50 Dumbest Things Right-Wingers Said in 2013: Steve Stockman | Rolling Stone


The best thing about the Earth is if you poke holes in it oil and gas come out. – Texas Rep. Steve Stockman

see the rest at 50 Dumbest Things Right-Wingers Said in 2013: Steve Stockman | Rolling Stone.


State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax | World news | theguardian.com

From The Guardian:

Conservative groups across the US are planning a co-ordinated assault against public sector rights and services in the key areas of education, healthcare, income tax, workers’ compensation and the environment,documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.

more at State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax | World news | theguardian.com.


Wealth Inequality in America

Every American needs to see this!

From politizane

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.


How The GOP’s Surreal Memory Hole Gave Us The Sequester [via ThinkProgress]

From How the GOP Constantly Pretends Spending Cuts Haven’t Happened:

Between the spring 2011 budget fight, the debt ceiling debacle, and the so-called “fiscal cliff,” the United States has cut almost $1.5 trillion in spending over the next decade, plus saving roughly $200 billion more in lower interest payments.

In fact, at the Wall Street Journal breakfast featured in the video, reporter Lori Montgomery brought up all these previous cuts point blank with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Ryan’s rejoinder encapsulated the entire bizarre kabuki dance: “That was last session. We’re going forward now.” Montgomery and the other reporters literally busted out laughing in response. (Ryan’s logic doesn’t even work on its on terms. The new tax revenues in the fiscal cliff deal were part of the last congressional session as well, but he wants to count those.)

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the budget ledger, the country will raise only $630 billion in new tax revenue over the next decade. That’s the context in which Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) insists “the tax issue is finished,” even as both he and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) claim to be seeking a “balanced” agreement. As a result, everything from Medicare, to the military, food safety, air traffic control, nutritional support for women and infants, disaster relief, law enforcement, and health research looks likely to get the axe.


Jobs v. Loopholes: 7 Tax Loopholes the GOP Loves to Love | ThinkProgress


Here’s a look at the top seven loopholes and giveaways that Republicans think are more important than protecting our economy, jobs, the middle class, and the most vulnerable among us:

  • Extra tax breaks enjoyed by the wealthiest Americans — $520 BILLION
  • Tax break for companies that ship jobs overseas — $168 BILLION
  • Special tax breaks for the largest oil companies — $25 BILLION
  • The loophole that allow people like Mitt Romney to pay a lower tax rate than middle-class workers — $21 BILLION
  • Tax deductions for vacation homes and yachts — $10 BILLION
  • The corporate jet loophole — $3 BILLION
  • Special write-offs for horse breeders (aka the Bluegrass Boondoggle) — $126 MILLION

BOTTOM LINE: The Republicans are choosing to protect millionaires and special interests like Big Oil and Wall Street instead of funding our military and programs vital for the middle class and the health of our economy.

via Jobs v. Loopholes | ThinkProgress.


The PowerPoint That Proves It’s Not Obama’s Sequester After All – The Daily Beast

Republicans have taken to calling the deep cuts that could reverse our hard-won economic recovery ‘Obama’s Sequester.’ But a July 2011 PowerPoint obtained by John Avlon shows the opposite may be true.


More at The PowerPoint That Proves It’s Not Obama’s Sequester After All – The Daily Beast.


Republican dark money group’s corporate sponsors revealed – Salon.com

Some of the nation’s biggest corporations donated more than a million dollars to launch a Republican nonprofit that went on to play a key role in recent political fights.

Like the nonprofit groups that poured money into last year’s elections, the decade-old State Government Leadership Foundation has been able to keep the identities of its funders secret. Until now.

More at Republican dark money group’s corporate sponsors revealed – Salon.com.


Republicans on the Sequester: Then and Now

Just last year Republicans agreed the sequester would crush our economy.

But now Republicans are saying they will let the sequester happen.


Could it be that Republicans need to stop the recovery because they think it is the only way to win?

They have already shown that they are willing to sabotage the economy.

It is time for the Republicans to care about the middle-class and stop playing politics!


FLASHBACK: Republicans Opposed Electoral Vote Rigging In 2004, Calling It ‘A Really Stupid Idea’ [via ThinkProgress]

Sounds like we need to dump the Electoral College so that it can’t played to the advantage of either side…

From ThinkProgress:

Nearly a decade before the GOP responded to President Obama’s re-election by proposing to rig the Electoral College in states like Pennsylvania and Virginia, Republicans vehemently opposed the plan and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting its implementation.

In 2004, when Colorado was still a red state and then-President Bush was locked in a tight race with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), the state had a ballot initiative that would have shifted its allocation of electoral votes from winner-take-all to proportional. Under the proposal, for example, even if Bush had won 60 percent of the vote, he still would only get 5 of the state’s 9 electoral votes instead of all 9.

However, the proposed Electoral College rig ended up getting trounced for one reason: Republicans strongly opposed the idea.[…]

More at FLASHBACK: Republicans Opposed Electoral Vote Rigging In 2004, Calling It ‘A Really Stupid Idea’.


Defense is where cuts need to start!

We Have a Military Spending Problem