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Elizabeth Warren: Ted Cruz would have repealed the Declaration of Independence (VIDEO)


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Senator Elizabeth Warren was in Minnesota last weekend to support Senator Al Franken. She gave a speech at the 2014 Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, and what a speech it was! Below is a video of some excerpts.

It was her first time speaking at a major Democratic Party state dinner, and she proceeded to make mince meat out of Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, the Tea Party and the national GOP.


Elizabeth Warren takes on Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz at the 2014 Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, her first state Democratic Party dinner.

Elizabeth Warren:

They voted to repeal Obamacare forty-seven times! Forty-seven times?! I know the Republicans don't have a lot of other ideas to talk about, but wow! Forty-seven times?!?

We get it, guys, you like to repeal things. We got it forty-six votes ago.

This whole thing is mindless. Cruz said there's no point in even looking at a major new proposal or piece of legislation that has been put forward by Democrats. So if a proposal has President Obama's name on it, or Chris Dodd or Barney Frank's name on it, he votes "no." If the proposal actually gets passed into law, Cruz will be there to lead the tea party chant: "Repeal. Repeal. Repeal. Repeal."

I sometimes think that if Ted Cruz had been around for the Declaration of Independence, he would have tried to repeal it, because Jefferson was a Democrat. If he'd been around for the Federalist Papers, he would have tried to toss those out too, because Madison spent too much time talking to Jefferson. And don't even get Ted Cruz started on the Humphrey-Mondale Dinner. As we speak, he's off somewhere strategizing on how to repeal the salad course!

Maybe if Paul Ryan wants to instill a culture of hard work, he should start with Ted Cruz and his fellow Republicans and get them to actually look at our proposals. Who knows? Maybe if they weren't determined to say, "No, no, no," we could build a bridge... and I mean that literally. Maybe we could build some of the things we need to build in this country.


Not a fan of Paul Ryan? Then vote for @RobZerban in 2014!


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Not a fan of Paul Ryan? Then you might want to share this post. Rob Zerban (@robzerban) is trying to unseat him. Again. And if anyone needs to get the boot, it's Paul Ryan. Unfortunately, Zerban lost to Willard M. Romney's running mate back in 2012, but America knows more about Ryan now, and Zerban will take advantage of that.

We need to support him in any way we can to turn that previous loss into a sure win.

Via the LaCrosse Tribune and the Associated Press:

"For a long time (voters) had this image of (Ryan) as this nice guy from next door and they didn't pay attention to his partisan votes in D.C. And he'd come back in the district and talk a very moderate game. But he's been anything but," Zerban said. "And I think a lot of the people in the 1st District have started to see his true colors."

Let's hope he's right. Especially considering the Ryan Budget. Remember that?

[Zerban] recalled his single mother qualifying for food stamps but being too embarrassed to use them at a grocery store where people might know her... He said the experience of running his own start-up and hiring 45 employees gave him economic insight that Ryan, a career politician, lacks... "It bothers me that he has this label as an economic wonk," Zerban said. "... I'd like to get him on a stage and pick him apart."

We'd like that too, Rob.

FYI, the Ryan Budget would slash SNAP (food stamp) funding by $135 billion over ten years. We need Rob Zerban in Congress, badly.

Zerban 2014:


Paul Ryan: Use #GOPshutdown, debt ceiling as leverage to deny women access to birth control


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Back in February, we posted that the Obama administration clarified the contraception mandate to accommodate religious groups.

Then in September, Politico reported this:

The chamber further adopted a “conscience clause” that postpones until 2015 an Obamacare requirement that employers cover birth control as part of their health-insurance packages.

Yes, House Republicans did that, even though over half of the electorate are women. It was one more attempt to hold our government-- and the world economy-- hostage making a ridiculous laundry list of demands, including a “conscience clause.”

It is now October, and Paul Ryan (R-WI) has come out from under his rock. He said this in a private meeting with House Republicans, via WaPo:

Ryan, who stood up and railed against the Collins proposal, saying the House could not accept either a debt-limit bill or a government-funding measure that would delay the next fight until the new year.

According to two Republicans familiar with the exchange, Ryan argued that the House would need those deadlines as “leverage” for delaying the health-care law’s individual mandate and adding a “conscience clause” — allowing employers and insurers to opt out of birth-control coverage if they find it objectionable on moral or religious grounds — and mentioned tax and entitlement goals Ryan had focused on in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

Think Progress put it this way: "Republicans in the lower chamber are still hoping to use the talks as “leverage” to limit women’s access to contraception."

The War on Women continues.

Hey GOP, how's that "outreach" thing workin' for ya?


Cliff Notes: Paul Ryan's "utterly obtuse" budget is "the most fraudulent in American history"


Back in April I posted one in an ongoing series of Cliff Notes, articles by Cliff Schecter that we put up from time to time. I would like to harken back to one from last April and even expand on it a little:

Finally we have Rep. Paul Ryan, who recently released a budget document so utterly obtuse, that the House GOP Caucus had to go and vote for it right away. To get to the heart of Ryan, let me again harness the wit and wisdom of Nobel-Prize winner Paul Krugman:

“Mr. Ryan talks loudly about the evils of debt and deficits, but his plan would actually make the deficit bigger…is his budget really the most fraudulent in American history? Yes, it is.”

Somehow slashing taxes on multinational corporations and the Mitt Romneys of the world while increasing defense-contractor spending and not mentioning where most of the spending cuts come from–that, my friends, has led Ryan to be hailed as the next Cincinnatus with a side of Enrico Fermi. And with those numbers he might just balance the budget – sometime after we make contact with the planet Vulcan.

George Carlin once pointed how many of the daft and dull one meets in an average day. He reminded us to “think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of ‘em are stupider than that.” If the above is what counts for smarts in today’s GOP political apparatus, we can probably postulate which half they walk among.

Cliff Schecter is the President of Libertas, LLC, a progressive public relations firm, and the author of the 2008 bestseller The Real McCain.

Follow him on Twitter: @Cliffschecter