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VIDEO- Lindsey Graham: "I will not raise tax rates... but Grover is wrong... I will violate the pledge." Former Bushie: "Increase taxes on wealthy."

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We don't always agree with Mediaite, but they do give good video:

Lindsey Graham on ABC’s This Week:

“I’m willing to generate revenue. It’s fair to ask my party to put revenue on the table. We’re below historic averages. I will not raise tax rates to do it. I will cap deductions. ... But to do this, I just don’t want to promise the spending cuts. I want entitlement reforms... What I’m looking for is more revenue for entitlement reform before the end of the year.”

"Republicans should put revenue on the table. We’re this far in debt. We don’t generate enough revenue. Capping deductions will help generate revenue. Raising tax rates will hurt job creation.”

“So I agree with Grover, we shouldn’t raise rates, but I think Grover is wrong when it comes to we can’t cap deductions and buy down debt. What do you do with the money? I want to buy down debt and cut rates to create jobs, but I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if Democrats will do entitlement reform.”

Think Progress counters with some, you know, facts:

Graham’s insistence on entitlement reforms ignores that Democrats have already made significant changes to Medicare (as part of the Affordable Care Act) and have proposed reforms to Social Security, even though the program is not in need of an immediate fix. And his claims that raising tax rates will kill jobs is tenuous, if oft-used. Reports from the Congressional Research Service and the Congressional Budget Office, both non-partisan agencies, have shown that allowing the expiration of the high-income Bush tax cuts would have little impact on economic growth.

As for Grovie, “an increasing number of prominent Republicans are dismissing Norquist as a pest.” His majority in Congress is all but gone, and GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss brushed off Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.

So the good news is that Grover's fading fast. The bad news? The tone deaf GOP is still hoping to pull revenue miracles out of their elephantine hineys without allowing the Bush tax cuts, which were designed to expire, to expire.

 

Matthew Dowd, a former Bush administration official, hasn't been shy about disagreeing with his own party. Here he goes again. And will someone please give Peggy Noonan sincerity lessons? Her condescension is positively gag-worthy.

Dowd:

"If there's some way you could substitute truth serum into the water in the Capitol... they all know... revenue has to be raised, and the only way to raise real revenue is to increase the tax rate on the wealthy. It's the only way. Cuts have to be done, including defense cuts... defense can be cut without hurting our security... And they also know Grover Norquist is an impediment to good governing. The only good thing about Grover Norquist is that he's named after a character from Sesame Street. And that's I hope the last we can hear of it..."

One more thing: The word "entitlements" has been given such a negative connotation by the GOP that it's time we replace it with "earned benefits." That's what they are, earned. We may be entitled to them, but Republicans have turned that word on its head, as they've done with so many others.

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GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss brushes off Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge

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It's becoming clearer than ever that “an increasing number of prominent Republicans are dismissing Grover Norquist as a pest.” His majority in Congress is all but gone, but he's still out there insisting that any member of Congress who dares to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire or even support “any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates” would face threats to their election prospects. So anything that increases federal revenue is verboten.

But when a Republican as prominent as Saxby Chambliss gives "poopy head" Grovie the talk-to-the-hand treatment, ears perk up:

(CNN) – "I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," Sen. Saxby Chambliss told Georgia television station WMAZ, a CNN affiliate, on Wednesday. "If we do it his way, then we'll continue in debt and I just have a disagreement with him about that." [...]

"Norquist has no plan to pay this debt down," said Chambliss, who is up for re-election in 2014.

Chambliss assumes that Norquist will fight his re-election efforts, but says he cares "more about my country... than I do Grover Norquist" and is "willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves."

If this is a trend, it's a good one, because it means Grover Norquist is finally...

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Video- Mitt Romney's Full Election Night Concession Speech

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See ya Mitt. Via.

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PhotOH! Companies no longer advertising on Rush Limbaugh show

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A thing of beauty, and it's still growing:

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I wouldn't be surprised to see additions to the list by the time I post this.

And for your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my buddy Mark Karlin, read Limbaugh May Get Fitting New Sponsors: Websites That Arrange Adulterous Relationships & Match Sugar Daddies With Younger Women.*

*Rush denies that sponsorship in his usual offensive, coarse, demeaning way here.

And as a special bonus, there's this!

Limbaugh down to 1 paid advertiser in NYC; 90 percent of ads today were free PSAs

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"Beck is on thin ice."

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Buh-bye Beck. It was nice not having ever watched you. Via Joe Klein:

This is not unimportant. Kristol lies very close to the throbbing heart of the Fox News sensibility. And I've heard, from more than a couple of conservative sources, that prominent Republicans have approached Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes about the potential embarrassment that the paranoid-messianic rodeo clown may bring upon their brand. The speculation is that Beck is on thin ice. His ratings are dropping, too--which, in the end, is a good part of what this is all about. But I wouldn't be surprised if we saw a mirror-Olbermann situation soon.

Fox you.

H/t: r_thor2B

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Quickie: Rep. Mike Castle will not back Christine O'Donnell

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Today's Quickie:

I love it when the Rushpublics cannibalize each other, don't you?

A Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) campaign source confirmed to The Hill late Tuesday that the longtime congressman will not be endorsing Christine O'Donnell.

Castle also said that the Republican party, rather than backing the woman who refuses to, er, beat around the bush, "should save their money."

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

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