Merican Jesus (aka Ronald Reagan)and his disciples.
KRUGMAN: THE IRONY OF REAGAN AND OBAMA: Obama may be defeated because he’s been constrained to be less Keynesian than Reagan or Bush – “If you actually look at the actual track record of government spending, government employment, Reagan is the Keynesian and Obama — mostly because of political constraints, although a little bit of lack of conviction on the part of his own people — has been the anti-Keynesian,” Krugman said. “He’s been the one who’s been doing what Republicans say is the right answer.” Just over three years into Reagan’s first term, government jobs grew by 3.1 percent; at the same time during Obama’s tenure, they’ve been cut by 2.7 percent. Hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs have been shed in recent years. Government jobs also grew under President George W. Bush, which helped keep unemployment down during most of his two terms. “After there was a recession under Ronald Reagan, government employment went way up. It went up after the recessions under the first George Bush and the second George Bush,” Obama said last month on the campaign trail. “So each time there was a recession with a Republican president, compensated — we compensated by making sure that government didn’t see a drastic reduction in employment. The only time government employment has gone down during a recession has been under me.” […] “We’re actually practicing government austerity on a scale that we haven’t seen in 60 years. It’s not the president’s policy,” he said Sunday. “In effect, we’ve already got the policies that Republicans say they will impose if they take the election, and yet, of course, it may lead to the defeat of this president.”– TPM
“Reagan wouldn’t identify with this party. There’s a streak of intolerance in the Republican Party today that scares people. Intolerance is a very dangerous thing in a society because it always leads to a tragic ending. Ronald Reagan was never driven by ideology. He was a conservative but he was a practical conservative. He wanted limited government but he used government and he used it many times. And he would work with the other party. … Now the Republican Party is in the hands of the right, I would say the extreme right, more than ever before. You’ve got a Republican Party that is having difficulty facing up to the fact that if you look at what happened during the first 8 years of the century, it was under Republican direction. … The Republican Party is dealing with this schizophrenia. It was the Republican leadership that got us into this mess. If Nixon or Eisenhower were alive today, they would be run out of the party.” – former Sen. Chuck Hagel to Foreign Policy magazine
DARRELL ISSA (WHO BANNED A WOMAN FROM SPEAKING AT HIS ALL-MALE CONTRACEPTION PANEL) calls Obama Admin the ‘most corrupt government’ in history. Speaking to Bloomberg on Tuesday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said: “But again, we’re very busy in Washington with a corrupt government, with a government that I said a year ago, because of the money, because of the TARP and stimulus funds, was going to be the most corrupt government in history, and it is proving to be that.” In spite of Issa’s allegations, he only cited two specific scandals. According to journalist Haynes Johnson, the “most corrupt” label actually belongs to the administration of President Ronald Reagan. Plagued by dozens of scandals like selling weapons to Iran, rigging federal grants, the savings and loan crisis and other assorted political skullduggery, it all ended with 138 officials having been investigated, indicted or convicted — the most of any U.S. presidency, ever. – The Raw Story
Sick man - So is the idea that the first Catholic president was sickening a big seller among Catholics these days? Who knew? I don’t think Ricky understands his history very well. Evidently, he was unaware that in 1960, conservatives thought of Catholics the same way think of Muslims today. He seems under the impression that America was a wonderful religiously tolerant nation until the horrible secularists came along and ruined everything. I guess he didn’t know about this (see image above), perpetuated, by the way, not by the secularists who didn’t give a damn, but by his favorite allies, the right wing protestants.
5) Scamming his herd: Rick Warren is an ass, but he’s right - Rick Warren, mega-church grifter, uses some of his tax-exempt time to promote the asinine Republican attack on President Obama’s use of the teleprompter: “Leaders speak from conviction. Actors speak from telepromters.” — @RickWarren Of course Warren is right. Actors do use teleprompters:
6) Majority Of Americans Support Taxing Investment Income The Same As Wage Income - …a CBC News/New York Times poll shows that a majority of Americans favor taxing investment income the same as wage income. The disparity between the 15 percent top rate for investment income and the 35 percent top rate for wage income is what enables wealthy investors like Warren Buffett to drive their tax rate down to or below the rate at which many middle class families pay.
Newt Gingrich’s campaign admitted Wednesday that the former Speaker had not provided ABC News “witnesses” that would undermine his former wife Marianne’s claims that he had requested an open relationship, despite Gingrich having claimed to have done so in his widely praised debate performance last Thursday. — Gingrich campaign admits it provided no ‘witnesses’ to refute ex-wife’s claims
Lies Newt Gingrich Told Me of the Day: John King, not one to let things go, has successfully managed to compel the Gingrich campaign to admit that the GOP presidential candidate was “wrong” when he claimed that his staff offered up witnesses to debunk the claims made by his ex-wife on ABC’s Nightline. Watch video:
Interesting! What else has Newt lied about, I wonder… maybe his relationship with Saint Reagan?
Gingrich: “I helped Governor Reagan become President Reagan”…”I developed supply side economics in the 1970’s”
(Also, Gingrich also possibly discovered electricity and formed man in his own image.)
Uh, oh. Drudge alert!
“Well,” said Ronald Reagan’s ghost, “it’s bedtime for Newtzo.”
Here are Drudge’s links:
“The moment that would have broken my father’s heart was the moment when applause broke out at the mention of more than 200 executions ordered by Rick Perry in Texas. It was stunning and brought tears to my eyes. This is what we’ve come to? That we applaud at executions?” — Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s daughter, Time
Reagan probably wouldn’t be too thrilled with the Teaparty-version of Jesus either:
1. Every time a moderator or candidate says “Reagan,” take a drink.
2. The end. You’ll probably need to call in sick to work tomorrow.
[I]f Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum still think they can be the nominee, expect them to attack Perry. If, on the other hand, Bachmann and the rest are really running for the role of Conservative Hero — and not for the nomination — then it makes more sense to just go ahead and attack Romney for his various deviations from the True Faith.
Part of the ongoing class war is the GOP’s ability to convince their voting base (the majority of whom are not wealthy, the teabaggers) that letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest is somehow punishing those who work the hardest, that it’s tantamount to punishing Success itself. This laughable argument is fed daily to these working- and middle-class voters by millionaires / billionaires such as Rush Limbaugh, the Koch brothers, and Rupert Murdoch — just to name a few.
The facts of the matter are spelled out by Professor Miguel A. De La Torre, Iliff School of Theology in Ethics Daily:
As much as we may wish to avoid the term “class warfare,” the truth remains that a class warfare is being waged by politicians protecting the super rich – and they are winning.
This war began in 1980 when President Ronald Reagan, followed by President George H.W. Bush, occupied the White House.
Deregulation and massive tax cuts to the richest Americans were responsible for the transfer of wealth from the poorest Americans to the richest.
During the 1980s, the top 10 percent increased their family income by 16 percent and the top 5 percent increased theirs by 23 percent. The top 1 percent increased their income by 50 percent.
Meanwhile, the bottom 80 percent all lost money. The bottom 10 percent lost 15 percent of their income, from $4,113 to $3,504.
When President Bill Clinton was elected, the national deficit was at $300 billion. While he ended his term with a surplus (the first in decades), he still participated in the transfer of wealth, specifically in his “ending welfare as we know it.”
More important was his administration’s role in deregulating the banking industry, a charge led by his treasury secretary, Larry Summers, and Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) in the form of the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The safeguards put in place to prevent another 1930s Depression were basically gutted.
Not surprisingly, nine years later, our nation begins and continues to experience the Great Recession. Aggravating the situation was a greater transfer of wealth known as the Bush tax cuts of 2001.
In spite of the budget surplus inherited, President George W. Bush’s $1.3 trillion tax cut to the richest Americans grew the deficit by $400 billion a year. Also aggravating the situation are the two seemingly never-ending wars Bush started.
By the end of Bush’s term, more than half of the tax cuts solely benefited the richest 5 percent of Americans while the middle-class received about 7 percent of the benefits.
Are the GOP-Teaparty voters really okay with an ever-growing income inequality in America, with the ongoing bottom-to-top income redistribution that’s been happening for 30 years, and with tax-cuts designed specifically to benefit the super rich? Or are they so easily distracted with social issues (like this week’s pseudo-issue: Chaz Bono on DWTS) that they allow themselves to be jerked from one “outrageous outrage” to another by their radio entertainers, Fox News, and the Koch-funded Tea Party movement?
I would guess it’s a little of both. The adage ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ is the foundation of teaparty mentality. There’s no other way to explain how non-wealthy voters would support austerity measures on benefits and public services they use themselves, in order to pay for extending and / or increasing tax cuts for the super-rich.
CBS’s Mark Knoller demonstrates a technique CNN might care to learn called ‘journalism’. Knoller has been keeping records of Presidential vacations for many years now:
So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.
Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off — 28 days.
If a statement made by a politician is important enough to make it into a headline it is important enough to fact check and compare against previous presidents.
Good for Mark Knoller!
Does it seem at all ‘tone deaf’ that a woman who QUIT HER JOB HALFWAY THROUGH is complaining about someone taking well-earned vacation time? Why doesn’t the mainstream media comment about that?
This is why Palin and other tea party crazies get so much media attention. They’re reliably crazy and that’s always good filler.