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AUDIO-- Rep. Paul Broun: Georgia will only go Democratic if "all these illegal aliens" get to vote


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Note: Apparently the audio code is messed up, so please follow the link below for audio.

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said the following on a local radio show, via the Hill:

"It only helps the Democrats if we legalize all these illegal aliens in this country who the Democrats want to put on federal welfare programs, and actually they're on federal welfare programs today. The Democrats want to make them all basically dependent on the federal government so they can continue their radical, big government agenda. They want to get people so that they're looking to for bigger and bigger government.

"The only way Georgia's going to change is if we have all these illegal aliens in here in Georgia, give them the right to vote. It would be morally wrong, it would be illegal to do so, under our current law. Actually, all these illegal aliens are getting federal largesse and taking taxpayers' dollars. And that's the only way that this state is going to become Democratic again, in the next number of decades."

One: Hey Paul Broun, they are not "illegal aliens," they are people. People who are trying to make it. People with families. People who pay taxes. People who scrub other people's toilets and take care of other people's kids. People who are kids themselves, trying to get an education so they can contribute to society responsibly, unlike yourself. People who scare the crap out of you, because without their votes, you and what's left of your party are toast.

Two: STFU.

Three: If you, Paul Broun, are fundraising off of this kind of disgraceful disparagement, then it is you who is the moocher, the taker, benefiting politically on the backs of those who are struggling to make a better life for themselves. Without them, this country's economy would sink. By the way, genius, check out the image at the top of this post.

Here are all our Paul Broun posts if you want to read more about this brainless, soulless, compassion-less, racist ignoramus.


New GOP budget bill defunds the defunct. Apparently it's 2008 all over again and ACORN's back.


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Back in December, Public Policy Polling had some pretty pathetic survey results to report:

49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore.

Here's what big bad ACORN was all about:

ACORN was founded in 1970 as a grassroots organization to advocate for low-income families. By 2009, the group had 500,000 members and had expanded into a national network of federally funded organization that helped to develop affordable housing, offered foreclosure counseling, and conducted voter registration drives.

To repeat, before it disbanded, ACORN was indeed demonized by Republicans, but they were vindicated, cleared of all wrongdoing.

Additionally, ACORN was proved innocent of any illegality in the notorious James O'Keefe “pimp” affair, a federal judge declared defunding ACORN unconstitutional, and the Congressional Research Service found no evidence of voter fraud.

As The Brad Blog posted in May 2012:

[Y]ou’ve heard plenty about a handful of ACORN workersno actual ACORN officials, mind you, and they were never hired by the Democratic Party, and never led to a fraudulent vote — turning in fraudulent registration forms in past years.

But nobody who ever worked for the non-profit ACORN has ever been accused of what these Republican firms continue to do on behalf of the Republican officials who hire them, paying them per Republican registration, year after year, as is once again apparent in the allegations surfacing today against Momentum Political Services…

But it's okay if you're a Republican (IOKIYAR). Facts don't matter to them. They create their own reality-- it's so much easier!-- as is documented in this quote by an “unnamed Bush aide” (later identified as the now-very tarnished Karl Rove):

“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out.”

Which brings me to this very surreal HuffPo report:

A new short-term budget bill introduced on Monday by House Republicans includes a bizarre provision banning federal funding to anti-poverty group ACORN, despite the fact that the group has already been stripped of federal funding -- and has been defunct for nearly three years.

ACORN leaders announced that the group was disbanding in March 2010, after Congress cut off all federal funding to the organization. The provision in the current GOP budget bill [PDF], buried on page 221 of 269, would duplicate legislation that has already passed, to target an organization that does not exist.

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What next, a new O'Keefe super ultra double secret video? And, oops, did the GOP forget about what happened in 2005? ACORN and Rick Perry passed a bill together!

Oh that's right. IOKIYAR.


Obama won, so (on 3) blame ACORN! 49% of Republicans still do, even though it no longer exists.


Public Policy Polling has some pretty pathetic survey results to report. Sulky Republicans just can't bring themselves to accept reality. Okay, that's nothing new. And they continue to believe that ACORN exists! Oh, wait. That's nothing new either... but it's still pretty pathetic:

PPP's first post election national poll finds that Republicans are taking the results pretty hard...and also declining in numbers.

49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn't exist anymore.

Some GOP voters are so unhappy with the outcome that they no longer care to be a part of the United States. 25% of Republicans say they would like their state to secede from the union compared to 56% who want to stay and 19% who aren't sure.

Before it disbanded, ACORN was demonized by Republicans, but as you may recall, they were cleared of all wrongdoing.

Yes, ACORN was proved innocent of any illegality in the “pimp” affair, a federal judge declared defunding ACORN unconstitutional, and the Congressional Research Service found no evidence of voter fraud.

Clear? Not to the GOP. Then again, they think secession is an option. Let's not tell 'em who guards their borders, protects them, provides health care options, fresh water, their beloved military, disaster relief, etc. That will be our little secret.

The good news? There's been a 5 point increase in Democratic identification as compared to a 5 point decrease in Republican identification since the election.

It gets better: " Grover Norquist is largely unknown nationally, and among voters who are familiar with him he is generally disliked." Gee, I can't imagine why.

Oh, and President Obama's approvals have gone up. Again.

Details here.


VIDEO-- GOP war on reality: The non-partisan report that Republicans don't want you to see


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Republicans "refuse to acknowledge that a factual thing is a factual thing."

The GOP pushed for the removal a non-partisan report by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (Congress's own think tank) that showed that the very partisan Republican economic plan of tax cuts for the wealthy helping the economy is dead wrong.

The federal agency that wrote the report is "the gold standard,"  their integrity  is "unimpeachable" per Rachel Maddow.

They show that there is no evidence that cutting taxes on the rich will make the economy grow, which is exactly the basis of Mitt Romney's and the GOP's economic philosophy. That is what Romney has been trying to sell America. That is the premise he's been pushing for months and months.

So what did Senate Republican aides do when they got wind of the findings that conflict with their own talking points? Why, they started complaining about them so strongly that the agency withdrew the report.

The GOP does this repeatedly: Don't like what you hear? Get rid of the report. But we have it. The Maddow Blog has it. The Internets have it, right here. And as Rachel Maddow reminds us, "there's nothing that Senate Republicans can do to stop that."

Maddow Blog's Steve Benen:

More information is coming to light.

Thomas Hungerford, the CRS researcher who produced the report, told HuffPost that he stands by it. "Basically, the decision to take it down, I think The New York Times article basically got it right, that it was pressure from the Senate minority to take it down," Hungerford said. "CRS reports go through many layers of review before they're issued and as far as the tone and the conclusions go, people who specifically look at the writing and the tone said it was okay. So it's not going to be that and as I can tell you outright, I stand by the report and the analysis in the report."

Hungerford said that he had never experienced suppression like this before....

For its part, McConnell's office insists "people outside of Congress" also raised concerns about the CRS report, but Tim Noah explained that these outsiders are apparently limited to conservative think tanks, including the Heritage Foundation.

Here is the New York Times article.

The Republican party suppresses the vote and suppresses the truth. Why any voter would think either of those actions is worthy of their support is beyond me.

Steve Benen goes on to say, "I talked yesterday with the office of House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Mich.), who's begun an informal investigation to determine the extent to which the CRS faced coercion from Mitch McConnell's office."

Jared Bernstein, a former economist for Vice President Biden:

This sounds to me like a complete political hit job and another example of people who don’t like the results and try to use backdoor ways to suppress them... I’ve never seen anything like this, and frankly, it makes me worried.”

Me too.