As usual, Bob says it all and says it well, leaving not much more to be said.
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April 27, 2010
April 17, 2010
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.
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!)
February 17, 2010
The New York Times reports that a year after the Stimulus passed, the policies it enacted have saved or created 1.6 to 2 million jobs.
Just look at the outside evaluations of the stimulus. Perhaps the best-known economic research firms are IHS Global Insight, Macroeconomic Advisers and Moody’s Economy.com. They all estimate that the bill has added 1.6 million to 1.8 million jobs so far and that its ultimate impact will be roughly 2.5 million jobs. The Congressional Budget Office, an independent agency, considers these estimates to be conservative.
Despite some bureaucratic failings and stumbles on the way, by and large the stimulus package has done what it was intended to, stave off the next Great Depression.
The reasons for the stimulus’s middling popularity aren’t a mystery. The unemployment rate remains near 10 percent, and many families are struggling. Saying that things could have been even worse doesn’t exactly inspire. Liberals don’t like the stimulus because they wish it were bigger. Republicans don’t like it because it’s a Democratic program. The Obama administration hurt the bill’s popularity by making too rosy an economic forecast upon taking office.
Despite evidence to the contrary, Republicans and conservative pundits will continue to go on Fox News and say that the stimulus failed as if its common knowledge and no longer up for debate. This is an easy and obvious line for them since it’s an easy sell and requires little in the way of hard data.
Meanwhile, Democrats and liberal commentators have been busy calling out Republicans for voting against the stimulus while claiming responsibility for its positive effects and handing out checks to their local areas that are a result of stimulus funding.
November 14, 2009
The G.O.P. has had its panties in a bunch for so long now because A.C.O.R.N. had someone turn in a voter registration application with the name Mickey Mouse. I wonder how much of a stink Fox News will raise over real voter fraud?
Interesting that the G.O.P. of Pennsylvania are really the ones ripping off the taxpayers. Not really interesting. More typical, really. G.O.P. voter fraud is rampant across the country.
A former House speaker, an ex-lawmaker and eight aides Thursday became the latest — and the first Republicans — to be charged in a three-year-old investigation into the diversion of public resources and employees to legislative campaigns.
Attorney General Tom Corbett said that individuals within the House GOP caucus spent millions of taxpayer dollars on computer technology to gain an upper hand in campaigns, and that investigators can prove that some high-ranking officials and their employees tried to cover up their part.
The charges of theft, conspiracy, conflict of interest and obstruction of justice, and an accompanying 188-page grand jury report, were released Thursday, and the defendants were scheduled to turn themselves in today at a Dauphin County district judge’s office.
By the way, PA’s Attorney General Tom Corbett is a Republican.