It’s really something when people like Rep. Andre Carson and Maxine Waters speak truth to power about the Tea Party, and the Tea Party and even those of even a moderate position react as though those defending themselves from the Tea Party are too beligerent­.

It’s as if someone decides to stand up to a bully on the playground and the victim with the courage to defend themself is shouted down as too beligerent­.
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As usual, Bob says it all and says it well, leaving not much more to be said.
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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report on April 14th finding that middle class Americans are paying their second-lowest income tax rates in 50 years.

See the report here.

So just what is it again that this Teabagger crowd is so mad about? Lower taxes? Less Governments pending by Democrats than by Republicans? Less encroachments on the Consitution? Less job losses? A growing economy? The biggest deficit reducing bill in decades?

Oh, yeah! (He’s black!)

Glenn Beck, beyond ridiculous.

I could give a flying crap about the political process.


“I could give a flying crap about the political process. We’re an entertainment company.”
– Glenn Beck

Just further evidence that if the teabaggers around our country screaming and hollering about out of control spending really cared about deficits they would be FOR passing health care reform.

In an open letter, some of the nations top economists write:

Successful health care reform is vital to the nation’s fiscal and economic future. The legislation the House will vote on in the coming days will guarantee security of coverage, limit the costs of care, create incentives for improved quality of care, and set us on the path towards sustainable economic growth. In short, the House health reform legislation takes the steps necessary to promote our economic health.

Specifically, the bill:

* Reduces the deficit by over $100 billion in the first 10 years, and continues to reduce the deficit in subsequent years, as judged by the Congressional Budget Office.
* Takes initial steps to “bend the cost curve,” and thus might lead to even larger cost savings than official estimates suggest.
* Covers nearly all American citizens and legal residents.

We urge House passage of the legislation, which provides a historic opportunity to realize the long-delayed goal of significant health care reform.

Signed,

Dr. Henry J. Aaron, The Brookings Institution
Dr. Mike Chernew, Harvard University Medical School
Dr. David Cutler, Harvard University
Dr. Judy Feder, Georgetown University, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Dr. Dana Goldman, University of Southern California
Dr. Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Len Nichols, The New America Foundation
Dr. Alice Rivlin, The Brookings Institution
Dr. Meredith Rosenthal, Harvard University School of Public Health
Dr. Jonathan Skinner, Dartmouth College
Dr. Katherine Swartz, Harvard University School of Public Health

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has already reported that the Democratic plan would reduce the Federal Deficit while the recently released G.O.P. plan would actually add to it.

Any conservatives or teabaggers who say that current Democratic proposals for health care reform would add to the deficit are either liars, misinformed or tragically confused.

It’s Almost Cute

November 6, 2009

This just makes me chuckle.

On top of displaying a lack of understanding of civics, taxes or even manners, tuns out Conservatives can’t count either.

How many were there again?

From Thinkprogress.org:

After the 9/12 march on Washington, conservatives falsely claimed that over a million people attended, when in reality the closest thing to an official count — numbers given by the Washington DC Fire Department to ABCNews.com — placed the crowd at “approximately 60,000 to 70,000 people.” Though today’s anti-health care reform rally has been much more sparsely attended, that hasn’t stopped conservatives from inflating the numbers again. On G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show today, producer Franklin Raff, who was on the ground at the rally, told guest host Joseph Farah that the crowd is “just as big or bigger than” the 9/12 rally, which Raff estimated “at about a million.”

Capitol Hill police told NBC’s Luke Russert that the crowd was about 4,000.

Sam Stein does the painful work of detailing Kicking Squealing Gucci Little Piggy’s delusional ramblings.

Some tasty bits of Beck lunacy:

Ten years ago, I could have shouted every single day about Osama bin Laden and his wacky crazy threats to kill Americans in New York and nobody would have been willing to stand in line two hours while some security officer made grandma take her shoes off. No one would have done it. But don’t you see. While the government is still not willing to do these things, today America is different. America has changed. Washington, we’re not going to let you get away with it anymore. Look, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Conservatives are awake. 9/12ers are willing to do the hard things. We know what this means! We’re taking time out of our busy lives, taking time away from their families, they’re attending town hall meetings. Do you think they want to do that? They are calling their representatives. How many times do we have to be yelled at by your people in Washington? They are reading 2,000-page healthcare bills on the weekend. The 9/12ers are willing to stand in line and take our shoes off before the plane actually hits the tower.

And some more tasty lunacy from Rep. Virginia Foxx.

Everywhere I go in my district, people tell me they are frightened. … I share that fear, and I believe they should be fearful. And I believe the greatest fear that we all should have to our freedom comes from this room — this very room — and what may happen later this week in terms of a tax increase bill masquerading as a health care bill. I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country.

Where are the sensible representatives of the G.O.P.? Are there even any?