Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Republi-CON "Property Rights" Hypocrisy

Republi-cons have "made unsuccessful efforts to force a permit for the [Keystone XL] project, including adding language in the Houseversion of a highway spending bill" claiming that the pipeline "would create thousands of jobs and increase U.S. energy security."

But what they failed to mention is that building the pipeline would require "taking of private property for public use — all along its proposed route" and not all of the landowners want to sell.

Read the Washington Post, Keystone XL pipeline is issue of property rights for some ranchers

Obamney Praises Governmwent Takeover of Health Care System

In Israel, which "regulates its health care system aggressively, requiring all residents to carry insurance and capping revenue for various parts of the country’s health care system.

Israel created a national health care system in 1995, largely funded through payroll and general tax revenue. The government provides all citizens with health insurance: They get to pick from one of four competing, nonprofit plans. Those insurance plans have to accept all customers—including people with pre-existing conditions—and provide residents with a broad set of government-mandated benefits."

Read the Washington Post, Romney praises health care in Israel, where ‘strong government influence’ has driven down costs

Monday, July 30, 2012

Republi-CONs Wrong Again

Whatever happened to those Republi-con Bond Vigilantes'

A "funny thing happened on the way to the predicted fiscal crisis: instead of soaring, U.S. borrowing costs have fallen to their lowest level in the nation’s history. . .

The experience of the past few years — above all, the spectacular failure of austerity policies in Europe — has been a dramatic demonstration of Keynes’s basic point: slashing spending in a depressed economy depresses that economy further.

So it’s time to stop paying attention to the alleged wise men who hijacked our policy discussion and made the deficit the center of conversation. They’ve been wrong about everything — and these days even the financial markets are telling us that we should be focused on jobs and growth."

Read The New York Times, Money for Nothing.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Republi-CON 'Tax Hike Prevention Act' Tax Hike

The Act states that "There is no extension of the payroll tax cut in the amendment.  In addition, the increased spending through the tax code from the partisan 2009 stimulus law (ARRA) is not included in the amendment."

As you might have guessed, these tax cuts were passed during the Obama administration to benefit the poor and working class.  As the Republi-cons tried to explain, if "Obama passed it into a law, it’s not a tax cut."

Read the Washington Post, Republicans want to raise taxes on the poor. Why?

Expect a campaign ad on this topic soon.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Republi-CON "I Don't Need No Government Help" Hypocrisy

"The star of a recent Romney ad, who criticized President Obama for saying that businesses aren’t built alone, got some government help for his business in the 1980s. Jack Gilchrist’s Gilchrist Metal got $800,000 in tax-exempt revenue bonds from New Hampshire Business Finance Authority, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports. The company has also got some government contracts more recently.  'As far as I’m concerned, I’m getting some of my tax money back,' Gilchrist told ABC News."  Read the Washington Post, The Fix, What You Might Have Missed.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Run or Walk, What is the Best Strategy If You Are Caught in the Rain Without An Umbrella?

As with most of life's problems, it depends. 

In this case, how big are you, and which way is the wind blowing?  Read the Washington Post, Physicists tackle a crucial issue: How to stay dry in the rain.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Another Republi-CON Flip-Flop

"[M]any [Republi-con] notables, such as Mitch Daniels, Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush and, of course," Obamney, were for state welfare waivers before they were against them.  Read the Washington Post, The Obama administration fires back on welfare, which notes that "this is hardly the first time a previously widely held Republican policy position has become anathema almost overnight, but it’s a stark change nonetheless."

What to Expect If It Is Obama v. Romney

UPDATE II:  It's déjà vu all over again.

Read the Washington Post, Is the 2012 election the 2004 election all over again?

UPDATE: "He was for it before he was against it, and against it before he claimed credit for it." Read The New York Times, Romney and the Bailout.

Ronmey, the flip-flopper's flip-flopper.

Funny isn't it, what goes around comes around.

"He’ll have hundreds of millions of dollars, the bully pulpit, Air Force One and high-profile supporters from Warren Buffet to Lady Gaga behind him. But President Obama’s chances of re-election could come down to a single strategic question: To what degree can the history of 2004 be repeated in 2012? . . .

The Obama team, he said, 'wants to make Mitt Romney into the Republican version of John Kerry.'"

Read The New York Times, Can Obama 2012 Replicate Bush 2004?

That's why the base hopes it is anyone but Romney.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Bane of Obamney's Existence

UPDATE:  Limpy thinks "there might be a sinister connection between Bane, the villain in the new Batman movie, and Bain, the villain in the new Obama campaign narrative."  Read the Washington Post, Bane/Bain of Romney and Rush Limbaugh’s existence.

"Holy atomic pile," the only problem, as the article notes, is that "Bane was created in 1993.

'So? If Mitt Romney can retroactively retire, what’s to prevent Barack Obama from going back in time to alter history too?'"

"You've tripped on one of your tricks this time," Limpy!

He was there, before he wasn't there.

But, "he wasn’t even there when they did those bad things that he was in no way associated with but it was fine if he was. . .

Who knows what’s true? It’s a simple case of 'He said, He filed SEC documents that contradict what he said' . . .

[Obamney didn't commit a felony.] Lying to the SEC is not a felony, it’s an entire industry. . .

[As his campaign explained, in 2002 Obamney 'retired retroactively to February of 1999.']  So he was not responsible for firing all those people whose jobs were outsourced. He was responsible for retroactively not hiring them. . .

If Obama wins the race in November, Mitt can just say he retroactively retired from the race in 2009."

Watch The Colbert Report, Mitt Romney's Retroactive Retirement from Bain Capital:

I guess that Etch-a-Sketch reset ain't working as hoped.


I told ya to expect this if Obamney won the nomination.  

Obama's just starting to use "McCain's entire, 200-page opposition research file — or 'book' — on Mitt Romney from 2008, the year they were bitter rivals."

Friday, July 13, 2012

Republi-CONs "Vote to Repeal Medicare Cuts They Voted For and Are Campaigning Against"

"That headline is not an exaggeration or a parody."  Read the Washington Post, Republicans vote to repeal Medicare cuts they voted for and are campaigning against, which notes that "it really takes an astonishing amount of chutzpah to run against a spending cut in dozens of races across the country, to come to Congress and vote for that cut anyway, and then to continue to rail against it as though you still think it’s the worst thing Congress has ever inflicted on the American people. Even if they hadn’t voted for these exact cuts, it’s really impossible to square general GOP rhetoric about cutting spending, specifically on entitlements, with their insistence that every dollar that Obamacare cuts either through the Medicare Advantage cuts or from the Independent Payment Advisory Board is the end of the world for seniors."

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

How American Are You?

"To become a US citizen, immigrants must past a test that includes questions on government, history, and geography.

But what really makes someone "American?" Many would argue it is our common culture. Do you eat hot dogs on Independence Day? What do you really know about the Simpsons? . .

Just how American are you? Take [The Christian Science Monitor] alternative citizenship quiz and find out!"