Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Racist Newsletters Return To Haunt Ron Paul

As Ron Paul rises in the polls, he is once again fending off questions about those pesky newsletters where racist material appeared under his name. This time around, rather than expressing much in the way of regret, Paul is instead slamming the media for rehashing what he considers an old, irrelevant story.

To recap, back in the 1990s, Ron Paul produced a series of newsletters, all with his name on them, which published a ream of racist and anti-Semitic columns. Among a long list of offensive comments, one notorious column about the LA riots said that, “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.” Another pilloried Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as “Hate Whitey Day.” Paul has always denied writing them and insists he doesn’t know who did. He has expressed regret that the comments were printed.

But asked about the newsletters in an interview with CNN Tuesday morning, Paul expressed little contrition and attacked the media for revisiting the issue. The candidate suggested that the only reason the newsletters were in the spotlight again is the popularity of the rest of his platform:

I think people dig these up when people think that, oh, his economic policies are winning. His foreign policies are winning and his monetary policies are winning. They have to dig these things up…For two decades, Paul has denied knowing who wrote racist comments. Since Paul had six to eight people working under him on the newsletter, why couldn’t he have found out from them? “Possibly, I could,” Paul admitted Tuesday.

But he doesn’t seem to feel the need. “So, yes, it wasn’t good. I didn’t write them and those aren’t my beliefs. So, I sleep well,” the candidate said.

CNN isn’t the only one resurfacing the issue. James Kirchick, who delved into the newsletter archives — kept by a few universities under files of extreme right-wing political literature — and published on his findings in The New Republic in 2008 has another piece in the conservative Weekly Standard this monrth, writing that Paul still refuses to answer for what he printed. The Weekly Standard piece prompted the New York Times to revisit the issue as well.

Kirchick argues that this is precisely what the media should — but does not — focus on.

This sordid history would not bear repeating but for the fact that the media love to portray Paul as a truth-telling, antiwar Republican standing up to the “hawkish” conservative establishment. Otherwise, the newsletters, and Paul’s continued failure to name their author, would be mentioned in every story about him, and he would be relegated to the fringe where he belongs.Kirchick has a point. The newsletters appear during every Paul campaign yet they always seem to remain a sideshow.

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additional related link:
Writing in the same 1992 edition, Paul expressed the popular idea that government should lower the age at which accused juvenile criminals can be prosecuted as adults.
He added, "We don't think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That's true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such."

http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/angry-white-man?page=0,1 http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/12/the-story-behind-ron-pauls-racist-newsletters/250338/#.TvKnInuXFVY
Additional racist tripe from Ron Paul Newsletter:
“Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began,” the looting was a natural byproduct of government indulging the black community with “‘civil rights,’ quotas, mandated hiring preferences, set-asides for government contracts, gerrymandered voting districts, black bureaucracies, black mayors, black curricula in schools, black tv shows, black tv anchors, hate crime laws, and public humiliation for anyone who dares question the black agenda.”

“America’s number one need is an unlimited white checking account for underclass blacks.”

a section of his Investment Letter, titled “What To Expect for the 1990s,” predicted that “Racial Violence Will Fill Our Cities” because “mostly black welfare recipients will feel justified in stealing from mostly white ‘haves.’"

In June 1991, an entry on racial disturbances in Washington, DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood was titled, “Animals Take Over the D.C. Zoo.” “This is only the first skirmish in the race war of the 1990s,” the newsletter predicted. The newsletter inveighed against liberals who “want to keep white America from taking action against black crime and welfare,” adding, “Jury verdicts, basketball games, and even music are enough to set off black rage, it seems.” "Given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal."

"We are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational."

1995 video of Ron Paul Touting His Newsletter

“Anonymous” Reveals Close Ties Between Ron Paul And Neo-Nazis
The group of hackers known as “Anonymous” has shut down several neo-Nazi websites owned by Jamie Kelso, a former John Birch Society member, assistant to David Duke and moderator for the white supremacist website, Stormfront.

“Anonymous” claims to have recovered emails from Kelso that prove that Ron Paul has regularly met with members of Jamie Kelso’s neo-Nazi political party American Third Position and even was on several conference calls with their board of directors. Here is a statement from “Anonymous” from one of the neo-Nazi websites they shut down.

In addition to finding the usual racist rants and interactions with other white power groups, we also found a disturbingly high amount of members who are also involved in campaigning for Ron Paul. According to these messages, Ron Paul has regularly met with many A3P members, even engaging in conference calls with their board of directors. Ron Paul’s racist politics and affiliations are already well known, being viciously anti-immigrant, anti-abortion and against gay marriage — not to mention having authored the racist “Ron Paul Papers” and receiving financial support from other white power groups (pictured with Don Black from stormfront.org). Hard to believe Ron Paul draws some support from the left and the occupation movements, especially now that it is confirmed Ron Paul hangs out with straight up racist hate groups. We put extra effort in ruining the life of A3P webmaster Jamie Kelso. On top of being on the board of directors of A3P, former $cientologist, and high ranking Ron Paul organizer, he also is the account owner of german nazi forums and store nsl-forum.org, rhs-versand.com. Read more: http://newsone.com/nation/casey-gane-mccalla/anonymous-reveals-close-ties-between-ron-paul-and-neo-nazis/

Monday, December 12, 2011

As Republicans Cheer Child Labor, They Should Reflect On My Grand Father's Life

My grandfather, Mike Tanari, taught me many things, fishing with a cane pole and bobber, how to plant a garden, and how to make do. To say he was frugal was an understatement. One snowy day he showed me how to catch rabbits by hand to save the cost of shotgun shells. He took four rabbits that day and never fired a shot. But most all he taught me his life story. It is the most important lesson he ever shared with me.
Born in 1899, he went to work at Ladd’s Whitebreast Coal mine in 1909 at the age of 10 ½. He remembered the day the Cherry Mine burned. After finishing his 12 hour shift he could see the pall of smoke as it darkened the sky 3 miles to the north as he walked home. He said he was tired and all he could think about was the next day’s work.
Although he worked the mines for 36 years he never spoke much of those days. But one day I met a man that knew Grandpa from his work in the Marquette mine which was located on the bottom road between Depue and Spring Valley. I mentioned his name to Grandpa later that week at supper, and for the only time in his life did I see his face flush with anger. The man was the son of the mine boss at Marquette. Grandpa related that one spring day the waters of the Illinois River were nearing the top of the dike built around the shaft of the mine. Grandpa and the rest of the shift workers refused to enter the cage and descend for fear of being trapped and drowned below the surface. The mine boss addressed the milling miners and told them that any man that did not complete his shift would be fired and his name “blacklisted,” so that he could never work in another mine in Northern Illinois again. I asked Grandpa what he did. The anger left his face as he looked down at the dinner table and said in a soft voice, “Mike, mining was the only thing I knew. We all went down. It was the longest day of my life.” He was but 15 years of age when this happened, already a veteran of 5 years in the pit. Sixty years after the fact, he felt still the sting and the shame of that day. We never spoke of it again.
In later years Grandpa was the secretary of the Miner’s Local Labor Union. I still have the ledger books he kept. Every penny accounted for in careful pencil strokes. But those numbers tell little of the story of the men that pooled their resources to better the conditions in which they toiled. They reflect nothing of the sacrifice and loss that enriches our lives’ today. But they are invaluable to me. I would not part with them for any price.
Grandpa has been gone now for almost thirty years and yet there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him. He was not a wistful dreamer that talked of the “good ole days.” He always thought our best days were in front of us and he was careful to remind me that I lived in the best of times. As Labor Day approaches I hope and pray the things he and countless others endured are not forsaken, and never forgotten.

mike kohr 9/2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Reagan Advisor Bruce Bartlett's Take On Today's Republican Party

"Basically we're still stuck in the situation we were three years ago and we haven't made any progress at all except that our problems are much worse because of political reasons, because we now have a crazy party in charge of one of the Houses of our Congress and they won't allow anything to happen because it's in their vested interest to make things worse," Bartlett explained in his typically exasperated way. "Plus they have a theory that is completely nuts…. I'm very depressed. [...] The most we can hope for is that a complete crazy person like Newt Gingrich gets the Republican nomination, the Republicans lose so badly that they lose control of the House and don't get control of the Senate and then maybe in a year we can finally talk about doing something rational.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Corporate Profit At 50 Year High, Personal Income At 50 Year Low

Not only are corporate profits at a 50 year high, the corporate tax load is at a 50 year low, while personal income is at a 50 year low.
-These historic levels of corporate profit have not been seen since 1929. Remember how that worked out?-

It's no mystery why the middle class is hurting and the ranks of the poor are growing. The answer is simple mathematics. Decades of reverse Robin Hood economic policy will have that result every time.

Note that the steady decline in personal income began under Richard Nixon and has continued under all following Republican presidents with the steepest declines occurring under George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. The only respite from this economic strangle-hold on the middle class and the poor was the 8 years of the Clinton administration.

As you examine the above graphs take note:
1.) 7 of the last 8 recessions occured when a Republican was in the White House and conservative economic policies were in place (see also "History of Recessions" http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/history-of-recessions.html )
2.) Job creation plummeted under Supply Side Economics
(see: http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/job-growth.html )
3.) The National Debt exploded under Republican economic policies
(see: http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/national-debt.html )

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Chart That Debunks The Lie That The Upper 1% Are Paying More In Taxes Than Ever Before

The Upper 1% are NOT paying a higher percentage of their income in taxes no matter how many times the Right Wingers say they are. Their income has sky-rocketed while working people's incomes have plummeted however the percentage of income paid in taxes by the upper 1% has shrank by 10% since 1986.

read full article:

Tax Calculator for President Obama's "American Jobs Act." -you will be very unhappy if Congress does not act-

Hit on the link below to see how much more you will be paying if the Republican leadership in Congress does not pass President Obama's, "America's Job Act."


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Illinois Posts Greatest Job Gains In the Nation, Wisconsin? Biggest decrease.

Unemployment rates fell in 36 states in October and rose in only 5, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

Illinois added 30,000 jobs, the most among states. ...
Wisconsin reported the biggest job loss, a drop of 9,700.

Hey Wisconsin, "How's that Walker thingy workin' for ya?"


Post Script: 4/2/2012
When job losses are accounted for, the state (WI) has added just 8,100 private sector jobs through February compared with before Walker took office in January 2011. Private sector job gains for January were revised downward this month by 1,900. Figures for February are preliminary.

The report showed that the state also added an estimated 4,300 government jobs for the month, with almost all of them coming from state government.

source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57402691/wis-adds-jobs-in-february-unemployment-steady/Wis. adds jobs in February, unemployment steady - CBS News
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Monday, November 21, 2011

President Obama's Re-election Fund Raising Exceeds 2008 Results

Do not believe the false narative that small donors have abandoned President Obama. More than 606,000 people gave between July and September, exceeding a number that was a record-breaking 552,000 donors in the second fundraising quarter and reflects more than 257,000 first-time donors, according to campaign records. In another milestone, in mid-October, Obama hit 1 million donors.

Inspite of the effects of the atrocious Supreme Court "Citizens United" decision to allow unlimited, unsourced, untraceable, unaccountable corporate money into the political campaign the Presidnet has hit on the 99% solution. While the rich have the cash we have the votes. When people invest themselves in a campaign , they are far likelier to vote.

Wall Street may have thrown their finacial support to their protectors in the Republican Party, but the People are throwing our support to the person that is protecting us from Wall Street.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Do Nothing To Solve The Deficit Problem, -finally a job the Republican Congress is capable of-

The do-nothing plan: now worth $7.1 trillion
Posted by Ezra Klein

In the past, I’ve talked about the “do-nothing plan” for deficit reduction: Congress heads home to spend more time with their campaign contributors, and the Bush tax cuts automatically expire, the 1997 Balanced Budget Act’s scheduled Medicare cuts kick in, the Affordable Care Act is implemented, and the budget moves roughly into balance. It’s not an ideal way to balance the budget, but it helps clarify that the deficit is the result of votes Congress expects to cast over the next few years. If, instead of casting those votes, they do nothing, or pay for the things they choose to do, the deficit mostly disappears.

The last few years have added new elements to the do-nothing plan: the trigger, for instance, and various temporary tax cuts Congress has been extending. James Horney of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ran the numbers for my colleague E. J. Dionne, and he says the do-nothing plan would now lead to $7.1 trillion in deficit reduction — more than even the Fiscal Commission envisioned. Here’s how it breaks down:

— $3.3 trillion from letting temporary income and estate tax cuts enacted in 2001, 2003, 2009, and 2010 expire on schedule at the end of 2012 (presuming Congress also lets relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax expire, as noted below);
— $0.8 trillion from allowing other temporary tax cuts (the “extenders” that Congress has regularly extended on a “temporary” basis) expire on schedule;
— $0.3 trillion from letting cuts in Medicare physician reimbursements scheduled under current law (required under the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula enacted in 1997, but which have been postponed since 2003) take effect;
— $0.7 trillion from letting the temporary increase in the exemption amount under the Alternative Minimum Tax expire, thereby returning the exemption to the level in effect in 2001;
— $1.2 trillion from letting the sequestration of spending required if the Joint Committee does not produce $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction take effect; and
— $0.9 trillion in lower interest payments on the debt as a result of the deficit reduction achieved from not extending these current policies.

Put another way, all we need to do to solve our deficit problem — or, more accurately, avoid creating one — is to enforce PAYGO rules in Congress.
source article:

Friday, November 4, 2011

TEA PARTY PIGGERY, -hypocrites at the slop pile-

Many of us, as we watched grow, the astroturfed Tea Party claiming to be grass roots inspired while it was funded by Dick Armey's (R) TX "FreedomWorks" and other Republican fat cats like the Koch brothers, were struck with an equal amount of amusement and disgust. Indeed there are many within the movement that are "true believers," but we saw the organization for what it was and is: another political wing of the party that brought us $9.2 trillion in national debt.
This movement has been in power in the House of Representatives for 10 month's. Their growing record is confirming what we knew all along. Check out these Tea Party Pork Barrel examples of fiscal hypocrisy:
Eric Cantor (R) VA:
The eternally smug and shrill critic of President Obama, famously called a high speed rail proposal from Disneyland to Las Vegas, wastefull "pork barrel spending." Yet he simultaneously wrote letters asking for nearly $3 billion for a similar project in Virginia. And now that people are beginning to take notice, Cantor has flip-flopped and is running away from the project as fast as he can.
Cantor also wrote letters asking for $60 million to build ships in his home state. An unrelenting critic of HUD Cantor, until last year, held $50,000.00 in preferred stock from a company that received funds from the very department he excoriated when the camera's were on.
John Boehner (R) OH and Darell Issa (R) CA
The vociferous critics of President Obama's efforts to support clean energy and American made solar panels, sung a different tune when both requested funds for similar projects in their home states. Boehner requesting funds for a uranium project and Issa rooting in the Federal tough for funds for an electric car corporation.
Rick Perry (R) TX
The tongue tied Texan made 1,180 requests for federal aid since 2001, according to an Associated Press study. That's a rate of one every four days.
Fred Upton (R) MI
Wrote 10 letters asking for $250 million to support clean energy job creation in Michigan in spite of ridiculing President Obama's clean energy initiative.
Ron Paul (R) TX
An unrelenting critic of government spending wrote 3 letters asking for $150 million for a high speed rail project in Texas.
Michele Bachman(R) MN
The fact challenged founder of the Tea Party Caucus begged $750,000.00 to promote business at a small airport in St Cloud Minnesota.
David Vitter (R) LA
The Senator that gained national attention for his patronage of the Washington DC's and New Orlean's Canal Street brothel's, rallied on the steps of the Capitol against President Obama's stimulus package. Two months later he was requesting funding to boost an activated carbon power plant in Red River Parish, Louisianna.
Marlin Stunzman (R) IN
Came to Washington in 2010 to limit government received $4,061.00 in farm subsidies in that same year and has raked in $183,431.00 from the Dept. of Agriculture since 1997.
Alan West (R) SC
The fire breathing small government legislator, less than 10 months in office, has written at least four letters begging money from the federal government for various projects such as a pedestrian walkway in his home district.
Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation," when confronted with these facts characterized them as, "...pretty disturbing." From our point of view it's actually pretty predictable.

source:"Newsweek," Nov. 7th & 14th, 2011
Associated Press

The chart below highlights the ultimate hypocrisy of Red State America. While these state's elected leaders are often the most out spoken critics of federal programs they are at the same time standing at the front of the line with both hands out.

Red State America Is Sucking Blue State America Dry

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Since the advent of Reagonomics and Supply Side Economics things have went poorly for the Middle Class. The Rich? Woo Hoo!

Tax give-aways to the rich, deregulation, union busting, Republican policies promised increased jobs, increased revenues and increased prosperity. The record: $9.2 trillion in debt, the greatest income disparity in history, 4 recessions, and a decade of zero job growth.

The 99% are not mad that the 1% prospered. We are mad that many of them cheated to gain their obscene wealth by corrupting the system with their hoards of cash to influence the political process to favor themselves over everyone else.

This income disparity is the end result of Supply Side economics. And we, the 99%, are all the poorer for it. Allowed to continue, we will be the first generation in American history to leave a lower standard of living to our children and grandchildren.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

How Many Bills Have The Republicans Introduced to Foster Job Creation? -ZERO-

Republicans have been in control of the House for one year now. Their record shows there is only one job they are interested in, President Barack Obama's, remember that when they ask for your vote and support in 2012.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Another Graph On Job Creation -Want a job? Vote Democrat-


See the pattern?

Read This Tea/Publican Resolution To See Where They Stand On Job Creation:

Tea Party Nation Urges Businesses To Stop Hiring People In Order To Bring Down President Obama
October 19, 2011
By Stephen D. Foster Jr.

Tea Party Nation sent a message to their members today urging businesspeople to stop hiring people in an effort to sabotage the economy and make President Obama fail. The message came from activist (and traitor) Melissa Brookstone, and reads as follows.

“Resolved that: The Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Senate, in alliance with a global Progressive socialist movement, have participated in what appears to be a globalist socialist agenda of redistribution of wealth, and the waging of class warfare against our constitutional republic’s heritage of individual rights, free market capitalism, and indeed our Constitution itself, with the ultimate goal of collapsing the U.S. economy and globalizing us into socialism.

Resolved that: President Obama has seized what amount to dictatorial powers to bypass our Congress, and that because the Congress is controlled by a Progressive socialist Senate that will not impeach one of their kind, they have allowed this and yielded what are rightfully congressional powers to this new dictator.

More resolutions here: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/10/19/tea-party-natio... /

Sunday, September 25, 2011

When Republicans Cite JFK's Tax Cuts They Are Not Telling the Truth, -here it is-


Bill O’Reilly repeated a familiar refrain to go after President Obama’s plan to increase taxes on the wealthy in 2013, relying on President Kennedy’s tax cuts in 1962 to make a misleading historical point.

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly is urging President Obama to follow President John F. Kennedy’s footsteps and propose lowering taxes for the rich to spur economic growth. […]

“[I]n 1962, President Kennedy proposed a big tax cut for the rich in order to stimulate the economy and encourage investment. And the rates have been moderating ever since.” [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 9/22/11]

This comes up from time to time. It’s a little game the right plays to make it seem as if tax cuts are, or at least were, a bipartisan approach to economic growth. Given the spectacular failures of the Bush-era tax breaks, it’s tempting to think even the most stubborn Republican hack would give up and move on, but apparently that’s not the case.

So, let’s set the record straight. When Kennedy cut taxes, he lowered the top marginal tax from 91% to 65%. Many congressional Republicans opposed his plan at the time, citing concerns that the treasury couldn’t afford such a tax break — the Republican Party used to be quite serious about fiscal responsibility, but it’s been a half-century — but Kennedy proceeded anyway because the higher rates, instituted during World War II, were no longer necessary.

Also at the time, the country had very little debt — Eisenhower, thankfully, kept taxes high throughout the 1950s — almost no deficit. Fiscal conditions, obviously, are far different now.

Keep in mind, unlike contemporary GOP policy, Kennedy’s plan distributed “peace dividends” broadly across the wage spectrum. As the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation explained at the time, the bottom 85% of the population received 59% of the benefits of JFK’s tax cut. The top 2.4% received 17.4% of the tax cut, and the top 0.4% received just 6% of it.

Those on the right who see themselves as descendents of the Kennedy policy are either deeply confused or they assume you won’t bother to learn the truth.

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rick Perry: Middle Income Americans Don't Pay Enough Income Taxes

Pay up all you deadbeats. Rick Perry says you are not contributing enough to America. And don't forget it's not just Governor Goodhair that feels this way. Just last week a montage of Republicans were spewing this meme on Fox Gnu's. Working People were called, "Moochers, Takers, Deadbeats, Raccoons and irresponsible Animals."
Oh, and they would like your vote and support in November of 2012.

Okay, here are some facts, courtesy of the Tax Policy Center. They may not allay Mr. Perry’s dismay, but they should assuage the concerns of anyone with a soul.
•Of the 46% of households who don’t pay income tax, nearly 2/3 pay payroll taxes.
•Of the 18% who pay neither income nor payroll taxes, more than half are elderly.
•More than 1/3 have incomes below $20,000. (Note: Ronald Reagan made the decision in 1986 to exempt people with incomes below the poverty line from federal income tax. Twenty-five years later, that still seems like a good call.)
•Only 1% of nontaxpaying households are nonelderly with incomes over $20,000. I’m dismayed about them too governor. Maybe we should close some of the loopholes that allowed almost 1,500 millionaires to escape income tax in 2009 -end of clip-

by Len Burman
read full article @:

Monday, August 29, 2011

Five Charts Every American Voter Should See Before 2012 -History repeats itself-

President Obama Is Repeating The Same Pattern That Led President Clinton To 5 Balanced Budgets (that's 5 more balanced budgets than the last 5 Republican presidents -combined-)
see also: http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/national-debt.html

President Obama Is Repeating The Same Fiscal Responsibility Of His Democratic Predecessors see also: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_mHSyEv8vBt4/S7y5ODYrMeI/AAAAAAAAADw/WTiptUgrHeg/s640/Revenue_Spending_bypresident.jpg

Prior to President Obama's stimulus, we were losing private sector jobs through 2008 at a rapidly accelerating pace.

During 2009, starting immediately after the stimulus passed in Feb 2009, the loss trend reverses.

We then begin to GAIN private sector jobs.

And here are two more detailed graphs on the dynamic between private and public sector job creation:

States and localities have eliminated 671,000 jobs since employment peaked in August 2008" "Public" sector job creation remains the biggest drag on the overall employment issue.

President Obama Is Repeating The 80 Year Record Of Democratic Success In Job Creation

see also: http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/job-growth.html

Hope and Accomplishment

Saturday, August 27, 2011


By Steve Benen

Remember a few years ago, when the American auto industry was on the verge of collapse? When Republicans said the Obama administration’s risky strategy would fail and Mitt Romney said we should “let Detroit go bankrupt” and we could “kiss the American automotive industry goodbye” if Obama’s policy moved forward?

We can all be very glad right now that Republicans were wrong. The auto industry is one of the economy’s few bright spots.

Taxpayers bailed out much of the U.S. auto industry. Now the carmakers might be what saves the nation’s economy from falling back into recession.

After a massive restructuring and several high-profile bankruptcies, a leaner, more aggressive auto industry is making a comeback, hiring workers and ramping up manufacturing plants. From a trough two years ago, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Chrysler Group and other auto companies have added almost 90,000 manufacturing jobs, a 14% increase, according to federal employment data.

Kevin Drum flagged a chart from the L.A. Times piece, but added a helpful blue line to show the before-and-after difference for the industry once the Obama administration’s policy was enacted.

I continue to think of this as one of the Obama White House’s best success stories, even if it’s largely overlooked by the political world. Two years ago, NBC News established a tough benchmark: “As the GM bailout goes, so goes the Obama presidency.”

Well, the rescue policy worked.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

23 polls, ALL overwhelmingly favor eliminating the Bush tax give-a-ways to the rich



Overview of polls:
The lowest number is 56% from the Republican leaning Rassmussan to 76% from April's Gallup poll. Average of the 23 polls is 65% in favor of ending the Bush tax breaks for the rich only 30% in favor of spending cuts alone to reduce the national debt.

It is striking that CNN's recent poll noted that only 31% of the American people approve of the Tea Party and only 33% approve of the Republican Party. When you look at the CNN poll it is apparant who the 30% are in the aggregate of the above mentioned 23 polls, they are the base of the Republican party. And they are far out of step with the American People.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


The amount bond rating agencies agree needs to be cut from the annual deficits over ten years to get our fiscal house in order

The amount the original Republican debt reduction plan proposed.

The amount President Obama countered the original Republican proposal with.
This would have consisted of a 4/1 ratio of spending cuts to tax increases on the rich.

The amount of debt reduction finally arrived at after the Republicans nearly drove America into default. Speaker Boehner used the Congressional Budget Office numbers as a baseline for the plan. The CBO’s numbers include the end of the George W. Bush tax give-a-ways to the rich which expire in 2012. Elimination of the Bush tax policies will cut the Federal Debt by $3.7 trillion over a decade.
In effect this works out to approximately a 1/2 ratio of spending cuts to tax increases on the rich.
Only 1% of the spending cuts come into play in 2012, the other 99% coming in the out years. Under the enforcement mechanism of the bill, Social Security, Medicare beneficiaries, food stamps and other low income programs are immune from cuts.

Is what John Boehner is saying he got in this bill. If getting schooled by President Obama, and positioning the Republican Party in 2012 as the goon squad for millionaires and billionaires is what John Boehner wanted I think he actually got 100% of what he wanted.





Postscript: Within days of approval of the debt deal compromise the S&P rating agency downgraded the United States credit rating to AA from AAA. Had the Republican leadership accepted President Obama's original plan of a $4.2 trillion reduction in the federal debt over the next decade this downgrade would have been averted.
The strangle-hold the Tea Party has over the Republican Party has in this case exposed the American taxpayer to billions of dollars in increased interest payments due to this easily predictable lowering of our credit rating.
No sane American would deliberatly poisen their personel credit rating, but the Tea Party and the lack courage and failure of leadership in the Republican Party has poisened our nation's credit and credibility, and yet again handed the bill to the next generation.

Monday, July 11, 2011

President Obama Called The Republican Bluff on the Deficit, -they blinked, turned tail, cut and run-

like the hypocritical cowards they have always been on this (as well as many other) issues.

But make no mistake about it, the Republicans are experts on the National Debt, after all they have caused the over-whelming majority of it.

If you wish to see what is driving today's deficit spending, here are the reasons:

Anytime you hear Republicans claiming they want to solve the National Debt issue you are listening to people that wish to be the hero of their own self inflicted disaster.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Michele Bachman tells FOX News in 2009 "I don't need government to be successful,"

Truth is, since 1995 she has taken nearly $290,000 in state and federal grants and subsidies.

Bachman routinely blasts "socialized medicine" yet has taken, just since 2006, approximately $24,041 from the Minnesota state Department of Human Services for her Bachmann & Associates clinic, to aid in training her staff.

Bachman blasted the 2008 Farm bill as "loaded with unbelievably outrageous pork and subsidies for agricultural business and ethanol growers." Yet from 1995-2008, a farm she owns in partnership has collected approx. $260,000.00 in corn and dairy subsidies.

source: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-bachmann-20110626,0,1896024.story

-For the record, Bachman's haul of $290,000.00, is $290,000.00 more than I have ever received from state and federal monies. Ever-

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Who Is Ayn Rand?
-Watch these two video links and learn the disturbing truth-


She was against religion and God. She embraced selfishness. She was fasinated with serial killer William Hickman, and wrote that the serial killer was an ideal man as he did what he pleased not worrying what others thought.
Oh, and she is a darling and prophet of today's Republican party. Go figure.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Appalling Greed: Richest 400 Average $270.5 Million Incomes, Pay Almost Nothing in Taxes
-Compare that to 1955, when the country's most affluent made far less money and paid 51 percent of their income in taxes-
By Sam Pizzigati May 16, 2011

In 2008, the IRS revealed last week, 400 Americans reported at least $110 million in income on their federal tax returns. These 400, in a year that ended with millions of Americans out of work and home, averaged $270.5 million each, the second-highest U.S. top 400 average income on record.

see full article: http://www.alternet.org/story/150956/appalling_greed%3A_richest_400_average_%24270.5_million_incomes%2C_pay_almost_nothing_in_taxes?akid=6972.271528.cVT-v6&rd=1&t=8

Sunday, May 1, 2011


"Justice has been done."
-President Barack Obama-

Monday, April 11, 2011

What Is The Biggest Single Driver Of Today's Deficits?

-answer: Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich-
What is Today's Republican Party's Answer To Today's Deficits?
-answer: More Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich-
What Is The Definition Of Insanity?
-answer: Repeating The Same Mistakes Over and Over and Expecting A Different Result-


Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Continuing the historical pattern of Democratic administrations halting economic downturns, the Obama administration continues to produce positive job growth results.
The ADP National Employment Report said private payrolls rose by 201,000 in March, slightly below estimates. Yet the average monthly increase the past four months is 211,000, up from gains of 74,000 from August to September.

"It seems clear to me hiring is picking up, and we're going to add more jobs in 2011” than in 2010, says Wells Fargo economist Mark Vitner.

Smaller companies appear to be doing the heavy lifting. March employment rose by 102,000 at small firms, 82,000 at mid size businesses and 17,000 at large ones
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POST SCRIPT: We have now seen 15 straight months of positive job growth and todays official job numbers exceeded estimates. Over 216,000 were added to the work-force last month. Over 500,000 jobs have been created since the first of the year.

Solid jobs growth in March shows recovery is for real
Neither earthquake nor Mideast turmoil have stopped businesses from hiring

Monday, March 28, 2011

52 YEARS OF TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH, and what do we get?



2/3rds of US Corporations Pay Zero Federal Taxes:

Fox News Freaks Out Over GE's Taxes - While Doing The Same Thing

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I suspect that every visitor to this blog were sure of one thing after last November’s election: The Republican’s would over reach. But I also suspect that no-one understood the level of overreach they would attempt or just how quickly the American public would turn on them.

New polling is showing that of 50 House seats targeted by Democrats in 2012, 35 Republicans are in deep trouble. These freshmen Republicans have an average approval rating of 35%. Compared to Democrat incumbents in July of 2009, Republicans are today 10% behind that standard. We all know, all too regrettably, how that turned out for us.

But that’s not all the bad news sweeping over the Republican Party. In these same districts, only 40% are supporting re-electing the Republican incumbent, 45% do not support retaining them. After taking these 50 districts by a collective average of 14%, the Republican incumbents find themselves tanking in the polls. In the top 25 districts, the generic Democrat leads the Republican incumbent 46% to 45%.

Republican governors are not faring any better. After just four months after electing, three new Midwestern governors, Scott Walker (R) WI, John Kasich (R), OH, and Rick Snyder (R) MI, voters are expressing deep “buyer’s remorse.” All three have witnessed plummeting approval ratings, falling to the point that polls show them losing hypothetical do-over elections.

Governor Walker beat Democrat Tom Barret 52% to 46%. But today Walker would lose a do-over election by a seven-point margin, a stunning 14% swing in the polling after just 6 weeks in office. An unprecedented recall effort is gathering energy and threatens to remove 8 Republican State Senators in Wisconsin and once Walker reaches the threshold of one year in office, Walker himself will likely face a vigorous recall effort.

Governor Kaisich ® OH is polling at 30% approval, and a fourth governor, Tom Corbett (R) PA, has bottomed out at 31% approval. The voters have had a look at the radical agenda that these people want to ram down the throats of working Americans and their disapproval is unmistakeble and overwhelming. These incumbents have loosed the floodgates and the upcoming election in 2012 may be the tide that sweeps them out of office and off the political landscape. Forever.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Why Obama is the favorite for 2012

Political observers are predicting a second term -- but he should thank Huckabee, Gingrich and Bachmann
By Gene Lyons

Many Americans follow politics the way lukewarm fans follow sports, paying close attention only during the playoffs or presidential elections. Most would be surprised to be told that most professional observers in Washington think President Obama's a strong bet to win re-election in 2012.

Never mind that events in Japan and the Middle East underline the folly of predicting the future. Some people can't help themselves. Most who think that way give two reasons: the near-comical weakness of the Republican field and Obama's protean ability to pose as a pragmatist surrounded by zealots.

Several GOP contenders do appear to be abandoning Fox News for the Comedy Channel. Newt Gingrich told the Christian Broadcast Network that patriotism drove him into adultery. "There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate," the former Speaker confessed. Horny are the brave. She showed me the American flag on her thong, and my pants fell down. Evidently, Newt grew so weary impeaching Bill Clinton for adultery that he fell into the arms of the third Mrs. Gingrich. Now a 67 year-old granddad, he vows fidelity.

Bless his heart.

Then there's Mike Huckabee, probably the Republicans' strongest candidate, despite being a former Arkansas governor. Yakking on talk radio, the Huckster explained that the Mau-Mau rebellion during President Obama's Kenya childhood caused him, unlike most Americans, to hate British imperialism. Never mind that millions with ancestors in formerly subject nations such as Ireland, India and the United States of America don't entirely share Huckabee's nostalgia.

History records that Obama never lived in Africa. Challenged, Huckabee chortled that he should have read his own book. Why, page 183 of "A Simple Government" explains that the president actually learned anti-British passions in Indonesia. OK, so Indonesia was a Dutch, not a British colony. It's definitely a foreign country, and Obama definitely lived there long ago. We're supposed to admire Huckabee's self-deprecating wit.

Except, guess what? The worker bees at mediamatters.org checked page 183. Uh-oh. So they ran a Kindle search. The words "Indonesia" and "Indonesian" appear nowhere in Huckabee's book. Here we go again. Blaming the "left-wing media," Huckabee's making things up, pretty much as he does whenever anybody brings up the serial murderers he got sprung from the Arkansas penitentiary -- two at last count.

Elsewhere, the photogenic Michelle Bachmann gave two speeches moving the midnight ride of Paul Revere and the "shot heard 'round the world" -- fired at a British soldier, come to think of it -- from Massachusetts to New Hampshire, where there's an early presidential primary. Meanwhile, a Fox News gremlin told New York magazine that retired Gov. Sarah Palin was cautioned against her infamous "blood libel" video, implying that the real victim of the grotesque assassination attempt against Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was Sarah Palin.

You can definitely fool all of the GOP "base" all of the time. They've already forgotten the catastrophic mess President George W. Bush left behind, and grow apoplectic when anybody reminds them. It's the broader electorate that's the problem. Presidential candidacies have foundered on far less consequential blunders than Republican front-runners made last week alone. It's actually scary to think that's the best a major political party can do.

Anyway, barring catastrophe, Obama definitely looks good for a second term. Ah, but to what end, pray? There, it seems to me, tea party dogma and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have given President Obama a chance to bridge the historic rift between the working middle class and the Democratic Party cogently analyzed in Mother Jones by the estimable Kevin Drum.

Starting with the culture wars of the Vietnam era, Drum explains, "New Left activists derided union bosses as just another tired bunch of white, establishment Cold War fossils, and as a result, the rupture of the Democratic Party that started in Chicago in 1968 became irrevocable in Miami Beach four years later." That break led to the 1972 nomination of George McGovern and the landslide victory of Richard M. Nixon -- whose "Southern Strategy" still defines today's political landscape.

For all their faults, as labor unions lost power, wealth and political influence have grown ever more concentrated at the very top. The United States is becoming a plutocracy. The numbers can be startling, with Wall Street profits rising 720 percent between 2007 and 2009 even as unemployment rose 102 percent. Wealth distribution has become grotesquely unbalanced.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Walker's brazen attempt to break the unions and defund the Democratic Party has sparked mass demonstrations dwarfing tea party extravaganzas the press made so much of -- hardhats and university teaching assistants marching together for the first time in a generation. If President Obama's looking for a parade to get in front of, that would be the one.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Gene Lyons is a National Magazine Award winner and co-author of "The Hunting of the President" (St. Martin's Press, 2000). You can e-mail Lyons at eugenelyons2@yahoo.com.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Gene Lyons is a National Magazine Award winner and co-author of "The Hunting of the President" (St. Martin's Press, 2000).
You can e-mail Lyons at eugenelyons2@yahoo.com.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Wisconsin Republican’s Mistress Hired as State Employee


You might remember Sen. Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) as they guy whose wife and maid were going to sign the recall petition against him and who no longer lives at the home where he is registered. Well, it get’s worse. This guy’s mistress was hired from a right wing lobbyist firm and given a state employee’s job. You know, the jobs the senator just signed a budget bill over, killing collective bargaining. Maybe in Republican circles collective bargaining happens in bed. -clip-

If you've not read the post below, read that first. Then read this. Then pinch yourself. This is actually happening. You can't make stuff like this up

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Wisconsin GOP Family Values Senator Living With 25 Year Old Mistress

-Sen. Randy Hopper's Wife Tells Protesters Hopper Is Living with 25-year-old mistress in Madison-

Recall target, the silver-haired lothario, randy Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac), talks a good game about family values and is demonstrating his respect for the institution of marriage by hopping into the bed of a staffer and lobbyist young enough to be his daughter.

Protesters outside the Hopper house this week in Fond du Lac were met by his wife Alysia, who reportedly came out and told them: Hopper no longer lives there, but with his 25-year-old mistress, Valerie Cass, in Madison. Cass's position with the ironically named Persuasion Partners lobbying firm has ended as public attention drew to her extramarital, ethically scandalous, relationship with the sanctimonious Senator Hopper.

Hopper has been a close ally with Gov. Scott Walker whose billionaire Koch Brothers funded attacks on Wisconsin families is drawing international attention and widespread condemnation.

Update: Two sources in Fond du Lac close to the recall effort say the Hopper maid has signed the legal-sized recall sheet. The maid reportedly said it's likely Hopper's soon-to-be-ex wife will also sign the recall petition.

Update II: Blogging Blue reports the woman in question is a former state Senate committee staffer and lobbyist.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Republican Party -circa 1956- Those were the days


-- Dwight D. Eisenhower--
"Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of their right to join the union of their choice."

"Workers have a right to organize into unions and to bargain collectively with their employers. And a strong, free labor movement is an invigorating and necessary part of our industrial society."

"Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things, but their number is negligible and"--and the president says--"their number is negligible and they are stupid."

--This is the Republican Party circa 1956--
The 1956 Republican Party platform called for expansion of Social Security, broadened unemployment insurance, better health protection for all of our people. It called for voting rights--full voting civil rights for D.C. It called for expanding the minimum wage to cover more workers. It called for improved job safety for workers, equal pay for workers regardless of sex.

Monday, January 24, 2011

GOP's State of the Union Responder Would Set Higher Taxes on Middle-Class Than Millionaires

-Once again the Republican Party shows it true colors, millionaires before the masses, profits before People. And then they wonder why they have been in charge for 9 of the last 10 recessions, why job creation plummets when they are in charge, why the national debt explodes when they set the budget and why they have NEVER ONCE IN 70 YEARS matched the economic accomplishment of the Democratic Party-

by: Pat Garofalo
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) was announced today as the Republican who will be responding to President Obama’s State of the Union address next week. Ryan has gained a (largely unearned) reputation as a fiscal hawk due to his radical Roadmap for America’s Future, under which the U.S. budget will eventually be balanced (after federal debt surpasses 100 percent of GDP), mostly via privatizing Social Security and Medicare.
According to an analysis by Citizens for Tax Justice, the Roadmap would raise taxes on 90 percent of Americans, while dramatically lowering them for millionaires. In fact, a new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute found that Ryan’s plan would ultimately translate into middle-class tax rates being higher than those for millionaires:
– The Roadmap would lead to the wealthiest Americans paying a lower average tax rate than most Americans. Eliminating taxes on capital gains, dividends, and interest, as the Roadmap proposes, would overwhelmingly help taxpayers at the top of the income distribution, who receive most or all of their income from capital. For example, Wall Street financiers could shelter all of their income as tax-free stock options or carried interest.
– Middle-class families earning between $50,000 and $75,000 a year would see their average tax rate jump to 19.1% (from 17.7%) under this plan—an increase of $900 on average [...]
– Millionaires would see their average tax rate drop to 12.8%, less than half of what they would pay relative to current policy
As EPI’s Andrew Fieldhouse concluded, under the Roadmap, “a long tradition of progressive taxation would be abandoned; millionaires and Wall Street bankers would pay significantly lower tax rates than middle-class workers…Income inequality would soar.”
Next week, on the same day that Obama delivers his address and Ryan gives his response, House Republicans will vote to endow Ryan with “stunning and unprecedented” powers to set discretionary spending levels that are binding on the House. The levels that Ryan has laid out, if actually enacted, would result in significant reductions to vital and popular programs like Pell Grants, the FBI, and the National Institutes of Health. This week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) also called for “elements” of the Roadmap to be in the first GOP budget.
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Monday, January 17, 2011

7 Things We Should Know About the New RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus:

1) Priebus's law firm sought funds from President Obama's stimulus package.
2) Priebus's law firm says the recently passed health care bill is constitutional.
3) Priebus was implicated in caging/supression of minority voters.
4) Priebus has the backing of many of the Haley Barbour clan.
5) Priebus had close ties to former chairman Michael Steele, then stabbed him in the back.
6) Priebus mistakenly called for Obama’s execution, -three times-.
7) Remove all the vowels from his name and you get RNC PR BS


Friday, January 7, 2011

12 Straight Months of Job Growth

"As the Wall Street Journal noted in the last month of Bush’s term, the former president had the “worst track record for job creation since the government began keeping records.” And job creation under Bush was anemic long before the recession began. Bush’s supply-side economics “fostered the weakest jobs and income growth in more than six decades,” along with “sluggish business investment and weak gross domestic product growth,” the Center for American Progress’ Joshua Picker explained. “On every major measurement” of income and employment, “the country lost ground during Bush’s two terms,” the National Journal’s Ron Brownstein observed, parsing Census data."

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

JOB CREATION SOARS! -Obamanomics is reversing the 2nd worst economic downturn in history-

Private sector payrolls soared 297,000 in December, payroll processor ADP announced Wednesday.

The gain marks the 11th consecutive month of increases, and was much larger than economists had expected. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com were forecasting an increase of 100,000 jobs.

The increase in hiring was led by the services sector, with employers adding 270,000 jobs in December. That's the highest jump on record, ADP said.

That's a positive sign for the economy, with the government's highly-anticipated monthly unemployment report due Friday.