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The Republican Obstruction And Sabotage of the US Economy

The Cost To Our Economy From Republican Obstruction And Sabotage

Republicans have obstructed every effort to help the economy. In the Senate they filibustered hundreds of bills. In the House they refused to allow votes on efforts to help the economy. And then there's the sabotage.

The Republican political strategy has been to obstruct efforts to help the economy for everyone but the wealthiest few, and then campaign on complaints that the economy isn't helping anyone but the wealthiest few. It's working.

In President Obama's July 12 weekly address he said, "So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked every serious idea to strengthen the middle class." He could have said, "Since 2009." Since the 2009 "stimulus," Republicans have obstructed pretty much every effort to help the economy. In the Senate they have filibustered hundreds of bills, and since the "stimulus" they have managed to keep anything from passing that might help the economy.

In the House, Republicans have refused to allow votes on anything that seriously would help the economy, instead passing only tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, spending cuts on essential things like maintaining our infrastructure and scientific research, and cutting regulations that protect people and the environment from being harmed by corporations seeking profit.


Senate Race Polls Lean Toward Dems, So Media Starts Pro-GOP Spin

On Tuesday, there was really good news for Democrats. The latest polls showed them pulling neck and neck to keep control of the Senate, data modelers like Nate Silver were adjusting their percentages to nearly 50/50, and Republicans were getting nervous.

Let the spin machine begin. Our so-called "liberal media" couldn't wait to step on the accelerator pedal for why things suck for Democrats. Behold a sampling of today's headlines:

Notice all of the Pro GOP Headlines in the nation's media......


Republicans are trying to stop the student vote. We won't let them!

"They," of course, refers to Republicans. "We" refers to every person who believes the right to vote is fundamental.
Voter suppression isn't something that only happens to black people, Latinos, women, immigrants, the transgendered, the elderly, and the disabled.

Republicans in legislatures across the nation don't want young people to vote. They are specifically targeting students at universities and colleges across the nation.

Gee, wonder why that is? I'm sure you can figure it out—instantly.

As Catherine Rampell wrote:


Republican Senators Filibuster Citizens United Constitutional Amendment

No one should be surprised that Republicans are ardent supporters of corporate "free speech."

Of course Republicans are filibustering any effort to roll back the disaster that is Citizens United. Would we expect anything different? Politics is now a growth industry, fueling our economy. From cable advertising to Facebook ads, there's an entire public relations machine supported entirely by corporate dollars looking to influence votes and buy politicians.

It was one thing to vote to open debate, which the Senate did by a vote of 78-18. But there's no way Republicans will vote to close debate when they're having so much fun making up "Citizens United Saturday Night Live Death Panels" like Ted Cruz did yesterday.

The vote to close debate (cloture) was 54-42, six votes short of the supermajority needed to move to a vote on the measure, which would certainly be politically difficult for those Republican masters of the universe. How could they possibly bite the hand that feeds them while pretending they're all about populist causes, after all?

Ted Cruz couldn't even be bothered to show up for the cloture vote, after his hour-long rant about Saturday Night Live and free speech.

Every time you hear Mitch McConnell whine about free speech, remember that he's really whining about corporate billionaires having their way with all of us little people.


Sen Elizabeth Warren Calls for Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

The five conservatives on the Supreme Court today are the most pro corporation judges ever.

As the Senate debates a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, Elizabeth Warren spoke about why she will vote for it.

"When 32 people can outspend 3.7 million citizens, our democracy is in real danger."

Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate on September 8, 2014 in support of a pending Constitutional amendment, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), that would give Congress and individual states the authority to regulate campaign finance and rein in money pouring into our political process.

This is the GOP real agenda... End Social Security and Medicare

The Richard Fink speech and the other speeches McConnell called "inspiring" were jaw-droppingly extreme, even for the Koch brothers. And here's the other thing: the outrageous remarks Harry Reid cites in the video are just the tip of the iceberg. They obscure the Kochs' even more extreme philosophy of government, articulated at the retreat by Dr. Will Ruger, the vice president of research and policy of Charles Koch Institute:

Government is thus limited to a small, but absolutely critical number of tasks, basically keeping our neighborhoods and cities safe from crime, defending our country from those who might violate our national territories, our commerce at sea, and providing justice in a fair and apolitical -- political court system.

As I wrote when Lauren's original article on the Kochs' ideology came out in Huffington Post:

That means no Social Security, no Medicare or Medicaid, no public support of any kind for the severely disabled, no public prenatal care or assistance for hungry or homeless children, no minimum wage or regulation of safe working conditions, no child labor laws, no emergency assistance in the case of natural disaster, no food or water or drug or consumer safety protections, no oversight of financial markets or banks, no environmental laws of any kind, no public roads or bridges or schools...

What does Fink think when he sees the homeless? "Get off your ass, and work hard like we did..." What does he think of people on minimum wage? "People are being paid more than their value-added...


Billions of Dollars Wasted By House GOP

How much have the Republicans cost the taxpayer, directly and in terms of hindered economic potential, since they took over the House in 2010?


GRAND TOTAL: $25,022,300,000

Its amazing that a fiscally conservative party has contrived to spend or waste this much money. Would anyone seriously suggest most of it had been well spent? This is without factoring the economic impact of 1.6 million jobs threatened by the Sequester. We could even look further, and factor in the amount forfeited by Republican run states that have rejected the medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act


Republicans have squandered money on hubristic, base-rousing engagements and re-investigations, and forfeited money available for a wholly legitimate and beneficial expansion of health coverage for low-income families. Sadly, it’s not them who are left counting the costs.

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The Enormous, Unbelievable Stakes For The Supreme Court In 2014 / 2016

When President Barack Obama told donors on Monday night to help Democrats because "we're going to have Supreme Court appointments" he may or may not have been talking about his own final years in office.

But he was right that several justices are statistically likely to retire in the coming years. None of them have revealed plans to step down, and if all of them stick around through the end of Obama's term, the 2016 presidential election could lead to a cataclysmic reshaping of the Supreme Court, and with it the country.

As of Election Day in 2016, three of the nine justices will be more than 80 years old. A fourth will be 78.

The average retirement age for a Supreme Court justice is 78.7, according to a 2006 study by the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

"Appointments to the Supreme Court are always extraordinary consequential. But certainly under the circumstances, considering the age of a number of justices and the 5-4 splits in so many cases, it's now more important than ever," said Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society, a progressive legal advocacy group.


House GOP Campaign Arm Created Misleading Fake News Sites

The National Republican Campaign Committee has created fake news sites about House candidates, presumably to take advantage of readers who don't pay close attention to what news sources they read, National Journal reported.

Earlier this year, the NRCC got in some trouble for creating deceptive fake campaign sites for Democrats that ask people to contribute in order to help "defeat" the candidate.

According to National Journal, the NRCC is promoting more than 20 of these websites using google search ads. So when people search for candidates in for their district, these fake articles pop up.

The stories appear on election2014update.com, and have site names like “Central Valley Update.” The fake new sites begin stories by explaining that they will analyze the candidate's position but take a critical tone.


Scott Brown's campaign is faltering in New Hampshire, but Roger Ailes has arrived with the cavalry!

FOX News plays an hour long campaign ad for free to rescue Scott Brown.

Have you noticed that Obamacare hasn't been the big campaign boost wingers were hoping for? Like it or not, it's not 2010 all over again, at least not with Obamacare leading their wave midterms.

It turns out people actually like Obamacare as long as you don't call it that. Don't call it the Affordable Care Act, either. But if you ask them about whether they like getting health insurance at subsidized rates, you get overwhelming approval. Ask them about whether they're glad there are no more pre-existing conditions exclusions and they like that too.

That sad fact of life means Scott Brown's entire reason for running for office in New Hampshire is a solid bust. Polling has him way behind Jeanne Shaheen, Tea Party groups aren't really active in New Hampshire, and he's on his way to remaining a former Senator from Massachusetts.

But wait! There's a knight in shining armor out there. Roger Ailes, realizing Brown is probably doomed, called for an hour-long special on Obamacare, featuring...New Hampshire! No mere coincidence, that.

Fox News basically handed Scott Brown an hour-long free TV ad, not to mention all the promos their hosts had to do pimping the special.

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