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Written by D. Heffernan

November 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Tax Cuts for the Rich: Republican Argument Falls Apart

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SHOCKING NEWS:  Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Only Help the Wealthy (via The Inspired Economist)

(I’ve recently started writing for a blog called The Inspired Economist, part of Important Media Network…check it out!!)

Yes, yes…another day, another incredibly well-executed, painstakingly researched, critically-praised study published that just flies in the face of everything Republicans blindly promote at the urge of their billionaire overlords believe in.

Ready for the big surprise?

Tax cuts for the rich don’t help the economy.   They make the rich richer and promote income inequality.

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American Horror Story

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If not for the enviable intransigence of the republicans – no tax increases of any form under any circumstances – some influential Democrats would have our country more closely resembling post-austerity Greece than the America we love today.

The Debt Reduction Super-Committee (the “Sup-Com“) was mandated as part of the infamous 2011 Debt Ceiling budget compromise…from HELL!  You remember, where in exchange for 100% spending cuts, Obama and the Democrats got…nothing.

So, the Sup-Com is trying to shave a minimum of $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit over the next 10 years.  So noble, right?  And both parties are working together in the spirit of bipartisanship and good faith to-

Oh, right.

Republicans have drawn their line in the sand on taxes.  Democrats are testing how close they can come to that line, without establishing one of their own.  The latest “compromise” (again, this term has been redefined, meaning one side gets about 99% of what they want, the other side gets 1%) from the Democrats on the Sup-Com, going against the opinion of the vast majority of the entire country:  make tax cuts for the wealthy PERMANENT.  A classic Democratic fallback, no?  Because, if the rich can’t save us, who can?

The previous “compromise” offer was nothing short of brutal either.  Hearken back, if you will, to the National Committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, established via Executive Order by Obama in 2010 to address the budget deficit.  Not surprisingly, this group couldn’t agree on a series of recommendations, with Democrats pleading a mixture of targeted spending cuts and revenue increases, and republicans pushing for America as pre-revolution France.  Co-chairs (moderate Democrat) Erskine Bowles and former (conservative republican) Senator Alan Simpson (who likes to refer to recipients of social security as “lesser people“) finally decided to release their own set of proposals, generally considered as favoring the conservative viewpoint (i.e., big social safety net cuts coupled with tax cuts are our ticket to prosperity!).   Fast forward, and the Democrats’ last “compromise” plan fell significantly to the right of these fantastic ideas, with a 6-1 ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases, including medicare benefit cuts to individuals with incomes of $12,000 to $15,000 per year.

So, I have to ask again, as I’ve asked many times.  What is the strategy?  Sacrifice all Democratic gains at the expense of accomplishing something, when that something is an acceptance that eliminating job-training programs and cutting taxes for billionaires is the key to America’s success?  What is the remaining Democratic platform (“We’re not quite as far to the right as the republicans!!!”)?  If I’m off-base, why isn’t there a coordinated, 24×7 media campaign calling out republican bullshit? THEY ARE WRONG!

Its painful.  And in some perverse way, by continually saying no to what could only be a significant conservative victory, by only accepting our-way-or-the-highway, the republicans are actually helping the cause.

I say, let the committee fail.  Let the prospect of massive cuts to the defense budget loom large.  Then lets see what republicans are willing to offer when the health of the military-industrial complex is on the line.

UPDATE 1:  Lets punt!!!  Compromise is always easier next year.

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November 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm

BOMBSHELL: Obama IS an American Citizen

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If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last 4 years in an absolute panic of doubt and suspicion, wondering, as I have:  Who the hell are the Kardashians?  Was Barack Obama REALLY born in the United States?

Because if he wasn’t (and he probably wasn’t, especially now that Donald Trump has been talking about it on the the TV), then he MUST be a Kenyan Muslim socialist, intent on imposing sharia law on the United States and rounding up all the republicans in internment camps.

Of course, he released his “short form” birth certificate back in 2009, but who believed that?  How could we possibly take him both at his word, and with definitive proof?  Come on, give us something here.  I mean, hell, even I have a fake short form certificate.   What?  You say you didn’t know my name was Max Burly, born February 30th, 1867 (oops, heh heh, that must be the hospital’s typo)?

And now this:  the White House finally released Obama’s clearly photo-shopped (thank you FOX BUSINESS NEWS!), long-form birth certificate.  Nice try, Obama…if that is your real name!

Deeply respected attorney Orly Taitz, Esq., quickly exposed it for the mockery it makes of us all, shrewdly pointing out that, in a real birth certificate, the father’s race would have read “Negro”, not “African”, because that’s how folks talked back then.  Go Orly!  That is SO true!  What does he think we are, stewpid?

Look, its not like we’ve got anything against Obama.  I mean, we ask this of all the Presidents.  Remember George W. Bush’s “Certificate-Gate”?  Bill Clinton’s famous “I am NOT a Berliner” speech?  Reagan’s heartwarming televised reunion with his Pakistani parents (OMG…awkward!!!)?  And no way were we letting that Panamanian John McCain into the White House, are you with me fellas?

No, just like all the other times, this is just an honest attempt at getting at the truth.  So lets not let this die, people.  Until Obama builds a time machine and takes me back to the exact moment of his birth, color this writer skeptical.  Of course, then I would need to review an extended series of photos over the course of his lifetime, taken at least once a month…because it could have been any old baby, right?

Hey, did you hear that Obama could be the Anti-Christ?

Just let him prove he isn’t…

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May 3, 2011 at 4:57 am

Obama Goes Nuclear

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Remember George W. Bush’s relentless campaign to free the world of nuclear weapons and bring peace and security to the world?  No?  Huh…thats funny.

Last week, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pledged to reduce, over the next 7 years (I mean, really, what’s the rush, right?), each country’s nuclear arsenal by about 1/3…to a mere 1,550 warheads each.  This is still PLENTY of nukes to make life pretty miserable in an “exchange”.  Still…this is PROGRESS, this is another in a series of important foreign policy steps that Obama has taken (and yes, I know its not all good stuff)…and someday…I mean, even Reagan (first sacred liberator, now apparently pariah of the right) dreamed of a nuclear weapons-free world.

Also notable is a shift in nuclear posture, though it defies rational belief that such a position would need to clarified, but here we are.  The U.S. will not use nuclear weapons first on any nation that has signed, and is in compliance with, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  This, of course, excludes Iran and North Korea.

Ahhh, but now there’s the tricky matter of the amazingly unproductive U.S. Senate (where all good bills go to die) from which a 2/3 vote is required to ratify any treaty…another brilliant move from our nation’s founders…thanks Franklin!

Other problems:  stupid people.

  • Easily the MOST preposterous “critique” comes from Facebooker Tina Fey Sarah Palin:  “It’s kinda like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one of the kids saying, ‘Go ahead, punch me in the face and I’m not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.'”  Sadly, no…in reality ITS NOTHING AT ALL LIKE THAT!  But, who needs pesky things like facts, and truth, when you’ve got that folksy charm, right?
  • “Independent” Joe Lieberman, everyone’s favorite former Democrat:  “I am going to be real hesitant to vote for this treaty unless we have a commitment from the Administration that they are prepared to modernize our nuclear stockpile.”  Of course, the myth that our nuclear stockpile is slowly deteriorating to the point that none of them will fire if we need them is a favorite republican talking point.  Keep up the good work, Joe!
  • Not to be outdone in crazy, Fox News gets in on their own fear-mongering as images of a mushroom cloud (believe it) follow Megyn Kelly’s intriguing lead-in to coverage of the treaty signing:  “Now critics are asking, will the new deal leave the U.S. defenseless until it’s too late?”  Curiously, she forgets to mention that those critics are idiots.
  • Senator Lamar Alexander (r-TN) joins in on John McCain’s post-health care bill temper tantrum:  “There’s not a chance the treaty will be approved this year”.  Now that Bush is out of office, the single most important republican cause has become the debt…HEY DUMMY…eh, never mind, there’s no talking with these people…

Should we hang on to some shred of hope that we can peel off a reasonable number of republicans to ratify this thing?  That within the grand old party, there are a few cool heads, a few decent people who favor sensible policy and progress over stubborn party unity?  We’ll see…we’ll see…

In the meantime, check out John Stewart’s take on the issue.

Cheers, John.

Written by D. Heffernan

April 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

The going gets weird…

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Wait a second…what’s this?

Quote today from Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, “I think the term ‘cap and trade’ is not in the lexicon anymore.”

Almost simultaneously, Barack Obama gave the middle finger to U.S. environmentalists and progressives by opening large swaths of the coastline to offshore oil drilling.


In the immortal words of The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy: “What is this – Bizarro-world?”  Is Obama now following the ridiculously misinformed “Drill-baby-Drill” mantra of former VP-candidate/annoying twitterer Sarah Palin?  Are we “pulling a single-payer“, where we give up tons of ground to the right (known, of course, as “compromising”) in advance of hoped-for bipartisan legislation that, in the end, will fail to gain a single republican vote?

What is the strategy here?  Environmental groups (Helllooo Democratic party base!) are alienated.  The right scoffs and demands more concessions…before they collectively DON’T vote for any future energy plan (I’m looking at you, John “I’m a big baby” McCain).  And this, right after an admittedly huge win on health care.  Back to the bipartisan drawing board…oyyyy…STOP THE MADNESS!!!

I can’t help but be cynical…and stop me if this sounds familiar…but I see a long, protracted battle where Democrats are “forced” to give more and more ground to republicans, until we have, AT BEST, a VERY centrist bill with only moderate, uninspired public support, on an issue of monumental importance to our country and the world at large, with lots of right wing lunatics (encouraged by politicans and weeping TV personalities) screaming their heads off about the end of their country and their freedom and blahblahblah…and maybe someone brings a gun or two (again…encouraged) to a “climate town hall”…that ends, possibly in defeat, with no republicans willing to cross the aisle…and a terrible November for Democrats.

PLEASE, tell me I’m wrong.

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April 1, 2010 at 3:38 am

Karl Rove all about the irony

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Thats not my nickname for Karl Rove (it would have been much, much harsher), that was bestowed by former President George Bush.

We didn’t really expect this guy would disappear, did we?  I mean we hoped — desperately, foolishly hoped — but Fox News gobbled him up within weeks of that last sweet day of Bush’s failed presidency.

Fox “News” – halfway house for former criminals, like everyone’s favorite watergate mastermind G. Gordon Liddy, and Iran-Contra scandal star Oliver North.

So, this is the kind of gem, while “discussing” the U.S. response to Israel’s recent settlement-building announcement, that we can expect from Mr. Rove in 2010:

“…they [the Obama administration] let a cowboy president try to act in an extra-constitutional way to violate a fundamental principle in the Constitution, all without having done their homework in advance.”

…hear that?  That was the sound of your jaw dropping to the floor…

Yes, Barack Obama, the cowboy president.  Not Bush.

Oh, Barack Obama, always violating that pesky constitution.  Not Bush.  Certainly, not Bush. DEFINITELY, not Bush.  Need some more examples?

Oh, Barack Obama…why, WHY didn’t you do your homework in advance?  You know, like Bush did before we invaded Iraq.  Oh, you say he missed a few things, did he?


I have to believe that Rove knows exactly what he’s saying, that he smugly revels in the absurdity, the irony, the outright deceptions…that he explicitly relies on the collective short term memory of Americans in general, on the unbelievable gullibility of Fox “News” viewers, on truckloads of red meat rhetoric for the republican base to give life to his monumental lies, in an effort to recreate history, spread the fear and the hate…and return another dumb, war-mongering, born-again republican to the White House.

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March 17, 2010 at 3:00 am


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TV Hannity TortureStock market falling?  Obama’s fault.

High gas prices?  Obama’s fault…even BEFORE he became President.

Governor Mark Sanford cheats on his wife with Argentine woman?  Obama’s fault.

Stubbed your toe?  Obama’s fault…probably.

But really, there’s nothing like using the horrible tragedy at Ft. Hood as an opportunity for political finger-pointing

Yes, renowned liar Sean Hannity of Fox News now claims that mass killings at a U.S. military base on American soil can be easily linked to the election of Barak Obama.  What an asshole.

(And he tends to be so informed and reasonable.  For example, “It doesn’t say anywhere in the Constitution this idea of the separation of church and state” – 8/25/03 and, of course, “I’ll tell you who should be tortured and killed at Guantanamo – every filthy Democrat in the U.S. Congress. – 6/15/05.  Want more?  Check these out…)

Not to be outdone, big fat idiot (thanks, Al Franken) Rush Limbaugh chimed in with his own ridiculous attack on Obama.  Let me just quote him for you:  “…we can almost say that this is Obama’s fault, because this guy said that he believed that Obama was going to get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama hasn’t done it, and that’s one of the reasons why the guy cracked.”

So, the list:  Obama is illegitimately elected, Kenyan, racist, Muslim, Socialist, war monger and also everything bad that happens is because of him.

Please tell me this isn’t working.  Please tell me that even though millions of people are tuning in and listening to the ranting of lunatics and racists, there just aren’t enough to cause any trouble.

Why are these jerks even given a voice?

Must be Obama’s fault…

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November 11, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Admitted War Criminal Won’t Shut the Hell Up

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Former pretend President George W. Bush has been (thankfully) MOSTLY out of sight (if not out of mind) and dare I say, somewhat respectfully quiet since leaving his last job.  We all get to enjoy the Bush Legacy, of course, what with the two wars and a recession and a world teetering on the brink of environmental catastrophe (but who cares…look!  Balloon Boy!!!)…but AT LEAST, we don’t have to hear any more of those agonizing speeches he gave…unless we want to pay $19, that is…

Not so, torture-advocate Dick Cheney.

From defending harsh interrogation techniques, to suggesting we’re all going to die if Obama closes Guantamo Bay, Darth Vader is back, criticizing Obama for “dithering” on Afghanistan policy.


Soooo, lets see…start war in 2001 and leave it to your predecessor in shambles 8 years later while “dithering” with another endless war in another country nearby and draining the wealth (neat site, eh?) of the United States in the process, award huge no-bid contracts to your friends, hire a group of dangerous lunatics to police the place, generally just FUCK UP at every turn…

And its Obama’s war now?

I, for one, don’t look back fondly at having the most powerful man in the world making snap, and often stupid decisions on matters of monumental importance “from the gut“, so I say, Obama, take your time, do it right.

But get us out.

Now piss off, Dick.

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October 23, 2009 at 3:27 pm