Archive for deregulation

VIDEO- Mitt Romney waaahmbulance alert: Team Obama is "talking about me and attacking me."


An "astonished," self-indulgent (and "unhinged") Willard M. Romney was whining on CBS, once again feeling sorry for himself, being completely out of touch, in another universe entirely, lying, and generally looking foolish. Or as I like to call it, business as usual.

"The president's campaign has put out a campaign that's talking about me and attacking me."

1. Um, that's what political campaigns, do, Willard. Even yours.

2. Pot. Kettle. Attack:

And then he actually had the nerve to say, "Nobody was talking about deregulating Wall Street." Really Mitt? Think Progress:

But Romney, on many occasions, has called for the repeal of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the first significant reform of the nation’s financial system since the Great Depression. In it’s place, all Romney’s economic plan calls for is a “streamlined regulatory framework.” ...

Meanwhile, the House Republican budget written by Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), dismantles key parts of the Dodd-Frank law.

Seriously, Team Romney, you make exposing your hypocrisy and lies way too easy.


Quickie: Less is not more when it comes to oversight


Today's Quickie, courtesy of the L.A. Times:

An oil spill in Montana's Yellowstone River surged toward North Dakota on Sunday as outraged residents demanded more government oversight of Exxon Mobil's cleanup.

Oversight is dandy the minute you become the victim of its absence.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?


VIDEO: GOP debate nothing more than a collection myth-information & right wing talking-and-talking-and-talking points


I watched most of the GOP debate last night. They offered nothing new, rarely answered questions directly (except for those really hard hitting "Coke or Pepsi" ones, courtesy of that persistent, probing master of challenge John King), offered up no solutions to their own Speaker of the House's "Where are the jobs?" challenge, resorted to the usual "blame Obama" default response, and were generally nothing more than a collection of right wing talking-and-talking-and-talking points.

Think Progress has strung a few if-only-we-could-forget memorable moments together in these videos:

Deregulation is one of the main causes of the economic mess we're in. Corporate power is off the charts, and environmental devastation is hardly a rarity. As Jerry Seinfeld never really said, "Who are these people?"

It gets worse.

Think Progress debunks the following whoppers, so click over for the truth:

Nothing appeals to Americans more than killing Medicare and putting the lives and livelihoods of seniors and future seniors in grave jeopardy. Way to go, GOP contenders! USA! USA!


Evan Bayh joining U.S. Chamber of Commerce to weaken regulations on corporations... with BushCo's Andy Card


I was just finethankyou with Evan Bayh waving good-bye to the Senate, since he was to the right of my left. He confirmed my finethankyou when he walked ran through the revolving doors of K Street to become a lobbyist.

But now he's found his way to the really, really dark side, joining forces with former BushCo official Andy Card at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Enjoy your paycheck while you help destroy what's left of the good ol' USA, Ev! Via Think Progress:

Bayh will be joining former Bush administration official Andy Card in a Chamber-led lobbying campaign designed to weaken regulations on corporations across the board, and make it more difficult to enact new regulations. The REINS Act, which Bayh will be helping to pass, will severely undercut (and effectively repeal) significant portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, health and financial reform, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, among many other laws. [...]

During the period of 2009-2010, when Bayh was still in office, he appeared to be auditioning for a job in the private sector as a lobbyist [...]

One must wonder: when did Bayh begin negotiations with the Chamber for his current job as a lobbyist? Did the expectation that he would leave Congress and join the private sector as a lobbyist impact his votes and actions while in the Senate?

Once again, it's all about money, profits over people. It just hurts even more to see a Democrat [sic] hook up with the likes of Card and the Chamber to betray his party and his country.

Think Progress has more here.


Poll-itics and PhotOh! This is what solidarity looks like


This is what union support looks like:

A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds the public strongly opposes laws taking away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions as a way to ease state financial troubles: 61% would oppose a law in their state similar to one being considered in Wisconsin, compared with 33% who would favor such a law.

This is what solidarity looks like, in Boston, where about 1200-1500 were there in support of Wisconsin. About 10 supported the tea party and their union-busting governor, Scott Walker:

Great thanks to momonpatrol & helpwomenheal for the photos.


Welcome to Pottersville: Koch brothers quietly open lobbying office in downtown Madison


Why don't the Kochs just buy the whole damn town state country?

Welcome to Pottersville KochVille:

The billionaire brothers whose political action committee gave Gov. Scott Walker $43,000 and helped fund a multi-million dollar attack ad campaign against his opponent during the 2010 gubernatorial election have quietly opened a lobbying office in Madison just off the Capitol Square.

Location! Location! Location!

Remember that group the Kochs back called Americans for Union Busting Prosperity? Well, Tim Phillips, president of said group, admitted that he had encouraged Walker to take on the unions even before the elections.  How nice that they get along so well.

There is one teensy weensy giggle among all this infoflatulence:

Koch Industries, which owns the Georgia-Pacific Corporation and the Koch Pipeline Company, operates gasoline supply terminals and a toilet paper factory in Wisconsin.

How appropriate. I will refrain from making distasteful jokes.

Now back to the infoflatulence already in progress. The lobbying interests include "the environment, energy, taxation, business, policy and other areas affecting Koch Industries, Inc. companies."  It gets better... they registered with the state two days after Walker took office. Not that there was any rush.

The expanded lobbying effort by the Koch brothers in Wisconsin raises red flags in particular because of a little discussed provision in Walker's repair bill that would allow Koch Industries and other private companies to purchase state-owned power plants in no-bid contracts.

I posted about that part of Walker's little plan here.

And to rub salt in the wound, Think Progress has this:

Today, the Koch group Americans for Prosperity announced that it will air an ad smearing the protesters in Madison and calling on the state to support Walker’s power grab.

On Wisconsin.


The Less Discussed Part of Walker’s Wisconsin Plan: No-Bid Energy Assets Firesales.


I love people who read the fine print many miss, and then explain it clearly and concisely.

There is a lot more to this post explaining Scott Walker’s 144-page Budget Repair Bill, so please hop over and read the whole thing, but here's the gist:

The bill would allow for the selling of state-owned heating/cooling/power plants without bids and without concern for the legally-defined public interest. This excellent catch is from Ed at (who, speaking of Madison, took me to the Essen Haus on my 21st birthday, where the night began to go sideways). Ed correctly notes:

If this isn’t the best summary of the goals of modern conservatism, I don’t know what is. It’s like a highlight reel of all of the tomahawk dunks of neo-Gilded Age corporatism: privatization, no-bid contracts, deregulation, and naked cronyism. Extra bonus points for the explicit effort to legally redefine the term “public interest” as “whatever the energy industry lobbyists we appoint to these unelected bureaucratic positions say it is.”


The attempt to break labor is part of the same continuous motion as saying that the crony, corporatist selling of state utilities to the Koch brothers and other energy interests is the new “public interest.”

Spreading the truth is vital.  This was a good addition.