Thursday, November 20, 2014

Poll: Half of All Republicans Agree With Gruber That The American People Are Indeed Stupid

Republicans have been absolutely furious at Jonathan Gruber's secret remarks about the American people being "stupid". But you know who else thinks the American people are stupid? Republicans.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of Likely U.S. Voters agree that the American people are too stupid to understand the true costs associated with Obamacare, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone poll. Just 52% disagree and another 16% are not sure.

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Sixty-two percent (62%) of Democrats and voters not affiliated with either major party by a 47% to 33% margin say the American people are not too stupid to understand the actual costs associated with Obamacare. Republicans are evenly divided on the question.
Since his comments were leaked, Jonathan Gruber has turned into history's greatest monster. Yet for some strange reason, half of Republicans seem to concur with Herr Gruber. Imagine that.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rush Limbaugh Thinks Stephen Colbert's Audience Was Laughing WITH Him

Apparently some things are too subtle for El Rushbo:

RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number one. Last night it was Comedy Central, and it was Colbert Report. I always do that, the Colbert Report. And it was time to make fun of your host, El Rushbo, for my take on the meaning of the election.

LIMBAUGH: The biggest and perhaps the most important mandate a political party has had in the recent era, and it is very simple what that mandate is: It is to stop Barack Obama. Republicans were not elected to govern.

COLBERT: Thank you. Republicans were not elected to govern. Their one job -- (applause) -- huge, huge Rush Limbaugh fans here tonight. (cheers) Republicans were not elected to govern. Their one job is to stop Obama.

RUSH: And that got practically a standing ovation on Comedy Central last night, totally shocking the host, and once again, demonstrating the whole world agrees with me on this. It just does. It's a great validation.

Rush seems to understand, unlike many on the right, that Colbert is not in fact, a genuine conservative, but doesn't seem to grasp the possibility that the people cheering in the audience, probably weren't doing so as legitimate fans. If they were, don't you think they'd probably be booing when they realized Colbert was making fun of Rush?

But hey, don't take my word for it. Watch the segment below and judge for yourselves:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

More Good Economic News For Kansas

Heck of a job, Brownback:

Kansas will collect $1 billion less in revenue in 2015 and 2016 than its projected expenses following massive income tax cuts signed into law by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

The new revenue estimates released Monday revealed that Kansas would burn through about $380 million in reserves and still need to cut $280 million to balance its current budget for fiscal year 2015, which ends next June 30.

The problem continues in 2016 when revenues are projected to run $436 million short of expenditures, the estimates show.
Now yes, that sounds pretty bad, and you would think that the state should be doing something to make it less bad, but Brownie thinks the state's finances are doing just fine thank you very much:

Brownback’s budget director, Shawn Sullivan, said the administration has no intention of revisiting the state’s tax policy, which calls for further income tax cuts through 2018.

Sure, the original point of enacting the tax cuts was that they would supposedly create more revenue (because that is a thing that actually happens in reality, of course) , but just because it failed to achieve its primary goal doesn't mean we need to change course!

My favorite part from the report is this:

The state of Kansas must continue to live within its means just as families do every day,” Sullivan told reporters Monday. “Our primary focus will be to curtail growth in state spending through additional efficiencies and policy proposals.”
For those of you who aren't familiar with why trickle-down policies are not really held in a positive light by liberals, this is it. Republicans enact tax cuts that kill the revenue stream, which makes it difficult to pay for services, which Republicans then shed crocodile tears for and say "Welp, guess we gotta gut all these wonderful poverty programs. What a shame".

This is what the Kansas electorate voted for. Again. But hey, at least Brownback never went to a strip club, right?

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article3729756.html#storylink=cpy


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article3729756.html#storylink=cpyBrownback’s budget director, Shawn Sullivan, said the administration has no intention of revisiting the state’s tax policy, which calls for further income tax cuts through 2018.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article3729756.html#storylink=cpy

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Don't These People Ever Give Up?

Republicans continue to valiantly fight in the war against biology:

Legislation that could “open the door” to creationism in public schools has advanced in the Ohio House, the National Science Education Center warns.
Ohio’s House Bill 597, approved by the House Rules and Reference committee on Wednesday, would eliminate new multi-state educational standards known as Common Core. But the legislation contains language that could allow school districts to teach creationism or intelligent design in science classes.

As originally written, the bill would have prohibited schools from favoring one “political or religious interpretation” of a scientific fact in favor of another. When asked if that meant schools would be allowed to teach intelligent design alongside the theory of evolution, one of the bill’s sponsor replied that “districts will be able to choose based on their judgment.”
 Realizing that it was a bad idea to admit what the true goal of this legislation was, we get the eventual backpedal:

Supporters of the bill have since walked back their comments. “Nowhere in the bill does it mention creationism,” Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) said in August.

The idea of teaching creationism/Intelligent Design  in biology classes is one of those things that I'm surprised is actually a thing to begin with. Even if it turned out that the theory of evolution was completely wrong, I don't see how the only correct alternative would be the Bible.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Man Who Doesn't Know How Gravity Works Calls American People "Dumb"

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly was a bit annoyed on his show yesterday at the fact that a recent Washington  Post/ABC News poll had people trusting Democrats to do a better job handling the nations problems than Republicans (39% to 37%). Bill O' of course had an explanation for this:

“There are two primary reasons for the confusion. First, apathy: we are living in a narcissistic time where individual pursuits override the collective good. And secondly:  poor education. As Watters' World proves every week, many American citizens are simply dumb, they don't know anything, and when you don't know anything, you'll buy anything – propaganda rules.
 It's pretty late on my end, so I'll just leave this here:




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Glenn Kessler Demonstrates Once Again How Useless He Is

As much as I dislike right-wing media, at least I know what to expect from their ilk. Conversely, I have far less compassion for so-called "centrist" journalists who ought to know better.

One such example is the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler, who runs their "fact checking" division. The other day he decided to take on the accusation from the Democrats that the Republicans have been responsible for cutting funding for the CDC and NIH over the past several years. He gave this claim four Pinnochios, which is the worst level of lying one can achieve on the Fact Checker page.

Needless to say, conservative media outlets all over the intertubes praised Kessler's verdict. Sites like The National Review, Newsbusters, and Hot Air were absolutely giddy that someone from the evil lamestream media was on their side.

As you might have guessed, I took issue with Kessler's analysis.

This is the crux of Kessler's argument:

There’s no doubt that spending has been cut, or at least failed to keep pace with inflation, but the fingerprints of both parties are on the knives.
 "Both parties". Why is that the case?  Well, most of the cuts that the CDC and NIH have received were due to sequestration, which Kessler blames on the White House for proposing. The implication is that Obama himself wanted brutal cuts to these agencies.

Of course, this is an idiotic assumption.

Just to quickly review, the idea of sequestration manifested when the newly insane Republican congress in 2011 thought it would be fun to blow up the world economy (again). In an attempt to prevent this catastrophe, the idea of sequestration was introduced. Kessler has gone to great lengths to prove that this horrible proposal was Obama's idea.

Though whether it was Obama's idea or not, is completely irrelevant. The point of the sequester was that it would initiate such massive, draconian cuts to all parts of the government, that both sides would be forced to come to some sort of compromise. In other words, this was supposed to be such an awful, horrible idea that no one would actually want it to go through.

Of course, in due time we learned that Republicans thought that this remarkably idiotic initiative wasn't idiotic enough, and decided it was just fine and dandy to keep after all. Obama once again, misjudged how pathologically insane the opposition was.

If a mugger tried to rob someone and they ordered him to hand over all their cash, and the muggee offers to give only half, would anyone in their right mind say that the muggee was the one who wanted to hand over half their cash? Presumably the muggee wouldn't want to have handed over anything. Obama didn't want sequestration. It was a response to Republican threats to burn down the world.

Let's also not ignore the bizarre gloating from right-wing websites because of this article. The big government loving, socialism supporting, most liberal President in history...is the one that wants cuts in government spending, not the Republicans! RNC Chairman, Reince Preibus was bragging about how the Bush Administration spent far more than Obama on the CDC and NIH. Yet do any of these right-wingers want to actually increase funding for these agencies? Of course not! If they did, they would have already done so.

They just simply want to have it both ways. They want to attack Obama for supposedly wanting to cut funding, while not actually doing anything about it. If Obama had any opportunity whatsoever to reverse the sequester cuts, he'd do it in a heartbeat.

Seriously, with useless "centrist" journalists like Glenn Kessler, who needs Michelle Malkin?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scott Walker: "We don't have a jobs problem in this state. We have a work problem!"

Wisconsin will probably be seeing a lot of ads featuring this sound bite, I reckon:


"We don't have a jobs problem in this state. We have a work problem," Walker said during a discussion about raising the minimum wage.

 See, the unemployment rate would be so much better if the unemployed would stop being lazy during a recession. Yeah, that oughta go over real well.

Apparently realizing that wasn't the smartest thing to say, here's Walker's inevitable attempt at damage control:

Walker said that his opponents were taking the comment out of context.
 
During an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Walker explained that he is seeking to boost workers in two areas. First, he pointed to employers who need trained workers for higher-skilled jobs like welding.

"We have jobs, we don't just have enough people with the skill sets to fill those jobs," he said.
 A bit less derisive than the original statement. Unfortunately, here's Walker again, refuting himself moments later:

Walker also said he wants to help others acquire the basic skills needed to hold down any job. Walker has proposed requiring drug tests for working-age recipients of public benefits.

"Many employers tell us they have work but they can't get people who know how to work and can pass a drug test," Walker said. "That drug test provision is obviously new."

"Again, we've got more than 70,000 job openings" on a state website, Walker added. "But one of the challenges is removing some of the disincentives for people not to work."

"Removing disincentives for people not to work"? Yeah, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and assume Walker wasn't referring to a skills gap after all.

Monday, October 6, 2014

VIDEO: Steven Crowder and Dana Loesch Destroy Feminist Nazis!

Right-wing "comedian", Steven Crowder, teamed up with ex-Breitbart columnist, Dana Loesch to do a thing, apparently:



You know what? I'm not even really bothered by the inane attempts by these chuckleheads to mock feminists. The most aggravating issue is that right-wingers have no goddamned understanding of the fundamentals of comedy. The directing is completely incompetent, the acting is completely flat, and there's zero sense of comedic timing.

Fortunately for Crowder, Loesch and co., their viewer base couldn't care less about such trivial things.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Even Mitt Romney Didn't Think He Could Get The Unemployment Rate To Fall This Fast

This is what Presidential silver medalist, Mitt Romney said back in 2012:

"I can't possibly predict precisely what the unemployment rate would be at the end of one year. I can tell you that over a period of four years, by virtue of the policies that we put in place, we get the unemployment rate down to 6 percent, or perhaps a little lower," he said.
Well, look at that. Seems Mittens thought that even the power of FREEDOM that his policies would unleash wouldn't be enough to get the UE rate down to 6% until 2016. Yet here we are at 5.9% in 2014, two years ahead of schedule, and with more of Obama's job killing tax hikes and regulations in place than in 2012.

By Romney's own standards, he should be glad that he lost the presidency. After all, would he really want to subject the American people to another two years of less than impressive job growth?

So What Did Some Republican Compare To The Holocaust This Time?

If you said the separation of Church and State, congratulations, you get a cookie:

After placing his hand on the Bible and taking the oath of office, state Sen. Charles Perry compared what he called the “spiritual battle” brewing across the nation to the Holocaust.
God has a place in the government, Perry explained in his inaugural speech as he vividly recalled a recent trip to a concentration camp in Berlin.
“There were 10,000 people that were paraded into a medical office under the guise of a physical. As they stood with their back against the wall, they were executed with a bullet through the throat. Before they left, 10,000 people met their fate that way,” Perry said.
“Is it not the same than when our government continues to perpetuate laws that lead citizens away from God? The only difference is that the fraud of the Germans was more immediate and whereas the fraud of today’s government will not be exposed until the final days and will have eternal-lasting effects.”

 Yup, having a government that doesn't attempt to prefer one religion over another exactly the same (if not worse) than the systematic killing of an entire race of people.

Also, you would think that if God were so important to the Founding Fathers, they might have bothered to mention him at least once when they were writing that constitution thing.

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