#55960 Feb 7, 2014
We interrupt our continuing coverage of Chris Christie to examine which Republicans have a better shot at the presidency if Christie is damaged goods.
“It's beginning to dawn on me that Jeb Bush is probably going to be the Republican Party's nominee for president in 2016.
"Consider: With the ongoing implosion of Chris Christie's political career, the GOP establishment has lost its best hope for a candidate who could stop a libertarian-populist insurgency during the primaries. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker — the list of viable fire-breathers is longer (and less dominated by incompetents, crazies, and one-note sideshow acts) than establishment types would like.”
As for the last-name problem, he says:“Yes, Jeb would be freighted by bad memories of his brother's failed presidency. But he might be helped by warm memories of his father's presidency.”
But American Conservative’s Daniel Larison strongly disagrees:
“Like his brother when he ran for president, Jeb Bush has no foreign policy experience to speak of, and to the best of my knowledge he has never shown much interest in the subject. Given his brother’s disastrous record, I doubt that enough Republicans would want to take that kind of chance again.
#55961 Feb 7, 2014
The Brad Blog and Salon? Come on are you really that f***ing stupid. It's no wonder you have no idea what's going on. LMFAO!
The sad part is you believe this garbage.Try reading beyond the headlines and look at the source. The Brad Blog is nothing but a far left liberal site loaded with lies and half truths. You are one stupid individual homestead.
#55962 Feb 7, 2014
The Obamacare pyroclastic flow continues unabated.
More employee benefits lost.
WeeklyStandard.com , Feb 6, 2014
AOL CEO:'Obamacare Is an Additional $7.1 Million Expense For Us'
"We have to look at our benefits programs very seriously," said Armstrong. "In the CEO chair, let me give you an example of the decisions we have to make as a company: Obamacare is an additional $7.1 million expense for us as a company. So we have to decide whether or not to pass that expense to employees or whether to cut other benefits."
“If you put your ear to this,”
Since: May 13
You can hear a conservative
#55963 Feb 7, 2014
The quote is from the CBO report directly. Nice try though.
#55964 Feb 7, 2014
Unlike GW Bush spending 3-4 TRILLION dollars on both bogus ,unwinnable, useless wars .Obamacare is working !
We gained nothing from the 2 wars, just thousands of deaths but Obama care helps out millions.........
Obama care is doing it's job, unlike WMD and lying to the American people about nuclear weapons in Iraq,
Mission Accomplished !
Now back to Glenn Beck on global warming and Nazi symbols scratched across a blackboard !!!!!
Even Beck can draw stick men
Take it away Glenn on your voodoo propaganda !!
#55965 Feb 7, 2014
Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-Democrat who is running for governor in Florida, echoed former Gov. Jeb Bush in describing what he characterizes as an extremist turn in the GOP.
"I think I'll quote Jeb Bush. He said it better than I ever could. Today's Republican Party, at least the leadership, is perceived as being anti-women, anti-minority, anti-immigrant, anti-education, anti-gay couples, anti-environment," Crist said Wednesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live."
"Pretty soon, there's nobody left in the room," he added.
A potential 2016 presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, who preceded Crist as governor of Florida, has said the GOP needs to alter a perception that it is the party of opposition.
"Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on and on and on," Bush said, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference last year. "I'm here to tell you there is no 'us' or 'them.' The face of the Republican Party needs to be the face of every American, and we need to be the party of inclusion and acceptance."
Can't wait to see the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style.!!!!!!
#55966 Feb 7, 2014
I'd just like to take the time to thank our blunt skilled Supreme Court for allowing the Koch brother pricks to purchase our democratic way of life...thank you numb skulls for this act of pure and incredible idiocy ....you've really done a good job of protecting this sacred part of the founding fathers wish of a government of, for, and by the people of the United States....NOT.
#55967 Feb 7, 2014
Chuck and Dave Koch got tired of always having to break the law so they bought the Supreme Court and changed the law to say that any amount of money spent on candidates is simply someone practicing their first amendment rights. It was in a case called Citizens United and it took political funding back 100 years. Because, of course, as the flip-flop man said, "Corporations are people, my friend."
#55969 Feb 7, 2014
How might Barack Hussein Obama insult our neighbor Argentina while not representing the nations' interests? Appoint as United States Ambassador a campaign donation organizer who's never visited their country.
FoxNews.com , February 07, 2014
Argentina ambassador pick, and Obama bundler, has never been to Argentina
President Obama's foreign policy is again being questioned, only this time it's over the qualifications of the people he's appointed to carry it out.
In the latest instance, the president's nominee to be America's next ambassador to Argentina admitted during a Senate hearing that he's never been to the country.
"I haven't had the opportunity yet to be there," Noah Bryson Mamet, also an Obama political contributor, told lawmakers on Thursday. "I've traveled pretty extensively around the world, but I haven't yet had a chance."
The admission was the latest awkward Capitol Hill moment for one of Obama's diplomatic nominees. Obama bundler George Tsunis, who was tapped for ambassador to Norway, recently bungled key facts about the Scandinavian country during his Senate hearing.
#55971 Feb 7, 2014
You don't do you research too well. do you?
Past Presidents have been doing this as far back as Nixon and even before..........Most Presidents nominate their bigger fund raisers for these positions. most without even visiting or being in the country they will represent. This is old news and both parties have been doing it for years. The Obama haters just have to keep on hating when their own party has been doing it for years.
Thanks FOX. Keep up the great one sided news reports..........LOL!
#55972 Feb 7, 2014
Obama: just not trustworthy enough to enforce immigration laws.
NationalReview.com , Feb. 5, 2014
Obama’s Immigration Non-Enforcement Actions
A timeline of the president’s efforts to undermine existing immigration law.
President Obama is facing a major hurdle in trying to get his immigration rewrite through the House: Members of Congress just don’t trust him.
Republicans, who control a majority of seats in the House, doubt Obama will faithfully enforce new immigration laws, and they point to his repeated violations of existing law as evidence. Even reform champions such as Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) concede that “it’s difficult to find a good answer” to this charge.
Opponents are quick to cite the Obama administration’s selective enforcement of Obamacare, along with its tendency to bypass Congress via executive order, as evidence that the president would readily disregard aspects of an immigration-reform law he doesn’t like, such as provisions to secure the border.
Republicans can also point to myriad examples of the Obama administration’s selective enforcement of existing immigration laws. The list is longer than even some GOP opponents of comprehensive reform realize.
#55973 Feb 8, 2014
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to cut food stamps by about $40 billion over a few years. That compares to a proposed $4 billion cut in the senate.
BuzzFlash at Truthout has written on Food Stamps many times and pointed out how they actually stimulate the economy. Studies on Food Stamps have shown that up to $1.70 goes back into the economy through the food distribution change for every dollar spent. And given the continued decrease in wages and joblessness for many Americans, the need for Food Stamps is rising.
But Food Stamps have been up there with Ronald Reagan's "welfare Mom in a pink Cadillac" stereotype for acceptable symbols of the white racist tribal identity edge of the social wing of the GOP. This is the wing whose base prejudices are manipulated by the likes of the Koch Brothers' organizing groups to blame poor minorities for the increasing economic woes of the white working and middle class -- instead of where blame belongs on the upward distribution of money to the wealthiest in America.
You may think equating GOPers (no Democrats voted for the bill) who vote for food stamp cuts as closet Aryan Nations members a bit over the top (and it maybe), but beating a person to death and starving them is a fine line of moral iniquity. And what the GOP in the House wants to do is basically starve minorities because they are gaining too much voting power, and the GOP doesn't -- and hasn't -- ever wanted to split the wealth of America with the descendants of slaves or contemporary de facto slaves: Mexicans working in the US for barely survivable wages.
#55975 Feb 8, 2014
Sadly, Republicans today are driven by hate, racism and intolerance
It too often takes a lot to get past the self-righteous rhetoric of the rabid right-wing of the Republican Party, driven by fake grassroots organizations like the tea party.
Behind all the fact-defying hyperbole, Republicans are driven by hate, racism and much more.
Republicans fear and oppose tolerance, equality, fairness and elimination of discrimination based on race, gender or nationality.
The GOP is a party of bigots and the government is shut down today for no other reason than a deep seeded hatred of a black president and a society that is changing to welcome gays and those of differing religious, cultural or psychological beliefs into our midst.
I spent most of my 15 years in politics either working for GOP members of Congress or the committees that support their party or dealing — often with difficulty — with those who genuflect to the vocal right wing that controls the party of the elephant.
Although I never registered as a Republican or considered myself a party member, I took their money and looked the other way when it came to the GOP’s disgraceful, disruptive and dangerous beliefs and activities.
I finally walked away when a GOP consulting firm ordered me to craft a campaign that would smear gays with lies and innuendos because that community supported the opponent of the Republican candidate represented by the firm.
I made a lot of money as an operative for Republicans. I also went spent the end of each day drowning my guilt with singe-malt scotch. It has taken 19 years, four months and four days as a coin-carrying member of Alcoholics Anonymous to deal with that part of my life.
Politics, at one time, was driven by issues and not personalities. Those on opposite sides of the political aisles fought like cats and dogs over issues during the day, then spent social time together as friends and colleagues.
To borrow and adapt a phrase from the Mafia: It wasn’t personal, just business.
But that changed dramatically in 1994 when Republicans won control of Congress and let hate-driven leaders like Newt Gingrich control the party’s agenda. Gingrich, as Speaker, ran the House of Representatives with spite and personal vendettas. His actions drove black Omaha Congressman J.C. Watts from a leadership role in the House. Watts was also viewed as a “Republican in Name Only”(RINO) because he favored moderation on many issues.
More than one Republican has defended his racism not with a denial of his own racist beliefs but instead by pointing out that long-time West Virginia Democratic Senator Robert Byrd was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan. They fail to mention that the late Senator spent most of his remaining years in office apologizing and trying legislatively to make up for that period in his life.
The hatred and personal vendettas of Gingrich continues with Republicans on Capitol Hill today. The rabid right-wing that controls the party is driven by a tea party agenda that is racist in nature and intolerant in practice.
Last year, I attended a tea party meeting in Roanoke, Virginia, where I sat in the back and did not identify myself as either a reporter or a former Republican political operative. Over the next 90 minutes, I heard President Barack Obama referred to several times with the “N-word,” gays called “fags” or “queers” and Jews called ethnic names. All Obama programs were called “Socialistic” or “Communist.”
Read more here:
#55976 Feb 8, 2014
"We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."
--Democrat Nancy Pelosi
Obama and the Democrats gave Americans the Obamacare 'bend over and spread-em' enema. Not one Republican voted for this unfolding disaster.
Politico.com , 2/4/14
Obamacare and jobs: CBO adds fuel to fire
The Republicans just got a big gift from the Congressional Budget Office: It’s going to be a lot easier for them to call Obamacare a “job killer.”
That’s because the budget office’s new economic report, released Tuesday, says the health care law will cause Americans to work fewer hours — enough to be the equivalent of 2 million fewer jobs in 2017.
The latest number is nearly three times as high as the budget office’s previous prediction, and it’s supposed to rise in later years to the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs in 2024.
There’s a lot more fine print about what those numbers really mean, and whether the jobs were “lost.” In fact, CBO said it’s in large part about the number of hours people choose to work, not actual job losses.
But what matters politically is how the numbers look in attack ads. And in this election year,“2 million lost jobs” is a Republican ad-maker’s dream.
The projection will put the White House, and especially red-state Democrats, in an even more awkward position heading into November.
Until now, they’ve mostly had to worry about stories of canceled health plans and, of course, the botched website rollout. Now they’ll need to figure out how to counter, or at least explain, the new CBO job figures.
#55977 Feb 8, 2014
The B S on this block seems endless.
#55978 Feb 8, 2014
Why the new CBO report on Obamacare is good news
The Congressional Budget Office is out with its latest report on the Affordable Care Act, and here are a few bottom lines:
— The ACA is cheaper than it expected.
— It will "markedly increase" the number of Americans with health insurance.
— The risk-adjustment provisions, which Congressional Republicans want to overturn as a "bailout" of the insurance industry, will actually turn a profit to the U.S. Treasury.
Given all this, why are the first news headlines on the CBO report depicting it as calling Obamacare a job killer?
You can chalk up some of that to the crudity of headline-writing, and some to basic innumeracy in the press. But it's important to examine what the CBO actually says about the ACA's impact on the labor market.(You can find it at pages 117-127, excerpted here.)
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The CBO projects that the act will reduce the supply of labor, not the availability of jobs. There's a big difference. In fact, it suggests that aggregate demand for labor (that is, the number of jobs) will increase, not decrease; but that many workers or would-be workers will be prompted by the ACA to leave the labor force, many of them voluntarily.
Read more here:
#55979 Feb 8, 2014
We've previously identified this GOP position as the most cynical attack on the ACA of all — the Republicans choose to call it a "bailout" of insurers; actually, it's a way of keeping premiums for some plans from getting out of hand, until the industry has more experience dealing with its new clientele. Unsurprisingly, the GOP is doubling down on this dishonesty by talking about eliminating the risk corridors as a condition for raising the federal debt limit.
The CBO, in any case, says that in 2015-2024, the government will pay out $8 billion in risk subsidies to the insurers but collect $16 billion. Real-world math says this is a gain to the Treasury of $8 billion; GOP math says it's a "bailout." You be the judge.
Regarding its most important bottom-line finding, the CBO says enrollment in individual insurance exchanges may reach only 6 million this year, down from its previous estimate of 7 million, thanks to the problems with the federal enrollment website, healthcare.gov . But it says enrollment will likely surge as the April 1 deadline for signing up approaches, and the 7-million goal is still attainable.
The ACA will increase the number of Americans with health insurance by 13 million this year, 20 million next year, and 25 million each year from then through 2024. Some 80% of those enrollees will be receiving federal subsidies to keep their coverage affordable.
There will be fewer uninsured people living in the United States, and most of those with individual coverage will be getting help to pay for it. Is there another other conclusion to draw from those statistics than the Affordable Care Act is working?
#55980 Feb 8, 2014
Your inability to find an article doesn't make it a lie. It took 2 seconds to locate the Washington Post article by entering the title into Google. Here you go:
It's tough to swallow isn't it. Even the Washington Post opines that Obama's dishonesty and incompetence is responsible for killing immigration reform.
Previously you 'misstated' statistics from an article you quoted, you've laughably called federaltimes.com a 'tea bagger' site, you're obviously clueless about how to use Google, you're ignorant about what constitutes plagiarism (sorry, sweetheart, but quoting an article and providing its source is not plagiarism), your type-before-thinking posts regularly get shredded at the Ravenswood Topix site and, inevitably, your retorts degrade to vulgarities and insults.
And, despite evidence to the contrary, you remind us that you're 'educated' because you've been accepted to college.
#55982 Feb 8, 2014
Sorry dude, but the article was an 'opinion' of Obama's immigration views, the author is a conservative that worked as a speech writer for G W Bush and D. Rumsfeld. Of course he's not going to say a good thing about Obama. In all his articles, he never has. The Daily Telegraph named him 97 out of 100 ' Most Influential Conservatives in America'. An opinion is just that. HIS opinion. It doesn't make his views true. As a matter of a fact his opinion is mostly false from the start.
He should base his articles on fact instead of his personal opinion of Obama's stance on immigration. Not that the GOP hasn't stopped him various times in the past to do something about it. The real truth is immigration reform stalls because GOP has ‘widespread doubt’ about Obama. John Boehner ( Speaker of the House ) drew rebukes from advocacy groups frustrated by the verbal zigzags of a speaker who has spent 15 months calling immigration a top priority while refusing to bring any legislation to the House floor. This opinion of a deep rooted conservative reminds me of reading opinions on the FOX news website. IMO.
#55983 Feb 8, 2014
You can see it here now...
He's jealous because you have one of those fancy "college educations". He doesnt have the ability to understand your college educated logic. He's more like on the level of Limbaugh juiced logic.
Limbaugh Logic example...You all know that grass is always green after it rains except in Kentucky where it's azure. Therefore, this proves that President Obama was born in Kenya, where there is grass and it is some color too...hahaha everybody knows this...hahahaaha those dumb liberal dont know nothin...
now thats education, Limbaugh style
I guess he was home schooled by some ignorant fat presciption drug addicted idiot?
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