Political Nutz

Observations on the pathetic state of American politics

ACA “Jobkilling” Myth

So in the 59 months since the Affordable Care Act was passed, the “job-killing” Obamacare debacle, as the Republicans like to say, the U.S. economy has added some nine million private sector jobs. Of course, the Fox News talking heads are prompt to twist the facts, saying these aren’t “good” jobs, or many are temporary or part-time jobs.  Some of that may be true, but compare the employment growth under Mr. Obama to the 3.6 million jobs lost under Bush. Millions of more American are working now than during the Bush years and millions more also have health insurance. It’s a win-win for America.

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The NRA Has Done So Much For America

They must adore these numbers:

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Where are all those good guys with guns?

“Politics ain’t bean bag”

Those were some of the words of wisdom from Governor Christie today as he “apologized” and “took responsibility” for the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge as political payback against a Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse the Governor’s reelection.  But Mr. Christie danced around the facts for two hours.  While “taking responsibility” he insisted multiple times that he knew nothing about the incident, it was an isolated event, and he doesn’t condone such tactics.  Really? There are a handful of such petty retributions going back to 2010.

I used to think maybe Christie was an exception: a Republican who might be a fair, rational, practical politician.  How naive.  Christie is just in with the wrong crowd: the GOP.  Today’s right-wingers can’t help themselves; they can’t resist petty, paranoid, lying, childish political tactics. It’s just the way they think. Imagine Christie in the White House with a staff full of these kinds of nut jobs.  It will be the Nixon era all over again….  I can’t wait.

 

More Bad News

More Than Half of U.S. Congress are Millionaires

No surprise, I suppose. But maybe it helps explain why these turkeys have no understanding or sympathy for how most of the constituents live and what policies would help them.  What do these people know about being unemployed, having trouble making monthly payments, not having health insurance, etc.?  Nothing, of course. I’d like to see strict term limits and candidates selected by a random drawing.  Maybe pick out ten eligible people from each district, post their biographies, and whoever gets the most votes has to serve.

Bob Gates – Pathetic!

I am sickened after reading snippets of former Defense Secretary Gates’ self-serving book, “Duty.”  After all his apparent dedication to the country, it turns out Mr. Gates is just another war-mongering, right-wing neocon.  It seems his major complaint about Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden is that they didn’t agree with him and thought that getting out of Afghanistan ASAP was a good idea.  Apparently the deaths of over 2,000 American troops and the loss of almost a trillion dollars wasn’t enough for Gates to figure out things weren’t going so well over there.  Gates mentions that the President didn’t trust his generals? No s**t, Shylock.  A string of military leaders kept promising that the Afghans were just about ready to take over military operations at the end of the year… every year for a decade.  A just a few thousand more troops, they said, and a few hundred billion more dollars and everything would be dandy.  It’s a sad commentary on Gates’ career that he claims utter disdain for virtually everyone he worked with but never voiced any of those objections publicly –until he had a fat book deal.

Tea Party Health Care Liars

Here’s a documented case of Tea Party nuts planting phony horror stories about the Affordable Care Act while taking advantage of the cheaper, better health care it provides them.  I don’t get it. Why not just take a good deal when it comes along and shut up.  What kind of twisted, hatred drives people to this?  And then there’s how the right-wing press prints all this crap as if it were the truth.

Here’s the deal.  The Fort Worth Star Telegram wanted a story about people getting screwed by Obamacare.  For no reason; just because they wanted to do some muck-raking.  Never mind doing any actual reporting and finding people who might have actually lost better coverage under the ACA.  They just asked for volunteers. Three folks came forward, told their stories, and the paper printed them.  No checking facts.  It turns our, of course, that all three are Tea Party ultra Obama haters, at least one of whom has gotten a great health insurance policy thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  Now that real facts were uncovered, the paper is going to….. do nothing.

That’s the Tea Party way of doing things: Lie and hope you don’t get caught.

Read the full account in Anatomy of an Obamacare “horror story”.

Republican Reality Denial

The GOP mindset has reached a new high –or is it a low– in ignoring or being ignorant of facts.  Eighty-seven percent of Republican true-believers still think the federal budget deficit is growing.  That, in spite of the FACT that the deficit has been cut in half since 2009, the fastest decline in more than fifty years.

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More details at: The National Memo.

Massive Lies from Michigan GOP

I just can’t fathom how Republican politicians can say things that they know are demonstrably lies.  The Michigan GOP seems to have a special knack for ignoring reality. The Michigan governor’s office just keeps spewing out speeches and press releases touting the state’s near miraculous “comeback.”  Problem is, there is no comeback, not even a nudge in the right direction.

  • The GOP’s war on labor has resulted in an unemployment rate stuck at 9% while the national average is down to 7.3%, in spite of the rebound in the automobile industry.
  • Nearly one in five municipalities or public school districts is in danger of bankruptcy up from around 7% under Dem. Jennifer Granholm.
  • Big corporation supporters of the MI GOP keep talking about the improved fiscal management of the state, especially the newly balanced state budget.  LIE.  Michigan has never had an unbalanced budget; the state constitution forbids deficit spending.
  • The “improved business environment” is costing Michigan tax payers north of $38,000 for each new job created via massive corporate tax breaks.

The TRUTH is that in spite of Republican fabrications, Michigan is stagnating with a declining tax base, thanks to anti working class policies.

More GOP Denial of Reality – Federal Govt. Smallest in 47 Years

Idiotic Republican leaders and pundits continue to rail against Big Government…. in spite of the fact that the number of federal employees is at its lowest point since 1966.  Of course that won’t stop Ryan, Cruz, Boehner, Paul, et al. from more repeated exhortations about the need for smaller government.  That will go on, I suppose, until there’s another Republican in the White House when federal employee roles will balloon like they did under Bush II.