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Bill Maher Rips Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and the Crazed Republican Moon Howlers

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PoliticusUSA

Bill Maher ripped Republicans like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz who are more interested in howling at the moon, and making money than they are in governing.

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Maher said:

Truth is there has never been a better time to quit government, and go into the lucrative business of b*tching about government. It worked for Joe Scarborough, Mike Huckabee, and most famously, of course, Sarah Palin. The one night stand of Alaska governors. When Sarah announced she was resigning as governor, she said, “It may be tempting to keep your head down and just plod along, but that’s a quitter’s way out.” Yes, only by quitting was she not quitting. You see, Sarah realized she could have a greater affect on influencing stupidity from outside of government, and pledged to work to elect people just like her, just not her.

The fact is today’s Republicans aren’t built to govern. They don’t want to go to the moon. They want to howl at it. That’s why just the fact of getting elected means you’re already damaged goods. Unless you go to Washington and act like the single biggest prick in the room every time, you’re suspect, which is why there’s really only one man current in government who the base completely trusts. I’m talking, of course, about Ted Cruz.

He’s the guy who best understands that high office is just a higher form of talk radio. Rick Perry told them that they should have a heart. Mitch McConnell holds a gun like a girl, and Marco Rubio is pretty soft on Mexicans for an Italian. John McCain is against torture, and he was tortured. Flip-flopper. Chris Christie actually touched Obama during Hurricane Sandy when he should have lured him to the Pine Barrens and hit him with a shovel, and Michele Bachmann compromised on gays by marrying her husband.

It used to be that the golden parachute for Republicans who left government was going directly into lobbying for some big bank or defense contractor, but now elected Republicans are leaving office in midterm to try to cash their golden ticket on Fox News and/or talk radio.

Congress has become the new Saturday Night Live for stardom seeking Republicans. Some of them are trying to use it as a platform to the White House (Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio). Others are using it to build national fame and fortune (Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann), but they all have one thing in common. They aren’t in Congress to pass legislation, and do the country’s business.

Sarah Palin was a trailblazer for Republicans in this respect. Palin shows them that they can abandon the responsibility to the people who elect them, be famous for nothing, and make a ton of money in the process. If the government doesn’t work, it’s because Republicans have zero interest in governing.

They have their eyes on bigger prizes. There are only so many of those Fox News and talk radio jobs out there. The media environment doesn’t reward hard work and legislation. The real money is in being extreme, outrageous, and crazy.

Republicans don’t take governing seriously, which is why they shouldn’t be taken seriously by the American people.

 

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President Obama Makes Republicans Pay For Trying to Take Away Your Right To Vote

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PoliticusUSA

President Obama gave a rousing and passionate call to action where he told Republicans that he will continue to challenge every single attempt to suppress the vote.

The president said:

Opportunity means making the minimum wage a wage you can live on. It means equal pay for equal work. It means overtime pay for workers who have earned it. It means continuing to extend the right of quality, affordable health care for every American in every state, because we’ve got some states that aren’t doing the right thing. We have states who just out of political spite are leaving millions of people uninsured that could be getting health insurance right now. No good reason for it. If you ask them what’s the explanation they can’t really tell you.

The principle of one person, one vote is the single greatest tool we have to redress an unjust status quo. You would think there would not be an argument about this anymore. But the stark, simple truth is this: The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago.

Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote. In some places, women could be turned away from the polls just because they’re registered under their maiden name but their driver’s license has their married name. Senior citizens who have been voting for decades may suddenly be told they can no longer vote until they can come up with the right ID.

And as President, I’m not going to let attacks on these rights go unchallenged. We’re not going to let voter suppression go unchallenged. So earlier this week, you heard from the Attorney General — and there’s a reason the agency he runs is called the Department of Justice. They’ve taken on more than 100 voting rights cases since 2009, and they’ve defended the rights of everybody from African Americans to Spanish speakers to soldiers serving overseas.

What the president was talking about was all part of the same Republican agenda. Denying people access to healthcare while also denying them access to the vote is all part of punishing the “takers” in order to give more to the “makers.”

Republicans deny millions of Americans their fundamental rights, and President Obama isn’t going to tolerate it. President Obama has fought the Republican effort to suppress the vote for years. This president understands that inequality begins with unequal access to the polls.

The Republican governors who refuse to expand Medicaid can’t offer a justification for their actions, but they think that denying people healthcare is good politics. President Obama is the last line of defense for equality, and opportunity. Obama will not be a candidate in another campaign, but he is going fight to make sure that all Americans have access to the polls for years to come.

 

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First Doctor Visit in Five Years: Why Repubs Want Us Broke or Dead

This person’s experience with healthcare speaks volumes.  It epitomizes the reason why those of us who believe in the Affordable Care Act need to be a little more proactive in the upcoming mid-term elections.  The handwriting is on the wall.  The GOP pretty much has a lock on their base due to gerrymandering their districts.  However…what they’re not counting on is a turnout equal to that of the last two presidential elections.

Just sayin’…

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I went to the doctor for the first time in five years today. Although I’m young, I had neglected a couple of health issues for at least a year. I couldn’t afford care and was left hoping none of them developed into anything more serious. As a small business owner who narrowly missed the threshold for buying on the exchanges, I’m enrolled in Medicaid for this year until I can bump my income up a bit. The day my confirmation of benefits and card came was among the best of my life. I nearly broke down in tears.

But that isn’t what this diary is about. Today, I went to the doctor for the first time in five years and saw first hand why Republicans have fought tooth and nail for a system that was so broken for every single stakeholder – except the insurers and the politicians who enable them.

What I found made my blood boil. Follow below the fold for a living example of what our “health care system” could have done to me and millions of others before the ACA. Let’s just say the cheesy poof holding the fold would have been more than the food in my pantry.

My state has done fairly well with the Medicaid expansion, minus some delays in processing paperwork that might be expected in such a situation. Accordingly, last week I received my confirmation- albeit more than two weeks after I supposedly had coverage. When the doctor called this morning to say they couldn’t find me in the Medicaid system, I spent an hour or so on the phone straightening things out. The folks from the local social services office were pleasant, helpful, and identified the problem quickly: a glitch on their end they promised would be fixed overnight. I couldn’t complain. I know these caseworkers must be under an immense load and mistakes happen. Besides, I was just happy to have coverage.

The catch was that I’d have to be reimbursed for today’s visit because I wouldn’t show in the system until tomorrow. No big deal. But it was this that gave me a peak inside the profits Republicans are paid so well to protect.

With my doctor aware of the problem and its pending solution, my paperwork and appointment went smoothly. However, I spent nearly the entire ordeal wondering how this would have ended for someone less fortunate than myself. And how different it might have been for me and so many others a matter of months ago.

You see, I’m not in great shape financially but I make 10-15 bucks an hour catering for my company and working at a local gym (free membership!). Even with income equal to or greater than mine, what I found would be and undoubtedly has been horrifying for a great number of Americans.

Of course, payments these days must be made prior to service. The visibly concerned receptionist informed me my visit was $135. If we assume a $10 wage, what I make at the gym and the minimum wage proposal conservatives are throwing hissy fits over, that’s 13.5 hours of work. I only spent about 20 minutes in the office but fair enough- doctors work hard and people’s lives depend on them.

But, my doc also wanted me to get routine blood work done, something he said should be standard for everyone at some point before they turn 30. As he handed me the sheet to give to the lab, he raised his eyebrows and said: “Make 100% sure your Medicaid is worked out before going for this”. Why? “Because”, he then said, “It’d cost over $1000 out of pocket”. So, had I gone anytime during the last 5 years, how many hours of work would that be at my wage? We’ll take that nice round number and forget the “over” part. Easy math: $1000/$10 an hour = 100 hours.

But that wasn’t it. It turned out I needed a script for one of the recurring issues I’d been forced to ignore. He handed me that after the lab paperwork and said “Same with this- You’d be looking at about $300 a month”. I thanked him for the prescription and advice, as the wheels in my mind spun to do the math. $300 × 12 is $3600 a year. Or 360 hours of work at my wage.

Hang with me as I do the math here on paper. It isn’t a small number.

13.5 hours of work for the visit + 100 hours for standard preventative lab work + 360 hours for one year of a generic medication = 473.5 hours of work.

At 40 hours a week, that’s nearly 12 weeks of work. Or 3 full months. IF you can find full-time work. For one visit, normal lab work, and a necessary medication.

Let that sink in.

That doesn’t include food, housing, transportation, or any other necessity. It doesn’t include follow up appointments or the physical they insist on. It certainly doesn’t include the financial flexibility to stimulate the economy through purchasing a home, shopping for retail goods, or starting a family.

But, it makes the insurers incredibly rich while any serious illness the last five years would have killed me financially, physically, or both. This is what they’re fighting to protect. Republicans want to go back to a system where people like you, me and millions of others either die quickly or mortgage our financial futures for basic medical care.

They’d love to make us work 473 hours for a visit, some blood work, and a single medication. How many House ACA repeal votes now? And how many “replacement plans”? They’ll fight with fervor to return us all to that standard, to enrich their owners and themselves while we die, until we fight back. Until we win.

That means fighting to protect and strengthen the law that allowed me to get there today. It may not be perfect but its a hell of a lot better than allowing a group of immoral insurers and politicians to kill us, at the bank and in our bodies, so they can live the high life.

And if those snakes running the insurance company cartels think the ACA was rough for them, they’d better wait to see what we do when we run the scum that work for them out of office. I’ll be happy to show them catastrophic. I’ll be happier to grin and pull the plug on an ugly industry when we finally achieve single payer. But for now, I’m happy to have coverage and relieved so many no longer have to work hundreds of hours to secure what should be a fundamental human right.

Let’s get to work.

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Jon Stewart Is Shocked (But Not Surprised) By GOP Killing Veterans Bill

The Huffington Post

When a bill came up for vote that would have expanded health care and education for veterans, we knew two things would happen next. First, Republicans would block the bill, because that’s kind of their thing. Then, Jon Stewart would deliver a passionate monologue explaining just how disgraceful this is.

Stewart did just that on “The Daily Show” last night, correctly attacking senate Republicans for their shaky argument for voting against the bill — which was somehow made even worse when an unrelated Iran sanctions amendment was attached to it. Of course, at least one senator argued that it was the only way the bill would get noticed.

“How do you justify attaching the Iran sanctions bill to the veterans’ benefits bill?” Stewart responded. “That’s right, you’re the victim here. You’ve been denied something that you need by an impersonal government bureaucracy. How can anyone know the anguish that you must feel?”

Check out the full clip above to watch Stewart wish the same shame on Republicans that has been brought upon John Travolta.

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Coulter Battles Hannity over Tea Party: It’s Being Taken Over by ‘Shysters and Con Men!’

Mediaite

Ann Coulter sat down with Sean HannityWednesday night to talk about the birth of the tea party movement five years ago this week (borne from and whether it still has the same kind of power and influence it did years ago, most prominently when a tea party wave helped bring in a Republican House in 2010.

And while the two agreed the tea party is still a big force, Coulter immediately went after people she believes are manipulating tea partiers for their own benefit, “tricking Americans to send them money.” She said these tea partiers keep railing against the establishment GOP with the risk of tanking their chances of taking back the Senate.

Hannity shot back that they’re just sticking to principle, but Coulter insisted you can’t repeal Obamacare if you don’t first take control of Congress. She shouted, “Fight to give them a majority, then we will repeal Obama and have Keystone!”

She concluded that there are “shysters and con men” ruining the tea party, and no one should donate a penny to them if they have any interest in helping the cause of the Republican party.

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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Gallup Poll Finds Democrats More Compassionate; Republicans More Psychopathic

According to Gallup, these are not the traits of a Conservatives…

No doubt most Progressives already knew this, but a Gallup poll makes it official…

The Huffington Post

Gallup headlined on 28 January 2014, “Democrats and Republicans Differ on Top Priorities,” and reported that the biggest difference between supporters of the two Parties concerned “The environment,” where 71% of Democrats said it’s important to them, versus only 32% of Republicans who did: a whopping difference of 39%, between the two Parties, considered that issue to be important. The second-biggest difference was on “The distribution of income and wealth”: 72% of Democrats, versus only 38% of Republicans – a 34% difference. Third came “Poverty and homelessness”: 82% of Democrats, versus 53% of Republicans – a 29% difference. Fourth came “Education”: 91% of Democrats, versus 70% of Republicans – a 21% difference.

Here were the four issues on the conservative end, the four issues where Republicans scored the largest amount higher (more concerned) than Democrats: First, “The military and national defense”: 76% of Republicans, versus 61% of Democrats – a 15% difference – considered that issue to be important. Second, “Taxes”: 69% of Republicans, versus 56% of Democrats – a 13% difference. Third, “Terrorism”: 77% of Republicans, versus 68% of Democrats – a 9% difference. Fourth, “Government surveillance of U.S. citizens”: 45% of Republicans, versus 37% of Democrats – an 8% difference (but if the President had been a Republican, Democrats might have been more concerned about that issue than Republicans would have been).

Clearly, selfish fears swept concerns on the Republican side, whereas concerns for others (and especially the weak) swept concerns on the Democratic side.

One can therefore reasonably infer from this survey that the main difference between Democrats and Republicans is the difference between compassion versus psychopathy.

If these findings are accurate, then one will expect that in political primary elections, where candidates make their appeals to members of their own Party, Democratic candidates will compete with one another mainly on the basis of their proposals for improving things for everyone but especially for the most vulnerable; whereas Republican candidates will compete with one another mainly on the basis of their proposals for improving things for their individual voters. And, in the general election, one will expect that the Democratic nominee will have been chosen on the basis of his concern for everyone, while the Republican nominee will have been chosen on the basis of his concern for Republicans.

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Everyone in America Supports a Minimum-Wage Hike—Except the Tea Party

The following information should surprise no one…

New Republic

Fast-food workers across the U.S. are striking Thursday  (today) to demand higher wages, and it turns out they’re not alone in believing the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is much too low. A majority of Americans—71 percent—support hiking the minimum to $10, according to the 2013 American Values Survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. Democrats overwhelmingly support an increase, and even a majority of Republicans do. The minimum wage “is that rare issue where there is bipartisan and cross-religious support,” says Dan Cox, PRRI’s research director.

Except for the Tea Party, that is.

Public Religion Research Institute, American Values Survey, October 2013

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Maybe if Obama Had Sold Illegal Arms to Iran, Then Republicans Would Call Him a Hero

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Since the announcement of the temporary nuclear deal with Iran, Republicans have been outraged at the thought of using any sort of diplomacy when dealing with the situation.  And despite the fact that several of our biggest allies were involved in this agreement, Republicans are focusing all of their anger toward President Obama.

I know, you’re as shocked as I am.

But like with most things, this over the top outrage being displayed by many Republicans is filled with irony and complete hypocrisy.

After all, wasn’t their “conservative hero” Ronald Reagan the same guy who got caught selling illegal arms to Iran?  Oh, yeah—he did.  Iran-Contra was the willful act by the Reagan administration to sell arms to the Iranian government, despite Iran being the subject of an arms embargo.

Just imagine for a moment if instead of reaching a six-month agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, President Obama got caught illegally selling arms to the Iranian government.  The Republicans would be going out of their minds with anger and outrage.

Well, that’s exactly what Ronald Reagan did.  You know, the president many conservatives see as the greatest of all-time and a beacon of American values.

Mind you, Iran-Contra happened just five years from the Iran hostage crisis when fifty-two Americans were held hostage in Tehran for 444 days.

Again, just think about that for a second.  Imagine if fifty-two Americans were taken hostage inside Iran in 2009, then in 2014 the Obama administration gets caught selling arms illegally – to Iran. 

Republicans have talked impeachment because of the Affordable Care Act — could you imagine if Obama was caught selling illegal arms to Iran just five years removed from fifty-two Americans being held hostage inside Iranian borders?  Hell, look at how outraged they are because Obama worked with several other nations on a short-term plan to tackle Iran’s nuclear program.

Even after President Obama said this:

“It is in our national interest to watch for changes within Iran that might offer hope for an improved relationship. Until last year there was little to justify that hope. Indeed, we have bitter and enduring disagreements that persist today. At the heart of our quarrel has been Iran’s past sponsorship of international terrorism. Iranian policy has been devoted to expelling all Western influence from the Middle East. We cannot abide that because our interests in the Middle East are vital. At the same time, we seek no territory or special position in Iran. The Iranian revolution is a fact of history, but between American and Iranian basic national interests there need be no permanent conflict.”

Wait, no, that wasn’t President Obama.  That was actually said by President Reagan on November 13, 1986, addressing the Iran-Contra scandal.

Ouch.  I guess that means Reagan was “soft on terror” and supported countries that harbored terrorists, right?

But hell, he didn’t just support them – he armed them. 

Then during the trials to determine what criminal activity might have taken place, the Reagan administration refused to declassify certain documents that would have helped to reveal what actually went on.  Oh, but please, let’s talk about Benghazi and the made up right-wing conspiracies.

Reagan flat-out denied the declassification of documents that might show true criminal activity within his administration in the facilitating of illegal arms to Iran, a country that just a handful of years earlier took fifty-two Americans hostages for 444 days.

So I just have to laugh at Republicans falling over themselves to attack President Obama for agreeing with several other nations on this short-term nuclear deal with Iran.

Maybe if Obama had sold illegal arms to the Iranian government, then they’d consider him an American hero.  After all, that’s what Ronald Reagan did — and they absolute love him.

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Jay Leno Calls Out Ted Cruz On Shutdown: ‘You Looked Like A Big Fan From Where I Was Standing’

Somebody needed to call this clown out.  Jay Leno helped expose Ted Cruz’ blatant hypocrisy…

The Huffington Post

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made his first foray into late-night television on Friday, facing some prodding questions from Tonight Show host Jay Leno on the government shutdown.

About four minutes into the interview, Leno asked Cruz why the shutdown took place, posing the idea that if Obamacare had been allowed to go forward without shutting down the government, the early struggles with the law may have been seen in a different light.

“Listen, Jay, I’m one of the many people who was not a fan of shutting down the government,” Cruz said. “Throughout this whole thing, I said…”

“Well you looked like a big fan from where I was standing,” Leno interjected.

“I said throughout, ‘We shouldn’t shut down the government,’” Cruz said seconds later. “And the reason we had a government shutdown is President Obama and the Democrats said ‘we will not negotiate and we will not compromise.’”

Recent polls show that three weeks after the shutdown came to a close, Americans are still angry at both Congress and President Barack Obama. A HuffPost/YouGov survey unveiled Thursday showed only 7 percent believe most members of Congress deserve reelection, compared to 73 percent who said they don’t.

Obama has taken his own share of heat, as a Friday Pew Research survey showed the president’s approval rating has plummeted to 41 percent. That marks an 11-percent drop since January 2013.

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McConnell smacks down tea party groups: They mislead for profit

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks to reporters as lawmakers moved toward resolving their feud over filibusters of White House appointees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 16, 2013.CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP

It appears Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may have finally acquired a new set of cajones.  

As much as I don’t like McConnell, kudos to him for finally standing up to those folks in  the house and senate who wish to end government as we know it and profit from their destructive tactics in the process. 

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Sen. Mitch McConnell is done playing nice.

McConnell smacked down the tea party in an interview with Wall Street Journal opinion writer Peggy Noonan published Thursday evening.

The Tea Party is made up of people who are “angry and upset at government,” the Senate minority leader said, but they’ve been mislead by their leaders.

“They’ve been told the reason we can’t get to better outcomes than we’ve gotten is not because the Democrats control the Senate and the White House but because Republicans have been insufficiently feisty. Well, that’s just not true, and I think that the folks that I have difficulty with are the leaders of some of these groups who basically mislead them for profit,” he said.

When the tea party helped Sen. Rand Paul defeat a McConnell-approved candidate in a Kentucky Republican primary in 2010, McConnell made nice with the Senate’s tea party wing and looked to shore up his right flank, hiring a Paul-family friend, Jesse Benton, to run his re-election campaign. A tea partier challenged him from the right, but McConnell leads in polls by a 47 points.

Then the shutdown hit and all bets were off—McConnell quickly became a target when he brokered a deal with Democrats to reopen the federal government without taking down Obamacare.

And the chips fell swiftly.

The Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, slammed McConnell, endorsed his Republican primary challenger, and later began running ads against McConnell.

“So now Mitch McConnell is negotiating the Republican surrender,” the group’s executive director,Matt Hoskins, said. “He gave the Democrats a blank check back in July when he signaled he would do anything to avoid a shutdown and now Democrats can demand whatever they want. It’s humiliating.”

The Tea Party Nation withdrew their endorsement of the Senate minority leader in his primary race; the Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed McConnell’s tea party challenger. Western Representation PAC, a tea party-aligned group, slammed McConnell in a fundraising email titled “A Parliament of Traitors and Whores.”

Even Sarah Palin wrote a Facebook post pointing fingers at McConnell and his reelection race.

“We’re going to shake things up in 2014,” she wrote in part. “Soon we must focus on important House and Senate races. Let’s start with Kentucky.”

So, with little tea party support left to lose, McConnell is hitting back.

The Senate Conservatives Fund “has elected more Democrats than the Democratic Senatorial Committee over the last three cycles,” he told the Journal.

And that race in Alabama, where a birther, tea party activist lost to a conservative business-interest-aligned Republican?

That was a significant election, McConnell said, explaining that Republicans can’t govern if they can’t win elections. And to win, parties must “run candidates that don’t scare the general public, [and] convey the impression that we could actually be responsible for governing, you can trust us—we’re adults here, we’re grown-ups,” he said.

But McConnell isn’t worried about the primary challenge his tea party opponents are hoping to make more difficult.

“I don’t wanna be overly cocky, but I’m gonna be the Republican nominee next year,” he told Noonan.

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