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While one cannot predict the future, the current state of the GOP primary, the batshit battle over contraception (including the frothing of Rush) and the corresponding illumination of deep divisions within the Republican party gives those of us on the Left reason to pause and to hope.  It may turn out that in the long run the Tea-Party-Revolution of 2010 could actually prove the Left’s greatest asset.

Perusing through Redstate.com and contrasting with current congressional proclivities is quite entertaining.

Senate Alert: Kill Energy Subsidies

We’ve been gunning hard for the Pompeo/DeMint bill, which would end all subsidies and special tax preferences for energy companies.  This is our chance to stand decisively on the side of the free-market and against crony capitalism and picking winners and losers in the market.

We’re not just against handouts for green energy; we must oppose them for natural gas as well.

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! Wrong answer Dan.  If you check with the corporatist GOP establishment,  you would see that you should be FOR energy subsidies in order to establish America’s energy independence.  Let’s try again.

Super Tuesday By The Numbers

But whenever the verdict of the delegate race becomes final, the voters have already spoken, and their message is clear: this is still the conservatives’ party, awaiting only the right leader to unite it.

OHHHH! Wrong again.  See the problem here, as was deftly pointed out by Jon Stewart, is that the mythical conservative leader does not exist.  In fact he/she can’t exist, it’s not possible.  Your views, wants and desires are so conflicted, no one person could encapsulated them all and possibly utter a coherent sentence.  Second problem is the corporatists  that run the GOP (and I believe now are regretting funding the Tea Party) would never let someone like that at the helm as he/she would utterly turn off independent voters, as Santorum is proving.

Senate Republicans and Boehner Unite Against Conservatives

Don’t even need to copy any blurbs over, the title says it all.

Keep on infighting boys and girls.  The more you argue amongst yourselves and tear each other down the more likely Obama wins.

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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in Politics

 

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Tea Party Hipocrisy

The table below got me thinking back to a Town Hall our congressional representative held during the “Obamacare” debate.  There was an absolutely huge line, easily 30 times what the hall could hold, outside.  The crowd was fairly split between for and against.  There were many civil and intelligent, albeit, heated debates between people in the crowd (and a few not so civil).   In front of me and a friend of mine at one point was an elderly gentleman, obviously a vet from his dress, holding a sign with some dig on Canadian health care.  A young guy walked up to him and inquired as to his specific beef.  The elderly gentleman went through all the conservative talking points against socialized health care.  The young guy asked him where he got his health insurance from, and the answer was … Medicare.  The young guy then pressed him that he was taking advantage of the very socialist health system he had just argued against.  The elderly gentleman’s reply to this was that it wasn’t, that he was just getting out what he paid in, basically arguing he had paid forward.

Uh … no.  Medicare is a socialist system, it is pay as you go.  When my parents were young their taxes went to paying for my grandparents, and now my taxes now go towards paying for my parents.  That is the way it works, it is socialist any way you slice it.  And this is one of my beefs with the Tea Party, at least their non-affluent members (which is most of them).  They deny that they benefit in any way from public programs.  They believe that they are being robbed, to pay for lazy slobs to live lives of luxury.  I got news for ya folks, most of you are the lazy slobs receiving public benefits.

Between Medicare and Medicaid ~100 million people are enrolled.  That is just under a third of all Americans, and accounts for 40% of all people insured.  Without these two ‘socialist’ programs 150 million people, almost half the population would have no health insurance.  How can you argue these programs are bad or evil?  Yes, they indeed do have their problems, but simply eliminating them as the conservatives would ultimately like to do would be an unmitigated catastrophe.

And Social Security – 55million people, ’nuff said.

Frankly, if you are pulling Social Security and on Medicare and ranting about socialism … Shut.The.Fuck.Up

The table below speaks volumes to personal self delusion

Percentage of Program Beneficiaries Who Report They “Have Not Used a Government Social Program”
Program “No, Have Not Used a Government Social Program”
529 or Coverdell 64.3
Home Mortgage Interest Deduction 60.0
Hope or Lifetime Learning Tax Credit 59.6
Student Loans 53.3
Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit 51.7
Earned Income Tax Credit 47.1
Social Security—Retirement & Survivors 44.1
Pell Grants 43.1
Unemployment Insurance 43.0
Veterans Benefits (other than G.I. Bill) 41.7
G.I. Bill 40.3
Medicare 39.8
Head Start 37.2
Social Security Disability 28.7
Supplemental Security Income 28.2
Medicaid 27.8
Welfare/Public Assistance 27.4
Government Subsidized Housing 27.4
Food Stamps 25.4
Source: Suzanne Mettler, “Reconstituting the Submerged State: The Challenge of Social Policy Reform in the Obama Era,” Perspectives on Politics (September 2010): 809. (pdf link)
 
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Economy, Politics, Rant

 

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Reasons Why The Extreme Right are A**holes

Just deluged with so many examples this morning, I had to share

  • Here’s Rick Santorum On abortion after rape – “make the best of a bad situation”Vodpod videos no longer available.

 

Hal Rounds, the Fayette County attorney and spokesman for the group, said during a recent news conference that there has been “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.”

No Hal, it’s not made up, it’s documented fact.  What is this new right wing chic about not being able to point out faults with anything they admire. Criticizing Mittens about Bain’s “Vulture Capitalism” is an attack on capitalism itself.  Criticizing the founders of the country for owning slaves or exterminating the indians is an assault on our origins.

“The thing we need to focus on about the founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn’t existed, to everybody — not all equally instantly — and it was their progress that we need to look at”

No one is saying they didn’t do great things, but they DID have faults.  Slavery was wrong.  You can wrap it up in whatever “social structure” argument you like, it was wrong.  It is this absolutism that is driving me batty.  Everyone and everything has to either be saintly or demonic, nothing in between.

 

 

  • Republican members of congress have made a video appeal (beg actaully) to Obama to not let the $500B in defense cuts outlined in the debt-ceiling/super-comittee nonsense (ya know, the nonsense that was THEIR idea) come to pass. Our dense budget is as big as the next 16 countries combined you morons.  Defense and Security spending account for almost a third of our budget for god’s sake
 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Politics

 

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Some Thoughts On Employment Statistics

I hear the Liberals and Conservatives bandying about employment statistics, cherry picking this and that, a few provisos here and there.  It all gets very confusing.  So for ‘fun’ I decided to check out the Bureau of Labor statistics for myself, and it turns out that they have a very fine database that is not too cumbersome to go through and generate all sorts of plots and spreadsheets on a plethora of employment data.  If you are geekily inclined, check it out here.  I decided to generate some plots of my own and see how things look.

Here is a plot of Total Non-Farm Employment

First thing that strikes me is the symmetry about the month of Obama’s inauguration.  The numbers aren’t great now, but at least they are going in the right direction.  So … in January or ’09 there were 133.5 million people employed.  As of December ’11 there were 131.9 million, a net drop of 1.6 million.  So yes, there is the drop that the Republicans LOVE to hammer home, but if you look at the graph you see that there is a momentum issue. When Obama took office the economy was shedding jobs at the fastest pace of the cycle. The 131.9 million employed now is 2.7 million better than at the bottom of 129.2 million in February ’10. If you are walking into a disaster it takes sometime for policies to have effect and to change the momentum, so expecting things to turn on a dime when a president is inaugurated is just stupid. And 2.7 million jobs in the last two years ain’t bad.

Now the above numbers are for total employment, both private and government.  If we break things down between government and private employment things get way more interesting.

Here is a graph of Government Employment (Fed and State)

From January ’09 to December ’11 government employment has dropped by 610,000.  The big blip in the graph is the census hiring in ’10

Now let’s look at Total Private Employment

From January ’09 to December ’11 there is a drop of 1.05 million jobs.  From the trough to Dec ’11 there is a gain of 3.1 million jobs.

An important feature of these graphs is that while private sector employment is showing a rebound, government employment is steadily marching downward.  If McCain was president and had these numbers the Republicans would be hitting three points very hard,

1) McCain arrested the slide of the economy!

2) McCain ‘created’ 3.1 million private sector jobs in the last two years!

3) McCain shrunk government, helping to slash 600,000 government jobs!

Seems the Republicans are really getting what they want, it’s just the wrong guy at the helm.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think things are great right now, but they would be a whole lot worse if McCain was president … and they would be a whole lot better if the Tea Party infusion into the House of Representatives had never happened.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Economy, Politics

 

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Tea Party vs. Informed Citizen

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Humor, Politics

 

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Comics!

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday!  Now back at it.  Let’s what Santa left us in the wit stocking.

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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Economy, foreign affairs, Humor, Politics

 

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Obama Hates Christmas

Oh for F*&k Sake…

Fox News

The front of the card features Bo the First Dog lounging by a fireplace. Holiday greenery is draped over the fireplace mantle. Holiday presents are placed on a table underneath a poinsettia – instead of a Christmas tree.

“It’s odd,” she said, wondering why the president’s Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like “family, faith and freedom.”

Palin said the majority of Americans can appreciate the more traditional, “American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree.”

Jesus! What is wrong with you people … Ok, you hate Obama, I get that. I despised his predecessor.  But bagging on his Christmas card? Bagging on his wife for trying to get people to eat healthy?  This nonsense,  the payroll tax (good job by the way, getting dumped on by the WSJ),  the freakshow that you primary season has become, even before a vote is cast.

Thank you, Tea Party, thank you for this. Thank you for driving the Republican party right off of a cliff.

Update: oh this is RICH … Check out the Fox Christmas card

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Politics

 

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