Last week, Politico and Talking Points Memo carried a story that sounded so outrageous you had to wonder if it wasn’t a new urban legend. Unfortunately, amazingly, it was true.
New GOP congressman from Maryland Andy Harris, M.D. was in D.C. with other incoming members for orientation. One of the main issues of the Harris campaign was repealing “ObamaCare”.
So what issue does Mr. Harris get upset about during orientation? According to Politico, quoting a congressional staffer,
“He stood up and asked the two ladies who were answering questions why it had to take so long, what he would do without 28 days of health care.”
No, it wasn’t a misquote or a phony liberal socialist lie. According to a Harris Continue reading
The media loves to carry controversy and discord. We want to make sure that Pres. Obama knows we care about this country and support his priorities. These signers of The letter of support for Pres. Obama care and support Change We Still Believe In:
I think you have done a great job and will vote again, get tough, just coz you are the first black president, speak louder, to everyone, you are so intelligent that most don’t even get it. Thats how the Rep’s are winning, they play on our stupidity and lack of patience. BRAVO!
I still believe the future is what we make it …
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in a final sense a theft from those who are hungry and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.”
Please do not back down on the tax cut extension. It is irresponsible to add further burden Continue reading
The letter of support for Pres. Obama continues to get additional signers and powerful, heartfelt comments:
”I still have faith in you and what you are doing for this country and the world. Please stay your course and don’t compromise to those who want failure.”
Ruth E Benjamin,
“I listened when you said We are the change we’ve been waiting for .. we’re here, but we need some direction. Let’s get fired up! One Love ♥”
“This is my pledge of allegience. Thank you”
“MR. PRESIDENT OBAMA, I STILL BELIVE IN YOU. GOD BLESS YOU Continue reading
Sometimes it’s difficult to look at politics without being just a little bit cynical. Last night we posted the story about research confirming that as income inequality rises, poor American voters turn more conservative. Now, as relatively rational people, that just doesn’t make sense to us. It looks pretty obvious that the Republican “leadership” is way ahead of us on this one. Just take a look at two reports coming out of Washington today:
The Huffington Post reports that:
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are pushing to strip the Federal Reserve of its authority to address unemployment, leaving it with the lone responsibility to combat inflation. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a key member of the Senate Banking Committee, became on Monday the latest Republican to propose that the central bank stop worrying itself with the jobless crisis.
“It is time that we work to clarify the mandate of the Federal Reserve,” Continue reading
According to research findings in the October issue of the American Journal of Political Science, as the American income inequality becomes greater, low income homes become more politically conservative. “It’s a bit of a conundrum,” says Peter Enns, assistant professor of government at Cornell University.
“As inequality rose, the high- and low-income respondents on average become less supportive of spending on welfare,” Enns said. “And this is not because low-income people are unaware of inequality; our results show they are more aware of it than most people.”
“We broke down pubic opinion by income group and found the high- and low-income groups responding in a similar way, both becoming more conservative Continue reading
In case you need another reason or two to lend your support and ask Pres. Obama to stand firm on progressive issues, Republican Sen. Jim DeMint has graciously indicated that he would be willing to “compromise” on the Bush tax cuts. The Tea Party honcho’s idea of a compromise? Extending the tax cuts for wealthy Americans for “only” two or three years, instead of extending them permanently.
DeMint isn’t just talking about the shrinking middle-class America nor poor Americans. Nor is he talking about small business owners–despite the almost laughable claims to the contrary. DeMint and the rest of the Republican leaders are adamant that the top 2% of American earners must be given a $700 billion tax break over the next 10 years. Why? Well, the most commonly cited Republican excuse is that it will help small businesses.
But according to PolitiFact.com, “Other data indicate that among all tax payers who might be small business owners, most would not see taxes go up if the Bush tax cuts for the highest earners are allowed to expire.” During the 2008 campaign, analysis by the Tax Policy Center showed that only 2% of ALL tax filers who report ANY business income would see increased taxes with the Obama tax plan.
At the same time that Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are leading a worldwide campaign to convince the richest to donate 50% of their wealth to charity, the Republican battle cry is “tax cuts for the wealthiest”! Even worse, when Republicans defend those “small businesses”? They’re not just talking about your corner dry cleaner, the local printer, or even “Joe, the Plumber”. According to the definition of “small business” used by Republicans, Bechtel Corporation is a small business. According to Republicans, PricewaterhouseCoopers is a small business. The Tribune Corp., Wall Street buyout firm Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts, the tea party bankrolling billionaire Koch brothers, liberal billionaire investor George Soros, and even President Barack Obama … all “small businesses” according to the Republican definition.
Do we really want to compromise on this?
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
The Raw Story: DeMint willing to ‘compromise’ on extending all Bush tax cuts
PolitFacts.com: So-called wealthy are actually small business owners? The data is dubious
PolitiFacts.com: Most small businesses won’t be subject to Obama’s tax increases
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bloomberg: Obama Among `Small Businesses’ Bearing Share of Tax Hike