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Mon, Oct 31st - 1:47PM

GOPers hypocritcally feeding at the trough
Newsweek looked into the activities of some of the more outspoken critics of federal spending and what did they find?

read it here

They found that more than 50 of these tea party members of congress, who rail daily against Obama and the bloated federal government, are not only allowing it in their districts, they are WORKING TO GET IT, and most hypocritically of all...using the same arguments that they complain about in public.

This is no ordinary stuff, or ordinary folks either.  A few samples (you should really read the rest for yourself)

House Speaker John Boehner has derided President Obama’s clean energy agenda while pressuring the administration for a clean energy loan guarantee for a uranium project in his home state of Ohio, among other requests for special treatment for specific companies.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, an outspoken critic of the stimulus and a champion of fiscal discipline, wrote letters seeking stimulus money and took credit with his constituents.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who led the GOP’s debt reduction efforts this summer and bashed stimulus spending, sought money for the stimulus in private letters for projects like high-speed rail.

and last but not least:

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, the presidential candidate and libertarian champion, is relentless in calling for the shrinking of government spending while seeking tax dollars for his district from some of the very programs he criticizes.

This is appalling, but so typical of the GOP


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Sun, Oct 30th - 3:53PM

Wanted: Shallow Hal type for GOP
From the WaPo:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-insiders/post/two-contests-for-the-gop-nomination/2011/10/20/gIQAPfGEAM_blog.html

we get this gem:

"Our team wants someone authentic, creative, fresh, bold and likeable. And we don't have much tolerance for too many facts or too much information. In politics, a bumper sticker always beats an essay."

-- Republican strategist Ed Rogers,

Those bumper stickers come in SO handy in foreign relations negotiations and budget matters - look how well it worked for dubya


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Fri, Oct 21st - 2:55PM

More on income disparity
Today we get a fresh report showing the gap getting worse still, with median per worker income just over 26k a year and the ultra rich ranks expanding by 18% this year:

High income workers' share of total wages grows

And people still question the occupy wall street movement which is NOT, by the way, *about* wall street, it's about excessive income disparity.


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Wed, Oct 19th - 10:19AM

Can we be further apart
Many of you who pay attention probably saw the poll released today:

National Journal show that 59% are in favor of teh occupy wall street movement, which is now wordlwide. Further, 68% favor a surtxa on the wealthy to pay for jobs legislation and or debt reduction.  See this graphic and you just might agree:

Income distrubtion over the past couple decades.  Pretty amazing

To topit all off we get the news, also today, the the board of Chevron is going to meet to decide what to do with the more than 13 BILLION in CASH the company has built up, largely during the great recession.  Here's a cople of dieas:

1.  spend 2 billion over the next year in the form of reduced howlesale gasoline prices domestically.  You'll get good PR out of it and market share.  you'll make teh 2 billion back

2,  spend another 2 billion on one time bonues to employees for a job well done.  Regular employees that is.  Auto companies did this just recently (Ford I think).

3.  Spend another few billion of development and DEPLOYMENT of alternative energy.  Not the infamous R&D that just leads to nothing but tax credits, but actually "to market" deployment.

 

Or wait.... I know.  Massive bonuses to upper management and the rest to buy some otehr oil company at a premium so the major owners can reap more enormous returns.  thats's probably the better idea.


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