Saturday, January 24, 2015

Outrage of Week (Tea Party News)

Via the L.A. Times: Senator Joni Ernst, the Tea Party darling, who hates all government and hates lazy people on food stamps...Senator Joni Ernst, the Koch brothers puppet, who gave that silly response to President Obama's State of the Union address...It was she who was on the government dole from 1995 through 2009. Despite her campaign pitch that her parents "taught us to live within our means", her family members collected $463,000 in federal farm subsidies. (They hate “government” except when they are the government. They hate government, but will always take from the government. These people should all be flogged 1,000 times for their evil hypocrisy.) 

* The other links below, we might call information overload (just a few things I've recently read and found interesting...

Politico: "Rape controversies return to haunt GOP" (The HuffPo Hill comments –> “If Republicans were hamsters in a lab, they would never stop touching the electrified morsel of cheese.” )

They seem to have the same problem with wages in the UK that we do in the US. 

Where Has Welfare Reform Taken Us? (* A "conversable" economist seems to be making a case that TANF is working.) 

1,700 Private Jets Fly to Davos to Discuss Global Warming (Sometimes the "right" makes a good point.) 

Obama vs. Obama: The State of the Union's Self-Defeating Trade Pitch 

Why Liberals Should Embrace Romney, the Progressive Champion: Cheering the latest "Mittamorphosis" 

Scott Walker Itching For Food Stamp Fight With Obama Administration - Walker is pushing forward with a plan to make food stamp recipients pass drug tests. 

Welfare Drug Testing Moving Forward In Maine 

Apple, Amazon and Facebook shelled out record amounts to influence Washington. Google posted one of its biggest lobbying years ever, and a slew of new tech companies dipped their toes into politics for the first time in 2014 — a sign of the industry’s deepening effort to shape policymaking in D.C. 

The GOP's "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" would deny small businesses a tax credit they currently receive through what's known as the SHOP exchange, a part of the Affordable Care Act, if they include abortion care in  their health plans. Roughly 87 percent of private plans include abortion services as part of comprehensive coverage, meaning the bulk of small businesses would be hit with a tax hike if the bill were to become law. 

As they say, “The facts have a well-known liberal bias.” From SALON: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue 

Is this guy making a case for $10 a gallon for gasoline? 

This is what bloggers are up against: Trade groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent more than $1.2 billion on advertising, public relations and marketing services (to sway public opinion) from 2008 to 2012 -- that's more than what they spent on lobbying Congress. 

They can't repeal Obamacare, but we can expect the Republican-controlled Congress to push two Obamacare bills that would hike profits for some businesses — especially those that make generous campaign contributions. One of those measures would redefine a full-time worker under Obamacare’s employer mandate provision (from someone who works 30 hours a week to one who works 40 hours weekly). The other bill would repeal the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that helps pay for expanding coverage to the previously uninsured. 

Big broadband providers have pushed laws banning city-provided service in 20 states. 

Paul Krugman: For The Love Of Capital Income -- "All [the Bush tax cuts] it did was boost payouts to shareholders. And who were those shareholders? According to the Tax Policy Center, two-thirds of the benefits from the dividend tax cut went to the top 1 percent; more than half went to individuals with incomes of more than a million dollars a year. So who, exactly, has been waging class warfare?" So I told him. (see below) 

Warren Buffett (2006) “There’s class warfare all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war --- and we’re winning." 

Warren Buffett (2011) "Actually, there’s been class warfare going on for the last 20 years, and my class has won."  

Reuters: The richest 1 percent will own more (51% of all the wealth) than the 99 percent (49% of all the wealth) by 2016. But if we tax them, we're stealing their money  (See below)

House and Senate Republicans rejected President Obama’s suggestion to reform a tax code that allows heirs to inherit extreme amounts of wealth largely tax-free.

* Rep. Jason Chaffetz,(R-Utah), angrily responding to Obama's tax proposal: “That’s a non-starter. The audacity, that he thinks the government has a right to people’s money? He wants to transfer wealth. It’s one of the most immoral things you can do, is try to steal somebody’s inheritance, to steal it away from their family.” (* Even though our grandma is taxed on every single dollar of tips she earns at her minimum-wage job as a waitress at the local diner.)

* Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said there was no need to punish the children of the rich. “My preference is to have as much money available for people to reinvest back into the economy. I think we can succeed at helping the middle class without having to go after anybody, or make an example of anybody, or punish anyone.” (* Yes, no one wants to punish innocent children, especially those such as Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.)

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