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GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers should apologize "for lying in her response to State of the Union"

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) gave the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union speech, and in doing so, she fudged a few facts:

"I got a letter from Bette in Spokane, who hoped the President’s health care law would save her money – but found out instead that her premiums were going up nearly $700 a month. No, we shouldn’t go back to the way things were, but this law is not working. Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government’s."

There's just one itty bitty problem with that bolded assertion. It's not true. So the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and Nancy Pelosi want McMorris Rodgers to apologize.

Fat chance.

The GOP has a nasty habit of either outright lying, lying by omission to promote political narratives, or conveniently sidestepping context when attacking any and all things Obama. Cathy McMorris Rodgers continued the tradition, but like Darrell Issa has so many times, she got publicly busted in the process.

Via The Hill:

Democrats are slamming Republicans for misleading the public with a false anecdote about ObamaCare premiums in a response to the State of the Union address. [...]

Media reports have since revealed that the woman, Bette Grenier, was quoting the most expensive option offered by her insurance company and that she declined cheaper plans on Washington state's ObamaCare exchange.

"Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers owes the nation an apology for lying in her Republican response to the State of the Union this week, and spreading more misinformation to Americans about their health care options,” said DCCC spokeswoman Emily Bittner in a statement Friday.

"House Republicans are … resorting to embellishing stories and leaving out the facts to mislead Americans about the new affordable, comprehensive coverage available to them.”

More at the link.

By the way, one major insurer is reporting Obamacare that sign-ups were higher than its projections. Cathy McMorris Rodgers neglected to include that fact in her oh-so-heartfelt, genuine, God-drenched rebuttal.

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ENTIRE VIDEO: President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address

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Here is the entire video of President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address, starting at about the 5:13:20 mark.

FYI, here is a record of the number of executive orders issued by all past presidents right up to the present. There goes another right wing talking point.

Here are a few excerpts from the State of the Union address, via the full transcript provided by WaPo:

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... I believe this can be a breakthrough year for America. After five years of grit and determined effort, the United States is better-positioned for the 21st century than any other nation on Earth...

For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government. It's an important debate -- one that dates back to our very founding. But when that debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy -- when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States -- then we are not doing right by the American people. (Cheers, applause.)...

[T]he budget compromise should leave us freer to focus on creating new jobs, not creating new crises...

...America does not stand still, and neither will I. (Applause.) So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do. (Cheers, applause.)...

Let's work together to close those loopholes, end those incentives to ship jobs overseas, and lower tax rates for businesses that create jobs right here at home. (Cheers, applause.)Moreover, we can take the money we save from this transition to tax reform to create jobs rebuilding our roads, upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes -- because in today's global economy, first- class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure...

But I'll act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible. (Applause.)...

Meanwhile, my administration will keep working with the industry to sustain production and jobs growth while strengthening protection of our air, our water, our communities. And while we're at it, I'll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations. (Applause.)... But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. (Applause.) And when our children's children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did. (Cheers, applause.)...

I'm also convinced we can help Americans return to the workforce faster by reforming unemployment insurance so that it's more effective in today's economy. But first, this Congress needs to restore the unemployment insurance you just let expire for 1.6 million people. (Cheers, applause.)...

Women deserve equal pay for equal work. (Cheers, applause.)... It is time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a "Mad Men" episode. (Laughter, cheers, applause.) This year let's all come together, Congress, the White House, businesses from Wall Street to Main Street, to give every woman the opportunity she deserves, because I believe when women succeed, America succeeds. (Cheers, applause.)...

Tonight I ask more of America's business leaders to follow John's lead. Do what you can to raise your employees' wages. (Applause.) It's good for the economy; it's good for America. (Sustained applause.)

To every mayor, governor, state legislator in America, I say, you don't have to wait for Congress to act; Americans will support you if you take this on. And as a chief executive, I intend to lead by example. Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity and reduce turnover. We should too. In the coming weeks I will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour because if you cook -- (cheers, applause) -- our troops' meals or wash their dishes, you should not have to live in poverty. (Sustained applause.)

Of course, to reach millions more, Congress does need to get on board....

I will direct the Treasury to create a new way for working Americans to start their own retirement savings: MyRA. It's a -- it's a new savings bond that encourages folks to build a nest egg....

And here's another number: zero. Because of this law, no American, none, zero, can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a pre-existing condition like asthma or back pain or cancer. (Cheers, applause.) No woman can ever be charged more just because she's a woman. (Cheers, applause.) And we did all this while adding years to Medicare's finances, keeping Medicare premiums flat and lowering prescription costs for millions of seniors.

Now, I do not expect to convince my Republican friends on the merits of this law. (Laughter.) (Chuckles.) (Laughter.) But I know that the American people are not interested in refighting old battles. So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, increase choice, tell America what you'd do differently. Let's see if the numbers add up. (Applause.) But let's not have another 40- something votes to repeal a law that's already helping millions of Americans...

Citizenship means standing up for everyone's right to vote. (Applause.)...

Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day...

[E]ven as we actively and aggressively pursue terrorist networks, through more targeted efforts and by building the capacity of our foreign partners, America must move off a permanent war footing. (Applause.)...

And with the Afghan war ending, this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay -- (applause)...

The [Iran] sanctions that we put in place helped make this opportunity possible. But let me be clear: if this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it. (Applause.) For the sake of our national security, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed.

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The Barack Obama 2014 State of the Union Drinking Game

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A bonus guest post by the one, the only Will Durst who's having a little fun with tonight's State of the Union speech:

THE BARACK H. OBAMA 2014 STATE OF THE UNION DRINKING GAME

WHAT YOU NEED TO PLAY:

  • 4 taxpayers: 1 old rich white guy investment banker type wearing a Brioni suit. (Bank Boy) 2 ordinary folks wearing jeans, 1 in a blue work shirt, the other in a white shirt, no tie, sleeves rolled up. (the Jeans) And 1 person wearing clothes that look like their former life involved toxic dump storage cleanup. (Rags)
  • 1 living room with flat screen TV tuned to C-SPAN.
  • 1 shot glass per person. Everybody brings own, placing all on a coffee table in front of TV. Bank Boy gets to choose first which to use during game. White shirt picks next, then blue shirt. Bank Boy takes last shot glass as well, and Rags needs to make a deal to rent it from him, find a replacement or drink out of own cupped hands.
  • 2 packages of Vienna All Beef Chicago Style Hot Dogs in middle of table with butter grilled buns and pickles and tomatoes and onions and condiments including that weird neon green relish in little ramekins on the side.
  • 1 bottle of Jack Daniels.
  • A large stash of beer on ice. Rags gets whatever is on sale, such as some generic Lite Beer from Trader Joe’s. Bank Boy gets whatever microbrew he wants. The Jeans get domestic, but are responsible for paying for all the beer, Jack and hot dogs.
  • The Jeans each ante up 20 bucks cash. Rags and Bank Boy are allowed to use I.O.U.s. Which do not need to be redeemed.

RULES OF THE GAME:

  • Every time Barack H. Obama says “Bipartisanship,” the first person to stop laughing is exempt from drinking 3 shot glasses of beer.
  • When the President mentions unemployment the last person to eat a fully accoutered hot dog has to drink a shot of Jack.
  • If the President says, “If Al Qaeda is calling you, we want to know why,” first person to finish a whole beer gets to spit pieces of hot dog at the others until they finish their beers.
  • When Barack circuitously intimates something that might concern the NSA, the last person to stand and salute has to drink 2 shot glasses of beer.
  • If and when Obama defends Obamacare, everybody must drink a shot of Jack, a whole beer and throw pieces of broken hot dog at the television. If anybody hits POTUS in the head, the other three have to drink another shot of Jack.
  • If Obama speaks of the integrity of the political process, the last person to cough “Hack!” must drink 3 shots of beer.
  • If the President relates a touching heartfelt story of some poor unfortunate denied health care, Rags gets to kick everybody else once. Twice, if the subject of the anecdote is in the audience. Three times, if he/ she is sitting next to an astronaut.
  • The first time Barack H Obama mentions immigration, the last person to pretend to faint has to drink 3 shots of beer.
  • Whenever Obama makes a reference to his faith getting him through tough times, last person to fall to their knees and shout “Hallelujah!” has to drink 1 shot of Jack.
  • Every time the Chief Executive winks at or points to Michelle, players sword fight with hot dogs. The last person with an intact weenie does not have to eat an entire shot glass full of that weird neon green relish.

EXTRAS:

  • Before the speech, everyone writes down who they think will give the Republican Response. Anybody who correctly identifies the person doesn’t have to watch it. Players may sell each other hints.
  • Bank Boy takes home the $40 and the Jack.
  • Leftover beer and hot dogs go home with Rags after he/she finishes washing the dishes.

Will Durst is a nationally acclaimed, award- winning political comic. Go to willdurst.com to find about more about his new CD, “Elect to Laugh” and calendar of personal appearances including "BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG."

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Partisanship

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Partisanship is alive and well these days. Did I say "these days"? I meant to say "these years." Did I say "these years"? I meant to say "these decades." But ever since President Obama was sworn in-- literally-- the bitter divide has gotten bitterer and dividier. By the way, commentators, it's not "Congress" that's the problem, it's the GOP.

Lately on the Tee Vee Machine, Republican talking heads have been reveling in the president's sagging poll numbers, and have demanded-- demanded!-- that he stop blaming George Bush for the nation's problems. That's been part of their prebuttal for tomorrow's State of the Union address, because that's what they do. How typically unoriginal, flawed, and redundant.

Actually, BushCo is to blame for much of the country's woes, because we are still trying to recover from the Bush Recession. The one Bush's policies brought on. The one that lost us hundreds of thousands of jobs every month. The one that President Obama is pulling us out of.

And one of the main reasons we aren't recovering quickly enough is because the GOP doesn't want us to. They have obstructed just about anything that has even a faint whiff of Eau d'Obama. That way, when the economy remains weak, when immigration reform stalls, when income inequality persists, when the number of massacres at the point of a gun increases, when more children starve, when more Americans are denied the assistance they need to sign up for health care, they can point fingers at the person who they themselves obstructed. And many Americans are buying into their b.s.

Good plan, guys. Or should I say, white guys?

So what's President Obama's response? To soften the language he's going to use in the SOTU, per reports. Yes indeed, according to MSNBC, he will replace them fightin' words "income inequality" with them weaker words "equal opportunity for all," which, by the way, they say, is Republican language. Instead of coming out punching, the president will soften his approach. Because this is an election year. Heavy sigh.

How's that reaching out and trying to compromise with Republicans workin' for ya, Mr. President? The same way all that GOP "outreach" is working for them? Heavier sigh.

Meanwhile, on the Chris Christie front, if those on the right side of the aisle who sit on the big new joint investigative committee decide that they're underrepresented (there are 8 Democrats and 4 Republicans, which is proportional to their numbers in both state chambers), they may pull a fast one. They may very well swivel from their so-far "let's work together to get to the bottom of all this scandalous Christie mess" to gumming up the works and claiming that it's all one big partisan witch hunt by Dems who don't like big bad GOP Governor "Heartbroken." To hell with digging for truth, justice, and the American Way and finally challenging corruption in a state known for corruption.

All of this paints the usual "politicians are more interested in their own careers and their pursuit of special interest money and influence" than they are in protecting the people who voted for them, who provided them with their damned jobs. Finding out who decided (and why) to put lives in danger by closing off access to the busiest bridge in the world is less of a priority than playing politics. Uncovering the truth about whether Chris Christie denied Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer Sandy relief funds doesn't matter as much as playing the blame game.

So there you have it. Instead of coming together to find solutions to truly pressing issues, we the frustrated spectators pay tax money admission to watch two parties needlessly butt heads and self-destruct, crushing all of us in their idiotic wake.

Partisanship: America's Scripted Reality Show.

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Video- Fox Suggests Raising The Minimum Wage Is Part Of Obama's Secret Socialist Plan

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Jeebus, you really do have to wonder what they boogeyma version of President Obama looks like. Via.

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Live Streaming Video- White House Fireside Hangout with President Obama To Discuss the State of the Union Address 4:30p EST

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AUDIO-- Fox mocks 102-year-old who waited hours to vote: "What's the big deal? She was happy."

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Via Media Matters.

102-year-old Desiline Victor made two trips and had to stand in line for hours before she could vote. Ms. Victor was a guest at President Obama's State of the Union Address last night, and when he told her story and informed the audience of her age, there were audible gasps:

She refused to give up.

But at least 201,000 did not vote in Florida because of frustration with long lines. I'm sure the caring, sensitive, patriotic talent pool at Fox thought that was a real laugh riot.

This must have cracked them up, too: Graph: How long it took blacks, whites, Hispanics to vote in 2012. One guess who waited in line the least amount of time.

Here are most of the ugly quotes that reveal host Brian Kilmeade's, along with Fox's Martha MacCallum's and Bill Hemmer's, true colors sliming out as they mocked the efforts of centenarian Desiline Victor, who somehow managed to exercise her right to vote. They were sprinkled with nasty giggles and vile little snickers:

  • What's the big deal? She was happy. She waited on line, she voted, she was happy that she was there to vote.
  • "What was she the victim of? Rashes on the bottom of her feet?"
  • "Can you hear them whispering? 'Did she try to hit you with the "I'm 102 and I've been on line five hours"'?"
  • "Is she gonna try to give you that one again?"
  • "She said the same thing when she was 98! I wasn't buying it then, I'm not buying it now!"

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to scream my lungs out, down a few drinks, and then express my gratitude to anyone who will listen that I have absolutely zero to do with the offensive, despicable broadcasts that ooze from Fox.

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