Obama Feels Your Pain; OWS Forecloses on Outer Boroughs; Ron Paul Rocks: Reason Evening Links

Obama denounces Obama economy: "This isn't just another political debate," President Obama tells a crowd in Osawatomie (Kansas) High School's gym. "This is the defining issue of our time. This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and all those who are fighting to get into the middle class... Because at stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home, and secure their retirement." 

Obama urges Americans to think of the travel agents: "Layoffs too often became permanent, not part of the business cycle," the commander in chief goes on. "And these changes didn't just affect blue collar workers. If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw many in your profession replaced by ATMs and the internet."

Oh, it's 12 hours from bottle to throttle: Federal Aviation Administration head Randy Babbitt resigns after being charged with drunk driving

Occupiers move in on foreclosed home: About 300 protesters march on a property in East New York. Property values inexplicably fail to increase

Ron Paul roars: The ascendant septuagenarian brings his blazing guitars to the Hawkeye State, causes Gingrich flipflopping seizure.

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  • RoboCain||

    Wait, what? What time is it? And where are my pants?

  • ||

    Reason Evening Links

    [swoons]

  • Fist of Etiquette||

  • ||

    Dick.

  • RoboCain||

    +1

  • chris||

    I don't know how you sleep at night, FoE.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Meh. It gave sloppy a chance to donate again and get his name right on the banner. And the rest of you cheap bastards, would it kill you to donate as "Boobs" or "OMG Buttsecks" or "STFU Lonewacko"?

  • chris||

    I once gave money to a cause and I couldn't pee standing up for a week. It hurt, man, like a kick in the nads. I just knew the people who I gave that money to blew it on crack and didn't share it with me. Can you look me in the eye and tell me with the straight face that you know for certain Nick, Tim and Matt are not just going to blow it on crack, or nail guns for Habitat for Humanity?

  • ||

    I know for a fact* that they take the money donated and cut a big ol' check to White Indian for pwnin' yer asses so hard for so long.

    If that's what you want to spend your drug Christmas fund on, be my guest, it's a sort of a free country.

    *Jason Godesky is my neighbor and he has shown me the checks.

  • chris||

    For a hundred dollar donation, I hear they are kicking in an audio track of WI commenting on his post.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    They don't like the milk and apples your donation buys, but they need that brain food to come up with new ways to thread comments.

  • ||

    Hey, they gave everyone a chance to get rid of the threads, but the people spoke and they like 'em.

    I believe it's called the tyranny of the majority.

    I think that we should have Random Threading™ with weird indents occurring for no good goddamn reason at all.

  • Brett L||

    The squirrels pretty much already provide this service.

  • ||

    I have no idea to whom you are replying, sir.

    Isn't it awesome.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The innovation that came from last year's pledge drive was to do away with that lefthand vertical line, so you're not entirely sure the comment you're reading is indented or not, if it is a reply to another comment far upthread or it's a new comment. Hopefully they can use this year's take to build on that.

  • ||

    Yeah, how does he sleep, the bastard?! LOL

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    On top of a pile of money, with many beautiful ladies.

  • ||

    Squirrels???

    WTF are you talking about?

  • Joe M||

    No, this is just Tim's west coast Morning Links. It's the time difference that makes it confusing.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "And these changes didn't just affect blue collar workers."

    "It's not just the demographic I've lost for good, it's also those of you white collar folk who might still vote for me. Let's toss out those folks in Washington and elect me to solve the mess they've gotten us into!"

    "If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw many in your profession replaced by ATMs and the internet."

    "It's a small step from Priceline.com's Bill Shatner, Travel Negotiator, to having your mandatory vacation to silicon mines booked by Skynet. Vote for me and I'll break the internet for good!"

  • Au H20||

    Reason has finally realised that the morning links are the best pert of this site

  • Doctor Whom||

    Obama took aim at the Republicans, saying they would only return the same structures that led to America's economic downturn.

    You mean borrow-and-spend budgets, a costlier and more intrusive government, an economy riddled with perverse incentives, Keynesian voodoo, and bailouts for crony capitalists? Yes, you're right; those are very bad things to which we mustn't return.

  • The Angry RPh||

    "And these changes didn't just affect blue collar workers. If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw many in your profession replaced by ATMs and the internet."

    We already knew the Teleprompter Jesus had no knowledge of economics, but now he's a Luddite? He sounds deranged.

  • Doctor Whom||

    Next, buggy-whip makers will lose their jobs. Won't someone please think of the buggy-whip makers?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    The spats factories have lain dormant lo these many decades, and there's nary a modern-day penny-farthing bicycle shop to be found. Oh, we are undone, brothers!

  • Shocked||

    Think of the cue card writers and holders displaced by the tele prompter.

  • Foppish Dandy||

    I should like to join a barbershop quartet!

  • I'm a Luddite, yes I am...||

    Holy shit, Obama said this?!  I always thought it was a tossup between him and Bush for the stupidest president, but Obama has now forged ahead.

  • B.P.||

    Despite getting spanked in some press circles the last time he talked about it, Obama presses on as the only purveyor of the ATMs-ruined-the-economy theory.

  • ||

    You scratch our backs, we'll scratch yours. -or- Double standard...What double standard?

  • El Goodo||

    Why do you hate the police so much?

  • ||

    That goddamn Paul ad is fucking brutal, dudes. I don't think he's running to get his ideas out there; I think he's out for blood.

    Better watch yo back, Titties.

  • chris||

    Newt ran a flunky primary candidate against Paul in every race while he was Speaker of the House. Oh, it's personal.

  • ||

    Ron Paul, what is best in life?

    To be marginalized by the media, excluded from debates, and hear the lamentations of Newcular Titties.

  • Brett L||

    Killing Newt's candidacy would be an acceptable result.

  • Ice Nine||

    Randy Babbitt resigned as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday after being charged over the weekend with driving while intoxicated.

    So, remind me why he should have to resign his position because of a DUI on the weekend?

  • Another Phil||

    Because when you accept a political job, your job is at the mercy of public opinion.

  • Brett||

    Actually few bank tellers lost their jobs to ATM's. Bank tellers are needed to give large sums of money, issue bank drafts, and provide basic services during business hours. ATM's increased convenince for consumers and ended jobs for part time tellers who cashed paychecks on Friday afternoons. You can't make a living on one afternoon a week.

  • kill the internets||

    "And these changes didn't just affect blue collar workers. If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw many in your profession replaced by ATMs and the internet." So now we know, its the internet we must go after! That means facebook and google right?

  • All Liberal Websites||

    Except for us... yes.

  • ||

    I would probably argue that the debit card killed quite a few more jobs than the ATM, but I'm a fetishist about bank-employee-replacement technology.

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