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AUDIO-- Rep. Paul Broun: Georgia will only go Democratic if "all these illegal aliens" get to vote


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Note: Apparently the audio code is messed up, so please follow the link below for audio.

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said the following on a local radio show, via the Hill:

"It only helps the Democrats if we legalize all these illegal aliens in this country who the Democrats want to put on federal welfare programs, and actually they're on federal welfare programs today. The Democrats want to make them all basically dependent on the federal government so they can continue their radical, big government agenda. They want to get people so that they're looking to for bigger and bigger government.

"The only way Georgia's going to change is if we have all these illegal aliens in here in Georgia, give them the right to vote. It would be morally wrong, it would be illegal to do so, under our current law. Actually, all these illegal aliens are getting federal largesse and taking taxpayers' dollars. And that's the only way that this state is going to become Democratic again, in the next number of decades."

One: Hey Paul Broun, they are not "illegal aliens," they are people. People who are trying to make it. People with families. People who pay taxes. People who scrub other people's toilets and take care of other people's kids. People who are kids themselves, trying to get an education so they can contribute to society responsibly, unlike yourself. People who scare the crap out of you, because without their votes, you and what's left of your party are toast.

Two: STFU.

Three: If you, Paul Broun, are fundraising off of this kind of disgraceful disparagement, then it is you who is the moocher, the taker, benefiting politically on the backs of those who are struggling to make a better life for themselves. Without them, this country's economy would sink. By the way, genius, check out the image at the top of this post.

Here are all our Paul Broun posts if you want to read more about this brainless, soulless, compassion-less, racist ignoramus.


VIDEO-- GOP war on reality: The non-partisan report that Republicans don't want you to see


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Republicans "refuse to acknowledge that a factual thing is a factual thing."

The GOP pushed for the removal a non-partisan report by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (Congress's own think tank) that showed that the very partisan Republican economic plan of tax cuts for the wealthy helping the economy is dead wrong.

The federal agency that wrote the report is "the gold standard,"  their integrity  is "unimpeachable" per Rachel Maddow.

They show that there is no evidence that cutting taxes on the rich will make the economy grow, which is exactly the basis of Mitt Romney's and the GOP's economic philosophy. That is what Romney has been trying to sell America. That is the premise he's been pushing for months and months.

So what did Senate Republican aides do when they got wind of the findings that conflict with their own talking points? Why, they started complaining about them so strongly that the agency withdrew the report.

The GOP does this repeatedly: Don't like what you hear? Get rid of the report. But we have it. The Maddow Blog has it. The Internets have it, right here. And as Rachel Maddow reminds us, "there's nothing that Senate Republicans can do to stop that."

Maddow Blog's Steve Benen:

More information is coming to light.

Thomas Hungerford, the CRS researcher who produced the report, told HuffPost that he stands by it. "Basically, the decision to take it down, I think The New York Times article basically got it right, that it was pressure from the Senate minority to take it down," Hungerford said. "CRS reports go through many layers of review before they're issued and as far as the tone and the conclusions go, people who specifically look at the writing and the tone said it was okay. So it's not going to be that and as I can tell you outright, I stand by the report and the analysis in the report."

Hungerford said that he had never experienced suppression like this before....

For its part, McConnell's office insists "people outside of Congress" also raised concerns about the CRS report, but Tim Noah explained that these outsiders are apparently limited to conservative think tanks, including the Heritage Foundation.

Here is the New York Times article.

The Republican party suppresses the vote and suppresses the truth. Why any voter would think either of those actions is worthy of their support is beyond me.

Steve Benen goes on to say, "I talked yesterday with the office of House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Mich.), who's begun an informal investigation to determine the extent to which the CRS faced coercion from Mitch McConnell's office."

Jared Bernstein, a former economist for Vice President Biden:

This sounds to me like a complete political hit job and another example of people who don’t like the results and try to use backdoor ways to suppress them... I’ve never seen anything like this, and frankly, it makes me worried.”

Me too.


VIDEO- GOP Rep. Paul Broun: Evolution, embryology and Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell."



Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun is running unopposed by any Democrat in the coming election. He recently gave a supposedly off-the-record speech at a sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church about his religious beliefs.

This is the same Paul Broun who didn't appear to object to a town hall question, “Who’s going to shoot Obama?” (but later said he "regretted" it) and compared President Obama to Hitler.

Broun is also medical doctor who refers to himself as a "scientist." Here's what Paul Broun, M.D. said at the banquet:

"God's word is true," Broun said, according to a video posted on the church's website. "I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. And it's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior."

Broun also said that he believes the Earth is about 9,000 years old and that it was made in six days. Those beliefs are held by fundamentalist Christians who believe the creation accounts in the Bible are literally true.

As you can see in the video, he went on to say:

"As your Congressman, I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington DC. and I'll continue to do that."

He threw this out there, too:

"This is not about politics."

Right. Got it. Next.

He also says he "knows Jesus personally." Name dropper.

Ironically, he's on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Who elects these people?

Entire video here.


VIDEO- GOP Rep. Peter King: Pres. Obama apologized for America. " I don’t care what fact check says!"



...October 17, 2004, The New York Times Magazine article by writer Ron Suskind, quoting an unnamed aide to George W. Bush (later attributed to Karl Rove[1]):

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."[2]

Think Progress: CNN's Soledad O'Brien and Rep. Peter King (R-NY), September 17, 2012:

O’BRIEN: Never once in that speech, as you know, which I have the speech right here. that was — he never once used the word “apology.” He never once said “I’m sorry.”

KING: Didn’t have to. The logical — any logical reading of that speech or the speech he gave in France where he basically said that the United States can be too aggressive. [...]

O’BRIEN: Everybody keeps talking about this apology tour and apologies from the President. I’m trying to find the words ‘I’m sorry, I apologize’ in any of those speeches. Which I have the text of all those speeches in front of me. None of those speeches at all, if you go to which we check in a lot, they all say the same thing. They fact check this and they say this whole theory of apologies…

KING: I don’t care what fact check says.

O’BRIEN: There are fact checks. You may not care, but they’re a fact checker.

KING: No. Soledad. Any commonsense interpretation of those speeches, the president’s apologizing for the American position. That’s the apology tour. [...]

As the Washington Post put it, “the apology tour never happened.”

Facts schmacts, reality schmeality. Lying is the Republican way, because that's all they've got, which explains why they feel they have to steal elections (scroll) in order to win.