Iraq War ending

 Posted by at 14:26  Middle East, Politics
Oct 212011
 

It’s been a long, long time since George W. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. Today, President Obama announced that we are ending our engagement in Iraq. All of our troops will be home by the end of this year. Bush’s War is finally winding down.

Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq—tens of thousands of them—will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home. The last American soldiers will cross the border out of Iraq—with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops. That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end.

Full transcript follows the break.

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Oct 192011
 

The Republicans are still holding their weekly debates, a process through which they intend to choose the loser of the 2012 presidential election. They held one in Las Vegas last night. This clip from it is hilarious. I know you’ve probably seen it as it has been passed around quite a bit already, but I’ll post it just in case you have not had the pleasure. It starts out with Perry answering a question about access to health care in Texas by claiming that more doctors and nurses go to work in Texas than anywhere else in the nation. (Note to Rick: It really doesn’t matter how many doctors and nurses you have if your people can’t afford to avail themselves of their services.) He then quickly changes topics and moves to immigration. Romney slays him…

Remember, these guys both think they are ready and qualified to serve as President of the United States of America. You almost have to pity them their delusion. I said almost.
 

Cain’s 9-9-9

 Posted by at 18:50  Politics, Republicans
Oct 182011
 

It’s no wonder this guy is leading in the Republican polls…

That’s rich: Only the wealthy would benefit from Cain’s 9-9-9 plan

The Tax Policy Center has released its analysis of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, and it finds that the only people who would benefit from it are those making more than $200,000 a year.

Everyone else, especially the poor, would pay more. And the middle class would now have the highest effective federal tax rate.

Those making $1 million a year or more would get a gaudy nearly $500,000 tax cut, a 15% change in their favor.

The poorest, those making between less than $10,000 a year up to $30,000 a year would see a between 15% and 20% tax increase. That means they would pay between $1,100 and $3,800 a year more in taxes.

Those making between $30,000 and $100,000 a year, would pay more than $4,000 a year more in taxes.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… If you earn less than $250,000 per year and you vote for Republicans, you are an idiot. Sorry, but you are.
 

Five myths that must die

 Posted by at 21:24  economy, Politics
Oct 172011
 

It should come as a surprise to nobody who has visited here before… I have a subscription to Mother Jones. Yes, the print magazine. How old fashioned is that? Still, though, I do believe in the work they are doing and wanted to support it in my own small way.

In the issue that landed in our mailbox just the other day, Kevin Drum (yes, that Kevin Drum) has an excellent article that I highly recommend. You can read it online. It’s entitled “Rich People Create Jobs! (And five other myths that must die for our economy to live.)”.

Here’s a taste from Myth #3: Lower taxes are the best way to grow the economy…

There’s no greater orthodoxy in the Republican Party than unconditional fealty to tax cuts. In a recent GOP debate, when the candidates were asked whether they’d walk away from a deficit deal that included just $1 in tax increases for every $10 in spending cuts, every single hand shot up.

Taxes have been the third rail of American politics ever since the California tax revolt of 1978. Even Democrats are nervous about touching them: President Obama has famously called for letting some of the Bush tax cuts expire, but he’s always careful to make it clear that he wouldn’t change rates for anyone earning less than $250,000 per year. In other words, he’d repeal less than a quarter of the Bush tax cuts.

This fear is easy to understand. No one likes paying higher taxes. But do lower taxes actually spur economic growth? Bruce Bartlett, an economist in the Reagan administration, has compared tax rates in various rich countries in 1979 to each country’s growth rate since then. His conclusion? There’s virtually no correlation.

Recent US history backs this up too. Bill Clinton raised tax rates in 1993, and Republicans insisted it would cripple the economy. Instead, the economy boomed. In 2001 and 2003, George W. Bush lowered taxes and Republicans insisted the economy would flourish. Instead, we got the weakest expansion of the past century. Republicans are simply wrong about taxes: Within reason, high tax rates don’t hinder growth, and low tax rates don’t stimulate it.

I hope you’ll click through and read the entire article. Even better (and I get absolutely no compensation of any sort for saying this), I hope you’ll join me in subscribing to Mother Jones.
 

SNL GOP Debate

 Posted by at 11:33  Humor, Politics
Oct 162011
 

I have to admit that the Saturday Night Live Republican debates are a heck of a lot more entertaining than the real ones. Last night they presented the Marriott TV debate. Marriott TV is the only television network with fewer viewers than Bloomberg TV (where this past week’s real debate was broadcast).

Not only are the SNL debates more entertaining, I believe they are a lot closer to reality. Our Republicans… can’t live with them and can’t live with them.
 

Weekly Address 10-15-11

 Posted by at 11:07  Politics
Oct 152011
 

“Made in America”

From the White House weblog:

Speaking to the American people from Detroit, Michigan, President Obama highlighted the landmark trade agreements passed in a bipartisan way this week which will support tens of thousands of American jobs, level the playing field for American workers, and help us meet our goal of doubling our exports. The President will continue to urge Congress to do more and pass the American Jobs Act so we can grow our economy and create jobs now. Republicans in Congress will get a chance to support these common-sense measures or explain why they oppose providing tax breaks for working Americans, putting teachers, firefighters, and cops back to work, and repairing our crumbling infrastructure.

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Oct 142011
 

Anita Perry has stepped in it again… right up to her knees this time. She is blaming President Obama because son Griffin had to resign his six-figure position at Deutsche Bank to work full time on his father’s campaign. This is priceless…

Anita Perry blames Obama for son’s job loss

Pendleton, South Carolina (CNN) – Rick Perry’s wife Anita said Friday that she could sympathize with the plight of the unemployed because her son was forced to resign his job to take a more active role on his father’s presidential campaign.

Anita Perry blamed the Obama administration for her son having to resign his position.

“My son had to resign his job because of federal regulations that Washington has put on us,” Mrs. Perry said while campaigning for her husband in South Carolina, after a voter shared the story of losing his job.

“He resigned his job two weeks ago because he can’t go out and campaign with his father because of SEC regulations,” she continued, referring to the Securities and Exchange Commission. “He has a wife… he’s trying to start a business. So I can empathize.”

“My son lost his job because of this administration,” she said a few minutes later.

According to press reports, the Perrys’ son, Griffin, worked at Deutsche Bank.

I’m sure that Daddy’s campaign is more than making up for little Griffin’s lost wages at the job from which he resigned. He did not “lose” his job, Anita, he resigned from his job. Big difference. Big, big difference. Plus, he’s still being paid. I am almost certain that once Daddy’s campaign is over, one of his rich friends will ensure that Griffin is more than taken care of. In your world, though, I suppose you could compare that to somebody who has really lost their job and is unable to find another.

Must be nice in your world. You really should be spending more time in that $10,000 per month mansion we Texans are paying for you to live in.

Griffin, Anita and Rick Perry
Griffin, Anita and Rick Perry

 

Oct 142011
 

Each week your humble host selects the best and the brightest of the political cartoons published during the week just ending and posts them here at this time. Note that what you are seeing now are thumbnails. To view the cartoons in their original size click on the thumbnail. Suggested viewing protocol is to click on the first thumbnail. An automatic slide show will commence during which the cartoons will change every eight seconds. If you wish you may stop the slideshow and scroll through the cartoons manually. You may stop viewing at any time by clicking on “close”. So click away. Enjoy.

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.
 

Oct 132011
 

Most everybody in Texas is well aware that the only reason Rick Perry is in the race for the Republican presidential nomination is because of Anita Perry. Rick stated over and over again that he did not want to run for president. He was perfectly happy being Texas’ worst governor ever (except for George W.). Anita convinced him that his country needs him. She told him God wants him to be president. The flat out truth of the matter is that Anita wants to be First Lady, which makes this story all the more comical…

Anita Perry reflects on campaign’s ‘rough month’

Rick and Anita
Rick and Anita

TIGERVILLE, SC – An emotional Anita Perry reflected on the “rough month” she and her husband, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, have endured on the campaign trail in a speech Thursday focused largely on faith.

The Texas first lady weaved together religion and politics in a speech at North Greenville University, characterizing her husband’s decision to seek the presidency in August as a calling from God. Perry suggested her husband was being targeted for his evangelical Christian faith.

“It’s been a rough month. We have been brutalized and beaten up and chewed up in the press to where I need this today,” she said. “We are being brutalized by our opponents, and our own party. So much of that is, I think they look at him, because of his faith. He is the only true conservative – well, there are some true conservatives. And they’re there for good reasons. And they may feel like God called them too. But I truly feel like we are here for that purpose.”