Bear in mind:
1. President Obama came in when we were DEEP in the recession.
2. We were in the middle of two wars, Iraq and Afghanistan; we now have one.
3. Our revenues were way down, not only because people being out of work, but because of Bush’s tax-cuts for the wealthy.
4. Did I mention the ‘obstuctionist’ Congress?
Via: Mock, Paper, Scissors
Ayn and Ronnie leave for some important meetings.
Sgts Palin and Mittens reporting for Duty, Herr Kommandant.
House darlings Eric and Michele strolling around Tampax.
If you dare, see even more, HERE:
Via: Think Progress
Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s budget — which gives massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, drastically slashes funding for social programs, decimates state budgets, and still ends up ultimately raising the deficit — has garnered critics ranging from Catholic bishops to top economists.
Yesterday, former President Reagan’s budget adviser, David Stockman, added his voice to the dissent.
Stockman, who was the director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Reagan administration, blasted Ryan’s budget as an “empty conservative sermon” and “fairy tale” in an op-ed published in the New York Times:
The Ryan Plan boils down to a fetish for cutting the top marginal income-tax rate for “job creators” — i.e. the superwealthy — to 25 percent and paying for it with an as-yet-undisclosed plan to broaden the tax base.
Of the $1 trillion in so-called tax expenditures that the plan would attack, the vast majority would come from slashing popular tax breaks:
1. employer-provided health insurance
2. mortgage interest
3. 401(k) accounts
4. state and local taxes
5. charitable giving and the like
6. low rates on capital gains and dividends.
…In short, Mr. Ryan’s plan is devoid of credible math or hard policy choices.
And it couldn’t pass even if Republicans were to take the presidency and both houses of Congress.
Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan have NO PLAN to take on Wall Street, the Fed, the military-industrial complex, social insurance or the nation’s fiscal calamity and no plan to revive capitalist prosperity — just empty sermons (yeah, but I thought the teabaggers like white, male, Christian, ‘empty sermons’?).
Read more, HERE:
The Obama Team is planning to have a Republican address the Democratic Convention in Charlotte; and I can’t think of a better one than, Mr. Stockman.
This would seem a moment of great opportunity for California Republicans. The state has become a national symbol of fiscal turmoil and dysfunction, the Legislature is nearly as unpopular as Congress and Democrats control every branch of government.
But instead, the state party — once a symbol of Republican hope and geographical reach and which gave the nation Ronald Reagan and Richard M. Nixon — is caught in a cycle of relentless decline, and appears in danger of shrinking to the rank of a minor party.
“We are at a lower point than we’ve ever been,” said Representative Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 Republican in the United States House of Representatives. “It’s rebuilding time.” (yeah, in your dreams!)
Registered Republicans now account for just 30 percent of the California electorate, and are on a path that analysts predict could drop them to No. 3 in six years, behind Democrats, who currently make up 43 percent, and independent voters, with 21 percent.
“It’s no longer a statewide party,” said Allan Hoffenblum, who worked for 30 years as a Republican consultant in California. “They are down to 30 percent, which makes it impossible to win a statewide election. You just can’t get enough crossover voters.”
“They have alienated large swaths of voters,” he said. “They have become too doctrinaire on the social issues. It’s become a CULT.”
Read more, HERE:
SurveyUSA (5-27 – 5-29)
Obama – 57%
Romney – 36%
Spread – 21%
“As California goes, so goes the nation” – probably not in 2012; but 2016, 2020? – damn right!
I find it a pity no one in the party, including Romney, especially Romney, can ‘recognize the insanity’.
Q: What about the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln; could he be in the Party?
A: Well yes, the party still needs staff: car valet, waiter, bus boy, etc, etc.
Via: Think Progress
“Reagan wouldn’t identify with this party.
There’s a streak of intolerance in the Republican Party today that scares people. Intolerance is a very dangerous thing in a society because it always leads to a tragic ending.
Ronald Reagan was never driven by ideology. He was a conservative but he was a practical conservative. He wanted limited government but he used government and he used it many times.
And he would work with the other party. …”
‘the heretic’ – Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Three very conservative former senators (Hagel, Hatch, and Lugar) are basically saying the same thing; the party has swung too far to the right, and will have difficulty winning future national elections (see photo).
Q: However, will the three leave the party?
A: Oh, hell no!
And it’s not just Reagan who would have trouble in the today’s ‘teabagger GOP’; but so would Lincoln, Eienhower, Goldwater, and Nixon (price contols, founded EPA and OSHA. implemented the first affirmative action program and supported the ERA).
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