Yesterday, I published an article detailing what I consider criminal sedition by 447 Republican Senators. Has I waited, I could have included video from several of my favorite commentators, but my article was up before they were on the are. To better inform you on this important story, here they are.
This is embarrassing. Iran’s foreign minister known more about our Constitution that 47 Senators. In my opinion, this was the best coverage of the three.
In my opinion, all 47 should be criminally indicted. Sadly, the Obama administration just lets Republican crimes slide. If Republicans commit sedition, it’s not a bid deal. If Democrats jaywalk, it’s a capital offense.
I’ve been reading a lot about Obama’s budget for 2016. The more I read about it, the more I like it. It does many things to help build a recovery for the poor and middle classes, not just the 1%. It pays for these measures by taxing the 1% to return just a tiny bit of our wealth that Republicans have fed them over the years. Best of all, it does many of the things Republicans say they want to do, as they attempt to fool voters.
President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget, released on Monday, pulls together the themes and policies set forth in his State of the Union address and other recent speeches and gives them a force and coherence — an ambitiousness — that a more piecemeal delivery does not convey.
As a practical matter, the budget details what Mr. Obama believes needs to be done to help ensure a more prosperous and inclusive future for ordinary Americans, including greater contributions from corporate America and from those atop the wealth ladder. Politically, it seeks to frame the terms of the debate for the 2016 presidential election season. If Republicans simply reject those terms — if they can’t discuss the ideas and act on them — they may find themselves, deservedly, struggling for a response.
The core of the president’s 2016 budget is a plan to boost the middle class by helping low- and middle-income earners pay for education, child care, job training and other needs, and by vastly expanding investment in the nation’s infrastructure. These initiatives would be paid for, in the main, by nearly $1 trillion in tax increases that would fall on the wealthy and large financial institutions over the next decade.
The new taxes, however, are also carefully crafted to spur economic growth more broadly. A proposed higher rate on capital gains, for example, would discourage rampant and inefficient tax sheltering, while encouraging investors to deploy the capital in ways that are more economically productive. Ditto the financial tax that is structured to discourage speculative activities at banks that endanger the economy, as well as taxpayers… [emphasis added]
I do not seriously think that this budget will pass. In fact Republican officials from across the spectrum agree that it’s DOA. But it sets the stage for a Democratic victory in 2016, as voters watch Republicans reject things they claim they are for to protect a handful of billionaires.
Ed Schultz provides some excellent coverage. The embed button for MSNBC is working again.
I love it, except for the overdose of exceptionalism from the California Democrat.
We call Obama out on what he does wrong. Lets offer kudos for doing this right.
The Republican Party must be very anxious to make an impression on American voters, considering that their candidates have already opened the campaign season. Therefore they chose the person who most truly represents who they are to gibe the Republican Response to Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) will deliver the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced at the House and Senate GOP retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
"Sen. Ernst brings a unique perspective to the Senate. She is a mother, a soldier and an independent leader who serves in Washington because Americans voted for change in the last election, and Joni understands that middle-class Americans want Congress to get back to work and that they want Washington to get refocused on their concerns, instead of those of the political class,” McConnell said in a statement Thursday.
Ernst was elected to the Senate in November, becoming the first woman elected to federal office from Iowa. She said she’s "truly honored" to deliver the GOP address.
House Speaker John Boehner praised Ernst after the announcement Thursday…
The oppressed people of the Republican Fascist Plutocracy of Fitzwalkerstan, formerly Wisconsin, have another opportunity to reclaim their state from the evil Fartfuhrer, Scott Walker, who has not yet had the courtesy to enter the cell waiting for him. The Fartfuhrer is making it easier for you. He’s acting just like a Republican.
Oh, look. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been saying (or not saying) very different things on the public campaign trail and privately to far-right groups. Walker hasn’t wanted to talk publicly about his position on marriage equality during this campaign, but as part of his effort to get an endorsement from Wisconsin Family Action, Walker wrote to the group that:
… he was defending the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He said he swore an oath to uphold the constitution and he supports "marriage between one man and one woman."
"I would hope that my record and the stark contrast with my opponent’s positions would garner your support," the governor wrote.
Click through for more. Just in case you have forgotten, the Fartfuhrer exposed himself quite well in 2011, when reporter Ian Murphy punked him with a prank phone call. Ed Schultz gave us the story of how Republicans like Walker act, when they think they are sucking … nevermind. He actually admitted criminal intent. That was two years ago, and he’s actually gotten even worse.
Let us rid ourselves of Scott Walker and all like him. To begin, we must…
I’ve certainly had no shortage of writing about one Republicans that the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, has praised and interviewed completely, Cliven Bundy. He has found his way back into the news in an indirect sort of way. According to a study of law enforcement professionals, Sovereign citizens are the greatest terrorist threat Americans face.
In a new study conducted by researchers tasked with studying of the root causes and consequences of terrorism in the U.S. and abroad, the sovereign citizen movement was perceived to be the gravest terrorist threat, rivaling Islamist extremists and militia/patriot groups.
According to National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism —better known as START— sovereign citizens were the top concern of law enforcement, even as a belief that some domestic groups including the KKK, Christian Identity, and neo-Nazis represent less of an actual terrorist threat when compared to a previous study.
The report, complied by START researchers David Carter, Steven Chermak, Jeremy Carter and Jack Drew, is drawn from surveys with more than 364 officers representing 175 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. Those surveys asked respondents to to gauge their perception on the threat of terrorism, the nature of information-sharing, and their belief as to whether their agencies are prepared to deal with terrorist attacks… [emphasis added]
I’m writing for tomorrow, day 107. I don’t know why, but I just could not get comfortable last night, and I could not sleep. I had a short nap this morning, but it was nowhere near enough. I’m hoping I can catch some serious Zs, when I finish writing.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 5:02 (average 6:24). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Daily Kos: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren cares a lot about making student loans affordable—and she happens to be a bankruptcy expert. This week, she turned that passion and that wealth of knowledge on Richard Hunt, president and CEO of the Consumer Bankers Association.
You would think bankers would learn not to try to get sneaky in response to Warren’s pointed questioning. But this one had not learned that.
Was Lizzie munching on Bankster Butt or what? Bankruptcy relief should include student loans, and the death of the borrower should terminate any student loan.
From YouTube: Another Journey into the Parallel World of ALEC
Kudos to Chris Taylor and Ed Schultz. When Republican politicians introduce ALEC boilerplate, they must be exposed and dumped.
From AlterNet: What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society.
Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?
On the other hand, what’s the worth to society of social workers who put in long and difficult hours dealing with patients suffering from mental illness or substance abuse? Probably higher than their average pay of $18.14 an hour, which translates into less than $38,000 a year.
How much does society gain from personal-care aides who assist the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities? Likely more than their average pay of $9.67 an hour, or just over $20,000 a year.
As always the Reich on the left, Robert Reich, is right, while the Reich on the Right, the Republican Reich, is wrong. Click through for in depth coverage of this subject.
I’m writing for tomorrow, day 108. as we come to the end of another month. It’s a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid orb, and a worship service is on as I write. Later the Broncos worship with the Philadelphia congregation, and it will be televised here, so I shall be meditating deeply.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:51 (average 4:50). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Raw Story (Hat-Tip to Lynn): A Rutgers University student who found himself being cited by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a cautionary tale told MSNBC host Ed Schultz on Friday that Cruz distorted his story for the purposes of arguing against the Affordable Care Act…
Cruz is no different than any other Republican Senator in one respect. They all have to lie, because, if they told the truth, not even the most stupid sheeple would vote for them. This student’s story is a perfect example of that.
From Daily Kos: Could it be that the excoriation received by Chuck Todd by a multitude of reputable online news sources is reframing the actions of some traditional journalists? Is it the fear that as Americans see the truth they will justifiably stop accepting the traditional media as one of their major sources of information?
Lemons had recently been a ‘yes man’ for Bill O’Lielly. I’m glad he decided to come clean and hope more media people do.
From Alternet: NRA Lobbyist: Opposing Elephant Slaughter Is Hitlerian Animal Racism
Here’s the background: There’s this show on NBC Sports called “Under Wild Skies” featuring an NRA lobbyist and all the animals he likes to hunt and kill. Some people think this is fun to do and watch. But, some people also objected this week when the show featured the gun lobbyist in question, Tony Makris, shooting an elephant in the face, and then drinking champagne. About 50,000 people objected and suggested NBC cancel the show.
This upset Tony Makris, who feels, as many gun nuts do, very oppressed by the fact that people want to deprive him of his liberties to shoot and televise his kills, and celebrate afterwards. These dang animal nuts are exactly like Hitler, he said in an interview with NRA talk show host Cam Edwards.
To be clear, Makris explained, he is a hunter, a non-dsicriminatory [sic] hunter. “I hunt all things,” not just elephants. Animal rights people are too soft on elephants. Nobody objected about his shooting ducks, pigeons, rabbits and squirrels, let alone deer. “So I can shoot all of those, but not an elephant?” he asked rhetorically.
This, he said, is animal racism. And to those who would argue that elephants are different, bigger, more special, smarter and more sensitive, he said. “Hitler would have said the same thing.”
This is just one of seven examples of Republican TEAbuggery in just the last week. Click through for the other six. (We need to send this elephant hunter to the US House!! ;-))
Obama must not make the same mistake with Republicans.