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VIDEO-- Maher: CA not worried about "nonsense that keeps Fox up at night, " NRA = "Nuts, Racists, A-holes."


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On HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" last Friday, Maher capped the show with one of his best rants ever. This one was about my home state of California, a"moderate liberal nation" that the rest of the country should, and eventually will and actually does, emulate.

DKos provides the transcript. Here are some excerpts:

California is creating the kind of modern, liberal nation the country as a whole can only dream about.  And not only can't the rest of the country stop us — we're going to drag you with us.

But in 2010, when other states were busy electing whatever Tea Partier claimed to hate government the most, we elected a guy who actually liked it — Jerry Brown.  And without a Republican governor and without a legislature cock-blocked by Republicans,  a $27 billion deficit was turned into a surplus.

How?  Well it's amazing, really.  We did something economists call cutting spending and raising taxes.  (audience applause)  I know, it sounds like crazy science fiction, but you see, here in California, we're not just gluten-free and soy-free and peanut-free, we're Tea Party free!

I mean, Texas could do it too, but they love "freedom" too much. Like when that unregulated fertilizer plant blew up.

No, California is not perfect, but it is in our nature to try new things.  For example, now that it's clear Obamacare is going to be a success here, the movement to just go all the way to single payer is gathering steam.

You know, it's so ironic, the two things conservatives love the most — the free market and states rights — are the two things that are going to bend this country into California's image as a socialist fagtopia.

Maybe our constipated Congress in Washington can't pass gun control laws, but we just did.  Because we don't give a shit about the NRA.  Out here, that stands for "Nuts, Racists, and Assholes."

And while other state governments are working with Jesus to make abortion more miserable ... California is making it easier.  And while immigrants are demonized in Washington and elsewhere, in California we just OK'd driver's licenses for undocumented aliens.

That's right, we're letting them drive cars — just like white people!  Because we can't be worrying about all the nonsense that keeps Fox News viewers up at night...


Poll-itics: More would blame GOP than President Obama if fiscal crossroads talks fail


WaPo-Pew poll

Washington (CNN) - A second national poll indicates more Americans would blame Congressional Republicans than President Barack Obama if negotiations to keep the country from falling off the "fiscal cliff" fail.

Check out that number: If there's no deal,  53% would blame Republicans. And according to the poll, 52% of independent voters would also say it was the GOP's fault, but only 21% would lay it on the president.

They got it right. After all, when you have conservatives like Senator Jim DeMint saying government doesn't need additional revenues, who else is there to blame but the GOP?


Harry Reid To GOP: Get serious


The GOP whined that President Obama’s bully pulpit is no fair! Then they presented their idea of a “fiscal cliff” counter offer.

Next, the Twitter trolls oozed out to tweet their disdain for anyone who agreed with the president's plan to allow the disastrous Bush tax cuts to expire for those making over $250,000.

Again, everyone would still get a tax break on all income up to $250,000. Those making over that would start seeing a slight increase on $250,001 and over. So if you make $251,000, only $1,000 would be taxed at the Clinton rates.

But Republicans want none of that. It's more important to them to keep taxes low and raise the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67, which was part of Paul Ryan’s Kill Medicare budget plan. They'd rather keep their wealthy buddies happy by sticking it to poor and middle class Americans. They'd prefer putting the health and well-being of their fellow Americans at risk than make very rich people pay the same tax rates they did during the prosperous years under President Clinton.

They'd take healthier people out of the Medicare risk pool, and leave sicker ones to pay more. That's their priority. That's the priority of those who take pride in calling themselves "pro-life."

Oh, and there's this:

Raising Medicare’s eligibility would save the federal government money by shifting costs to individuals, employers, and states.  These increased costs would be twice as large as the net federal savings, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Harry Reid isn't thrilled about this so-called proposal, or as Vanity Fair contributing editor and bestselling author Kurt Eichenwald calls it, a "press release." Here's Reid's statement, via BuzzFeed:

To protect millionaires, Speaker Boehner’s offer would force middle class families to pay higher taxes. Raising taxes on the middle class is bad policy and flunks the test of balance. To protect the middle class while reducing the deficit, simple math dictates that tax rates must rise on the top two percent of taxpayers next year. The sooner Republicans grasp that reality, the sooner we can avoid the fiscal cliff.

Democrats are willing to compromise, but any agreement must protect the middle class. We have also been clear that we have no intention of kicking the can down the road. Not only does Speaker Boehner’s proposal delay revenues into 2013, it sets up another destructive fight over the debt ceiling first thing next year. 

Republicans have made an offer, but now it is time for them to get serious about forging a balanced approach.”


VIDEO- Reality bites: Mitt Romney versus Reality


Team Obama hits back, again (Part One).

Mitt Romney continues to distort reality in this latest installment of "Mitt Romney versus Reality"