I Was Born Free

"We're all one thing, Lieutenant. That's what I've come to realize. Like cells in a body. 'Cept we can't see the body. The way fish can't see the ocean. And so we envy each other. Hurt each other. Hate each other. How silly is that? A heart cell hating a lung cell." - Cassie from THE THREE
Posts tagged "republicans"


Buzzfeed wasn’t kidding about that getting scoops thing.

Looks like we have some vaguely relevant SCOOPS to look forward to!!!!

(via shortformblog)


Decline and Fall

Who among the Republicans would set aside pandering rhetoric to convince Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet that a unilateral strike against Iran and its nuclear program is a dangerous idea that courts regional war? Who would set aside magical thinking about tax cuts and propose something more than scams like “9-9-9”? The notion that you can cut everyone’s taxes and fix the deficit belongs to the same Kardashian world in which you can collect wedding gifts without the burdens of marriage—a tempting scenario but, in the end, a hot slice of nothing.

- In this week’s Comment, David Remnick writes about Mitt Romney, Hermain Cain, and the flawed Republican candidates. Today, at 3 P.M. E.T., Remnick will answer readers’ questions about these topics in a LIVE CHAT: http://nyr.kr/ug9aQT

(Reuters) - Governor Nikki Haley, a Tea Party favorite elected last fall, rolled out her “report card” for the South Carolina Legislature at a town hall meeting Wednesday night at the College of Charleston.

The Republican governor said she will grade legislators from A to F depending on the level of support they show for her agenda.

The town hall meeting, one of several Haley is holding throughout the state, felt more like a pep rally with a large “We Are The Movement” sign on stage, a slogan-filled video and the governor’s calls for applause.

Haley told the audience of about 400 people that her intent is to give voters what they want, including instituting roll call voting for lawmakers and allowing Medicaid to lower health care provider rates.

"Bashing legislators is not the intent of what this is supposed to do," she said.

But Haley’s grading idea hasn’t been warmly received by lawmakers.

"Who are they issuing the report card to, my wife or my mom or what?" said Republican Representative Chip Limehouse. "I vote with the best interests of my district in mind."

Democrats in the state’s House have introduced legislation that would require lawmakers to grade the governor’s performance.

"I don’t think anybody should be a puppet for the governor," said Democratic Representative John King, a sponsor of the bill. "We are a voice for our constituents and not for the governor."

Karl Kurtz, a political scientist with the nonprofit and non-partisan National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver, said governors typically keep a mental checklist of how legislators handle their priority issues.

"If that’s the case, then why shouldn’t they publish it?" he said.

"On the other hand, it has some negative images," Kurtz said. "This is the sort of thing that is done by narrow special interest groups. You’d think that the governor as the leader of the whole state would be above that."

Ha, no wonder Sarah Palin endorsed this woman.

Birthers make a majority among those voters who say they’re likely to participate in a Republican primary next year. 51% say they don’t think Barack Obama was born in the United States to just 28% who firmly believe that he was and 21% who are unsure. The GOP birther majority is a new development. The last time PPP tested this question nationally, in August of 2009, only 44% of Republicans said they thought Obama was born outside the country while 36% said that he definitely was born in the United States. If anything birtherism is on the rise.

This morning is full of disturbing news.

I really think we should start calling right-wingers “regressives.”

As usual, they are full of shit. The “tax cut” enacted in December was not a tax cut at all, merely the extension of tax cuts enacted in the early 2000s that were in effect all during the time the economy was shedding jobs by the millions. And even if there were some miracle properties in just extending tax cuts already in effect, it is grossly implausible to claim that this would have any impact on jobs so quickly.

The fact is that the recession ended in June 2009 according to the NBER, which means that we have been in a recovery for one and a half years. For Republicans to suddenly notice this fact just because one of their pet proposals got enacted is just political grandstanding at its worst.

"Nowadays, it is almost impossible to recall that in 2000, George W. Bush promised to cap carbon dioxide, encouraging some to believe that he would break through the partisan divide on global warming. Until the end of the 1990s, Republicans could be counted on to join bipartisan solutions to environmental problems. Now they’ve disappeared in a fog of disinformation, an entire political party parroting the Cheney line."

Can’t they just say “Support Michele?”