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Monday, June 28, 2010
Whatever. For 40 years the Republican party has been a haven for racists and bigots. They pimp Israel only to pander to US Jews and to radical Christians who want to keep it away from Muslims before Jesus returns and sends all the Jews to hell.
Boss Hog needs to speak to his own party about that. Not only is his team currently doing all they can to prevent BP from being held accountable but for three decades Republicans have made it their mission to destroy any government agency capable of holding industry to account, much less clean up their messes. When taken with their constant efforts to defeat all regulatory and environmental laws, work against clean energy, and drill baby drill, it's painfully clear Barbour's political philosophy is responsible for this disaster. So unless he's ready to switch parties and beg forgiveness he really should just shut up.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Republican big oil corruption doesn't end in congress or at the doorstep of Bobby Jindal and Haley Barbour's governor's mansions. Since ruining one ocean doesn't appear enough for those who profit financially and politically from selling out the country to big oil we suggest removing them from public office before they ruin another one. We confer the public trust upon such people at our peril.
The GOP's fight to protect Wall Street robber barons ability to loot the financial system continues unabated. By it they threaten the retirement savings, job security, and standard of living of the American worker. If we don't correct the Republican deregulatory philosophy that led to the financial meltdown we're sure to suffer another one.
Friday, June 25, 2010
In a conference call with reporters yesterday, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said "it's very clear that the Republicans in the Senate want this economy to fail. They see that things are beginning to turn around.... We're gaining jobs, not as much as we need, but thing are beginning to move in the right direction.... In cynical political terms it doesn’t serve them in terms of their elections if things are beginning to turn around." She continued, "In addition to just taking a general position of 'no' to everything, they are protecting wealthy investors, corporations that are sending jobs overseas, and oil companies."
All of that's good, especially the last line. Aside from pandering to racists and lying and cheating to start horrific wars that bankrupt the country, that pretty much covers it. But it needs to be a unified Democratic message in order be successful. And time is short.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Anytime you have to say "That is the truth" you know you're already on shaky ground. When you have to say it twice, you're most likely lying. Brewer is lying. Recently released FBI crime statistics show that despite an increase in illegal immigration, “Arizona is in the midst of a years-long decline in violent crime that pre-dates SB 1070.” Over a century of research shows that immigrants are actually less likely to commit crimes than their U.S.-born counter-parts. And when Tim Wadsworth, a professor of sociology at the University of Colorado, studied U.S. cities with more than 50,000 people he found that “the cities that experience the greatest growth in immigration were the same one that were experiencing the greatest declines in violent crime.” At least she didn't call them cockroaches.
We're not sure that's true. We do note however that Rubio seems to be admitting that here, under the regulatory and environmental regime implemented by his party, it's not safe. And since they show no sign of reconsidering their philosophy, only a congress with less Republicans will be able to explore if there's indeed a way to drill and protect the environment.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Whatever. I pay a lot of taxes too. And I've not received one penny in government subsidies. On top of that, my taxes are going to pay for this guy to advertise that my political party is full of parasites. The reality of course, is it's the red states that need welfare from the federal government, no doubt due in part to people like Jungerman.
That would mean no labor laws, no environmental laws, no public safety regulations, no FDIC, and down with everything from restaurant inspections to the Civil Rights Act. As Think Progress notes should be asked about all these things and the rest of the Republicans should be asked if they agree with him.
Not what we would have thought a winning message... But then again, we assume our target audience is sane. This however is the GOP base. And not only do they have a tenuous grip on reality, but in the GOP it's the base that leads the party. Voters who are not crazy would do well to remember that in November.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The people who run BP should be thanking their lucky stars they haven't been arrested. What's this clown talking about?
That would be one reason why they're so bad at it. They don't even try. They will however offer corporate America tax breaks to send your job to India. Vote GOP - our job is to send your job to Punjab.
A significant percentage of the Republican party would like to replace our democracy with a Christian theocracy. Although they say they're for less intrusive government their behavior suggests the opposite is true. We hope the people vote to keep the GOP out government because it appears that's going to be the only way to keep them out of everybody's bedroom.
Republicans have been making their displeasure with the constitution increasingly clear of late. This however is a direct frontal assault. Article VI of the constitution says that acts of congress “shall be the supreme law of the land" thus expressly establishing that states do not have a veto power over federal laws. Conservatives already made war on the United States once over the issue and lost. It seems however Sherman's march to the sea didn't do the trick. All Republicans should be made to go on record right now as to whether they stand with the constitution or against it.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Boss Hog is the gift that keeps on giving. But the entire GOP power structure is in on this talking point. And since there's a $100 million fund for rig workers affected by the moratorium and it won't effect energy supply or pricing in any significant way, they can only mean it's worse for the big oil CEO's and their $88,000/minute bottom line. We haven't even stopped this drilling disaster much less figured out how to prevent the next one and they're already back to selling out the country.
The Confederacy went to war against the United States in order to keep slavery. That today's Republican party so consistently glorifies and honors that effort should give people pause. That so many of them seem to advocate doing it again should put them on the terrorist watch list.
So we already know the Republican party doesn't like the the fourth amendment, the fifth amendment, the eighth amendment, the 13th amendment, the 14th amendment, the 16th amendment, the 17th amendment, Article VI, the Civil Rights Act, the establishment clause, posse comitatus or due process. And if anybody's forgotten the impeachment of President Clinton, this serves as a damn good reminder that they don't much like elections either. If the American people value their democracy they would do well to ensure Republicans win as few of them as possible.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
We suppose it couldn't hurt. But if they really want to help themselves they should advocate for clean energy, more regulation, and stronger environmental laws.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Translation: Tough shit we shipped the job you were trained for to India to help our corporate cronies short term bottom line. And even though I'm not qualified for my own job, don't touch my paycheck. Now shut up and go flip my burger. And oh by the way, you'll get even less money for doing it because we're always fighting to lower the minimum wage. So just suck it up and try and support your family on $6.25 an hour. Sucker.
Of course the Greenpeace spokesperson is paid by an environmental group. So by his response Tiahrt seems to confirm he's paid by big oil. The difference is Greenpeace paying their spokesperson is legal. Tiahrt taking bribe money from big oil is not. Further, that the GOP sees the environment as something to battle against is beyond dangerous. It's just this kind of philosophy that caused the gulf disaster in the first place. So it stands to reason that the more power Republicans gain the more environmental catastrophes we will suffer.
Campaign for America's Future (CAF): Reagan Revolution Home To Roost -- In Charts
It's history's judgment that voting Republican is like stabbing yourself in neck. That's what the last 30 year of evidence shows.
Friday, June 18, 2010
No we won't let you tell us. The Bush administration and their GOP brethren in congress destroyed New Orleans by defunding the levies and sending those responsible for their maintenance, the Army Corps of Engineers, to Iraq. And again, if Obama is at fault for the oil spill it's only because he should have known Inhofe and his drill baby drill, deregulate, baby, deregulate Republicans, would sell out the region to their big oil cronies.
Right-wingers literally need to flee people asking them about their views in order to get elected. If it's not Fox News they wisely clam up and run. Seems making war on the United States and getting rid of social security are not popular positions.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
How bad are the Republicans on the committee that Tony Hayward comes off as more reasonable than his GOP questioners? In the interest of discovering how something like this was allowed to happen we have some better questions for Mr. Hayward: Are you aware of a 2001 meeting between the BP CEO John Browne and Vice President Dick Cheney? Do you have any information that Cheney's secret energy meetings resulted in the Bush administration deciding the $500,000 switches that could have prevented this disaster were too much a burden on the industry? And so on...
It was this kind of GOP sell out to big oil that caused this disaster in the first place. These Republicans may have been elected by the people but they're representing big oil.
By "some lawmakers" they mean Democrats. Republicans however, have embraced the lobbyists effort. During initial Senate consideration of the bill, House GOP members “huddled” with over 100 lobbyists to “kill” the “financial reform bill.” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has even called upon bankers to “stand up for themselves” against “those little punk staffers” trying to improve regulation. The robber barons are going all out to maintain their ability to loot the financial system and the GOP is standing with them. If the Republicans return to power in November we're sure to have another financial meltdown and this time we may not recover.
Frankly, you've got to be kidding. For 8 years the GOP spent us into oblivion with their wars and kept it off the books. Only now that we have a Democrat as president do they find their fiscal religion and demand we pay the bill. We'll pay for it because it's the right thing to do, but the American people should make sure the people who ran up this massive tab in the first place are never in charge of the credit card again.
Monday, June 14, 2010
The call to arms among angry conservative white people is getting more shrill. It seems Sherman's march to the sea didn't do the trick. This crowd already betrayed the United States once. Perhaps if we had dealt with them more harshly back then we would wouldn't have their philosophical descendants threatening us today.
RAND PAUL: I think whoever owns the property can do with the property as they wish, and if the coal company buys it from a private property owner and they want to do it, fine. The other thing I think is that I think coal gets a bad name, because I think a lot of the land apparently is quite desirable once it’s been flattened out. As I came over here from Harlan, you’ve got quite a few hills. I don’t think anybody’s going to be missing a hill or two here and there.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
"...your" green technologies. See that? They want no part of it. Anyway, since us taxpayers currently pay with our oceans, our air, and our health, not to mention with hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry, basically this is what the Republicans are saying: our buddies, backers and business partners are into oil, coal and natural gas so we're going to transfer as much of the public good as we can to those industries while actively fighting against a clean energy future. And if we give your kid asthma or cancer, you had best be able to pay for treatment because we also hate national health care.
Ok to sum up, in a conservative world we don't need to fund teachers, police, firefighters, trash pick up, street lights, or any regulatory agency that would keep an eye on big oil. We suppose they figure the rich can buy most of that stuff for themselves. But we do need to spend more public money on the military than every other country on earth combined. Americans vote Republican at their own peril.
So last week Sarah Palin had to lie and say she only meant drill baby drill on land. Perhaps this week she'll say she only meant drill on the moon. In fact, this country would be a lot better off if she and her fellow drill baby drill Republicans immediately departed to do exactly that.
Ok, number one, fans of conservative sharia law have way more in common with American religious conservatives than they do with liberals. Two, the most conservative sharia law is practiced in Saudi Arabia, a country that US conservatives have been empowering for 40 years. And three, from overthrowing Mosedeh in 53 and replacing him with the brutal Shah, to funding and arming Bin Ladin's brethren in the 80's, to lying to invade Iraq in 2003, US conservatives are largely responsible for the problem of radical Islam in the first place.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Shorter conservatives: we need services (and we love war) but we don't want to pay for any of it.
All red states. It's not a surprise. Study after study show the more educated people get the more they tend to vote Democratic. The University of Maryland did a study that showed Fox News viewers to be the most ill-informed among us. And of course, the GOP is constantly fighting to de-fund education. All extremely persuasive evidence that Republicans keep em dumb on purpose because their success depends on it.
Friday, June 11, 2010
FIORINA: Of course. And by the way, having managed HP through the worst technology recession in 25 years and nevertheless doubled the size of that company from $44 billion to $88 billion, I know what every responsible family and every responsible business in California knows.
Of course. Make it 20,000. Long as it makes the stockholders happy and I get my $21 million dollar payout. Send those jobs to India. Hell, as senator I'd even vote to give the company a tax break for doing it... Hey, if she did such a great job at HP why was she fired? And why did the stock jump 7% on the news?
As it is Issa's Republican party energy policy, regulatory policy, environmental policy and big oil corruption that caused this disaster, his last sentence should have been 'I don't see we ever return to trusting Republican government' (sic). Democrats are in favor of clean energy, more regulation and stricter environmental laws. Issa's statement illustrates the classic truism that Republicans run on the premise government doesn't work - and then they get elected and prove it.
IMUS: I don’t see how they ever — I don’t see how they ever return the gulf region to pre this gulf spill. Do you?
ISSA: Nah, I do.
IMUS: You do?
ISSA: I’ve made two trips to Alaska and you know our environment heals itself in time after you take most of the sludge away. But, having said that, I don’t see we ever return to trusting our government or the oil companies without real reform.
And as we're all painfully aware, then they went on vacation. But the main point is that they just executed Republican party public policy. Therefore the results from the next Republican administration or congress would be just as bad.
In an interview on MSNBC this morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned that the root of the financial crisis lies in the policies of the Bush administration. So, reporter Chuck Todd asked whether voters would tire of hearing Pelosi and her party blame today's problems on the last president. "When do you feel like that runs out with the public?" Todd asked. "It runs out when the problems go away," Pelosi said.
The left is thrilled with this answer. The comeback is good but the original premise is horrible. Democrats better get this straight and quick. Bush was nothing. AND he's not running for anything. He was an empty vessel filled with standard Republican party public policy. Unless the Democrats want to be thrown out of power in November they had best start scaring people to death with what Republican party public will do to them. If the GOP takes over in November they will impeach Obama, gut the bill of rights, start bullshit wars, fill the oceans with oil, and let their robber baron cronies loot the financial system and crash the economy.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
We give it two weeks before this guy is caught with a male prostitute. They're either trying to deflect away from their own gayness or their trying to trying to take attention away from the hyper-conservative groups that may actually turn out to be domestic terrorists.
He's since walked that back saying he meant the federal government should take responsibility for the response. But this is an even a bigger indictment of his political party and its philosophy. The federal government has been hampered in its ability to respond due to 30 years of Republican assaults on any regulatory agency, rule or law that would have bolstered that capability or prevented the disaster in the first place. His party's energy, regulatory, and environmental policy caused this mess and is what's hampering the governments response. He is the responsible party.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
So all the scientists that aren't on Exxon Mobil's payroll say the global warming threat is real and human pollution is the cause. Now Lindsey Graham is calling them all frauds. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about this is he's by far the most reasonable Senate Republican on this issue. Take this as the latest warning that if Republicans have anything to do with it we'll be rushing ever faster into a soot-belching-earth cooking-oil spilling future.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Yeah, well, thing is sane people remember Palin's constant refrain to be "drill baby drill." On top of that, deregulation is a cornerstone of Republican public policy. This is especially true when it comes to big oil. Even people in Bangladesh know the GOP power structure has been one with big oil for decades. While notable for its brazenness, this kind of pathological behavior is nothing new to Sarah Palin or the rest of the GOP. What we want to know is how anybody buys this garbage and who casts their ballots with this crowd.
Somebody needs to poll on whether Americans have a favorable or negative view of conservatives for still loving BP.
Since the GOP is religiously anti-environment you know they're not supporting the Green Party based on their merits. It's just to pull votes away from the Democratic candidate, a strategy which if successful would result in a situation where a minority of voters elects the candidate with the opposite political philosophy from the majority. This is another GOP salvo in their long assault on democracy. From voter intimidation, purging eligible voters from the voter rolls, or restricting voting stations in Democratic districts to slightly less horrible schemes like phone jamming and planting fake candidates, Republicans have shown they're not prepared to let the people fairly elect their leaders. Fans of democracy would do well to keep them out of power.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Last week we noted conservatives strange habit of trying to turn everything into Obama's version of one horrific Republican disaster after another. Media matters has a more complete list but even with it, aside from Waterloo, it's all still Obama's insert Republican catastrophe here. And since there's no logical equivalence in any of these comparisons, they only serve to highlight the enduring historical significance of their own dangerous nature.