Posted on 30 March 2011 at 01:12 PM in Corporate Shills, Fake-Deficit-Hawks, Federal Budget, Government Shutdowns, Greedy Right Wing, Joe Walsh, Louie Gohmert, Mike Kelly, Mike Lee, Political Flip-Flops, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Republicans Hate the Middle Class, Republicans in Power, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Watch, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Tom Price, Two-Party-Wars, VIDEO, You Should Be Afraid | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Adding……Boehner, the lying corporate tool, just tweeted another lie designed to prop up the one above. Bastard.
To help create a better environment for job growth, far more spending must be cut, & harmful DC regs stopped.
Also….shouldn’t he be doing some actual work?? Not to mention the fact that he would be far smarter just to shut the hell up. Sheesh……
Posted on 02 March 2011 at 11:57 AM in 112th Congress, Deficit, Government Spending, Greedy Right Wing, JOBS, John Boehner, John Boehner Quotes, Lying Liars, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Republicans in Power, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Watch, Twitter, Two-Party-Wars, Unemployment | Permalink | Comments (0)
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As the clock ticks down to March 4, when the current stopgap funding measure expires, Boehner shot down what many considered to be the surest way to keep government agencies running while the two chambers hammer out the differences between their respective spending bills.
"We are hopeful that the Senate will take up the House‑passed bill that comes out of here today, tonight, tomorrow morning, whenever it is, and we hope that they will move it," he said at a press conference. "But I am not going to move any kind of short‑term CR at current levels. When we say we're going to cut spending, read my lips: We are going to cut spending."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., retorted that Boehner was resorting "to threats of a shutdown without any negotiation." Officials added that Democrats would seek a short-term bill without any cut in spending levels, a position sharply at odds with Boehner's.
The sparring occurred as the House labored to complete work on veto-threatened legislation to cut more than $61 billion from the budget year that's more than a third over. That bill also would provide funding to keep the government operating until Sept. 30.
Hartz reportedly weighed in on the contentious issue at a routine meeting with Democratic chiefs of staff. According to Politico, his remarks were unsolicited. One unidentified chief of staff told the outlet the remarks appeared to reflect a "genuine" concern.
So much is at stake. It's a failure to say we've taken the leadership of the United States and the first thing we're going to do is shut down the government to the detriment of our people [and] to our security.
Posted on 18 February 2011 at 03:15 PM in CONGRESS, Federal Budget, Government Shutdowns, Harry Reid, Harry Reid Quotes, John Boehner, John Boehner Quotes, Legislation, Morning Quote, Nancy Pelosi, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Republicans in Power, Right Wing Watch, Talking Points, Two-Party-Wars | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Senator Nelson [D-NE] sums it up nicely.
The repealers who have their own government health insurance are very eager and ready to make sure that others don't get it through the law that's in place
What we're left with is a wasted a month in which Republicans, instead of working on meaningful legislation or efforts to improve the economy, made their party's base feel good about itself. Had the repeal measure passed the consequences would have been severe -- higher deficit, higher taxes on small businesses, higher costs for consumers, higher rates of uninsured -- but Republicans did it anyway, in large part because they had the luxury of consequence-free posturing. They knew from the outset that families wouldn't actually suffer from this stunt because the crusade would inevitably fail.
GOP lawmakers, in other words, had the best of both worlds -- they could try to gut the system and screw over millions (which makes the base happy), knowing all the while that they were only putting on a show (which makes families who need the benefits happy). It was a ridiculous charade, an insult to the political process, and a reminder that the GOP is in desperate need of grown-ups, but in the end, the stunt served its intended, shallow purposes.
This little vanity exercise was also a reminder of just how little seriousness Republicans bring to their policy work. Like their House counterparts, the Senate GOP spent the day making up numbers, condemning the CBO, and repeating long-discredited attacks, but what they never got around to doing was explaining how they might want to improve the old, dysfunctional health care system. Not one Republican lawmaker this month has spent time presenting a credible alternative or talking about how they might try to help people who need it.
They love tearing down; they loathe building up.
With yesterday's vote, every Republican in the Senate effectively told American families, "We'll gut the health care system now, and maybe figure something else out later. In the meantime, good luck -- and don't get sick." Those who find this compelling probably aren't paying close enough attention.
Former Republican Speaker of the House, Tom DeLay, responding to a question about the Arizona shootings on NBC's "Today" show with his usual utterly with out conscience, crap:
If I was still in congress I would welcome and urge those who can carry to come to my town meetings, I'd feel safer having them there. Gun control and grandstanding doesn't help anyone.
Posted on 30 January 2011 at 11:54 AM in Arizona Shootings, Gun Control, Morning Quote, Political Quotes, Quotations, Quote of the Day, Republican Fearmongering, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Watch, Sourced Quotes, STATES, Talking Points, Tom DeLay, Two-Party-Wars, Wingnuts | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Here we go again. The meme the Right Wing resorts to whenever they get caught out in something they know is wrong, the both sides meme, is all over the internet today. Republicans trying to lay the blame for the Arizona shootings on both sides of the political aisle in order to save their own political skin. Pure nonsense.
Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be “armed and dangerous” without being ostracized; but Representative Michele Bachmann, who did just that, is a rising star in the G.O.P.
And there’s a huge contrast in the media. Listen to Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann, and you’ll hear a lot of caustic remarks and mockery aimed at Republicans. But you won’t hear jokes about shooting government officials or beheading a journalist at The Washington Post. Listen to Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly, and you will.
HT Bob Cesca
The regulations prevent service providers from blocking rival services, or dividing traffic to sites in to slow and fast lanes, which would give priority to certain [large corporations] providers of web content. In other words, the regulations seek to ensure that you have equal access to all legal content on the web.
But, according to Conservatives, these regulations enacted in order to protect consumers, constitute a nationalization of the internet, or, or, worse…….
I suppose it's possible that these Republicans are just deeply confused, have absolutely no idea what net neutrality is, and are spewing nonsense just to rile up right-wing activists. It's also possible these Republicans know the truth, but are shamelessly lying as part of a larger campaign to scare unsuspecting conservatives about a "big government" bogeyman.
But it's worth appreciating the fact that the rhetoric from prominent GOP voices really is unhinged. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) insisted that "unelected, unaccountable Democrat [sic] FCC commissioners are taking over the Internet." Incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the policy "another government takeover." Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) told a national television audience yesterday, "[W]e're starting to see the FCC say, 'You have to come to us to get permission to manage your own website.'"
The incoming chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), has even vowed extensive hearings, in the hopes of using "every resource available" to halt the new regulations.
This is a classic case of the Republican position having absolutely no relation to reality at any level. It's just crazy. These folks are either lying or ignorant -- those are the only two options. The irony is, the whole point of net neutrality is to protect consumers from the very restrictions Republicans are whining about. The far-right rhetoric isn't just wrong; it's the opposite of the truth.
Posted on 23 December 2010 at 10:43 AM in Greedy Right Wing, Internet Freedom, Net Neutrality, Plutocracy Sucks, President Barack Obama, Republican Fearmongering, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Watch, Steve Benen, Talking Points, The Internet, Two-Party-Wars | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell [R-KY], on the Senate floor, preaching the GOP gospel of lies. When reading, substitute the word “regulated” for the word “nationalized” in order to have a better understanding of McConnell’s lies and nonsense.
Today, the Obama administration, which has already nationalized health care, the auto industry, insurance companies, banks and student loans, will move forward with what could be the first step in controlling how Americans use the Internet by establishing federal regulations on its use.
Ya gotta hand it to them [GOP] . They are very good at defending their corporate bosses, albeit at the expense of the American people whom they are sworn to serve.
Posted on 23 December 2010 at 08:49 AM in 111th Congress, Internet Freedom, Lying Liars, Mitch McConnell, Mitch McConnell Quotes, Morning Quote, Net Neutrality, Obama Administration, Plutocracy Sucks, Political Quotes, Quotations, Quote of the Day, Republican Fearmongering, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Watch, Sourced Quotes, Talking Points, Two-Party-Wars, You Should Be Afraid | Permalink | Comments (0)
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“I’ll stand in the way of anything that doesn’t make sense and doesn’t spend our money wisely, so you know, it doesn’t matter what the issue is, we’re in such a hole, Jon, that we don’t have the luxury of not getting things right,” Coburn told ABC News today after announcing the deal.
Last night on CNBC, Coburn defended his obstruction of the bill and his insistence that it lavishes too much money on dying 9/11 first responders, saying “we’re spending four times as much money as we need to.” Coburn said that the actual cost of pre-deal bill would be $11 billion (he disputed the way the Congressional Budget Office scored it), and suggested that it was not paid for, saying, “we don’t have an extra $11 billion right now.” ....
Of course, the bill would not require an “extra” $11 billion. The bill is entirely paid for by offsets, some of which were changed at the GOP’s behest. As ThinkProgress has noted, these offsets — which at one point included a tax on foreign corporations — led the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to lobby against the measure. ...
The Senate passed a compromise version of the 9/11 first responders bill this afternoon. "The measure was passed on a voice vote with no one objecting after Democrats and Republican critics reached a compromise reducing the bill's cost from $6.2 billion to $4.2 billion." The House will vote on it later today.
I still feel pissed off that this did not pass with out Republican obstruction, in its original form, and with out making these responders fear for their futures. Taking care of these people who took care of us should have been something that we could all agree on.
Via Think Progress
Posted on 22 December 2010 at 05:56 PM in 111th Congress, 9/11, American Heroes, CONGRESS, Government Spending, Health Care, Lame Duck Congress, Legislation, Mike Enzi, Obama Accomplishments, Obstructionist Republicans, Plutocracy Sucks, Republicans, Right Wing Watch, Talking Points, Tom Coburn, Two-Party-Wars, Yes He Did | Permalink | Comments (0)
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It's not like conservatives haven't been telegraphing their punches. Republican officials at the state level appear almost desperate to tackle culture-war social issues, and have grand ambitions. GOP activists and their lawmaker allies expect to restrict abortion rights, expand concealed-weapon laws, prohibit stem-cell research, severely limit gay rights, and privatize all kinds of services, including public education.
And then there's Congress, where the incoming House Republican majority has already said it intends to tackle birthright citizenship early in the new year. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) recently added that it's just not possible for someone to be "a fiscal conservative and not be a social conservative."
A leading Congressional opponent of abortion rights, who is in line to take charge of an influential House panel, plans to press for much stricter limits on the procedure.
The selection of the lawmaker, Representative Joe Pitts, Republican of Pennsylvania, as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health presages a major shift on abortion and family planning, according to opponents and supporters of abortion rights.
Opponents of abortion gained about 45 seats in the midterm elections, and they count the next speaker, Representative John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, as a staunch ally, virtually guaranteeing more conflicts with the White House on the issue.
Mr. Pitts was chosen last week as the chairman of the subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over private health insurance, Medicaid and much of Medicare, as well as the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.
In urging Republican leaders to choose Mr. Pitts, the National Right to Life Committee said he had "made the protection of the sanctity of innocent human life the cornerstone of his service in the House."
This was an amazing press conference, with an engaged, fiesty, caring president.Transcript below the video.
2:25 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Before I answer a few questions, I just wanted to say a few words about the agreement we’ve reached on tax cuts.
My number one priority is to do what’s right for the American people, for jobs, and for economic growth. I’m focused on making sure that tens of millions of hardworking Americans are not seeing their paychecks shrink on January 1st just because the folks here in Washington are busy trying to score political points.
Posted on 07 December 2010 at 08:12 PM in 111th Congress, Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, CONGRESS, Democrats, George Bush Tax Cuts, Greedy Right Wing, Obama Administration, Obama Press Conferences, Obama Tax Cut Deal, Payroll Tax Cut, President Barack Obama, Public Sector Employees, Republicans, Tax Policy, Transcripts, Two-Party-Wars, Unemployment, VIDEO | Permalink | Comments (2)
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- TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s Statement to the Press on Tax Cuts and Unemployment Benefits
- White House: We Wanted a Fight
- TRANSCRIPT: Details on Obama Tax Cut Plan
- VIDEO: Obama to Democrats .. This is a long game. Not a short game.
- VIDEO: Obama …It’s tempting not to negotiate.
"We wanted a fight, the House didn't throw a punch," a senior White House official tells ABC News, pointing out that for months before the 2010 midterm elections, President Obama was making the case against the Bush tax cuts for wealthier Americans. "The House wouldn't vote before the Senate, and the Senate was afraid they'd lose a vote on it."
"It was like the Jets versus Sharks except there weren't any Jets," the official said. "Senator Schumer says he wants a fight? He couldn't hold his caucus together."
"This isn't a debate in a lab somewhere," the official continued. "People's taxes were going to go up, and then we were going to have a Senate with a slimmer margin and House under Republican control."
Another senior White House official said that under the new Congress, it was likely all the White House would have been able to get as a concession was maybe seven months of extended unemployment insurance, as opposed to the current deal -- with a payroll tax reduction, business write-offs for investments, and continued child and college tuition tax credits.
1) We wanted a fight on these tax cuts, and Congressional Democrats never took up the charge and held a vote;
2) This is a good deal -- and we weren't willing to let taxes go up on middle class Americans, or to deprive the unemployed of insurance benefits, just to prove a political point.
- TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s Statement to the Press on Tax Cuts and Unemployment Benefits
- White House: We Wanted a Fight
- TRANSCRIPT: Details on Obama Tax Cut Plan
- VIDEO: Obama to Democrats .. This is a long game. Not a short game.
- VIDEO: Obama …It’s tempting not to negotiate.
Posted on 07 December 2010 at 11:19 AM in 111th Congress, Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, CONGRESS, Democrats, George Bush Tax Cuts, Legislation, Obama Administration, Obama Tax Cut Deal, Obstructionist Republicans, President Barack Obama, Talking Points, Tax Policy, Two-Party-Wars, VIDEO, White House | Permalink | Comments (2)
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6:32 P.M. EST
Hello, everybody. Sorry to keep you waiting.
For the past few weeks there’s been a lot of talk around Washington about taxes and there’s been a lot of political positioning between the two parties. But around kitchen tables, Americans are asking just one question: Are we going to allow their taxes to go up on January 1st, or will we meet our responsibilities to resolve our differences and do what’s necessary to speed up the recovery and get people back to work?
Now, there’s no doubt that the differences between the parties are real and they are profound. Ever since I started running for this office I've said that we should only extend the tax cuts for the middle class. These are the Americans who’ve taken the biggest hit not only from this recession but from nearly a decade of costs that have gone up while their paychecks have not. It would be a grave injustice to let taxes increase for these Americans right now. And it would deal a serious blow to our economic recovery.
Posted on 06 December 2010 at 06:26 PM in Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, George Bush Tax Cuts, Obama Speeches, Obama Tax Cut Deal, President Barack Obama, Republicans, Speeches, Tax Policy, Transcripts, Two-Party-Wars, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance Benefits, White House | Permalink | Comments (0)
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And, it is 2.5 million Americans who have been cut off. That figure does not include their family members or pets who also rely upon those benefits.
Via Bob Cesca
What Republicans ought to do is say to people who create jobs, how many years does the tax code need to be extended for you to make an investment decision? I mean, the goal’s not to have an annual extension of the current tax code, and then have every business in the country trapped saying, “I don’t know. I want to make a 20 year investment in a factory.” … There is a number, but I would have the business leadership of the country describe the number.
Gingrich’s proposal, to cut off unemployment benefits while giving a massive windfall to the most fortunate, is a recipe for skyrocketing unemployment. The economy grows by nearly two dollars for every dollar spent on unemployment benefits “because recipients typically spend all of their benefit payments quickly.” The money “ripples through the economy into supermarkets, gasoline stations, utilities, convenience stores.” Flush with the revenue provided by these new consumers, those businesses are then able to hire additional workers and diminish the ranks of the unemployed.
Full story on Think Progress.
Posted on 05 December 2010 at 01:20 PM in Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, FOX Network, George Bush Tax Cuts, Newt Gingrich, Newt Gingrich Quotes, Plutocracy Sucks, Political Quotes, Poor Rich People Mantra, Quotations, Quote of the Day, Republicans, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Watch, Sourced Quotes, Talking Points, Tax Policy, Two-Party-Wars, Unemployment, VIDEO, You Should Be Afraid | Permalink | Comments (0)
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As The Wonk Room pointed out, the average millionaire will receive $103,809 in tax breaks next year if the Bush tax cuts are extended. Unemployment benefits, meanwhile, average about $290 per week.
After his objection, Brown offered his own proposal for a year-long extension as long as the Office of Management and Budget finds funds from already approved appropriations to pay for it. But Democrats turned down the plan because, as Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) noted, “we have to deal with the immediate crisis” and “the families that are struggling today.” This, of course, was the governing philosophy of both parties when they passed unemployment extension seven times under the Bush Administration. In fact, before yesterday, Congress went 40 years without allowing extended unemployment benefits to expire when the unemployment rate was above 7.2 percent. The unemployment rate today stands at 9.6 percent.
But, in a video released this morning, Brown defended his opposition, saying he “disagreed” that Congress should “pay for unemployment benefits” by “putting more debt on the credit card.” A curious position considering Brown is more than happy to slap the nation with a $830 billion bill in order to extend the Bush tax cuts for the top two percent of wealthy Americans. In touting the GOP’s absurd logic, Brown and his GOP colleagues champion an extension that provides “virtually no economic stimulus,” while rebuking one that “contribute[s] powerfully to the economic growth that is vital for a healthy budget.”
This morning, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) called Brown’s vote against 60,000 Massachusetts workers “outrageous” and a “question of national character.” “We need Scott Brown to see and be worried about the people of the Commonwealth who are trying to get groceries on the table while they continue to look for work,” he said. But, according to his schedule, Brown is busy focusing on his Christmas-themed fundraisers this week.
Posted on 01 December 2010 at 06:22 PM in 111th Congress, Ayn Rand Conservatism, Bankster-Politicians, Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, CONGRESS, Deficit, Democrats, Disappearing Middle Class, Fake Patriots, Fake-Deficit-Hawks, George W. Bush, Government Spending, Greedy Right Wing, Lame Duck Congress, Legislation, Olympia Snowe, Plutocracy Sucks, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Scott Brown, Talking Points, Tax Policy, Two-Party-Wars, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance Benefits, VIDEO | Permalink | Comments (0)
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If you're going to have a rally where hundreds of thousands of people show up, you might as well go ahead and make it about something.
Now, with all due respect to my friends Jon and Stephen, it seems to me that if you truly wanted to come down on the side of restoring sanity and reason, you'd side with the sane and reasonable, and not try to pretend that the sanity is equally distributed in both parties. Keith Olbermann is right when he says he's not the equivalent of Glenn Beck. One reports facts, the other one is very close to playing with his poop.
And the big mistake of modern media has been this notion of balance for balances’ sake. That the left is just as violent and cruel as the right, that unions are just as powerful as corporations, that reverse racism is just as damaging as racism. There's a difference between a mad man, and a madman.
Now, getting over 200,000 people to come to a Liberal rally, is a great achievement that gave me hope. And, what I really loved about it is that it was twice the size of the Glenn Beck crowd on the mall in August. Although it weighed the same.
Posted on 08 November 2010 at 08:24 AM in Ayn Rand Conservatism, Bill Maher Quotes, Democrats, Demonstrations, Eric Cantor, Glenn Beck, John Boehner, John McCain, Jon Stewart, Martin Luther King Jr., Media Incompetence, MLK, Morning Quote, Political Ideology, Political Quotes, President Barack Obama, Quotations, Quote of the Day, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Watch, Sarah Palin, Sourced Quotes, Two-Party-Wars, VIDEO | Permalink | Comments (0)
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I recognize that both parties are going to have to work together and compromise to get something done here. But I want to make my priorities clear from the start. One: middle class families need permanent tax relief. And two: I believe we can’t afford to borrow and spend another $700 billion on permanent tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
To read the full transcript of the president's weekly address, click here.
Perfectly stated by Zaid Jilani of Think Progress, the description of the U.S.’ two major political parties [emphasis mine]:
Although there are a diverse set of political beliefs in the United States, there are currently two major political philosophies clashing for control of the American body politic. One, the progressive view, believes in a society where a democratically elected government plays an active role in helping all people achieve the American Dream, no matter who they are. The other, the conservative vision, believes in the on-your-own-society that favors the wealthy, big corporations, and other privileged sectors of society.
An accurate description of both parties that voters should keep in mind when they are unsure of whom to vote for.
Whoops! [emphasis mine]
It has become an article of faith among certain Beltway inside-game commentators that there’s no way the Dem attack on secret money funding elections could ever have a prayer of working. Surely the issue is too esoteric, too process-y, and too removed from voter concerns about the economy to resonate.
But a new poll commissioned by MoveOn, and done by the respected non-partisan firm Survey USA, strongly suggests that the issue may indeed matter a good deal to voters after all.
The poll finds that two thirds of registered voters, or 66 percent, are aware that outside groups are behind some of the ads they’re seeing. This makes sense, since the issue has dominated the media amid the battle over the huge ad onslaught against Dems funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove’s groups.
What’s more, an overwhelming 84 percent say they have a “right to know” who’s bankrolling the ads. And crucially, the poll also found that the issue is resonant when linked to the economy. A majority, 53 percent, are less likely to think a candidate who is backed by “anonymous groups” can be trusted to “improve economic conditions” for them or their families. People don’t believe these groups are looking out for their interests.
h/t Oliver Willis
Posted on 14 October 2010 at 08:27 PM in 2010 Midterm Election, American Crossroads, Campaign Funding, Citizens United Ruling, Concerned Taxpayers of America, Corporations Are People, Karl Rove, News Corp, POLLS, Republicans, Right Wing Watch, Rupert Murdoch, Super Pacs, Supreme Court Rulings, Two-Party-Wars, US Chamber of Commerce | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Joe Scarborough is a moron.
I suppose this is par for the course. But perhaps it should be part of the discussion that right wing commentators who claim lefty groups and unions are running ads funded by anonymous donors -- just as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other righty groups are doing -- are just flat out lying.
This lie is so easily debunked that Joe Scarborough actually retracted it today on Morning Joe after making the claim and getting corrected. Will Karl Rove and Fox News and others spreading this falsehood or letting it go unchecked do the same?
Scarborough, during a discussion this morning of the Obama-and-Dem-versus-Chamber dust-up, called on President Obama to demand disclosure from unions and MoveOn, claiming "blatant hypocrisy."
But the comparison is totally bogus. Under Federal law, unions disclose far more about their funding than other political groups do, and it just so happens that MoveOn's ads are funded by a Federal political committee that has to comply with the same disclosure requirements that candidate and party committees do.
Uh huh. Or you're just so eager to deflect rightful criticism that the Citizens United ruling and the frightening thought that foreign contributions are now affecting American elections, that you just pulled erroneous facts from a location near that hip. There is no equivalence on the left to the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). There are no huge paychecks from shadowy billionaires eager to foist their selfish and short-sighted world view on the rest of the country. And Democrats are being outspent 7 to 1.
We've done posts on the foreign interests, as have Think Progress and other liberal blogs. I don't see a need to rehash it, probably not nearly as well as others have. But I do think that the importance of this cannot be overstressed: We will NEVER have any true democracy or fair elections until we demand public financing. All other complaints about weak-kneed Democrats or corporatist Republicans or being sidelined and not listened to take a back seat to that one fact.
As I said on another post, the situation forced on Americans by the Citizens United ruling, is the most important issue of our time. And if we do not legislate that elections be publicly financed, it is not an overstatement to say that America will no longer even resemble a democracy.
Posted on 13 October 2010 at 03:41 PM in 2010 Midterm Election, Campaign Funding, Citizens United Ruling, Conservative Demagogues, Corporations Are People, Democrats, Foreign Money Funding US Elections, Joe Scarborough, Lying Liars, Quotations, Republican-Strategy, Right Wing Memes, Sourced Quotes, Supreme Court Rulings, Talking Points, Two-Party-Wars, US Chamber of Commerce, VIDEO | Permalink | Comments (0)
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This is about as low as it goes. It’s more than just disingenious, it’s a flat-out, patent lie. The Chamber of Commerce, who has been accused of taking foreign contributions to spend on elections, is absolutely not doing that. They have a separate political action fund and they use that only from American donors.
The Chamber does indeed have a political action fund. However, its PAC has so far raised $161,000 and spent only $104,000. Yet, the Chamber itself has spent more than $12 million so far this election season (and plans to spend $75 million), largely helping Republican candidates.
See, the PAC is required to disclose donors and funds; thanks to the Citizen’s United ruling, corporations are not required to disclose, nor limited as to dollar amounts of contributions.
Prior to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, the Chamber would have had to run its political ads out of its PAC, contributions to which are disclosed. But the Court’s decision allows large corporations — such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns without publicizing their donors. [......]
For all posts on the fallout from/aftermath of, the Citizen's United ruling, click here.
Posted on 13 October 2010 at 10:34 AM in 2010 Midterm Election, American Crossroads, Citizens United Ruling, Conservative Demagogues, Corporate Malfeasance, Corporations Are People, Corporatist Right WIng SCOTUS, Democrats, Foreign Money Funding US Elections, FOX Network, Karl Rove, Lying Liars, Michele Bachmann, Michele Bachmann Quotes, Republicans, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Watch, Supreme Court Rulings, Talking Points, Tea Party, Two-Party-Wars, UPDATES, US Chamber of Commerce, Wingnuts | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Kiss our collective derrieres, Senators. Republican Senators. Mitch McConnell. F**king Bankster Politicians.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for McConnell said today that every Senate Republican has pledged to oppose any attempt to extend the Bush tax cuts that doesn't include an extension of the tax cuts for the wealthy. McConnell himself has given similar remarks.
The Bush tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year, and Mr. Obama has strongly urged Congress to extend them for everyone except for Americans making more than $200,000 or households making more than $250,000. Republicans, by contrast have called for a extension of all the tax cuts.
Makes perfect sense, since they really, really need it.
A Republican plan to extend tax cuts for the rich would add more than $36 billion to the federal deficit next year -- and transfer the bulk of that cash into the pockets of the nation's millionaires, according to a congressional analysis released Wednesday.
New data from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation show that households earning more than $1 million a year would reap nearly $31 billion in tax breaks under the GOP plan in 2011, for an average tax cut per household of about $100,000.
A millionaire bailout. In 2011, $31 billion out of $36 billion of the cost for this extension would go to the wealthy. Meanwhile, over the next ten years, we would add $3.5 trillion to both our debt and our deficit.
*Emphasis in blockquotes is mine.
Posted on 14 September 2010 at 08:12 AM in 2010 Midterm Election, Bankster-Politicians, Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, Disappearing Middle Class, Fake-Deficit-Hawks, George Bush Tax Cuts, Income Inequality, Mitch McConnell, Obstructionist Republicans, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Talking Points, Tax Policy, Two-Party-Wars | Permalink | Comments (0)
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A few weeks ago, the Republican leader of the House came here to Cleveland and offered his party’s answer to our economic challenges. Now, it would be one thing if he admitted his party’s mistakes during the eight years they were in power, and was offering a credible new approach to solving our country’s problems.
But that’s not what happened. There were no new policies from Mr. Boehner. There were no new ideas. There was just the same philosophy we already tried for the last decade – the same philosophy that led to this mess in the first place: cut more taxes for millionaires and cut more rules for corporations. Instead of coming together like past generations did to build a better country for our children and grandchildren, their argument is that we should let insurance companies go back to denying care to folks who are sick, and let credit card companies go back to raising rates without any reason. Instead of setting our sights higher, they’re asking us to settle for a status quo of stagnant growth, eroding competitiveness, and a shrinking middle class.
Let's hope that this means the end of bipartisanship for a while.
ht Bob Cesca
Posted on 08 September 2010 at 08:57 PM in 2010 Midterm Election, Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, CONGRESS, Conservative Demagogues, Deficit, Democrats, Economy, Fake-Deficit-Hawks, John Boehner, President Barack Obama, Quotations, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Right Wing Watch, Sourced Quotes, Talking Points, Tax Policy, Two-Party-Wars, VIDEO | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Remember how Newt Gingrich, the Family Values Phony Poster Child, crucified Bill Clinton? Andy Ostroy does.
We surely remember how these skeevy hypocrites like Gingrich crucified Bill Clinton back in the 90's over his affair with Monica Lewinsky. He became just the second sitting president in United States history to be impeached. Yet one by one these witch-hunting hypocrites including Gingrich, Bob Barr, Henry Hyde, Robert Livingston, Helen Chenoweth, Dan Burton, John Ensign, Larry Craig and others were all subsequently embroiled in their own humiliating public sex scandals. These philandering phonies went ahead with their Clintoncide despite knowing they couldn't keep their own pants on. What unmitigated gall.
Unmitigated gall, indeed.
Fact: one way or another, whether the Democrats control Congress or whether it's the Republicans, the deficit will grow in the near term. Do we grow the deficit with stimulus that creates jobs and grows the economy? Or do we grow the deficit with $678 billion in tax cuts to the top two percent that does next-to-NOTHING to create jobs or stimulate the economy? ~ Bob Cesca
Sunday on CNN's GPS, Fareed Zakaria pointed out the hypocrisy inherent in Republican shrieking about our budget deficits, as all the while they adamantly oppose allowing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire.
Most conservatives have been very concerned about America's sky high deficits. They believe they are a dire and urgent threat to the country's future. So when an opportunity presents itself to cut that deficit massively in one fell swoop you'd think they would jump at the chance, right? But they haven't.
You see, George Bush's massive tax cuts are the single largest chunk of our structural budget deficit.
Take a look at this chart. It shows the deficit growth over the next ten years, and the red stripe shows just how much those Bush tax cuts add to the deficit. Well, those tax cuts are due to expire at the end of the year. Were the tax cuts to expire, the budget deficit would instantly shrink, by about 30% or more than $300 billion dollars.But Republicans are now adamantly opposed to any expiration of the Bush tax cuts, because, they say, that would weaken the economy. But wait a minute. They have been arguing for the last year that what's weakening the economy most is the prospect of unending budget deficits.
Via reader Anthony
Posted on 02 August 2010 at 08:25 AM in Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, CONGRESS, Deficit, Democrats, Economy, Fake-Deficit-Hawks, Fareed Zakaria, George Bush Tax Cuts, George W. Bush, Obstructionist Republicans, Plutocracy Sucks, Quotations, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Right Wing Watch, Sourced Quotes, Talking Points, Tax Policy, Two-Party-Wars | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Republicans continue their mantra of "No, NO, NO" to anything proposed by Democrats. Yesterday, on the House floor, Rep. Anthony Weiner [D-NY] made it clear to Republicans that they are nothing more than completely obstructionist assholes, refusing to yield the floor, and calling them out for what they really are. "No! The gentleman will sit down! I will NOT yield!"
From a commenter on Bob Cesca's blog:
They sit silently, letting the ignorant wing of their base talk about insurrection, revolution, armed resistance...
Well, fuck that noise. And fuck the stubborn, petulant, malfeasant manner in which the GOP pretends to operate.
The time has come to get ALL the way up in their stunned Boehner, McConnell, Cantor faces.
Four months to midterms - like the last 20 seconds of the round. Time to come off the ropes and unload some heavy combinations. No more jabs...no more rope-a-dope. Time to open up some cuts and crack a few ribs.
WASHINGTON — A bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by World Trade Center dust fell short in the House on Thursday, raising the possibility that the bulk of compensation for the ill will come from a legal settlement hammered out in the federal courts.
The bill would have provided free health care and compensation payments to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who fell ill after working in the trade center ruins.
It failed to win the needed two-thirds majority, 255-159. The vote was largely along party lines, with 12 Republicans joining Democrats supporting the measure.
Posted on 30 July 2010 at 10:19 AM in 2010 Midterm Election, 9/11, Anthony Weiner, CONGRESS, Democrats, Fake-Deficit-Hawks, Health Care, Legislation, Obstructionist Republicans, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Right Wing Watch, Talking Points, Two-Party-Wars, VIDEO, Wingnuts | Permalink | Comments (0)
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From a comment on Bob Cesca's blog:
In essence, take the label off and they look just like you, think just like you, and have the same fears and aspirations as you do. But if "wingnut" is how you see them, welcome to the cage match. That kind of approach goes against all educated and rational thought about how to engage with PEOPLE, but if it makes you feel better...
For the most part, I agree with the commenter on this. The problem is that no matter how we approach it, we are not going to change the mind or heart of a modern conservative, because they are, in essence, wingnuts. That is the reality. To think that engaging them on a more civilized level is going to accomplish anything is just pure fantasy.
It ain't gonna happen. It IS a cage fight, and we damn sure better win it or we will be living in the US of Fascism.
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