So why won’t the GOP? Excerpt:
To understand how dangerously extreme the Republican Party has become on climate change, compare its stance to that of ExxonMobil. No one would confuse the oil and gas giant with the Sierra Club. But if you visit Exxon’s website, you will find that the company believes climate change is real, that governments should take action to combat it and that the most sensible action would be a revenue-neutral tax on carbon — in other words, a tax on oil, gas and coal, with the proceeds returned to taxpayers for them to spend as they choose.
Rand Paul Challenges Bernie Sanders To Hour-Long Debate On Socialism vs. Capitalism
It has been theorized that Democratic National Committee rules may prevent Sanders from debating Paul in an officially-sanctioned event, but on the other hand, the fact that Paul and Sanders are both U.S. senators who would ordinarily debate each other under the course of their typical duties may limit the DNC’s ability to block the two from participating in a joint town hall.I remain a Bernie supporter, and will support his decision either way, but it WOULD be an interesting debate... Personally, I think Bernie would crush the little turd hanging off Ron Paul's asshole (if that's too crass or obscure, I mean Rand), and do serious damage to the whole "socialism is bad" meme hanging over us since the end of WWII. I certainly wouldn't buy an argument that Bernie is "afraid" to debate the "doctor". (He's not a doctor.) But, I'd accept a conclusion by his campaign that he CAN'T debate him because of DNC rules. I"d also accept a conclusion by his campaign that not only does he have a right to debate him, he'd mop the floor with this sorry-assed excuse for a Senator. So we will see.
Yesterday's word of the day was "kakistocracy".
noun, plural kakistocracies. 1. government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.Used in a sentence: "The last years of the Bush Presidency were a kakistocracy of GOP control of the WH and congress." Losing 800,000 jobs/month and the world economy almost crashed due to GOP policies. Imagine that? Oh, you don't have to. It happened that way. While the GOP held power in the US, and RW fucktwits like Tony B(liar) were pushing wars on which we could spend our blood and treasure.
Yeah, I know. Politicians lie. But how voters overlook the hypocrisy of Republicans continues to astound me.
Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa who delivered the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, called in her address for cuts in government spending and described how her views grew out of her own “simple” upbringing, one in which her family diligently watched ever scarce penny, to the point where she owned only one pair of shoes. But an investigation of public records by the Washington D.C.-based District Sentinel online news site showed that between 1995 and 2009, Ernst’s family received nearly a half-million dollars in government handouts, payments targeted toward subsidizing farms with taxpayer funds.
Republicans, of course, do not want to do important things and certainly not do them well. They know they can but why would they? Their entire ideology is based of handing everything over to the rich, so instead of doing the people’s work, they sabotage the government. In other words: Break the government, complain the government is broken and then push to privatize all the stuff you broke in the first place so the rich can get even richer while delivering worse service.This is the ONLY message we need to get out to voters. Make them internalize it. Make them understand it. If you vote in a way that allows a Republican to hold office, you're voting against yourself, your country, your children's future ... Mom and apple pie. You're a traitor to yourself if not your country. Read the rest.
She may have had a better handle on what to do on healthcare, but she's a neocon. Elizabeth Warren, who I'd support, has made it crystal-clear that she's not running. This basically leaves me at choosing Biden or whatever truly horrendous right wing extremist fuck-stick the GOP allows the crazed baggers to nominate. Or maybe someone can beat Biden in a primary. I don't claim to know, but historically VPs have succeeded POTUS's. Who should I vote for in the general election? The Green candidate, who (if they get enough votes) will get the truly horrendous right wing extremist fuck-stick the GOP allows the crazed baggers candidate elected? The Libertarian candidate (don't insult my intelligence)? Maybe I should protest the complete failure of the American political system by writing in Goofy or Minnie Mouse, which would result in the election of the truly horrendous right wing extremist fuck-stick the GOP allows the crazed baggers to be nominated. I agree we're trapped by our system. I don't agree letting the truly horrendous right wing extremist fuck-stick the GOP allows the crazed baggers candidate GETS INTO THE WHITE HOUSE and then runs the world into the ground to teach the world a lesson about electing truly horrendous right wing extremist fuck-stick the GOP allowing the crazed baggers is the best outcome. We NEED government. Do you want to drive anywhere? You need government. Do you want your bank to treat you fairly? You need government. Continue reading "I REALLY Hope Hillary Decides Not To Run"
Says President Barack Obama "spent nearly a trillion dollars on make-work government jobs."
Apex predators are (almost?) always the smartest animals in their ecological niche. Yeah, I know baleen whales can be smart, but toothed whales are smarter. Chimpanzees actually wage wars against "enemy" chimpanzee tribes. Human beings are (arguably) the smartest apex predators on the planet, so we're "wired" to be libertarians; winner-take-all pricks who truly don't care about their fellow man. "As long as I've got mine/more than you..." So it's no wonder that the selfish pricks have taken over the world. Again. Not for the first time. The only question is, when do the rest of us start killing them, again, like in the French Revolution? I don't want cake crumbs, I want my neighbor to be able to keep his house! It's an age-old battle that will be fought many times before the sun eventually burns out. All of which is cover for posting this link, which I have not yet read to the end. I just want to save it and read it tomorrow. A Congress Of the Wealthy, By the Wealthy, and For the Wealthy Here's how it starts:
When the President of the United States delivers his State of the Union message next week, he’ll be speaking to the wealthiest Congress in history. What does it mean for a representative democracy when most of its representatives are insulated from the real-world economic experiences of its citizens? A new report from Open Secrets shows that, for the first time, the average member of Congress is worth more than $1 million. It’s hard to say how much more, because the House has adopted the Senate’s less stringent financial reporting requirements, but most representatives are, as they used to say back home, “pretty well fixed.” More than half of them are worth more than $1 million, according to Open Secrets. Some members of Congress aren’t wealthy, of course. But if the President sticks with his recent theme of inequality next week, he’ll be doing it in front of an audience that has disproportionately benefited from the very phenomenon he’ll be describing. Some reports say that the president may ask for an extension of unemployment benefits, too. If so, he’ll be proposing it to a room full of people who are unlikely to ever feel unemployment’s anguish and terror themselves.Red state GOP voters and ESPECIALLY teabaggers are stupid. Really. Just stupid. Baleen whale stupid. I mean, "leave me alone, I want to stand here and pound my head against this brick wall a while longer" stupid. I don't even want to talk to them, any more. A poor person paying income tax at a 20-25% rate, even up to 39%(?) defending rich fuckers paying 15% (translates to 7-9% when you have a good accountant, see "Mitt Romney won't release his tax returns because his rich buddies would turn on him for revealing their scam" for details) is beyond my ability to understand. When people say "I don't understand economics" I think "yeah, but I bet you know that the fundamental rule of economics is 'supply and demand', don't you?" Put all of the money into a few hands, and there's no demand. No demand means no need for supply. No need for supply and the jobs dry up. Sometimes I just want to punch people for being so willfully stupid (not willfully ignorant, willfully stupid).
...and Ted Cruz is definitely nuts. Rafael Cruz, Father Of Ted Cruz, Wants "Great Transfer Of Wealth" Into Hands Of Evangelicals Like Himself
The father of right wing Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the most visible leader of the now-ended government shutdown, is seen in recently uncovered videos calling for America to be ruled by “kings” who will take money from anyone who is not an evangelical Christian and deliver it into the hands of fundamentalist preachers and their acolytes. Megachurch preacher Larry Huch suggested that Rafael Cruz’s own son, Ted, is one of those “kings.” And in fact, at a ceremony this past July Ted Cruz was “anointed” by a group of fundamentalist preachers in a special blessing ceremony. ::snip:: The difference is that in Cruz’s scheme, the transfer will occur through a war against “the wicked” led by Christian preachers who will take the wealth from nonbelievers.Grab some popcorn, and compare and contrast to: GOP civil war! Poll shows Tea Party disdains religious right
Remember when Evangelicals were the staple of the Republican coalition? Turn them out and you could win any national election. Well, they are fast becoming the fringe of the GOP, based on recently released research from focus groups conducted by Stan Greenberg, James Carville and Erica Seifert for Democracy Corps. The GOP is now roughly split into three factions: one-third Evangelical, one-quarter Tea Party and one-quarter moderates. These focus groups, which were purposely assembled homogeneously to encourage participation, were chosen because they comprise the base of the Republican Party.Now, no one who knows me, or has read anything that I've written, is going to think I'd be dismayed if the fundie-nutbag brigade, the bug-fuck nuts teabaggers, AND the GOP went away. I mean, I honestly believe that opposing points of view in government is a good thing. Just not when one of those points of view either; A) believes it's representing God and if you disagree you shouldn't be compromised with, or; B) believes it's "right", and therefore "compromise" is a dirty word. But in these two seemingly conflicted stories, one sentence stands out: "Turn them out and you could win any national election." With the GOP its all about power. They simply refuse to accept that their ideas are unpopular and they lose elections. Clinton was impeached over a blowjob. Obama's been opposed in EVERYTHING he's tried to do, in the form of more filibusters than ever before in history, and 42 fucking votes to abolish or defund Obamacare. The GOP are wrong about everything, but I don't understand why anyone would want to replace them with petulant children (teabaggers) who hold their breath when they don't get their way. We will continue to have a 2-party system. How's about we find a way to make that second party center-left of the Democrats, for a change?