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Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Chamber Of Commerce Has A Problem! "A Mission Too Far"

A major Palin cheerleader, Van Sustren Fox News, has to redirect her completely twilight-zone guest. Fox actually pays) Palin for these inane ramble scripts? "Stupid is......"

While not a threat to the Chamber of Commerce since she ill not run for office, yet a perfect  GOP "fool" model.


The Chamber of Commerce, a Republican business entity, looks to avoid GOP fools to win elections. Well, The Chamber had better get rid of Bachmann, silence Palin, run Gohmert out of his district and gag the majority of Tea Party members of Congress. In other words, the Chamber has embarked on a "mission too far."

If the Chamber wants to rid of "fools" to win elections, it is seriously backing the wrong party.

The Raw Story Re-Post

[Image via Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons licensed]

Chamber of Commerce sets GOP goal for 2014: ‘No fools on our ticket’ (via Raw Story )
The GOP’s corporate allies have set a New Year’s resolution they hope will lead to electoral victory in the 2014 midterms: “No fools on our ticket.” Republican House leaders are planning to impose discipline on unruly members to help avert the…


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Paul Ryan Snuggles Up To His "Indispensable" Tea Party

A man holds a flag during a Tea Party rally in New York on Oct. 28, 2010.

Paul Ryan and Patty Murray recently visited with David "lean Right" Gregory. The link below doesn't represent the complete interview; we are focusing on the 3:00 minute link with Paul Ryan to illustrate a point. Ryan is the classic bullshit artist and has proven not one word from his mouth can be taken as credible. He is manipulative and I suspect deep-down Patty Murray, despite her words of "liking him," is ultra cautious in dealing with the man. You only have to think back to his lies about completing a  marathon in record time (Only to be busted by a relative) and his photo and video op fake soup kitchen visit during the 2012 campaign. The man literally took his wife and kids into a soup kitchen to feigned assisting the humane mission of the kitchen. They grabbed-up already clean pots and pans and faked clean those utensils through the shoot.

While not the most important video in this piece, the three minute video will give you sense of how a Ryan operates. In fact, if Gregory were inclined, he could have managed the three minutes for more productively. His interview with the Democrat Murray and the Republican Ryan are (for the TPI) preludes to the Chris Wallace Fox News interview of this past Sunday. Of course, we know Murray also spoke during the Gregory interview. We do not see the need for adding another video as she is not the focus of this piece.

This past Sunday Chris Wallace and his production team invited Paul Ryan and Patty Murray to his Fox News set.  Murray declined to attend. Of course, Ryan sat for the interview in the complete sanctity of the perfect news setting: Fox News and Chris Wallace. While he spoke like a non-stop machine-gun about budget issues from a GOP perspective, our focus is on his comments about the tea party.

The following is a quick reference to the Wallace interview and Ryan's political savvy in snugging up to the tea party.

“I think these groups are valuable. They’re part of our conservative family. I’d prefer to keep these conversations within our family.”
He thinks these groups are indispensable! A couple of questions are in order.

Beyond an infestation via the 2010 mid-terms and in part brought on by the election of Barack H. Obama in 2008 plus obscene levels of political contribution from the Right (Kochs et al), how is the Tea Party in congress "indispensable?" While there are many examples of how the Tea Party has contributed to the lowest approval ratings of any Congress in US History, we have a recent example of a $24 billion hit to the US GDP via the Tea Party (GOP) government shutdown.

First, lets review a bit of Gallup poll data that initiates concerns about Paul Ryan's perceptions in life, personal insensitivity and his motives.  If you think his proclamations of repudiation of Ayn Rand's elitism and "power to the powerful" during the 2012 was sincere, you also may feel he actually ran that record marathon. 

Gallup November 12, 2013....

2008-2013 trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

While neither party looks good, there is a noticeable trend in the following Gallup table.

Trend: Congressional Job Approval, by Political Party
Americans' tea Party affiliation

Before we move-on and to placate those who are now thinking the president's ratings as also down...agreed and duly noted.

We believe all aforementioned ratings are down in a major way due to the tea party infestation of both houses of Congress with a particular stench in the House of OZ.  And, yes the NSA issues, false alarm IRS issues and "You can keep you policy,"' have worn on the president's ratings. But, let there be no doubt tea party induced division in Washington DC also weigh heavily on the president's ratings. 

Ryan reaches across the GOP divide to massage the ego of the Tea Party.  He feels "they are indispensable." Is Ryan saying he is accepting of all things tea party?  Some will say, "no" he meant the tea party in Congress. We posit the tea party in congress are elected officials earning $174,500 per year (of our tax dollars) who actually are not very different than what follows. They are certainly not standing-up against the images you are about to see, thus they are enablers.

Let's look at a few examples of the tea party, and yes you have seen each example before.


 Tea Party Movement Astrology 


You might say images posted above are extreme examples and are not indicative of the tea party. We suggest you know better.

You've seen all of those "low intellect" manifestations from the Tea Party, correct?  How about a much more recent exhibition from a tea party group in Florida.  A group that has worked to cloak itself from its public past. If want to see the more recent exhibit from the Tea Party, look closely at the following image apparently borrowed from some sick video game.

Keep in mind the group we reference issued the following statement to a Palm Beach, FL newspaper.

MSNBC Adam Serwer
The National Liberty Federation, formerly known as the South Florida Tea Party, changed its name last January as part of a rebranding effort in the aftermath of President Obama’s reelection. The group’s founder, Everett Dickinson, told the Palm Beach Post that the group “wanted to differentiate ourselves from certain organizations that have the name ‘tea party’ and we can’t control.

The video game, Bioshock Infinite, takes place largely in a floating city called Columbia and depicts a racist, xenophobic society where people worship the American founding fathers as religious figures. The image posted to the National Liberty Federation’s Facebook page is of an in-game mural that depicts George Washington bathed in angelic light as he holds the Liberty Bell in one hand and the Ten Commandments in the other, as racist carictures of minorities gather at his feet. The banner at the bottom of the image says, “It is our holy duty to guard against the foreign hordes.
After the image was discovered on the Tea party group's Facebook page it was taken down, and Serwer reports the group changed its privacy settings.  How is such child-like actions any different than working in a grocery story, as a magistrate, or as a sheriff all day and adorning a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood in the evening to harass innocents? Scrubbing and cleansing one's actions generally denotes there is something to hide. Cloaking is no good if the roots and hearts are not cleansed.

Such cleansing reminds of the recent Megyn Kelly and Fox News foray into the racial makeup of a (mystical, spiritual and non-existent) Santa and Jesus Christ. When caught with their butts hanging over a cliff, what did they do?  They feigned media harassment of the "powerful" Fox News Network and laid their racism to speaking to (phantom) kids about Santa. Do you think the word "powerful" was scripted for Kelly's reading? We believe the word was handed-off for reading to tickle the innards of Fox New sycophants.  

Read more from Adam Serwer

Ryan's remarks once more, for full effect.

Talking Points Memo...
I think these groups are valuable," he said on "Fox News Sunday.""They're part of our conservative family. I'd prefer to keep these conversations within our family."  
Ryan did say that he was not pleased that groups opposed the deal so quickly, but still said that the Tea Party is valuable. 
"John was frustrated because they came out against our agreement before we even reached an agreement," he said. "I was frustrated as well. But I see the Tea Party as indispensable."
"John was frustrated?" We feel Boehner's little exhibition was also scripted.

Ryan's comments were obviously crafted and delivered to the Fox News audience as effectively as a political speech. President Obama does it all the time, correct?  

The problem is GOP shortsightedness and desperation will catch-up with Ryan's statements. The only real issue is how long it will take for the House Budget Chair to rile his anti-government cohorts. Maybe, it will last as long as the marionette master Kochs will allow the House contingent to remain quiet regrading budget issues. 

We can rest assured that will not last very long.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Generation Opportunity: Beer and Tacos For College Kids


Do you remember these Anti-ACA advertisements? The first, ad shows the extent to which the Koch brothers and their paid operatives devalue women, especially young college aged women who may be inclined to enroll for the ACA.  The young college aged woman is also a target voting bloc that is far less likely to vote republican.  

The advertisements were developed by a Koch sponsored PAC/501 (4) (C): Generation Opportunity. Take another look!

Published on Sep 18, 2013
Empower yourself by opting out of Obamacare. 
Visit for more information 
Good news: you are not required to purchase health insurance through an Obamacare exchange! There are cheaper, better options for young people.
Published on Sep 18, 2013
Empower yourself by opting out of Obamacare. 
Visit for more information 
Good news: you are not required to purchase health insurance through an Obamacare exchange! There are cheaper, better options for young people.

Generation Opportunity is included in a Fox News Brett Baier "Special Segment" (2:43 minutes) that is nothing less than an advertisement against the ACA. You will also see and hear a National Review speaker who has the "low information" gall to even mention ACORN. It is well document ACORN was a significant community service organization with strong progressive ties. ACORN also registered voters in the millions during the scope of its existence.

While, ACORN investigated and reported wrong doing by couple of hourly paid contract employees, the organization became a bounty for Right-wing operatives.  Andrew Breitbart and the felon James O'Keefe "did a job" on ACORN.  Fox News served  as the public front for the O'Keefe/Breibart anti-ACORN subterfuge. You may recall the fake ACORN Pimp video form O'Keefe.

I. Maddow....

II. Media Matters....

III. Breitbart on O'Keefe's Fake ACORN video....
The National Review speaker knows as well as Baier and Fox News managers and editors, any comments about ACORN as a surge across the US are typically Fox News false. Yet three years after Breibart himself admitted to being duped (I suspect he lied and was culpable in the subterfuge) Fox News allows a paid propagandists spew more lies and red meat.

We digressed to illustrate a point. Let's get back to Generation Opportunity and the Kochs.

Generation Opportunity is about to embark on a college campus blitz with beer and taco enticement for attendees. The first blast in the strategy was a recent gathering with 100 students at Sharkey’s, a bar near the campus of Virginia Tech.

Read more here:
"Lured by free beer, gift cards and the chance to win an iPad, 100 students heard a pitch from the young staffers of a group named Generation Opportunity: Obamacare is a bad deal, and you should opt out. 
With enrollment in the insurance marketplaces under way, and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars being spent on a public-awareness campaign, critics are aiming a provocative counter-effort at a critical population: millennials, age 18 to 29, who may not feel the need or have the money for insurance. 
Because if too few young, healthy people sign up, Obamacare will be denied the financial blood to support older, more needy participants. So the race is on for the attention of 2.7 million people deemed necessary to enroll in the first year for Obamacare to be successful. 
Generation Opportunity, which formed in 2011 and gets funding in part from the conservative Koch brothers, is about to embark on a tour of 20 college towns nationally, including a Nov. 9 stop at the University of Miami. The pitch is that you shouldn’t feel compelled by the government to buy insurance, and that it may be cheaper outside the marketplaces. 
A blueprint for an upcoming tailgate calls for games such as beer pong and cornhole, free Taco Bell and beer. Pictures of people signing petitions to opt out would be sent over Twitter, Facebook and Instagram."

ad more here:
The level of desperation associated with 20 college visits for purpose of influencing young people against their own medical protection is disgusting, yet typically Koch. Of equal disgust, the level of effort from the Kochs in killing any form of healthcare reform when they sit as the two of the nation's most wealthy people with no need for any medical coverage. 

The Kochs are reported to have spent (donated, facilitated or handed-out, your preference) $200,000 million in support of efforts to either repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act. People who following the Koch money wagon are also responsible for significant "hits" to the US economy as follows: Standard & Poors Shutdown cost US $24 billion, The TPI and 40 Repeal Votes at $58 million total cost.

When will the waste stop and the sanity set-in?  The Kochs will never stop sprinkling money across people to advance their plutocratic agenda.  But, how long will it take for one of the young college students to do something catastrophic and dangerous to someone or themselves after including in Koch sponsored beer parties? It doesn't take consumption of many beers to induce inebriation.

USA Today

Twenty Four Billion ($24 billion) wasted on a 17 day GOP Shutdown 
Critical Information:
 Interactive Government Shutdown Facts
The Political Score: Did anyone benefit from the shutdown?
The Shutdown's Financial Damage (Scroll down and mute advertisement)


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ted Cruz: Only The GOP Could Yield Such An Opportunist And Charlatan

Only in the GOP and only in America could a complete fraud like Ted Cruz garner attention to the point of defacto leadership.  The GOP has gone through osmosis to the point of attracting voters who appear to have an ax to grind with the American government. The party has an inordinate number of LIVs (low information voters/people), which leads to the potential for hijacking by the likes of Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz, a member of the Senate who rode into office at the high-tide of the tea party movement, has taken a leaderless party to the level of an embarrassing and counter-productive group of highly paid obstructionist. Consequently, the recent government shutdown was nothing more than an object revolt against the Obama Administration. The revolt has actively dogged President Obama  since well before his inauguration in January 2009. The shutdown was planned with hopes of a crowning party victory and item of party celebration with hope of ultimate humiliation for the president as he cowered to tea party (GOP) bullying once again.

The strategy failed miserably, but only after causing deep strife and potential grief for millions. When coupled with the current sequester and the 2011 credit rating downgrade, the shutdown has effectively tarnished US economic and financial credibility worldwide. The shutdown even dealt a horrible blow to $100,000 death payments to families after the death of their loved ones while fighting US wars. During the lead-up to the shutdown, Secretary Hagel via DOD reports to Congress issued clear warnings of the cessation of death payments and other dire consequences for our military and military families. After the deaths of five Marines in Afghanistan two weeks ago, it was reported private donors donated the death payment to the grieving families.

The shutdown strategy was flawed and doomed to failure. Failure between the Congress and the Executive Branch means grave harm tot he nation and to people who cannot afford financial instability (r.g., the middle class and the poor).

The GOP charged forward (with the shutdown) without regard for the common people. They charged forward as the public received word of Koch brothers and GOP operative plotting anti-ACA initiatives including the repeal of the law in exchange for avoiding the shutdown. Despite claims to the contrary and a related press release, Koch money provided significant impetus for GOP strategies to defund the ACA.

Huffington Post on the New York Times reports of Koch involvement that contributed to the Cruz and GOP shutdown.
Regardless of the non-position the Koch brothers laid out in the letter, they've made their distaste for Obamacare quite clear. 
The letter argues that the Affordable Care Act will lower the standard of health care, and raise taxes. And, "because several of you have asked," Koch Industries provided several recommendations for Congress, calling for a reining-in of "rampant government spending" and a reduction of "cronyism." Yes, the Koch brothers are leery of cronyism. 
As was reported Sunday by The New York Times, the Kochs have helped fund the months-long anti-Obamacare effort that led to the shutdown. 
Read the full letter below:
Koch Industries Letter To Congress

Koch financial support and political contributions to greedy politicians gave Cruz his opportunity to lead a party that is dissolving like an Alka Seltzer (tm) in a half inch of water. 
After today's Senate Majority Leader Reid and Senate Minority leader McConnell "deal", the House of Oz appears to have seen the light.  Cruz, ever the cavalier one, stood for the ever-present cameras after the votes:
The Congressional Votes
The House voted 285-144
The Senate voted 81 to 18
And, the GOP leader joins the cameras.
Cruz continues his charlatan Donald Trump like carnival barking.
"Unfortunately, once again, it appears the Washington establishment is refusing to listen to the American people," Cruz said. "The deal that has been cut provides no relief to the millions of Americans who are hurting because of Obamacare. The deal that has been cut provides no relief to all the young people coming out of school who can't find a job because of Obamacare. It provides no relief to all the single parents who have been forced into part-time work, struggling to feed their kids on 29 hours a week."
Who is Cruz speaking about?
"Washington establishment is refusing to listen to the American people...."
Yahoo News
Graphic shows AP-GfK opinion poll on government shutdown; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;
Huffington Post
It seems Cruz is talking to the wind. data simply does not support his rhetoric. More on Cruz
"The deal that has been cut provides no relief to the millions of Americans who are hurting because of Obamacare. 
The deal that has been cut provides no relief to all the young people coming out of school who can't find a job because of Obamacare. It provides no relief to all the single parents who have been forced into part-time work, struggling to feed their kids on 29 hours a week."
Cruz continues to feed red meat to people who refuse to accept that an ailing economy such as that handed to the nation in 2007, 2008 and early 2009. We realize conservatives only want to look back to a life long past, but there comes a time when  charlatans must be called out.
The following graphs show president's Stimulus (Recovery Act) immediate impact on jobs and unemployment. The study period illustrated is January 2008 through July 2012. 
The unemployment rate has continued a slow decline during the last half of 2012 and has continued through the summer of 2013. We chose these illustrations to reflect on Cruz's rhetoric and to also show the fallacy of his rhetoric on high information voters/people. The salient point: the Republicans would never have proposed nor fought for a Stimulus. The GOP would also have allowed the American auto industry to become vulnerable to overseas buyers or complete collapse. Thus, turning their backs on a million direct and related jobs auto industry jobs.  Before we place Cruz's jobs remarks in the trash as spoiled red meat, we should remind the GOP has only sponsored one very flawed jobs bill during the entirety of the 112th and 113th Congress.
Cruz's barks to his throngs of sycophants about young people not being able to find jobs due to Obamacare. It would be great if at least one reporter would ask Cruz to expound on his point. If questioned and after stumbling through a lie, a great follow-up question would be, "Can you provide specific examples of Obamacare robbing the young of jobs?"
Cruz closes his comment with this....
 "It provides no relief to all the single parents who have been forced into part-time work, struggling to feed their kids on 29 hours a week."
GOP, GOP we have a problem. Your junior Senator from Texas is disrespecting people with an IQ over forty-three (43).
Yes, there are companies that have reduced work hours for some employees to avoid providing medical coverage for those employees. There are also a few very visible companies that threatened to adopt the inhumane strategy, and backed-off the threat. In some cases the companies actually reversed the policy and practice. Disney, in fact, provided coverage to a large group of employees who would have been excluded from the ACA coverage based on their value to the entertainment giant.
The ACA mandate on businesses is not the driving force behind corporate staffing strategies involving part-time workers.  addressed the issue via a piece in in early September: "Are Obamacare opponents wrong about its impact on the US labor market — or just early?" A FRED chart for the Pethokoukis piece.
The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank 2007 through mid 2013.  It seems part-time work spiked during the climax of the Bush recession.
Pethokoukis Excerpt
Let's talk a quick look at another graphic and data from the Aei.Idea Dot Org piece, just in case you deiced not to visit the site. If you made that decision you might just fall for Cruz's and GOP rhetoric about mass strife for millions relegated to part-time work due to the ACA.
4. The economic team Goldman Sachs looked at the data and found that while “it is possible that the trends over the last few months might reflect the approaching onset of the now-delayed employer mandate, it is also important to note that the shift toward part-time labor pre-dates enactment of the health law and is much more clearly associated with the economic downturn.”
I am going to fore go linking the following Open Secrets page. The information and data should be available via a simple purvey vs clicking to another page. Remember, Cruz has been in the Senate for just over nine months. I am reading reports he garnered over one million in contributions over the past month. 
I mentioned Donald Trump in a preceding paragraph.  As you review the data and graphs to follow, I hope you recognize the personal value of taking a position that Cruz knew he could not and would not win.  Yet, he earned one million in contributions since his Senate floor circus act. Thus, my analogy to Donald Trump. The Center for Responsive Progress (Open Secrets Dot Org)
Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

Select cycle and data to include:
  • Campaign Cmte Only
  • Leadership PAC Profile Only
  • Campaign Cmte & Leadership PAC Combined

Committee Assignments: 

Leadership PAC (1): 

Cycle Fundraising, 2009 - 2014, Campaign Cmte

Raised: $15,672,756 Sparklines Explanation coming soon
Spent: $14,730,777
Cash on Hand: $643,977
Debts: $545,000
Last Report:Sunday, June 30, 2013

Top 5 Contributors, 2009-2014, Campaign Cmte

Club for Growth$705,657$705,602$55
Senate Conservatives Fund$315,991$305,991$10,000
Woodforest National Bank$93,500$93,500$0
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius$67,200$67,200$0
Goldman Sachs$66,850$61,850$5,000

Top 5 Industries, 2009-2014, Campaign Cmte

Lawyers/Law Firms$875,685$816,935$58,750
Oil & Gas$788,818$609,318$179,500
Securities & Investment$608,777$584,277$24,500

Total Raised vs. Average Raised

2009-2010 Fundraising

Cycle Source of Funds, 2009-2014, Campaign Cmte only

Individual Contributions About Size of Contributions
 - Small Individual Contributions
 - Large Individual Contributions
$2,641,297 (17%)
$10,179,239 (65%)
legendPAC Contributions$1,588,615(10%)
legendCandidate self-financing$843,000(5%)
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2009-2014 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on October 16, 2013 (for Fundraising totals, Source of Funds and Total Raised vs Average) and on August 18, 2013 for Top Contributors and Industries. In the "Source of Funds" chart, "Large Individual Contributions" refer to all contributions from unique individuals aggregating to more than $200 within a cycle, and "Small Individual Contributions" refer to all contributions from unique individuals totaling $200 or less within a cycle. ("Help! The numbers don't add up...") 
The organizations themselves did not donaterather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Finally, The only benefactor of the GOP shutdown (party destroying) strategy: Cruz himself.
Rachel Maddow posted a graphic of the meandering and erratic request (as negotiation items) from the leaderless GOP, and the eventual outcome (What they got).
Standard and Poor's is reporting the shutdown cost the US  $24 billion dollars.
Who votes for these people? ______________________________ 
Thanks to the Center for Responsive Politics.