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A baby but not Baby Fix (yet)

The Fix (and Mrs. Fix) are spending the day getting ready for the arrival of the littlest Fix in less than two weeks time.

So, while we try to figure out how to install a car seat and put together a crib, consider this an open thread for Fixistas to chew over the news of the day.

In other words: talk amongst yourselves.

We'll be back tomorrow with the White House Cheat Sheet and an all-new Friday Line.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 5, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
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Cut my taxes by 50%. Then I can hire the guy to repair my chimney. This helps private enterprise. In the process the government will have less revenue. They can cut spending or layoff people thus reducing the size of our corrupt government. It is preferable to have reductions in the government sector because the private sector is paying their salary and benefits. This is a win-win situation.

Also consider arresting the senate and congress and intern them at Club Gitmo. They are the alpha and omega of our problems.

Posted by: leapin | February 6, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Thomas Jefferson 1802:

'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

Posted by: lydialern | February 6, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I was reading the CNN politics newticker blog and all the bloggers say is that it is over for Obama and the libs and saying now Obama can't blame Bush for everything. Excuse me, 16 days and it's all his fault? I do think he made a few mistakes in disregarding the importance of the "inadvertent" tax problems in the sea of "change" Since we have a voluntary tax system that will make millions the average folk think those guys in government cheat on their taxes, why can't I "inadvertently" cheat on mine? Since they confessed and paid prior to being audited they don't get the fraud label put on them is what people seem to not know. Still to see someone with stratospheric income get away with this for so long makes me think all Congress should be vetted now under the current guidelines. We may be able to bail out a bank or two with back taxes owed.
Another problem is tht the Republicans seized on the pork in the bail out and did a great blog blitz media on it. We need to move on it but with the noise about "Stop smoking programs" and reseeding in DC making the news and all the other nitpicking and call for back to Reaganomics when the issue is not taxes but income! If you make no money, taxes are not the issues are they? If businesses are collapsing, it is not because of taxes it is because they have no money and no credit lines. Do that first - get cash back into the system to keep businesses afloat and talk taxes later. It's called prioritizing. Move fast on the essential.

What we have is the Limbaugh crowd wanting to and succeeding in creating tumult and the very nervous masses are angry anyway so the country is basically freaking out & just hearing the most negative. The press has been freed from Bush so they are going crazy too. Everyone needs business and newspapers are going down fast. Anything to sell a story. When Bush was in office the Republicans may hav dissented but not with the fervor they do now since they want to win back the White House and make Reagan their FDR. They are now blogging away very make the program fail just like Rush told them to do.
We have to act fast or the country will collapse. You can just feel the quiet out there. There is still hope but not for long. Tactical strategizing about the next election is not patriotic. It's self-serving. We have a real problem now; all businesses first of all need cash so that people can pay their bills. The hope is waning because of the increase in desperation as time goes on. Protectionism is back. Let's just get a handle on this and not panic. Let's just move forward and save our country NOW. This is not the time to play politics. No one knows what to do since this is due to the loose reins under Bush and Greenspan with complex derivatives and vapor. We have to try to fix and stop bickering and survive so we can thrive again. Pretty simple really. Take one step at a time but take that step.

Posted by: lydialern | February 6, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Being a parent is the most rewarding endeavor in the world...

On another note, if the enclosed article has any validity, Israel and its leaders are insane...

Posted by: dickhealy | February 6, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I think lowering interest rates to 4% might help, as long as mortgage rates stay above that. The real problem is the negative equity. Housing values will not recover unless a good way is found to eliminate that.
The proposal posted in the previous comment by DDAWD, explains the problems caused by negative equity, and offers a interesting solution. I hope that the new administration will seriously look at solutions like this.

Posted by: atackley | February 6, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse





The Bush-Cheney "multi-agency action" extrajudicial vigilante network and its related unconstitutional array of "programs of personal destruction" remain in place.

President Obama may not even be aware of some of the deeply entrenched "ops" that threaten his presidency...

... The "multi-agency action" nationwide army of "community stalking" citizen vigilantes hiding behind federally-funded volunteer organizations;

... the deployment of radiation weaponry to police departments nationwide;

... and the multi-agency unconstitutional programs -- ranging from pervasive spying to a parallel system of transaction processing that amounts to fascistic theft by deception -- must be taken down.

Immediately. Before more damage is done.

Before another "generated crisis" claims the renewed American spirit and again plunges the nation into despair and submission to "the dark side."

The agencies of government that are covertly commandeering this devolution of American democracy -- via their draconian "multi-agency action" programs -- must be reined in and reformed, top to bottom, never again to subvert the rule of law.


Posted by: scrivener50 | February 6, 2009 2:14 AM | Report abuse

So, a new little fix. Like backing into a fan. Good luck and enjoy. It's the greatest ride in the world.
A Mom who enjoyed every minute.

Posted by: mgre | February 5, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I see in the news tonight where IBM, which laid off several thousand U.S. workers last week, finally came clean and admitted they were laying off their U.S. workers and moving their R&D to India. As a fig leaf, when challenged about this, they now are offering, at $1 an hour, jobs for those laid off U.S. workers in India or Russia.

No more, not one, H1-B visa. Tax the living snot out of IBM for every job they outsource and hit them with tariffs and duties and fees when they re-import their foreign made crap back into this country. Then, tun around and nail the hide of every investor in that treasonous company to the wall - tax them until they simply bleed to death.

This is "free trade", it is treason and we need to end it and END the life of every company practicing it.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 5, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

"Bsimon, I hope Justice Ginsburg recovers from her surgery and remains strong."

She's very lucky that it was detected so early. This isn't like breast cancer or colon cancer where someone can live with the disease for several years. If pancreatic cancer gets advanced enough, it kills you usually within a year. As long as nothing went wrong with the surgery itself, she should be fine and most likely cured of the disease. (of course, given her age, a smooth surgery is far from a given.)

Posted by: DDAWD | February 5, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

mnteng, I had missed the efficiency issue - of course, that is the key!

jnoel002, I think the housing/mortgage issue should be in TARP2 and is critical.
Read this:

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 5, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse


Sounds like you're saying that if we really want to work our way out of this recession, the women should do the work and the men should get the heck out of the way.

Actually, since we still don't have gender pay equality, women ARE more productive than men so maybe that would work.

Posted by: mnteng | February 5, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this will solve the "housing crisis", but it could help. It seems too much of a win-win to actually be included in the stimulus.

Posted by: jnoel002 | February 5, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Chris.

Posted by: billyc123 | February 5, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50, we're onto you. "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Republican Party? The John Birch Society?" Pray tell.

After what's just come in on Solis, the Secretary of Labor nominee, all I can say is "Good night, Hilda".

H & R Crock strikes again.

Posted by: NotBubba | February 5, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | February 5, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: hiberniantears | February 5, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The fact that BUSH appointed Sonia Sotomayor sadly will kill her chances. He could go for Judge Sears or pick someone younger.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | February 5, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

mattadamsdietmanager - I suspect you were not wanting a liberal african american lawyer when you wrote that message. But there is a qualified judge who fits that mold and is a woman, to boot.

Leah Ward Sears, CJ, GA SCt

Read about her.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 5, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Bsimon, I hope Justice Ginsburg recovers from her surgery and remains strong. But if she resigns, and if the Prez wants to keep it a female slot, he might go with Sonia Sotomayor [sp?]- Princeton, Yale Law, top honors, prosecutor, private practice, appointed to Fed bench by Bush41, appointed to Fed Appeals Ct by WJC, centrist, of Puero Rican ancestry. Early 50s in age.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 5, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

or he could appoint another African American liberal Judge.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | February 5, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Loudounista | February 5, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse



This message almost certainly did NOT emanate from The Washington Post. This has happened to me repeatedly. I believe I am being unjustly "targeted" for not only pervasive surveillance, but MALICIOUS INTERFERENCE with all of my electronic communications.

Given the technical sophistication of the intrusions upon my telecommunications, I suspect that rogue agents who staff a Homeland Security "fusion center" in Newtown, PA, near my home, are responsible for these persistent and egregious violations of my constitutional rights.

The fact that this apparent censorship is exercised selectively -- seemingly, only when I dare to express views that some agents of government might deem controversial -- is prima facia evidence of its unconstitutionality.

I am left to conclude that rogue elements of the security/intel "community" are brazenly violating my constitutional rights. If this is happening to me, a longtime journalist, it is likely to be happening to untold thousands of other Americans.

I have written about this extensively. Yet the apparent malicious censorship and prior restraint of my telecommunications continues. The censorship has gotten worse in recent days; but these articles still apply:

If any civil liberties attorneys are reading this: The ACLU's 2006 lawsuit aimed at NSA spying was unsuccessful. However, the specific set of facts pertaining to my case could provide a renewed class-action legal effort to rein in "multi-agency actions" that infringe upon constitutional rights of many Americans.

Please leave me contact information at by posting a message to one of my articles. And please: government agents posing as civil liberties attorneys need NOT apply.

To others: Please consider reading my articles about the continued abuses of government which threaten our democracy, as well as the new Obama administration.

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 5, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama's short list for Supreme Court appointees??? well iwill be a list of STRONG liberal Judges. He might appoint a female Hispanic Liberal.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | February 5, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Can we start a pool? What are the percentages that you and your baby will share a birthday?

Posted by: patrickneil | February 5, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"US aircraft production, 1941-45 ... More than doubled peacetime output in first year of war ['42] and more than doubled again in '44."

Tangential to mark in austin's point, the rate of technological innovation during that time was also enormous. The aircraft we were building in 1940/41 were very different from those we were building in '45. Simultaneous to the retooling of factories for wartime production, we also invested in technology innovations & put new products into production that made enormous differences in that war's outcome. The world changed extremely rapidly between 1938 and 1946; almost unimaginably.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 5, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

For the Fix: call your local fire and/or police department for tips on installing a car seat properly. Around here each station has at least one staff member trained on proper installation.

for the Fix readers: perhaps it is not too soon to begin discussion of President Obama's short list for Supreme Court appointees.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 5, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

US aircraft production, 1941-45

US 19,433 47,836 85,898 96,318 46,001

More than doubled peacetime output in first year of war ['42] and more than doubled again in '44.

We can beat a recession if we have the unified will to do it. I thought those numbers, from a non-computerized time with no males in the factories, might cheer someone today.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 5, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | February 5, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

such a CUTE BABY!!!

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | February 5, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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