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New Obamacare attacks debunked. This is getting tiresome, GOP.

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Once again, attacks on Obamacare-slash-The Affordable Care Act have been debunked. How many times must we go through this? We already know the answer to that: Until President Obama is out of office, and/or until the success of the ACA is well-publicized, and/or until the public finally tells the GOP to STFU. Or all of the above.

Meantime, Jonathan Gruber-- a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network-- is debunking their most recent and pathetic little efforts in a Los Angeles Times op-ed.

He starts out by reminding us (read: informing Republicans) that there was a whole lot of good news in the report by the Congressional Budget Office: Premiums have dropped, the law will cost $9 billion less than they originally thought, and "the provision designed to buffer insurance companies from risk will actually raise revenue, not function as any sort of federal government bailout."

Got that, GOP? Read their lips: No bailout.

And about all those zillions of jobs that Obamacare will force people to leave. Wrong. Wrongier than wrong. Wrong ultra. Note to Republicans: There are times when Americans actually want or need to leave their jobs... voluntarily. And ironically, it's all about those "family values" that Republicans love to rub in America's face, the very same ones they often fail to adhere to:

[T]he CBO did not project lost jobs at all. Job leaving is not the same as job losing. Many Americans who may eventually leave jobs or reduce their work hours will do so by choice to make themselves and their families better off. Voluntary reductions are not a cost of the healthcare reform law, they are a benefit. [...]

The CBO projects that healthcare reform will reduce the federal budget deficit by $100 billion over the first decade and by more than $1 trillion over the second decade. Healthcare costs are also rising more slowly, in part because of provisions in the law. The economic gains from reducing the deficit and slowing healthcare spending likely outweigh any losses from slightly reduced labor compensation.

So much for those talking points.

With ways to ensure affordable health coverage no matter where they work, many Americans will be able to start small businesses or take new positions where they can be more productive.

Wait what? So this is not only better for small business start-ups (small businesses: another GOP talking point), but also for families (there go those pesky values intruding on them again) and *gasp!* the economy. Sucks to be so embarrassingly wrong, doesn't it anti-Obamacare blowhards?

If naysaying politicians really believe it is worth throwing 25 million Americans off the rolls of the insured to avoid a fraction of a percent of reduced labor market compensation, then they should stand up and say so. Otherwise, they are simply scare-mongering without presenting a constructive solution to our national health insurance crisis.

In other words, business as usual.
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F-Word Beer: Cure For The New Years Hangover

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Exit 6 Pub

C'mon, if you didn't have one too many on New Years Eve, chances are you had a bit to imbibe yesterday on New Years Day with the Rose Parade. Maybe you wanted to sober up with a stop at Starbucks and grab a fresh Frappacino. But, maybe in your slightly inebriated state you missed your destination by a block and instead stopped at  Exit 6 Pub and Brewery, in Cottleville, Missouri. Luckily for you, when you muttered the word Frappacino, the attendant poured you a fresh one from the tap. Yikes, it was beer and not coffee. You looked around and realized you were in an unfamiliar small independent bar and not the standard, uniform confines of the huge Starbucks chain. Gone was the Starbucks green circle with the queen mermaid in it (or whoever she is). No one asked if you wanted a Vente or Grande. They just brought you a glass -- not a paper cup. Damn, you were taken. You were fooled. It's as if you had just crossed over the line and found yourself in a modern day episode of the TWILIGHT ZONE.

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Well, as silly as this sounds, check out the attached video. It seems everyone's favorite coffee shop, the Mega huge Starbucks, took umbridge and issued a cease and desist letter to the owners of Exit 6 Pub and Brewery. This single location bar's response to the demand letter is nothing short of hysterical -- snarkiness to the "nth" degree. The entire correspondence can be found here, courtesy of HuffPo. The back and forth between both Starbucks' lawyers and Exit 6 Pub's proprietor is priceless.

From now on, Frappacino Beer at Exit 6 Pub will be henceforth be known as 'F-word beer' to avoid any confusion. And so there's no hard feelings and in a show of good faith, Exit 6 Pub returned the entire $6 profit made from the mistake. Now if that teaser has you wanting to know more, check out the hysterical news coverage of this brew-haha (intentionally misspelled)  below:

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John Boehner, The Warlock Of Oz

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Well, I guess this has to be expected. The Republicans prove once again they are a people of their convictions -- anti-gay, anti-equality, anti-women's rights,  anti-immigrant and anti-anything fair and just. They're back to their old tricks. They're the obstructionist party.

If a return to slavery came up, Speaker Boehner would most certainly bring it to the floor for a vote. After all, oppression is the "O" in the GOP. And without slavery, the price or running a small business has increased. That's not good for business. And Boehner's party is already grumbling about the child labor laws. What's the problem with kids working for a dollar a day for 12 hours a day. They're young. They can handle it. Forget giving them an education. Leave that to the white rich kids. And think of the savings to business if the weren't taxed for education. Given a chance, Boehner would do away with the minimum wage, too.

Today, the Senate is poised to pass ENDA: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. And what does that bill do? It protects individuals rights so that workers can't be fire for their sexual orientation. Mind you, this is not a quota bill, it doesn't force any business to hire or have a certain percentage of LGBT employees. It just guarantees that they can't be fired just because of their sexual orientation.

Where's the controversy there?

Passing the bill in the Senate is very important. But it appears it's the yellow brick road leading up to a house run by the Wicked Warlock of Oz, Speaker Boehner. Throw open the curtain and you'll find the same warlock who caused the government shutdown for his own selfish, personal reasons. He's a petulant child who belongs in Oz. He's a coward,who lacks a heart and a brain.

He doesn't like anyone other that old, white, conservative gentiles. He's anti-Semitic -- not one Jew on his executive staff, he's anti-black and immigration -- look at his refusal to bring up SNAP votes and a pathway to citizenship for immigration. He's against women's rights, and was on record against the Lilly Ledbetter legislation. This is the Right-wing party leader.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) affirmed on Monday morning that he would oppose a law that would prohibit discrimination against gay and lesbian employees in the workplace, citing the possibility that it would put a financial burden on businesses.

How does this moron see this as an additional cost burden on business? Fairness in hiring doesn't cost a penny more. Breaking the law might cost additionally, but that's the reason we have these laws. To protect businesses and workers. The Speaker claims there will be more frivolous lawsuit claims. Maybe in his office. But not in the real world.

It's against the law to turn down hiring minorities. It's against the law to pay women less than men for an equal position. That doesn't change the cost of the business. It's a matter of practice, fairness and not cost.

straw man Speaker John Boehner

Grow up, Boehner. Picking on minorities doesn't make you a bigger man, it makes you a child. A petulant one at that. So why don't you travel down that yellow brick road with Dorothy and Toto and if you're lucky, you'll find what you're lacking-- a heart, courage and a brain.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Responds To The Political Carnival

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Our voices do matter. And the words on The Political Carnival are being read -- at least by my native state's senior senator and the people's champion, Senator Elizabeth Warren. I have sent her each of our contributions here that related to banking and finance -- the people's war against Wall Street abuse.

Today I received this reply which I thought I'd share with you.

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Dear David,

Thank you for contacting me in support of a modern Glass-Steagall Act.

As you know, the original Glass-Steagall Act was passed in response to the 1929 financial crash that led to the Great Depression. By separating investment banks from commercial banks, Glass-Steagall divided the risky activities of investment banks from the core depository functions of commercial banks that consumers rely on every day. The central provisions of Glass-Steagall were repealed in 1999, leaving the nation vulnerable to the sorts of risky bets that nearly brought down our economy in 2008.

Although the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act included the strongest set of financial reforms since the Great Depression, I very much agree with you that passing a modern version of the Glass-Steagall Act would help reduce the risk of future financial crises. I also believe that we need to end the problem of "Too Big to Fail," which refers to financial institutions that have grown so large that their collapse would have a disastrous effect on the health of the financial markets and the U.S. economy without government interference. In addition, it is critically important that we hold big banks -- and also their regulators -- accountable, and I strongly support financial reforms that prevent future bailouts, protect consumers, working families, and investors, and limit excessive risk-taking on Wall Street. That is why, on July 11, 2013, I introduced the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act (S. 1282) with Senators McCain, Cantwell, and King. This bill, like the original Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, separates traditional banks that offer federally-insured savings and checking accounts from riskier financial services such as investment banking, insurance, hedge fund, and private equity activities. S. 1282 also modernizes the original Glass-Steagall Act by addressing the increasing complexity of today's financial markets and the heightened risk posed by complex financial products that did not exist when Glass-Steagall was originally passed.

Thank you again for your input, and I will keep your thoughts in mind as I work to end Too Big to Fail and pass the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act.

All the best to The Political Carnival and thanks for helping get our word out there. There's still much work to do.

Sincerely,

ElizabethWarrenSignature

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Bonus Cartoon of the Day- Papa John's

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Denver restaurant receives threats after passing on Romney campaign stop

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See the vid above to get what kind of people own this restaurant. The kind of people the right wing thugs and bullies hone in on. They just didn't want to be props.

DENVER - A Mexican restaurant in the Highlands neighborhood declined a Mitt Romney campaign stop.

Now the owners of Rosa Linda's Mexican Café are getting death threats, nasty threatening phone calls, and insulting e-mails criticizing their choice.

"I don't want people to be angry at me," Rosa Linda Aguirre, the owner of the neighborhood staple, said. "I feel that this is really going out of proportion. I'm sorry if I offended somebody or everybody. I did not mean to do that."

The café has been in the neighborhood for a very long time. The Aguirres, originally from Mexico, are U.S. citizens. They're Mormon.

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"We don't want to be a tool. We don't want to be anything more than a place of gathering and a home," Oscar Aguirre, Rosa Linda's son and a restaurant employee, said.

"People are saying they want to see us out of business. I'm like, we didn't do anything," he said. "We just didn't want to be a campaign stop. Mr. Romney, come and eat tomorrow. He's welcome. President Obama is welcome; former President Bush is welcome; President Clinton, they're welcome. It doesn't matter. We're a place of family and a place of community."

Aguirre said he's been receiving death threats and ugly emails. A customer Wednesday ordered $120 worth of food, and then cancelled the order when it was already cooked.

"People are hateful," Oscar said. "I got death threats last night, people calling me, telling me that they live down the street. They're going to come and get me. The phone has been ringing off the hook."

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Study: Small Business Owners Favor Obama Despite 'You Didn't Build That' Comments

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See, the media takes it's "opinion" on this straight from the NFIB and Chamber of Commerce, so any semblance of reality just doesn't appear.

Small business owners believe President Barack Obama would be more supportive of them than GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, according to a new study by George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management with local services site Thumbtack.

The majority of small business owners surveyed support Obama (39 percent vs. 31 percent for Romney) despite the president's controversial comment "you didn't build that," which has become a rallying cry for the Republican Party to attract small business owners.

"These entrepreneurs are busy with their businesses, so they are less engaged in the rough and tumble of national politics," said David Rehr, a lead researcher on the study with GWU, of why "you didn't build that" didn't have more of an impact. "I think the data also shows the Romney campaign needs to continue to refine its message to these voters."

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