Over the years, I’ve been called a liberal as if it’s an insult. I’ve also been called a libtard, a Dumbocrat, a hippie, a socialist, a tree-hugger, a bleeding heart, a gay-lover, etc. And I’ve embraced each one. All these were directed at me from people on the right.
Now I find out that I’m an Obamabot. That’s someone who defends the current President of the United States, OUR president of OUR country. But this time, it comes from the left.
I embrace that word, too. But let’s examine what this “mean-spirited” insult actually means.
An Obamabot is someone who may disagree with some of the decisions our president has made, but at the same time, knows and understands why they were made. And we support him for them.
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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.
When You Dedicate Your Life To Placing Bombs On Planes Filled With Innocent Men, Women, and Children
you should not be surprized when we fly an un-manned aircraft filled with explosives through your windshield.
When a mass murderer hides in a foreign country, cowers behind women and children, and continues to threaten, plot, incite, and murder innocents, that person is a grave risk to the security of the United States of America, the world community and an affront to all that is good and decent.
When a person hides behind the law to wage endless mass murder and ceaseless destruction of life and property that person has declared war on the United States. This mass murderer and those that perished with him did not care how many hundreds or thousands had to suffer and die to fulfill his wish of martyrdom. We obliged his death wish and spared thousands the torment that was his twisted vision of paradise on Earth. It is a far better place without him.
Let his name never be repeated. May his ashes drift with the wind in desolate lands and may God have mercy on his soul.
Pay up 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
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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 at the end of 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.
John Boehner is saying he got 98% of what he wanted 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.
WHY DO REPUBLICAN ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES EXPAND THE NATIONAL DEBT?
-The answer is simple mathematics. Reduced revenue + increased spending ='s increased debt-
The two biggest promises of "Trickle Down Economics" are it's greatest failings. Proponents of "Trickle Down Economics” claim that tax cuts, skewed to the rich, will create jobs and increase tax revenues. The graph above disproves the latter claim. Job creation plummets under "Trickle Down Economics (see http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/job... )and nine of the last ten recessions have occurred under Republican leadership (see http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/his... ).
Two things are certain to grow when a Republican is in the White House, unemployment and the National Debt.
THE LAST 3 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS HAVE ACCOUNTED FOR NEARLY 100% OF OUR INCREASE IN THE NATIONAL DEBT SINCE 1981
Every President, from Truman to Carter, steadily paid down the staggering debt that was run up in our fight against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. That pattern came to a screeching halt with Reagan/Bush and Bush. Clinton’s fiscal policy was a brief respite during this orgy of deficit spending.
Clinton balanced 5 budgets, which is 5 times as many balanced budgets as the last 5 Republican presidents combined.
President Obama, like President Clinton, inherited a sea of red ink and a recession from his predecessor. He, like President Clinton, recognizes the importance of getting America back to work and then getting our fiscal house in order.
Let us heed President Obama's call for temperance. Let us also stand up and condemn any crazy talk that comes from our end of the political spectrum, regardless of how it may pale by comparison and volume.
But let us also be aware of of the following list of over 116 crimes, wildly inflammatory statements and calls for violence.
The Insurrection Time Line:
Riots broke out in every major city after the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968, save one, Indianapolis, Indiana. For it was there that Robert F. Kennedy climbed atop the tailgate of a pickup truck on a darkened neighborhood street and delivered a speech that will last for the ages. Here are but parts of that speech that we might reflect upon today.
“In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it's perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. “We have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond these rather difficult times.
Aeschylus once wrote:
Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
until, in our own despair,
against our will,
through the awful grace of God.
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but love, wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country.
So I ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love, a prayer for understanding and compassion.
We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; and it's not the end of disorder.
But the vast majority of people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land.
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.”
Two months after speaking these words, Robert F. Kennedy lay bleeding on a hotel floor in California. Juan Romero, a busboy, knelt next to the stricken Senator and pressing rosary beads into Kennedy's hands heard him say "Is everybody all right?" Forty two and a half years later, it seems the answer to that question is, “Not yet.”
or maybe not, because if you actually look at it, it does not fit the narative being hawked by many on this board.
The actual record sucks for Republicans and those that do their bidding, both those that do it knowingly and those that do it unwittingly.
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By the end of FDR's second year in office in 1934, he began to turn the corner on the LONG road back to recovery:
Congress authorizes creation of the Federal Communications
Commission, the National Mediation Board and the Securities
and Exchange Commission. (More)
Congress passes the Securities and Exchange Act and the Trade
Agreement Act. (More)
The economy turns around: GNP rises 7.7 percent, and
unemployment falls to 21.7 percent. A long road to recovery
Sweden becomes the first nation to recover fully from the
Great Depression. It has followed a policy of Keynesian
deficit spending. (More)
The Supreme Court declares the National Recovery
Administration to be unconstitutional.
Congress authorizes creation of the Works Progress
Administration, the National Labor Relations Board and the
Rural Electrification Administration. (More)
Congress passes the Banking Act of 1935, the Emergency Relief
Appropriation Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the
Social Security Act. (More)
Economic recovery continues: the GNP grows another 8.1
percent, and unemployment falls to 20.1 percent.
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The key differance here is that President Obama took office
as the economy was teetering on the edge of economic
depression, FDR inherited the historic standard of economic
failure. With a little historical perspective it becomes
clear that President Obama has mirrored the economic
accomplishments of President Roosevelt as far as these
differing scenarios allow for comparison.
FDR had critics on the right and on the left, and his
administration like President Obama's was not perfect, but
then nothing touched by human hands ever is. The key
sentence in the above timeline and link is under 1934,
"A long road to recovery begins." And the adjective
"long," is the key word in that key sentence.
If we want to avoid the drawn-out, agonizing pain of economic
recovery we have to quit electing the people, whose economic policies have been in
place when 9 of the last 10 recessions began: Republicans.
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Republicans Set To Kill Middle Class Hostage In Their Quest To Preserve +$100,00.00 Give-A-Ways To Millionaires
As the George W. Bush tax give-a-ways to the rich are set to expire there are two proposals on the table. Republicans are unwilling to allow President Obama to give tax relief to working class people unless the deficit exploding tax give-a-ways to millionaires are preserved.
Both the Republican AND Democrat plans give tax cuts to all income brackets. But as the graphic below demonstrates the Republican plan gives massive breaks to the richest 5% of Americans. With no spending cuts to offset this give-a-way this plan will add over $700 billion to the national debt. It is this kind of Voo Doo Economics that have lead to the last 3 Republican Presidents adding $9.2 trillion to the National Debt since 1981. Advocates of Trickle Down Economics have promised increased job creation and increased tax revenues, two promises that have NEVER been fulfilled.
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(see also National Debt & Job Creation).
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and the last 3 have EXPLODED the National Debt.
FAILURE OF TINKLE DOWN ECONOMICS:
CREDIT CARD REPUBLICANISM and the National Debt:
And They've Been In Charge During 9 of the Last 10 Recessions:
There are few things that are certain in life but the economic record of the last 58 years provides one. When a Republican is elected to the White House, there is a 100% chance that the economy will slide into a recession and a 50% chance that two or more recessions will occur. With an unbroken record of fubar, failure and foul up one would expect Republicans to have a(FU) after their names instead of a (R).
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Many Americans are aware that George W. Bush has had the worst job creation record since the government began tracking these figures in 1939. But Bush's colossal failure to manage the economy overshadows a much larger story.
The record shows two unmistakable patterns:
Every time a Republican succeeds a Democrat in the White House, the job creation rate plummets.
Every time a Democrat succeeds a Republican in the White House, the job growth rate soars. Every time! No exceptions!
Over the last seventy years, the decrease in monthly job creation when a Republican succeeds a Democrat is 68,913
Considering the steady growth in population of the United States during this time frame the job creation rate should steadily increase each month (currently it must grow by 138,000 per month to keep up with population growth). This trend only manifests itself when examining Democratic administrations:
Listed below is the average job growth increase for all terms served:
By: mike kohr Graphics by: Bonny Kohr
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