Chicken-Hawks, NRA, drive GOP agenda of fear, anger

Does the Second Amendment guarantee our right to kill? GOP plays on fear disguised as freedom.
Does the Second Amendment guarantee our right to kill? GOP plays on fear disguised as freedom.

At least a dozen people shot dead in the Colorado slaughter, and the RepubliCorp Party remains eerily silent on the issue of gun violence in America.

Worse yet, most Republican lawmakers continue to kowtow to the National Rifle Association’s greedy screed of guns for all and all for guns.

Even worser (which ought to be deemed a genuine word given this grisly context), many armchair vigilantes on the Far Right grouse that the abattoir in Aurora could’ve been avoided if only the audience had been scattered with gun-totin’ good ol’ boys who’da brung down that crazy sumbitch with their own god-fearin’ firearms. Apparently terms like “innocent bystanders” and “collateral damage” are foreign to these “Second Amendment” whack-doodles. Too many syllables, most likely.

The gun-rights gang is the self-same gaggle of Tea Party pseudo-patriot know-nothings who constantly vote against their own best interests, idolize the rich, and despise the poor. Even though they themselves are often one paycheck, government/military pension deposit, or Social Security check away from joining the hated “poor.”

Why the lust for violence? Why the hatred of misfortune?

Because 21st century Republicans, like 20th century National Socialists, are the Party of Fear. In danger of being outnumbered by the combined demographic of African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, and (gasp!) non-Christians, old white guys (and the good ol’ gals who worship them) fearfully rally behind a Confederacy of Anglo-Saxon Idiocy, listening to and watching only the bombastic propaganda and outright lies of right-wing talk radio and Fox “News.”

And angrily casting ballots for cowardly draft-dodging chicken-hawks who ran away when their country called them to serve but eagerly wrap themselves in the American flag when it comes time to send other people’s children to war. After all, these Republican chicken-hawks have to serve their true masters. Like oil companies, drug companies, insurance companies.

And the National Rifle Association.

As far as the RepubliCorp Party is concerned, the more guns the merrier. Keep us angry, afraid, and armed to the teeth. And, oh by the way, keep Those Other People from voting.

Remember that next time you cast a ballot.

Or go to a movie.

(Originally published at examiner.com)

Bloomberg: The U.S. Economic Policy Debate Is a Sham

The U.S. Economic Policy Debate Is a Sham

“In reality, there’s remarkable consensus among mainstream economists, including those from the left and right, on most major macroeconomic issues. The debate in Washington about economic policy is phony. It’s manufactured. And it’s entirely political.

Let’s start with Obama’s stimulus. The standard Republican talking point is that it failed, meaning it didn’t reduce unemployment. Yet in a survey of leading economists conducted by the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, 92 percent agreed that the stimulus succeeded in reducing the jobless rate.”

Political Fables for a Political Year

The WA Post has back to back stories in my digest this morning that I found interesting.

In the first story, the Government Accountability Office found that the Republican’s budget showdown over the debt limit coast the county 1.3 billion dollars last year. That is money that we could have used somewhere else in my opinion. But it shows the hypocrisy and stupidity of the current republican congressional legislators. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not that the democrats are just chomping at the bit to pass the kind of legislation that the country needs, look at their record in 2009-10 when they controlled Senate, House and White House and we could get banker bailouts, but not the public option for health care. Single payer was not even on the table. The dems are clearly beholden to their corporate funding sources, but they don’t engage in wasteful theatrics like the debt ceiling fight or endless votes to repeal legislation that clearly go nowhere. There are significant differences between the parties, but both parties understand that they cannot legislate against the interest of the wealthy interests that now decide our elections (thanks to Citizens United and Scotus Inc.)

GAO: Debt fight cost at least $1.3 billion

Last summer’s fierce political debate over raising the federal debt limit cost taxpayers more than $1 billion in extra borrowing costs, including hundreds of hours in overtime for federal employees responsible for avoiding default, according to a new government report.

Delays in raising the debt limit forced the Treasury Department to pay an extra $1.3 billion in borrowing costs — and the final sum is expected to climb higher as multi-year obligations and other outstanding costs are added later, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Monday.


In the second story, the League of Conservation Voters is reported to planning to launch a global warming campaign to unseat 5 flat-earth Republicans who have been a little too vocal about their ignorance.

I think it has become more and more difficult for the red-staters to deny global warming. What’s wrong with Kansas is starting to shift from the question about how they can vote against their own best interest over and over to just how bad is the drought going to be? As folks see the crops dry up and experience the consequences of supporting electoral candidates and parties who guarantee that we do nothing about global warming, they may have an epiphany. A lot of folks are going to become believers in global warming through the rough lessons of direct experience.

Torrential rains, floods, derecho windstorms, super tornados, droughts, may provide a wake-up call to folks in the heartland that was never going to be delivered by the threat to polar bears and penguins or rising sea levels that are threatening the coastal states that can’t afford to harbor politically-rooted doubts about climate change.

Here is a bit of the second story and link to the whole thing:

Environmentalists target 5 Republicans who question humans’ impact on climate

The League of Conservation Voters will launch a $1.5 million campaign Tuesday targeting five House Republicans who question the connection between human activity and climate change, in an effort to test whether the issue can sway voters.

Prominent conservative Republicans have challenged the scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and other sources are transforming the Earth’s climate. But it has not emerged as a central issue in a national political campaign, and President Obama, who pushed unsuccessfully for national limits on greenhouse gas emissions at the start of his term, has played down the issue over the past two years.

 

The Republican Party is a stinking, shameless cesspool of corruption, lies, extremism, and cruelty

On guns, on global warming, on economic inequality, on taxation,  on torture, on Guantanamo, on gay rights, on regulations, on green energy, on health care, and on many other issues, the Republicans ignore facts, common sense, and basic human decency.

This is not to say that the Dems are perfect; far from it. But the extremism and shameless stupidity of Republicans are a threat to the world and the economy.

What’s scary is that millions of Americans not only fall for the Republican story but actively support it.

Small Business Baloney from the GOP

FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in the Media) is reporting:

Small Business Baloney

GOP tax claims should be factchecked
Barack Obama’s July 9 announcement that he would extend the Bush tax cuts for income below $250,000 prompted the expected response from Republican politicians and presidential candidate Mitt Romney: This is a tax increase on “small businesses.”

That is false. But most news reports won’t say so.

Romney Campaign caught lying about Bain Capital

OpEdNews is reporting in Bain Bombshell Bottom Line: ROMNEY LIED that Mitt Romney and Bain Capital falsely claimed that he had broken ties with the company. But Mother Jones reports:

documents filed by Bain and Stericycle with the Securities and Exchange Commission–and obtained by Mother Jones–list Romney as an active participant in the investment. And this deal helped Stericycle, a company with a poor safety record, grow, while yielding tens of millions of dollars in profits for Romney and his partners. The documents–one of which was signed by Romney–also   contradict the official account of Romney’s exit from Bain.

The ugly origin of the war on drugs

After serving his time federal prison, John Ehrlichman granted an interview to author Dan Baum, who reports that Ehrlichman explained the origin of the war on drugs this way:

The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar Left, and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black. But by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.

Source: The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-changing Stories. Edited by Larry Smith, Harper Perennial, 2012.

Wall Street Journal: The myth of Obama's spending binge

WSJ’s Market Watch reports:

Obama spending binge never happened

Commentary: Government outlays rising at slowest pace since 1950s

 WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree.

As would-be president Mitt Romney tells it: “I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno.”

Obama had lowest growth in federal spending

Obama had lowest growth in federal spending