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VIDEO: Rep. Steve King doesn't think America's economic stability is worth $8


The absurdity of King’s position — revenue increases are so heretical that he cannot accept a deal that would include a 375,000,000,000:1 ratio of spending cuts to tax increases — is topped only by the fact that many House Republicans likely share his belief in refusing to raise any additional revenue. Indeed, nearly every single Republican in Congress has signed Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.

Think Progress brings us this video that proves once and for all that:

  • Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is arguably certifiable, yet all too typical of the irresponsible conservative mind set.
  • Based on what we hear from King and other conservatives, this country is in big trouble, even if the debt ceiling is raised on time, as it is expected to be... because of them.
  • The GOP cares nothing about America, only about themselves and their corporate cronies.
  • Democrats better get off their asses and vote in 2012, including for down ticket candidates, especially Progressives.
  • Democrats better make sure a Republican does not end up in the White House in 2012.
  • Democrats better make sure that the GOP doesn't gain control of both houses in 2012.
  • Progressives need to organize, recruit, and support capable candidates, starting locally. An effective movement begins from the bottom up.
  • Progressives need to message well and make their voices heard, the way Wisconsinites did here:


Michele Bachmann the Powerful. Yes, powerful.


It seems to me, having scoped out the political landscape lately, that the louder the mouth and the lower the IQ, the more the GOP rewards you ::coughPALINcough::

"She is a driving force on a cable TV, a provocative and ubiquitous voice in a world where the distinction between personality and power is increasingly blurred. Now, with Republicans poised to retake the House in the new Congress, lawmakers are watching Ms. Bachmann to see if she can harness her status as an uncompromising -- and sometimes undisciplined -- spokeswoman for conservative principles and turn it into real legislative influence."

This is the kind of influence they want? Really? Because if Republicans equate a provocative, irrational tea bagger like Bachmann with principled, "adult" representation, then this country is in even deeper trouble than we thought:

H/t: Taegan


Frank Rich: The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party


Frank Rich:

Last Sunday the site was Lower Manhattan, where they jeered the “ground zero mosque.” This weekend, the scene shifted to Washington, where the avatars of oppressed white Tea Party America, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, were slated to “reclaim the civil rights movement” (Beck’s words) on the same spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had his dream exactly 47 years earlier. [...]

There’s just one element missing from these snapshots of America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before the “death panel” warm-up acts of last summer. Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer [...] But even those carrying the Kochs’ banner may not know who these brothers are.

The country will be in for quite a ride should these potentates gain power, and given the recession-battered electorate’s unchecked anger and the Obama White House’s unfocused political strategy, they might. [...]

You can draw a straight line from the Liberty League’s crusade against the New Deal “socialism” of Social Security, the Securities and Exchange Commission and child labor laws to the John Birch Society-Barry Goldwater assault on J.F.K. and Medicare to the Koch-Murdoch-backed juggernaut against our “socialist” president.

Only the fat cats change — not their methods and not their pet bugaboos (taxes, corporate regulation, organized labor, and government “handouts” to the poor, unemployed, ill and elderly). [...]

The other major sponsor of the Tea Party movement is Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks, which, like Americans for Prosperity, is promoting events in Washington this weekend.  [...] FreedomWorks received $12 million of its own from Koch family foundations. [...] The Kochs surely match the in-kind donations the Tea Party receives in free promotion 24/7 from Murdoch’s Fox News, where both Beck and Palin are on the payroll. [...]

Tea Partiers may share the Kochs’ detestation of taxes, big government and Obama. But there’s a difference between mainstream conservatism and a fringe agenda that tilts completely toward big business, whether on Wall Street or in the Gulf of Mexico, while dismantling fundamental government safety nets designed to protect the unemployed, public health, workplace safety and the subsistence of the elderly.

Yet inexorably the Koch agenda is morphing into the G.O.P. agenda, as articulated by current Republican members of Congress, including the putative next speaker of the House, John Boehner, and Tea Party Senate candidates like Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, and the new kid on the block, Alaska’s anti-Medicaid, anti-unemployment insurance Palin protégé, Joe Miller. [...]

Do any of the Fox-watching protestors at the “ground zero mosque” know that Fox’s profits are flowing to a Obama-sympathizing Saudi billionaire in bed with Murdoch?

But despite all this, sadly, as Frank Rich suggests, President Obama isn't fighting back.

Much more here.


David Shuster To Be “Punished” By MSNBC If He Filmed CNN Pilot


By GottaLaff

This will answer the questions I've been getting on Twitter. Yes, he's M.I.A., and yes, the two issues were connected. This is in reference to my earlier post about David Shuster's filming a pilot for CNN.

MSNBC didn't approve. He's grounded:

David Shuster isn’t anchoring his 3pmET hour – which is significant, because he was there for his 10amET hour.

It appears Shuster may be in the MSNBC doghouse again after reports he shot a CNN pilot recently, which apparently happened without his MSNBC bosses knowing.

There are a few more details at the link.

David keeps getting in hot water over there. He's had his Twitter account yanked (it's still up, last I looked, but he's not allowed to use it), and he's had a couple of other run-ins with the powers that be at MSNBC.

He's too good to lose. Someone will snatch him up, and it's too bad MSNBC hasn't (apparently) treated him with the respect he deserves, despite the, er, scrapes he gets into. From what I've seen, he's done nothing egregious, he's one of their best, and they should be rewarding him for his good work.

UPDATE: His website, which was up two hours ago, has been removed.

You can contact MSNBC here.

H/t: MADNews101


VIDEO: Trouble brews in Tea Party movement, Palin to attend more events


By GottaLaff

Barbie McLipSchmutz isn't quitting the Tea Baggers... yet. Her political acumen, er, tin ear, never ceases to amaze me:

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced Tuesday she will make appearances at Tea Party gatherings in Nevada and Massachusetts over the next two months. [...]

"The process may not always be pretty or perfect, but the message is loud and clear: We want a government worthy of the fine Americans that it serves," Palin said. "And we're going to keep spreading that message one convention, one town hall, one speech and one election at a time."

And by spreading the message, she means over-shout, insult, offend, ignore the facts, lie, mislead, and chip away at democracy.

By the way, that pricey keynote speech of hers at the Tea Party convention has yet to sell out:

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Maybe she'll manage to drive away attendees at future events, too.



By GottaLaff

Snowe is falling:

Public Policy Polling suggests Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) "could have a pretty hard time getting nominated for another term in the Senate as a Republican."

"There are now more folks in her party who disapprove than approve of Snowe's job performance. 46% of GOP voters think she's doing a bad job to 40% who give her good marks."

Against a generic conservative primary challenger, Snowe would lose 59% to 31%.

Maybe the new Tea Party could open up offices in Maine and enter one of their fine, rational members into the race.