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Month: January 2011

The GOP’s Destructive Anti-Tax Crusade

The GOP’s Destructive Anti-Tax Crusade

I’m sure it would come as a surprise to many conservatives to learn that most Americans who could be described as politically liberal or moderate don’t enjoy paying taxes any more than they do.  And most share a healthy skepticism of government’s ability to solve all of our problems – sometimes more so than conservatives.  For example, it was absurd to expect that government policies, no matter what they were, could dramatically reverse the deepest economic recession since The Great…

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Only Stupid People Would Want to Get Rid of Social Security

Only Stupid People Would Want to Get Rid of Social Security

That’s right.  The stupid people. Who wrote these words? Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other…

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New P.J. Harvey video “The Words that Maketh Murder”

New P.J. Harvey video “The Words that Maketh Murder”

From P.J. Harvey’s new album, Let England Shake, due to be released February 15th, here is the video for the song “The Words that Maketh Murder,” featuring Polly and her autoharp, directed by Seamus Murphy. PJ Harvey – The Words That Maketh Murder Uploaded by spektorholic. – Watch more music videos, in HD! via twentyfourbit.com, via pattimsith.net. More info at The Guardian.

The Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare” Explained

The Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare” Explained

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as explained by Paul Krugman in a blog post yesterday: The other route [as opposed to government provided insurance] is the one Mitt Romney took in Massachusetts, and the Democrats took nationally, combining regulation and subsidies to get everyone covered. The strategy has three parts: – Community rating: insurers must offer the same policies to everyone – Mandates: everyone must buy insurance, so healthy people can’t opt out – Subsidies to lower-income families,…

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Tom Delay “The Hammer” is in The Slammer

Tom Delay “The Hammer” is in The Slammer

This story got lost in the wake of the Tucson shooting. From The Washington Post: AUSTIN – Former House majority leader Tom DeLay, the brash Texan who helped build and tightly control a Republican majority in his chamber until resigning in 2005, was sentenced by a state judge on Monday to three years in prison for illegally plotting to funnel corporate contributions to Texas legislative candidates. State Senior Judge Pat Priest, citing the need for those who write the laws…

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Another Reason Why I Don’t Like John Boehner

Another Reason Why I Don’t Like John Boehner

From Matt Taibbi’s article, “The Crying Shame of John Boehner” in the current issue of Rolling Stone, via Harper’s: Another Ohio Democrat, Steve Driehaus, clashed repeatedly with Boehner before losing his seat in the midterm elections. After Boehner suggested that by voting for Obamacare, Driehaus “may be a dead man” and “can’t go home to the west side of Cincinnati” because “the Catholics will run him out of town,” Driehaus began receiving death threats, and a right-wing website published directions…

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Why is this Shooting Democrats T-Shirt Still for Sale?

Why is this Shooting Democrats T-Shirt Still for Sale?

Following the murder of the chairman of the Democratic Party in Arkansas in August of 2008, I put up a post that featured this shirt: At that time I wondered if it was still offered for sale.  It was and still is. Has anyone ever seen anyone actually wearing this shirt?

Sarah Palin’s “Blood Libel” – Ignorance or Anti-Semitism?

Sarah Palin’s “Blood Libel” – Ignorance or Anti-Semitism?

Sarah Palin released a video today in response to the attacks on her and her infamous map with cross-hairs over congressional districts she posted prior to the mid-term elections.  Representative Gabrielle Giffords was one of the Democrats targeted by Palin.  Liberals have condemned her and others like her for creating a climate of hate that may or may not have influenced Jared Loughner’s decision to open fire at a Giffords forum outside a Safeway in Tucson on Saturday morning. Sarah…

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Republicans are Mindless on Healthcare

Republicans are Mindless on Healthcare

The phrase “government takeover of healthcare,” deserving winner of PolitiFact.com’s  2010 Lie of the Year award, was thought up by a Republican marketing strategist named Frank Luntz as a slogan for the use of GOP politicians to describe the Democratic plan for healthcare reform.  It wasn’t the only whopper repeated ad nauseam by Republicans as the debate unfolded on the health bill that ultimately was signed into law by President Obama (remember death panels?), but it was certainly the most…

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