Nov 19, 2012

GOP: Enemy of the State

  SCUMBAG Report:  GOP told not to blow CIA's Benghazi cover...but they told FOX.   (when it comes to elections, ENDS justify MEANS!)

 Keith Olbermann Fan Page...

Republicans were asked by the CIA to be mum on the attack in Benghazi, b/c they were eavesdropping and didn't want the terrorists to know, they were onto them. The rest is history....
 Benghazi Situation is now clear: Republicans attack on Obama breached U.S. security!

  Mother Jones:  And John McCain, end your career as a war hero and a STATESMAN, not this petty bitter crap against Obama who beat you in an election!
 
Lets face it, Republicans need to be run out of Washington in 2014 for their lyin ways!
 

The Right-Wing Attack on the Constitution

Illinois hate group funds NRA camp for childrenFor a group that prides itself on its reverence for the Constitution, the Tea Party sure has a lot of proposed changes to the Constitution. In particular, Tea Party members seem to want to repeal amendments 14, 16 and 17  to the Constitution and to add a few more, for good measure.

What kind of “Constitutionalist” party is this? It seems like Tea Party types would rather scrap the whole thing than put the Constitution up on a pedestal. How can a movement say that it wants it government to be “based on the Constitution” when it also wants the Constitution to be changed so fundamentally?

Here is a list of Amendments Tea Party members and conservative Republicans want revised or repealed along with some of the key persons leading the war on these particular Amendments.
14th Amendment
  • Jeff Landry: revise
  • Mike Lee: Repeal
  • Rand Paul: Repeal
Passed in 1866, the portion of the 14th Amendment that has drawn conservative ire is the Citizenship Clause, which defines citizenship as extending to all those who are born in the United States, regardless of the immigration status of the parents.  Additionally, Rand Paul wishes to repeal the 14th amendment because it interferes with a private business’s right to ban black people from its premises, and also because it allows anyone born here in America to be American.
16th Amendment
  • Sharron Angle
  • Paul Broun
  • Jeff Landry
All three wants to repeal the 16th amendment. Ratified by Congress in 1913, the 16th Amendment allows the federal government to tax the income of American citizens directly.
17th Amendment
  • Paul Broun
  • Ken Buck
  • Jeff Landry
  • Mike Lee
  • Joe Miller
  • Rick Perry
  • Lee Southerland
All want to eliminate the 17th Amendment, although after Democrats made their positions an issue Buck and Southerland reversed themselves (at least publicly…..).The 17th amendment, of course, permits the direct election by the voters of U.S. Senators.  Before the 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913, state legislatures, not the voters, appointed the senators from a given state.
There have been additional pushes to restrict or remove the 19th Amendment which gives women the right to vote and the 21st Amendment which would in effect reinstate prohibition.  (The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which instituted prohibition.)
Several leading Tea Party members and other conservatives have also been pushing for deeper measures to include:
  • A Repeal Amendment which would grant Congress the right to overturn Supreme Court opinions with a two-thirds vote
  • A  States’ Rights Amendment which would amend the Constitution so that a 2/3 vote of the states could overturn any federal law passed by the Congress and signed by the President.
  • To abolish lifetime tenure for federal judges by amending Article III, Section I of the Constitution.
  • A federal  Constitutional Amendment  defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
  • A  Balanced Budget Amendment.
  • A National Debt Relief Amendment, which once ratified would prohibit Congress from increasing the federal debt unless a majority of the states approve.
  • An Anti-Abortion Amendment.
And if all this is not enough, there is also a push to repeal Congress’ power to spend money.  Remember, the Constitution gives Congress power to “provide for the common defense and general welfare,” which grants Congress the authority to create federal spending programs such as Social Security.

They also want to Change Article V of the Constitution which outlines how to add amendments to the Constitution.

And last but not least, there is talk of Anti-Sharia  Constitutional Amendments being discussed in the near future.
For the Tea Party along with the ultra-conservative lunatic fringe elements in the GOP to boast that they are Pro-Constitutional certainly seems a joke in this context.

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Trying to talk sense into Republicans...

Chorus of Warnings Grow: 'Say No to US Austerity'

As politicians debate "fiscal cliff" economist say policy mistakes would harm most vulnerable and enormously damage fragile recovery

- Common Dreams staff
As President Obama and Washington lawmakers embarked on fiscal negotiations to address federal budget concerns and the impacts of a stubborn economic recovery, nearly 350 prominent economists, under the banner "Jobs, Not Austerity," issued a statement warning that the "obsessive concern with cutting deficits that has infected both parties” is a serious threat to making sound economic policy decisions in Washington.

The signatories to the statement—hailing from universities and research groups across the country and the world—joined a growing chorus of others who are eager to convince US politicians that "austerity-style" policies—like the ones which have decimated the European economy in recent years—are the exact opposite of what sound economics would prescribe. The US economy in the post-election period is still “marked by mass unemployment, rising poverty, and declining wages,” said the group and warned that big spending cuts aimed at reducing deficits could throw the economy back into recession.

"Too many in Washington are fixated on cutting public spending to balance the budget, not on how to put people back to work and get our economy going," read the statement. "There is no theory of economics that explains how we can deflate our way to recovery."

"Voters in this election told politicians exactly what these economists are saying," said the Campaign for America's Future's Robert Borosage, one of the authors of the statement. "Getting the economy growing and creating jobs is far more important than cutting deficits in this still-weak recovery," he said.

In a series of policy proposals that buttress such arguments, the Economic Policy Institute on Friday released a new report titled 'Investing in America’s Economy: A Budget Blueprint for Economic Recovery', a budget plan the group says prioritizes economic recovery while also putting the country on a sustainable budget path over the long term.

“This proposal demonstrates that addressing the fiscal cliff can and should be done by boosting job growth; plans that would take a different approach by cutting benefits or engaging in austere spending reductions would have a negative effect on our recovery,” said EPI's Rebecca Thiess.
Robert Pollin, University of Massachusetts economist and co-director of Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), in comments accompanying the economists' joint statement, said, "Austerity is exactly what we do not need now.” Such an agenda, he said, would likely reverse even the "modest gains" the economy has made since the onset of the Great Recession in 2009.
In Washington, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is leading the charge among lawmakers to ensure that key social programs are protected against the austerity-minded arguments of 'deficit hawks,' including CEO's of major US corporations and those calling for a "Grand Bargain" that would see drastic cuts in social programs in exchange for modest revenue increases. On Thursday, Sanders led a press conference with other progressive members of Congress who vowed to protect Social Security, food stamp programs, Medicare, and Medicaid.

"We're going to send a loud message to the leadership in the House, in the Senate and President Obama. Do not cut Social Security, do not cut Medicare, do not cut Medicaid," Sanders said. "Deficit reduction is a serious issue but it must be done in a way that is fair. We must not balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the sick, the children or the poor."

Citing the results from last week's national elections said last week’s election, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said the American people spoke very clearly about the two very different visions being offered for the economy. "When it comes to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, the American people told us to protect and strengthen these programs, not cut them,” Harkin said. who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. “In the coming weeks and months as the Senate works to create jobs, strengthen the economy, and reduce the deficit and debt, we will stand firm against any misguided effort to cut these programs that undergird the middle class.”

In his Friday column at the New York Times, economist Paul Krugman was incredulous about austerity proposals like raising the eligibility age for either Social Security or Medicare. Doing so, he said, "would be destructive, making Americans’ lives worse without contributing in any significant way to deficit reduction."

Krugman was particularly angered by Democrats who might be considering such proposals and said they "need to ask themselves what on earth they think they’re doing."
In terms of alternative and progressive economic solutions—and in addition to simply stopping the negative impact of unnecessary and harmful cuts to key social programs—the EPI plan announced Friday included following five guiding principles:
  1. Create jobs now. The main obstacle to economic growth continues to be a huge shortfall in aggregate demand. This shortfall is driven by insufficient spending by households and businesses, spending that pulled back in the aftermath of a housing bubble that wiped out trillions of dollars in household wealth and froze residential and commercial construction. Therefore, boosting aggregate demand with deficit-financed fiscal stimulus remains the most effective policy lever for addressing the jobs crisis. Long-run fiscal sustainability is more difficult to achieve when a long-term jobs crisis has caused people to defer or forgo educational attainment, poverty and malnutrition to rise, human capital to atrophy, business to refrain from investing and physical stock to depreciate from disuse.
  2. Let the Bush tax cuts expire. The Bush tax cuts have already added more than $3 trillion to the national debt and will add another $4.3 trillion over the next decade, if extended. They should fully expire on schedule, and to alleviate the impact of their expiration on lower- and middle-income households, refundable tax credits should be consolidated and expanded. Specifically, a work credit and a family tax credit should replace the personal exemption, standard deduction, and Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
  3. Preserve and strengthen the social safety net. Benefits should not be reduced. Instead, the safety net on which millions of Americans rely should be strengthened by expanding unemployment compensation, eliminating the payroll tax cap to solidify Social Security’s finances, and attaining long-run efficiency savings and cost containment in the provision of health care.
  4. Return fairness and progressivity to the tax code. Taxing wealth the same as ordinary income, reinstating more progressive estate tax parameters, adding new tax brackets on taxable income over $2 million and enacting a net wealth tax would reverse the weakening of the progressivity of the tax code that has occurred over the past few decades.
  5. Tax goods and services that have significant social costs. Pricing carbon emissions, taxing financial transactions and leverage, and levying taxes on products that pose public health risks would compel businesses to internalize costs that would otherwise spill over to society.
“This plan is gimmick-free,” Pollack said. “We don’t shift costs onto middle-class households or the elderly and disabled, and we don’t produce savings by cutting vital investments in the nation’s infrastructure, education or innovative capacity. We achieve fiscal sustainability by investing in future generations and ensuring that the highest-income households—who have benefited most from economic growth over the last few decades—pay a little more to help contribute to our continued prosperity.”

Public support is also on the side of these anti-austerity voices with poll after poll showing unquestionable support for the safety net programs and bi-partisan support for raising taxes on the nation's wealthiest. More than 130,000 Americans have signed on to a petition opposing cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The petition is on Sanders’ Senate website and also online at the Social Security Works website and MoveOn.org.
Here's Bernie Sanders in a recent appearance on MSNBC's The Ed Show, saying the American people overwhelmingly, and regardless of party affiliation, support progressive economic solutions:


Read the full Economic Policy Institute's report here.
The complete text of the letter from the "Jobs Not Austerity"

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Rush:  Mea Culpa!  (Latin for 'my fault')

Radio host, and alleged defacto leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh was in rare candid form during the Monday Nov. 12 broadcast of his radio program The Rush Limbaugh Show where he reveled in his prediction of being blamed for the embarrassing GOP loss on election night.

Limbaugh began his segment stating the following:
Just as I predicted, ladies and gentlemen -- wait 'til you hear the sound bites -- this election was lost because of your host, Rush Limbaugh. I am the primary reason.
There are others, but I'm the primary reason the Republican Party lost. And I am, by the way, the primary reason the Republican Party will keep losing, until I am denounced by the Republican Party.
Rush was responding to criticism in a Politico.com article which resurrected a months old quote by Limbaugh that said the following:
If Obama wins, the Republican Party is going to try to maneuver so Conservatives get blamed.
And as it happens Limbaugh was partly correct, but his was hardly a premonition. It's like he threw gasoline on a building and then said, "I'll be blamed for burning this down."

Talking heads like moderate conservative Joe Scarborough have come forward to blame conservative media, with Limbaugh being at the top of the list. That is not all, however. Louisiana Governor and GOP favorite, Bobby Jindal, also came out assaulting the GOP's philosophies stating that Republicans should stop being "the stupid party."

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Fox News Screwed the Pooch  (or the sheep)


Since the election is over it's OK for me to finally let the cat out of the bag. Roger Ailes (head of FOX News) used to work at MSNBC and went from there to FOX News in a elaborate disinformation (or Black Propaganda as it was known in the Obama WH) scheme to create elaborate acts of deception and false statements to convince the gullible GOP of many untruths. It was designed to manipulate the FOX/GOP audience by either discrediting conflicting information or supporting false conclusions to lull them into a sense of complacency and ignorance.

Meanwhile, the demographics and opinions of the American Public were changing and all the while the GOP were oblivious to the transformation. Sleeper agents O'Reilly, college drop-outs Beck and Hannity and former Pillsbury dough-boy Cavuto all masqueraded as conservative intellectuals, steering the lemmings off the 2012 POTUS election cliff. 

Now, that it's over and was successful beyond all expectations, it's OK to lift the lid of secrecy and let you know just how much FOX News has caused so many people to be out of the loop of reality.
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Downsizing the American Dream
Destroying good paying American Jobs.

All of the blame of unions by Hostess and the right wing media is a bunch of malarkey designed to further the conservative agenda of destroying organized labor. The reality is that by closing the company, the investment bankers that run Hostess can suck even more profit out of an already twice bankrupted company. The door is open for someone to buy the company, and relocate it to a right to work state.

According to Fortune, this is how Hostess emerged from bankruptcy in 2009, “Hostess was able to exit bankruptcy in 2009 for three reasons. The first was Ripplewood’s equity infusion of $130 million in return for control of the company (it currently owns about two-thirds of the equity). The second reason: substantial concessions by the two big unions. Annual labor cost savings to the company were about $110 million; thousands of union members lost their jobs. The third reason: Lenders agreed to stay in the game rather than drive Hostess into liquidation and take whatever pieces were left. The key lenders were Silver Point and Monarch. Both are hedge funds that specialize in investing in distressed companies — whether you call them saviors or vultures depends on whether you’re getting fed or getting eaten.”

Hostess was a distressed company that was taken over by Bain style management that had one eye on closing the company the whole time. Hostess had already stopped contributing to employee pensions, was swimming in debt, and demanded that workers take an additional 27%-32% pay cut.

The vulture capitalists don’t care that 18,500 people just lost their jobs. Like Mitt Romney, to the job killers running Hostess profit is king. The Hostess brand will resurface. It is likely to come back in a Southern red state with a labor force earning a bit above minimum wage and no benefits. The Twinkie will be back, but those 18,500 decently paying jobs with benefits will never return.


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 Global Warming Predictions--biggest story of the century so far!

World Bank: "4°C Warming Simply Must Not Be Allowed To Occur"


 
The noted tree-hugging hippies at the World Bank have a new report out warning of the dangers of 4 degrees Celsius—or 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit—of global warming.
In an introduction, World Bank president Dr. Jim Yong Kim writes that he hopes the report "shocks us into action." The impacts of 4-degree warming cited in the report include:

  • By the end of the century, sea-levels will rise by one meter or more as the ice sheets in Greenland and the West Antarctic.
  • Drought and extreme temperatures will increase in areas like Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Australia, and Southeast Asia.
  • Ocean acidity will increase 150 percent.
  • Agricultural production will decrease in many areas.
  • Water resources will be strained.
  • Major ecosystems like coral reefs and the Amazon rainforest will be destroyed.
Of course an average of 4 degrees warming across the globe doesn't look the same everywhere. Some areas are wetter. Some are drier. Some will actually be 6 degrees warmer. Some get cyclones. Some get floods. All together, the report finds that it will be very bad, particular for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

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