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VIDEO: ABC News’ Jonathan Karl calls out Paul Ryan's hypocrisy on the sequester


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Think Progress makes a few million good points today, including this one: GOP Eager For The Sequester To Go Into Effect So They Can Blame Obama For Its Devastating Consequences.

Nothing new there. Unfortunately, Republican Opposite World and obstruction are states of the right wing mind we've become all too accustomed to, as is evidenced by #BlameObama becoming a relatively common Twitter hashtag.

You'd think that after losing the November elections so badly, Republicans would come to what's left of their senses and see that Americans have been agreeing with President Obama on just about everything. And that he may actually have some decent ideas. And that he has actually compromised... a lot. And that he actually needs to get a few things done to help the people of this country survive and eventually thrive.

But that won't stop the GOP from pushing on with their hypocrisy and lies.

That TP "blame Obama" post followed another one that included this video:

As TP and ABC's Jonathan Karl point out, Paul Ryan supported the Budget Control Act in August 2011, and  urged his fellow Republicans to vote for the sequester.


"Congressman, I’ve heard you ay this, and this has been a talking point Republicans for a long time, 'this was the president’s idea' on and on and on but let’s look at your own words. What you said right after the law putting this in place was passed in August of 2011. These are your words. 'What conservatives like me have been fighting for for years are statutory caps on spending, literally legal caps in law that says government agencies cannot spend over a set amount of money and if they breach that amount across the board sequester comes in to cut that spending. You can’t turn it out without a super majority. We got that into law.' Now, it sounds to me there like if you weren’t taking credit for the idea of the sequester, you were certainly suggesting it was a good idea."

Then Paul Ryan goes on to say something about "The Republicans on the super committee offered even higher revenues in exchange for spending cuts as part of that. It was rejected by the president and the Democrats..." blah blah blah, making very little sense. As usual.

Think Progress:

Ryan’s argument is fundamentally dishonest, as he is one of the Republicans responsible for creating the sequester in the first place. In the summer of 2011, Republicans demanded spending cuts to offset a debt ceiling increase and refused to consider new revenues in those negotiations. That standoff produced the Budget Control Act, which Ryan voted for and promoted. The law included spending caps and a devastating sequester as a way to motivate a bipartisan Super Committee to find $1.2 trillion in spending cuts.

After he was against the sequester, he was for it:

... Later, he wants the sequester to go into effect and may incorporate its savings in his upcoming budget.

Opposite World strikes again.

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Today's Quickie:

Up is down, black is white, bad is good, smart is stupid... Need I say more?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Republican refused on Sunday to rule out the possibility of a government shutdown next year over growing federal deficits but said if there were one, President Barack Obama would bear responsibility.

House of Representatives Republican Whip Eric Cantor said it's up to Obama to work with Republicans since they won the House from Obama's Democrats in last week's election, vowing to slash spending and shrink government.

This from the "we will not compromise" Party of No.

That was today's Quickie. Will you still respect me in the morning?


Backwards Day Poll-itics: The Tea Party is pro-worker and pro-environmental


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A new poll contradicts the widely held belief that the the tea party movement is opposed to government action to help the economy. It shows that self-described Tea Party supporters are very much in favor of government action to revitalize America's manufacturing base.

Seventy-four percent of self-described Tea Party Supporters would support a "national manufacturing strategy to make sure that economic, tax, labor, and trade policies in this country work together to help support manufacturing in the United States," according to the poll, put out by the Mellman Group and the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Likewise, 56 percent of self-described Tea Party Supporters "favor a tariff on products imported from other countries that are cheaper because they came from a country that does not have to comply with any climate change regulations in the country where the products were made."

Al Gore, Tea Potty on line two. Climate change exists in "Real America" too.

The Tea Baggers kvetch and whine and spew hostilities at Big Government the way BP hurls tar balls at the Gulf Coast, and suddenly this? So it's okay to support all that Hitleresque intrusiveness when it suits your needs, but not at televised rallies, not on ClusterFox, and not at town hall meetings.

Got it.

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Let's dig deeper into the poll and see what we come up with:

This new poll shows that the top concerns of all Americans, including Tea Party supporters, is not the federal budget deficit but that we are too deep of debt to China in terms of our trade imbalance. No major political party is championing this issue. The surprise victory of Democrat Mark Critz in John Murtha's old district which was expected to go Republican showed that Democrats can win over Republican voters when they campaign tough on trade issues.

If President Obama really wanted to heal a divided nation and take voters  away from demagogues like Glenn Beck, he could do it by taking real action on trade [...] Then Obama could fulfill another campaign promise by slapping tariffs on illegal Chinese currency manipulation which make Chinese goods 25-40% cheaper than American goods.

We're all Marxist socialist fascist commies now!

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H/t: Think Progress


Texas Board of Education Watch: US Christian conservatives drop references to slave trade


Cynthia Dunbar is one of a clutch of US Christian evangelists who have grasped control of the Texas education board.

Photograph: Harry Cabluck/AP

Remember when conservatives were up in arms because they believed that President Obama was "indoctrinating our children" when he gave a speech that included this commie message:

"Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide."

What could Obama have been thinking?! Who sends messages like that!? Praising kids!? Encouraging them to strive for worthwhile goals?! Appalling.

And how convenient that we get more thorough news coverage of  the Texas board of education in a British publication than we do here at home. Anyone seen wide coverage-- or any-- of this lately? I heard a mention here and there, but I've seen more about a tragic shooting of a 7-year-old than of the decline of our education system.

Via The Guardian:

Cynthia Dunbar does not have a high regard for her local schools. She has called them unconstitutional, tyrannical and tools of perversion. The conservative Texas lawyer has even likened sending children to her state's schools to "throwing them in to the enemy's flames".

Had I only realized how unAmerican public schools were, I would have insisted that my parents send me to one that was not considered enemy territory. I mean, look how I turned out! I used to be so compliant. Now I'm a radical perverted Marxist blogger who craves tyranny and, apparently, flames.

She is one of a clutch of Christian evangelists and social conservatives who have grasped control of the state's education board. This week they are expected to force through a new curriculum that is likely to shift what millions of American schoolchildren far beyond Texas learn about their history.

The board is to vote on a sweeping purge of alleged liberal bias in Texas school textbooks in favour of what Dunbar says really matters: a belief in America as a nation chosen by God as a beacon to the world, and free enterprise as the cornerstone of liberty and democracy.

"A nation chosen by God." Yes, God chose America the way he chose George Bush and Barbie McLipSchmutz. And that's how Barack Obama became president.

Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the "significant contributions" of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war.

That's right, kids, nothing says liberty and justice for all like slavery. Shackle your not-white chums and force them into hard labor.  It's the American way!

There is also a suggestion that the anti-communist witch-hunt by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s may have been justified.

Blacklisting was a bad thing? Fugetaboutit! Those reds deserved it! Just ask Dalton Trumbo and Lillian Hellman, those dirty commies!

The education board has dropped references to the slave trade in favour of calling it the more innocuous "Atlantic triangular trade", and recasts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as driven by Islamic fundamentalism.

So that's what the kids are calling it these days. Much easier to digest, don'tcha think?

Here in the good old U.S of A. we get more via Eileen Smith:

I have no problem with teaching religion in school. At my school we prayed every day and were even forced to go to mass. Oh wait. That’s because it was Catholic school.

We’re all familiar with the Thomas Jefferson controversy and the battle over evolution but here’s one I hadn’t heard before. The board has dropped references to “slave trade” in favor of “Atlantic triangular trade.” Now that’s creative. If you look that up on Wikipedia, it says “see also: Atlantic slave trade.” No way! Fooled again! The history books will also describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as driven by Islamic fundamentalism. Oh no you didn’t! Can I try? Northern Ireland lost and it’s now all the Republic of Ireland! Boom!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to find my way back through the looking glass.

H/t: Misha44_