Top 10 Things Texas Gov. Rick Perry Doesn’t Want You To Know About Him

liberal-life:

(1) Perry allowed the execution of a likely innocent man, then impeded an investigation into the matter.

(2) Perry wants to repeal the 16th and 17th amendments, ending direct election of U.S. senators and the Federal income tax.

(3) Perry proposed letting states drop out of social security and medicaid.

(4) Texas is the country’s biggest polluter, but Perry sued the federal government for disapproving of the state’s air quality standards.

(5) Perry designated as “emergency legislation” a bill requiring all women seeking abortions to have sonograms first.

(6) Perry gutted childcare services, even as Texas childhood poverty hit 25%

(7) Perry was a strong supporter of Texas’s anti-sodomy laws.

(8) Perry is a stimulus hypocrite who loudly criticized federal recovery money, but used it to balance his state’s budget.

(9) Perry said that texas might have to secede from the United States

(10) Despite having the worst uninsured rate in the country, Perry claims that Texas has “the best health care in the country.

Click the link above to see more information about each of these items.

Your new GOP Frontrunner ladies and gentlemen!

Refusing to take ‘yes’ for an answer

jonathan-cunningham:

* Democrats asked Republicans to pass a clean bill, just as GOP leaders had supported many times in the past. Republicans said, “No.”

* Democrats invited Republicans to Biden-led bipartisan talks. Republicans quit.

* Democrats offered a $2.4 trillion debt-reduction package, 83% of which would come from spending cuts. Republicans said, “No.”

* Democrats sought a Grand Bargain, with more than $4 trillion in savings. Republicans said, “No.”

* Several Democrats offered some preliminary support for the “Gang of Six” blueprint. Republicans said, “No.”

* Many more Democrats signaled support for the McConnell/Reid “Plan B.” Republicans said, “No.”

Is it me, or is there a pattern to all of this?

The Republicans aren’t interested in a compromise or a solution, they see a political opportunity and want to exploit it. They’re going for one of two outcomes: either the Democrats roll over and give them massive social cuts while ignoring our bloated defense budget, or the US loses the ability to make the payments it promised, and the economy takes a massive dive. They’re hoping that if the latter comes to happen, Obama will take the blame for the outrage that follows. Why should they accept a compromise when it’s in their political interests to stymie progress?

“The mainstream press is becoming less and less relevant,” she said, adding that she would have no hesitation in shunning media outlets she does not trust.

“I would say no to those who have lied about me. There is no need to reward bad behavior. I’ve learned. You know, once bitten, twice shy. I have learned.”

Bachmann Pledges to Ban Pornography

thoseboringpolitics:

There’s not really so much to say about this. I’m at a lack of words, to be frank. The blatant unconstitutionality of this is really quite insane, and banning pornography is really only going to create another black market for this type of thing. 

This is absurd, Bachmann is a series of confusing contradictions.  You can’t plan to create a marriage amendment in the constitutions and and ban a type of type of speech (no matter how you might feel about it) and still tout yourself as a state first Constitutionalist.

As the old saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.  I just hope that rational republicans will see that come primary season. 

thetenthamendment:

Ron Paul raised $4.5 million in the second quarter, but MSNBC completely disregards this fact in the nice little graphic shown above. This, in addition to CNN’s poll switch, makes it pretty clear that the media is doing everything in its power to keep Ron Paul’s name out of the political discussion. Why would they do that, though?
Well, let’s think about it logically for a minute.
Where do media outlets get their money? From advertisers.
Who’re the advertisers? Corporations.
Where do corporations get a lot of their money (and all of their bailouts)? The federal government.
Who wants to break up the circus that is the federal government? Ron Paul.
So, the second that any media outlet endorses Ron Paul, they’ll lose their advertisers. Look what happened to Glenn Beck when he became a little too small-government for his sponsors’ liking. They cut his funding and he was forced to leave Fox News and start his own network. In order to survive, the media outlets have to continue ignoring Ron Paul and the fastest growing political movement in America. They’re missing out on a huge target audience and looking more and more like government propaganda, when really, they’re corporate propaganda.
It’s time we ditch the term “mainstream media” and replace it with something more appropriate. I propose that we begin calling it the “corporate media.”

Oh dear God. There is not sneaky conspiracy to keep Ron Paul out of the media because he stands opposed to “corporate media” they’re ignoring him because he’s a joke. He’ll always be such, he’s not a real candidate and God bless the media for recognizing that.
I’m sick of his followers pretending like he has a legitimate shot to do anything. He’s a crazy old man who would destroy our country and laugh while doing it.

thetenthamendment:

Ron Paul raised $4.5 million in the second quarter, but MSNBC completely disregards this fact in the nice little graphic shown above. This, in addition to CNN’s poll switch, makes it pretty clear that the media is doing everything in its power to keep Ron Paul’s name out of the political discussion. Why would they do that, though?

Well, let’s think about it logically for a minute.

Where do media outlets get their money? From advertisers.

Who’re the advertisers? Corporations.

Where do corporations get a lot of their money (and all of their bailouts)? The federal government.

Who wants to break up the circus that is the federal government? Ron Paul.

So, the second that any media outlet endorses Ron Paul, they’ll lose their advertisers. Look what happened to Glenn Beck when he became a little too small-government for his sponsors’ liking. They cut his funding and he was forced to leave Fox News and start his own network. In order to survive, the media outlets have to continue ignoring Ron Paul and the fastest growing political movement in America. They’re missing out on a huge target audience and looking more and more like government propaganda, when really, they’re corporate propaganda.

It’s time we ditch the term “mainstream media” and replace it with something more appropriate. I propose that we begin calling it the “corporate media.”

Oh dear God. There is not sneaky conspiracy to keep Ron Paul out of the media because he stands opposed to “corporate media” they’re ignoring him because he’s a joke. He’ll always be such, he’s not a real candidate and God bless the media for recognizing that.

I’m sick of his followers pretending like he has a legitimate shot to do anything. He’s a crazy old man who would destroy our country and laugh while doing it.

underthemountainbunker:

via
Clinton to Obama on raising the debt ceiling by August 2: “Don’t blink.”
Make the Republicans raise it like they did SEVEN TIMES during King George’s Administration:

Aspen, Colorado (CNN): […] Regardless of the Republican field, however, Clinton believes  Obama will be re-elected in 2012. Under Obama’s leadership, Wall Street  has been salvaged, and the automotive industry has been saved, Clinton  said. Also, manufacturing jobs have increased with the United States now  building 20% of the solar batteries globally — up from 2%. That could  go up as high as 40% by 2014, the former president added.
Obama has also delivered on national  security with the killing of Osama bin Laden and increased drone  activity in terrorist countries, Clinton said. Domestically, he has  offered laudable education and health care reforms, as well as student  loan reforms that allow borrowers longer time to pay back their debts,  Clinton said.
Clinton also said Obama has been very good  on gay rights — a serious sticking point for the Clinton presidency,  which created the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
And, at a time when European  multiculturalism is apparently failing, Obama’s been able to speak to  the diverse sectors of the U.S. population, Clinton said.

From CrooksandLiars: 10 Inconvenient Truths About the Debt Ceiling:
1. Republican Leaders Agree U.S. Default Would Be a “Financial Disaster”2. Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt3. George W. Bush Doubled the National Debt4. Republicans Voted Seven Times to Raise Debt Ceiling for President Bush5. Federal Taxes Are Now at a 60 Year Low6. Bush Tax Cuts Didn’t Pay for Themselves or Spur “Job Creators”7. Ryan Budget Delivers Another Tax Cut Windfall for Wealthy8. Ryan Budget Will Require Raising Debt Ceiling – Repeatedly9. Tax Cuts Drive the Next Decade of Debt10. $3 Trillion Tab for Unfunded Wars Remains Unpaid
Also? Let tax cuts for the rich expire. Our nation could really use the revenue (and a sense of fairness).

underthemountainbunker:

via

Clinton to Obama on raising the debt ceiling by August 2: “Don’t blink.”

Make the Republicans raise it like they did SEVEN TIMES during King George’s Administration:

Aspen, Colorado (CNN): […] Regardless of the Republican field, however, Clinton believes Obama will be re-elected in 2012. Under Obama’s leadership, Wall Street has been salvaged, and the automotive industry has been saved, Clinton said. Also, manufacturing jobs have increased with the United States now building 20% of the solar batteries globally — up from 2%. That could go up as high as 40% by 2014, the former president added.

Obama has also delivered on national security with the killing of Osama bin Laden and increased drone activity in terrorist countries, Clinton said. Domestically, he has offered laudable education and health care reforms, as well as student loan reforms that allow borrowers longer time to pay back their debts, Clinton said.

Clinton also said Obama has been very good on gay rights — a serious sticking point for the Clinton presidency, which created the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

And, at a time when European multiculturalism is apparently failing, Obama’s been able to speak to the diverse sectors of the U.S. population, Clinton said.

From CrooksandLiars: 10 Inconvenient Truths About the Debt Ceiling:

1. Republican Leaders Agree U.S. Default Would Be a “Financial Disaster”
2. Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt
3. George W. Bush Doubled the National Debt
4. Republicans Voted Seven Times to Raise Debt Ceiling for President Bush
5. Federal Taxes Are Now at a 60 Year Low
6. Bush Tax Cuts Didn’t Pay for Themselves or Spur “Job Creators”
7. Ryan Budget Delivers Another Tax Cut Windfall for Wealthy
8. Ryan Budget Will Require Raising Debt Ceiling – Repeatedly
9. Tax Cuts Drive the Next Decade of Debt
10. $3 Trillion Tab for Unfunded Wars Remains Unpaid

Also? Let tax cuts for the rich expire. Our nation could really use the revenue (and a sense of fairness).

Politicalprof: Fact Checking Michele Bachmann

I know, I know, I’m posting a lot of Bachmann stuff the past few days. But I couldn’t ignore this. She just spreads lies and mistruths at such a prodigious rate that it makes my head spin. Enjoy!

politicalprof:

Glenn Kessler at The Washington Post has done a nice job fact checking Michele Bachmann. Not that any of this is a giant surprise, but here you go:
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Announcement speech, June 27
  • “Five decades ago in America, we had less debt than we have today. We had $300 billion or less in debt….
Bachmann Backers Edit John Quincy Adams' Wikipedia Page

kohenari:

Defending her erroneous comments that the Founding Fathers tried to end slavery, Bachmann told ‘Good Morning America’ host George Stephanopoulos today, “If you look at one of our Founding Fathers, John Quincy Adams, that’s absolutely true…. He tirelessly worked throughout his life to make sure that we did in fact one day eradicate slavery.”

Stephanopoulos rightly points out that Adams, a nine-year old when the Revolutionary War began, does not qualify as a Founding Father, to which Bachmann replied, “John Quincy Adams most certainly was a part of the Revolutionary War era. He was a young boy but he was actively involved.” So, Bachmann’s basically saying that since Adams was alive and his family was part of revolution, he was, too. That’s like saying that because my father fled Apartheid, I was a South African liberation fighter.

As the media attention about Bachmann’s Adams claim grows, her supporters are editing Wikipedia to make sure the Adams entry reflects the candidate’s anachronistic perspective.

HT: Dave Brockington.

At what point do her followers (and Palin’s as well), that she’s just not suited to be president? She’s had at least 3 major gaffes since she declared three days ago.  These aren’t little things, they build on each other.  I think the argument that the media is sexist because they only show Palin/Bachmann’s mistakes is a fallacy as well.  If you recreate history about once a week to make it fit with what you want history to be, then the media should report on it. I hate this GOP primary field.

Mitt Romney’s given President Obama all kinds of grief for bemoaning  “bumps in the road” to economic recovery. In a viral web video released  this week, camp Romney creatively anthropomorphized those bumps as  unemployed people still struggling after a years-long economic downturn,  all of whom stood up and proclaimed, “I’m not a bump in the road.”
Leave it to Romney — net worth over $200 million — to completely step on his own message.
"I should tell my story," Romney told a group of unemployed people in Florida. “I’m also unemployed.”
Just like the people in his video, Romney’s no bump in the road either. But he just stumbled over one.
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The GOP Candidates come through again! I wonder if they’ll ever (collectively) go a week without making some huge misstep.  Although, the odds of that are really low as long as Newt stays in the race.

Mitt Romney’s given President Obama all kinds of grief for bemoaning “bumps in the road” to economic recovery. In a viral web video released this week, camp Romney creatively anthropomorphized those bumps as unemployed people still struggling after a years-long economic downturn, all of whom stood up and proclaimed, “I’m not a bump in the road.”

Leave it to Romney — net worth over $200 million — to completely step on his own message.

"I should tell my story," Romney told a group of unemployed people in Florida. “I’m also unemployed.”

Just like the people in his video, Romney’s no bump in the road either. But he just stumbled over one.

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The GOP Candidates come through again! I wonder if they’ll ever (collectively) go a week without making some huge misstep.  Although, the odds of that are really low as long as Newt stays in the race.

On Monday, Bachmann didn’t talk a lot about her religion. She didn’t have to—she knows how to signal it in ways that go right over secular heads. In criticizing Obama’s Libya policy, for example, she said, “We are the head and not the tail.” The phrase comes from Deuteronomy 28:13: “The Lord will make you the head and not the tail.” As Rachel Tabachnick has reported, it’s often used in theocratic circles to explain why Christians have an obligation to rule.
I love Mitt Romney’s blurb
"Would be the odds-on favorite— if only he hadn’t secured health care for virtually every child in Massachusetts"

I love Mitt Romney’s blurb

"Would be the odds-on favorite— if only he hadn’t secured health care for virtually every child in Massachusetts"

So I’m watching the CNN Debate and I just want to take a moment to quote Newt Gingrinch:"I just want to go out on a limb here: I am in favor of saying to people if you’re not prepared to be loyal to the United States, you will not serve in my administration. Period.We did this in dealing with the Nazis and we did this in dealing with the Communists and it was controversial both times and both times we discovered after a while you know, there are genuinely bad people who would like to infiltrate our country and we’ve got to have the guts and stand up and say no.”So I hear this and to me, it sounds like Newt was not only a fan of McCarthyism, but apparently thinks we need to do the same with radical Muslims in this country.
I need a cigarette or something, these fools are stressing me out.

So I’m watching the CNN Debate and I just want to take a moment to quote Newt Gingrinch:

"I just want to go out on a limb here: I am in favor of saying to people if you’re not prepared to be loyal to the United States, you will not serve in my administration. Period.

We did this in dealing with the Nazis and we did this in dealing with the Communists and it was controversial both times and both times we discovered after a while you know, there are genuinely bad people who would like to infiltrate our country and we’ve got to have the guts and stand up and say no.”

So I hear this and to me, it sounds like Newt was not only a fan of McCarthyism, but apparently thinks we need to do the same with radical Muslims in this country.

I need a cigarette or something, these fools are stressing me out.

On the Republican Debate

Holy God. I need to turn this off.

Herman Cain is a hateful bigot and Newt Gingrich just said that McCarthy’s witch-hunt was justified and implied that perhaps we should apply this to Muslims in society today.

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?

The person I compare myself to is Barack Obama, and I think that’s a very favorable comparison.