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He’s back,… and they still love him

Looks like poor ‘ol Mitt has taken ALL the blame. I hear from the boys at the top that their message was right,… but they just needed a better candidate.

I‘m sure that was it.

Rob Portman says Paul Ryan is good at “selling a product”

Yeah,…. I can believe that. Snake oil comes to mind.

From The Times

Back on Hill, Ryan Remains a Fiscal Force

Jonathan Ernst for The New York Times

Representative Paul D. Ryan, in Washington last week, resumes his post as the House Budget Committee chairman.

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Published: November 18, 2012
WASHINGTON — Gone is the private jet and the motorcade that swept him from the tarmac to the private hotel entrances. His security staff has been reduced to a few Capitol Police officers, soon to fade away. Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin is back to driving his own truck back home, and walking to the House floor here for votes alone, like everyone else.

But while the campaign trappings and the high profile of the national campaign are behind him, Mr. Ryan now finds himself at the center of one of the biggest fiscal negotiations in a generation.

Speaker John A. Boehner has tapped Mr. Ryan, who has returned to his post as the House Budget Committee chairman after an unsuccessful run for vice president, to help strike a deal to avoid big tax increases and spending cuts by the end of the year, and to bring along fellow Republicans.

“He helps us toward creating a product,” said Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, “and he helps sell the product.”

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When Mr. Ryan returned to Capitol Hill last week, he was met with a standing ovation from his Republican colleagues, a bear hug from Mr. Boehner and the hope from conservatives that he would hold the line on taxes and other spending.“I hope he’s front and center in this debate,” said Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, who is the departing chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee. “He’s probably our best spokesperson for how serious this debt situation is.”
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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Economy, Education, Health, Politics

 

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Sunday Comics (The … Hello 911? an Old Man is Beating a Child on My TV … Edition)

More Humor After The Break

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Posted by on October 14, 2012 in Economy, Health, Humor, Politics

 

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Dick of the Week

Haven’t done one for a while

Right now someone who is really getting under my skin is … Paul Ryan

To start off with is his budget in and of itself.  A budget he has introduced twice, and which is utterly and cravenly plutocratic.  Crucify the poor and middle class while maintaining our bloated military-industrial complex and handing out big gifts to the wealthy and corporations, or as he likes to call them – Job Creators.  Nice euphemism for plutocrats.

Then there is the deception underlying it

“Do you acknowledge poor people will suffer under this budget?” [Ann] Curry asked Ryan.

“No,” Ryan responded…

Really? let’s see what is contained herein

  • $2.4 trillion in reductions from Medicaid and other health care for people with low or moderate incomes.
  • $134 billion in cuts to SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.
  • At least $463 billion in cuts in mandatory programs, such as farm programs and federal employee retirement.
  • At least $291 billion in cuts in low-income discretionary programs, like Head Start, child care, K-12 education, job training, Pell grants and services for the elderly.

nooooo that’s not going to hurt one little bit.  But it all consistent with his Catholic faith … except for the fact the Catholic Church itself completely disagrees with his aims,

A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons; it requires shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly.

and

We support proposals in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget to strengthen programs that serve poor and vulnerable people, such as Pell Grants and improved workforce training and development. We also support proposals to restore cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as well as efforts to make permanent recent expansions of low-income tax credits.

oops…

But the military should be happy because he wants to give them more money than they asked for since they lied about how much they needed, right?

ROBERTS: Why did the committee choose to go against the advice of the generals?

RYAN: We don’t think the generals are giving us their true advice. We don’t think the generals believe that their budget is really the right budget. I believe that the president’s budget by virtue of the fact that when he released his budget number of about $500 billion, the number was announced at the same time they announced the beginning of their strategy review of the Pentagon’s budget. So what we get from the Pentagon is more of a budget driven strategy, not a strategy driven budget.

Wrong

“There’s a difference between having someone say they don’t believe what you said versus … calling us, collectively, liars,” Gen. Dempsey (Chair of the Joint Chiefs) told reporters aboard a U.S. military aircraft after a four day visit to Latin America.  ”My response is: I stand by my testimony. This was very much a strategy-driven process to which we mapped the budget.”

The deficit reduction is a fraud, as the CBO scoring is based on unrealistic assumptions, like health care cost growing only at the rate of inflation – here.

And finally he doesn’t even have the balls to specify specific cuts to programs, but only cuts to categories so that he can dodge any hard choices or responsibility,

This is an argument over semantics, and both sides have a point. Ryan’s budget sets numbers for categories of spending (see the tables at the end of this document). So “Transportation” gets $787 billion over the next decade. “Income Security” gets $4.7 trillion. “Global War on Terrorism” gets $494 billion. But there’s no specificity within these categories. It doesn’t drill into those categories to say what, exactly, gets cut, and how much it gets cut by.

So how big of a cut does the Bureau of Land Management take? We don’t know. How big of a cut does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s weather forecasting services get? No clue. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Sorry. The “Concurrent Resolution on the Budget” offers some “Illustrative Policy Options” for each category, but nothing like a specific list of cuts to programs. Ryan — arguably properly — is leaving that for the relevant congressional committees to decide. In his speech, Obama anticipated this critique:

Now, you can anticipate Republicans may say, well, we’ll avoid some of these cuts — since they don’t specify exactly the cuts that they would make. But they can only avoid some of these cuts if they cut even deeper in other areas. This is math. If they want to make smaller cuts to medical research that means they’ve got to cut even deeper in funding for things like teaching and law enforcement. The converse is true as well. If they want to protect early childhood education, it will mean further reducing things like financial aid for young people trying to afford college.

Yes Paul, YOU are my Dick of the Week

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Economy, Politics

 

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Ryan Budget in Pictures

Tax breaks to the very wealthy – Check

Gut programs for poor and disadvantage – Check

Deficit Reduction – well this is a little more complicated.  The CBO scored Ryan’s budget using HIS revenue projections.  These projections are based on “closing loopholes” in the tax code.  And what loopholes would he close? He has no idea, hasn’t specified a one, and we have seen how much the Republicans want to go after tax loopholes with the recent Big Oil subsidy fight.  The Tax Policy Center scored the Ryan plan using what is on paper, not what “we’ll get around to doing”, and it don’t look pretty

Obama called the budget “thinly veiled social Darwinism.”  That is indeed what it is.  The whole basis of modern conservative economics is social Darwinism, and many of us have thought that for a long time.  But it has had to become so blatant and egregious for politicians to finally speak it aloud.  And this budget comes from a man who milked the “entitlement society” for all it’s worth … A man who had the balls to tell a student to work three jobs for his education instead of relying on Pell Grants when he himself relied on SSI survivor benefits for his education.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Economy, Politics

 

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Republicans Fight for The Oppressed … Oil Co’s and DOD

Those poor poor fuckers … the Oil Companies.  The Republicans have again saved them from ‘losing’ $4.4 Billion a year.   You can argue about their profits, their overseas taxes, rising gas prices, but at the heart of it they are being SUBSIDIZED.  Yes, we would be paying more for gas at the pump if the subsidies go away … but we are already paying for it in the form of the the money the subsidies add to the debt, they’re already taking it out of our pockets.  This is one of the most brazen examples of the republicans plutocratic bent.

The other little tidbit I liked was this interview with Paul Ryan.  He is arguing that he is giving the military a larger budget than the generals are asking for because he knows better than them what they need.  Arrogant prick.

ROBERTS: Why did the committee choose to go against the advice of the generals?

RYAN: We don’t think the generals are giving us their true advice. We don’t think the generals believe that their budget is really the right budget. I believe that the president’s budget by virtue of the fact that when he released his budget number of about $500 billion, the number was announced at the same time they announced the beginning of their strategy review of the Pentagon’s budget. So what we get from the Pentagon is more of a budget driven strategy, not a strategy driven budget.

So … fuck the poor, fuck the middle class, fuck infrastructure, fuck education, for we mush save corporate America.  And make no mistake, aside from their sheer hawkishness, Republican support of the DOD is also a proxy for supporting their corporate buddies like Halliburton and Lockheed.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Economy, Politics

 

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Time to Kill the “Defense Spending” Holy Cow

As you all know now, the Republicans are trying to weasel out of the Debt Ceiling Deal of which they were architects.  The Supercommittee failed both stunningly and predictably, triggering ‘sequestration’ which is just a fancy word for mandatory cuts.  As part of this sequestration both non-military discretionary and military spending are to suffer equal reductions in spending of $600B each over the next 10 years.  But the Republicans are now screaming, “we will hollow out the military, we can not let this go forward!”.  In the Senate there was introduced the “Down Payment to Protect National Security Act of 2012″ which, according to Senator Rubio’s website:

Senator Rubio joined Senators Kyl, McCain, Graham, Cornyn, and Ayotte in introducing The Down Payment to Protect National Security Act, legislation which overrides the automatic, across-the-board cuts to our nation’s defense capabilities, which are scheduled to take effect in 2013 unless Congress acts. Instead of making severe cuts to the Department of Defense that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has warned would be “devastating to the defense budget” and would “weaken our national defense,” This bill replaces the scheduled cuts by reducing the federal workforce and extending the current pay freeze for federal workers. By doing so, the legislation ensures the debt reduction targets laid out in the Budget Control Act are still on track to be met –without endangering our national security at a time when threats both at home and abroad remain very real.

This pretty much dead on arrival,  So the House is now putting up the Ryan Budget version 2.0, the major upgrade from 1.0 being the focusing of the ‘message’ on no military cuts as opposed to the evisceration of Medicare (which is still there).  The military is protected from cuts by savaging domestic programs.

Now my question to the GOP is, “Are you fucking kidding me ?!?!”  The Defense Department budget accounts for 20% of federal spending on paper.  If you include other security and military functions under the umbrella of defense spending you are looking at 25-30% of our budget, depending on how you count things such as Homeland Security (not to mention the US accounts for ~40% of worldwide military spending).  In the last ten years military spending has amounted to well over  6 trillion dollars … 6 … TRILLION. Yet, noooooooo, cutting this is off of the table.  It is just fine, however, to recoup all these missing savings on the backs of seniors, the poor, our transportation infrastructure, our educational infrastructure, etc.

Man oh man was Eisenhower sadly prescient ..

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Economy, Politics, Rant

 

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Dicks of the Week

Herman Cain

Herman Cain’s Plan To Help The Poor: Gut Worker Protections

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Politics

 

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