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Via: Mock, Paper, Scissors

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http://www.mockpaperscissors.com/

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December 25, 2012 Posted by | Boehner, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

REAGAN Budget Adviser Blasts Paul Ryan’s Budget As An ‘Empty Fairy Tale’

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.

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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’?).

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Read more, HERE:

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/08/14/687561/reagan-ryan-budget-fairy-tale/

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personal thought:

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.

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August 15, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Paul Ryan, President Obama, President Reagan, Romney, teabaggers | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top general urges officials to trim, re-think U.S. nuclear arsenal

Via: Raw Story

The U.S. nuclear arsenal is too big, too expensive, out of date and desperately needs to be re-thought, according to retired MARINE General James Cartwright and retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering.

Pickering and Cartwright met with the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development on Wednesday in a hearing about our nuclear arsenal, which was built decades ago to protect this country from a range of threats it no longer faces.  Now, the antiquated system is costing the country money and placing it at risk, said the two men, and a time has come to take steps to modernize the weapons system.

Cartwright, who is a chairman of the nuclear disarmament commission Global Zero, was presenting the Global Zero U.S. Nuclear Policy Commission’s report, which calls upon the U.S. and Russia to reduce the size of their nuclear arsenals by 80 percent to 900 nuclear weapons each.

The proposal outlined in the report calls for a “reduced and de-alerted” nuclear force:

– one with modernized technology

– shortened response times

– ultimately spends $120 BILLION less over the next decade.

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The idea of restructuring the nuclear arsenal dates back decades.  Ronald Reagan (remember him?) made it part of his agenda at his Reykjavík Summit meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986.

Rubin said that until recently, the issue has always been a bipartisan one.  It was only in 2010, when President Obama signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) that Republicans began to argue more vociferously against arms control agreements.

“That was when partisanship crept into the debate,” said Rubin, “The treaty was a major accomplishment, the entirety of the Republican foreign policy establishment was saying, ‘We needed this treaty.’” It was the United States’ best opportunity since the expiration of the previous arms control treaty with Russia to verify exactly what weapons Russia had and what it was doing with them.

But as Cartwright said on Wednesday morning before the panel, our defense stance is no longer based on a “bipolar relationship” with Russia.  ”We live in a multipolar nuclear capable world,” he said, and our refusal to update our notions of defense is costing the country billions of dollars and eroding the stability of our position in the world.

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The global security situation has changed profoundly since our nation’s defenses were designed, he said, ”We need to live in this reality.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/25/top-general-urges-officials-to-trim-re-think-u-s-nuclear-arsenal/

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UPDATE:

Romney’s ‘defense spending advisor’, retired Major T.J. ‘King’ Kong (See photo), disagrees.

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July 26, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CBO Report: Unchanged Tax, Health Policies To Balloon U.S. Debt

Via: Reuters

U.S. public debt would balloon to twice the size of its economy in 25 years if current tax and spending policies are extended, Congress’ budget referee said on Tuesday, delivering fresh fodder for a year-end budget brawl.

The Congressional Budget Office said in a new report that if tax cuts enacted under George W. Bush (SEE PHOTO) are allowed to expire as scheduled on Dec. 31, along with some other tax and spending policies, U.S. public debt would shrink significantly, falling to 53 percent of gross docmestic product by 2037 from 73 percent this year.

By comparison, Greece, debilitated by a crushing debt crisis that may force it to leave the euro, is forecast to have a debt load topping 160 percent of its GDP this year.

The long-term CBO forecasts will help bolster election-year arguments from both Democrats and Republicans in favor of their party’s form of U.S. deficit reduction as the year-end deadline for the tax cuts, automatic spending cuts, and other fiscal decisions draw near.

President Barack Obama’s Democrats have argued that leaving the Bush tax cuts in place, as Republicans have proposed, is fiscally irresponsible, and new revenues are needed by restoring higher tax rates on the wealthy.

Republicans, including presidential candidate MITT ROMNEY, argue that tax rates can be lowered if Congress makes significant cuts in entitlement programs such as the Medicare and Medicaid health care programs for the ELDERLY and POOR.

The CBO report finds, as it has in past years, that the biggest source of growth in federal spending will come from those health care programs. By 2037, if NO HEALTH CARE CHANGES are enacted, federal health care spending would double to around 10 percent of gross domestic product compared to around 5 percent in 2010, it said.

“The aging of the U.S. population and the rising costs for health care mean that the combination of budget policies that worked in the past cannot be maintained in the future,” the CBO said in the report.

Read more, HERE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/05/cbo-report-unchanged-tax-_n_1571009.html

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personal thought:

Again, we are talking about letting the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy EXPIRE; not new taxes.

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June 6, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, President Bush | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Grover Norquist Losing His Grip on the GOP?

Via: Business Week

Most Republican members of Congress—279 of them—have signed Grover Norquist’s antitax pledge and sworn never to raise taxes. But there are signs that his legendary sway over GOP lawmakers may be on the wane.

Last week, Congressman Allen West, a Tea Party favorite from Florida, told Politico: ”I signed that thing in the desert of Afghanistan. I got home and they wanted me to sign again during my campaign, and I wouldn’t, and Grover started yelling at my campaign manager. Grover is a nice guy, but I think he’s a little misguided.” (Norquist (see photo) says he never yelled at anyone who worked for West.)

West joins Wisconsin Congressman Reid Ribble, a fellow signee of the pledge, in speaking out against it. And Scott Rigell, of Virginia, who changed his mind and said he could no longer abide by it.

Also: Jeff Fortenberry, of Nebraska, who flat-out refused to sign the pledge last year and explained in a recent interview that he wasn’t opposed to increasing certain taxes. “Removing special-interest loopholes,” Fortenberry told the American Conservative, ”could potentially increase revenues and allow for LOWER RATES.” (potential? Hell, there’s NO ‘potential’ about it!).

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-23/is-grover-norquist-losing-his-grip-on-the-gop

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personal thought:

‘4 out of 279’; yup, sounds about right.

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May 28, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mitt ‘the flipper’ Romney

Via: Think Progress

Mitt Romney has pilloried Rick ‘Frothy’ Santorum for seeking congressional earmarks, but a new video from 2002 unearthed by ABC News shows the former Massachusetts governor laying out an aggressive strategy to get federal funds for his state. “I want to go after EVERY grant. EVERY project, EVERY department in Washington,” Romney says in a presentation.

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/03/02/436138/morning-briefing-march-2-2012/

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March 3, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Romney, Santorum | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flint, Mich. – are there TWO Flints?

photo: the site of the former ‘Buick City’

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Via: Kiplinger – ‘Comeback Cities for 2011’

Population:  424,043

Current unemployment rate:  11.8%

Forecast job growth for 2011:  2.6%

The health care and  life sciences industries are giving long-suffering Flint a shot in the arm.  Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy relocated its headquarters from the suburbs to the  city, using a former auto assembly site for its offices, while both the city’s  public hospital, Hurley Medical Center, and McLaren Regional Medical Center are  bulking up.

Meanwhile, Flint’s traditional employer, the auto industry,  is no longer at idle. General Motors — the community’s single largest employer — plans to start a third shift at its assembly plant in Flint for a net  increase of 750 jobs, phased in over the summer. Flint’s employment fell nearly  12% during the downturn, and is forecast to rise about  2.6% this year.

http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/comeback_cities/7.html#top

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Via: NYT – ‘Riding Along With the Cops in Mudertown, U.S.A.’

A sign taped to the entrance of police headquarters says it all: “Closed weekends and holidays.” Every weekday, the doors are locked at dusk.

It’s not that the cops here are scared; it’s just that they’re outmanned, outgunned and flat broke.

Flint is the birthplace of General Motors and the home of the U.A.W.’s first big strike. In case you didn’t know this, the words “Vehicle City” are spelled out on the archway spanning the Flint River.

But the name is a lie. Flint isn’t Vehicle City anymore. The Buick City complex is gone. The spark-plug plant is gone. Fisher Body is gone.

What Flint is now is one of America’s murder capitals. Last year in Flint, population 102,000, there were 66 documented murders. The murder rate here is worse than those in Newark and St. Louis and New Orleans. It’s even worse than Baghdad’s.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17YouRhere-t.html?scp=1&sq=flint&st=cse

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Population:

424, 043 – Kiplinger

102, 000 – New York Times

424,042 or 102,00?

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 The city of Flint’s population is 102,434 people, the lowest it’s been since the 1920s, according to the new 2010 U.S. Census count released today.

Genesee County’s 2010 population is 425,790, down 2.4 percent from 436,141 in 2000.

http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2011/03/new_2010_census_data_shows_fli.html

April 22, 2011 Posted by | U.S. Cities | , , , , , | Leave a comment