I’m writing for tomorrow and hurrying to get to my holy meditation in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
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From Alternet: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK): ‘Defaulting on the debt doesn’t mean debt default.’
You might think that members of the party of the 1%, which also likes to think of itself as the party pushing individual and fiscal responsibility, would have at least a ten-year-old’s understanding of basic economics. But the looming debt crisis seems to have pushed many Republicans into a deep state of denial. Sen. Tom Coburn, a shining example of intellectual acuity, said early this week: "I would dispel the rumor that is going around that you hear on every newscast, that if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, we will default on our debt. We won’t. We’ll continue to pay our interest.”
He made this blatantly crazy statement with a straight face. As economist Robert Reich explained on his blog: “While the Treasury Department could prioritize interest payments after October 17 – the day the Treasury Department says it no longer has legal authority to pay the nation’s debts – and not pay Social Security and Medicare, this would buy a few days at most."
Meanwhile, interest rates will soar, stock prices will plummet, the global economy will begin spiraling downward, and millions of Americans wouldn’t receive their Social Security and Medicare.”
Reich concludes inescapably and perhaps charitably: “Sounding crazy is part of the Republican bargaining strategy.”
This is just one of ten shockers from increasingly unhinged Republicans in the last week alone. Click through for the other nine!
From Daily Kos: Great news: the people trying to hurt their workers instead of providing them health insurance, and using Obamacare as an excuse, have seen drastic drops in their brand’s reputation.
According to YouGov BrandIndex, a leading marketing survey that measures brand perception in the marketplace (called “Buzz”), Papa John’s had good reason for concern as the pizza chain’s brand identity has plummeted from a high of 32 on election day, to a remarkably low score of 4 among adults who have eaten at causal dining restaurants during the past month.
Papa John is not alone in his anti-Obamacare misery.
Fast food server, Applebee’s, possessed a healthy Buzz score of 35 before Zane Terkel, CEO of one of the company’s largest franchisees, appeared on television to complain about the law and to announce that he would not be building more restaurants or hiring any more workers in response to his objections to Obamacare.
Applebee’s “pre-Terkel” Buzz score of 35 now sits at a pathetic 5.
The only pain such greedy capitalists feel is a hard kick to the wallet!
From MSNBC: Debunking projection from the Republican Noise Machine
It is Republicans who changed the House rules. just so they could keep a clean CR off the floor. Both sides are not to blame. The Senate CR is already a huge compromise with Senate Republicans. House Republicans, who claim to want compromise, are demanding capitulation and preventing the normal operation of the House to achieve it. A clean CR would pass the House, but John Boehner refuses to allow even the majority of the House to rule.
Considering the many parallels, is it any wonder that Republicans keep disparaging and promote withdrawal from the UN?