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The Newsroom – Tea Party is the American Taliban

The most succinct and dramatic explanation of the tea party ever produced.

September 23, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Republicans lie while Obama saves the country

Republicans have taken to lying about everything. When all of the fact checkers agree that the Romney campaign is lying through their collective teeth on virtually every issue – and especially on the “keynote” viewpoints – then you know that the party does not deserve to be elected. Meanwhile, Obama saved the country from the economic disaster the Bush administration left it in.

He did this despite the fact that THE major causes of the debt are the Bush tax cuts, the two Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the near depression economic collapse that occurred during Bush’s second term.

He did this despite the tea party bigots increasing the debt over and over with their dishonest attacks on the President, on the economy, and on the middle class. All so they could give even more tax cuts to the super-rich and more tax loopholes to the megacorporations who ship jobs overseas and hide their income from taxation offshore. Yes, Obama did this despitethe tea party Republicans voting AGAINST every effort to stimulate jobs and help the middle class.

He did this despite the fact that the unemployment rate started skyrocketing during the Bush presidency and shot up to 10% before Obama took office and got the stimulus package money flowing to help the middle class.

Imagine how much better off we would be if the bigoted and dishonest tea party hadn’t been actively working to hold back the recovery out of bitter hatred of the guy in the White House who doesn’t fit their bigoted definition of “the right kind of American.”

The tea party has been actively attacking the middle class in order to give more to the super-rich with every single vote they have cast since Obama took office. And still, with the Republican party admitting it was working against Americans, Obama managed to save the country from depression, save the US auto industry, speak up for the middle class and every other group the bigoted tea party has attacked, and put us on a path forward toward a sustainable economy for ALL Americans, not just the ones born rich.

September 8, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Parsing the current lie of convenience by the Republican party

Let’s take one of the numbers tossed out by the tea party ideologues and parse it because it demonstrates the kind of mindless regurgitation without any attempt to understand that dominates their thinking.

8.3% unemployment it was 7.8 when Obama took office

Any chart of the unemployment rate will show you that the rate had started a steep climb during the last year or two of the Bush administration. It was at 7.8% when Bush left office, but had been at 4.6% in 2007. Within the following year, still while Bush was in office, it had skyrocketed up to over 6% on its way up to the 7.8% when Bush left office and Obama was inaugurated.

Let’s stop here and remind people that unemployment rate is a lagging indicator. That means it slow to react going up or down. So the recession that started in 2007 under Bush took a while to have an impact on the unemployment rate. But when it gets going it keeps going. Big…and fast. So the rapid increase at the end of the Bush administration was guaranteed to keep skyrocketing for a long time. Which it did until it peaked at just over 10%.

It then started dropping, and this drop coincided with the stimulus package monies putting put into use. In short, Obama’s stimulus package helped stop the loss of jobs that Bush had started and started creating jobs. And we’ve been creating jobs ever since – 29 straight months now of private sector job creation. The unemployment rate is stuck around 8%, in part because Europe is dragging us down because they chose to fight the near depression by instituting austerity programs just like the ones the tea party has been trying to do here in the US. Overall, things are getting better.

Not bad. Especially when you consider that the tea party-held Republicans in Congress have voted AGAINST every single jobs package offered. Imagine how much better things would be if the tea party had stopped holding back the recovery. It’s simple. Without the tea party holding back the recovery and increasing the debt even more, the unemployment rate would be lower and the middle class would be seeing more of the recovery (they don’t as much now because the tea party keeps voting to take money from the middle class and give it to the super-rich, who hide it overseas from taxation).

September 6, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

The Republican dishonesty about Cap-and-Trade (and everything else)

Cap-and-Trade was actually a Republican idea. Democrats wanted a carbon tax, but no, no, no, cried the GOP. A carbon tax is a tax. Can’t have that.

So the Republicans pushed for a market-based mechanism. They pushed for Cap-and-Trade. The costs of carbon pollution would be captured and companies that were more efficient could make money selling their credits to those who were having trouble meeting basic standards. Those latter companies would have incentive to become more efficient and improve their profits.

Then the Democrats said, okay, let’s try it your way. Let’s agree on a Cap-and-Trade bill instead of a carbon tax bill.

To which the Republicans immediately relabeled their own idea “cap-and-tax,” called it a socialist takeover, and otherwise blatantly and dishonestly railed against their own idea in order to block passage.

The Republican party, especially now that the Koch-owned fake-tea party has taken it hostage along with 99% of the American people, has become a poster child for the most egregiously dishonest elements of corporatehood.

Which one party being blatantly dishonest about everything (remember that the “individual mandate” in the health care law was also a Republican idea), they absolutely cannot be trusted to be in charge of America. The Republican party put us into this economic mess and have worked against Americans and American recovery since Obama walked into office.

It would be utterly insane to put the dishonest wolves back in charge of the chicken coop.

[The above was a comment to a post by Chris Wiegard that you can read here.]

August 15, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Romney Goes All-In Against the Middle Class by Picking Paul Ryan as VP Running Mate

Mitt Romney has decided to go all-in against the middle class by selecting Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate. Ryan is the author of the infamous budget plan that decimates the middle class, turns Medicare into a voucher program, and yet increases spending on Defense contractors and other corporate giveaways.

Not surprisingly, Paul Ryan has been bankrolled by the billionaire Koch brothers, whose lobbying arms fund and organize the tea party. So it’s no big surprise that the Romney Ryan plan increases middle class taxes in order to pay for more tax breaks for the super-rich and increases the debt.

Perfect. Democrats will love it.

At least Romney has made clear that he thinks giving more chances for the 1% to hide their money offshore and allowing more loopholes for the supercorporations to ship jobs and money overseas will somehow, despite history and logic, create the jobs that they haven’t created during all this time to date.

What does the Ryan pick mean for the campaigns?

Ezra Klein at the Washington Post captures this nicely…

This is an admission of fear from the Romney campaign.

Let the games begin.

August 11, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Racist? Second country, second round of screwing up foreign policy for Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is now in the second country of his foreign policy “coming out” tour. As previously noted, he started off in the UK by insulting the British three times in one day. Now he’s in Israel, where on the first day he managed to offer his support for going to war against Iran and then offered what has been interpreted as racist statements against the Palestinians.

Besides not seeming to understand the basic fact that Israeli occupation just might have a teensy bit of influence over the economy of the regions it occupies and controls, he also got all the numbers wrong. Not even close, as this Washington Post article explains in depth. A certain amount of leeway is given to “the new guy” who obviously doesn’t have access to all the Intel as the actual President, but come on, his buffoonish platitudes would suggest that I have more Intel than he does. One of his advisers is Dan Senor, the former spokesperson for the Coalition Authority in Iraq during the early days of the Bush war there, so it’s not like he doesn’t have someone there to tell him what to say (though perhaps Senor is acting more in his role of Fox News commentator instead of on actual factual knowledge).

At this pace he ought to have completely destroyed our foreign policy relationships with much of the world by the end of the week. With his next stop being Poland, everyone is praying he does the wise thing and not talk. At all.

July 30, 2012 Posted by | Mitt Romney, Tea Party | , , , , | 4 Comments

Tea Party and Michele Bachmann Embrace the Bigots Again

Tea Party BigotryThe news is all about how John McCain “blasts unjust attacks” by Michele Bachmann on Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton in the Department of State.  What the news should be about, however, is that once again the tea party has gone for the bigot vote.

It is despicable that the tea party represents bigotry. The tea party rallied around Donald Trump only after he made bigoted remarks. The tea party rallied around Herman Cain only after he made bigoted remarks. The tea party rallied around Rick Santorum only after he made bigoted remarks.

And now Michele Bachmann is trying to get the tea party (whose caucus she leads in the House) to rally around her – by offering egregiously dishonest and bigoted remarks!

Where is the rest of the Republican party? Why haven’t they stood up to Bachmann’s bigotry? Why? Because the Republican party has embraced the bigots in America. Their nominee, Mitt Romney, rather than speaking out against bigotry is cozying up to Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh while they spew bigotry. Without the bigots the Republicans cannot win. After all, the Republican party has waged war on immigrants, gays, women, Muslims, minorities, and pretty much anyone who isn’t a white male evangelical Christian. They figure that since they have disdained everyone else they have to encourage the bigots to come out and vote for them.

You can see the bigotry and dishonesty of the tea party in full neon here on Gather.

It’s disgusting. And it is NOT America.

July 19, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Without GOP, Unemployment would be Under 6%

Interesting article here. Especially this part:

President Obama proposed the American Jobs Act in his 2011 State of the Union address, and spent the next year promoting it at every opportunity…The CBO said the bill would not only have paid for itself within 10 years, but would have reduced the deficit by at least 6 billion dollars. According to an analysis by Moody’s it would have created about 1.9 million jobs.

The result of GOP obstruction with those two things cost us 2.3 million jobs and 1.9 million jobs respectively. US employment as of May 2011 is about 155 million jobs, which means those 4.2 million jobs that the GOP has prevented account for 2.7% of the unemployment rate.

To recap:

1) The previous Republican administration of George W. Bush, during most of which the Republicans also controlled both houses of Congress, passed a series of unfunded mandates (e.g., NCLB, Prescription Drugs), started two unending wars (one by deceit) and mismanaged them, eliminated budget surpluses within Bush’s first year in office, increased the debt by a huge margin, and then prior to leaving managed to plunge the USA and the entire world into an economic disaster that would have surpassed the Great Depression if it hadn’t been for the stimulus packages.

2) Starting before President Obama took office the Republican party agreed to vote against any efforts to stimulate the recovery, the Republican party has voted against the creation of millions of jobs through its dozens of votes against job programs, and the Republican party has increased the debt while holding 99% of Americans hostage solely to maintain and expand on tax breaks for the super-rich 1% and tax loopholes for the super-rich megacorporations.  Oh, and the Republican party also voted multiple times against programs that would have helped small businesses (the real job creators).

So after 1) killing the economy, and 2) holding back the recovery, the Republican party now argues that it is all Obama’s fault and the voters should put the very people who 1) killed the economy, and 2) held back the recovery back into office.

= definition of insane

July 11, 2012 Posted by | Barack Obama, Birthers, Jobs, Mitt Romney, Republican, Tea Party | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

SCOTUS Ruling on Health Care Law Shows How Dishonest the Republican Party Has Become

ImageWell, the Supreme Court (lovingly known by all as SCOTUS), has announced its decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (lovingly known by all as Obamacare). In a surprise to most people, Chief Justice Roberts joined with the 5-4 majority to uphold the law and the individual mandate. But the case demonstrates just how dishonest the Republican party has become.

After all, the key argument used by the Republicans in their attempt to overturn the law was a little something called the “individual mandate.” And guess who forced the inclusion of the “individual mandate” in the law in the first place. You guessed it – the very same Republicans who used it as the whipping post during SCOTUS deliberations.

The Democrats, you all remember, favored a “public option.” The public option would have created a public option (catchy, isn’t it) for insuring those who couldn’t afford the skyrocketing prices of private insurance companies.  The Republicans, of course, wanted to ensure that the hugely profitable big corporate insurance companies kept their huge profits so the Republicans convinced the Democrats that they (the Republicans) would support the bill if they (the Democrats) compromised. So the Democrats dropped their public option idea and took on the Republican idea.

The Republican idea of the individual mandate that the Republicans then turned around and started claiming was un-Constitutional.

What’s more shocking than this abject dishonesty is that the media once again gave the Republican party a pass on it.  So much for the “liberal media.”

This follows a pattern with the Republican party.  Remember that “cap-and-trade” bill the Republicans railed against?  Yep, another Republican idea (Democrats preferred a carbon tax). Republicans originally proposed cap-and-trade as a market based mechanism for dealing with the unequivocal science of man-made climate change. But then when the intentionally ignorant tea party extremist wing got all hot and bothered about it the Republicans simply rewrote all of history, started calling their own signature cap-and-trade idea “cap-and-tax,” and lied left and right about it.

You can add in this political witch hunt, something the Republican party does all the time – lie, then repeat the lie over and over, then hold other people “accountable” as if your lie was somehow not a lie.  The truth about the Fast and Furious (non) scandal.

There are more examples, of course. It’s become a habit. Actually, it’s become a political strategy.  And this dishonesty is hurting America.

June 28, 2012 Posted by | Affordable Care, Republican, SCOTUS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Republican Ricketts Plan Goes Straight for the Bigot Vote

ImageOnce again the extremist tea party wing of the Republican party is catering to bigot vote.  In a proposed plan dubbed “the Ricketts plan” after the super-rich Joe Ricketts, another of the stable of super-rich who are trying to get their man (super-rich Romney) into the White House. The plan is laced with code words for bigotry.  Even to the point of including President Obama’s middle name, a sure-fire way to rile up the bigots of the party.

The plan proposes to raise the specter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose cherry-picked diatribes were employed by some for a similar purpose in 2008.  At that time, however, the Republican nominee John McCain refused to play the bigot card.  [In part due to his shock that some in his campaign event crowds were shouting not only bigotry by suggested acts of violence.]  Apparently the Republican party has devolved even more since then, as this proposal caters directly at those bigots who can’t stand to see an African-American man with a funny name in the Oval Office.

This line of attack shouldn’t surprise people.  The Karl Rove Super-PAC has already been out with lie-filled ads, and we can can expect even more from the super-rich funded super-PACs.  Keep in mind that only a few dozen super-rich men are financing the vast majority of these super-PAC organizations who don’t have to play by the same rules that us normal people have to play by.  These handful of super-rich have been giving millions to these uncontrolled groups, while you and I are limited to donating $2500 per election.  Guess who has more influence.

This direct play to get the bigot vote is both shameful and an example of how dishonest – and just downright mean – the Republican party has become.  It’s a sad thing to know that a party has stooped so low and attacked so many (anti-gay/anti-women/anti-Muslim/anti-minority/anti-Latino/anti-non evangelical/anti-science, etc.) that it must cater to the bigots of the world.

May 17, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment