Saturday, August 27, 2011

REALITY: GOP to shutdown Gov during a natural disaster so they can call this "Obama's Katrina"

by MinistryOfTruth  Fri Aug 26, 2011    Original

    My title says it all. I believe the entire purpose of Eric Cantor's demand that America must behave like a 3rd world nation and do NOTHING to help it's citizens during a natural disaster unless we enact budget cuts that will make us more like a 3rd world nation is twofold, it helps him use terrorist hostage taking tactics to achieve his political goals, and when people become outraged after the disaster Republicans will get to blame everything on Obama and say this is "his Katrina".

Mark my words, if Hurricane Irene is bad, Republicans will run with the talking point that this is Obama's Katrina. You can bank on it.

Because denying Americans aid during a natural disaster amounts to a government shut down. If sabotaging America in every way they can during Obama's Presidency is wrong, Republicans don't want to be right.

Republicans are banking on people suffering, and they intend to blame Obama and the Government as the cause of that suffering. It's all part of the GOP plan to make sure Obama and America FAILS so that they can "take their country back." Republicans have every reason to make people suffer more, the more the better, since they are going to blame the black Democratic President anyway. Republican policies make people suffer so the rich can feast anyway. When they are in power, Republicans ignore that suffering so they can keep feeding corporate welfare to the crooks who bribe them, when they are out of power they blame all of the suffering they created while in power on their successors. This is the mindfuck of running on voter outrage, as the GOP did successfully in 2010, it gives Republicans an incentive to rob you and make your life worse and stop a recovery from taking place while Obama is President so they can blame it all on him.

Eric Cantor, speaking on behalf of the millionaires he represents, has stated that he does not give a fuck about America or the people who live in his district. Cantor says America can't afford disaster relief for America unless we cut something else out of the budget. What he is really saying, on behalf of millionaires like him, is that the millionaires and super rich don't give a shit about America or Americans and they refuse to pay ONE CENT more to keep Americans from drowning in the streets.

With Republicans like this, who needs Hurricanes? To Republicans who are hell bent on fucking up America as much as possible so they can blame Obama, Hurricane Irene is like having Christmas early. The Hurricane will fuck things up, Republicans will make sure the Government is a useless as possible, and then they will blame Obama, and you can guarantee that the talking point for next week will be "Is this Obama's Katrina?"

The GOP vision of America is a fucked up 3rd world shithole with tax shelters for the rich. The rich can afford nice mansions away from Hurricanes. To quote President Dick Cheney, the rest of you peasants can, "Go fuck yourself."

I hope I am wrong on this. I hope this Hurricane isn't bad and that no one gets hurt and there is no major damage. I consider it massively unpatriotic to tell Americans NO ONE IS COMING TO HELP YOU during a national disaster. God forbid we raise taxes on millionaires by one cent so that millions of Americans can enjoy a higher standard of living, or even survive a national disaster.

I'm sure the free markets will save us all from Hurricanes.

By the way, thanks to everyone for letting me vent yesterday. I needed it. My sorrow has been replaced by outrage and anger, anger that the entire Republican party is hell bent on making Americans suffer so they can continue robbing the poor to give to the rich.

A hurricane is coming. The millionaires are safe on high ground and they have pulled up the ladder behind them. On behalf of the millions of Americans who live on the east coast, including New York City which I love, let me say to Eric Cantor and the rest of the Republican party what Clark Griswold once said

Only a criminal makes you choose between your money or your life. Once again, Republicans have proven that they don't give a shit about your life, they only care about your money and how much of it they can steal. And if they can blame it on Obama, well, even better.

Republicans are to patriotism what cannibals are to a culinary school.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Funnies: Earthquake Edition

    Unfortunately,  the earthquake in Washington did not shake our elected idiots into action on jobs.

  Earthquake Tweets:

@JenKirkman Michele Bachmann is readying her speech to ease the fears of everyone regarding today's earthquake in Washington State.
@TheTweetOfGod There was just a 5.8 earthquake in Washington. Obama wanted it to be 3.4, but the Republicans wanted 5.8, so he compromised.
@ApocalypseHow Holy Crap - something moved in Washington DC?!?!?

@ModeledBehavior: "More and more scientists are questioning whether that was a real quake. It is a theory that's out there."

David Letterman: The earthquake was so strong that the Tea Party shifted to the center."

"President Obama is enjoying the fun and sun in Martha’s Vineyard. It’s really sad when your SPF factor is higher than your approval rating."
"On the bright side, I didn’t have to shake my morning martini."

"Today Mitt Romney announced he’s building a $12-million beach house in California. There’s a man who can read the mood of the country."

David Letterman's "Top Ten Things Overheard During The East Coast Earthquake"
10. "That was the scariest two seconds of my life!"
9. "It's lootin' time"
8. "Hey, you forgot your champagne"
7. "5.9 earthquake, it would have been a 6.2 if it had a better lead-in"
6. "These new Taco Bell chalupas are rockin' my world"
5. "My hiccups are gone"
4. "Wheeeeee"
3. "Call FEMEMA, the Federal Extremely Minor Emergency Management Agency"
2. "Darn, right in the middle of laser eye surgery"
1. "Kirstie, stop with the jumping jacks!"


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ben Stein utterly CLOBBERS Bill O'Reilly on the idea that taxing the rich hurts the economy

Original Article  by  MinistryOfTruth on Tue Aug 23, 2011

Since when the hell did Ben Stein come out as a bleeding heart liberal who thinks the Billionaires can easily afford higher taxes?

Usually Ben Stein is on the side of the super rich when it comes to the last, oh, I don't know, 40 something years, but this time he decided to understand facts and recent history. Stein roundly delivered a thorough whooping to Bill O'Reilly's utter nonsense that if we make the rich pay tax rates that were fine under Reagan all hell will break loose today. Ben Stein delivers a scalding rebuke that would make a hard core liberal jump for joy, because it is full of facts and stuff.


Remember, raising taxes on the rich is class warfare, but raising taxes on the poor is making sure that everyone pays their fair share, and corporations are people too my friend but you can't raise their taxes either. With ideologically consistency like this, who needs pathological liars?

Transcript and more:

Hat tip to John Amato at for the transcript and apt commentary.

    Bill O'Reilly started his program off with his Talking Points Memo attacking Obama's vacation. See, Liberals were upset that George Bush took over 1000 vacation days were just as wrong headed as conservatives who say that Obama's 26 days off are more than Bush's downtime. He's the king of keeping it real.

     Bill did his usual propaganda, blaming all our deficit problems on Obama and says he's glad the President is on vacation. His real point of TPM (and mission in life) is to cut our social safety nets and to spread his anti-tax increase on the rich dogma. He's outraged at the idea we should raise taxes on the right-wing job producers because that's a job killer in every economic time and Warren Buffett is out of his mind in Margaritaville for saying we need to raise taxes on the wealthy. (He really said Margaritaville) Anyway, Fox News stock "market gurus" Ben Stein (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and Wayne Rogers (M.A.S.H) joined him to discuss Bill's brilliance. However, Stein didn't play the game and he's usually on board with the whole taxing thing.

   O'Reilly: Alright Mr. Stein, you know, you know that everything I said in the memo was true, correct?

    Stein: Absolutely not, I would say that almost every part of it is wrong except for the fact that it's better he's on vacation because he works terribly hard and he deserves a vacation...

   Not only are you dead wrong, BillO, but Obama deserves his vacation because he's been working his ass off cleaning up the mess Republicans made when the economy crashed and the deficit soared under Bush. Whatever Ben Stein is drinking, I'll have one of those.

   As a note, I love how Bill assumes you totally agree with his narrative, and if you don't he takes it as a sin, as if not agreeing entirely that every word Bill speaks is truth makes you a bad guy, because he loves a no spin conversation where it's Obama's fault and taxing millionaires like Bill O'Reilly is crazy talk. Right.
   And what kind of debate is this? Where are the differing opinions, other than Ben, who usually wouldn't come to his senses like this and mention inconvenient truths that screw up Bill O'Reilly's narrative. Seriously, it's an economic debate between a movie star, a corporate CEO, and a tv pundit, which gives you a wide array of opinions between millionaires and millionaires, only one of whom has any record of actually being educated in any way on economics, and even then that record is usually wrong, not withstanding this instance. We might as well discuss how to slaughter cattle with three men who know nothing more on the subject other than how to cook a steak, but I digress.

More from the transcript . . .

   O'Reilly: You get more money the better the economy is

    Stein: Absolutely.

    O'Reilly: If you take (meaning taxes from millionaires) then you're helping the recession. You're feeding the flames of it.

    Stein: That's not true.

    O'Reilly: Sure it is

    Stein: There's no correlation, I'm going to call you Mr. O'Reilly. There's no correlation Mr. O'Reilly, between tax rates on millionaires and people above that level (billionaires) and the growth of the economy... We had the highest growth in capitol and productivity and in the economy in general in the 40's, 50's and 60's when we had much higher taxes then..(Bill: yea, but they were inaudible ) Higher taxes don't correlate with inaudible growth...

    I don't know what happened to Ben Stein this morning, though I surmise that The Ghost of Christmas past visited him a few months too early, but he is dead right, for once. Taxing the rich does not make a recession worse, anyone who understands American history can point to the 50's and show that is not true. Rather, I am coming to the point of view that the only thing that tax cuts for the rich creates is higher income inequality between the rich and the poor, budget deficits due to lost revenue, and excess capital for the rich which they will use to bribe politicians and speculate on Wall Street. Remember when Reagan raised taxes? I don't remember ever meeting a Republican that would admit that Reagan raised taxes, but he did. I am coming to the opinion that the ONLY way to bring jobs back, based on the last decade of evidence, is to raise taxes on the rich.

    And Bill O'Reilly's idea that there are only 237,000 millionaires left in America, and boo hoo for them, well cry me a fucking river for the millionaires, and Bill O's claim that the economy under Obama has been unfair to the super rich and "battered them around", well, I don't want to hear from millionaires about how bad they suffer.

   This weekend I had a conversation with a teabagger who overheard me bad mouthing Fox News. He proceeded to blame Obama for his taxes going up and the deficit and high unemployment while saying Bush did a good job. He hated socialism, "that bitch Pelosi" and the Big Lie of "Global Warming", and it was like listening to Fox News being broadcasted out of a human skull. Honestly, it creeped me the hell out, and it reinforced my opinion that watching Fox News is like long term subliminal messages, a sort of hypnotoad that makes you believe whatever stupid shit the billionaires want you to think, and then, when you blame the poor, the government and every minority including women for all the problems of the world, that is when Republicans Fox told you to elect will rob you blind and blame someone else. Simply put, if I wanted to destroy America's political system by rendering a large portion of it's population delusional with lies and propaganda, I don't think I could do it without an organization like Fox News.

   So cheers to Ben Stein, for standing up to Bill O'Reilly and offering some truth. I am not sure if I will ever get the chance to offer cheers to Ben Stein, but this time, he deserves it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Obama’s Administration Attempting A Financial Crimes Cover Up…

   …which not be a shocker to any of you who keep up with Obama and his White House cohorts which aspire to be the best Wall Street ,bought and paid for, Republicans in the United States.

    So, to help his Wall Street Crime bosses, the Obama crime clan are pressuring the New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to bow down and except the  “ slap on the risk “ fine that the administration has been pushing for some time. I should note that the NY AG is not the only one who thinks that the deal that Obama wants to pull off is a sham. A few other state AG’s also have a problem with it.

   A Sunday New York Times article titled "Attorney General of N.Y. Is Said to Face Pressure on Bank Foreclosure Deal," states:

Eric T. Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York, has come under increasing pressure from the Obama administration to drop his opposition to a wide-ranging state settlement with banks over dubious foreclosure practices, according to people briefed on discussions about the deal.

In recent weeks, Shaun Donovan, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and high-level Justice Department officials have been waging an intensifying campaign to try to persuade the attorney general to support the settlement, said the people briefed on the talks.

Mr. Schneiderman and top prosecutors in some other states have objected to the proposed settlement with major banks, saying it would restrict their ability to investigate and prosecute wrongdoing in a variety of areas, including the bundling of loans in mortgage securities.

  I would say that the hindrance of further investigations and/or prosecutions of these criminals is what Obama is all about. I wonder what Obama’s percentage of the bailouts came to?  Change we can believe in  has  turned to the change in our pockets is all that we will get while Obama and the rest of the Republicans continue to fuck you and I over…..and over….and over….

    This is of course happening after new revelations about the SEC clearly breaking the law by destroying records of up to 18,000 investigations of wrongdoing by Wall Street firms since the early 1990s, as reported by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone Magazine, in the article titled "Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?

For the past two decades, according to a whistle-blower at the SEC who recently came forward to Congress, the agency has been systematically destroying records of its preliminary investigations once they are closed. By whitewashing the files of some of the nation's worst financial criminals, the SEC has kept an entire generation of federal investigators in the dark about past inquiries into insider trading, fraud and market manipulation against companies like Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and AIG. With a few strokes of the keyboard, the evidence gathered during thousands of investigations – "18,000 ... including Madoff," as one high-ranking SEC official put it during a panicked meeting about the destruction – has apparently disappeared forever into the wormhole of history.      Rolling Stone Article

   What are the odds that those crooks at the SEC will be prosecuted for destroying evidence? You’ll see Jesus return before that happens.

Monday, August 22, 2011

No Jobs Creation From Boehner

Joan McCarter   Mon Aug 22, 2011    

Read his lips: "No new jobs."

Republicans are ready to fight to stop job creation, Ezra Klein learns when he asks Speaker John Boehner's office about efforts to create a jobs super committee.

I ran Larson’s proposal by House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office on Friday afternoon, and it was immediately shot down. The response: Deficit reduction will spur job creation and, therefore, the supercommittee does not need to take on an additional mission.

“As every economist and every rating agency has made clear, getting our deficit under control is the first step to help get our economy growing again and to create jobs,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for Boehner. “Without knowing the specifics of this proposal, my concern would be this is some sort of new window-dressing for the same tired old, discredited Washington stimulus spending proposals.”

Klein then says, "Whether it wins enough Republican support to become part of the supercommittee’s work remains a pretty big unknown." Which isn't the larger point Larson and Congressional Democrats are making, which is to "call [Republicans'] bluff" on job creation and put them in the position of refusing to act on the issue that voters overwhelmingly say is most important to them.

Boehner's spokesman couldn't have made it any clearer. The Republicans will fight against putting people back to work. The Democrats' job is to make them have that fight.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 22, 2011

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Bernie Sanders: "Guess Which 10 Companies Aren't Paying Their Share"

Below is a little bit of that shared sacrifice that Obama and his Republican friends keep talking about.

by theChild     Sun Aug 21, 2011          Original Article

Bernie Sanders on The Ten Worst Corporate Tax Avoiders: It's Time for Them to Pay up and Share the Sacrifice

The following is a news release from the office of Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont-I)

While hard working Americans fill out their income tax returns this tax season, General Electric and other giant profitable corporations are avoiding U.S. taxes altogether.

With Congress returning to Capitol Hill on Monday to debate steep spending cuts, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations must do their share to help bring down our record-breaking deficit.

Sanders renewed his call for shared sacrifice after it was reported that General Electric and other major corporations paid no U.S. taxes after posting huge profits. Sanders said it is grossly unfair for congressional Republicans to propose major cuts to Head Start, Pell Grants, the Social Security Administration, nutrition grants for pregnant low-income women and the Environmental Protection Agency while ignoring the reality that some of the most profitable corporations pay nothing or almost nothing in federal income taxes.

Sanders compiled a list of some of some of the 10 worst corporate income tax avoiders:

1)      Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009.  Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings.

2)      Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.

3)      Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS.

4)      Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009.

5)      Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year.

6)      Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in sales last year received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and, over the past three years, it received a $134 million tax break from the oil and gas manufacturing tax deduction.

7)      Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.

8)      Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury.

9)      ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2007 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction.

10)  Over the past five years, Carnival Cruise Lines made more than $11 billion in profits, but its federal income tax rate during those years was just 1.1 percent.

Sanders has called for closing corporate tax loopholes and eliminating tax breaks for oil and gas companies. He also introduced legislation to impose a 5.4 percent surtax on millionaires that would yield up to $50 billion a year. The senator has said that spending cuts must be paired with new revenue so the federal budget is not balanced solely on the backs of working families.

"We have a deficit problem. It has to be addressed," Sanders said, "but it cannot be addressed on the backs of the sick, the elderly, the poor, young people, the most vulnerable in this country.  The wealthiest people and the largest corporations in this country have got to contribute. We've got to talk about shared sacrifice."