Monday, April 27, 2015

The Rich Are Not Entitled to Bankrupt the United States

The Rich Are Not Entitled to Bankrupt the United States

"Tax Avoidance: $2,200 Billion

That's $2.2 trillion in tax expenditures, tax underpayments, tax havens, and corporate nonpayment. It is estimated that two-thirds of tax breaks accrue to the top quintile of taxpayers."

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Corporate Full-Service Restaurants also Cost Taxpayers Billions

Corporate Full-Service Restaurants also Cost Taxpayers Billions

"McDonald’s and other fast food chains aren’t the only restaurant companies whose low-paid workers need food stamps and Medicaid to get by. According to a new report "The Public Cost of Low Wages in the Full-Service Restaurant Industry" from the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC), the giant corporations operating or franchising full-service restaurants also cost taxpayers billions in public assistance for workers who are not paid enough to make ends meet."

A Tale of Three States: California, Kansas, and Florida

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/15/1371066/-A-Tale-of-Three-States-California-Kansas-and-Florida
"Kansas is collapsing. In four short years, since the tea party takeover, Kansas has had three credit downgrades along with a billion-dollar budget deficit. They are struggling to fund basic services and their education system is hanging on by a thread, with cutbacks making it almost dead last in teacher quality, pay, student spending and pupil-teacher ratio. It's so bad that REPUBLICAN state Sen. Wint Winter Jr. said Brownback's tax cuts have been a "train wreck".
Yet while the Sunflower state is falling apart, the Eureka State is CRUSHING it.
By any metric you use, California has become the best state in the union for investors."

Minnesota Republicans Pass Bill Banning Cities From Raising The Minimum Wage. Seriously.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/25/minnesota-republicans-pass-bill-banning-cities-from-raising-the-minimum-wage-seriously/
"Thankfully, Minnesota still has a sane Governor and a State Senate that is controlled by Democrats, so it is unclear whether Republicans can successfully maneuver the bill into law. If they fail, and let’s hope they do, then all they will have accomplished is to shamelessly demonstrate the sickening “screw the poor” mentality that has infected the Republican Party. I guess we should be grateful that they aren’t even trying to hide it any more."

The Koch Brothers Try To Fool The American People With An Evil PR Campaign

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/25/kochs-claim-theyre-politics-americans-well-being-profits.html
"It was reported on Thursday that the Kochs are launching an “aggressive new defense” of Koch Industries with particular emphasis on educating Americans that their political ambitions in paying Republicans to eliminate the government is not driven by a desire for more profits, but is “rooted in the Kochs’ decades-long quest to increase well-being in society"."

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Runs To The Koch Brothers To Save His Plummeting Approval Ratings

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/25/indiana-gov-mike-pence-runs-to-the-koch-brothers-to-save-his-plummeting-approval-ratings/
"If Indiana Governor Mike Pence didn’t realize that his signing of the discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was political suicide, he sure does now. Apparently, the now-infamously bigoted governor is doing something that many desperate Republicans have done to win elections or to save their ratings: Run to the Koch Brothers."

There’s One Issue That Undoubtedly Proves The Ethical Differences Between Democrats And Republicans

There’s One Issue That Undoubtedly Proves The Ethical Differences Between Democrats And Republicans

"But while there are many issues where Democrats and Republicans are very different (women’s rights, abortions, gay rights, the minimum wage, social programs to help the poor, tax rates, immigration, voting rights), there’s one issue above all else that I feel really showcases the ethical differences between the two parties: Overturning Citizens United, passing campaign finance reform and getting money out of politics. Most Republicans vehemently oppose overturning Citizens United, laughably proclaiming (as our Supreme Court did) that money somehow equals free speech."

The GOP’s pathetic money groveling: Why the Republican nomination will go to the highest bidder

The GOP’s pathetic money groveling: Why the Republican nomination will go to the highest bidder

"If there’s one thing the Republican field’s disgusting groveling for cash should show us once and for all, it’s how much money it takes to buy a nomination. This “donor primary” is shaping up to be as hard fought as any down-and-dirty local election between a hard core Tea Partyer and an old school main-street conservative. The amount of money being collected is going to be breathtaking. The main question now is whether or not the candidates can even find enough places to spend it all."

What Happens In Vegas This Weekend Could Decide The Next Republican Presidential Nominee

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/04/24/3650498/gop-sheldon-adelson-primary/
"Mega donor Adelson and his wife Miriam spent nearly $150 million on the 2012 election — more than the Koch brothers — and are likely to match that amount this campaign cycle. With his $32 billion net worth, Adelson was the single largest campaign donor in American history."

It's Not the 1 Percent Controlling Politics. It's the 0.01 Percent.

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/04/one-percent-campaign-giving
"In other words, about 1,200 Americans control more than 40 percent of election contributions."

Boehner Attempts to Undermine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/23/boehner-attempts-undermine-consumer-financial-protection-bureau.html
"The CFPB makes businesses accountable by protecting consumers. Boehner wants to reverse how this works, and make those who protect consumers held accountable to businesses."

Koch Group Sends Envoy To Rome To Convince Pope To Shut Up About Climate Change

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/24/koch-group-sends-envoy-to-rome-to-convince-pope-to-shut-up-about-climate-change/
"You read that right: A group of wealthy energy industry businessmen think they can preach the gospel of climate denialism to the pope. This should be fun to watch.
The pope caught the ire of the libertarian-leaning Heartland Institute when the Vatican announced that he would be holding meetings with United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon and other experts to discuss what policymakers and religious leaders can do to better combat the worst effects of climate change. Heartland Institute’s subsequent freak out was captured in the hurriedly released statement announcing they would be sending their own experts to the meeting to intervene."

Pope Francis To Tackle Climate Change

Friday, April 24, 2015

20 cash-starved public colleges drafting bankruptcy plans thanks to Bobby Jindal’s budget

20 cash-starved public colleges drafting bankruptcy plans thanks to Bobby Jindal’s budget

"Louisiana State University (LSU) said this week that it had been forced to start planning for bankruptcy in response to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) budget. And it’s just one of as many as 20 campuses that were starting the process."

Watch: Nobel Economist Destroys 35 Years of Trickle-Down Reaganomics In 2 Minutes

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/watch-nobel-economist-destroys-35-years-of-trickle-down-reaganomics-in-2-minutes/
"The evidence that the Republican vision of economics is fatally flawed is too great to ignore, yet they keep trumpeting it to cement the status quo and cripple the working families of America forever."

New Study Proves Once Again That “Trickle-Down Economics” Are A Massive Scam

New Study Proves Once Again That “Trickle-Down Economics” Are A Massive Scam

"If you look at this study and grasp how supply and demand works, it’s very clear that a strong economy which benefits all Americans (including the wealthy) depends on more money in the hands of more consumers, not more money in the hands of the 1%. Trickle-down economics are nothing more than a lie that has been repeatedly debunked"

Walker Goes To Minnesota, Gets Burned, Blames Democrats

Walker Goes To Minnesota, Gets Burned, Blames Democrats

"Minnesota has been kicking Wisconsin's butt on just about every economic measure. The reasons are myriad, but the biggest four reasons are health care, minimum wage, unions and pay equality."

Tax cuts for the rich made Kansas broke — so now Republicans move to raise taxes on the poor

Tax cuts for the rich made Kansas broke — so now Republicans move to raise taxes on the poor

"Let’s say you’re the Governor of Kansas. The tax cuts for the rich you pushed through a couple years ago mean you’re in a world of budgetary hurt, and you’re not sure how you’re going to pay for basic expenses like roads and schools this year. What do you do? Repeal tax cuts? Absolutely not. You’re Sam Brownback. You balance your books on the backs of the poor, and cite fiscal prudence as a moral justification."

'Right to Work' Debunked: Economists Find Anti-Worker Laws Lead to Lower Wages

'Right to Work' Debunked: Economists Find Anti-Worker Laws Lead to Lower Wages

"workers in RTW states are less likely to have employer-sponsored health insurance or pension coverage."

20 cash-starved public colleges drafting bankruptcy plans thanks to Bobby Jindal’s budget

20 cash-starved public colleges drafting bankruptcy plans thanks to Bobby Jindal’s budget

"Louisiana State University (LSU) said this week that it had been forced to start planning for bankruptcy in response to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) budget. And it’s just one of as many as 20 campuses that were starting the process."

The Real GOP Primary Is Almost Over | The Nation

The Real GOP Primary Is Almost Over | The Nation

"Only through the fun-house mirror created by wealthy donors, and in a system where the Koch brothers plan to spend more than the Republican National Committee, do we get candidates like the ones we just saw in New Hemisphere."

Scott Walker, forever tarnished: Republican governors have tanked the GOP brand

Scott Walker, forever tarnished: Republican governors have tanked the GOP brand

"What do Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal all have in common? They’re all sitting governors who’d like to be president, sure. But what else?

How about being embarrassingly bad at job creation? That’s right. From January 2011 through January 2015, Louisiana under Jindal ranked 32nd in job creation with 5.4 percent growth over four years. Wisconsin under Walker ranked 35th, with 4.85 percent growth. New Jersey under Christie ranked 40th, with 4.15 percent growth. This compares with a national average of 8.21 percent.

Even Ohio’s John Kasich, who’s worked more with Democrats—most notably by agreeing to Medicaid expansion under Obamacare—and thus tarnished his brand with conservative purists while puffing himself up with Beltway pundits — only ranked 23rd. He’s still under the national average, with Ohio’s 6.23 percent growth. Ohio has yet to get back to 2007 employment levels, “The nation and the majority of other states reached this benchmark in 2014,” said researcher Hannah Halbert, in a statement from Policy Matters Ohio.

And then there’s Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas, once a 2016 hopeful cheered on by Grover Norquist and supported by supply-side icon Arthur Laffer in his crusade to slash (and eventually abolish) Kansas state income tax—a sure-fired job-creation move, according to the promises of all concerned. Justly dubbed a “failed experiment” for the massive deficits it has generated, the experiment also produced only lackluster job growth of 5.95 percent, ranking 28th in the nation—better than Walker and Christie, sure, but lower than its neighbors in Nebraska (25th) and Oklahoma (14th)."

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dems Unite Around $12 Minimum Wage

Dems Unite Around $12 Minimum Wage

"Democrats in Congress are uniting around a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour."

How The Right Keeps Us Stupid: Bobby Jindal’s Budget Slashes College Funding By 82 Percent

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/23/how-the-right-keeps-us-stupid-bobby-jindals-budget-slashes-college-funding-by-82-percent/
"That’s not a great sign for Louisiana, which already claims a spot in the top 10 least educated states in the country"

Republicans Won’t Release Benghazi Report Until 2016, Claim Timing Has Nothing To Do With Election

Republicans Won’t Release Benghazi Report Until 2016, Claim Timing Has Nothing To Do With Election

"It’s been so blatantly obvious what Republicans have been trying to do with this entire ordeal that I’ve suggested that Republicans need to be investigated for wasting millions of taxpayers dollars conducting frivolous investigations for political purposes. Because that’s exactly what they’re doing. The truth is, Republicans are conducting these fake investigations in a desperate attempt to find anything they might possibly be able to link back to any number of already debunked conspiracies they’ve been pushing for years."

“Democracy, sponsored by Koch Industries”: 2016′s scary new landscape

“Democracy, sponsored by Koch Industries”: 2016′s scary new landscape

"Charles Koch, David Koch, and a few of their Fortune 500 friends would be purchasing the five most viable Republican presidential candidates for themselves. Primary voters wouldn’t be getting democracy so much as they’d be getting Democracy: Sponsored by Koch Industries. Republicans across the country would get their chance to pick from among a handful of candidates, but those candidates will have all converged around a platform drafted by a Randian ideologue."

The 2016 Republican Presidential Race: A Battle to See Who Hates Our Constitution The Most

The 2016 Republican Presidential Race: A Battle to See Who Hates Our Constitution The Most

"Republicans can’t run on their policies, because that would expose them for the backwoods, outdated, knuckle-dragging political party that they are."

Sanders Community Town Hall on Devastating Republican Budget

Chris Christie gave top donor hidden millions from state pension system: report

Chris Christie gave top donor hidden millions from state pension system: report

"New Jersey rules require Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration to cancel investment contracts with firms whose officials raise or donate money to the governor’s political campaigns. But his administration has paid more than $16 million in pension fees to the financial firm that was led by Christie’s chief fundraiser and top donor, Jon Hanson.

The money -- far more than previously disclosed -- flowed to Hanson’s company, Prudential Financial, and its related funds that the state pension system has invested in."

Koch 2016 Roadmap To Victory Leaked

Koch 2016 Roadmap To Victory Leaked

"It is a prospectus, of course, because the Kochs approach our politics as purely a business deal in need of some seed funding to make the business take off."

Texas GOP Removes Public Integrity Unit’s Power To Investigate Or Prosecute Texas GOP (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/22/texas-gop-removes-public-integrity-units-power-to-investigate-or-prosecute-texas-gop-video/
"On April 20, Texas republicans voted to protect themselves from ethics investigations, by placing “elected officials” into a special class of public entities that cannot be investigated by the state’s Public Integrity Unit."

Dependence On Koch Money Is Damaging Our Democracy

http://www.liberalamerica.org/2015/04/20/dependence-on-koch-money-is-damaging-our-democracy/
"This dependence, or addiction if you prefer, is detrimental to our political system. When most people think of an addiction, they equate it to inanimate things like drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes. In America, we have a more serious problem and that is the dependence of our politicians on the money supplied by the Koch brothers and other right wing extremists that is being used to buy our government.
When the Supreme Court ruled on FEC v. Citizens United in January 2010, they opened a Pandora’s Box that has allowed the total corruption of our political system through the use of ‘dark money’ support from unnamed sources. Declaring that money equals speech and that donors to political organizations, many posing as non-profit organizations, do not need to declare who their benefactors are has allowed unscrupulous people like the Koch brothers to flood our political landscape with candidates that are no more than puppets, paid to do whatever is demanded of them.
Here is how it works. They find a buffoon that is pliable, ignorant, and willing to be bought. Ideally, the selected ‘candidate’ will have some degree of personal charisma, but not too much ability for independent thought. They then convince this person that they are a perfect ‘candidate’ and give them a false sense of superiority that makes them think that they have what it takes to succeed in the political forum.
They flood their ‘candidate’ with dark money contributions from unnamed sources and make the entire campaign dependent on that money. All the chosen ‘candidate’ has to do is follow the directions of his or her handlers to be elevated high into the American political system, possibly even as high as the White House."

In 'Clinton Cash,' Author Cites Known Hoax As Source

In 'Clinton Cash,' Author Cites Known Hoax As Source

"Peter Schweizer's Clinton Cash reportedly does not prove its speculative attacks on the Clintons and even relies on a hoax press release to support a claim"

This Obamacare Poll Is Bad News For Republicans But Great For America (IMAGE)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/21/this-obamacare-poll-is-bad-news-for-republicans-but-great-for-america-image/
"the trend reveals momentum is gaining as Americans see the benefits of the program in their own lives."

Public Support For Obamacare Grows As Less Than 30 Percent Of Americans Support Repeal

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/21/public-support-obamacare-grows-30-percent-americans-support-repeal.html
"The American people aren’t interested in repealing Obamacare. If Republicans ignore that fact, their obsession with overturning Obamacare could hurt them politically in 2016, as well it should."

Corporations to America - "We own you”

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How Eco-Friendly is Your State?

http://www.alternet.org/environment/how-eco-friendly-your-state
"For the new report "2015’s Most & Least Eco-Friendly States," WalletHub compared each state across 14 key metrics to assess current environmental health."

On Earth Day, Congress Targets America’s Public Lands and Waters

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/04/22/3650183/earth-day-lwcf-funding/
"Funded through revenues from offshore oil and gas development fees, the budget-neutral LWCF has attracted broad bipartisan support in the past. However, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is among a group of members in Congress who are arguing for significant changes to its structure, including diverting and placing restrictions on funding for the program."

Banking Giant Warns Clients Of Fossil Fuel Investment Risks

Banking Giant Warns Clients Of Fossil Fuel Investment Risks

"Global banking giant HSBC has warned investors of the growing risk of their fossil fuel assets becoming useless, in a private report seen by Newsweek.

In the report, titled ‘Stranded assets: what next?’, analysts warn of the growing likelihood that fossil fuel companies may become “economically non-viable”, as people move away from carbon energy and fossil fuels are left in the ground."

Tesla Batteries Powering Wal-Mart Stores May Spell The End Of Dirty Fossil Fuel

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/22/tesla-batteries-powering-wal-mart-stores-may-spell-the-end-of-dirty-fossil-fuel/
"And here’s the juiciest part: the power companies are already hard at work lobbying to make renewable energy more expensive for homeowners. They hate, hate, HATE the idea of regular Americans generating their own electricity and not paying the power companies for the privilege of turning on their TVs. But that won’t work on corporations. They have lobbyists, too and their pockets are just as deep. This is a fight that the power companies cannot possibly win.
This won’t mean the end of all fossil fuel usage, of course. But it will mean the end of the staggering amounts of it we use when we don’t have to. More to the point, every billion the Fossil Fuel Industry looses is that much less money they can spend to block the spread of green technology."

Green Energy Job Growth Outpaces Losses in Coal Industry

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30360-green-energy-job-growth-outpaces-losses-in-coal-industry
"Far more jobs have been created in wind and solar in recent years than lost in the collapse of the coal industry, and renewable energy is poised for record growth in the United States this year."

Republican Religious Fanatics Pose A Much Bigger Threat To Our Country Than ISIS

Republican Religious Fanatics Pose A Much Bigger Threat To Our Country Than ISIS

"So, while there’s no denying that ISIS is a religiously-driven threat to which we must pay attention, the more immediate threats we face in this country are the Christian fanatics trying to chip away at our freedoms and our Constitutional rights, as they continue trying to turn the United States into a right-wing theocracy built on bigotry, ignorance and oppression."

Angry Commenters Force Koch Ties Disclosure In Newsweek Op-Ed

Angry Commenters Force Koch Ties Disclosure In Newsweek Op-Ed

"You should call these shills out every time you see them. Our Glorious Corporate Media won't do these things unless we make it too uncomfortable for them."

Republican senator doesn't want you to lose your health insurance until after he's re-elected

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/22/1379414/-Sen-Ron-Johnson-doesn-t-want-you-to-lose-your-health-insurance-until-after-he-s-nbsp-re-elected
"Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), an extremely vulnerable incumbent in 2016, is very concerned that people are going to lose their health insurance before he can be re-elected. So he's introducing legislation to postpone people losing their insurance until after the election."

Heritage Foundation Website: Same-Sex Marriage Will Lead To More Abortions

Heritage Foundation Website: Same-Sex Marriage Will Lead To More Abortions

"those opposing marriage equality really don’t seem to have any shame when it comes to how foolish they’ll make themselves look to support their bigoted stance against gay rights."

Why The Koch Brothers Want Scott Walker To Be President

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/04/21/3649458/koch-scott-walker-endorsement/
"The governor also embodied the Kochs’ profit-driven goals when he began cutting environmental regulations when he took office, to the benefit of Koch businesses which are known to emit thousands of pounds of toxic pollutants in the state. Walker also quietly worked to allow Kochs’ many Georgia Pacific paper plants to pollute Wisconsin by pouring thousands of pounds of phosphorus into the water."

The Three Biggest Threats to the Environment from the 114th Congress

Kochs Defeated in Montana: 6 Lessons America Can Learn From This Rural Western State | Alternet

Kochs Defeated in Montana: 6 Lessons America Can Learn From This Rural Western State | Alternet

"Montana is the only state where the Kochs got beaten down like this."

Rand Paul Kissing Koch Brothers' Asses: 'Libertarianism' In A Nutshell

Rand Paul Kissing Koch Brothers' Asses: 'Libertarianism' In A Nutshell

"Of course, all of this is perfectly normal to a ‘libertarian' like Rand Paul because the political brand name masks the true nature of the philosophy at work: it's anarchism for the rich. Charles and David Koch learned their politics from Robert LeFevre, whose famous "Freedom School" taught lessons on autarchy - the abolition of all government except for the individual, making everyone their own dictatorship and reducing all society to a kind of right wing syndicalism. (Of course, LeFevre had only survived the Great Depression because of those terrible government relief programs.) Based in Colorado, in concept LeFevre's failed dream community resembled Galt's Gulch, the magical make-believe wonderland of strangely Marxist bliss where Ayn Rand's fictional ‘producers' hid out from the maddened ‘moochers' in the world of Atlas Shrugged.

Sen. Rand Paul, who prefers to create his own ophthalmic certification board rather than submit to the indignities of regular recertification by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, definitely likes to make his own rules in the classic LeFevre mold. He's his own best "special interest," and so are the Kochs. You can tell how much he admires them for it."

Koch Brothers Declare Scott Walker Is Our Man

Koch Brothers Declare Scott Walker Is Our Man

"Charles and David Koch, the billionaire co-owners of Koch Industries, one of the largest privately-held companies in the world and the overseers of one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, told Republican donors in New York on April 19 that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is their man for President."

Sen. Orrin Hatch cribs from Obamacare, again, for his 'replacement' plan

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/20/1378922/-Sen-Orrin-Hatch-cribs-from-Obamacare-again-for-his-replacement-nbsp-plan
"This "new idea" from Hatch couldn't possibly be a reflection of the fact that the last Reuters-Ipsos poll found that 79 percent of people support the subsidies in Obamacare, could it? Surely that's just a coincidence, as is the fact that Hatch, all on his own, came up with an idea that is essentially identical to the one in the hated Obamacare. This is becoming a pattern."

Group Of Doctors And Nurses Deliver Flip-Flops To Gov Rick Scott

Group Of Doctors And Nurses Deliver Flip-Flops To Gov Rick Scott

"A group of doctors and nurses in Florida decided to remind the state about Scott's support for the Medicaid expansion before the Koch cabal got involved."

Republicans Want to Take America in the Wrong Direction

Scott Walker's cheap shirt maybe wasn't so cheap for Wisconsin taxpayers

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/20/1378913/-Scott-Walker-s-cheap-shirt-maybe-wasn-t-so-cheap-for-Wisconsin-taxpayers
"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, going for the "everyday guy" vote in the Republican presidential primary, has a story he likes to tell about using so many coupons at Kohl's that "The next thing you know, they’re paying me to buy that shirt." Audiences are supposed to respond by thinking "Gosh, just think how careful he'll be with taxpayer money," but there's a funny story about Scott Walker, Kohl's, and taxes."

Scott Walker is the absolute worst: Beneath his “Everyman” facade, a grossly incompetent administration

Scott Walker is the absolute worst: Beneath his “Everyman” facade, a grossly incompetent administration

"This weekend we learned that Scott Walker hopes his “Everyman” shtick will obscure the fact that, in the words of Esquire’s Charlie Pierce, he was “hired by Koch Industries to manage their Midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin"."

Iowa Republican Holds Up Bill To Take Away Rapists’ Parental Rights, Says It’s ‘Feel Good’ Legislation

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/20/iowa-republican-holds-up-bill-to-take-away-rapists-parental-rights-says-its-feel-good-legislation/
"Most reasonable people would agree that rapists should have no rights to a child conceived during their violent assault on an innocent woman. However, as they demonstrate time and time again, Republicans are not reasonable. In yet another demonstration of their ignorance and insensitivity when it comes to the plight of rape victims, an Iowa State Representative by the name of Chip Baltimore has deliberately held up a bill in committee that would automatically terminate the parental rights of rapists, dismissing it as “feel good” legislation."

Rupert Pulls The Strings To Push 'Clinton Cash' Into Respectable Media

Rupert Pulls The Strings To Push 'Clinton Cash' Into Respectable Media

"Joe Conason probably knows more about the anti-Clinton scandal machine than anyone alive, and he's quick to catch the fine hand of Rupert Murdoch in the latest one"

Swiftboat 2016: Why Buy The Ad When You Can Get The Press For Free? (UPDATED)

Swiftboat 2016: Why Buy The Ad When You Can Get The Press For Free? (UPDATED)

"We are effectively subsidizing right-wing propaganda outlets with taxpayer dollars, and those outlets are corrupting the so-called independent media by making "exclusive deals" to promote the themes right-wingers want promoted."

Campaign cash becomes early differentiator between parties for 2016

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kochs Anoint Scott Walker As The Chosen One For 2016

Kochs Anoint Scott Walker As The Chosen One For 2016

"interesting that the original NYT headline was "Kochs Signal Support for Scott Walker" until someone changed it to "G.O.P. Donors Signal Support for Scott Walker." Just more evidence that they're hopelessly addicted to Koch."

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bernie Sanders Busts The GOP Plan To Take Health Insurance Away From 27 Million Americans

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/20/bernie-sanders-busts-gop-plan-health-insurance-27-million-americans.html
"Republicans are planning on gutting Medicare and throwing 27 million people off of their private insurance in order to pay for tax cuts to the top one-tenth of one percent."

Elizabeth Warren's Comprehensive Wall Street Reform Agenda

Elizabeth Warren's Comprehensive Wall Street Reform Agenda

"Warren hits the nail on the head. To be pro-business and pro-market, you have to some rules that guarantee a level playing field, you have to have cops on the beat, and you have to have a regulatory and judicial system willing to actually prosecute the businesses who break the rules -- no matter how big, wealthy, and powerful those businesses are in the marketplace and political system. Market competition does not work if one business is so big and powerful that it can squeeze out its competitors, and if the rules give unfair advantages only to the richest and most politically powerful.

The people who refer to Elizabeth Warren as anti-business just don’t get it. What she is in reality is anti-predator, anti-cheater, anti-monopolist, and anti-cronyism. If you have a fair system that regulates those market and competition-stifling things, then it helps the vast majority of businesses to fairly compete. What this speech reminds us is that Elizabeth Warren is a pro-business, pro-market progressive."

Faux Democracy and the Tea Party: How Far Back Does It Go?

http://wallstreetonparade.com/2015/04/faux-democracy-and-the-tea-party-how-far-back-does-it-go/
"Manipulating Americans to organize or protest against their own interests is the sine qua non of big corporate front groups. These groups are alternately known as astroturf organizations because the grass in “grassroots” is fake turf.
Just how fake that turf is came into crisp perspective on April 2 when Christine Stapleton, an investigative reporter at the Palm Beach Post, revealed that a protest rally called by the Tea Party of Miami and Florida Citizens Against Waste used paid actors from the Broward Acting Group as faux protesters."

Koch Funding of Universities Shrouded in Secrecy

Koch Funding of Universities Shrouded in Secrecy

"But that’s not all the money buys. As students at Florida State University and Clemson University discovered in 2011, grant agreements (Memorandums of Understanding, or "MOUs") between universities and the Charles Koch Foundation often give the Kochs influence over the hiring of professors and development of course curriculum. In other words, on top of reshaping scientific studies to further their bottom line, the Kochs are also trying to reshape public education to match their libertarian ideology."

Martin O’Malley Comes Out Swinging Against GOP, Calls Their Economic Theories ‘Bullsh*t’ (AUDIO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/20/martin-omalley-comes-out-swinging-against-gop-calls-their-economic-theories-bullsht-audio/
"But it was the economy that took center stage during the interview as O’Malley came out swinging at the Republican economic policies of trickle-down theory and fewer regulations:

“The Republican Party is doubling down on this trickle-down theory that says thou shalt concentrate wealth at the very top of our society. Thou shalt remove regulation from wherever you find it, even on Wall Street. And thou shalt keep wages low for American workers so that we can be more competitive. We have a different theory. Our theory as Democrats and as the longer arc of our story as Americans is that we believe that a stronger middle class is actually the cause of economic growth. What ails our economy right now is 12 years of stagnant or declining wages, and we need to fix this.”

Indeed, O’Malley is determined to raise the minimum wage even higher than the $10 an hour President Obama has proposed. Such a move would almost certainly lift millions of Americans out of poverty and even the playing field in an economy that has tilted heavily in favor of the wealthy. One reason for that is the Republican policy of deregulation, which has help enrich corporate executives at the expense of worker safety and worker’s rights. As a result, Americans work more and earn less."

Jeb Bush Becomes Latest Republican To Admit Trickle-Down Economics Is A Scam

Jeb Bush Becomes Latest Republican To Admit Trickle-Down Economics Is A Scam

"It’s no secret that the only “plan” Republicans really have to address job creation is to push for deregulation and cut taxes – two things that have unequivocally proven time and time again that they have almost nothing to do with creating jobs. If tax cuts and deregulation actually led to strong economic success, Bush’s eight years in the White House would have yielded record growth.

Instead, just the opposite happened; record-setting income inequality dominated his last few years in office, leading to the worst economic crash since the Great Depression. Well, since all other economic indicators under President Obama have been overwhelmingly positive, many Republicans have been left with no other alternative but to complain about the growing problem of income inequality. It’s an interesting complaint considering the wage gap between the average American and the richest among us really began to grow once Reagan and his fellow Republicans forced trickle-down economics upon us. You know, the belief that the more money we give the rich, the better it will be for the rest of us. If you just laughed and/or cried, I don’t blame you.

Well, over the last 30+ years we’ve given the rich plenty. In fact, over that time they’ve done better than at any other time in our nation’s history, while the rest of us continue to fall further and further behind. So, the questions I always ask is, “When does that wealth start to trickle down? Just how rich do the wealthiest among us need to be before the rest of us finally start benefitting?” Naturally, believers in the asinine theory of trickle-down economics never seem to have any answers for those questions."

14 Reasons The Rich Wouldn’t Exist Without The Poor

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/20/14-reasons-the-rich-wouldnt-exist-without-the-poor/
"Americans, constantly in search of someone to hate, have landed lately on the poor. States are passing laws that tell poor people what they can and can’t eat and, at the same time, businesses resist raising the minimum wage to a level above where people need help to survive.
The poor are demonized. They are called lazy, useless and moochers. The poor, however, are some of the hardest working of all Americans.
One of the typical arguments by poor shamers is that the poor should get educations so they could get better jobs, but the truth is that the jobs that are done by the poor are absolutely vital to our country. Without them, there would be no country, and there would certainly be no rich people."

Walmart Heir Does Not Deserve Assets It Would Take a Worker a Million Years to Earn

Walmart Heir Does Not Deserve Assets It Would Take a Worker a Million Years to Earn

"So try and wrap your head around the two statistics cited above: 1) Six people (Walmart heirs) have passive net worth - the money is inherited through stock; they don't need to do anything to earn it - equal to more than the bottom 40% of the people in the US; and 2) It would take a Walmart employee working a 12-hour day a million years to earn just one Walmart heir's financial assets.

Think of these two figures as the 2016 political campaign unfolds and you hear many politicians call for an increase in "economic opportunity." It is a disingenuous term because it implies that the problem with the economy is not that money has been massively redistributed upward in the last few decades, but rather that we need a more "pro-business" environment. This is a canard, because loosening regulations and lowering taxes on the wealthy over many years has led to a giant economic chasm between the haves and have-nots, not narrowed it.

Income inequality is going to be talked about a lot less, by Republicans and most Democrats. Income inequality, when fully exposed, explodes the myth of trickle down economics in which wealth, in reality, is redistributed to the rich from the pockets of the working class and poor."

Scott Walker's New Budget Is So Brutal Even Republicans Are Afraid Of It | Alternet

Scott Walker's New Budget Is So Brutal Even Republicans Are Afraid Of It | Alternet

"The governor is proposing massive cuts to programs that are crucial for seniors and the disabled."

The 1 percent plays us for suckers: There is no meritocracy and they’ve strangled the American dream

The 1 percent plays us for suckers: There is no meritocracy and they’ve strangled the American dream

"Eighty percent of Americans possess 7 percent of our nation’s wealth. Anyone still championing the reality of the American dream is either delusional, dishonest or criminally uninformed. Dream or no dream, the American way of life isn’t simply dying a slow death. It’s being strangled. The killers are people like Professor Mankiw, who is not uniformed. The killers are millionaires and billionaires who abide by the mantra: no new taxes. The killers are political organizations like Americans for Prosperity, a special interest group that hosts the annual Defending the American Dream Summit.

The American dream is a lie, and those who attend DADS, and politicians backed by Americans for Prosperity, are actively working to foment it. These pols and lobbyists intimate that the rich are—to put it plainly—in possession of a greater value system. A better work ethic. A life-affirming set of beliefs. A more productive appreciation of the family. Americans who don’t abide by these values are discovering—lo and behold—that they suffer accordingly.

This argument—declining American values—isn’t conservative. It’s not an attempt to hold fast to the good old days of tradition and morality. The declining-values argument is supremacist. It’s that simple. Those who espouse it skew toward older, richer, whiter and, make no mistake, in this argument, at heart, is one clear declaration: Our values did, do and should reign supreme."

Senator Elizabeth Warren - The Unfinished Business of Financial Reform

As Huckabee Plans Presidential Run, He’s Already Alienated Half The Country

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/04/17/3648467/huckabee-women-2016/
"The GOP has been trying to broaden its traditionally white, male base since the 2012 election, holding training sessions and advising candidates to simply avoid talking about rape. But so far, the efforts have backfired – likely due to offensive comments from Republicans like Huckabee — and the party has actually been losing women’s support."

The Republican Party's Contempt for Women Is Truly Breathtaking | Alternet

The Republican Party's Contempt for Women Is Truly Breathtaking | Alternet

"This tendency to assume women are just large, dim-witted children reaches the highest levels when it comes to Republicans."

Here’s A Whole List Of Reasons Why Mike Huckabee Will Never Be President

Here’s A Whole List Of Reasons Why Mike Huckabee Will Never Be President

"But I saved the best - and most insane - for last. Huckabee, standing on top of Mt. Carmel, professed that he was willing to stand alone and call down “fire from Heaven” to rid the country of false prophets. Basically, he would stand there and call upon God to dispose of those who don’t believe in his brand of Christianity. Because nothing says “I’m fit to be president” quite like claiming that you believe you have the power to call down God’s wrath on those with which you disagree. I’m still on the fence on whether or not this guy believes this gibberish or he’s just using the “blindly pander to the religious right” tactic hoping it might snag him the GOP nomination, because I don’t remember the Huckabee of a few years ago being this ridiculous. Regardless of what it is, it’s absolutely clear that this level of absurdity has no place anywhere near the presidency. Luckily, I can almost guarantee that will never happen. Quite frankly, Mike Huckabee is utterly delusional if he actually believes that he has a shot at being elected president."

Right Wing Nut David Barton: The Government Can Outlaw Homosexuality (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/17/right-wing-nut-david-barton-the-government-can-outlaw-homosexuality-video/
"So, in other words, David Barton thinks that the government should outlaw anything that doesn’t line up with his own narrow, hateful version of fundamentalist Christianity. Well, luckily, the majority of people, even the likes of Glenn Beck, do not agree with these extremist views, and any attempts to legislate something like that would be struck down as unconstitutional."

Three quarters of Americans believe sexual orientation should be a protected class

Three quarters of Americans believe sexual orientation should be a protected class

"Nearly a full three-quarters of Americans believe sexual orientation should receive the same constitutional protections from discrimination as race, according to the results of a Bloomberg poll released on Friday."

5 Right-Wing Lunacies This Week: Bill O'Reilly Hits Peak Paranoia | Alternet

5 Right-Wing Lunacies This Week: Bill O'Reilly Hits Peak Paranoia | Alternet

"Bill O’Reilly rails absurdly about how it’s open season on White Christian males. Even John Stossel can’t sway him with facts."

Marco Rubio’s Florida ‘Market Based’ Anti-Obamacare Program Results In Humiliating Defeat

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/17/marco-rubios-florida-market-based-anti-obamacare-program-results-humiliating-defeat.html
"Marco Rubio’s market-based health care program was supposed to prove that the Republican ideas for health care reform can work. Instead, only 80 people have signed up compared to the 1.6 million Floridians enrolled in the ACA exchange.
Rubio’s plan, which predates the ACA, was designed to put the conservative ideas about healthcare reform into practice. The result has been a multi-million dollar program that nobody wants."

Rick Scott Is Revealing The GOP’s Ultimate Obamacare Hypocrisy

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/04/17/3648207/rick-scott-medicaid/
"Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), one of the staunchest opponents of the health care reform law, refuses to accept federal funds to implement Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, which would extend coverage to about 800,000 low-income people in the state. At the same time, however, Scott wants the Obama administration to give him federal funds to help implement a specific Medicaid pilot program. Ultimately, Scott is demanding money from the government that doesn’t appear to be linked to Obamacare — and he’s willing to go to great lengths to get it.
Scott wants the government to give Florida about $1 billion in federal funds for a Medicaid pilot project — called the Low-Income Pool, or LIP — that helps support hospitals that serve low-income and uninsured patients. LIP is a program that was initiated under the Jeb Bush administration to address hospitals’ budget shortfalls from providing too much uncompensated care to uninsured people who can’t pay their bills.
Federal officials are refusing, saying that Scott wouldn’t need LIP funding if he simply expanded the eligibility requirements for the state’s entire Medicaid program. Florida’s LIP program is set to expire at the end of June, and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) don’t want to renew it. Essentially, the pilot program has become obsolete under the Affordable Care Act, and it doesn’t make sense to fund LIP instead of funding Medicaid expansion."

Obamacare rises in Marco Rubio's backyard

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/06/politics/obamacare-enrollments-florida-repubican/index.html?fb_action_ids=10153130088255546&fb_action_types=og.shares
"HHS released its updated list of enrollments by zip code and it turns out the top 15 are in Rubio's backyard - Miami-Dade and Broward counties. In fact, the second highest zip code in the country is 33126, which lies just blocks from the City of West Miami, where Rubio got his political start. That area saw 11,222 people sign-up for the healthcare benefits, in the enrollment period ending in February.
That's roughly 4,000 less than the top Obamacare zip code in the United States, 33012, which is in the heart of Hialeah, a Republican stronghold."

Friday, April 17, 2015

As Cities Raise Their Minimum Wage, Where's the Economic Collapse the Right Predicted?

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/04/economic-collapse-prediction-minimum-wage-raise
"The bigger threat to the economy may come from not raising the minimum wage. Even Wall Street analysts agree that our ever-widening income inequality threatens to dampen economic growth. And according to a new study by the UC-Berkeley Labor Center, it's the taxpayers who ultimately pick up the tab for low wages, because the federal government subsidizes the working poor through social service programs to the tune of $153 billion a year."

Here’s What Happened In Indiana As Soon As The Media Stopped Paying Attention

http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2015/04/15/3647223/indiana-epilogue-lgbt-protections-rejected/
"After amending the RFRA to appease businesses threatening the state, it is now investing $2 million of taxpayer money to try to reform Indiana’s image"

8 Nightmare Scenarios That Would Come to Pass If GOP Presidential Speeches Became Reality | Alternet

8 Nightmare Scenarios That Would Come to Pass If GOP Presidential Speeches Became Reality | Alternet

"From shredding social safety nets to imposing evangelical Christianity, the America described in Republican speeches is a terrifying place."

Tesla Will Pay Its Factory Workers $25 An Hour Despite GOP Trying To Kill The Company

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/15/tesla-will-pay-its-factory-workers-25-an-hour-despite-gop-trying-to-kill-the-company/
"Free Market. Industry. Small government. These are all things Republicans love to say when trying to get elected, but clearly don’t mean. For instance, just look at how emerging high-tech company Tesla has struggled to survive under constant attacks by state lawmakers eager to watch it fail."

A High Functioning Democracy Needs A High Quality Infrastructure

What a Rand Paul World Would Look Like: 6 Things You Should Know About the War-Mongering, Faux Libertarian | Alternet

What a Rand Paul World Would Look Like: 6 Things You Should Know About the War-Mongering, Faux Libertarian | Alternet

"Rand Paul's perfect world could be summed up as giveaways to rich, no more school lunches and foreign wars."

Time picks Rand Paul to fluff the Koch brothers, and Rand Paul delivers

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/16/1378182/-Sen-Time-picks-Rand-Paul-to-fluff-the-Koch-brothers-and-Rand-Paul-delivers
"But no, the Koch brothers do not troll the halls of Congress looking for favors. The Koch brothers are wealthy enough to fund congressmen who will do it on their behalf. The Koch brothers are wealthy enough that prospective presidential candidates write love letters to them in the magazines of the day, and consider themselves damn lucky to get the chance to do it."

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rick Scott Would Rather Sue Obama Than Expand Medicaid

Rick Scott Would Rather Sue Obama Than Expand Medicaid

"When Rick Scott was CEO of Columbia/HCA he was Medicare's biggest fraudster. Is his resistance to the Medicaid expansion ideological, or does he just not see the same potential for skimming profits with it that he does with the now-ended emergency room payment plan?

Whatever the case, he's even managed to rile up some Florida Republican lawmakers on this, who are more interested in getting the budget done than waging another ACA battle when it is becoming more popular and they are not."

The Benefits of Collective Bargaining: An Antidote to Wage Decline and Inequality | Economic Policy Institute

The Benefits of Collective Bargaining: An Antidote to Wage Decline and Inequality | Economic Policy Institute

"Wages have been stagnant for a generation despite sizable increases in overall productivity, incomes, and wealth. For instance, our nation’s output of goods and services per hour worked (productivity, net of depreciation) grew 64 percent from 1979 to 2014, while the inflation-adjusted hourly wage of the typical worker rose by just 6 percent.1 The single largest factor suppressing wage growth for middle-wage workers has been the erosion of collective bargaining."

McDermott Opposes Repeal the Estate Tax on the House Floor

Warren takes on Wall Street and 'the unfinished business of financial reform'

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/15/1377944/-Warren-takes-on-Wall-Street-and-the-unfinished-business-of-financial-reform
"This speech sounded similar notes to the rip-roaring one Warren gave from the Senate floor last December, but here Warren laid out her vision for how to put an end to "too big to fail" financial institutions. She suggested either capping their size altogether or not making government-backed insurance available to investment banks."

Indisputable proof that Republicans are warriors for the aristocracy

Indisputable proof that Republicans are warriors for the aristocracy

"Unfortunately for the conservatives, inequality is becoming impossible to ignore and the people are starting to wake up to what is happening. The confusion on the right about how to handle it is a sign that it’s verging out of their control. And again, as Nyhan pointed out in his NYT piece, simply paying lip service to a democratic, egalitarian concern is probably not going to be enough to give them cover when the Republican stereotype of being servants of the rich is so deeply embedded in our political culture."

Obama’s Financial Reform Just Made The World A Little Bit Safer For The Other 99%

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/16/obamas-financial-reform-just-made-the-world-a-little-bit-safer-for-the-other-99/
"One of the things Dodd-Frank did was force companies like GE to play by the same rules as banks and SURPRISE! GE wants no part of it. It’s no fun to play if you have to play fair. So now GE is dropping its “shadow banking” division and the financial industry just got a bit safer.
Exactly what Obama’s financial reform promised to do. But SHHHHHH! Don’t tell anyone!
The funny part about this is that Republicans swore on a stack on Bibles that Dodd-Frank would make banks and faux-financial institutions like GE act even MORE recklessly since they were legally designated as SIFI or “systematically important financial institutions” (translation: Too Big To Fail). Republicans “reasoned” that these companies would rely on the government to bail them out again.
Of course, Republicans were full of it because they knew that Dodd-Frank would impose severe restrictions on “Too Big To Fail” banks and companies. These restrictions would force them to keep enough money on hand to make bailouts unnecessary. Essentially, Dodd-Frank told the SIFIs that they could gamble all they want but they had to be able to pay their gambling debts in full if they crapped out. If there is one thing the rich hate more than poor people, it’s gambling with their own money. Republicans get really sad when the 1% can’t have their cake and eat it, too. And your cake. And his. And hers. And that guy over there’s cake, as well.
Dodd-Frank may not be perfect, but it’s making the world just a little bit safer from the greed and depredations of the rich. And any day that the rich lose a bit of their ability to destroy lives is a good day in my book."

Hillary Clinton, Progressive Democrats Back ‘Fight for 15’ Protests | The Nation

Hillary Clinton, Progressive Democrats Back ‘Fight for 15’ Protests | The Nation

"No Republican members of Congress nor potential GOP presidential candidates mentioned the movement."

Thousands Across U.S. Rally For $15 Minimum Wage

Thousands Across U.S. Rally For $15 Minimum Wage

"The movement has expanded rapidly. The restaurant employees were joined by thousands of low-wage peers from other sectors, including retail, child care, and home health care."

Largest-Ever Strike Hits Fast Food Industry In 230 Cities

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/04/15/3647217/fast-food-strikes-2015/
"Wednesday’s actions took place in cities on both coasts, the south, and the midwest, and it even went global, with strikes in Italy and New Zealand."

20 Low-Paying Jobs Scott Walker Isn’t Qualified For Because They Require A Four-Year Degree

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/16/20-low-paying-jobs-scott-walker-isnt-qualified-for-because-they-require-a-four-year-degree/
"All of these jobs, which are all EXTREMELY admirable professions, where those who hold the positions are severely underpaid, require applicants to hold a Bachelor’s degree and sometimes higher. And they are all jobs for which Scott Walker isn’t qualified to apply.
It’s also obvious Walker holds a loathsome attitude towards higher education in general seeing as he just destroyed higher ed funding in Wisconsin so he could use the money to help build a new basketball arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Some people actually like to learn, Walker.
Is it really too much to ask those who seek to become the leader of the free world to have at least what we require from our Kindergarten teachers?"

Senator Elizabeth Warren: The Unfinished Business of Financial Reform

Bernie Sanders Calls For A Mobilization Of Millions Of Americans To Take Down The Kochs

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/15/bernie-sanders-calls-mobilization-millions-americans-takedown-koch-brothers.html
"The Beltway press will continue to obsess over the horserace elements of 2016, but for 99% of the country what is at stake is their voice and power in our elections."

Dear Religious Right: The Republican Party Is Playing You For Fools

Dear Religious Right: The Republican Party Is Playing You For Fools

"The Republican party is using these social issues to make the richest among us even richer by getting millions of Americans to vote for an economic platform that literally only benefits millionaires and billionaires."

Jeb Bush Funneled Almost $2 Billion in FL Pension Funds to Brother's 'Pioneer' Donors

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/14/1377654/-Jeb-Bush-Funneled-Almost-2-Billion-in-FL-Pension-Funds-to-Brother-s-Pioneer-Donors
"This is the same scam Chris Christie has been running in New Jersey - looting State Pension Funds to reward political donors."

Sanders on The Rachel Maddow Show

Report: US Taxpayers Bear 'Hidden Cost' of Poverty Wages

Report: US Taxpayers Bear 'Hidden Cost' of Poverty Wages

"U.S. taxpayers pay roughly $153 billion each year to supplement employers who refuse to pay a livable wage"

Bonanza for the Super-Rich: The Fund Managers' Tax Break

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/30162-bonanza-for-the-super-rich-the-fund-managers-tax-break
"Handing taxpayers' money to some of the richest people in the country increases inequality."

How Jeb Bush's Pension Deals Enriched His Brother's Donors

How Jeb Bush's Pension Deals Enriched His Brother's Donors

"While Jeb Bush was governor of Florida, state pension officials committed at least $1.7 billion to financial firms whose executives were “Pioneer” fundraisers for his brother’s presidential campaigns."

Hillary Clinton Backs The Overturning Of Citizens United Via Constitutional Amendment

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/14/hillary-clinton-backs-the-overturning-of-citizens-united-via-constitutional-amendment/
"I hope the Koch Brothers are shaking in their boots, because this may be their last election in which they can just shovel money and pollute our discourse."

Hillary Clinton Rocks The Kochs By Announcing Support For Overturning Citizens United

https://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/14/hillary-clinton-rocks-kochs-announcing-support-overturning-citizens-united.html
"The issue of the wealthy and corporations being able to buy our democracy through unlimited and unaccountable campaign contributions is the biggest current threat to our electoral and political systems." Remember folks, only one party brought the Citizens United case to the Supreme Court. Just like only one party was behind the case to gut the Voting Rights Act.

Opposition to dark money in politics among Clinton's liberal planks

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Diving Into The Dark Money Of Scott Walker's Bradley Foundation Donors

Diving Into The Dark Money Of Scott Walker's Bradley Foundation Donors

"If anyone wanted a reason to overturn Citizens United, Michael Grebe and his Bradley Foundation would be one of the poster children for it."

Media Largely Ignore The GOP's Dark Money Problem

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/04/13/media-largely-ignore-the-gops-dark-money-proble/203262
"Media have largely ignored news that likely Republican presidential contenders in 2016 are using dark money and secretive nonprofit groups to sidestep campaign finance laws"

Where The Presidential Candidates Stand On Equal Pay

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/04/14/3646349/equal-pay-2016-candidates/
"Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
Paul has voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act multiple times. He also compared the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Soviet Politburo dictating wages"

Thanks To Obamacare, Nearly 9 In 10 American Adults Now Have Insurance

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/04/13/3646165/obamacare-gallup-nine-ten-insurance/
"However, the gains under Obamacare have been uneven throughout the country. A recent study from the Commonwealth Fund suggests that the people who live in states where political leaders have resisted health reform — refusing to set up their own marketplaces, expand Medicaid, or help ease the enrollment process — are still struggling to access insurance."

Watch: Bernie Sanders Lists 4 Awful Things All 2016 GOP Candidates Have In Common

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/watch-bernie-sanders-lists-4-awful-things-all-2016-gop-candidates-have-in-common/
"Sanders lets loose, exposing the Republican field and listing four awful things they all have in common: “After you get through the nuances of a Rand Paul or a Ted Cruz or a Jeb Bush, their views are pretty much the same: that is, tax breaks for billionaires, more spending for the military, cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and accepting as much money as you can from billionaires. That is the Republican DNA: make the rich richer while everyone else becomes poorer"."

WI agency bans mention of climate change

Democrats Surge: Hillary Clinton’s Facebook Page Gets 500,000 Likes In Just 15 Minutes

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/12/democrats-surge-hillary-clintons-facebook-page-500000-likes-15-minutes.html
"The support for Clinton’s new Facebook page continues to grow"

There’s A Reality About Hillary Clinton That Many Liberals Need To Face

There’s A Reality About Hillary Clinton That Many Liberals Need To Face

"It all goes back to one simple fact: If liberals don’t want to get behind whomever is the Democratic candidate for president in 2016, then a Republican is going to occupy the White House after President Obama. This isn’t me trying to sensationalize anything or using hyperbole, I’m just telling you the truth. Even if we break this down to its simplest form, ignoring any mention of who is or isn’t running for president, then the question really comes down to: Who do you want potentially replacing four Supreme Court Justices in the next 8 to 10 years – a Democrat who supports same-sex marriage, abortion rights, health care and the separation of church and state, or a Republican who opposes all of that and then some?"

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Launch Contains The Message That Republicans Fear Most

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/12/hillary-clintons-campaign-launch-message-republicans-fear.html
"The message that regular people deserve a champion in government runs contrary to the Republican mantra that government should only work for those who have the most money."

Watch: Sen. Warren Slams ‘Arrogant’ Banks for Wanting to ‘Shut that Woman Up’

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/watch-sen-warren-slams-arrogant-banks-for-wanting-to-shut-that-woman-up/
"She focuses her argument on the sheer arrogance of the banking firms and the influence that they wield in Washington, and she has only two demands from Wall Street: “Don’t cheat people…and no more ‘too big to fail'”. America has a dire need for consumer protection, not only from predatory financial institutions but also from the effects of their reckless gambling; America learned that the hard way when the big banks sent our economy into the worst recession since the 1930s."

Christie wants to ‘fix’ Social Security

The Biggest Nightmare For Republicans Has Been Confirmed: Hillary Clinton Will Win In 2016

The Biggest Nightmare For Republicans Has Been Confirmed: Hillary Clinton Will Win In 2016

"Republicans tried their best for the past 2+ years to do just about everything they could to dissuade her from running, but their efforts were always going to be futile because she’s simply not afraid of them. Heck, she’s the only reason why they pretend to care about Benghazi. It’s amazing, Republicans have put more effort into investigating four American deaths in Benghazi than they did figuring out why nearly 4,500 Americans died in Iraq in a war based on blatant lies by the Bush administration. George W. Bush and his administration not only fabricated “evidence,” they’ve admitted to war crimes – but Republicans want to hold Hillary Clinton “accountable” for one attack on an embassy? Oh, and by the way, during the Bush administration we saw thirteen attacks on our embassies with 60 people dying as a result. But yes, by all means, let’s spend well over two years investigating an attack that’s already been investigated numerous times. Not that I’m trying to say that the loss of life that night in Benghazi wasn’t tragic, I’m just trying to put the hypocrisy of the Republican “outrage” over one attack into perspective considering what we saw during Bush’s eight years and how little Republicans seemed to care about any of it. But just how terrified are Republicans of Hillary Clinton? Well, terrified enough to have basically been campaigning against her for nearly three years – something I’ve rarely seen in politics. The truth is, no matter what clown ultimately emerges from the circus that’s going to be the GOP presidential primary, she’s going to absolutely crush them. She’s already ahead of every potential Republican candidate in most polls and she hasn’t even been trying."

Elizabeth Warren Goes On The Daily Show And Proves Why The Left Loves Her (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/10/warren-daily-show-corporate-money/
"Warren continued with her matter-of-fact chastisement of the corporate controlled political establishment, saying:
“Powerful corporations (and) rich people have figured out that if you can bend the government to help you just a little bit, it’s a tremendous payoff. And if you can bend it to help you just a little bit more and a little bit more, the playing field just gets more and more tilted, and the rich and the powerful just do better and better"."

The Infographic that Destroys All Republican Lies About Obama’s Economy

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/the-infographic-that-destroys-all-republican-lies-about-obamas-economy/
"The numbers are in, and here’s an infographic detailing exactly of how President Obama has healed our ailing economy, and solidly refutes all the Republican doomsday lies, half-truths, and distortions that they disseminate through their right-wing propaganda machines.
Since Pres. Obama took office, America has added 7,206,000 jobs. He dropped the high unemployment rate that he inherited from President Bush by 2.3%, to 5.5%, the country’s average rate since 1948. Startups are growing rapidly, birthing 220,000 new businesses in just three months. Despite all the accusations of his “socialism” and his crippling regulations, corporate profits are soaring and the S&P 500 index is up by 157%. America’s oil production has gone up by 83% and we have cut our foreign oil imports by half. Alternative energy sources produced 252% more electricity- 5% of all energy we produced last year."

Why Does The GOP Hate The Poor?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The 1 percent are parasites: Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs

The 1 percent are parasites: Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs

"The rich don't generate jobs. Rising tides do not lift all boats. And they probably built that with government help"

This is how the oligarchy wins: Money, politics, and the perils of part-time lawmakers

This is how the oligarchy wins: Money, politics, and the perils of part-time lawmakers

"It’s not entirely surprising conservatives support part-time legislatures — they want the rich and powerful to run over everyone else."

10 Government Handouts That Prove Who The Biggest ‘Takers’ Actually Are

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/10/10-government-handouts-that-prove-who-the-biggest-takers-actually-are/
"While many sit and complain about all the supposed money the poor are taking or not contributing in tax dollars, maybe they should stop for a moment and think about how much multi-billion dollar companies are failing to pay in taxes. Guess what, we’re not broke? We just don’t collect. These businesses love to make money off American citizens, yet when it comes to giving back to the nation that gave them the opportunity to make that fortune? Nope. In fact, they often receive subsidies."

It's Time For A Constitutionally Protected Right To Vote

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul In Self-Defeat Before Hillary Clinton's Big Weekend

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul In Self-Defeat Before Hillary Clinton's Big Weekend

"The son of a radical preacher and birther conspiracy theorist, Cruz actually seems to believe that he can personally reverse the trend-lines of opinion on marriage equality and win as an anti-gay candidate - a kind of political-climate denialism to match his views on global warming."

RNC Releases "Stop Hillary" Ad Exclusively To Fox & Friends

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/04/10/rnc-releases-stop-hillary-ad-exclusively-to-fox/203242
"The Republican National Committee exclusively released its new attack ad hitting Hillary Clinton to Fox News' Fox & Friends, which repeatedly aired and praised it, effectively providing the GOP with approximately $157,197.12 of free advertising."

Wisconsin Becomes Second Koch-Republican State To Ban Climate Change Discussion

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/10/koch-republican-state-bans-climate-change-discussion.html
"Like Republicans across the nation and at the federal level, Wisconsin Republicans main priority is doing the will of the anti-environment Koch brothers; not what the people believe is important and want government to address. Remember what the Wisconsin state treasurer said, the state’s Republicans “sole mission is to make money for our beneficiaries; not wasting time” protecting the environment or doing the will of the people."

Gerrymandering congressional districts just wasn't enough for North Carolina Republicans

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/08/1376451/-Gerrymandering-congressional-districts-just-wasn-t-enough-for-North-Carolina-nbsp-Republicans
"North Carolina Republicans are going for a scorched and salted earth policy, when it comes to taking over the state. It's not enough to fix congressional districts for Republicans, they're now trying to do it at the local level."

Why the GOP Is the Party of Stupid

The Republican Party: Where Gay Marriage is Apparently Worse than Murder, Genocide and Slavery

The Republican Party: Where Gay Marriage is Apparently Worse than Murder, Genocide and Slavery

"To listen to people like Sen. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee or pretty much anyone from the Republican party talk about same-sex marriage, you would think that when it becomes legal in every state in the U.S. (which is soon going to happen), God will instantly bring down fire on all humankind. It is completely absurd. First, I would like to point out that gay marriage was legalized in Massachusetts in 2004 – and nothing happened besides gay couples being allowed to marry the person they love. Also, in Canada (you know, the country directly to the north of us that’s largely populated by Christians as well), they legalized same-sex marriage in 2007 and the country is doing just fine. But this irrational stupidity coming from these conservative radicals goes beyond even those two facts."

Watch Rick Santorum Talk About The Bigotry That Makes Him The Strong Leader We Need (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/10/watch-rick-santorum-talk-about-the-bigotry-that-makes-him-the-strong-leader-we-need-video/
"Standing against equality doesn’t make anybody a strong leader. It makes them a bigot. Bigots can never be strong leaders in a country as diverse as ours."

“The GOP has scores of racists”: A former Bush official condemns modern Republican orthodoxy

“The GOP has scores of racists”: A former Bush official condemns modern Republican orthodoxy

"the retired U.S. Army colonel renewed his criticism of the GOP and the Bush administration. He also addressed recent saber rattling by Republicans on the issue of Iran."

Louisiana plans next anti-LGBT 'religious freedom' bill. It's even worse than the others.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/09/1376673/-Louisiana-plans-next-anti-LGBT-religious-freedom-bill-It-s-even-worse-than-the-others#
"It looks like Louisiana thinks they have solved the problem with the Indiana and Arkansas "religious freedoms" bills that have caused so much bad press and turmoil in those states. Those bills, you see, were overly broad, allowing critics to paint them possibly discriminatory. Louisiana will solve this problem by being openly discriminatory."

Iowa Man Sends ‘Anthrax’ Letter To Iowa Gay Bar: ‘Hopefully You’ll Die’

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/11/iowa-man-sends-anthrax-letter-to-iowa-gay-bar-hopefully-youll-die/
"Last year, an Arizona pastor told his congregation that we could rid the world of AIDS “by Christmas” if we executed every single LGBT individual. In 2013, a Tea Party candidate in Oklahoma said we should stone gay people.
“I think we would be totally in the right to do it,” Tea Partier Scott Esk wrote. “That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.” Esk later clarified that God did, indeed, encourage humans to stone gays, but “I have no plans to reinstitute that in Oklahoma law.”
These are but a couple of examples of the extremist right-wing propaganda machine that encourages men like Weithorn to terrorize the LGBT community. While we do have the right to believe as we choose, freedom of speech is not absolute. It’s time to end the hate."

Who Are The Christian Terrorist Groups?

Friday, April 10, 2015

GOP Plots to Win 2016 Presidency Without a Majority Popular Vote

GOP Plots to Win 2016 Presidency Without a Majority Popular Vote

"For a concrete example of how this plays out, look at the results of the 2012 congressional election. That year, according to BloombergBusiness, "nationwide, Democratic House candidates combined to win about 1.4 million more votes than Republicans." The result, however: The Republicans ended up with 234 congressional seats and the Democrats with 201."

Maybe There Should Be A Maximum Wage — Check Out How Much These CEOs Make Per Hour

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/08/maybe-there-should-be-a-maximum-wage-check-out-how-much-these-ceos-make-per-hour/
"When workers need additional assistance from the government, that’s not welfare for the workers, that’s welfare for the businesses that choose not to pay their employees fairly."

Reporters Guide to ALEC’s "Rich States, Poor States" Report

Reporters Guide to ALEC’s "Rich States, Poor States" Report

"The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is slated to roll out its annual "Rich States, Poor States" publication this week. The document, whose lead author is economist Arthur Laffer, is sold to the press as an objective, academic measure of state economic performance, but should instead be viewed as a lobbyist scorecard ranking states on the adoption of extreme ALEC policies that have little or nothing to do with good economic outcomes.

The ALEC entity that publishes the report, the Center for State Fiscal Reform, has received large grants from the Bradley Foundation, the Searle Foundation and the now-closed Claude M. Lambe Foundation, one of the Koch family foundations. These foundations are major funders of a national right-wing infrastructure that includes ALEC and the State Policy Network, 64 state-based think tanks that produce reports, talking points and more to advance ALEC’s agenda of tax breaks for corporations, steep budget cuts and attacks on unionized workers.

ALEC brings together corporate lobbyists and state legislators to vote on "model" bills behind closed doors, which are then introduced by ALEC state legislators across the country. ALEC is almost entirely funded by industry, including Koch Industries, which has long served on the ALEC board, Altria (the former Phillip Morris) and Exxon Mobil."

Kansas - the Horror, Freak Show, Kochistan

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bernie Sanders Shreds Rand Paul By Unmasking His Great Libertarian Fraud

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/09/bernie-sanders-shreds-rand-paul-unmasking-great-libertarian-fraud.html
"Bernie Sanders exposed Sen. Paul as being the same old kind of Republican. Beneath Paul’s rhetoric about liberty and freedom is a candidate who is a pro-billionaire corporatist who believes that the wealthy are entitled to more freedom, and that the same freedoms that he talks about with such reverence don’t apply to women and gays.
Sen. Sanders hit on all of the major contradictions that make Rand Paul an unelectable fraud. Paul may hold a few good positions, but the core of his ideology is solidly Republican, and not any different from his fellow GOP candidates."

Scott Walker’s Supreme Court Coup

Scott Walker’s Supreme Court Coup

"Scott Walker unseated his sharpest opponent last night. But you won’t learn that from much of the media coverage.

The fact that Walker and his big money allies tricked Wisconsin voters into stripping Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of her title was not considered a story by the 100 or so national reporters now assigned to cover Walker’s run for the White House. And the fact that the GOP slipped the law change onto the ballot just as the John Doe criminal probe of Walker and his big money allies came before the court, was not worth mentioning in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel."

Walker's War On Academia Causes Preemptive Brain Drain

Walker's War On Academia Causes Preemptive Brain Drain

"Wisconsin is not only losing top notch candidates. Every UW campus is offering buy outs to hundreds of employees in preparation for the cuts.

Students in the system are not only losing quality faculty, but even the fatted calf of sports are getting cut due to Walker's myopic and maleficent budget.

I don't know, but Walker must have been really traumatized by his failure in college to hold such a malicious attitude to higher learning."

IL Republican Gov Cuts Autism Funding -- On World Autism Day

IL Republican Gov Cuts Autism Funding -- On World Autism Day

"State funding cuts are threatening services for people living with autism, as families who receive help through a program called the Autism Project say they will be devastated by its elimination."

Bigotry Is Pretty Much All That Republicans Have Left

Bigotry Is Pretty Much All That Republicans Have Left

"When you take away everything else, the only things Republicans actually “support” are guns and the Bible – and they only use those two things so that they can manipulate people into supporting economic policies that favor the rich, while screwing over 99% of Americans. So when you get right down to it, since the majority of Republicans reject science, math, history and reality all because their political ideology tells them to, bigotry is just about all they really have left."

Michael Savage: Obama Can ‘Push The White Man Only So Far’ Before They Get Violent

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/07/michael-savage-obama-can-push-the-white-man-only-so-far-before-they-get-violent/
"Right now, racial hatred is the driving force of conservative politics."

The Republican Party Has Literally Become the Party of Stupid

The Republican Party Has Literally Become the Party of Stupid

"This is a party that’s no longer being led by people such as Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt or Dwight D. Eisenhower – instead, clowns like Ted Cruz, John Boehner and Rand Paul are calling the shots. It’s devolved into a party where the “icons” many look to for “insight and information” are knuckle-draggers such as Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Mike Huckabee."

Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Florida governor flip-flops on Medicaid expansion, kicks 800,000 people to the curb

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/06/1375956/-Florida-governor-flip-flops-on-Medicaid-expansion-kicks-800-000-people-to-the-nbsp-curb
"When he was running for re-election in 2014, Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) cared deeply about the "poorest and weakest" Floridians, and bucked the tea party by supporting Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. But he won in November, so all that concern is history"

Tour of the GOP 2016 Posse: A Noah's Ark of Right-Wing Specimens | Alternet

Tour of the GOP 2016 Posse: A Noah's Ark of Right-Wing Specimens | Alternet

"The 2016 Republican presidential posse is now in its right-wing flavor-of-the-month phase."

How Religious 'Liberty' Has Been Used to Justify Racism, Sexism and Slavery Throughout History | Alternet

How Religious 'Liberty' Has Been Used to Justify Racism, Sexism and Slavery Throughout History | Alternet

"cries of religious liberty and a religious-based right to discriminatory and harmful behavior are not new. For centuries, religion has been used and abused as a shield for harmful behavior, to justify everything from slavery to sexist violence to racism in the Jim Crow South."

N. Carolina Legislators Decide Teens Don't Need To Know About Sex

N. Carolina Legislators Decide Teens Don't Need To Know About Sex

"North Carolina is ALEC's petrie dish for extreme conservative social experimentation, and this is just the latest sad example. And really, why not? Why would you want your kids to learn how not to get pregnant? Isn't it a lot more fun when you get to parade their embarrassed pregnant selves around to prove to voters what a good Christian you are? And those STDs that invariably result -- well, it'll teach the little buggers a well-needed lesson that's just a necessary part of growing up in the God-loving deep South"

Libertarians...How the Rich Bring in the Suckers

Twitter Hilariously Trolls Rand Paul with #RandPaulCampaignSlogans

Twitter Hilariously Trolls Rand Paul with #RandPaulCampaignSlogans

"If Rand Paul is trying to brand himself as the "social media candidate," this isn't a great way to start his campaign."

The Fox Primary: 18 Potential Candidates Have Already Made More Than 800 Appearances

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/04/09/the-fox-primary-18-potential-candidates-have-al/203192
"While the first presidential primary is about nine months away, Cruz's and Paul's competing appearances provide a glimpse into what is becoming an election tradition. For the past two years, a slew of Republican would-be presidential candidates have been involved in The Fox Primary, making regular appearances to curry favor with the network's influential hosts and reach out directly to the channel's decidedly conservative audience."

Republican field tired of 'gotcha questions' sob, stop quoting me!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/09/1376620/-Republican-field-tired-of-gotcha-questions-sob-stop-quoting-me
"The Republican presidential primary has only just gotten going and already the candidates are sick and tired of gotcha questions from the media. You know, sneaky, unfair stuff like asking the candidates about their own words."

Beware Rand Paul's Bait-and-Switch

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/30115-beware-rand-paul-s-bait-and-switch
"Not only does he want to do away with Medicare and Social Security, he also supports going back to the "Lochner era," when the Supreme Court banned child labor laws and basically made life a living hell for the US worker."

Rand Paul Gets Pissy With Female Reporter About Flip-Flops

Rand Paul Would Be The Worst President On Civil Rights Since The 1800s

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/04/07/3643434/rand-paul-worst-president-civil-rights-since-reconstruction/
"Paul continued to espouse the same opposition to civil rights laws that he expressed as an undergraduate until months before his election to the Senate. And, while Paul has since learned to be more careful in his rhetoric, his public statements on the Constitution are entirely inconsistent with a legal regime that protects women and minorities from businesses that engage in discrimination."

Stop Calling This Man a 'Libertarian': What 2016 Campaign Journos Miss About Rand Paul | Alternet

Stop Calling This Man a 'Libertarian': What 2016 Campaign Journos Miss About Rand Paul | Alternet

"See, 2016 reporters? He said it himself. He’s not a libertarian. Why keep the myth alive in tedious, insight-free campaign coverage?"

Rand Paul Is Trying To Sell Signed Copies Of The Constitution For $1,000 – Seriously

Rand Paul Is Trying To Sell Signed Copies Of The Constitution For $1,000 – Seriously

"this outrageously overpriced autographed Constitution is a testament to how much of a fraud Paul actually is. Then again, that’s to be expected from someone who literally owes the entirety of their political success to their father. That’s really the only reason why he got elected to the Senate in the first place. And while I rarely agreed with his father on much of anything, at least Ron Paul had the courage to stand by his convictions, even if he knew deep down doing so meant he’d never have a legitimate shot at becoming president. The same can’t be said for his son. Rand Paul has proven time and time again that he’ll say and do anything to try to become president. While he has no problem trying to grovel to what’s left of the libertarian roots his father strived in, the younger Paul pathetically tries to somehow blend that with the rabid big government religious fanatics who love war and want to turn this nation into a theocracy. And now that Paul has officially announced that he’s running for president, the country is about to get a good, long look at what a spineless, pandering hypocrite he really is."

10 reasons Rand Paul will never set foot in the White House — except on a tour

10 reasons Rand Paul will never set foot in the White House — except on a tour

"his actual positions on many issues are mean-spirited, religiously tinged claptrap that’s reactionary enough to win a GOP primary, but far too hard-right to win a national election."

Rand Paul Is Not A Libertarian

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/04/06/3643093/rand-paul-not-libertarian/
"He certainly likes to talk like a libertarian. Let’s take a look at where he stands on the issues."

Tom Cotton Has Dumbass Iran Warmongering Comments

Jon Stewart Rips Into GOP for Derailing Historic Iran Agreement | Alternet

Jon Stewart Rips Into GOP for Derailing Historic Iran Agreement | Alternet

"If any nuclear power is going to destabilize the Middle East, it will continue to be us.”

Wrong About Iraq, Wrong About Iran • BRAVE NEW FILMS

12 Years Ago: Donald Rumsfeld's Greatest Iraq War Memo

12 Years Ago: Donald Rumsfeld's Greatest Iraq War Memo

"one of the greatest and most horrible memos ever issued by Donald Rumsfeld twelve years ago during the Iraq War during the Battle of Baghdad that sounds like it came from the Doctor Strangelove movie script rather than the Secretary of Defense overseeing a war."

Sen. Tom Cotton Thinks A War With Iran Would Be No Big Deal

Sen. Tom Cotton Thinks A War With Iran Would Be No Big Deal

"In the alternate reality that people like Tom Cotton and many others who signed his letter to Iran apparently live in, armed conflict is the only solution. This is especially true if you’re one of those people who believe in “End Times” prophecies in which a massive world conflict involving Israel is part of a series of events leading up to the return of Jesus Christ himself. It’s no secret that many right-wing Republicans like Congressman Louie Gohmert subscribe to this religious ideology, or at least pander to voters who do. Now Senator Tom Cotton is back beating the war drums once again."

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Same Right-Wing Bozos Who Lied the U.S. into Iraq Are Peddling Nonsense About Obama's Iran Deal | Alternet

The Same Right-Wing Bozos Who Lied the U.S. into Iraq Are Peddling Nonsense About Obama's Iran Deal | Alternet

"The same hawks who lied about the nuclear threat from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq before President George W. Bush invaded in 2003 are loudly trying to derail President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

It’s Not Too Late: Save Democracy By Amending the Constitution | The Nation

It’s Not Too Late: Save Democracy By Amending the Constitution | The Nation

"The Constitution should be clarified so that it sustains rather than throttles democracy. Do away with the Electoral College. Ban the practice of gerrymandering. Close the loophole that allows governors to appoint cronies to vacant Senate seats. And then get serious: ask, as Congressman Victor Berger did more than a century ago, why America maintains a House of Lords–like Senate where, today, the vote of a member elected by 121,000 Wyomingites can cancel out the vote of a member elected by 7.8 million Californians. Consider electing members of the House to four-year terms that parallel those of the president, so that the popular will of 131 million voters in the presidential elections can’t be stymied by 90 million midterm voters."

Papantonio: Scott Walker’s Blueprint To Destroy Wisconsin

Weeks After Rushing Right-To-Work, Wisconsin Republicans Prepare Their Next Attack On Labor

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/04/06/3643175/weeks-rushing-right-work-wisconsin-republicans-prepare-next-attack-labor/
"Republicans in Wisconsin now say they have a “better than 50 percent” chance of scrapping state laws that ensure construction workers a living wage.
Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) plans to tack his bill to repeal the state’s nearly century-old “prevailing wage” law for construction workers on local and state projects onto the massive state budget that must pass some time in the next few months."

Big Business Tries To Buy WI Supreme Corporate Chief Justice

Big Business Tries To Buy WI Supreme Corporate Chief Justice

"The corporate controlled Republicans did ram through this amendment and the referendum to approve this change will appear on the April 7 ballot."

Republican Policies Are Literally Contradicting Their Entire Ideology

Republican Policies Are Literally Contradicting Their Entire Ideology

"Then there’s always their love of tax cuts and supposed hate of our national debt. Let me break this down a bit. In the 80′s, under Ronald Reagan’s leadership, we massively cut taxes – which then led to our national debt nearly tripling. Then there was George W. Bush who came in and passed more tax cuts, promising they would eliminate our national debt within a decade – but instead they added nearly $5 trillion to it. Being that tax cuts have never proven to create jobs, just more debt, Republicans literally support economic policies that drastically decrease the revenue this country takes in (which always leads to an increase in our national debt), while claiming to be the party that represents fiscal responsibility. Meanwhile, the GOP hasn’t had a president from their party balance the budget since Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 50′s. Only in the delusional minds of Republicans can you believe that you’re the party for fiscal responsibility, yet every Republican president for the last half century has left office with a larger national debt than before they went in."