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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Fri Nov 04th 2011, 09:52 PM
Tomorrow, 2012 GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is slated to give a “major spending policy speech” at Americans For Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Summit. Both the conference and AFP itself are funded by money from the billionaire Koch brothers.Romney has, of late, been trying to claim the economic plan he put forth is meant to aid the middle-class, not those in the Koch brothers’ tax bracket. “I want to focus on where the people are hurting the most, and that’s the middle class. I’m not worried about rich people. They are doing just fine,” Romney said at a GOP debate last month. Yesterday, he even tried to claim “I’m proposing no tax cuts for the rich.”

Leaving aside that Romney intends to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, he has proposed a huge giveaway to the very rich by suggesting the complete elimination of the estate tax. Only the very richest households in the country ever have to pay the estate tax, since, right now, an estate must be worth more than $5 million (or $10 million for a couple) to pay any estate tax at all.Currently, more than half of the estate tax is paid by the richest 0.1 percent of households. And according to a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation, the Koch brothers heirs’ would save a combined $17.4 billion in estate taxes thanks to Romney’s plan.
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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Fri Sep 30th 2011, 07:01 PM
The Tea Party Republicans must go. If we hit our fundraising goal of $1.5 Million in grassroots gifts by Midnight Tonight, we’ll have the resources necessary to win in 2012.

If we don’t, it could be two more years of reckless obstruction and radical plans to end Medicare while protecting billionaires and big oil.

With just hours left, we have $6,209 left to go before Midnight Tonight's FEC deadline: Contribute $20 or more right now to defeat Tea Party Republicans and House Democrats will triple-match your gift!

Let’s end the Republicans' game-playing and return the House to a Democratic Majority.

Please give before Midnight Tonight >>

Nancy Pelosi

P.S. We must receive your gift by Midnight Tonight in order to qualify for the Triple Match: Will you contribute right now?
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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Thu Sep 22nd 2011, 09:58 PM

she only has 183 followers, lets give her some love.
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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Wed Sep 07th 2011, 07:29 PM
being pushed to ground and handcuffed by police

“I hope he took his blood pressure medication today,” said Republican Rep. Paul Ryan as a 71 year-old man as the man was being pushed to the ground and handcuffed by police officers during Ryan’s recent “pay to play” town hall meeting. The man’s crime? He dared to speak his mind in opposition to Rep. Ryan’s shameful attacks on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

typical Any Randian puke, what's worse the poor man probably had to pay the $15 to get in
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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Wed Aug 03rd 2011, 09:24 AM
Medicare cuts are "on the radar" in the second phase of Congress' new debt deal. The agreement reached this week already includes the possibility of a two percent cut to Medicare reimbursements, but the "super-committee" that will convene to come up with $1.5 trillion in more cuts will probably be looking at least partially toward medical spending. This is in addition to the cuts that are set to befall Medicare reimbursement starting in a couple months. Many op-ed columnists are calling these attacks on entitlement spending a victory for Tea Partiers, whose beef with big government has shaped politics for several years now. What those columns fail to consider, however, is how many Tea Partiers rely on the very programs they've forced to the chopping block.

In preparing for the coming months of massive budget cuts, one should note that, in April 2010, a CBS/New York Times poll found 44 percent of Tea Party supporters were either receiving Medicare themselves or had a family member receiving Medicare. When it came to Social Security, that percentage was even higher (48 percent). Exactly one year later, in April of this year, it came as no surprise that 70 percent of tea party supporters said they were against Medicare cuts. They're also against Social Security cuts by a two-to-one margin. It makes sense: Would you want to slash programs from which you were benefiting so greatly?
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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Sun Jul 31st 2011, 05:39 PM
she wants no deal.

I feel like punching her
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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Sun Jul 31st 2011, 03:53 PM
RT @NewsHoundEllen: Sen. Barasso just said on Fox, this is really Round 1 in a 15-round fight on entitlements & spending
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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Tue Jul 12th 2011, 02:56 PM
- Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday cut Ireland's credit rating to junk status, saying the country will likely need further official financing before it can return to international capital markets.

Chances that European policy makers will force the private sector to share the burden of future bailouts also weighed on Moody's decision, as the agency believes that decision would drive borrowing costs higher for weaker euro zone members.

"The prospect of any form of private sector participation in debt relief is negative for holders of distressed sovereign debt. This is a key factor in Moody's ongoing assessment of debt-burdened euro area sovereigns," the ratings agency said in a statement.

Moody's cut Ireland's ratings by one notch to Ba1 from Baa3 and kept a negative outlook on the rating, which means further downgrades are likely in the next 12 to 18 months.
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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Tue Jul 12th 2011, 09:57 AM

"Reconstituting the Submerged State: The Challenges of Social Policy Reform in the Obama Era," a paper by Cornell's Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions Suzanne Mettler features this remarkable chart showing that about half of American social program beneficiaries believe that they "have not used a government social program." It's the "Keep your government hands off my Medicare" phenomena writ large: a society of people who subsist on mutual aid and redistributive policies who've been conned (and conned themselves) into thinking that they are rugged individualists and that everyone else is a parasite.
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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Mon Jul 11th 2011, 04:40 PM
2011, the year that Republicans point their guns at the media. First came Maine state Rep. Frederick Ladd Wintle (R) who threatened to shoot a photographer in a Dunkin Donuts Parking Lot. Now comes Arizona state Sen. Lori Klein (R). While showing off her “raspberry-pink handgun,” she “aimed it at a journalist” who was interviewing her about her pro-gun positions just outside the Senate chambers. The gun, a .380 Rugor, was loaded, and Klein did not have the safety on. Klein, however, told the reporter not to worry because “I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger.”
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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Wed Jun 15th 2011, 12:05 PM
Bernie will be on the radio with @WeGotEd today at 1:30pmET.
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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Mon Jun 13th 2011, 01:51 PM

Rep. Anthony Weiner has been having a pretty shitty month (deserved or not). Amid calls to resign, seeking treatment for his "issues," and being generally condemned by the New York City population, he's now been busted for driving around in an unregistered car! Some sharp-eyed individual was able to catch that the July 2007 registration sticker on Weiner's Nissan Pathfinder had expired, note that there was no visible inspection sticker -- and checked with the DMV, who confirmed that the license plate, which had actually been issued to another of Weiner's cars, had expired in 2006.
While the Daily News takes this fact and runs with it -- "Lying about sexting apparently isn't Rep. Anthony Weiner's only gray area" -- we are loath to equate the two misdeeds. Still, it's not good. Weiner -- man. We're just shaking our heads, here.

when it rain it pours, why wouldn't he just register his car?
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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Thu May 19th 2011, 06:55 PM

Several Congressional Republicans, including Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), have posited that failing to raise the debt ceiling — and thus forcing the U.S. to default on some of its obligations — would not be bad for the economy. “I don’t think it’s going to have an adverse impact on the economy for the days or weeks or perhaps even months that this would continue,” Toomey said.These “default deniers” don’t believe that failing to raise the debt ceiling would have the negative consequences that most economic analysts say it will. Radio shock-jock Rush Limbaugh even said yesterday that failing to raise the debt ceiling will improve the nation’s creditworthiness.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), though, believes that default would cause a “crisis.” But, as he told Politico, he actively wants it to happen anyway:
Nunes says the debt cap must be raised at some point but not necessarily before the point of default.

“By defaulting on the debt, in the short and long term, it could benefit us to go through a period of crisis that forces politicians to make decisions” on major policies that affect the budget, he told POLITICO.

The GOP has been playing chicken with the debt ceiling for months, but Nunes is now advocating outright default and all of the consequences such a default would bring. As Princeton Professor Alan Blinder noted in the Wall Street Journal this morning, the U.S. defaulting on its obligations could eventually “reignite the world financial crisis”: /

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Posted by sasha031 in General Discussion
Sun May 15th 2011, 07:38 PM
House Speaker John Boehner shed tears (again) while giving the commencement speech at Catholic University in Washington.

Boehner addressed more than 1,500 students getting bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees during Saturday's commencement.

Some controversy preceded the Republican leader's appearance. A group of 80 Catholic University faculty signed a letter protesting Rep. Boehner's appearance earlier this week, criticizing his voting record on anti-poverty legislation.
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