Mostly a link round-up today in case you missed them:
Limbaugh could use the brain damage excuse from those years on hillbilly heroin as an excuse to explain away lying over the graves 29 dead coal miners, but that would also call into question every word he swears is the truth – Rush Lies Again: ‘There Were Union Workers’ At Non-Union Mine Explosion . The Raleigh County prosecutor may bring Massey Energy up on murder charges.
A fundraiser for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and her boyfriend were apparently the victims of some kind of attack. They were badly hurt and those responsible are scum. That said, the right-wing media, for whom the lack of facts has never been much of an obstacle to smearing anyone left of Mussolini blamed Democratic activists. That turns out to have been another lie. At least some of the epitaphs yelled at the victims by the attackers consisted of homophobic slurs.
10 Inconvenient Truths for Tax Day – an excellent post at Perrspectives which takes the air out of much of the tea nut rants against President Obama. The troll’s argument is that government sure has gotten big and even has a government graph to show that it has – so aha take that Democrats. Details about where much of that growth came from – such as the nuclear arsenal for the Cold War to Reagan’s expansion of government (Reagan increased government spending by 69 percent) to Republican’s multi-trillion dollar disastrous attempt at nation building are not listed. Deregulation fever costs the nation three trillion dollars. I guess gory details are a bite. There is also the obvious – the ten bullet points listed still stand. We live in a country that rewards wealth and treats the middle-class and working poor like 18th C peasants.
1. Over 95% of Working Households Got Tax Cuts
2. Only 2% of Tea Baggers Know Obama Cut Their Taxes…
3. …and 52% of Tea Partiers Think Their Taxes are Fair…
4. …and Think the Federal Tax Level is Over Double What It Is
5. 1% of Families Earned 24% of All Income…
6. …and 57% of All Capital Income
7. 400 Richest Taxpayers Saw Incomes Double, Tax Rates Halved
8. Only 1 in 500 Families Pay the Estate Tax
9. Corporate Taxes Have Plummeted as a Share of GDP
10. The U.S. Loses $345 Billion a Year to Tax Evasion and Fraud
The average day for a Progressive is filled with disappointments, but that is not to say there isn’t the occasional victory. It is important to note those and celebrate them. Don’t Miss the Progress
And back to the disappointments. What the whistle-blower prosecution says about the Obama DOJ. Even in a culture that is continually dumped down by a MSM that leans right of center or the clearly right-wing media like the Washington Times and Fox, this is not that difficult to understand. When someone let’s it be known the government – under any administration – is breaking the law, that is not a breach of national security. It’s good citizenship.
Elena Kagan on the SCOTUS would be another disappointment and as of today she is rumored to be the front-runner. On the other hand Diane Wood is on the short list and would make an excellent Justice.
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants to make sure that we continue to have a financial sector run like a backroom casino and all 41 Senate Republicans have signed on. Not by way of concern trolling – Mitch should stay focused on the direction he is taking the conservative movement or he might miss the cliff. Though he and his fellow travelers on the Give America the Shaft Tour should at least come up with original language rather than repeating what a GOP frontman for Wall St said in a leaked memo.
The new memo instructs opponents of financial reform to simply lie about reform legislation, and to twist economic anxiety resulting from the recession into fear of any government effort to fix the underlying cause of the financial crisis. The most dishonest argument is that financial reform would “punish” taxpayers while rewarding “big banks and credit card companies.” In reality, top financial industry lobbyists are not only fighting proposed oversight regulations, but have said recently that they are opposed to “any regulation” at all.
Just as a humanitarian issue should we be concerned that Frank Luntz and the banking industry has its hands so far up Republican’s back-side. President Obama, “One way or another, we will move forward,” – Also at this link are Republicans politicians – not loony a.m. radio pundits – repeating the talking points of a viral rumor campaign that Democrats raised 25 taxes – thanks to Media Matters – an already debunked load of crap.The truth always seems to have a liberal bias, too bad we don’t have the kind of echo chamber for the truth the rabid Right has for their lies.
SEC Files Charges Against Goldman Sachs. Easy to read version of recent events. The GS story is also a reason to think financial reform is a done deal – including regulating derivatives. Remember when WellPoint Inc. suddenly jacked up their health insurance premiums during the health care debate. Those hikes took the steam out of the momentum Republicans were trying to build against reform. The Goldman Sachs story is going to be McConnell’s financial reform Waterloo.
Maybe Jacob Weisberg gives Bill Kristol a little too much credit – Dying Breed Who Killed the Responsible Republican? Bill Kristol, of course. – but he is right about the extinction of even a moderately responsible Republican.
During the health care battle, President Obama was unable to find a single Responsible Republican to serve as a mascot. There continue to be rumors of the Double R’s return around issues such as immigration, financial reform, and climate change. Yet we have now gone several years without a confirmed sighting.
If Responsible Republicans are in fact nearing extinction, I think we can identify the crucial event that signaled their demise. It was a December 1993 memo by conservative strategist and commentator William Kristol. Kristol’s advice about how Republicans should respond to Bill Clinton’s 1993 health care effort—and a series of follow-up memos he wrote in 1994—pushed the GOP away from cooperation with Democrats on any social and economic legislation.
The polls may not reflect it now, but the truth will catch up to Conservative hypocrisy. Mitt Romney is obviously committed to run in 2012. From now until than he and the far Right Heritage Foundation will be trying to explain why the health care reform they endorsed suddenly became the most evil thing to happen to America since green M&Ms.