Archive for May, 2012

Republicans were always dirty fucking liars about Obamacare.

May 31, 2012 in Clueless Conservatives, Crazy Tea Party People, Health Care

The depths of cynical pandering: After spending three years railing on about the DEATH OF LIBERTY because of the Republican creation, the individual mandate, being the medicine that made all the sugar of the ACA go down, Republicans are starting to worry that voters will notice the sugar going away and, yes, they want to pander some more, sir.

I really don’t know how anybody considers Republicans to be any kind of fiscal conservatives, or responsible in any sense of the word. The mandate is what makes sure we have fewer free riders in the health care system. Republicans want to keep the provisions that protect people with pre-existing conditions? Then people have even more incentive to wait to purchase health insurance until they feel sick. Health insurance does not work when only sick people pay. It works when everybody pays the premiums, and then they get to go to the doctor when they need it.

But what they did was seize on the one aspect of the ACA that didn’t poll so well and make the entire program about that, whitewashing from history the fact that they invented the goddamn thing (and Mitt Romney signed it into law for Massachusetts, of course). As the ACA was designed to slowly roll out, people had little sense of the positive and only heard the negative. And those dumb Team Republican fuckers went all the way to their packed Supreme Court, just for the political victory against the object of their insanely irrational hatred, President Obama.

I swear, are they trying to get it dismantled so they can pass it again with their name on it?

Why do I feel like that’s a dumb question?

-hw

Bain is endless fail for Romney.

May 31, 2012 in Politics

Mitt Romney was never afraid to stick the taxpayer with a bill if it maximized his profits:

Classic crony capitalism: privatize the gain, socialize the risk. When Romney drove GST Steel into bankruptcy, he and his partners made $12 million in profit and another $4.5 million in consulting fees. But Romney stuck the taxpayers with a $44 million tab for the company’s underfunded pensions.

And this is what we know to be true of anybody who preaches the gospel of capitalism and small governments and ooooooh my god MY TAX DOLLARS, etc. They’re just worried that poor people might get a spot at the trough they’ve lobbied for. That means their share could go down, instead of up, and it’s gotta go up. The amount is secondary, it’s the direction, and all must go their way. The absolute last thing that ever matters is the country.

Is it really such a surprise Mitt Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts with that same Bain record and ended up 47th in the nation in job creation? He says he knows capitalism, but he only knows how to look out for Mitt.

-hw

White people are pissed at black people.

May 23, 2012 in Politics

Check the comment thread for the underbelly of the Republican Party that polite company doesn’t like to talk about.

None of them are racist, of course.

-hw

The first rule of Mitt Romney’s campaign is you do not talk about Mitt Romney!

May 22, 2012 in Politics

Apparently everything about Mitt Romney is off-topic. The one thing we were allowed to talk about, Bain Capital, is supposed to be off-limits as well, unless Mitt Romney wants to say he created 100,000 jobs (a purely fictional number that even his campaign is starting to back off from). Of course, that doesn’t pass the laugh test, but cue a moron “centrist” Democrat waltzing in to say attacking Romney’s imaginary Bain claims are beyond the pale. Cory Booker realized his comments were so indefensible that he quickly backtracked, but it was too late, the Beltway was happy to jump on that as permission to nod their heads and declare that Obama is wrong to rebut anything Romney says about the small portion of his record he is willing to talk about.

After all, did we forget that it’s actually Governor Mitt Romney? Yes, Romney brought his job-destroying Bain record into Massachusetts and left 47th in job creation, BUT BAIN! Until it doesn’t work for Romney, in which case it’s BUT CAPITALISM!

Because of course, after the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, caused by Wall Street, and while JP Morgan is busy losing $2 billion $30 billion, we must not question fiscal destruction because it means the commies win. So we’re left with Bain being good for Romney BECAUSE CAPITALISM and none of the fact matter BECAUSE CAPITALISM.

Need we even point out that Republicans think we really need to talk about Jeremiah Wright some more without discussing Mormonism’s Jewish Native Americans and Spaceman Jesus, and the possibility that God was just a nice plumber named Fred from another planet who didn’t hurt anybody and went to church every week?

And since it’s an ironclad law in DC that all news is bad for Democrats and good for Republicans, it’s worth noting one of the only loopholes, that it’s good news for any Democrat to stab other Democrats in the back, regardless of how poor their reasoning is. Such is true in the eyes of Washington, though it’s worth noting that Harold Ford jumped on the bandwagon, and how did things work for him in running for office while bashing and betraying Democrats at every turn? It’s not really about loyalty, per se, but the stupidity. Booker’s comments were full of holes, and his regret seems somewhat genuine in that he appears aware he didn’t have a leg to stand on.

Back to Romney, what a campaign. Don’t talk about him, don’t talk about him as Governor, don’t talk about the people that lost jobs while he raked in millions without producing a single thing of value, don’t talk about his religion, don’t talk about his policies that would explode the deficit and slash most spending that isn’t on the Pentagon, and so on. And of course we can’t talk about Obama much either…not his actual foreign policy record, not the actual measures he took to help the financial crisis, not the things he wanted to do that Republicans wouldn’t allow because they were sabotaging the economy, nope. We’re allowed to talk about one thing: the economy is still in rough shape, blame the guy in office…because Mitt Romney says so.

Well, you ain’t king yet, fucker, so stop telling me what I can say and start explaining why I shouldn’t say it. Because I sure as hell should.

-hw

Expansion and fluff are no strangers.

May 19, 2012 in Journamalism, Politics

I love Star Trek but have never had any interest in slash fiction about Kirk getting it on with Spock. Similarly, i did not enjoy seeing TPM give Ed Schultz a blowjob in the public square.

Don’t nuke the fridge, Marshall.

-hw

We’re deciding to specialize in things that are not news.

May 18, 2012 in Politics, teh gay

Paul Cameron finally admits what we know about all anti-gay crusaders, that he has some serious issues with his own gay feelings.

It’s tragic that Cameron was raped as a young boy, but that does not excuse the years of hatred directed at homosexuals that he built his career around. I remember back in the debates of the nineties, when anti-gay sentiment was still the prevailing attitude, Cameron’s studies fueled hundreds of thousands of Christian fundamentalist attacks on gay people. I ran into them in the dorm hallways, the internet, and on the street, all touting studies by Cameron that were quickly laughed out of serious debate by any actual scholars. He was a man with an axe to grind, and he made up whatever numbers would fit into that mission.

-hw

Succinct.

May 17, 2012 in Politics, Welfare of the rich

This, as is the parlance of our times:

You know, it’s interesting, as an attorney, I spend a lot of time reading the libertarians over at the Volokh Conspiracy.  To a man, they purport to believe in the sanctity of contract rights.  During the auto bailout, they raged and gnashed their teeth when various bondholders were forced to take losses by the big unions and their lackeys in the administration.  Remarkably, they never have anything to say when a worker gets screwed out of earned pension benefits or health care coverage.  It’s as if the contract rights of labor are somehow illegitimate or second-class compared to the inviolate rights of the One Percent.

That goes to a very pronounced disconnect in our national discourse. These things are so often about values, and the values of people like Mitt Romney are built upon a foundation of privilege. You lose public services because he deserves a few extra hundred thousand a year on top of his $25 million annual income, but oh, did you have a pension contract with your employer that you worked thirty years to honor? Fuck you, hippie.

-hw

Iowa Liberal, now with more graphs.

May 11, 2012 in Politics

Clearly, we need Mitt Romney to rescue us from this horrible class warfare.

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Want 7% unemployment? Easy answer.

May 11, 2012 in Politics

Shave off some Pentagon money, tax some billionaires and hire back the teachers, nurses, and other public workers.

Reagan and GW Bush benefited from government expansion, but under “socialist cuz I think it’s a bad word” Obama we’ve had extreme public sector cuts that damage the economy. Not that we’re broke as a nation, but because, thanks to Republicans, we’d rather spend money on the Pentagon and lathering up the one percent of Americans for whom this system works.

-hw

Real America!

May 10, 2012 in Politics

The dirty, filthy liberals over at JP Morgan have released a chart showing the benefit of monetary unions within political borders:

The chart above has an unintended lesson: that you can choose to live in a low tax, low regulation paradise like Mississippi and live like RealTrueAmericans but only when there are Left Coast Liberal Elite states around to foot the bill for you.

You’re welcome, Red Staters!

The gay person’s Abraham Lincoln.

May 09, 2012 in Barack Obama, teh gay

And mine. I started fighting in 1996, so obviously this is long past due, but justice doesn’t often come quickly in this country and there is still so far to go after the disgrace of North Carolina.

Click here for the celebrations…

-hw

I fell between two mighty trees.

May 09, 2012 in Politics

I realize I’ve only ever spoken here about the political influence of my father, but as I spoke to my mother last night the subject turned to politics and the woman was preachin’ it!

She is reeeeeally not amused by the war on women brought to us by the supposedly economics-focused Tea Party Republicans (hey thanks for that unemployment rate-raising austerity, guys!), the Paul Ryan budget which expands the war to include the poor, young and the elderly, nor is she fooled for an instant by by-the-wealthy-for-the-wealthy Mitt Romney.

Young women out there, you’d best be listening to the ones who remember that what Republicans call the good old days were the bad old days for everybody who wasn’t a straight white Christian male.

-hw

Exactly.

May 09, 2012 in Politics


In Bipartisan Spirit, Obama Makes Deal To Get Kicked In Balls

Pathological, serial liar Mitt Romney (many posts before November will have this title).

May 08, 2012 in Politics

You get no credit for the auto industry recovery, Mitt Romney, because you a) weren’t president b) nobody listened to your ideas, and c) your idea was that we SHOULDN’T HAVE BAILED OUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY. We know because you even wrote an op-ed saying it.

“If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye,” Romney wrote. “In a managed bankruptcy, the federal government would propel newly competitive and viable automakers, rather than seal their fate with a bailout check.”

Romney also spoke out on his opposition to the government loaning money to the industry in 2009, placing some of the blame on Bush.

“Bailout of enterprises that are in trouble, that’s not the right way to go,” Romney told CNN’s Larry King in 2009. “I know President Bush started it with the auto industry. I thought it was a mistake.”

Obama’s campaign immediately responded to Romney’s comments on Monday evening, stating that Romney was attempting to “fool” the public.

“Mitt Romney may think he can fool the American people by hiding his belief that we should ‘let Detroit go bankrupt,’ but the American people won’t let him,” Obama campaign co-chair Ted Strickland said in a statement, referencing Romney’s Times editorial. “Mitt Romney seems to think Americans will just forget the past and his very vocal and clear opposition to the successful auto rescue.”

Mitt Romney would have cratered the auto industry in America and sent millions packing. Because that’s how vulture capitalists like Mitt Romney of Bain Capital roll.

I guess it’s not Mitt, but Me-too Romney, never mind what came out of his mouth yesterday. Man, I guess above all I cannot believe the contempt he has for the voters. He thinks they’re stupid, he thinks they can’t remember how bad things were after eight years of tax cuts and deregulation, and he’s going to lie from now until November because he sees it as the only chance he has to get what he, for some inexplicable reason, thinks he deserves. Amoral doesn’t even come close to summing up the sociopath the Republicans are trying to sell us.

-hw

Real health care reform.

May 08, 2012 in Politics

Oregon is ready to go statewide with health care cost reform, ending fee-for-service in their Medicaid program. The Obama administration is helping them get started because this is one of the most important components of the ACA, creating a path for health care costs to get under control.

On Thursday, the Obama administration made a $1.9 billion bet that Oregon can dramatically reduce health costs in an unprecedented way.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it will chip in $1.9 billion of start-up costs to get Oregon’s Medicaid reforms going. In return, Oregon made a big promise: The state says it will keep its Medicaid costs growing 2 percent slower than in previous years.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber thinks he can save the federal government $11 billion in Medicaid costs over a decade. (Bruce Ely – AP)
If Oregon can make good, it will save the federal government $11 billion over the course of a decade — even counting Medicaid’s initial, $1.9 billion investment made Thursday. Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) calls it a “defining moment for health care transformation in Oregon, and the Obama administration.”

Massachusetts wants to go this route also because they already passed a plan, signed and touted by Mitt Romney, very similar to the Affordable Care Act, and it’s entirely self-defeating if the care isn’t affordable.

Most of our future budget worries are about affording health care. While the Beltway can’t quit Paul Ryan’s imaginary fiscal conservatism, Oregon and the Obama administration are practicing it, conserving our medical safety net by making it affordable.

-hw

Frontline: Money, Power & Wall Street

May 02, 2012 in Politics

No apparent way to embed it, but this is a superb epic of television journalism, a four hour opus on the global financial crisis so click and view (tip: Open it in a separate browser window and put it on the right side of your screen to watch while you continue to surf, makes four hours go by easier).

-hw

Wacky polls!

May 02, 2012 in Politics

This is hilarious: Mitt Romney has a 38.7% favorability rating. This is clearly impossible, as nobody likes Mitt Romney. When was the last time you heard a Republican say, “Man, I just really like Mitt Romney”? You haven’t. You’ve never said it. Nobody has said it. Even his family members are all, Obama’s pretty cool too, is even great. Okay, outside of the family and other Mormons, nobody says they like Mitt Romney. He is likable in the way you look at a LED television showing you magical worlds that don’t exist: gee, what a neat effect. He gets up there and looks presidential, and then he opens his mouth and it’s continuous garbage. It’s all about some Straw Man Obama that makes sense only to Republicans hopped up on Fox and rightwing conspiracy bloggers. It’s about saying the stimulus didn’t work when it worked. It’s about saying he is against Obama’s health care plan when he told Obama to adopt his Massachusetts program and Obama replied, ‘Okay, sure! Now we can all celebrate universal health care together!’ It’s about saying he was for the bin Laden operation when he wasn’t before. It’s about pretending he would be capable of that 50/50 roll of the international dice when he still thinks we’re battling the Soviets. It’s about promising us Bush, Updated Inc. and telling us that we need to return to the policies that led directly to the Great Recession and the debt that resulted.

I was about to go back through and provide links, but please…everybody knows this stuff. Because you can’t build illusions about a guy you don’t like, and nobody likes Mitt Romney. And Mitt Romney asks only one thing of us, that we forget everything we know about Mitt Romney and just hand him the job, please, because it’s his turn.

How bloody charming.

Anyhow, don’t look for this number to improve in the next six months as people start paying attention and learning about the man. More gaffes and blunders are on the way, because no matter how nice the LED television looks, you never actually get confused and think you’re battling orcs in Middle-Earth. Ironically, Romney may be at his most authentic when he is an image in a lie-filled advertisement, paid for by One-Percenter SuperPACs.

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Tomasky writes the book.

May 01, 2012 in Politics

This is an absolutely brutal takedown of the Republican whining over the fact that President Obama rolled the dice on an incredibly risky bin Laden mission (and added the helicopters necessary for it to be a success) and isn’t afraid to take credit for it. He notes the most stunning contrast, that Republicans shamelessly politicized the 9/11 attacks when they were a result of Republican failure in the form of Iraq-obsessed/Al Queda-dismissive incompetents George W. Bush and Dick Cheney followed by seven years of coming up empty (after first screwing up in Tora Bora, giving up entirely), yet they can’t stand Obama getting credit for his actual success.

Six months after 9/11:

Yet Republicans have been happy to smear any Democrat as weak or soft on terrorists. We haven’t seen much of it since bin Laden was killed, but Mitt Romney continues to go on the campaign trail deliberately lying about President Obama “apologizing” to the world for America (begging the question of whether or not we actually do have anything to apologize for, since of course we do).

Just for kicks, go into a rightwing blog comments section and point out that 9/11 happened because Bush dropped the ball, watch the fun ensue. They can’t stand it because it burns, it burns!

Andrew Sullivan throws in a few more kicks, especially at the incredible chutzpah of John McCain saying heroes don’t brag. This from a guy who built his career on getting shot down and captured in Vietnam, but I don’t think anybody’s listened to McCain much since he squandered his integrity in his last two campaigns. “If Bush had done it, he would have jumped out of a helicopter in a jump-suit with fireworks,” snarks Sully to great effect.

Really, is anybody fooled by what’s going on here?

-hw

UPDATE: One thousand words here: