (health care), “Battleship” (defense), and for the big match up in November 2012, “Rock Em Sock ‘Em Robots.”