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For Frank & Friends: Robert Reich Debunks 6 Big GOP Lies About The Economy

Is Social Social Security a Ponzi scheme as Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry claims? Noted author and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich debunks that claim and five other lies the right-wing tells about taxes, government and the economy.

The lies Reich debunks:
1) Tax cuts to the rich and corporations trickle down to the rest of us. (No it doesn’t and it never has.)

2) If you shrink government you create jobs. (No, you get rid of jobs that way.)

3) High taxes on the rich hurts the economy. (No, the economy grew when the US did this under Eisenhower.)

4) Debt is to be avoided and it is mostly caused by Medicare. (No, if debt is properly used to grow the economy, it becomes a smaller part of the budget because of increased revenue and Medicare has the lowest overhead of any health insurance plan out there.)

5) Social Security is a Ponzi scheme (No, its solid for 26 years. Social Security is solid beyond that if the rich pay the same percentage in social security taxes as the rest of us do.)

6) We need to tax the poor. (This is what Republicans have been proposing when they say any “tax reform” needs to involve all Americans because poor people pay no income tax. The poor have no money and taxing them will not solve our budget problems.)

Reich was speaking at the “Summit For A Fair Economy” in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 10, 2011.


Rep. Chaffetz Wants to Know If 9/11 Was An Inside Job

Via Think Progress, Rep. Jason Chaffetz was interviewed by a 9/11 “truther” from a group called We Are Change, and had this to say:

Q: A reopening into the investigation of 9/11?

CHAFFETZ: Well there’s a lot we still need to learn. Of course we want to look into that issue, look at every aspect of it. […] Who was the BYU professor? […] Steve Jones, yeah I’ve met with him. He’s done some interesting work.

Q: Have you given much thought to the possibility it was a false-flag terrorist attack on 9/11?

CHAFFETZ: Well I know there’s still a lot to learn about what happened and what didn’t happen, we should be vigilant and continue to investigate that, absolutely.

Q: Appreciate that. We at We Are The Change believe it was a false-flag terrorist attack, that the buildings came down with internally placed demolition.

What’s Glenn Beck going to say? He once told Michelle Malkin, “9/11 Truthers are truly disturbed people.”

From the group’s website:

We Are Change is a citizens based grassroots peace and social justice movement working to reveal the truth behind the events of September 11th, as well as the lies of the government and corporate elite who remain suspect in this crime.

…We reject the official explanation of the events leading up to, during and after the attacks of September 11th, 2001 as well as the fear-based politics and state mandated propaganda being disseminated by the Corporate Media which has facilitated the cover-up of 9-11.

UPDATE: Rep. Chaffetz has issued a clarification regarding his views on the 9/11 attacks.

“I am not sympathetic to claims that 9-11 was a government conspiracy. I have never believed the government was in any way complicit or responsible for those attacks. When asked on February 16 during a
town hall meeting about the need to investigate the attacks, I answered truthfully that we should always continue to investigate new information. The 9-11 attacks were the biggest terrorist attacks in the history of the United States of America. We should always be asking questions, looking for answers, and learning from that experience, but I have no reason to believe claims that the government was responsible for the attacks.”

The Salt Lake Tribune interviewed Rep. Chaffetz, who said, “I haven’t followed these folks very close because I think they are in part nuts.” Chaffetz said he was attempting to give a “very benign generic answer” because he didn’t understand the term “false-flag.”

Free advice for Rep. Chaffetz: If someone asks you if you’ve given much thought to the possibility the Moon is made of green cheese, do not say NASA ought to investigate the matter.


Behold Your Liberal Media

Michelle Malkin

Yesterday morning, I realized with a shock that my least favorite blogger, right-wing extremist Michelle Malkin was on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopolous.” What’s going on? When has Stephanopolous ever invited a progressive blogger on his show? I know the answer to the second question: Arianna Huffington is the only one.

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters says what nobody else is saying:

As Malkin traipses her way through the evil liberal media, which is giving her all kinds of free airtime to hawk her book, I’m just wondering are any of her hosts going to note the complete absurdity of writing an anti-Obama book six months into his first term?

Even if Malkin’s publisher rushed this title out, it means she basically finished the manuscript in May. So in just four months, between late January and late May, Malkin was able to tease out all kinds of damaging information about the Obama administration while it was being assembled? She uncovered scandalous “abuses of power throughout his administration”?

That’s patently absurd. The book, and its premise, is just ODS unleashed.

But don’t look for many members of the the press to point that out. They don’t want to make Michelle angry. (She might blog mean things about them!)

… Would anyone anywhere on this media planet have taken seriously a viciously anti-Bush book that detailed his administration’s awful, corrupt ways, published just six months into his first term? Didn’t think so. It would have been ignored and/or mocked. But inside the Beltway, Malkin’s loony rants must be heard–and broadcast–by all.

Behold your liberal media.


The Right Doesn’t Appreciate Irony

H/T to Ken for bringing us up to date yesterday on the latest right-wing freakout.

World's smallest violinThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a report on the potential for domestic terrorism from right-wing extremist groups and individuals, particularly the white supremacist and militia movements.

This was an apparent departure from the routine Bush administration practice of targeting suspicion, surveillance and harassment on peace, environmental, animal rights and anti-poverty activists [Two examples: a 2001 report titled LEFT WING EXTREMISM: The Current Threat (PDF) and one completed just before Bush left office, Leftwing Extremists Likely to Increase Use of Cyber Attacks over the Coming Decade (PDF)].

Michelle Malkin is shocked, shocked that DHS would dare write a similar report about right-wing extremists like… Michelle Malkin. “A sweeping indictment of conservatives,” she called it. If you say so, Michelle! But the word “conservative” isn’t in the report.

Leave it to Glenn Greenwald to point out the irony that the right is incapable of seeing (read his whole post if you have time):

It’s certainly true that federal police efforts directed at domestic political movements — even ones with a history of inspiring violence in both the distant and recent past — require real vigilance and oversight, and it’s also true that the DHS description of these groups seems excessively broad with the potential for mischief. But the political faction screeching about the dangers of the DHS is the same one that spent the last eight years vastly expanding the domestic Surveillance State and federal police powers in every area. DHS — and the still-creepy phrase “homeland security” — became George Bush’s calling card. The Republicans won the 2002 election by demonizing those who opposed its creation. All of the enabling legislation underlying this Surveillance State — from the Patriot Act to the Military Commissions Act, from the various FISA “reforms” to massive increases in domestic “counter-Terrorism” programs — are the spawns of the very right-wing movement that today is petrified that this is all being directed at them.

When you cheer on a Surveillance State, you have no grounds to complain when it turns its eyes on you…

…This is all as laughable as it is predictable. Just a couple months out of power and they have suddenly re-discovered their fear of the Federal Government and their belief in the need to limit its powers.

UPDATE: From Think Progress:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano responded to criticism of a leaked DHS report on right-wing extremism, saying that “we are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not — nor will we ever — monitor ideology or political beliefs.” In TV interviews today, she said “these are routine reports” that were “begun months ago, in fact, in preparation before this new administration took office.”


Tea Bagger Insanitea

What have we learned so far about the tea baggers? They don’t believe President Obama was born in the United States. They think Obama’s impeachment is overdue– after less than three months in office. They have no idea what the 1773 Boston Tea Party was about (taxation without representation).

Mad Hatter tea party

Doug Powers, writing on Michelle Malkin’s blog, explains that it’s not the tea baggers who are insane, it’s The Government!

Think about the monumental efforts in both time and intellect that are wasted in order to satisfy insane government demands.

I attend the tea parties as a way of showing that it saddens me to know that people who might have otherwise cured a horrible disease, designed grand buildings, created art and music, invented a car that runs on kumquats that people actually want to buy, expanded their businesses, explored the farthest reaches of the universe or had more time to devote to charity are now spending most of their energy trying to figure out a way to write off their lawnmowers as dependents.

Kumquat cars? Listing your lawnmower as a dependent? All perfectly rational in wingnut land. Remember, this is a rant about a THREE PERCENT tax increase only on incomes of $250,000 a year or more– that doesn’t even take effect until 2011, when the Bush tax cuts will be allowed to expire on schedule.

Malkin herself proclaims that the April 15 tea bagger events are not being orchestrated by “Beltway GOP swamp creatures”– quite the opposite:

Untold numbers of protesters are as sick of GOP capitulation and Beltway Republican cravenness as they are of Democrat wealth redistributionism. The left-wing conspiracy theorists give Beltway GOP swamp creatures far too much credit. They couldn’t have pulled off hundreds of protests over the past month and hundreds more to come if they tried. There are individual fiscal conservatives in Washington who have carried the torch. But tax protesters have been very vocal that the Republican party establishment is in so many ways a part of the problem, not the solution.

Of course, in reality these are astroturf events heavily backed by the Faux News Channel and corporate lobbyists based in Washington. As Think Progress points out:

The principal organizers of many of the local events are actually the lobbyist-run think tanks Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Works, and Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions. The groups are heavily staffed and well funded, and are providing all the logistical and public relations work necessary for planning coast-to-coast protests.

Matt Yglesias comments that the tea bagger movement is “incredibly stupid”:

Part of the underlying absurdity of this, however, is that it’s just so transparently silly to be pouring so much time and energy into trying to make Barack Obama appear unpopular when he’s not unpopular. There’s such a thing as opinion polling and it can answer this sort of thing pretty conclusively…


Get Ready For Four More Years of Insanity From the Far Right

Michelle Malkin & followers
Michelle Malkin

You know those pathetic, far-fetched anti-Obama smears the right wing has been flogging for months? Well, they are just the beginning. Wingers have fertile imaginations, and they never know when to stop.

“Terrorist” Bill Ayers is still the lead story for Michelle Malkin, who calls the president-elect the “overlord-elect.” Sean Hannity’s website features a countdown to Election Day 2012. Raw Story reports that Facebook already has at least two “Impeach Barack Obama” groups, and impeachment bumper stickers and T-shirts are for sale– never mind that Obama doesn’t even take office for another two months.

Two days ago, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) compared Obama to Hitler, while at the same time calling him a Marxist. “It may sound a bit crazy and off base,” Broun said. Ya think?

Impeach Obama

Over on the Ayn Rand-inspired website Atlas Shrugs, they claim Obama is a committed Marxist-Leninist who intends to impose a Marxist-Leninist dictatorship here. He’ll create a civilian police force of jack-booted thugs, ex-gang bangers, foul-mouthed rappers and maybe even Black Panthers. He’ll drag your children from your home, forcing them into Hitler-youth-style re-education camps. He’ll advance Islam, impose or import “sharia” (Islamic law) and sharia financing. He will stifle free speech, end First Amendment protections, prohibit criticism of Islam and seek preferential treatment for Muslims.

Bob Cesca points out that the far right is just doing what they always do, trying to project the blame that should fall on Republicans.

The obvious intention here is to cobble together an abuse of power meme against President-elect Obama, despite President Bush and Vice President Cheney having, you know, spent the last eight years consolidating executive power, authorizing torture, suspending habeas corpus, illegally invading sovereign nations, ignoring congressional subpoenas and eavesdropping on American citizens.

I wonder if we’ll get any more comments from the right tut-tutting about so-called “Bush Derangement Syndrome” while this kind of over-the-top insanity is coming from their side. Of course, Digby says “Republicans have retired the concept of hypocrisy.” We’ll see.

UPDATE: On, Mark Benjamin reports that advisers to Barack Obama are pressing ahead with plans for a nonpartisan commission to investigate alleged abuses under President Bush. In the likely event that Bush issues an unprecedented blanket pardon covering thousands of crimes during his administration, it might actually help the commission. We’ll learn a lot more from witnesses who don’t have to worry about being prosecuted.


The Crooked Line

Figleaf at the not always safe for work Real Adult Sex had this to say:

Although it’s been many years since I was a member I grew up in that church. My youngest brother’s ashes are there. The last time I went, last year, my father introduced me around, so proud that I’d come back. I don’t know everyone who was injured but Greg McKendry, an usher, who died trying to push the gunman out of the way was a good friend of my fathers. [snip]

The church has been a bit of a lightning rod in town ever since it’s foundation in the 1950s, from their sex education and comparative-religion Sunday school programs, their anti-war stances, their provision of sanctuary for refugees, their tolerance for the divorced, for feminists, for paganism and wikkans, for alienated or expelled members of a panoply of faiths, and more and more since the 1980s, for the LGBT community.

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Michelle Malkin Harvesting Utah for Last Right-Winger Standing

Congratulations to Ken Bingham for having his work posted on Michelle Malkin dot bitch.

Ken, you are truly talented. I’m so glad the two of you found each other. She needs friends.

I think it would be really funny to do something for Sen Tom Davis’ comment,

“The Republican brand is so bad, if it were a dog food, it would be taken off the shelf.”

One more thing. If anyone is wondering what happened to the Republican brand, besides the fact of a corrupt, lying, traitorous, punk-ass administration, and and the entire republican congress who fell in line like the scum sucking tribal loyalists they are…

just ask.

pssst: It has something to do with Republican voters too.


Authoritarianism Revisited

I think we are reaching a nadir in the American consciousness. There are so many indicators both large and small. The surprising populist movement lead by Barack Obama is an obvious one. The changing language and focal points of the Right-Wing are another. Almost no one is left in the media nor in politics who defends Bush. Most are running FROM Bush (returns 454 results).

I long wondered how long it would take for people who voted for Bush to admit it and apologize. We began first seeing them in ’05.

Well, I am one of those “Buyer’s Remorse” republicans and I can’t think of a good way to have it rubbed in my face how wrong I was to support Shrub in Ought-Four.

But I never expected to hear self-confessed, life-long Republicans saying, “I will never vote for another Republican as long as I live” (see C-Span’s Washington Journal on almost any day). You can also find such comments all over the web these days.

I have been a Republican for 20 years , I will never vote Republican as long as I live after what I have seen George Bush get us into, I am not a Democrat either

…sometimes the democrats get too minutely detailed and wonky. but after the utter lies, disasters, greed, disregard for working and middle class people and incompetence of the bush-cheney-rumsfeld-wolfowitz-rightwing-aipac era, i’ll take ANY of the democrats up there now and I will never vote republican again in my life!

An exact Google search on “I will never vote republican again” returns over 2000 results. Try a few variations and you’ll find hundreds of thousands!

I’ve decided to begin to build a links list of source material and references (see homepage sidebar) to serve this kairos moment, to help educate us all on this kind of mental illness, this stifling fear of change, this tribal conformity — which lurks in the nicest people — called Authoritarianism. OneUtah authors were among the first to write about it in this genre.

One of the references I found is from Wikipedia and, I think, should ring true for many Americans and many Utahns in the news and not in the news these days.

From here:

Research has discovered a wide range of Right-Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) scale relationships over the years, which can be organized into four general categories. (The Authoritarian Specter)

1: Faulty reasoning — RWAs are more likely to: Read the rest of this entry »


You Know Who YOU Are

You live here, here, here, here and everywhere.Bill O’Reilly

The BEAST 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007

9. You

Charges: You believe in freedom of speech, until someone says something that offends you. You suddenly give a damn about border integrity, because the automated voice system at your pharmacy asked you to press 9 for Spanish. You cling to every scrap of bullshit you can find to support your ludicrous belief system, and reject all empirical evidence to the contrary. You know the difference between patriotism and nationalism — it’s nationalism when foreigners do it. You hate anyone who seems smarter than you. You care more about zygotes than actual people. You love to blame people for their misfortunes, even if it means screwing yourself over. You still think Republicans favor limited government. Your knowledge of politics and government are dwarfed by your concern for Britney Spears’ children. You think buying Chinese goods stimulates our economy. You think you’re going to get universal health care. You tolerate the phrase “enhanced interrogation techniques.” You think the government is actually trying to improve education. You think watching CNN makes you smarter. You think two parties is enough. You can’t spell. You think $9 trillion in debt is manageable. You believe in an afterlife for the sole reason that you don’t want to die. You think lowering taxes raises revenue. You think the economy’s doing well. You’re an idiot.

Exhibit A: You couldn’t get enough Anna Nicole Smith coverage.

Sentence: A gradual decline into abject poverty as you continue to vote against your own self-interest. Death by an easily treated disorder that your health insurance doesn’t cover. You deserve it, chump.

Thanks as always to Norm at OneGoodMove.

And for those of you who fit the description above, and you know who you are, you also think those of us who hate Bush (#1) never criticize democrats and liberals. Wrong again. Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid are #5.


Why Michelle Malkin is a Bad Person

Malkin enjoys trip to Baghdad

Yesterday, in the comments, “Maggie” made the mistake of mentioning the name of one Michelle Malkin. This post is to remind us all why Malkin is a bad person.

It’s because of Jamil Hussein. Hussein, an Iraqi police captain, was quoted by name in a November 24, 2006 Associated Press story about sectarian violence in Baghdad. Because Malkin and other right-wing bloggers falsely accused the AP of using a fictitious source, and pressed the issue for weeks, Captain Hussein was then threatened with arrest for telling the truth to a reporter without authorization.

Malkin even made a three-day trip to Baghdad last January, as a guest of the US Army, in a vain and idiotic attempt to disprove AP’s story. Making a mockery of real journalists, and of the ongoing humanitarian tragedy in Iraq.

More from the One Utah archive:

Can We Really Send Michelle Malkin to Baghdad?
Real Journalists in Real Danger

Malkin Going to Baghdad – Really!

Malkin in Baghdad
Malkin Gets the Real Story – NOT

UPDATE: Malkin recently lost her job on Faux News Channel to Laura Ingraham after Geraldo Rivera told the Boston Globe:

“Michelle Malkin is the most vile, hateful commentator I’ve ever met in my life. She actually believes that neighbors should start snitching out neighbors, and we should be deporting people. It’s good she’s in D.C. and I’m in New York. I’d spit on her if I saw her.”

Yes, that is correct. Geraldo Rivera thinks Malkin is vile and hateful.


Malkin Readers Advocate Assassination

Via Michelle Malkin Is An Idiot:

Commenters on Michelle Malkin’s blog are making assassination threats against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad will arrive in New York on Sunday to attend the meeting of the UN General Assembly.

Michelle Malkin

This comment was still on Malkin’s site today:

On September 19th, 2007 at 6:20 pm, shooter said:

1-Cheytak M200 408 system: $8,000.00
Hotel room in NYC……: $350.00
1- 408 round………..: $1.75
Right place at the right time….PRICELESS!

There are plenty more comments not too different from that one. IMHO Ahmadinejad is in no real danger, because Malkin’s chickenhawk readers don’t have the skills to carry out their threats.

For the record: The New York Times reported two days ago that an advance team for the president of Iran asked earlier this month that he be allowed to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site, but the request was denied. In fact, the request was denied before the media knew about it. The Iranian government blames “Zionist agents.”


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