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Boehner, boner; whatever

“John Boehner told Republicans to ‘get in line.’ He was very angry. His face turned from orange to mandarin orange.”

– Jimmy Kimmel

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July 30, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Boehner, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Even After Proposed Hike, REAGAN Increased Debt Ceiling Twice As Fast As OBAMA

Via: Think Progress

Despite recent rhetoric from GOP lawmakers, Republican presidents have raised the statutory limit on U.S. debt by a much greater percentage than either of the two Democrats elected since 1981.

According an analysis of historical data compiled on the statutory limit by the Office of Management and Budget, former President Ronald Reagan outstrips all other executives to date, increasing the debt ceiling by 199.5 percent during his eight years in office.

He is followed by President George W. Bush, Jr. at a 90.2 percent increase over eight years and by President George H. Bush, Sr. at a 48.0 percent increase over only four years in office.

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Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, on the other hand, have only raised the debt ceiling by 43.6 and 26.3 percent, respectively.

It remains to be seen whether or not Congress will reach a compromise and pass legislation to increase the statutory limit again by the Aug. 2 deadline issued by the U.S. Treasury. Even if Congress does pass the proposed $2.4-trillion increase, Obama will still be looking at a total increase of 47.5 percent over his first term — less than half of the increase that Reagan oversaw during his first four years.

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personal thoughts:

1. None of the presidents, EXCEPT President Obama INHERITED: two-wars, AND the Greatest Recession, since the Great Depression.

2. As often the case of late, the Democrats have done a ‘shit-job’ of selling their case; but then again, the Democrats don’t have a Mudoch cable channel spreading LIES, 24/7.

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July 30, 2011 Posted by | 2012, President Bush, President Obama, President Reagan | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grover Norquist

2004 – ‘from the National Review, quoted in The Republican Noise Machine by David Brock, Crown Publishers, pg. 50′

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Grover_Norquist

Only seven-years on, he seems to be right on schedule.

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‘Grover and ATR admit the expiration of Bust Tax Cuts does NOT violate their anti-tax pledge’

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/grover-and-atr-admit-that-the-expiration-of-bush-tax-cuts-does-not-violate-their-anti-tax-pledge/

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July 30, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Norquist | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hey, who are you calling a hobbit?

Via: The Wonkette

Oh God, John McCain, he is getting more senile by the hour.

Somebody handed Walnuts a copy of the Wall Street Journal, which, in the paper’s effort to fill all of its blank pages with words about anything besides disgraced overlord owner Rupert Murdoch, said let’s type words comparing Tea Party people to hobbits.

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It is a mystery why Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell are involved in this, since they are mercifully not actual elected representatives and have less than nothing to do with the entire debt ceiling negotiation.

Nonetheless, the victimized Angle shot off a flurry of angry statements and tweets calling John McCain “Lord of the TARP,” which does not rhyme with anything nor make much sense so we give that a D- for creativity. She also points out that the hobbits are sort of the heroes of the books, which okay on that one, since the WSJ metaphor didn’t entirely make sense to start.

Rand Paul somehow also got into this fray by pointlessly declaring he would rather be a hobbit than a troll. Uh, zing? Is he calling Walnuts a troll? Yes, apparently. Are there even trolls in the books? Tolkien was better at making up mythical creature names than just calling something old and confused a “troll,” but Rand Paul is not, apparently. So he gets an F.

AND of COURSE, Discover magazine points out that Middle Earth is where Mordor is pretend located, hobbits live in the Shire, etc etc, which is the only truly salient point, since it suggests that the WSJ writer did not bother to read even the Wikipedia entry for the Lord of the Rings trilogy before writing the column and confusing poor old Walnuts. HUGEST  F OF ALL

http://wonkette.com/450269/confused-walnuts-starts-lord-of-the-rings-debt-ceiling-fight-meme#more-450269

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July 30, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, McCain, Rand Paul | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

So if you don’t believe ‘pinko’ Krugman, how about a former Reagan and Bush advisor?

Via: Think Progress

Meanwhile, Bruce Bartlett, a former policy adviser to Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush, lambasted House Republicans yesterday on MSNBC’s Hardball for playing with fire on the debt ceiling:

‘I think at this point, there’s nothing that can pass the House of Representatives. … I think a good chunk of the Republican caucus is either stupid, crazy, ignorant or craven cowards, who are desperately afraid of the tea party people, and rightly so.’

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/07/29/282859/voinovivh-tea-party-playing-russian-roulette/

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Soooo, the choices are:

A) STUPID

B) CRAZY

C) IGNORANT

D) CRAVEN COWARDS

E) ALL of the ABOVE

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Krugman – “That’s cowardice on an epic scale”

Via: NYT

There’s actually a simple way to resolve the debt ceiling crisis: non-crazy Republican leaders could support something like the Reid plan — which is, let’s be clear, a huge victory for the right and defeat for progressives – and pass it with limited GOP support and overwhelming Democratic support.

Situation resolved.

This would, however, probably be the end of these Republicans’ political careers. And the answer is, so?

If you believe that default will quite possibly be a catastrophe – and leading Republicans probably do believe that – their unwillingness to take the action I’ve just described means that they are risking America’s future rather than pay a price in their personal political careers.

That’s cowardice on an epic scale, even if it’s the kind of behavior we take for granted nowadays.

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/the-guilty-parties/

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personal thought:

‘Leading Republicans’, I would suggest are no longer, McConnell and Boehner; but are Bachmann and Fox News.

Man, are we screwed, or what?

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July 30, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons | , , , , , | Leave a comment