WHM 7-14-2011 Bastille Day, Day of Revolution:

We have moved on from a ‘production economy’ to a ‘consumerism economy’; so giving tax cuts to the wealthy is now an ineffective way of creating jobs or stimulating an economy.  The “job creators” that Republicans are so fond of talking about have abandoned our country for the markets in the Third World (think China, India, etc.).  It ain’t coming back; the way it was.  Setting up policies on old school economics is insanity.  Basing our economy on fossil fuels is also a poor choice.  Depending on the bailed out banksters and the Wall Street corruption crowd is also not so wise.  The American Dream is being killed by the Republican Party—because it makes more money for them that way……the golden goose is being killed, because he who controls the gold is King.

The terms: “Liberal” and “Human” are intrinsically linked, since man first decided to tame fire.  The last non-liberals were Cro-Magnon Man and they became extinct.  Thinking men and those open to the possibility of change and improvement are the classic definitions of human; this is what separates us from the animals.  We are liberals and proactive; they are instinctive and reactive.

America is a creation of liberal minds who valued individual freedom, but sought to protect the collective community of expression.  What modern critics on Fox News call “socialism.”

In the move from a ‘production economy’ to a ‘consumerism economy’; giving tax cuts to the wealthy is now a totally ineffective way of creating jobs or in bringing us back from recession.  When tax breaks could be given to a plant for buying new equipment or hiring another shift, it did work.  With the 54,000 plants that closed from 2002-2007 (notice well before Obama’s time—I think the initials of the guy in office was GWB or something —can’t find it because the Palin and Bachman operatives rewrote the Wikipedia page—oh that is THE OFFICIAL GOP PLAN).  He may have been the brother of Jeb Bush who is rumored to be handed the GOP nomination at their convention.  It ain’t coming back; the way it was.  Setting up policies on these old school economics theories is Einstein’s definition of insanity.  Afterall, David Stockman (Reagan’s Budget Director) the creator of supply-side economics, trickle down and Reaganomics; admitted in his book he made all this stuff up and asked for forgiveness (http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2012/07/the_trickle-down_hoax.html).  Just like Peggy Noonan the Reagan Press Secretary made up the ‘Welfare Queen Driving a Cadillac’ (afterall, she said “there must be one somewhere” http://eightiesclub.tripod.com/id385.htm).  Add to the fuel of this fire a failure to raise the debt ceiling and we’ll have a second Great Republican Depression.

On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM, Merle Lefkoff <merle@arspublica.org> wrote:

“Here’s how the ALEC process works: GOP state legislators go to fancy conferences where they sit down with lobbyists and right-wing activists and draft right-wing legislation together. They return home and introduce it without mentioning the source. The lobbies then throw some cash at the legislators working to advance their agenda. Then, these days, the bill passes, and everyone else gets around to getting outraged about it, long after their outrage would do much good. Repeat.

This is how incredibly similar anti-immigration bills end up passing, independently, in Arizona and Tennessee. This is how bills against public employee collective bargaining end up passing in Wisconsin and Indiana. This is the process behind state resolutions banning the establishment of “Obamacare.” Our biggest national wars are being fought, and largely won, in the statehouses, with liberal activists not even joining the fight until after they’ve lost it.”

Jul 27, 2011 | By ThinkProgress War Room

Violent Film Motivates House GOP As They Push Us Toward Default

As we reported yesterday, Speaker Boehner is having some trouble rounding up the votes for his disastrous default bill. So much trouble that he had to postpone today’s planned vote until at least tomorrow. (Good thing we’re not in a rush or anything.)

In order to whip up support for the Boehner plan, the Washington Post reported that yesterday the GOP leadership played a clip from the Ben Affleck flick The Town. Here are the details, via ThinkProgress’ Judd Legum:

Ben Affleck: I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later. And we’re going to hurt some people.

Jeremy Renner: Whose car are we going to take?

According to the Washington Post, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) replied, “I’m ready to drive the car.”

In the movie, the characters then put on hockey masks and bludgeon two men with sticks, then shoot one man in the leg.

Quick Condemnation

The controversy lit up twitter last night, and today Democratic leaders were quick to denounce the showing of the clip — and the message behind it.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee:

When we set out to get our country’s deficit problem in order and under control, we knew that it would be a difficult debate. But I don’t think anyone anticipated that our disagreements would lead to the type of vitriol and negative tone that this clip was clearly meant to incite. Not only did the Republican leadership apparently think this clip appropriate for their meeting. Those in attendance seemed to embrace its message.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) put it plainly:

Ladies and gentleman, this is your House Republican majority.

How the GOP Plan Really Will Hurt People

As we noted yesterday, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said if the Boehner plan were to be enacted, “it could well produce the greatest increase in poverty and hardship produced by any law in modern U.S. history.”

In order to meet the extremely deep level of entitlement cuts implied in the Boehner plan, CBPP says policymakers would be left with basically three painful options:

  • Cut Social Security and Medicare benefits heavily for current retirees, something that all budget plans from both parties (including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan) have ruled out
  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions while retaining its measures that cut Medicare payments and raise tax revenues, even though Republicans seek to repeal many of those measures as well
  • Eviscerate the safety net for low-income children, parents, senior citizens, and people with disabilities

As CBPP says, “There is no other plausible way to get $1.5 trillion in entitlement cuts in the next ten years.”

Ladies and gentleman, this is the Republican plan for America.