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    Op-ed of the day — Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem →

    Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein wrote an op-ed that FINALLY says something constructive called: Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem. Here’s a snip:

    We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.

    The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

    When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.

    […] What happened? Of course, there were larger forces at work beyond the realignment of the South. They included the mobilization of social conservatives after the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the anti-tax movement launched in 1978 by California’s Proposition 13, the rise of conservative talk radio after a congressional pay raise in 1989, and the emergence of Fox News and right-wing blogs. But the real move to the bedrock right starts with two names: Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist.

    […] This attitude filters down far deeper than the party leadership. Rank-and-file GOP voters endorse the strategy that the party’s elites have adopted, eschewing compromise to solve problems and insisting on principle, even if it leads to gridlock. Democratic voters, by contrast, along with self-identified independents, are more likely to favor deal-making over deadlock.

    Read all: Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem

    Paul Waldman remarks,

    Mann and Ornstein end with a plea to the media to start reporting more honestly on what’s going on in Washington in general and in Congress in particular—to dispense with the false equivalence that treats both parties as equally guilty of whatever bad behavior anyone is demonstrating, to stop treating the abuse of filibusters an anonymous holds in the Senate as if that’s just how the system works, and so on.Good advice, without question. And I’m quite sure that many if not most journalists in Washington have understood all the points Mann and Ornstein make for some time. Maybe they’ll start to feel like they have permission to say it, and let their reporting better reflect reality.

    I don’t know. I’m afraid it’s overly optimistic to think that most journalists were just waiting for permission to report “reality” as it stands, or that they were caught in some net of false equivalency from which they were unable to extract themselves individually. There is no liberal media, as the rightwing suggests. There is only corporate-owned media with profit as the bottom line: annual profits for shareholders, large bonuses for the CEOs, and reporting that doesn’t potentially enrage the loudest and least-informed (or the wealthiest) members of its audience — or cause any Malkin-type boycotts of its advertisers.

    The ‘both sides do it’ meme of journalism is a marketing tool and is probably a requirement, a feature not a bug. It’s the only way to soften one side’s insanity (GOP) against the other side. Without the daily exercise of creating false equivalency in the news between those who are mental and those who aren’t, straight reporting would automatically enrage and alienate about 20-25% of any given audience. Because the fact of the matter is: some people can’t handle the truth.

    It seems there’s no way a media corp would give up that much potential profit for something as unmarketable as straight reality.  Look what they did with the build up to the Iraq War.

    — 2 years ago
    #journalism  #media  #news  #opinion  #politics  #religion  #vote!  #evangelicals  #fundamentalists  #GOP  #Norman Ornstein  #op-ed  #Republicans  #republicans are the problem  #rightwing  #tea party  #teabaggers  #Thomas Mann  #TRUE! 
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OBAMA DERANGEMENT SYNDROME: 
A REPUBLICAN congressional candidate in Iowa told a TEA PARTY audience yesterday that PRESIDENT OBAMA does not love his country because he supports raising taxes on millionaires. […] After distorting how much revenue the proposed Buffett Rule, which raises taxes on millionaires, would bring in, Dan Dolan used the president’s support for the measure as evidence that he is unpatriotic. “I have a hard time thinking that he loves this country if he’s willing to turn them against themselves for his own advancement…” […] a new CNN poll this week found that 72 percent of Americans — including 53 percent of Republicans — support the Buffett Rule. We called Dolan’s campaign to inquire whether he also believes that the three out of every four Americans, and a majority of those in his own party, don’t love their country. We will post their response if one is provided. [Iowa GOP candidate doubts that Obama ‘loves this country’ because of Buffett Rule]
Which reminded me of this:
Bill Maher: Save our children (if you won’t save our richest one percent, who will?)

    OBAMA DERANGEMENT SYNDROME: 

    A REPUBLICAN congressional candidate in Iowa told a TEA PARTY audience yesterday that PRESIDENT OBAMA does not love his country because he supports raising taxes on millionaires. […] After distorting how much revenue the proposed Buffett Rule, which raises taxes on millionaires, would bring in, Dan Dolan used the president’s support for the measure as evidence that he is unpatriotic. “I have a hard time thinking that he loves this country if he’s willing to turn them against themselves for his own advancement…” […] a new CNN poll this week found that 72 percent of Americans — including 53 percent of Republicans — support the Buffett Rule. We called Dolan’s campaign to inquire whether he also believes that the three out of every four Americans, and a majority of those in his own party, don’t love their country. We will post their response if one is provided. [Iowa GOP candidate doubts that Obama ‘loves this country’ because of Buffett Rule]

    Which reminded me of this:

    Bill Maher: Save our children (if you won’t save our richest one percent, who will?)

    — 2 years ago with 7 notes
    #news  #politics  #dan dolan  #teabaggers  #tea party  #gop  #republicans  #iowa  #president obama  #obama doesn't love america  #buffett rule  #morons  #bill maher  #save our children  #the richest one percent 

    Taking a hard look at the SnowbillyGrifterPAC

    Do Palin’s donors feel as used as Conor Friedersdorf thinks they should? Can you believe they send her enough money that she blew through $418,000 in the first 3 months of 2012, without spending a thin dime on candidates?

    An Open Letter to Sarah Palin: Why Do You Mistreat Your Donors?

    Your supporters trust you. For all their cynicism about politics, they believe that you’re different: a faithful Christian with small town values and a commitment to doing right by regular Americans. You’ve used that trust to ask homemakers, retirees and small businessmen and women to send you their money. As the Web page of your official political action committee puts it, SarahPAC is “dedicated to building America’s future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates.”

    But that isn’t how you’ve been spending the money.

    […] You’ve also spent $255,000 “on fundraising and a small team of political consultants.” And perhaps there’s a reasonable explanation for the $1,000 you spent at the Disneyland Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

    What is it?

    […] Should people who give you money expect that you’ll make more videos about yourself that are totally unrelated to any campaign or issue? Do you think the money of rank and file conservatives is well spent building your personal brand? Why should anyone trust you as a steward of their money again? Did you think you’d get away with this just because the conservative media is curiously silent when popular movement figures shamelessly fleece the rank and file?

    For the sake of your supporters, please do not reply by video.

    Sincerely,

    Conor Friedersdorf

    Why does she mistreat her donors? Because she can. Palin lost the 2008 candidacy, along with McCain, and it’s been almost 3 years since she’s been a politician herself — and she quit that gig halfway through! She’s a failed reality-tv star (her first show had 5 million viewers but subsequent shows didn’t do as well so no second season), and until next year she still has a contract to randomly blather on Fox “News.” Oh, and she posts on Facebook a lot, has people write books for her, and talks to rightwing groups for a fee.

    Who did she and Tawd endorse for the GOP candidate this year? Newt. And now who does she think would make a great vice presidential pick for Romney? Allen West, the guy who says he “heard” that up to 80 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party.  What could go wrong? I think everything she does at this point is for the lutz.

    I wonder what the teabaggers think they’re getting for their money, exactly, when they send in their hard earned dollars to the ol’ PalinPACofGriftandSnowjob? Writing out the check to her ‘PAC’ might feel like you’re buying freedumb, or that you’re supporting Jesus and the American Flag, somehow. But the reasons are probably more along the lines of this image:

    — 2 years ago
    #politics  #religion  #conservatives  #disneyland  #donors  #fresh ideas  #GOP  #LOL  #more american flag pins for sarah!  #pac  #palinpac  #Republicans  #sarah palin  #send in your money to grifterpac  #sheeple pit  #spending donor money on wat?  #teabaggers  #Teaparty 
    [image: phroyd]
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‘Obamacare’ and the Right’s Own Private Universe — It is a small miracle of mass communication that complete and total bullshit is so quickly and easily converted into incontrovertible fact out of which can be created a world of public events completely real, but completely divorced from what the rest of us recognize as reality.Take poor Sandra Fluke. It is now an article of faith on the Right that she asked all of us to pay for “her” birth control. “Real women pay for their own birth control,” the crowd on the steps chanted today, and there were more than a couple of signs warning her not to expect “our” money to pay for her obviously overindulgent sexytime. Of course, Fluke did nothing of the sort. … Also, today, folks told me that Obamacare “finances abortions.” (It doesn’t.) I heard that it will mandate “euthanasia.” (It won’t.) Even the death panels got a workout again. We have half the country living in its own universe of belief, with its own history, its own politics, and its own physical laws. It’s like running elections against the anti-gravity party. It is not healthy for any of us. 

    [image: phroyd]

    ‘Obamacare’ and the Right’s Own Private Universe — It is a small miracle of mass communication that complete and total bullshit is so quickly and easily converted into incontrovertible fact out of which can be created a world of public events completely real, but completely divorced from what the rest of us recognize as reality.Take poor Sandra Fluke. It is now an article of faith on the Right that she asked all of us to pay for “her” birth control. “Real women pay for their own birth control,” the crowd on the steps chanted today, and there were more than a couple of signs warning her not to expect “our” money to pay for her obviously overindulgent sexytime. Of course, Fluke did nothing of the sort. … Also, today, folks told me that Obamacare “finances abortions.” (It doesn’t.) I heard that it will mandate “euthanasia.” (It won’t.) Even the death panels got a workout again. We have half the country living in its own universe of belief, with its own history, its own politics, and its own physical laws. It’s like running elections against the anti-gravity party. It is not healthy for any of us. 

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #news  #politics  #healthcare reform  #teabaggers  #alternative reality  #rightwing  #fox  #obamacare  #anti-gravity party  #gop  #republicans  #conservative 'christians' 
    This morning begins three days of arguments in the most significant Supreme Court case in decades. The central question: Will the Affordable Care Act stand?
Solicitor General warns of ‘grave’ consequences if Supreme Court overturns health reform – Q:) What is at stake in this hearing? A:) If the Supreme Court struck this down, I think that it wouldn’t just be about health care. It would be the Supreme Court saying: ‘Look, we’ve got the power to really take decisions, move them off of the table of the American people, even in a democracy. And so it could imperil a number of reforms in the New Deal that are designed to help people against big corporations and against, indeed, big governments. The challengers are saying that this law is unconstitutional, which means even if 95 percent of Americans want this law, they can’t have it. And that’s a really profound thing for an unelected court to say. Q:) What are the possible outcomes? A:) The two main outcomes that one can predict — the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate as unconstitutional because it’s unprecedented or it upholds it and says it is part of Congress power over commerce and over taxation. The latter is far more likely because it is such a grave thing for unelected judges to take a decision of such a magnitude for American people. I expect the Supreme Court’s ruling at the end of its current term, June 30. I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone else was surprised in this case, and the court didn’t reach a standard 5-to-4 judgment with the five Republican justices — those nominated by Republican presidents on one side, and the four nominated by Democratic presidents on the other.
Tea Party to rally against health care law: “‘We want our freedom back,’ former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told hundreds of ralliers standing in the rain in Upper Senate Park, a few hundred yards from the steps of the Supreme Court. … The rally largely marks the big return to Washington for the Tea Party, a loose organization of grassroots groups that helped conservative Republicans take over the House in the 2010 wave election.” [Fox News]

    This morning begins three days of arguments in the most significant Supreme Court case in decades. The central question: Will the Affordable Care Act stand?

    Solicitor General warns of ‘grave’ consequences if Supreme Court overturns health reform – Q:) What is at stake in this hearing? A:) If the Supreme Court struck this down, I think that it wouldn’t just be about health care. It would be the Supreme Court saying: ‘Look, we’ve got the power to really take decisions, move them off of the table of the American people, even in a democracy. And so it could imperil a number of reforms in the New Deal that are designed to help people against big corporations and against, indeed, big governments. The challengers are saying that this law is unconstitutional, which means even if 95 percent of Americans want this law, they can’t have it. And that’s a really profound thing for an unelected court to say. Q:) What are the possible outcomes? A:) The two main outcomes that one can predict — the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate as unconstitutional because it’s unprecedented or it upholds it and says it is part of Congress power over commerce and over taxation. The latter is far more likely because it is such a grave thing for unelected judges to take a decision of such a magnitude for American people. I expect the Supreme Court’s ruling at the end of its current term, June 30. I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone else was surprised in this case, and the court didn’t reach a standard 5-to-4 judgment with the five Republican justices — those nominated by Republican presidents on one side, and the four nominated by Democratic presidents on the other.

    Tea Party to rally against health care law: “‘We want our freedom back,’ former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told hundreds of ralliers standing in the rain in Upper Senate Park, a few hundred yards from the steps of the Supreme Court. … The rally largely marks the big return to Washington for the Tea Party, a loose organization of grassroots groups that helped conservative Republicans take over the House in the 2010 wave election.” [Fox News]

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #news  #politics  #supreme court  #aca  #affordable care act  #obamacare  #healthcare reform  #teabaggers  #teaparty  #gop  #republians  #repeal healthcare reform 
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John Heilemann wrote a really good piece for NYMag about how the GOP is currently tearing itself apart:

How the 2012 Primary Has Revealed a GOP on the Verge of Collapse
…All of which is to say that when Santorum takes the podium to address a Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition rally in Shelby Charter Township, the 1,500 souls he sees before him are his kind of people—and soon enough he is speaking their language. To explain how America has always differed from other nations, Santorum invokes the Almighty: “We believe … we are children of a loving God.” To elucidate the evils of Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and cap-and-trade, he inveighs against liberal elites: “They want to control you, because like the kings of old, they believe they know better than you.” To highlight what’s at stake in 2012, he unfurls a grand (and entirely farkakte) historical flourish: “This decision will be starker than at any time since the election of 1860”—you know, the one featuring Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas on the eve of the Civil War.

Read more:
The Teaparty’s gift to the GOP base: only two choices in 2012 — Plutocracy or Theocracy

    John Heilemann wrote a really good piece for NYMag about how the GOP is currently tearing itself apart:

    How the 2012 Primary Has Revealed a GOP on the Verge of Collapse

    …All of which is to say that when Santorum takes the podium to address a Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition rally in Shelby Charter Township, the 1,500 souls he sees before him are his kind of people—and soon enough he is speaking their language. To explain how America has always differed from other nations, Santorum invokes the Almighty: “We believe … we are children of a loving God.” To elucidate the evils of Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and cap-and-trade, he inveighs against liberal elites: “They want to control you, because like the kings of old, they believe they know better than you.” To highlight what’s at stake in 2012, he unfurls a grand (and entirely farkakte) historical flourish: “This decision will be starker than at any time since the election of 1860”—you know, the one featuring Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas on the eve of the Civil War.

    Read more:

    The Teaparty’s gift to the GOP base: only two choices in 2012 — Plutocracy or Theocracy

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #politics  #vote!  #rick santorum  #mitt romney  #2012  #2016  #charles p. pierce  #GOP  #gop tearing itself apart  #john heilemann  #Mitt Romney  #plutocracy  #Republicans  #rick santorum  #teabaggers  #thank the teaparty  #theocracy  #when DC listens to wingnuts 
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Wingnuts Furious About … Fox News Going Liberal - What are America’s old white racist exurban cretins on Medicare and Social Security upset about today? Oh, the usual: Obama, liberals, gays, sex, black people, youth, hippies, the poor, the rich, Mexicans, “the hip hop,” Iran, exercise, unemployment, unemployment benefits, vegetables, a talented black woman with addiction problems such as Whitney Houston, [or, now, her young daughter], organic farms, birth control, people having sexual intercourse in general, solar energy, Mormons, national parks, public transportation, Europe, NPR, Media Matters, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. WAIT WHAT IN THE ??? Yes, Fox News. The wingnuts have spastically lurched from one invented outrage to the next with such shallow furor that they finally wound up enraged about the very teevee channel that tells them what to freak out about.

    Wingnuts Furious About … Fox News Going Liberal - What are America’s old white racist exurban cretins on Medicare and Social Security upset about today? Oh, the usual: Obama, liberals, gays, sex, black people, youth, hippies, the poor, the rich, Mexicans, “the hip hop,” Iran, exercise, unemployment, unemployment benefits, vegetables, a talented black woman with addiction problems such as Whitney Houston, [or, now, her young daughter], organic farms, birth control, people having sexual intercourse in general, solar energy, Mormons, national parks, public transportation, Europe, NPR, Media Matters, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. WAIT WHAT IN THE ??? Yes, Fox News. The wingnuts have spastically lurched from one invented outrage to the next with such shallow furor that they finally wound up enraged about the very teevee channel that tells them what to freak out about.

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #news  #news  #politics  #wingnuts  #teabaggers  #fox  #fox viewers  #fox is too LIBERAL?  #wonkette 
    (Above: a “tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by spending cuts for the rest of us” table to consider)
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If tax cuts raise growth, where’s the f*cking growth? How the GOP became the party of the rich
“Taxes are ridiculously low! And yet the mantra of the Republican  Party is ‘Tax cuts raise growth.’ So – where’s the fucking growth?” – Bruce Bartlett, an architect of Reagan’s 1981 tax cut, from a must-read article from the November 24, 2011 edition of Rolling Stone:
…
How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich: 

[…] When Republicans won back  control of the House in last year’s midterm elections, they followed  Brown’s lead and moved swiftly to betray their Tea Party backers by  running up more deficits on behalf of the rich. Within days of  the election, Republicans not only secured a two-year extension of the  Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, they also enabled America’s richest  scions to inherit millions of dollars without paying a dime in taxes.  All told, the GOP’s two favors for the party’s biggest donors  were secured in a lame-duck bargain that adds another $858 billion to  the debt – an amount greater than the original stimulus plan the  Republicans opposed so bitterly.
First, the GOP filibustered a Democrat-led effort to extend the Bush tax cuts on only the first $250,000 of income. The  party leadership’s hard-line stance – supported by barely a third of  all voters – turned $90 billion over to the wealthiest Americans. It also set a precedent for further extensions that would cost nearly $1 trillion over the next decade. At the same time, the GOP drove through a deal that actually raised taxes  for couples who make less than $40,000 a year – and then turned much of  the extra cash over to couples who earn more than $200,000. Obama agreed to this massive transfer of wealth in order to retain the  Bush tax cuts for the middle class – but the only other significant  thing he got in return was a one-year extension of jobless benefits for  the long-term unemployed.
But even the GOP’s big payday for  the wealthy pales in comparison to the handout that Republicans secured  by gutting the estate tax. With the expiration of the Bush tax  cuts, the inheritance tax was set to snap back to its Clinton-era  standard: exempting the first $1 million of all estates from taxation,  and stepping up the tax rate on the wealthiest estates to 55 percent.  Instead, Obama agreed to raise the exemption to $5 million and lower the  top tax rate to 35 percent – an apparent horse trade demanded by the  Senate’s second-ranking Republican, Jon Kyl of Arizona, who then allowed  the president’s nuclear-stockpile treaty with Russia to move forward in  the Senate…

From the article, clear illustrations of income redistribution from the bottom to the top:


[…] Indeed, since Republicans began  their tax-cut binge in 1997, they have succeeded in making the rich much  richer. While the average income for the bottom 90 percent of taxpayers  has remained basically flat over the past 15 years, those in the top  0.01 percent have seen their incomes more than double, to $36 million a year. Translated  into wages, that means most Americans have received a raise of $1.50 an  hour since the GOP began cutting taxes during the Gingrich era. The  most elite sliver of American society, meanwhile, saw their pay soar by  $10,000 an hour.
America became a great nation with a  prosperous middle class on the strength of a progressive tax code – one  that demands the most of those who benefit most from our society. But  the Party of the Rich has succeeded in breaking the back of that ideal.  Today, says Johnston, “the tax system ceases to be progressive when you  get to the very top of the wealthiest one percent.” Above that marker,  the richer you get, the lower your relative tax burden. “We have moved  toward a plutocracy,” Warren Buffett warned in a recent interview. “As  people have gotten richer and richer, they have been favored by taxation  – and have gotten richer to a greater degree.”
Far from creating the trickle-down economics promised by Reagan, the policies pursued by the modern Republican Party are gusher up. Under the leadership of Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the House’s  radicalized GOP caucus is pushing a predatory agenda for a new gilded  age. Every move that Republicans make – whether it’s to gut consumer  protections, roll back environmental regulations, subsidize giant  agribusinesses, abolish health care reform or just drill, baby, drill –  is consistent with a single overarching agenda: to enrich the nation’s  wealthiest individuals and corporations, even if it requires borrowing  from China, weakening national security, dismantling Medicare and taxing  the middle class. With the nation still mired in the worst financial  crisis since the 1930s, Republicans have categorically rejected the one  financial policy with a proven record of putting the country back on a  more prosperous footing. “You hear the Republicans say that you don’t  dare raise taxes in a weak economy,” says Stockman. “Ronald Reagan did –  three times.” Not even the downgrading of America’s debt – which placed  the world’s only superpower on credit par with New Zealand and Belgium –  has given GOP leaders cause to reconsider their pro-wealth jihad. In  August, as the so-called Supercommittee began its work to complete the  debt-ceiling deal by reducing future deficits by another $1.5 trillion,  Cantor issued the Party of the Rich’s marching orders, insisting that  Republicans not buckle under the “tremendous pressure” to hike taxes and  instead target spending cuts in “mandatory programs.”


Read it all…
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Note to Republican Teabagger base voters, please do continue to  worry about gay marriage and a Christmas tree tax and Obama taking your  guns. That’s what the Republican party needs you to concentrate on  through November 2012.

    (Above: a “tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by spending cuts for the rest of us” table to consider)

    If tax cuts raise growth, where’s the f*cking growth? How the GOP became the party of the rich

    “Taxes are ridiculously low! And yet the mantra of the Republican Party is ‘Tax cuts raise growth.’ So – where’s the fucking growth?” – Bruce Bartlett, an architect of Reagan’s 1981 tax cut, from a must-read article from the November 24, 2011 edition of Rolling Stone:

    How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich:

    […] When Republicans won back control of the House in last year’s midterm elections, they followed Brown’s lead and moved swiftly to betray their Tea Party backers by running up more deficits on behalf of the rich. Within days of the election, Republicans not only secured a two-year extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, they also enabled America’s richest scions to inherit millions of dollars without paying a dime in taxes. All told, the GOP’s two favors for the party’s biggest donors were secured in a lame-duck bargain that adds another $858 billion to the debt – an amount greater than the original stimulus plan the Republicans opposed so bitterly.

    First, the GOP filibustered a Democrat-led effort to extend the Bush tax cuts on only the first $250,000 of income. The party leadership’s hard-line stance – supported by barely a third of all voters – turned $90 billion over to the wealthiest Americans. It also set a precedent for further extensions that would cost nearly $1 trillion over the next decade. At the same time, the GOP drove through a deal that actually raised taxes for couples who make less than $40,000 a year – and then turned much of the extra cash over to couples who earn more than $200,000. Obama agreed to this massive transfer of wealth in order to retain the Bush tax cuts for the middle class – but the only other significant thing he got in return was a one-year extension of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.

    But even the GOP’s big payday for the wealthy pales in comparison to the handout that Republicans secured by gutting the estate tax. With the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, the inheritance tax was set to snap back to its Clinton-era standard: exempting the first $1 million of all estates from taxation, and stepping up the tax rate on the wealthiest estates to 55 percent. Instead, Obama agreed to raise the exemption to $5 million and lower the top tax rate to 35 percent – an apparent horse trade demanded by the Senate’s second-ranking Republican, Jon Kyl of Arizona, who then allowed the president’s nuclear-stockpile treaty with Russia to move forward in the Senate…

    From the article, clear illustrations of income redistribution from the bottom to the top:

    […] Indeed, since Republicans began their tax-cut binge in 1997, they have succeeded in making the rich much richer. While the average income for the bottom 90 percent of taxpayers has remained basically flat over the past 15 years, those in the top 0.01 percent have seen their incomes more than double, to $36 million a year. Translated into wages, that means most Americans have received a raise of $1.50 an hour since the GOP began cutting taxes during the Gingrich era. The most elite sliver of American society, meanwhile, saw their pay soar by $10,000 an hour.

    America became a great nation with a prosperous middle class on the strength of a progressive tax code – one that demands the most of those who benefit most from our society. But the Party of the Rich has succeeded in breaking the back of that ideal. Today, says Johnston, “the tax system ceases to be progressive when you get to the very top of the wealthiest one percent.” Above that marker, the richer you get, the lower your relative tax burden. “We have moved toward a plutocracy,” Warren Buffett warned in a recent interview. “As people have gotten richer and richer, they have been favored by taxation – and have gotten richer to a greater degree.”

    Far from creating the trickle-down economics promised by Reagan, the policies pursued by the modern Republican Party are gusher up. Under the leadership of Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the House’s radicalized GOP caucus is pushing a predatory agenda for a new gilded age. Every move that Republicans make – whether it’s to gut consumer protections, roll back environmental regulations, subsidize giant agribusinesses, abolish health care reform or just drill, baby, drill – is consistent with a single overarching agenda: to enrich the nation’s wealthiest individuals and corporations, even if it requires borrowing from China, weakening national security, dismantling Medicare and taxing the middle class. With the nation still mired in the worst financial crisis since the 1930s, Republicans have categorically rejected the one financial policy with a proven record of putting the country back on a more prosperous footing. “You hear the Republicans say that you don’t dare raise taxes in a weak economy,” says Stockman. “Ronald Reagan did – three times.” Not even the downgrading of America’s debt – which placed the world’s only superpower on credit par with New Zealand and Belgium – has given GOP leaders cause to reconsider their pro-wealth jihad. In August, as the so-called Supercommittee began its work to complete the debt-ceiling deal by reducing future deficits by another $1.5 trillion, Cantor issued the Party of the Rich’s marching orders, insisting that Republicans not buckle under the “tremendous pressure” to hike taxes and instead target spending cuts in “mandatory programs.”

    Read it all…

    Note to Republican Teabagger base voters, please do continue to worry about gay marriage and a Christmas tree tax and Obama taking your guns. That’s what the Republican party needs you to concentrate on through November 2012.

    — 2 years ago with 18 notes
    #news  #politics  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #class war  #income redistribution  #journalism  #99percent  #GOP  #occupywallstreet  #ows  #party of the rich  #Republicans  #Rolling Stone  #spending cuts for the rest of us  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #tea party  #teabaggers  #where's the fucking growth? 
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Romney wants assure teabaggers that he’ll only screw the NEXT generations
This seems to be a common theme of the Republican Teaparty: I’ve got mine. Screw you.

“For the next generation of retirees we should slowly raise the retirement age,” Romney said without giving further details.
The normal retirement age in the United States currently is 65, and 67 for people born after 1959.
Romney also waded into the divisive issue  of Medicare, advocating partial privatization of the highly popular  system that provides health care to seniors and the disabled.
“Medicare should not change for anyone who  is in the program or who is about to be in it, we should honor the  commitments we have made to our seniors,” he said.
But he added: “Tomorrow’s seniors should  have the freedom to choose what their health coverage looks like.  Younger Americans today, when they turn 65 should have a choice between  traditional Medicare and other private health care plans.”

    Romney wants assure teabaggers that he’ll only screw the NEXT generations

    This seems to be a common theme of the Republican Teaparty: I’ve got mine. Screw you.

    “For the next generation of retirees we should slowly raise the retirement age,” Romney said without giving further details.

    The normal retirement age in the United States currently is 65, and 67 for people born after 1959.

    Romney also waded into the divisive issue of Medicare, advocating partial privatization of the highly popular system that provides health care to seniors and the disabled.

    “Medicare should not change for anyone who is in the program or who is about to be in it, we should honor the commitments we have made to our seniors,” he said.

    But he added: “Tomorrow’s seniors should have the freedom to choose what their health coverage looks like. Younger Americans today, when they turn 65 should have a choice between traditional Medicare and other private health care plans.”

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #news  #politics  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #99percent  #GOP  #Medicare  #Mitt Romney  #ows  #Republicans  #romneybot 2012  #social security  #spending cuts for the rest of us  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #tea party  #teabaggers  #class war  #income redistribution 
    OccupyWallStreet will get no free rides on the Teaparty crazy train →

    #OccupyWallStreet Now Twice as Popular as the Tea Party

    THIS IS FUNNY because the Teaparty wants to make sure that the OccupyWallStreet protesters are not getting a free ride on THEIR crazy train:

    Meanwhile, tea party groups are rallying their activist members by pointing to the new threat in pitches to raise money.

    The tea party’s swift counteroffensive — which is remarkably similar to the left’s response to the fledgling conservative movement when it burst onto the scene in 2009 — suggests that the onetime rag-tag operation has matured and feels the need to protect its reputation as the nation’s leading grass-roots protest movement.

    “The left is trying to create a counter force to the tea party, but it’s almost laughable that anyone is comparing the two, because they’re totally different,” said Sal Russo, chief strategist for the Tea Party Express.

    […] Brendan Steinhauser, campaigns director for FreedomWorks, evoked leaders of the civil rights movement in distinguishing the protests, saying the tea party’s tactics resemble those of Martin Luther King Jr., while the Occupy Wall Street protesters are more like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael.

    “They just seem really, truly very unhappy, angry,” he said of the anti-corporate protesters. Tea partiers, on the other hand are for the most part “kind of cheerful, happy warriors,” he said.

    […] Despite their efforts to drive a critical narrative of the occupy protests, though, tea partiers mostly have been disappointed by the mainstream media coverage, particularly when compared with what they contend was highly negative early coverage of the tea parties.

    Few of the photos, videos and intelligence gathered by conservatives have gotten wide play.

    Steinhauser of FreedomWorks, a top tea party group, has been among the organizers encouraging activists to record and disseminate untoward behavior by liberals, but he says he’s been frustrated by the lack of pickup outside the conservative echo chamber.

    Being ignored and forgotten by the ‘lamestream’ media and by a majority of Americans nationwide couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch than the Koch-funded teabaggers.

    — 2 years ago with 13 notes
    #class war  #income redistribution  #politics  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #99percent  #demostrators  #occupywallstreet  #protesters  #tea party  #teabaggers  #Teaparty 
    Teabaggers: what’s not to like? 

Americans dislike the Teaparty more than ever before
Keep going, patriots of Freedumb... you’re doing great! From Mother Jones:

Just 28 percent of Americans hold favorable views of the tea party, an all-time low in the 19 months that CNN/ORC pollsters have gauged Americans’ feelings about the movement. At the same time, 53 percent of Americans think poorly of the tea party, an all-time high. According to CNN/ORC, the movement’s popularity peaked in the spring of  2010, when 38 percent of Americans said they liked the tea party and  only 36 percent said they didn’t.

Of course, a great teaparty leader once said: “Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers.”

    Teabaggers: what’s not to like? 

    Americans dislike the Teaparty more than ever before

    Keep going, patriots of Freedumb... you’re doing great! From Mother Jones:

    Just 28 percent of Americans hold favorable views of the tea party, an all-time low in the 19 months that CNN/ORC pollsters have gauged Americans’ feelings about the movement. At the same time, 53 percent of Americans think poorly of the tea party, an all-time high. According to CNN/ORC, the movement’s popularity peaked in the spring of 2010, when 38 percent of Americans said they liked the tea party and only 36 percent said they didn’t.

    Of course, a great teaparty leader once said: “Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers.”

    — 2 years ago
    #humor  #news  #politics  #americans dislike the teaparty  #GOP  #lunatic fringe  #Michele Bachmann  #patriots of freedumb  #Republicans  #sarah palin  #tea party  #teabaggers 

    Video proof that Rick Perry is as dumb as Palin and Bachmann.

    Think Progress: Contrary to Perry’s assertion, nobody was “afraid to walk around in public” in colonial Boston out of “fear that they’d be persecuted” for objecting to high taxes. What actually happened was that “disguised men and others then went on board the tea-ships moored at Griffin’s Wharf, and in the course of three hours they emptied three hundred and forty-two chests of tea into the water of the harbor.” Apparently not all the tea partiers actually did wear disguises at all, but clearly the point of wearing disguises wasn’t generalized fear of public expression of dissent but specific fear that acts of vandalism were illegal. For all that’s changed in the subsequent 230 years, this aspect of American life is basically the same. People who want to protest peacefully do so freely, people who want to destroy other people’s property are more likely to wear masks.

    Next Perry will be relating the tale of how the early teapartyers were thrown to the lions. The fundie teabaggers will then cheer wildly for the 234 executions Perry has overseen during his time as governor.

    Is our Texas governors learnin’?

    (Source: youtube.com)

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #humor  #politics  #religion  #2012  #didn't learn history  #dumb  #dumb as palin and bachmann  #GOP  #persecution  #Republicans  #rick perry  #tea party  #teabaggers  #teapartyers 
    The eyes of insanity
You have to wonder what the rejected photos looked like.
And what’s she looking at?

    The eyes of insanity

    You have to wonder what the rejected photos looked like.

    And what’s she looking at?

    — 3 years ago with 10 notes
    #politics  #LOL  #humor  #crazy eyes  #newsweek  #queen of rage  #queen teahadist  #tea party  #teabaggers  #Teabagistan  #Teahadists  #Teaparty