Ron Paul

Sunday Talk: Finger on the pulse

attribution: Ayn Rand

Daily Kos

This week, self-certified ophthalmologist Rand Paul, the undisputed Congressional champion of minority rights, formally announced that he’s running for reelection to the Senate in 2016. Left unsaid was that he’s also planning to run for president in 2016.

Now, it may be true that, under Kentucky’s (existing) election laws, simultaneously running for two offices isn’t allowed—but so what!?

The fact is, Rand ain’t your father’s brand of Republican; he isn’t even his father’s brand of Republican.

Whereas Ron Paul subscribes to all kinds of far-out conspiracy theories, Rand has both of his feet planted firmly in the real world—and from there, he can see that the biggest issue facing the black community is that the taxes on cigarettes are too damn high!

Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Widow of Eric Garner Esaw Garner; Rev. Al Sharpton; Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D); Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D); Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance; Texas Attorney General/Gov.-Elect Greg Abbott (R); Others TBD.Face The Nation: New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton; Camden County, NJ Police Chief J. Scott Thomson; NAACP President Cornell William Brooks; Former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell; Roundtable: Charles Blow (New York Times), Gerald Seib (Wall Street Journal), David Ignatius (Washington Post) and Jeanne Cummings (Bloomberg Politics).

This Week: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D); Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA); Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, Rich Lowry (National Review) and Rep. Loretta Sanchez(D-CA).

Fox News Sunday: Radio Host Rush Limbaugh; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), George Will(Washington Post) and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Former President George W. Bush (R); Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Julian Castro; Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Lynn Good, the CEO of Duke Energy (preview); a report on billionaire doctor Patrick Soon-Shiong, who is using nearly a billion dollars of his fortune developing an unconventional method of fighting cancer that he hopes will make it a chronic, treatable disease instead of a death sentence (preview); and, a report from Cremona, Italy, the birthplace of Stradivarius violins (preview).

Christie dismisses Rand Paul and libertarians as ‘dangerous’: I remember Sept. 12, 2001

The Raw Story

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) didn’t mince words on Thursday when asked for his thoughts about Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) and the strain of libertarianism that is spreading among some in the Republican Party. According to Salon.com’s Alex Seitz-Wald, Christie slammed Paul and his isolationist foreign policy ideals “dangerous” and wondered if Paul would like to come to New Jersey and discuss his theories with the surviving family members of people killed in the terrorist attacks that took place on Sept. 11,2001.

Christie — who, like Paul, is considered a likely prospect for the 2016 presidential race — made his remarks at a panel of Republican governors in Aspen, Colorado. In what Salon called “the opening volley of the 2016 campaign,” Christie said that he thinks “this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought.”

Rand Paul — like his father Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) — advocates an overall drawing down of the U.S. presence overseas and a strict non-intervention policy in the conflicts of other nations. Christie said that he feels that this hands-off approach is too risky. He agrees with how both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama have handled national security issues.

“What we as a country have to decide,” he said, “is ‘Do we have amnesia?’ ‘Cos I don’t. And I remember what we felt like on Sept. 12, 2001.”

“And still seeing those families?” he continued. “I love all these esoteric debates that people are getting in.”

“Rand Paul for example?” the moderator asked.

“Listen, you can name any number of people who have engaged in it, and he’s one of them,” Christie replied. “These esoteric, intellectual debates, I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t. Because that’s a much tougher conversation to have.”

Listen to audio of Christie’s remarks, embedded below via RonPaulTrainer’s YouTube account:

Politico’s Week in one liners: Ryan, Obama, Romney

 

Paul Ryan, Barack Obama and Ann Romney are pictured. | AP Photos

Politico

The top quotes in politics …

“Good evening everyone, and welcome to Barack Obama’s retirement party!” — Former Gov.Tim Pawlenty knocking the president at the RNC.

“It should be a pretty entertaining show.” — President Barack Obama commenting on the convention.

“Save a little for Mitt.” Actor Clint Eastwood hushing an excited crowd at the RNC.

“He’s a unique guy, and he did a unique thing last night.” — Ann Romney when asked about Eastwood’speech.

“My playlist starts with AC/DC and ends with Zeppelin.” — Rep. Paul Ryan on Romney’s poor taste in music.

“Ryan is the devil in disguise.” — “View” co-host Joy Behar ripping the GOP vice presidential candidate.

“If everyone had competed fairly and honestly, I’d probably be the nominee.” — Herman Cainlamenting his failed White House bid.

“Put me down as undecided.” Rep. Ron Paul discussing his vote in November.

 

5 Ways Republicans Have Sabotaged Job Growth

No surprise here.

[Some] Republicans are not very nice people.

When they complain about the dismal job numbers every month and blame President Obama for the poor showing of job growth, they display a measure of  hypocrisy that is beyond belief…

Think Progress

New numbers released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the economy added a mere 80,000 jobs in June. That’s down from an average of 150,000 jobs a month for the first part of the year, and far too little to keep up with population growth.

Republican intransigence on economic policy has been a key contributor to the sluggish recovery. As early as 2009, Republican fear-mongering over spending and their readiness to filibuster in the Senate helped convince the White House economic team that an $800 billion stimulus was the most they could hope to get through Congress. Reporting has since revealed that the team thought the country actually needed a stimulus on the order of $1.2 to $1.8 trillion. The economy’s path over the next three years proved them right. Here are the top five ways the Republicans have sabotaged the economic recovery since:

1. Filibustering the American Jobs Act. Last October, Senate Republicans killedjobs bill proposed by President Obama that would have pumped $447 billion into the economy. Multiple economic analysts predicted the bill would add around two million jobs and hailed it as defense against a double-dip recession. The Congressional Budget Office also scored it as a net deficit reducer over ten years, and the American public supported the bill.

2. Stonewalling monetary stimulus. The Federal Reserve can do enormous good for a depressed economy through more aggressive monetary stimulus, and by tolerating a temporarily higher level of inflation. But with everything from Ron Paul’s anti-inflationary crusade to Rick Perry threatening to lynch Chairman Ben Bernanke, Republicans have browbeaten the Fed into not going down this path. Most damagingly, the GOP repeatedly held up President Obama’s nominations to the Federal Reserve Board during the critical months of the recession, leaving the board without the institutional clout it needed to help the economy.

3. Threatening a debt default. Even though the country didn’t actually hit its debt ceiling last summer, the Republican threat to default on the United States’ outstanding obligations was sufficient to spook financial markets anddo real damage to the economy.

4. Cutting discretionary spending in the debt ceiling deal. The deal the GOP extracted as the price for avoiding default imposed around $900 billion in cuts over ten years. It included $30.5 billion in discretionary cuts in 2012 alone, costing the country 0.3 percent in economic growth and 323,000 jobs, according to estimates from the Economic Policy Institute. Starting in 2013, the deal will trigger another $1.2 trillion in cuts over ten years.

5. Cutting discretionary spending in the budget deal. While not as cataclysmic as the debt ceiling brinksmanship, Republicans also threatened a shutdown of the government in early 2011 if cuts were not made to that year’s budget. The deal they struck with the White House cut $38 billion from food stamps, health, education, law enforcement, and low-income programs among others, whilesparing defense almost entirely.

There have also been a few near-misses, in which the GOP almost prevented help from coming to the economy. The Republicans in the House delayed a transportation bill that saved as many as 1.9 million jobs. House Committees run by the GOP have passed proposals aimed at cutting billions from food stamps, and the party has repeatedly threatened to kill extensions of unemployment insurance and cuts to the payroll tax.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, those policies — the payroll tax cut, food stamps, unemployment insurance, and discretionary spending for low-income Americans —have the highest multipliers, meaning more job boosting potential per dollar.

‘You Know You’re a Liberal If…’ 33 Litmus Tests for Liberals

Addicting Info

  1. You can discern the geographic distance between Kenya and Hawaii.
  2. Bernie Sanders is one of your favorite senators.
  1. You’re seriously considering dropping Verizon and switching to Credo Mobile.
  1. You get much of your news from Rachel Maddow, Bill Maher and/or Jon Stewart.
  1. You’re in favor of tax increases to support the common good even if you have to pay more yourself.

This, of course, is an ironic look at how Republicans see Liberals. http://www.peoplescube.com

  1. You recognize that marijuana is physically less harmful than either cigarettes or alcohol.
  1. You understand Citizens United is about 5 conservative justices who are united against citizens and who favor the corporate control of elections.
  1. You get that Ron Paul is no better than the Tea Party.
  1. You’ve pissed off a conservative in your life by railing against Fox News or Sarah Palin.
  1. You have an “Obama ‘08” or “Obama 2012” logo riding on your bumper.
  1. You are a fan of a dozen or more liberal pages on Facebook.
  1. At some point, you wore dreads or went barefoot in public – or you know a few people who fit this description.
  1. You read food labels.
  1. You have gay friends and you respect them.
  1. You probably graduated from college and your degree probably isn’t in marketing or business administration.
  1. You post to Facebook and Twitter in support of liberal causes. A conservative friend may have un-friended you because of your posts.
  1. You support the middle class.
  1. You don’t think NPR is biased.
  1. You think the Koch brothers are evil.
  1. You’ve been following the dogged and brave uprising in Wisconsin.
  1. You prefer to breathe non-cancer-causing air and drink non-toxic water.
  1. You value a good standard of living for the public over corporate profits.
  1. You believe people should be able to choose, in private, the family planning option that’s right for them.
  1. You use hash tags like #p2, #p21, #topprog, and #taxtherich on Twitter.
  1. You are serious about recycling.
  1. You actually care that the ice caps are melting, coral reefs are dying and bio-diversity is diminishing.
  1. You can find Iraq on a map while realizing that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
  1. You’ve been called a hippie, a bleeding heart or a tree hugger.
  1. You believe education and health care should be subsidized for the common good.
  1. GOP voter suppression is ticking you off enough to mobilize the vote within your circles.
  1. You’ve given to a homeless person – ever.
  1. You cringe when you hear Obama referred to as a “one-term president.”
  1. You have gotten into a heated online debate with a Republican troll and even though you didn’t change their mind it still felt good to defeat their logic.

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Fox Poll Shows Obama Winning Over Romney and Tea Party Loathed

What a difference two years make for the Tea Baggers

Politicus USA

Fox News’ latest polling data should alarm the Republican Party, because it shows President Barack Obama winning over Mitt Romney in a general election, the Democratic Party with higher favorables than the Republican Party, Mitt Romney with low favorables and the Tea Party in the dumps.

Here’s the data for how the public, per the Fox poll (conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) of 912 registered voters by landline and cell), views the various parties:

Favorable VS Unfavorable:

Barack Obama 50%, 47%
The Democratic Party 48%, 44%
Mitt Romney 39%, 49%
The Republican Party 39%, 52%
Ron Paul 35%, 44%
Rick Santorum 35%,47%
Tea Party Movement 30%, 51%
Newt Gingrich 23%, 67%

Only Newt Gingrich is loathed more than the Tea Party. And while Mitt Romney has only 2% more unfavorable ranking than the President, Romney’s favorables are another story. Only 39% view Mitt favorably, while 50% view Obama favorably.

Mitt Romney’s troubles don’t end there. His unfavorables have almost doubled at 49%, with the steady descent starting in 2010 at 28% unfavorable. At the same point in time, his favorable ranking was 40% and it has remained pretty steady at 39%. As people get to know Mitt, his unfavorables rise.

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Wednesday Blog Round Up

Romney wins AZ, Michigan

Olympia Snowe is right about American politics. Will we listen?

Fact-checking the Arizona presidential debate

Seniors and the Wealthy Save Michigan for Romney

The Tea Party Loves Socialism, Fakes Otherwise

Rick Santorum Loses Catholic Vote In 2012 Michigan, Arizona Primaries

How The Right Redefines “Fairness” To Push Tax Hikes On Poor People

Conservative Experts Say That Obama Was Right To Apologize For Quran Burning

Hungry Detroit Boy: ‘Tomorrow Is My Night’ To Eat. Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Snyder Slashes Safety Net

Rep. Allen West: “A Second Holocaust Looms If America Doesn’t Back Israel”

Politico’s: The week in one-liners: Newt, Palin, Paul

The top quotes in politics …

“Because he’s a fake.” — Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul on why he’s going afterRick Santorum.

“I am giving up my opinion.” — Newt Gingrich’s wife, Callista, on what she’s sacrificing for Lent.

“Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually.”— Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romneylisting the family cars.

“Cheerful.” — GOP White House hopeful Newt Gingrich’s one-word description of himself.

“This is the wisest investment I think I could make.” — Comedian Bill Maher on giving moneyto Obama.

“He should just write a check and shut up.” —New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talking about Warren Buffett.

“Come on, baby don’t you wanna go.” — President Barack Obama singing again.

“I can’t take it anymore.” — Then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin venting in a 2009 e-mail.

Mitt Romney Pulls Ahead In Michigan Polls, Holds Wide Lead In Arizona

The Huffington Post

Despite trailing Rick Santorum in most recent national polls, Mitt Romney appears to have momentum on his side in Michigan and a big lead in Arizona, just four days before both states hold Republican presidential primaries.

In Michigan, two new automated, recorded-voice surveys show Romney with a small, single-digit lead. The two polls, from Rasmussen Reports  and Mitchell Research , were both conducted on Thursday, Feb. 23, and are the first to be fielded in Michigan entirely following Wednesday night’s nationally televised candidate debate.

The Rasmussen Reports poll gives Romney a six-point lead over Santorum (40 to 34 percent), a reversal from the four-point Romney deficit the firm found just three days earlier. The Mitchell Research poll shows Romney three points ahead of Santorum (36 to 33 percent), a big shift from the nine-point Santorum lead the firm reported one week earlier.

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The new findings are slightly better for Romney than the results of five other surveys conducted earlier in the week, which collectively described a very close race between the top two candidates, ranging from a four-point Santorum lead to a two-point Romney advantage.

The HuffPost Pollster’s Michigan chart, which attempts to smooth out random variation in the all public polling data, shows that the biggest change over the past week has been an increase in support for Romney. Over the same period, Santorum’s numbers have declined only slightly. The chart’s trend lines now give Romney a very slight lead over Santorum (36.3 to 34.7 percent), followed by Ron Paul (11.2 percent) and Newt Gingrich (8.0 percent).

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Debate In 100 Seconds: The Grand Finale?

TPM2012

As the last men standing in the GOP nominating race took to the debate floor for what might be the last time the last time, it was an emotional evening all round.

Rick Santorum confirmed to Ron Paul that he was real, while Romney told him to look in a mirror.  Others tried to get their messages through, including a “cheerful” Gingrich talking about the concerns we should all have about nuclear weapons in our cities.

All in all, it provided a cathartic and cataclysmic setting for possibly the last of what has been a very, very long series of debates….

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