Fewer Jobs, Larger Deficits if Republicans Were in Charge – According to a study in Newsweek, the things that Republicans have said they want to do won’t actually boost employment or reduce deficits. In fact, much the opposite. If Republicans were in charge from January 2009 onward—and if they were now given carte blanche to enact the proposals they want to—the projected 2010–2020 deficits would be larger than they are under Obama, and fewer people would probably be employed.
Just this Tuesday, for example, the CBO released a letter saying that Obama’s health-care-reform legislation would “reduce the projected budget deficit by $30 billion over the next 10 years,” while Republican plans to repeal the law would generate “an increase in deficits … of $455 billion … over that [same] period.”
Republicans also want to extend the Bush tax cuts for everybody. According to data compiled by The Washington Post, “the GOP plan would cost $3.7 trillion.”
On jobs, it’s a similar story. The pro-stimulus Obama is ahead of the anti-stimulus GOP by about 2.35 million jobs.
The bottom line, then, is that recent GOP proposals would produce fewer jobs and far larger deficits than the plans Obama has already passed or currently wants to pass.
Republican Senate Nominee Says He Will Eliminate Social Security for Tomorrow’s Americans – Alaska Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller on Larry King Live:
KING: “It is an issue that you well know can be easily demagogued, so I want to deliver a statement. You tell me if it’s fair or not: That anybody in the [Social Security] system or close to the system is fine. We won’t do anything significant to change your benefits. But how about an American born tomorrow or born the day after Joe Miller was sworn in Washington? Would that person perhaps grow up in an America where there is not a federal Social Security program if you got your way?
Republican Revenue Hypocrisy – The revenue loss over the next 75 years just from extending the tax cuts for people making over $250,000 — the top 2 percent of Americans — would be about as large as the entire Social Security shortfall over this period (see Figure 1). Members of Congress cannot simultaneously claim that the tax cuts for people at the top are affordable while the Social Security shortfall constitutes a dire fiscal threat.
Some Democrats Balking at Restoring Taxes on the Rich – A small but growing number of moderate Democrats are balking at boosting taxes on the rich. Many face electorates that recoil at the mention of any tax increase. Some represent areas that are loaded with wealthier taxpayers. Three Democratic Senators (Evan Bayh, Ben Nelson, and Kent Conrad) as well as three Democratic Senate candidates (Jack Conway, Robin Carnahan, and Brad Ellsworth) support extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Last week, a CBS poll showed the public wants Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy to expire by a 56%-36% margin.
Glenn Beck’s Trouble with the Truth – Out of 17 statements made by Glenn Beck and rated by PolitiFact, one was true, one was mostly true and the rest were bunk.
Beck’s record (as of Aug. 27, 2010):
Mostly True 1
Half True 3
Barely True 4
Pants on Fire 3
Fox News Provided Free Political Advertisement for Republican Candidate – Republican candidate John Kasich appeared on a Fox News network program, solicited contributions for his campaign, and Fox News added the graphics “John Kasich (R), KasichforOhio.com” under Mr. Kasich’s image. The Kasich campaign raised more than $21,000 from the FOX News solicitation. This appears to violate two election laws. The first is the prohibition of in-kind contributions in the form free political advertising. The second violation is the failure of Fox News Network to provide a ‘paid for by’ disclaimer on its political advertisement for John Kasich.
Major Human Trafficker is Huge Republican Party Donor Who Fought Illegal Immigration – A business owner indicted for the human trafficking of 400 laborers from Thailand is a frequent donor to the Republican Party and recently waged war against other companies involved with hiring illegal immigrants. The man at the helm is Mordechai Orian, 45, President and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Global Horizons Manpower Inc., a labor contracting group. Five of his affiliates and contractors were also charged in the scheme.
Orian gave tens of thousands of dollars to the National Republican Congressional Committee on eight occasions between 2004 and 2006, according to the election records database Newsmeat. His largest contribution of $11,000 came on July 13, 2006. Orian also gave $2000 to the Republican Party-affiliated Restore America PAC twice in that period. In what now appears to be a twisted irony, Orian at the time presented himself as a moral crusader against illegal immigration.
Discovery Channel Hostage Taker Smuggled, Hated Illegal Immigrants – James Lee, the bomb-laden gunman who was killed by police in the lobby of the Discovery Channel, was once convicted and imprisoned for smuggling illegal immigrants into the country from Mexico. The revelation that Lee had once smuggled illegals contrasts sharply with a hate-filled manifesto he left behind in which he describes illegal immigrants as “disgusting filth” and their children as “anchor baby filth.”
Did you know that… – The words “race car” spelled backwards still spells “race car”?
“Eat” is the only word that, if you take the first letter and move it to the last, spells its past tense, “ate”?
And if you rearrange the letters in “so-called Tea Party Republicans,” and add just a few more letters, it spells: “Shut the hell up you free-loading, progress-blocking, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, violent, hypocritical jerks, and deal with the fact that you nearly wrecked the country under Bush and that our president is black.”