Posts tagged ‘Republicans’

July 30, 2011

Quote of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

“For those who insist that the center is always the place to be, I have an important piece of information: We already have a centrist president. Indeed, Bruce Bartlett, who served as a policy analyst in the Reagan administration, argues that Mr. Obama is in practice a moderate conservative. Mr. Bartlett has a point.

The president, as we’ve seen, was willing, even eager, to strike a budget deal that strongly favored conservative priorities. His health reform was very similar to the reform Mitt Romney installed in Massachusetts. Romneycare, in turn, closely followed the outlines of a plan originally proposed by the right-wing Heritage Foundation. And returning tax rates on high-income Americans to their level during the Roaring Nineties is hardly a socialist proposal.

True, Republicans insist that Mr. Obama is a leftist seeking a government takeover of the economy, but they would, wouldn’t they? The facts, should anyone choose to report them, say otherwise.” -Paul Krugman

July 30, 2011

Meet the 14th Amendment this Tuesday

by thefulllidvmg

You may wonder, what would happen if the hours roll by Tuesday and there still is not a resolution to our debt ceiling quagmire? In comes the ace in the hole for Barack: the 14th amendment. This is a sigh of relief (as well as a back door escape hatch) in the face of Republican nihilism. Even Bill Clinton has thrown his hat into Obama’s corner:

As Bill Clinton, another former professor of constitutional law, recently declared, if he were president, he would invoke the Fourteenth Amendment to raise the debt ceiling “without hesitation, and force the courts to stop me.”

May 27, 2011

The PATRIOT Act Stays Alive

by thefulllidvmg

This was a bill that was anathema to the Democratic party. It now has bipartisan support. Crazy. Some are even calling this secret bill more secret than we even know.


This law has its objectors. One to mention is Senator Rand Paul. He is basically met with this rhetoric about patriotism: 

Paul and the other dissenting Senators better give up their objections and submit to quick Patriot Act passageor else they’ll have blood on their hands from the Terrorist attack they will cause.  That, of course, was the classic Bush/Cheney tactic for years to pressure Democrats into supporting every civil-liberties-destroying measure the Bush White House demanded (including, of course, the original Patriot Act itself), and now we have the Democrats — ensconced in power — using it just as brazenly and shamelessly (recall how Bush’s DNI, Michael McConnell, warned Congressional Democrats in 2007 that unless they quickly passed without changes the new FISA bill the Bush White House was demanding, a Terrorist attack would likely occur at the Congress in a matter of “days, not weeks”; McConnell then told The New Yorker: “If we don’t update FISA, the nation is significantly at risk”). Feinstein learned well.

Greenwald challenges the myth that there is no bipartisanship in Congress.

So when they were out of power, the Democrats reviled the Patriot Act and constantly complained about fear-mongering tactics and exploitation of the Terrorist threat being used to stifle civil liberties and privacy concerns.  Now that they’re in power and a Democratic administration is arguing for extension of the Patriot Act, they use fear-mongering tactics and exploitation of the Terrorist threat to stifle civil liberties and privacy concerns (“If somebody wants to take on their shoulders not having provisions in place which are necessary to protect the United States at this time, that’s a big, big weight to bear,” warned Feinstein).  And they’re joined in those efforts by the vast majority of the GOP caucus.  Remember, though:  there is no bipartisanship in Washington, the parties are constantly at each other’s throats, and they don’t agree on anything significant, and thus can’t get anything done.  If only that were true.

I would add bipartisan support for Israel to that short list.

Herman Cain’s take on security issues here and Julian Sanchez explains that much of the PATRIOT act would continue on even if parts of it expired.

Conor Friedersdorf explains why this matters to us and brings Barack Obama into the mix:

Contrary to the misleading reassurances of PATRIOT Act apologists, some provisions of the legislation aren’t merely likely to be abused by law enforcement in the future — they’ve already led to civil liberties violations, many of them documented circa 2009 by the Justice Department. Through National Security Letters, for example, law enforcement is permitted to obtain sensitive information from the banks, phone companies and Internet service providers of any American citizen. The FBI doesn’t need a warrant to request this private data, and the target of the snooping needn’t even be suspected of any connection with terrorism! More than 6,000 Americans were spied on in this manner during 2009 (the most recent year data is available), and the federal government has itself documented flagrant FBI abuses. All that’s missing is a desire to fix the problem. There are plenty of other objectionable PATRIOT ACT sections too: the “lone wolf” provision, roving wiretapsSection 215 notices. All are worthy of study, especially since now the American people won’t learn more about them through a Congressional debate.

President Obama’s support for this latest re-authorization matters because it bears on a central promise of his candidacy. During Election 2008, he made it seem as though a vote for him would signify and end to the Bush Administration’s excesses in the war on terrorism: its tendency to needlessly sacrifice civil liberties even when less intrusive measures were sufficient, its disdain for checks and balances on executive authority, its habit of using scare tactics to insist that national security legislation be passed quickly and without a debate. Hope. Change. Those were the slogans. They weren’t about getting Osama bin Laden, nice as that was.

May 27, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

May 26, 2011

How America Views It’s Moral Path

by thefulllidvmg

has gone up in a positive light and gone down in a negative light:

This is somewhat surprising, considering the right-wing lamentations. But then again, that is only a slice of the pie that is growing in its polarization and being somewhat overshadowed by the rising 20-30s generations.

Also worth noting, these changes in perception follow political lines. No surprise there:

The change in public perceptions about the nation’s morals has come mostly from Democrats. Fifty-two percent of Democrats have a negative view of moral values, down from 65% in 2010. Democrats’ views of morality in the United States have changed direction several times in the past four years — their negativity rose to 77% in 2008, and then turned sharply less negative in 2009, coincident with Democrat Barack Obama’s taking office as president, but increased again in 2010.

Independents also became less negative about morals this year, while Republicans’ views did not change and, as such, remain mostly negative.

May 25, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

Some other commandments you could add:

  1. Tho shalt increase the military budget.
  2. Tho shalt protect the fetus but refuse to provide a safety net during the rest of it’s life.
May 22, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

May 21, 2011

A New Era in Same-Sex Marriage Opinion

by thefulllidvmg


Andrew Sullivan explains:

Democrats’ and independents’ support for legalized same-sex marriage increased this year by 13 and 10 points, respectively. Republicans’ views on the issue did not change from last year. Clear majorities of both Democrats and independents now support gay marriage, 69% and 59% respectively, contrasted with 28% support among Republicans.

To go from 41 points behind to 8 points ahead in a decade and a half must count as one of the most successful political and social campaigns in history.

Update: more details on this here.

May 14, 2011

Mitt Romney + The Onion

by thefulllidvmg

“Every day I am haunted by the fact that I gave impoverished Massachusetts citizens a chance to receive health care. I’m only human, and I’ve made mistakes. None bigger, of course, than helping cancer patients receive chemotherapy treatments and making sure that those suffering from pediatric AIDS could obtain medications, but that’s my cross to bear,” - Mitt Romney

More:

“The major strike against Mitt Romney is that he not only tried to help people get medical care, he actually did help people get medical care,” conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg said. “No other Republican in the field has that type of baggage. And in the end, in order to defeat President Obama, the GOP needs someone who has a track record of never wanting to help sick people.”

H/T: Andrew Sullivan

May 5, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

Oh, welcome back torture to the political debate. So many have wished you’d go away and never come back.

H/T: Tony Auth

April 29, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

Someone recently said that many of the Republicans who were out four years ago would be labeled “Republican in Name Only” (RINO) now.

H/T: Tony Auth

April 28, 2011

Conspiracies the Left Believes

by thefulllidvmg

I found it refreshing to see OTB remind us of 9/11 truthers (people who believe the U.S government did the attacks on 9/11) as there is an influx of birtherism surrounding Barack Obama. Both sides, after all, have their loony conspiracies. Money quote:

I think that this, along with a good deal of the birtherism we see in the GOP is a reflection of the fact that we now live in a political culture where people are likely to believe the absolute worst about their political opponents. We saw during the Reagan/Bush years when the left spun tails of conspiracies to fix the 1980 election, and during the Clinton Administration with the Vince Foster story and the allegations about Mena, Arkansas. I’m not sure if people actually believe these things, or if it’s just a reflection of the fact that they hate the other guys so much that they’re willing to ascribe the worst possible motives to them.

March 31, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day II

by thefulllidvmg

H/T: Tony Auth

March 31, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

H/T: Tony Auth

March 23, 2011

House GOP Takes Up P90X

by thefulllidvmg

Paul Ryan and other House of Representatives are bringing it:

To achieve that second set of goals, a group gathers most days around two televisions in the House gym to follow a series of DVD workout routines known to late-night infomercial fans as P90X, the “most extreme home fitness training program.”

As have thousands of insomniac former couch potatoes, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and a crew of young Republicans have taken to the P90X workout routines with an ideological intensity. For the lawmakers, it’s a get-tough fitness dogma that mirrors their promises to pump up job growth and chisel away flabby federal programs.

They may think like Gingrich and Reagan, but “we want to look like Tony,” says P90X devotee Rep. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.).

As for House Speaker John Boehner:

Mr. Boehner, a smoker and neat freak, vacuums, takes early-morning walks and rides his bicycle around monuments.

February 13, 2011

Obamacare Was Concocted by Conservatives?

by thefulllidvmg

Robert Field explains:

The individual mandate was the brainchild of the Heritage Foundation, one of the most conservative think tanks in the country. They saw it as part of the salvation of free market health care.

You’d hardly know it today from the Foundation’s website. A recent visit to the homepage found news on the fight against Obamacare, with links to a page condemning health reform for its “mandates and federal control.” But do some searching on the site, and you’ll discover where the mandate idea actually came from.

Or, you can follow this direct link to Heritage’s 1990 policy report, which explains why an individual mandate should be part of a free market approach to health reform. (The report can also be accessedhere in html format.)

Here is some of what it says. “Under the Heritage proposal, it would be illegal not to buy basic catastrophic insurance…” When you file your tax return, “If the proof of insurance forms were not attached, or did not indicate that the family was insured throughout the year, a financial penalty would be imposed.” (See page 13 of the report.)

The mandate served the same purpose in Heritagecare in 1990 as it does in Obamacare today. Private insurance markets don’t work if the risk pool is too small. When too many healthy people opt out of coverage, insurance becomes unaffordable for everyone else because it is impossible to spread the cost. Then, the only alternative is a government plan.

The mandate-based approach was so appealing to free market supporters in the 1990s that the Republicans proposed it as a law in 1993. Bob Dole, the Senate minority leader at the time, served as co-sponsor.

This brings both sides a bit closer to a medium and depolarizes the field. Both sides, after all, have a bit of a desire to reach a utopia after all.

(thanks alot Charles!)

January 26, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

Will things revert back to this as the honeymoon aura wears off from the kumbaya lame duck session and we enter the 2012 election cycle?

H/T: Tony Auth

December 16, 2010

Political Cartoon of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

H/T: Auth

December 10, 2010

Republicans I Would Vote For President

by thefulllidvmg

I am proud of myself for aligning with more Republican leaders.

Gary Johnson, who served as governor of New Mexico, seems to be an interesting breed of politician. He openly admits to of used marijuana, even when it was illegal in New Mexico, because of the pain from a paragliding accident, is pro-choice but wants Roe v. Wade repealed, suggests that between 25-90% of our defense budget can be cut, and believes we shouldn’t be in Iraq or Afghanistan. Truly, his views are radical amongst the GOP ilk.

Chris Christie strikes me as interesting by his large stature, being a Jersey politician type, and he has a boldness to stick with making tough choices. He is up against a New Jersey school board that has been circulating emails asking people to pray for him to die. Meanwhile, he is dealing with a $1 billion budget cutback and making a lot of public appearances to talk through it with his Garden State denizens.

Unfortunately, Chris Christie has hinted that he will not run for president and Gary Johnson may be an outside runner in the sea of GOP possibles.

December 8, 2010

Compromise and the Tax Cut Deal

by thefulllidvmg

Here are a ton of reactions to the Obama tax cut deal as well as takes on it from the Republican side.

Thank you Obama for compromising on this issue and establishing a bipartisan solution. You have shown that you are man enough to put through this deal, bend backwards a bit with extending tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires, and see it as a work in progress in that requires both sides to be included. He didn’t choose to be a bitter sissy who didn’t get his way and waste the other 300 million American’s time and money as he regained his composure. Amazingly, the nihilist party of “no” made this deal happen when they could of waited a bit longer until their new Congress came in with a House majority.

On another note, I really don’t know how a normal middle class family or individual could honestly vote for these Republican fucks. They pander to the millionaires and billionaires and will only grant a permanent tax cut for the middle class if the upper class gets one first. Let’s keep in mind that permanent tax cuts for both classes are completely unrealistic and unsustainable.

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