At a $1.7 million fundraiser in Jackson, Mississippi, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney declared that the GOP is not “the party of the rich,” insisting instead that “we’re the party of people who want to get rich.”
Sadly for Romney, there are two small problems with his assessment. For starters, Mitt’s proposals (like those from GOP wunderkind Paul Ryan) would deliver another massive tax cut windfall for the wealthy and shred the social safety net while putting the economic recovery at risk. Just as damning for Mitt and his cheerleaders like David Brooks and Robert Samuelson, the historical record shows that from economic growth and job creation to household incomes, stock market performance and just about every other indicator of the health of the U.S. capitalism, the modern U.S. economy has almost always done better under Democratic presidents.
Nevertheless, Governor Romney offered his GOP extreme makeover during his audience with the haves and have-mores in Mississippi. As ABC reported:
“We’re accused, by the way — in our party — of being the party of the rich,” Romney said. “And it’s an awful moniker, because that’s just not true. We’re the party of people who want to get rich. And we’re also the party of pSee the rest of this article HERE.eople who want to care to help people from getting poor. We want to help the poor.”Americans have good reason to look the dressage horse in the mouth, and not just because earlier this year Romney announced, “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” As it turns out, Mitt Romney’s program makes George W. Bush look like Karl Marx.
See the rest of this article HERE.
- Romney Says GOP’s Not ‘Party of the Rich,’ But ‘of Those Who Want to Be Rich’ (news.yahoo.com)
- Mitt Romney claims concern for the waiters and waitresses at his country club fundraiser (dailykos.com)
- Romney Says GOP’s Not ‘Party of the Rich,’ But ‘of Those Who Want to Be Rich’ – Yahoo! News (tribuneofthepeople.com)
- Romney Says GOP’s Not ‘Party of the Rich,’ But ‘of Those Who Want to Be Rich’ (abcnews.go.com)
- Romney says waiters at fundraiser “struggling” (cbsnews.com)
- What’s Hiding in Romney’s Taxes? (realclearpolitics.com)
Raw Story ran this from Helen Wheels:
Everyone should copy & paste this for safekeeping and for sticking in lying sack of shit baggerfascists’ faces whenever necessary. I, with the help of other commenters up here, have kept a running tab of the GOP War on Women:
– Every GOP member vote FOR Anti-Safe Abortion Legislation
– Every GOP member vote FOR Blunt/Rubio Anti-Women’s Equal Health
Coverage Amendment. While Blunt/Rubio Amendment does not allow employer
to deny men employee health coverage for Vasectomy, the Blunt/Rubio
Amendment allows Employer to deny female employees & female
dependents: contraception, tubes tied, and hysterectomies.
– GOP Redefine Rape
– GOP write legislation to probe metal prongs up a woman’s vagina
– GOP change legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence
– GOP write legislation that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides
abortion care. (South Dakota GOP)
– GOP write legislation to cut nearly a billion dollars of aid to low-income
pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.
– GOP write legislation that would let hospitals allow a woman to die
rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.
– GOP write law cutting ALL funding for low-income kids saying “Women
should really be home with the kids, not out working (Maryland)
– GOP Cut Funding for Head Start, by $1 Billion.
– Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women: GOP write Bill to CUT
funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.
– GOP Candidates for President vow and pledge to Cut Funding for Planned
– GOP voted for a Amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood
– GOP write Bill to eliminate all funds for Federal Family Planning Program.
– GOP Jan Brewer (R- AZ) Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday
signed one of the most controversial and restrictive abortion bans in the
country, which experts say effectively bans abortions after 18 weeks and
declares that a woman could be pregnant 2 weeks before she even had sex.
States passed 83 laws restricting access to abortion, nearly four times the
23 laws passed in 2010. A lot of that had to do with the 2010 elections, which
ushered in a wave of Republican legislators and governors. This year, the
number of states with fully anti-abortion governments — in which both the
governor and the legislature oppose abortion rights — increased from
10 to 15.
Got it? Pass it around… post it on your blogs…print it out and pin it to bulletin boards everywhere.
I often quote other articles on this blog, but rarely do I repost other reader’s comments on posts. However, I was reading a Think Progress article on the Republican proposal to cut social programs but leave military funding alone and found this comment by Victoria Lamb Hatch:
Should we close some tax loopholes that benefit mostly the rich and large corporations? No.
Should we eliminate tax subsidies that go to corporations making billions of dollars in profits? No.
Should we take away school lunches from low-income children, and gut programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and other social services that benefit people who are struggling? Of course. They can’t afford high-priced lobbyists.
I can remember a time when I believed the GOP to be a party with a political ideology that differed from mine. Now I just see them as hateful and cruel.
See what I mean? A clear statement that you can carry to the bank.
If we don’t make cuts across the whole spectrum AND return to taxes on corporations and the wealthy to bring back our economic health, then we might as well toss the two-party system into the trash.
I’m talking about a nominee so far to the right that conservative populists get their fondest wish—and the Republican Party is forced to learn from the result. Namely, that there is such a thing as too extreme.
But if someone like Rick Santorum gets the nomination in an upset, the party faithful will get to experience the adrenalin rush of going off a cliff together, like Thelma and Louise—elation followed by an electoral thud.
Giving conservative activists everything they want in a presidential nominee would ultimately be clarifying for the Republican Party. It would break the fever that has afflicted American politics turning fellow citizens against one another. It would restore a sense of balance, recognizing that it is unwise to systemically ignore the 40% of American voters who identify themselves as independent or the 35% who are centrist. After all, a successful political party requires both wings to fly.
There’s nothing like losing 40 states to refocus the mind.
Education is a marvelous thing. Education by Experience can be devastating.
Here are some clips from the Salt Lake Tribune:
The founders of the Republican Party saw Mormons as their enemies.
And the first Mormon leaders didn’t have much nice to say about the GOP, either.
You would never know it now — one recent poll showed three-quarters of LDS faithful lean toward the GOP — but the two groups had an acrimonious start, fueled largely by the early Mormon practice of polygamy.
So how does this affect Mitt Romney as he runs for the Republican nomination?
As Mitt Romney presses his bid for the Republican nomination for president, lost on many Americans is how his Mormon faith played an important role as foil in the early days of the Grand Old Party — and how its first candidates catapulted to power in part by whipping up anti-Mormon sentiments.
“If you like irony, you’ve got to love history,” says Utah historian Will Bagley. “Polygamy made Mormons into a national punching bag during the 1850s.”
The Republican Party launched in 1854 as an anti-slavery party and quickly seized on growing concern with Mormons in the Utah Territory taking on multiple wives.
Early Republicans did not distinguish between slavery and polygamy and attacked Mormons in their first Party Platform in 1856. Republicans elected to Congress used their influence to wipe away Church control over the Utah Territory and backed a law that disincorporated the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
LDS Church leaders, for their part, harbored ill will toward the Republican Party, urging followers to back the Democrats.
“We call upon you to stand firm to the principles of our religion in the coming contest for president,” read a letter from LDS Church President Brigham Young and other leaders as published in the abolitionist newspaper, The National Era, on Nov. 20, 1856. “Our duty is plain. There are two principal parties in the country — one is for us, the other against us.”
That doesn’t mean that Democrats were pro-Mormon… they weren’t. Senator Steven Douglas was notably anti-Mormon and spread the fear that they would separate Utah from the country under Church government.
If rumors of Mormon troubles are true, then “the Mormon inhabitants of Utah, as a community, are outlaws and alien enemies, unfit to exercise the right of self-government,” Douglas said, according to a New York Times account of his speech at the time.
Lincoln’s winning the White House in 1860 and the Civil War ending slavery, left polygamy as the one concern that still resonated with Americans. P Republicans over the next several decades attacked the LDS Church over polygamy and suspicions that Mormons were attempting to form their own sovereign country in the Mountain West. Oddly enough, this fight was driven by the members of Congress from Vermont, the birthplace of Joseph Smith, founder of the LDS.
Vermont Rep. Luke P. Poland later amended that law to order that all civil and criminal cases in the Utah Territory be handled by the U.S. District Court and dismiss any other judiciary system in the state that he feared were simply church puppets.
Poland’s hope was that the federal courts would then go after polygamists, but it wasn’t until the 1887 Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act — sponsored by Republican George Franklin Edmunds— and the subsequent Edmunds-Tucker Act that Mormons with plural
wives were prosecuted. Around 1,300 men were eventually jailed under that act.
The law also was successful in disincorporating the LDS Church, forcing Mormons to take their battle to court. The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled against the faith but Congress took a step back when Mormon leaders issued a proclamation in 1890 banning polygamy. That also was a turning point for the icy relationship between Mormons and the GOP.
What started the turn away from the Democrats was their inaction in the establishment of Utah as a state. The Republican Party of Utah was founded in 1891 and became the leading organization pushing for statehood, which happened in 1896.
It wasn’t until the 1970s however that social issues like abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment and gay marriage (all of which they were against) drew the Mormons to conservatism.
Church apostle Ezra Taft Benson, who supported the right-wing John Birch Society and served as Agriculture secretary under President Dwight Eisenhower, helped further push his fellow Mormons into the conservative camp.
A report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in January showed that about 74 percent of Mormons lean toward the Republican Party and 66 percent of them call themselves conservative.
“Clearly, the Republican Party has taken the mantle of religious freedom and that bodes well for Mormons,” says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who converted to the Mormon faith and the GOP.
“Principles of the Republican Party align with what Mormons believe,” the congressman added, though he quickly noted that there are many Democrats who are also devout Mormons.
Mitt Romney now assures everyone that there will be no influence of the LDS Church over his policies if he becomes the nominee. It is hopefully the case.
It’s been said many times recently that the GOP is living in a parallel universe, with their own set of facts that have nothing to do with reality as the rest of us know and understand it.
Here is proof, in living color.
These photos were taken at Rick Perry’s Prayerpalooza on Saturday, where he called for seven hours of intense prayer and fasting.
Apparently, the good folks who were in attendance didn’t know that fasting means not eating anything.
Either that, or they have applied the Michele Bachmann Rule of Denial and believe, even as you can “pray away the gay,” you can eat nachos and still call that fasting.
- Top 5 most outrageous statements from Rick Perry’s prayer rally (secularnewsdaily.com)
- Texas Governor Rick Perry Changes the Rules (swampland.time.com)
- Responding to ‘The Response’: AU and allies offered successful alternative to Rick Perry prayer rally (secularnewsdaily.com)
- Al Jazeera Looks at Rick Perry’s Evangelical Prayer Rally: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Watch Gov. Rick Perry’s “The Response” Religious Event Live (mediaite.com)
This is from Begala’s article in the Daily Beast entitled “How Republicans Screwed the Pooch“… this, of course, is from the point-of-view of a member of the Clinton administration who was there when the same kinds of problems were solved two administrations ago.
Whenever you hear the Republicans (and especially the tea partiers) say that the Democrats never learn from their mistakes, point them to the balanced budgets with surpluses extending out into the foreseeable future that Clinton handed Bush and his Band of Scary Men, who got us into debt andunfunded war within a year. And remember what they left Obama with.
Begala’s article should be read by everyone.
- How Republicans Screwed the Pooch (thedailybeast.com)
- Clock Ticking on Debt Ceiling Limit Compromise: But Can There Be One? (UPDATED) (themoderatevoice.com)
- Yep, I caught that too Smitty (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Paul Begala: Newt Saying GOP Plan Is ‘Too Radical’ Is Like Paris Hilton Disliking Someone ‘Too Slutty’ (mediaite.com)
… and when we’re done, we’ll decide how to spend what we have left…
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John Deering in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette:
Waiting to see who wins as we all go over the falls…
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Dan Wasserman in the Boston Globe:
Notice how well they listen to each other…
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Dick Locher of Tribune Media Services:
… if we would all get with it….
– and –
Joel Pett in the Lexington Herald:
…and it l0oks like they are getting it.
By Barb Kucera, editor of Workday Minnesota, where this articleoriginally appeared
Minn. government shutdown puts thousands out of work.
ST. PAUL – “Where are the damn jobs?” was the question posed by a sign at Thursday night’s State Capitol vigil. Not only were no jobs created during the 2011 legislative session, the state
government shutdown that began at midnight put thousands of public and private sector workers out of work.
Minnesota’s sluggish economy, struggling to recover from the recession, will be rocked by the layoffs of 23,000 state employees and thousands of others as the effects of the shutdown ripples through local units of government, businesses and communities.
Some 10,000 construction workers immediately face unemployment due to the closure of all state-funded construction projects, said Harry Melander, president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council.
At a vigil Thursday night, state workers filed before a microphone to list the litany of public services affected by the inability of state lawmakers to reach a budget agreement before Friday’s start of a new fiscal year. They ranged from adoption services and addiction programs to business licensing, pollution prevention and public health efforts.
“We want to work!” participants in the vigil chanted as darkness fell on the state Capitol. A sign on the building said it was closed until further notice due to the shutdown.
Failure to compromise
Minnesota labor leaders said Republican lawmakers, by refusing to address the state’s revenue shortfall, were to blame for the impasse that led to the shutdown.
“Their insistence on protecting millionaires has now resulted in a government shutdown that leaves thousands of public and private sector workers without a job,” said Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson.
“While this shutdown will be harmful in the short-run, it is only a preview of what the GOP‘s all-cuts budget would look like.
“Governor Dayton has met Republicans halfway with a balanced solution that will hold the line on taxes for 98 percent of Minnesotans. We call on Republican legislators to join Governor Dayton in the middle and forge a compromise that will create jobs and protect the middle class.”
Jim Monroe, executive director of MAPE, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, said state workers “are being used as pawns in a budget impasse,” adding “It seems that legislative leaders do not understand the value that public services give to the quality of life in this state.”
Eliot Seide, executive director of AFSCME Council 5, the largest union of state workers, said, “We are saddened the Republican legislators would dispose of us like we are yesterday’s trash.”
In the coming days, both unions will be operating phone banks so members can call lawmakers to demand an end to the crisis and a fair budget.
They also plan a mass rally at the Capitol July 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dubbed the “Downeyville Rally” after state Rep. Keith Downey, who sponsored legislation to slash the state workforce, the event will dramatize the effect of the shutdown, in the same way impromptu encampments called “Hoovervilles” portrayed the devastation of the Great Depression in the 1930s.
A moral crisis
Participants in Thursday night’s vigil were joined by clergy from various faiths. The Rev. Paul Slack, pastor of New Creation Church in Brooklyn Park, spoke for many when he framed the debate in moral terms.
Thousands of Minnesotans, especially the state’s most vulnerable residents, will be hurt by the shutdown and by many of the proposed budget cuts, he said.
“We need to pass a budget – not just a budget – but a budget that works for us all,” he said. “This is not a budget crisis. This is not even a revenue crisis. This is a moral crisis.”
For more information
View more photos on the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation Facebook page
AFSCME and MAPE have resources for laidoff state workers on their websites.
A local group, ShutDownRiseUp! will offer a free meal every day at 5 p.m. in Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis and the opportunity to organize around the shutdown.
- The closure of Minnesota, America’s fiscal future in miniature? (dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com)
- Who’s to blame for the Minnesota government shutdown? (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- President Obama, Are You Listening? (duanegraham.wordpress.com)
- Rachel’s river (powerlineblog.com)
- Tim Pawlenty: Minnesota Shutdown Is a Good Thing (newser.com)
- Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State To Remain Open During Government Shutdown (alliancepayroll.wordpress.com)
- 7/1/11: Minnesota Government Shutdown Caused by the Rich (brittaj17.wordpress.com)
- The Minnesota State Government Shutdown: Part I. (myprogressivelife.wordpress.com)
“There’s a lot of people out there that worry the American dream is in danger. So I was listening to the other candidates. They’re fine people. But I don’t think I’m hearing anything coming from them that’s going to help us seize this opportunity.”
McCotter has held his suburban Detroit district for almost a decade, and he says he jumping into the race because he is dissatisfied with the current crop of candidates, from Mitt Romney on down. His national recognition, however, is about zero.
McCotter, 45, is known for being a sharp-witted — and sometimes sharp-tongued — conservative policy wonk. As far his bona fides in that regard, he was ahead of the GOP curve in opposing the Wall Street bailout in 2008, calling it “American Socialism.”
- Congressman Thad McCotter to announce presidential bid July 2 | Politisite (imns.wordpress.com)
- Congressman Thad McCotter to announce presidential bid July 2 | Politisite (politicite.wordpress.com)
- Congressman Thad McCotter to announce presidential bid July 2 | Politisite (milliron.wordpress.com)
- Thad McCotter Behind Consternation and Confusion In Ames Straw Poll Auction (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
- Think Twice Before Considering Newt Gingrich As Our Nominee (thegabriellahoffman.com)
- Saturday Movie Matinee (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
- McCotter Gets Rough On Romney (blogs.wsj.com)
They’ll stop at nothing to steal the Presidency.
We have to act now to stop these bills from becoming law. The Democratic Governors Association is the only organization devoted solely to electing Democratic governors who will veto any and all attempts to limit voter rights. Use the form at the right to stand with the DGA and demand that Republicans stop their politically-motivated attempts to suppress votes.
- Linking Money to Votes… (themoderatevoice.com)
- DGA Video: Will GOP Governors ‘Stand with Scott’ Walker’s Power Grab? (middletownmike.blogspot.com)
- Voter registration could be key to Obama in 2012 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- My new podcast is at 10 AM… I’m getting ready. (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
I was looking for more information on Patty Murray’s defense of Planned Parenthood and the crap the Republicans are trying to blackmail us with to keep the government open. I found this piece by our friend Sherry who we have quoted before. Read it. Please.
Shut ‘er Down?07 Apr
I read a piece yesterday by Michael Tomasky that posited a couple of theories about what the GOP was about in this budget battle. He basically saw it as two possibilities. One is that Boehner is up to his neck in poo, knowing that a shutdown will reflect badly upon the GOP. The other is that they really think that if they stop this economic recovery with a shutdown, Obama will suffer in 2012. The latter is clearly the more sinister and evil of the two.
I’m more inclined to the former. I think Boehner is being squeezed and is desperately trying to hold on to his job. He wants to make a deal, yet he is held hostage by the freshman extremists who are much like the those who went out to watch the “opening” battle of the Civil War. Sitting with tea and crumpets, they soon were horrified at the slaughter and ran for their lives. It’s just that the extremist teabaggers, having learned only “revisionist” history, have no clue what they are bringing about.
My understanding through days of listening and reading is that the parties are close enough on the actual numbers. One would think that enough, but the GOP, beholden to its crazies, and deeply afraid of them now, keep moving the end zone lines. What it now comes down to, is not the size of the cuts, but the actual cuts themselves.
Pense, that idiotic buffoon, demands a shut down if the PPH is not defunded. And the extremists are fanning the flames by, so I’ve read, blanketing Boehner’s office with white sheets. This is to symbolize that Margaret Sanger, the long DEAD founder of PPH was alledgedly supportive of the KKK.
Ms. Sanger has also been charged with believing in eugenics, and from that we get the ugly billboards suggesting that PPH’s aim is the genocide of the African-American people. Forget the real reason that African-Americans seek PPH’s abortion services more often than whites.
Such nonsense is just that of course. Pense claims that his purpose is to stop funding PPH because the “American people are clear that they don’t want the government funding abortion.” Of course there is already legislation to that effect and PPH’s budget from Congress funds health care issues separate and apart from abortion, such as mammograms and cervical cancer detection as well as family planning assistance. All this to women who cannot afford these services elsewhere.
Another pet project is NPR. The GOP wants it defunded for no other reason than they think it left leaning and that’s not helpful to them. The fact that Fox Noise and all manner of other “conservative” institutions receive federal dollars is conveniently ignored. This is nothing but another means to kill the opposition, union killing and voter suppression, wild gerrymandering, being others.
The EPA is another target. Damn us for wanting clean air, and water, and support for alternative energy sources. Big Business doesn’t like pollution control interfering with profits. That is masked by idiots on committees who claim that “God has promised that the earth will never be destroyed.” Well there you have it. We can foul our nest all we want, God is our janitor! Such unspeakable misinterpretation of scripture is nothing but misdirection and slight of hand. It’s all about business.
Ryan and his silly “revolutionary” budget is aimed at only one thing–the thing the GOP always aims at, keeping money in the hands of rich people. It’s desire to destroy Medicare and Medicaid under the guise of taking down the deficit, might have some legs were it not for the fact nothing is done to address the tax cuts for the wealthy.
This is all nothing new. The GOP hates with a passion anything that smacks of “income redistribution”. In their world there would be no social security either. They did not put forth any of these social reforms, they hate them, always have. They believe they are at the top of the heap due to their own talents and frankly, my dear, they don’t give a damn about any of the masses.
Charity, to borrow from the extremist right-wing religionists, should come from the individual, which is what Jesus wanted (doncha just know). When people give of their own volition, of course, they work for their own salvation, which is all that really counts, and the “right” kind of poor are taken care of, and the rest? The rest, will either do the ditch-digging jobs with just enough to subsist, developing into a stable underclass we can count on forever. They will do it or die.
We will, they dream, build a righteous land run by God’s natural leaders–white men who with benevolence, (their version) make the US into a mighty, unassailable ruler of the world. Anyone who doesn’t like it, well, we got plenty of bombs.
And if you don’t think this is exactly what they truly want, you are deluded.
End of Rant.
Perhaps Cantor should consult any grade school student who has studied U.S. History and find out what he is suggesting is unconstitutional.
This from HuffPo (if you click their URL below there’s more):
- Echo Chamber? House Plans New Vote on Old Spending Bill (blogs.wsj.com)
- Eric Cantor Admits Republicans Want to Kill Social Security (firedoglake.com)
- Cantor Debuts Bill That Would Make GOP Budget Law Of Land Should Shutdown Become Imminent (huffingtonpost.com)
- Eric Cantor: No Stopgap Spending Bill Beyond April 8 (huffingtonpost.com)
This, of course, is being sent out with a fundraising request from DFA:
Keep up the good work folks… Act Blue is collecting
their donations, I guess.
- “Wisconsin Republicans Preparing to Break With Union Busting Gov. Walker?” and related posts (guerillawomentn.blogspot.com)
- Rasmussen (yes, Rasmussen) finds Walker disapproval at 57% (dailykos.com)
- Conservative group warns about losing union fight in Wisconsin (thehill.com)
- Negotiations stall in Wisconsin over union bill (salon.com)
- Walker Losing Support from Senate Republicans in Wisconsin? (news.firedoglake.com)
- Scott Walker’s Union Busting Crushed In New Rasmussen Poll (oliverwillis.com)
- Scott Walker’s Approval Rating Now 43%: Winning the Battle and Losing the War? (themoderatevoice.com)
- “Another Conservative Pollster Finds Wisconsin Rejects Scott Walker” and related posts (faithfulprogressive.blogspot.com)
Here’s the beginning of a wonderful article based on the Sunday pundits in Crooks and Liars.
Give it a look, then go in and read the rest:
This is a disturbing piece for all of us in the arts that was published this week by Stage Directions Magazine. I listened to the President last night inspiring us to be first in science and math and engineering… of course he said nothing about our being first in the arts which provides millions of jobs at minimal cost for highly talented people. They may not be creating new automobiles or filling our food plants with dangerous chemistry (like Monsanto), but they create the world view in which our scientists and mathematicians can function.
Once the engineer and the artist were in the same shell… think about Leonardo Da Vinci. Today the arts are considered an easy victim by Republicans out to destroy the things that make life good over the things that make life dangerous.
Back to the article in Stage Directions. Here’s part of it, but please go in and read it all:
- GOP Bill Would Eliminate NEA, NEH? (mxmossman.blogspot.com)
- Why Brownback is the Stupidest Governor in America
- House Republicans unveil plan to end federal arts and humanities agencies and aid to public broadcasting (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- GOP Rep. Jordan Wants To Obliterate Funding For The Arts (lezgetreal.com)
- A letter to Jim Leach (powerlineblog.com)
- The NEH vs. America (powerlineblog.com)
- Message from the GOP: kill the arts, continue womb controlling (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Jeopardy Answer: Cretins, Yahoos, and Rednecks….. (tagg-lines.com)
- Miller whines about Murkowski’s lame duck voting record (dailykos.com)
- ‘Don’t ask’ repeal moves toward law (politico.com)
- Votes In Hand for DADT Repeal as Murkowski, Scott Brown Pledge Support of Standalone (news.firedoglake.com)
- A senator scorned (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Lisa Murkowski’s ‘Newfound Independence’ Could Have Impact On Obama-Backed Issues (huffingtonpost.com)
Here are a couple of clips, but I encourage you to go into Salon and read it all:
- McConnell’s Partisan Logic vs. Obama’s Bipartisan Pipe Dream (fdlaction.firedoglake.com)
- Mitch McConnell: Defeating Obama In 2012 Crucial To GOP Agenda (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Party of no Obama – McConnell insists on GOP president (politico.com)
- Asymmetric partisanship (washingtonmonthly.com)
- McConnell: Ousting Obama is “Only Way” (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- GOP asserts new strength, targets Obama programs (sfgate.com)
“Just a reminder: if you vote GOP today or sit it out, you are voting for a tax cut FOR ME and none FOR YOU.”
- Keith Olbermann on the Tea Party (newstatesman.com)
- Keith Olbermann stops “Worst Person in the World” segment (for now) (shortformblog.com)
- Keith Olbermann did an amazing Special Comment this evening… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
“I’ve got Sean Hannity in my back pocket, and I can go on his show and raise money by attacking you guys.”
On Hannity’s popular afternoon drive-time show, the Tea Party-inspired Senate contender acidly criticized the party, specifically the National Republican Senatorial Committee, for not funneling any serious cash (beyond a pro forma $43,000) into her race against Democrat Chris Coons.
- Christine O’Donnell Warns Republican Bigwigs “I’ve got Sean Hannity in my back pocket” (themoderatevoice.com)
- Did Christine O’Donnell lie to Hannity? (crooksandliars.com)
- Christine O’Donnell On Hannity: “Not Going To Do Any More National Media” (mediaite.com)
- Christine O’Donnell Slams NRSC’s Lack Of Support After Her Debate With Coons (mediaite.com)
“So two years ago America broke up with you, because you had badly mistreated her. … And you come back rapping on our door, hat in hand, and you say, ‘Baby, I know you love me. But if we get back together, I pledge to you, I promise you, I will still try to f*ck your sister every chance I get.'”
And that about sums up the GOP’s approach to the Middle Class…
- ‘Postcards from the Pledge’ (washingtonmonthly.com)
- CAUGHT: Stewart Shows GOP’s ‘New’ Pledge Exactly The Same As The Old (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- David Gregory Plays Jon Stewart Clip To Bash Boehner and GOP (newsbusters.org)
‘The Republican National Committee has taken to calling Obama “the Clark Griswold president,” a mocking reference to the Chevy Chase character in National Lampoon’s “Vacation” movies. With unemployment claims climbing again, the GOP was hoping its criticism would have a certain national resonance. And maybe it will.’
– Scott Wilson, Washington Post
BTW, by this time in George W Bush’s Administration, GWB had taken 115 days off. Obama has taken 48, counting this week’s trip to Martha’s Vineyard.