Tue Apr 17, 2012, 02:26 PM
thomhartmann (2,342 posts)
Thom Hartmann: Who will the Tea Party support now?
A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that a plurality of Americans - 45% - now disapprove of the Tea Party. So what does this mean for Mitt Romney and the Tea Party in American politics. Thom asks Judson Phillips - Founder of Tea Party Nation.
The Problems that Require our Media's Attention
The Buffet Rule likely won't overcome a Republican filibuster in the Senate anytime soon. This is a major issue for the 2012 election - and for our economy - yet the media doesn't seem to think so - they're hardly covering it.
-What about the $1.3 trillion we've spend on a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan?
-What about the $2.3 trillion that the Pentagon can't account for?
-What about the $80 billion for the Bush tax cuts for the rich?
-What about Wall Street's theft of $7 trillion during the economic meltdown?
-What about the $40 billion that's lost every decade in oil subsidies?
-What about the $2.5 trillion in wealth sucked out of our country over the last 30 years thanks to so-called Free Trade?
-What about the trillions that Republican Presidents - Reagan, Bush, and Bush - added to our national debt?
-What about the $2 trillion of infrastrucure debt since Republicans' "starved the beast" of government in the 1980s?
-What about the $2 trillion in damage to our oceans that climate change will cost in the coming decades?
We have multi-hundred billion, and trillion dollar problems facing the United States. Problems that require our immediate attention - and problems that are a direct threat to the nation. But what is our corporate media - and politicans on the right focused on? That's right - forget about the $2.3 trillion missing from the Pentagon - let's talk about the $800,000 missing from the GSA. Or lets talk about Secret Service agents getting it on with hookers. The media should be reporting on the real problems facing this nation - and not the manufactured ones brought to us by Republican political operatives.
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Thom Hartmann: Who will the Tea Party support now? (Original post)
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Tue Apr 17, 2012, 02:59 PM
WhoIsNumberNone (4,758 posts)
1. I've had a moment of clarity about this Republican obsession with privatizing everything
and their unshakable faith that everything will be better when we do...
We all knew they were wrong, but one day recently it just came to me- Where does all this corruption and fraud take place? Almost always at the point of exchange when the government hands over taxpayers' money to private enterprise. And- as one might expect- the worst offenders always seem to be defense contractors (Blackwater say what?) You want to save the government money? create a new department that audit government contractors and has the power to penalize them in meaningful ways when they are caught ripping off the government. Even if that department costs $10 Billion a year to run, it will be a net gain.
Of course try telling any of this to a Republican and watch his head explode. These are the same people who want to de-fund the IRS enforcement division (another branch of "big government" with a huge ROI)