Day: July 10, 2011

McConnell: Stopping Obama’s re-election still ‘single most important’ goal

This topic should stay on the frontline of political news.  It is the reason for the turmoil in the debt crisis and other Obama set agenda including jobs bills that the republicans refuse to pass for partisan reasons.

The GOP is willing to literally tank the economy of this country so that they could win in the next general election.

Crooks & Liars

Even with the country on the brink of default, the Senate’s highest ranking Republican says his “single most important” goal is to make Barack Obama a one-term president.

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told National Journal‘s Major Garrett in October.

Fox News’ Bret Baier asked McConnell Sunday if that was still his major objective.

“Well, that is true,” McConnell replied. “That’s my single most important political goal, along with every active Republican in the country.”

“But that is in 2012,” he added. “Our biggest goal for this year is get this country straightened out and we can’t get this country straightened out if we don’t do something about spending, about deficit, about debt and get the economy moving again. So our goal is to have a robust vibrant economy to benefit all Americans.”

McConnell told Baier that a “Grand Bargain,” where Republicans agree to tax hikes in exchange for cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits, was likely off the table.

“I think it is. Everything they told me and the Speaker is to get a big package would require big tax increases in the middle of the economic situation that is extraordinarily difficult with 9.2% unemployment. We think it’s a terrible idea. It’s a job-killer.”

“Nobody is talk about not raising the debt ceiling,” McConnell later insisted.

Taking a break from debt limit talk, the Senate’s top Republican also said that it was time to send more terrorism suspects to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

“They are going the try a couple of foreign terrorists in Kentucky, my state, whose fingerprints were found on IED’s in Iraq. These foreign terrorists are enemy combatants. They should be taken to Guantanamo. They should be tried in military commissions.”

The Family Leader Drops Controversial Section Concerning Slavery From ‘Marriage Vow’ Pledge

The so-called marriage pledge sponsored by a “family values” leader and already signed by Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, claimed that a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by both mother and father than a child born during the first African American president’s election.  

The statement is absurd on its face because frequently, many slave families were separated when sold to another plantation or when a plantation was bankrupt.  The most egregious implication of the “pledge” is to suggest that African Americans were better off as property, than we are today.

The entire statement is exactly what they meant it to be, racist to the core.

Those people are bat-crap insane!

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The Family Leader’s “Marriage Vow” pledge asks a lot of the presidential candidates who sign it. You better not like gay people, for instance! Porn is right out, too. But seriously, this is no-brainer stuff when you’re running for the GOP nomination in 2012.

Here’s one part, though, of the pledge’s preamble, that struck me as a little odd:

Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.

Yeah, you know there weren’t as many American jobs going overseas in 1860. And the price of gas was something just about everyone could live with, too. Nevertheless, while I understand the point the Family Leader wants to make about marriage, it seems to be many, many bridges too far to include this passage. As Adam Serwer succinctly put it: “A good rule of thumb for empathizing with black Americans is avoiding suggestions that we were better off as property.”

I was interested in seeing who possibly would beg to differ with Serwer’s premise. But while Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum (predictably) were quick to pledge their fealty to “The Marriage Vow,”The Family Leader has had a quickie divorce from the ‘slavery passage.’ Didn’t want to stay together for the children, The Family Leader? Oh well, it may have disappeared from the pledge, but the internet never forgets.

FAMILY LEADER PLEDGE

 

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Bill Maher Compares Casey Anthony Verdict To Republican Thinking (VIDEO)

When I saw this segment of Bill Maher’s New Rules, I wanted to post it on this blog.  The segment didn’t make it to You Tube until yesterday.

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No one will ever accuse “Real Time” host Bill Maher of not saying what he really thinks.

On his Friday night show, he openly equated the Casey Anthony verdict with Republican policy — with Casey Anthony as Republican politicans and voters as the jury, reports The Daily Caller.

“And before you accuse me of equating the Casey Anthony verdict with Republican thinking — save your breath, I am. I’m equating them. If you’re a working-class American who still votes Republican then you don’t get to bitch about that verdict,” said Maher.

Maher went on to explain his assertion:

[Half of American voters] say ‘I’m with the party that cuts all these programs for real people, for the 99 percent. Planned Parenthood, environmental protection, college, health care, infrastructure, but holds the line on private jets.’ Voting for them is as stupid as voting not guilty for the mom who lost her baby for a month and went looking at a wet t-shirt contest.

The HBO host wrapped up his monologue saying:

We’re now being told that multinational corporations bring home their current overseas profits of $1.4 trillion, they’ll only be taxed five percent on it because we’re told it will create jobs. It won’t. It didn’t, just like the last time we tried it in 2004. Companies took the savings and paid it out to themselves in dividends. Yes, Republican base, you are just like that jury. It’s pathetically clear who’s killing the middle class but you keep letting them get away with murder.

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