#416 Nov 12, 2013
Conservatives need a new point of comparison.
In Iowa, Sarah Palin compared the federal debt she says shackles Americans to slavery.[…]
“Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China,” she said at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s fall fundraiser at the State Fairgrounds Saturday night.“When that money comes due – and this isn’t racist, but it’ll be like slavery when that note is due. We are going to beholden to the foreign master.”
It’s hard to know where to start with rhetoric as nonsensical as this. Do we note that the deficit is already shrinking at its fastest pace since World War II? Or maybe highlight the fact that the U.S. was poised to pay off the national debt until Republicans put two wars, two tax cuts, and a Wall Street bailout on the national charge card?
Do we mention that no sentence can end well if it starts,“This isn’t racist, but…”? Or perhaps the inconvenient detail that China only holds about 8% of the national debt?
Is it worth remembering that focusing on debt reduction in a weak economy is ridiculous? Or how about the fact that the same policymakers who claim to be obsessed with debt reduction refuse to consider compromises that would actually reduce the debt?
We could ask any of those questions, of course, but let’s instead make a more straightforward observation: comparing a government’s national debt to slavery is ridiculous and needlessly offensive. Slavery is a unique crime against humanity and a stain on history, not a rhetorical device to be used by lazy ideologues complaining about issues they don’t fully understand.
And yet, this seems to come up quite a bit. A month ago, it was Fox News personality Ben Carson delivering a speech in which he argued health care reform is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
The same week, George Will drew a parallel between the Affordable Care Act and the Fugitive Slave Act. In September, a New Hampshire Republican drew the same comparison.
Fox’s Hugh Hewitt compared defunding the Affordable Care Act to repealing slavery on the air last month, and two weeks prior, Rush Limbaugh also equated “Obamacare” and slavery.
I don’t imagine the right will appreciate this, but as we’ve discussed before, no one should compare anything to slavery but slavery.
#417 Nov 12, 2013
It hasn’t generated much attention from the political world in recent weeks, but Pentagon leaders are speaking up with increasing alarm about a congressional policy that’s undermining the Defense Department – by design.
Cause you don't GAS about them!!!!
In an underappreciated speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Security Forum last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel raised the prospect of “tiered readiness”– because of the sequestration budget cuts, the U.S. military will have no choice but to tolerate having some units that are ready for immediate deployment in the event of a crisis, and some units that aren’t.
Two days later, military service chiefs told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the policy known as the “sequester” is a real threat to the nation’s military and national security needs. Asked after the hearing whether lawmakers outside the Armed Services Committee are listening to these concerns, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said,“I don’t think so.”
Soon after, Hagel told the New York Times that pressures from the sequestration cuts is so severe that the Pentagon is having to rethink its policy of allotting roughly equal resources to the service branches.
It’s not just Hagel and the service chiefs, either.
“Frankly, I am nervous,” says Robert Hale, the Pentagon’s comptroller. And with reason.
A month and half into the new fiscal year, Congress can’t seem to decide between what are three, wildly different scenarios for Hale’s world in 2014. The House endorsed most of President Barack Obama’s $527 billion request for the Defense Department in July. Last month’s stopgap CR went back to $496 billion. And DOD will drop by another $21 billion in mid-January if lawmakers do nothing to stop sequestration.
Hale went on to tell Politico that because of the sequester, the Pentagon is facing an “extraordinary situation” and widespread fiscal uncertainty.
“If we go to full sequestration, we will see some continued degradation of readiness,” he added in the interview.“The Air Force won’t be able to recover. They will still have to stop flying at some units. The Army will still not be sending units through the Combat Training Center…. The Navy may see some degradation in readiness.”
Now, at this point you might be thinking about how self-serving it is for Defense leaders to complain about Defense cuts. Indeed, this might even seem predictable at a certain level – every federal agency is going to raise alarms about spending cuts affecting their departments because they want additional resources from lawmakers.
But given the circumstances, I think it’s a mistake to simply dismiss the Pentagon’s concerns as routine bureaucratic complaints. Defense leaders have endorsed some spending cuts, including those outlined in the White House budget, but the sequester is a different monster entirely. It was designed to hurt the military on purpose in order to create an incentive for congressional Republicans to compromise – and after GOP leaders balked at any kind of budget deal, the policy was implemented and did exactly what it was intended to do.
Republicans in Congress still have the ability to end this stupid policy that’s hurting the country on purpose, but in recent months, many GOP lawmakers have said they prefer the lower spending levels – regardless of consequences – because they’re lower spending levels.
In other words, Pentagon leaders are raising their voices, but many on Capitol Hill still haven’t heard them.
YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT OUR READINESS, JUST LIKE YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE BUT YOUR HATRED FOR OBAMA!!!!
#418 Nov 12, 2013
This is a perfect example of why people need Obamacare and free food.
What can these people contribute to the country if they can't get out of their bed for years? Who cares.
I for one hated when Reagan was President and he brought in Arnold Schwarzenneger (Possible Nazi) into the fold about physical fitness.
Wow, Arnold had a history of working with the special olympics as well as pushing his agenda about exercise and healthy eating. SO WHAT!
Where are the supporters for eating 5 cakes a day three pizzas and 5 gallons of ice cream in bed everyday?
#419 Nov 12, 2013
If we look at history we can pick out the worst first ladies in history. Take Nancy Reagan v.s. the great Hillary Clinton. Reagan 'Say No to drugs'. Hillary 'He didn't inhale.'.
Nancy 'Say no to violence'. Hillary 'What does it matter they are dead in Benghazi.'.
Nancy 'Obstain from premarital sex.'. Hillary ' So what, it was just an intern giving Bill a BJ and polishing his cigars for a couple months in the Oval Office.'.
Nancy 'I've spent alot of time, money and energy trying to teach younger generations about the importance of integrity, self worth and responsibilty of their actions. Hillary 'I've banked alot of money spreading the word that who gives a shit, there is always abortion and methadone clinics.
#420 Nov 12, 2013
Yes, you do that...save that long list.
Now a registered voter needs to go win an election in order to dare to question the results of our president...you are a perfect example of what I'm saying.
You sure have Obama fever...if you had any way of stepping outside of that narrow-mindeness you are displaying, you might see how wrong you are about overlooking anything he does to hurt us.
#421 Nov 12, 2013
If your opinion was worth anything, I would respond to you, but we've confirmed that you are the worse kind of human being and not worth the skin you are in. You're are a spineless person that feeds off others and you should be thankful that myself as well as others tolerate you taking from the system instead of thinking so little of you that we exterminate you. You are like a virus and have no use.
Bye Bye Kevin...
#422 Nov 12, 2013
#423 Nov 12, 2013
Well, this is a surprise??
#424 Nov 12, 2013
Siding with Bill Clinton, from a faux Snews article? You can forget the idea that I'm going to your faux snews links meathead, you'll have to provide at least a generic media outlet.
#425 Nov 12, 2013
Whatsamatter, don;t want to talk about what happened when Bush rolled out Madicare part D?
Let's start with
He lied to Congress about the cost.
tried retaliation on the one who told the truth.
"The Bush administration did not quarrel with those facts, but said on Tuesday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to compel the disclosure of data over objections from the executive branch."
"For those who don’t recall the controversy, the Bush/Cheney administration provided Congress with a price tag for the Medicare Part D legislation. The White House deliberately hid the actual costs from Congress, and threatened to fire officials within the administration who told lawmakers the truth.
It was corruption on a fairly brazen level, even by Republican standards. The Bush/Cheney team covered up the truth, on purpose, so Congress wouldn’t know the actual cost of one of Bush’s top legislative priorities. Making matters slightly worse, the non-partisan GAO also discovered that the Bush/Cheney administration misused tax dollars on “covert propaganda” to get the American public to like the policy.
In other words, Bush’s signature domestic-policy accomplishment was approved after the Republican White House deliberately withheld the truth from their own allies in Congress, then the Bush White House misused public funds for promotion, then the Bush White House failed to roll out the policy properly."
Guess that's OK now though hypocrits.
HAd a failed start up.
Which is worse, a statement that is 97% correct
Outright lying to Congress and retailiating against truth tellers??
#426 Nov 12, 2013
Yeah That's right you idiots. You seem to care about what Obama is doing now but what about 100 years ago when a republican made a bad vote!!!! Ha ha ha ha ha! Here is another example of the fauxnews media attacking honest poor Democrats and a war hero to top it off!
#427 Nov 12, 2013
Now you can watch this video and maybe some of you will say these are lies but you can't blame the President for a failed Internet and a Republican health care!
#428 Nov 12, 2013
How far are insane Republicans willing to go to fabricate stories?
They're coming for your donuts!!!!!
"Even before Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) plagiarism controversies, the senator had developed a disconcerting habit. Whatever else one might think of Paul, and whether folks are concerned with his practice of presenting others’ work as his own, the Kentucky Republican has routinely shared some of his very odd beliefs with the public.
For example, the senator is now worried about doughnuts.
Sen. Rand Paul warned Americans that the federal government is targeting doughnuts, the latest example of the oppressive nanny state in America.
“They’re coming after your doughnuts!” the Kentucky Republican said, referring to the Food and Drug Administration decision to ban trans fats…. Paul’s remarks came during a speech at The Charleston Meeting in South Carolina Monday night.
He went on to argue,“The FDA has banned unilaterally – some unelected bureaucrat has banned trans fats…. If we’re gonna have a nanny state, and everybody’s gotta eat the right thing and you can’t eat a doughnut, maybe we ought to just enforce it on the government workers first.”
In case anyone’s concerned about whether Paul’s argument has substantive merit, let’s set the record straight. As Jon Chait explained,“They are not, in fact, coming after your doughnuts. Trans fats are not essential to make doughnuts or, really, anything. Some restaurants still use trans fats because, even though they’re incredibly bad for you, they’re longer-lasting and slightly cheaper than other oils, and very few customers would ever know the difference. But Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme, and many others have already eliminated trans fats, and customers have detected no difference in taste…. FDA officials are phasing out a dangerous substance at no cost to people’s ability to eat tasty food.”
You people are insane, bereft of any real conscience, grounding in reality or reasonable thinking!
Come on now Factless, scream on the boards, OBAMA IS TAKING OUR DONUTS AWAY!!!!!!!!!!
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhh
#429 Nov 12, 2013
yo leominster idiot, 2004 is not 100 years ago!!
And it wasn;t a bad vote, it was a failed rollout, same as today!
#430 Nov 12, 2013
Will you deny the rumors surrounding your dead daddy?
#431 Nov 12, 2013
yeah uh oh!!
"Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said American bishops should do more to highlight the church’s work on poverty in response to Pope Francis’s call to Catholics to be “a church for the poor.”
O’Malley, in an interview Monday during the annual gathering of US bishops, said the church is often seen as more engaged in “culture war” issues such as abortion and gay marriage than in caring for the impoverished. That perception — which O’Malley said may be driven by those who want to distort the church’s image — must be corrected, he added."
Actually, it's driven by those who disagree with the focus and would prefer, the Church say what they do to poor people...FU!!
They do however like to claim the mantle of the Church for themselves!!!
#432 Nov 12, 2013
"GAO also discovered that the Bush/Cheney administration misused tax dollars on “covert propaganda” to get the American public to like the policy."
If Obama had done this, you would be screaming from the rooftops you hypocritical aswipes!!!
Imagine the cries of the right wing!!!!
How dare he!!
He should be shot!!!
Impeach him now!!!
On and on and on and on and on, but since it's Bushie...welllll
SNL famously said "never mind"
#433 Nov 12, 2013
How's the cat food you fat poor slob? You feel good about yourself leaching off of us taxpayers? Then again, your family is known as being nothing but a bunch of losers. You heard that a lot on the playground at Walnut St. School, didn't you fat boy?
#434 Nov 12, 2013
I blame Nixon and Bush for this turn of events. You right wing fauxnews liars can't see that this is Republicans at work. It makes me so crazy that when I wake up around noon time I'm going to splash my face with honey and scrub it off with a Beehive.
You Repubtards know NOTHING! NOTHING!
#435 Nov 13, 2013
I find it funny that you continue to bash Fox and then you dig up some old stuff about Bush from the Obama puppets at the NYT...oh please, you'll have to do better then that.
BTW...saying its OK for Obama to do wrong things because it may have been done in the past is something a 5 year old does...grow up dumb ass.
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