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

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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

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Cliff Notes- GOP: Check Your Intelligence At The Door

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Today I'm combining my Cliff Notes post with my Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout post, because you can never cover GOP idiocracy enough.

First, via my dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, is his latest. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here:

For the past generation, Republican leaders, talk-show hosts and elected officials have made it their mission to mock anyone of serious intellectual import (liberal elitist!), attack the professional class and wonder aloud about proven science on about as constant a loop as “Sex In The City” reruns on E!. [...]

Scalia, a Supreme Court Justice appointed by Ronald Reagan, thinks he sounds awful smart when he bullies counsel for the liberal side of any case before the Court and uses Tea-Party talking points to do it. Most recently, he compared the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act to making people buy broccoli.  [...]

Then there is presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, “the ideas guy.” I’m not quite sure what most of them are, or if they involve large ethics fines, but a guy who’s calling for destroying government’s ability to do anything while simultaneously proposing a lunar colony–well, let’s just say Pauly Shore was also big in the 90s and probably had some ideas too.

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.”

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

Next, Mark Karlin's BuzzFlash post, with a little help from Charles Pierce and his best seller, "Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free":

Pierce pulled no punches in goring sacred cows, such as the New York Times:

I think the illustrative sentence, for all three of what I call the great premises of Idiot America came from The New York Times, which was talking about the intelligent design movement. And the sentence that appeared on the front page of The New York Times is called the intelligent design movement -- "a politically savvy challenge to evolution." Which is self-evidently ridiculous. It's like deciding that you're going to have an agriculturally savvy challenge to Newtonian geometry. It doesn't work.

It doesn't matter how many people vote for the candidate of the Alchemy Party ticket. He's not going to be able to change lead to gold. It doesn't matter how many people in the Gallup Poll think they should be able to flap their arms and fly to the moon -- they're not going to be able to do it. So when you have The New York Times, on the front page, posing a self-evidently ridiculous notion like a politically savvy challenge to evolution -- actually it's not. It's a politically savvy challenge to the poor bastards who are trying to teach high school biology.

Pierce artfully explains the demagoguery that is today's political surround sound, and why it is do difficult for Obama to effectively communicate with many Americans, when he states:

[...] It has a lot to do with the fact that so much of our national discourse on important issues takes place in an entertainment context. The worst thing you can do, is to know what you're talking about. If you know what you're talking about, you're not going to speak in sound bites. You are very rarely going to speak in sound bites if you know what you're talking about. If you know what you're talking about, most problems are very nuanced and very complicated.

Please read the whole post here.

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Quickie- Judge states the obvious: President Obama eligible to be Georgia candidate

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Today's Quickie:

Whaddya know, President Obama was born in the United States. Who'da thunk it? Now he gets to be a candidate in the Georgia primaries just like the white other candidates!

In a 10-page order, Judge Michael Malihi turned down a challenge filed by members of the so-called "birther" movement.

Time, effort, and money is still being spent on this idiocy. Make it stop, already. Someone? Anyone? Bueller?

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

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Health insurers drop coverage for children ahead of new rules

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Welcome to my instant blood pressure spike:

Health plans in at least four states have announced they're dropping children's coverage just days ahead of new rules created by the healthcare reform law, according to the liberal grassroots group Health Care for America Now (HCAN). [...]

"We’re just days away from a new era when insurance companies must stop denying coverage to kids just because they are sick, and now some of the biggest changed their minds and decided to refuse to sell child-only coverage," HCAN Executive Director Ethan Rome said in a statement. "The latest announcement by the insurance companies that they won't cover kids is immoral, and to blame their appalling behavior on the new law is patently dishonest.

"Instead, they should reverse their actions immediately and simply follow the law. If the insurance companies can casually turn their backs on sick children now, who will they abandon next? This offensive behavior by the insurance companies is yet another reminder of why the new law is so important and why the Republicans’ call for repeal is so misguided."

Of course, this all stems from the obvious premise that profit trumps the health of an entire nation.

As for following the law, that's only for campaign slogans.

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PhotOh! Tea Baggers are now protesting... hobos

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By GottaLaff


I couldn't resist the photo. Wonkette has the scoop.

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Tuh-Weet! Palin's Fancy Global Warmin' edtion

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By GottaLaff

Witness the sheer ignorance, the utter lunacy, the astounding moronitude of Barbie McLipSchmutz:

To quote a tweet from Cynicor:

You don't understand weather vs. climate, do you?

H/t: DMiller23

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Counting down to the countdown of the countdown

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By GottaLaff

Get ready! Start counting backwards! It's nearly 9 hours until President Obama's next speech! Oh wait. That was this morning.

It doesn't matter. We all must be exposed to this kind of thing all day:

I'm not sure why the Tee Vee Machine powers that be feel that we can't glance up at our own clocks, or why they think we can't tell time, or why they think we can't keep track of when an important presidential address is about to air.

So here we go. Prez O's speech is now 9 minutes and 6 seconds... no, 8 minutes and 25 seconds... away.

I better watch MSNBC and stare at their clock so I don't miss it.

What would I do without them to keep me posted? Every second... every single solitary second...

I think they should have a countdown clock to their countdown clock so we don't forget to watch.

9...8...7...6...
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