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Saturday, November 14, 2015

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More Studies Prove The Economy Always Does Better When A Democrat Is President

"The two Democratic presidents have produced jobs at 7 times the rate of the two shrubs or 2.1 million versus 300,000 per year."…
There are few Americans who doubt the wingnut mantra that change is abhorrent and to be rejected at all costs is the driving sentiment among the current crop of Republican pretender candidates. It is true that Republicans refuse to change their patriarchal attitude towards women, cannot seek peace instead of wars, or work to promote equality for all citizens, but where they have held firm regardless the consequences is their failed approach to the economy. Since the Republican demigod Ronald Reagan ushered in the concept of giving everything to the rich and taking from the poor and middle class, it has been the sole economic agenda proffered from every Republican; including the Republican pretender field.
At the Republican 'debate' on Tuesday last, Republicans stood arm-in-arm in calling for outrageous tax breaks for the rich and keeping wages at poverty level was the key to America’s full employment, zero debt and deficits, and never-before-seen economic growth. However, it was curious that for a debate being hosted by a business channel, Fox Business, there were not tough questions with follow up asking Republicans why America’s economy always does better under Democratic Administrations. That is not just anecdotal, a rash of recent analyses confirmed for the ten-thousandth time that under Democratic presidents, the American economy grows faster, job creation improves drastically, stock prices rise, and the nation’s GDP improves.
According to research gathered and reported on by the New Democrat Network, the last four presidencies reveal that beyond question: Republican pretenders dependably create economic recessions, fewer jobs, expanded government, and larger deficits. Conversely, Democratic administrations lead to economic growth, job gains, and lower deficits. Harkening back and assessing just the past four presidents, two Democrats and two Republicans, it is beyond refute that the Democratic approach to managing the nation’s economy works and Republicans who reject changing their “trickle down” approach fail miserably.
It would have been interesting to hear any one of the Republican candidates explain away that historically, and currently unfolding, fact to Republicans watching the debate. Any Democrat or conscious American already knows, by experience, that Republican pretenders fail with their unchanging ‘trickle down, austerity” economic approach. The candidates likely would have just dissolved into a puddle of lies; particularly since their unrelenting predictions that the Affordable Care Act would destroy the economy and kill millions of jobs has turned out to be as “shockingly wrong” as when they prophesied that the last Democratic president, Bill Clinton’s 1993 budget would annihilate jobs and decimate the economy forever.
Republicans claim they, and only they, can oversee robust job growth primarily by cutting taxes for the rich and corporations; the only solution offered by the Republican pretender field. However, on job growth there were well over 30 million “new” net jobs created by the Obama and Clinton presidencies while during the two shrub juntas, only 3.5 million hew jobs were created. As one pundit put it so even an idiotic Republican could understand it; “on a yearly basis the two Democratic presidents have produced jobs at 7 times the rate of the two shrubs or 2.1 million versus 300,000 per year.”
With better job creation records the unemployment rate naturally declines. Both Democratic presidents’ job creation success produced more than a 3 percentage point decline in the unemployment rate during their tenures in the Oval Office. The shrubs both presided over increases in the unemployment rate by over 2 and 3 percentage points respectively. Still, the Republicans seeking the White House have no issue promising that if they are elected, they will immediately reinstate the same failed job-killing economic policies that produced higher unemployment and fewer jobs as the shrub pretenders.
The other area Republicans are resistant to change is government spending as opposed to their tactic of only resort; austerity and “draconian spending cuts at all levels of government.” Austerity never works during an economic downturn and the one-time, frankly inadequate, Obama stimulus, the last time government invested in America, would have been “incredibly more effective had it not been offset by draconian spending cuts by state and local governments under republican cabal control. In fact, the Hamilton Institute estimated that Republican austerity policies actually cost Americans over 2.2 million jobs and “resulted in the slowest recovery since World War II.”
The Economic Policy Institute concurred with the real economists at the Hamilton Institute and explained that:
The current recovery is the only one that has seen public-sector losses over its first 31 months…If public-sector employment had grown since June 2009 by the average amount it grew in the three previous recoveries (2.8 percent) instead of shrinking by 2.5 percent, there would be 1.2 million more public-sector jobs in the U.S. economy today. In addition, these extra public-sector jobs would have helped preserve about 500,000 private-sector jobs.”
Regardless of the Republican attempts to thwart any Obama recovery beginning on Inauguration night and continuing unabated today, the President still easily outperformed the Republicans proceeding him in managing the economy; particularly during the great Republican junta’s recession. Whether it was creating millions of jobs, reducing the unemployment rate or saving the American automobile industry, President Barack Obama accomplished it all while “keeping government spending flat and cutting annual budget deficits by two-thirds.” It is something that no Republican has, or ever will, accomplish because they will never accept change and abandon their failed trickle down, austerity, economic agenda. It is why, no matter who the nominee is, a Democratic president will continue the Obama economic recovery and any Republican will take little time to repeat the shrub economic disasters.

President Obama’s Supreme Court Fight Set To Drop A Bomb On Republicans In 2016

By taking the fight over his executive actions to the Supreme Court, President Obama is placing Republicans in a no-win situation that will blow up on the Republican cabal in the middle of the 2016 election.
The Hill reported:
President Obama’s executive actions on immigration could be headed for a court battle just in time for the general election — something Democrats hope will boost their party with Hispanics.
The Obama administration’s swift decision to ask the Supreme Court to lift an injunction on the actions sets up a possible ruling in late June, weeks before the party conventions.
“Immigration is already front and center,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of the liberal immigrant rights group America’s Voice. “Just imagine if a Supreme Court decision on whether 5 million undocumented immigrants get work permits is handed down right in the middle of the general election.”
Judging from the reaction of Hispanic groups to last night’s racist Republican pretender 'debate', Democrats don’t have to hope that the Supreme Court fight will be a disaster for Republicans. It is a given that it will be.
Republicans won’t be able to win. If the Court rules against President Obama, Hispanics and Democrats will have an issue that will send millions of angry voters to the polls. If the Court supports President Obama, Democrats and Hispanics will have equal motivation to get to the polls and keep the White House.
The very worst case scenario for Republicans is that Supreme Court case dominates the headlines ahead of the Election Day. Immigration is the Republican Achilles heel. The issue divides and paralyzes their party.
President Obama isn’t on the ballot next year, but his decision to appeal to the Supreme Court may do more to shape the outcome of the 2016 presidential election than either party’s nominee.
Obama has promised to fight until his last day in office, and he is setting the stage for one final election victory over Republicans.

U.S. Postal Service Union Endorses Sanders for President, Calls on Members to Join ‘Political Revolution’

U.S. Postal Service Union Endorses Sanders for President, Calls on Members to Join ‘Political Revolution’“Senator Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country.”

The World's Most Badass Woman Has Thrown Her Weight Behind Bernie Sanders

ObamaCare Is Helping Democrats By Dividing, Conquering, and Devastating Republicans

Sure, Republicans ran on repealing ObamaCare but it turns out that didn’t really mean repealing ObamaCare. Not all of it. Not the parts that would get really noticed in an election year.
Now some Republicans (especially endangered incumbents facing a tough 2016 election) want a take-back. They don’t want to repeal the expansion of Medicaid. Everything else can go, but not the Medicaid expansion.
The Hill reported:
Senate Republican cabal leaders have told their members they will repeal as much of the 2010 healthcare reform law as possible, but some Republicans are balking at a proposal to repeal the expansion of Medicaid.
“I am very concerned about the 160,000 people who had Medicaid expansion in my state. I have difficulty with that being included,” said Capito, a Republican from West Virginia.
Thirty states have accepted the option to expand their Medicaid rolls under ObamaCare, extending the coverage to millions of people.
Many of the states that accepted the expansion are led by Republicans governors — such as John Kasich in Ohio — and some Senate Republicans are reluctant to countermand them.
So Republicans are a bit of a hot mess with pretender candidates like Cruz (R-TX) wanting to tear down the whole thing while others want to only repeal parts that won’t hurt them politically.
Or so they think. Some Republicans want to include repealing Planned Parenthood in the reconciliation process. Politico reported:
The Senate parliamentarian ruled Tuesday afternoon that some provisions of a Republican cabal bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood did not survive the so-called Byrd rule, which governs when the powerful procedural tool known as reconciliation can be used. But top Republican cabal Senate aides also noted the parliamentarian ruled that the bill was “privileged,” meaning it can avoid a filibuster. Republicans also maintained that the problem could be resolved relatively easily on the floor with a substitute amendment.

But a provision defunding Planned Parenthood — a measure that could give heartburn to moderates who don’t support stripping funding from the women’s health group — could be included in the reconciliation bill, according to the parliamentarian’s ruling.
The ObamaCare law is very long, as you’ve heard from Republicans for years. So long that they never got around to reading it, supposedly. Not even their aides who are paid to read legislation. So maybe they don’t realize it, but it’s pretty complex and stealing from Peter is going to impact Paul. Frankly it’s frightening to think of what Republicans would make law, since this is all political theater and not about good policy.
The good news here is that even as they argue about how to avoid a filibuster and can they get rid of the individual mandates and how about forcing the working poor off of Medicaid, it’s all nothing but theater.
Some Republicans think Obama would sign their repeal if they water it down, but the President isn’t going to sign anything that doesn’t make ObamaCare stronger and better. He certainly wouldn’t allow a repeal of the Medicaid expansion, which has helped millions of Americans get coverage.
The Medicaid expansion helps the working poor. Republicans in swing states realize that taking affordable healthcare away from the working poor isn’t good business.
It used to be that ObamaCare was the one thing an increasingly fractured Republican republican cabal could reliably agree on. But not so much anymore now that political reality has set in, just like we always said it would. People will usually place their personal health above a political ideology. So said Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It will be devastating for national elections if Republicans try to throw the working poor off of Medicaid, but that seems like their plan, in addition to trying to defund healthcare for poor women. Not great optics for anyone except red state Republicans.

Obsessive Polling of Unrepresentative America Warps our Politics

I guess it’s time to cap the voting age — at 65

Senior College Student, via Memes.comI guess it’s time to cap the voting age — at 65
Apparently seniors can’t be trusted with the ballot, guys.

The Truth Hurts


Lively, who inspired Uganda’s “kill the gays” law, says wingnut violence is part of a liberal conspiracy

Scott Lively, via Wikimedia CommonsLively, who inspired Uganda’s “kill the gays” law, says wingnut violence is part of a liberal conspiracy
OK, who told him?

Gohmert - Not Saying Obama Made Up Climate Change Hoax, He’s Just Askin’

In Texas, every schoolboy learns, apparently, that he can say anything, no matter how crazy it sounds, so long as he's just askin' what everyone's a-thinkin', is all. Don't you dare accuse Republican lunatic moron Gohmert...

10 Conspiracy Theories from the Wingnut Lunatic Fringe That Have Invaded American Political Life

Wingnut Candidates Not Good Enough For Koch Money–‘No plans To Support Anybody In The Primary’

GOP Candidates Not Good Enough For Koch Money–‘No plans To Support Anybody In The Primary’This is “yooooooge!” 
Charles Koch is thoroughly unimpressed with the clown car’s ineptitude.

The Truth Be Told


7 Examples Of Republican Pretender Candidates Screwing Over Veterans

7 Examples Of Republican Presidential Candidates Screwing Over VeteransThese candidates want to be the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, but they can’t manage to support laws to help veterans?

Organizers seat woman behind Trump ‘because she’s black’ — so she silently protests by reading her book

Johari Osayi Idusuyi (Facebook)
An Illinois woman became an Internet celebrity after she read a book during a campaign speech by Trump.

Republican Pretender Candidates Pave A Path To Defeat By Courting Lunatic Fringe Extremist Wingnuts

Most of the Republican delegates chosen by March 8th, will come from states where the majority of wingnut voters are white evangelicals.…
Huckabee-Cruz-Jindal-SantorumOn Friday November 7th, three of the Republican pretender candidates appeared at a National 'Religious Liberties' Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. The event was hosted by moronic pastor  Swanson, a hatemonger who openly advocates the death penalty for gays, because according to his interpretation of the bible, homosexuals are to be executed. Cruz, Jindal and Huckabee attended the event.
While Cruz, Jindal and Huckabee did not themselves say they approved of murdering gay people for the “sin of homosexuality”, they did nothing to distance themselves from Swanson’s inflammatory comments. All three of them are battling for the support of white evangelical 'christian' voters in the Republican caucuses and primaries.
Their support for Swanson demonstrates that Cruz, Jindal and Huckabee are three of the weakest, most spineless candidates to ever run for pretender. They are too timid to say killing gay people is not acceptable, because, by dog, they want hateful white evangelical 'christian' bigots to vote for them in Iowa, South Carolina and a bunch of other states that vote early on the Republican calendar.
The three men are clear profiles in cowardice. However, from a strictly Machiavellian point of view, they may be doing exactly what they need to do, in order to perform well in the early contests. An analysis by Geoffrey Skelley, at Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball site, explains why pandering to White fundamentalists might be smart politics. White evangelicals dominate the early Republican calendar.
In fact, just under 64 percent of the Republican delegates chosen on or before March 8th, will come from states where the majority of wingnut voters identify as white evangelical Christians. Because of their disproportionate influence in early states like Iowa, South Carolina, and seven Southern states that vote on March 1st in the “SEC primary”, white born-again Christians could have a tremendous say in which candidates remain viable by mid-March.
This dynamic means that candidates like Huckabee, Jindal and Cruz, who attended Swanson’s gay bashing event, will have every incentive to push a theocratic agenda, in the hopes of harvesting votes. Although Carson, Rubio, and Santorum, did not attend the National Religious Liberties Conference, they too will try to pander to lunatic fringe religio-wingnut fundamentalists by highlighting their socially regressive policies. Even Trump is determined to pander to the religio-wingnuts, as evidenced by him asserting that when he becomes pretender everybody will be saying “Merry Xmas”.
Not all white evangelicals are homophobic bigots or cultural reactionaries. However, enough of them are, so that Republican politicians have no reason to fear they will be punished at the polls for catering to religious extremists on the fundamentalist fringe. The wingnut base in many of the early contests is overrun with white 'christian' fundamentalists, and Republicans trying to scratch and claw their way into the White House seem to think challenging religious bigots over their self-righteous hatred towards others is not smart politics. So rather than standing on principle for loving one’s neighbors and not judging others, the wingnut politicians will take photo-ops with pastors who support executing homosexuals, because it just might earn them some votes.

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Stupidity Illustrated


Yes, Fiorina’s three page tax code exists … kinda

Carly Fiorina, screenshot via Des Moines RegisterYes, Fiorina’s three page tax code exists … kinda
She didn’t lie, but she also didn’t tell the whole truth.

Bernie Sanders Leads Trump and Jeb by Double Digits

Jon Stewart roasts Trump at veterans’ benefit show

'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart discusses Donald Trump on July 23, 2015. [YouTube]
“People are like, ‘I like Trump; he says what he thinks.’ What he thinks is stupid,” Stewart said during the Stand Up For Heroes event hosted by the New York Comedy Festival.

Jon Stewart Shows Trump And His Fans What They Sound Like To Everyone Else

Jon Stewart Shows Trump And His Fans What They Sound Like To Everyone Else
Everything Trump says sounds like a drunk tweet.
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What An Idiot


Cruz and Rubio: Look Out, the Two Glib Bull Shit Artists Are on the Move

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Halperin Says Carson Is Everything Republican Cabal Needs In A Candidate

Mark Halperin Says Ben Carson Is Everything GOP Needs In A Candidate

Carson’s ‘Very Closest’ Friend And Business Partner Is Health Care Fraudster

Ben Carson’s ‘Very Closest’ Friend And Business Partner Is Health Care FraudsterA man identified by Carson as his “very closest” friend and business partner has been convicted of health care fraud.

Carson’s campaign doubles down on claim that China has a military presence in Syria

Ben Carson, screenshot via YouTubeCarson’s campaign doubles down on claim that China has a military presence in Syria
And they did so using two different explanations for the claim.