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.

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