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    Dems to GOP: Don’t like government healthcare? Prove it: drop yours.

    Will any GOP member of Congress who is so opposed to government healthcare for average Americans drop his or her own benefits? My guess is they’ll neither “put up” nor “shut up” — and they’ll do it because they know their supporters will continue to vote against their own interests.

    "Put up or sit down," said Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) to Republicans, who promise to repeal the sweeping health care law enacted in March. The congressman has introduced a bill to repeal the measure’s most popular components, such as the ban on denying coverage for pre-existing illnesses.

    "This will be the big chance for Republicans to do what they’ve vowed to do," Ackerman said, according to Mike Lillis of The Hill. “These bills will be their chance to at long last restore liberty and repeal the evil monster they’ve dubbed ‘Obamacare.’ “

    Another New York Democrat, Joseph Crowley, on Tuesday sent a letter to Republican leaders challenging them to “walk the walk” if they intend to “deny millions of Americans affordable health care.”

    "You cannot enroll in the very kind of coverage that you want for yourselves, and then turn around and deny it to Americans who don’t happen to be Members of Congress," the letter read.

    Dems to GOP: Don’t like government health care? Then drop yours

    And this:

    Incoming Republican Rep. Andy Harris ran against government health care reform (for the rabble), but was “incredulous” when he found out he’d have to wait 28 days for his government health care benefits to kick in.

    “He stood up and asked the two ladies who were answering questions why it had to take so long, what he would do without 28 days of health care,” said a congressional staffer who saw the exchange. … “Harris then asked if he could purchase insurance from the government to cover the gap,” added the aide.

    GOP legislator frets over 28 days without insurance — but what about 30 million he’d leave uninsured?

    UNBELIEVABLE!

    "This is the only employer I’ve ever worked for where you don’t get coverage the first day you are employed," his spokeswoman Anna Nix told Politico, before explaining that the statements were grievances about the failures of government-run health care, and therefore a perfect fit into his campaign rhetoric against health care reform.

    HuffPo

    » follow » utmb

    — 3 years ago
    #obamacare,  #republicans,  #gop  #democrats  #congress  #drop your government healthcare  #rep. andy harris  #health care reform  #hypocrites 
    Republican Consistency
Unemployment Benefits Must Be Paid For With Spending Cuts
Tax Cuts For The Rich…Not So Much

    Republican Consistency

    Unemployment Benefits Must Be Paid For With Spending Cuts

    Tax Cuts For The Rich…Not So Much

    — 3 years ago
    #unemployment benefits,  #republicans,  #tax cuts for the rich,  #gop  #republican consistency  #spending cuts 
    Obama: President. McConnell: Sucker.
Andrew Sullivan argues that Obama knows exactly what he’s doing with the tax cut compromise:

And  notice that Obama has secured – with Republican backing – a big new   stimulus that will almost certainly goose growth and lower unemployment   as he moves toward re-election. If growth accelerates, none of the   current political jockeying and Halperin-style hyper-ventilation will   matter. Obama will benefit – thanks, in part, to Republican dogma. So   here’s something the liberal base can chew on if they need some grist:   how cool is it that Mitch McConnell just made Barack Obama’s  re-election  more likely? Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you?
[…]  Now for the  short-term benefits of resolving this tax-and-spend  dilemma so swiftly.  The president urgently needs to get the new START  and DADT through the  Senate. DADT would be a major boost for his base –  and the country’s  military. Getting START through is critical to his  foreign policy cred.  If he can pull all this off by Christmas – and the  Senate should indeed  stay open for an extra week – the last Congress  will indeed be viewed by  historians as one of the most substantive (and  liberal) in recent  history. And Obama will have orchestrated it –  while ending up firmly  planted and rebranded in the center.

Read it all…

    Obama: President. McConnell: Sucker.

    Andrew Sullivan argues that Obama knows exactly what he’s doing with the tax cut compromise:

    And notice that Obama has secured – with Republican backing – a big new stimulus that will almost certainly goose growth and lower unemployment as he moves toward re-election. If growth accelerates, none of the current political jockeying and Halperin-style hyper-ventilation will matter. Obama will benefit – thanks, in part, to Republican dogma. So here’s something the liberal base can chew on if they need some grist: how cool is it that Mitch McConnell just made Barack Obama’s re-election more likely? Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you?

    […] Now for the short-term benefits of resolving this tax-and-spend dilemma so swiftly. The president urgently needs to get the new START and DADT through the Senate. DADT would be a major boost for his base – and the country’s military. Getting START through is critical to his foreign policy cred. If he can pull all this off by Christmas – and the Senate should indeed stay open for an extra week – the last Congress will indeed be viewed by historians as one of the most substantive (and liberal) in recent history. And Obama will have orchestrated it – while ending up firmly planted and rebranded in the center.

    Read it all

    — 3 years ago
    #tax cuts,  #2012,  #compromise  #president obama  #mitch mcconnell  #tax cuts for the rich  #re-election  #GOP  #republicans  #democrats 
    
Teabaggers, explain why on earth you voted GOP-Teaparty again?

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    Teabaggers, explain why on earth you voted GOP-Teaparty again?

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    — 3 years ago
    #gop  #tea party  #teabaggers  #lame duck goals  #pic  #gop goals  #teaparty goals 
    diegueno:

Now the Gadsden Flag has been updated for the 21st Century.

    diegueno:

    Now the Gadsden Flag has been updated for the 21st Century.

    (Source: marxbakuninhomoeroticfanfiction)

    — 3 years ago with 3 notes
    #gadsden flag  #tea party  #teabaggers  #conservatives  #GOP  #plutocrats 
    "This is kind of hilarious… Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) didn’t get sworn in with other House members yesterday, but proceeded to cast votes on the crucial Rules Committee where he sits. Since Sessions wasn’t sworn, those votes aren’t valid and Republicans are having to go to Nancy Pelosi to ask Democrats for an after-the-fact blessing of everything they did with Sessions’ invalid vote."

    First Day With The New Gavel? | Talking Points Memo

    Imagine if it had been a Democrat…

    — 3 years ago
    #Pete Sessions  #not sworn in  #GOP  #republicans  #Rules Committee  #voting 
    The Shameful Attack on Public Employees →

    But the right’s argument is shot-through with bad data, twisted evidence, and unsupported assertions.

    They say public employees earn far more than private-sector workers. That’s untrue when you take account of level of education. Matched by education, public sector workers actually earn less than their private-sector counterparts.

    The Republican trick is to compare apples with oranges — the average wage of public employees with the average wage of all private-sector employees. But only 23 percent of private-sector employees have college degrees; 48 percent of government workers do. Teachers, social workers, public lawyers who bring companies to justice, government accountants who try to make sure money is spent as it should be - all need at least four years of college.

    Compare apples to apples and and you’d see that over the last fifteen years the pay of public sector workers has dropped relative to private-sector employees with the same level of education. Public sector workers now earn 11 percent less than comparable workers in the private sector, and local workers 12 percent less. (Even if you include health and retirement benefits, government employees still earn less than their private-sector counterparts with similar educations.)

    (Source: azspot)

    — 3 years ago with 23 notes
    #public employees  #gop  #right wing  #tea party  #teabaggers  #public sector workers  #bad data  #private sector workers 
    "President Barack Obama urged newly empowered Republicans on Saturday not to wage “symbolic battles” against him but to instead work together to help spur job growth and economic recovery. Obama issued his appeal in his weekly radio address after Republicans took power in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, setting up potentially fierce fights with the president and his Democrats on spending, debt and healthcare."

    Things that, sadly, will never happen

    The GOP-Teaparty has one goal: obstructionism until Election Day 2012 to put a Republican in the White House. End of goal.

    Country last.

    — 3 years ago
    #president obama  #gop  #tea party  #gop-teaparty  #112th congress  #spending  #debt  #healthcare  #jobs  #economic recovery  #winning 2012 
    AZ Republicans Resign After Giffords Shooting, Citing Threats From Local Tea Partiers

    Instead of saying “both sides do it,” it may be more correct to say that the Tea Party does it to “both sides:”

    Think Progress:

    Just hours after 22-year-old gunman Jared Loughner launched a shooting spree at a Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) constituent event in Tucson on Saturday that left six dead and 14 wounded, Legislative District chairman Anthony Miller, a Republican, announced that he would resign his position. In an email to the state’s GOP chair, Miller cited “constant verbal attacks” after his election last year “and Internet blog posts by some local members with Tea Party ties made him worry about his family’s safety.”

    […] The newly-elected Dist. 20 Republican secretary, Sophia Johnson of Ahwatukee, first vice chairman Roger Dickinson of Tempe and Jeff Kolb, the former district spokesman from Ahwatukee, also quit.

    — 3 years ago
    #tea party  #violent rhetoric  #extreme rhetoric  #threats  #politics  #political  #republicans  #gop  #arizona  #gabrielle giffords  #tucson  #teabaggers 
    More Than a Quarter of Republicans Believe Anti-Govt Violence Can Be Justified →

    CBS News published a new poll today, showing that a majority of Americans believe Jared Lee Loughner’s politics were a factor in the Arizona mass murder.

    […] But another poll question has a pretty shocking response:

    The poll also shows that while three in four Americans say violence against the government is never justified, 16 percent say it can be justified — the same percentage that said as much in April.

    Markos Moulitsas emailed CBS and asked for the partisan breakdown of responses to that question, and this is where it gets even more disturbing:

    Do you think it is ever justified for citizens to take violent action against the government, or is it never justified?

    Republican 28% yes, 64% no
    Democrat 11% yes, 81% no
    Indepdent 11% yes, 81% no

    the percentage of Republicans who believe anti-government violence can be justified is about the same as the percentage of Pakistani, Indonesian and Turkish Muslims who support terrorist acts against civilians.


    Christian Patriots!
    — 3 years ago
    #anti-government violence  #politics  #jared loughner  #republicans  #gop  #conservatives  #tea party  #muslims 
    The War on Logic | Paul Krugman

    The key to understanding the G.O.P. analysis of health reform is that the party’s leaders are not, in fact, opposed to reform because they believe it will increase the deficit. Nor are they opposed because they seriously believe that it will be “job-killing” (which it won’t be). They’re against reform because it would cover the uninsured — and that’s something they just don’t want to do.

    And it’s not about the money. As I tried to explain in my last column, the modern G.O.P. has been taken over by an ideology in which the suffering of the unfortunate isn’t a proper concern of government, and alleviating that suffering at taxpayer expense is immoral, never mind how little it costs.

    Given that their minds were made up from the beginning, top Republicans weren’t interested in and didn’t need any real policy analysis — in fact, they’re basically contemptuous of such analysis, something that shines through in their health care report. All they ever needed or wanted were some numbers and charts to wave at the press, fooling some people into believing that we’re having some kind of rational discussion. We aren’t.

    (Source: The New York Times)

    — 3 years ago
    #repeal health reform  #health care reform  #paul krugman  #republicans  #gop  #john boehner 
    Glenn Beck recently named nine people as enemies of America and humanity. Eight are Jews. →

    This is a post about Beck’s recent naming of nine people — eight of them Jews — as enemies of America and humanity. He calls these people prime contributors to the — wait for it — “era of the big lie.” The eight Jews are Sigmund Freud; Edward Bernays, the founder of public relations, and a nephew of Freud’s (which Beck discloses as if this had previously been a secret); Soros, of course; Cass Sunstein, now of the White House; the former labor leader Andy Stern; Walter Lippman, who is no longer here to defend himself; Frances Fox Piven, who Beck believes is “sowing the seeds” of revolution; and, of all people, Edward Rendell.
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    […] My modest suggestion to those Jews who fear the building of mosques in American cities is that they look elsewhere for threats that seem to be gathering against them.”

    Glenn Beck’s Jewish Problem – Jeffrey Goldberg

    — 3 years ago with 44 notes
    #enemies of America  #enemies of america and humanity  #gathering threats against jews  #glenn beck  #Jews  #politics  #rage  #religion  #republican party  #gop  #tea party 
    If poor old people can't pay for nursing home care then let them die in the street, like they used to. →

    The GOP’s war against the poor and sick —

    For the modern Republican Party, it’s far far more important to ensure that those who will never need Medicaid — the richest 1 percent of Americans, the people who are already doing quite fine as their market portfolios swell — get their big fat tax cuts, adding up to $700 billion over the next 10 years, than that the poorest Americans get another $15 billion a year so that they can die in a manner that befits a nation that dares considers itself civilized.

    — 3 years ago with 7 notes
    #medicare  #medicaid  #conservatives  #gop  #republican party  #tea party  #poor  #rich