Sen. Tom Coburn(R-OK) can’t be that dumb. He went to college and medical school. So either he is being maliciously stupid or is lying in this interview with Ezra Klein. As is always the case with conservatives he is being disingenuous when he acts as though the deficit is suddenly a big problem when he was part of the reason that the deficit during the Bush administration became the largest deficit in our history. Sen. Tom Coburn, part one: Defusing the debt bomb
TC: Well, you can. Ryan has a good plan. I don’t think it goes fast enough. But the fact is he’s got a plan. The president won’t put out a plan. The Senate Democrats won’t put out a plan. It’s kind of like boxing with a shadow. You can’t ever hit it.
Paul Ryan (R-WI) has a good plan? That would be the plan that increases the deficit over the plan that President Obama suggested – but Coburn says “wont’ put out a plan”. Have you no honor sir? The rest of the interview is an exercise in spin. With Coburn trying to come off as the grand poopah of economic wisdom. He voted, or more accurately was one of the Senators who went along with Mitch McConnell’s hostage taking strategy to keep all of the Bush tax cuts. Those cuts are one of the single biggest reasons for the deficit. I’ll assume that since Coburn is smart, but is part of the serial lying corps of the conservative agenda, and he also knows that keeping those tax cuts also adds to the deficit by way of interests on the debt. He is not even willing to compromise on the Buffett Rule which has the support of the majority of Americans. Coburn is all deficit peacock and no substance.
Conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe released a new video today supposedly exposing voter fraud in North Carolina by highlighting non-citizens like Zbigniew Gorzkowski who have voted in recent elections.
The problem: Gorzkowski is an American citizen.
In fact, if O’Keefe had done a simple Nexis search for “Zbigniew Gorzkowski”, he would have found a single article from the News & Observer in 2008 noting that Gorzkowski and his wife are naturalized citizens…
A rational person would look back over the O’Keefe-Breitbarf record of crimes, faked video, sexual stalking and other assorted acts of sleaze and wonder what keeps this little proto-facist punk going. He has no reputation worth claiming to anyone who cares at all about dignity and integrity. Digby pretty much nails it, Confirmation bias for dummies
We already knew he was a liar, so no big surprise there. But this is just sloppy, even for him.
On the other hand, “motivated reasoning” will almost certainly make the right wing true believers either discard this proof of O’Keefe’s mendacity or construct an elaborate conspiracy theory to explain it. O’Keefe has been shown over and over again to be duplicitous and frankly, dumb. But he keeps on doing what he does and they keep on believing him.
This is particularly pernicious in the so-called voter fraud area, where the fact that there is no known case of voter fraud that could possibly sway an election didn’t stop even the US Supreme Court from deciding that making voting more difficult was required simply because cheating was theoretically possible. This, in the face of common sense that argues any widespread cheating by individual voters was nearly impossible in practice.
O’Keefe may be a clown, but every time he puts one of these dishonest videos out purporting to “prove” voter fraud, it just confirms the bias of millions of people and there’s just no way of talking them out of it, short of their own validators (Republicans) repudiating him for his dishonesty. And I don’t see that happening. Why should it? They benefit from it. Indeed, they are behind it.
You do not even have to go to Breitbarf to read the comments, TP has some trolls that give you s sample. The facts do not matter to those conservatives. O’Keefe is a member of the tribe. Just because he is wrong does not make him less credible as one of the tribe members. Even if O’Keefe is a lying sleaze bag, he is a lying sleaze bag in the great cause of disenfranchising voters, killing Medicare and Social Security, gutting food safety inspections, privatizing prisons, gutting worker’s rights, cutting taxes for lazy millionaires and generally turning the USA into a plutocracy run by the conservative elite. Being a conservative always means you get the get out of jail free card.
Romney’s firm pocketed $342 million on it’s $30 million Dade Behring corporate raid, a 1000% profit and they still fired 850 workers. Do not make fun of Romney. He is an achiever. He has gone out in his bearskin, club in hand and done battle with the ferocious forces of the market and brought home the bacon. He also brought home the bacon that belonged to other people, but let’s not squabble over the details. And as we all know he has given at least one free hair cut in his life.
Hundreds of millions of dollars meant to provide a little relief to the nation’s struggling homeowners is being diverted to plug state budget gaps.
….The money was part of a national settlement valued at $25 billion and negotiated with five big banks over abuses in their mortgage and foreclosure processes.
The settlement, reached in February after a year of talks and intervention by the Obama administration, was the second-largest in history involving the states, trailing the tobacco industry settlement, and represented the first large-scale commitment by banks to provide direct aid to borrowers.
There are some Democrats in on this abuse of funds clearly meant for homeowners. But I am shocked to learn, just shocked that those pillars of values, the truth and fans of James O’Keefe videos are in on it in a big way:
In Texas, $125 million went straight to the general fund. Missouri will use its $40 million to soften cuts to higher education. Indiana is spending more than half its allotment to pay energy bills for low-income families, while Virginia will use most of its $67 million to help revenue-starved local governments.
Like California, some other states with outsize problems from the housing bust are spending the money for something other than homeowner relief. Georgia, where home prices are still falling, will use its $99 million to lure companies to the state.
“The governor has decided to use the discretionary money for economic development,” said a spokesman for Nathan Deal, Georgia’s governor, a Republican. “He believes that the best way to prevent foreclosures amongst honest homeowners who have experienced hard times is to create jobs here in our state.”
Former conservative Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is the governor of Texas. Some of the states about 27 – are using the money for its intended purposes. Though conservatives using it to balance their state budgets or push favorite projects reminds me of the conservatives who were critical of the Recovery Act, yet also used the funds and claimed credit for their pet projects.
Conservatives are counting on an appeal to that part of the voter brain that thinks more like the National Enquirer than like George Washington. They’re hoping to derail Elizabeth Warren’s senate campaign with attacks on her claim that she is part Native American. They cannot seem to prove she isn’t, but that is beside the point. Are Massachusetts voters really going to reelect Scott Brown (R) a poster boy for conservative special interests and corruption. I know they do not teach priorities in school per se, but what is more important, Warren’s ancestry or Scott Brown’s lack of morals and leadership. Remember Karl Rove, “Bush’s brain”. His general political philosophy regarding elections is that you cannot go wrong underestimating the intelligence of the electorate. One of those things I wish he was wrong about. While Bush was appointed to the presidency on the first go round in 2000, he did squeak out a victory in 2004 based on a record so bad it made sewers look clean. Brown has not been as big a weasel as Bush, but that’s only because he only has so much power to sell.