Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Here Come the Tea Baggers!

Here's how the Tea Party will defend the corporate rich, attack workers and the poor, and try to roll the USA back to the 1920s:

10 Ways the Right-Wingers Will Try to Wreck Any Economic Recovery

Tea Party Madness

Meet the Freshman Class of Right-Wing Extremist Members of Congress

Tea Party Caucus Took $1 Billion in Earmarks

The Tea Party's War on Schools

The Tea Party Moron Complex

Fair & Balanced? A Year of Fox News Lies

Fair & Balanced? Fox News' Big Year

From lecturing President Barack Obama on racial sensitivity to inflating threats of terror, Fox News offered more than a few journalistic lessons this year. Fox's ratings continued to top the other major cable networks, while its news coverage ... well, let's just let it speak for itself.
Here's a list -- though hardly an exhaustive one -- from TPM of some memorable moments from Fox News this year.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Obama vs. Liberal/Left Progressives

As some left/progressives predicted months ago, Obama is going to side with Republicans and go after the liberal/left on tax cuts and the deficit. The OBAMA deficit commission laid the groundwork for the coming austerity (cuts in social programs, Social Security, etc.) and the Obama-McConnell tax cuts will now be used to force cuts. Obama is pushing the Bush policies he ran against!

Obama Caves on Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, Capitulating to Bush-McCain

Bernie Sanders on Tax Cut:  GOP Wants to Grow National Debt, then Slash Social Security

Saving Progressivism from Obama

Saturday, November 27, 2010

SPLC Updates List of Anti-Gay Hate Groups

From Evan Hurst, Truth Wins Out:

The Southern Poverty Law Center has updated its list of designated hate groups, and this year is significant in that some of the larger anti-gay outfits have made the cut. After a litany of ever more extreme statements from people such as Peter Sprigg and Tony Perkins of the FRC, Bryan Fischer of the AFA and Laurie Higgins of the IFI, the SPLC has determined that these groups all deserve to be designated as having gone beyond mere advocacy, and into full-blown hatred against the LGBT community. Especially after the recent spate of gay teen suicides elicited no remorse from any of these institutions, they have indeed earned their place in the halls of hate.

It is notable that Focus on the Family is not on the list. Though we at Truth Wins Out still stand in solid opposition to Focus’s mission, they have indeed made baby steps in the past year to moderate their message, which is in stark contrast with the growing extremism at FRC and AFA. Higgins and the IFI have always been awful, of course. These groups especially deserve recognition for their abject ignorance of facts and reality, choosing as they do to spread anti-gay propaganda at all costs, which indeed suggests that their “work” is inspired by little more than juvenile animus.

The list of anti-gay hate groups now includes the following:

1. Abiding Truth Ministries [Scott Lively]
2. American Family Association
3. Americans for Truth About Homosexuality [Peter LaBarbera]
4. American Vision
5. Chalcedon Foundation
6. Dove World Outreach Center [Terry Jones]
7. Faithful Word Baptist Church [Steven Anderson]
8. Family Research Council
9. Family Research Institute [Paul Cameron]
10. Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment
11. Illinois Family Institute
12. MassResistance
13. Traditional Values Coalition

18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda | Southern Poverty Law Center

Friday, November 26, 2010

Corporate Profits Soar, Unemployment Soars

Corporate America Has Best Quarter in U.S. History, as Unemployment Soars

The Tea Party right-wing claims Obama is anti-business, socialist, etc.  despite the fact that Obama's pro-corporate policies, including bailing out failing banks, tax cuts, etc., has allowed corporate profits to soar, while unemployment continues to soar and wages are stagnant:

Even amid the most turbulent economic conditions since the Great Depression, US corporate profits are at an all time high, according to a Tuesday report [PDF link] by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.
At the same time, America's poor and middle classes are under siege, with a mostly stagnant job market that has shown only marginal signs of improvement.
In spite of meager growth in some sectors, the real unemployment rate remains high, at approximately 1 in 5 Americans.
Yet for seven fiscal quarters running -- since President Obama's election -- American corporate profits have shown strong growth.
According to New York Times analysis, Q3 2010 saw the largest corporate profits in recorded US history, at $1.66 trillion

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tea Party vs. Tea Party

Will War Between the Religious Right and Libertarians Tear the Tea Party Apart?

The tea party's social conservative and libertarian wings are poised for a showdown that could decide the fate of the movement.

TN RootsCamp

Over 100 progressive activists and organizers gathered in Memphis today for the Tennessee RootsCamp

For more information visit the RootsCamp site

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Tea Party Moron Complex

Matt Taibbi, The Tea Party Moron Complex

If American politics made any sense at all, we wouldn’t have two giant political parties of roughly equal size perpetually fighting over the same 5–10 percent swatch of undecided voters, blues versus reds. Instead, the parties should be broken down into haves and have-nots -- a couple of obnoxious bankers on the Upper East Side running for office against 280 million pissed-off credit card and mortgage customers. That’s the more accurate demographic picture of a country in which the top 1 percent has seen its share of the nation’s overall wealth jump from 34.6 percent before the crisis, in 2007, to over 37.1 percent in 2009.   Moreover, the standard of living for the  average American has plummeted during the crisis -- the median American household net worth was $102,500 in 2007, and went down to $65,400 in 2009 -- while the top 1 percent saw its net worth hold relatively steady, dropping from $19.5 million to $16.5 million.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

GOP Urged to Avoid Social Issues


Gay conservative group GOProud joined forces with some Tea Party leaders to urge Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner to avoid social issues such as same-sex marriage and keep their congressional members focused on economic freedom and individual liberty.

According to a news release, GOProud and Tea Party leaders from at least 10 states sent an open letter to McConnell and Boehner on Monday morning. Part of the letter, which includes 17 signatories, reads:

“This election was not a mandate for the Republican Party, nor was it a mandate to act on any social issue, nor should it be interpreted as a political blank check.

“Already, there are Washington insiders and special interest groups that hope to co-opt the Tea Party’s message and use it to push their own agenda – particularly as it relates to social issues. We are disappointed but not surprised by this development. We recognize the importance of values but believe strongly that those values should be taught by families and our houses of worship and not legislated from Washington, D.C.

“We urge you to stay focused on the issues that got you and your colleagues elected and to resist the urge to run down any social issue rabbit holes in order to appease the special interests.”

According to Politico, signatories like Ralph King, a Tea Party Patriots national leadership council member and Ohio co-coordinator, may be more motivated by limited government than they are pro-gay.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sanders Plans Progressive Alternatives to Deficit Cuts - Newsroom: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont)

Bernie Sanders Plans Progressive Alternatives to Deficit Cuts - Newsroom: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont)

The Progressive Plan to Balance the Budget, Defeat the Deficit and Avert Austerity

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rebooting the American Dream

Thom Hartmann, America's No. 1 Progressive Radio Host, has published a great book for progressives: Rebooting the American Dream--11 Ways to Rebuild our Country.

This book can be a great resource and road map for progressives across the country to organize and lobby our representatives to defend Social Security and fight for a REAL universal healthcare program, and take back our government from the corporate elites who are backing the Tea Party takeover of Congress.

Thom is releasing individual chapters for FREE on Truth-out.org
(You can also buy the book and help support Tom's work and Truth-Out.org)

Chapter One: Bring My Job Home!

Be sure to listen to Thom's daily radio program, it is the national townhall of the progressive movement in the U.S.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Don't Mourn, Organize!

The 2010 Election was a major setback for Obama and the Democratic Party, but it may be good for the progressive left. 

The failure of Obama and the Democrats to push a progressive agenda (e.g single-payer Medicare for All) and escalation o the war in Afghanistan suppressed younger and more progressive voters. 

But the Tea Party and the Republican Party are still unpopular and do not have popular support for their radical agenda of austerity and cuts to social programs like education and Social Security. 

John Boehner and the Republican Congress will soon loser favor with the Tea Party and the American people.

The progressive/left must learn from the Tea Party and take over the Democratic Party, or better yet build a movement for a viable third party.

As labor organizer Joe Hill said before he was killed, "Don't Mourn, Organize!"

Republican Blowout, But NO Conservative Mandate

It Didn't have to Be this Way--Progressives Must Be Bolder

Krugman, Blame the Whiny Center

7 Things Progressives Need to Keep in Mind about the "Bloodbath"

Norman Solomon, Back to Basics

Thom Hartman, This is the End of the Republican Party

The Comeback of the Republicans and the Rise of the Tea Party -Result of Democrats' Failure


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What Voters Don't Know

Eight FALSE Things the Public "Knows" Prior to Election

There are a number of things the public "knows" as we head into the election that are just false. If people elect leaders based on false information, the things those leaders do in office will not be what the public expects or needs.

Here are eight of the biggest myths that are out there:

1) President Obama tripled the deficit.
Reality: Bush's last budget had a $1.416 trillion deficit. Obama's first budget reduced that to $1.29 trillion.
2) President Obama raised taxes, which hurt the economy.
Reality: Obama cut taxes. 40% of the "stimulus" was wasted on tax cuts which only create debt, which is why it was so much less effective than it could have been.

3) President Obama bailed out the banks.

Reality: While many people conflate the "stimulus" with the bank bailouts, the bank bailouts were requested by President Bush and his Treasury Secretary, former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson. (Paulson also wanted the bailouts to be "non-reviewable by any court or any agency.") The bailouts passed and began before the 2008 election of President Obama.

4) The stimulus didn't work.
Reality: The stimulus worked, but was not enough. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs.

5) Businesses will hire if they get tax cuts.
Reality: A business hires the right number of employees to meet demand. Having extra cash does not cause a business to hire, but a business that has a demand for what it does will find the money to hire. Businesses want customers, not tax cuts.
6) Health care reform costs $1 trillion.
Reality: The health care reform reduces government deficits by $138 billion.
7) Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, is "going broke," people live longer, fewer workers per retiree, etc.
Reality: Social Security has run a surplus since it began, has a trust fund in the trillions, is completely sound for at least 25 more years and cannot legally borrow so cannot contribute to the deficit (compare that to the military budget!) Life expectancy is only longer because fewer babies die; people who reach 65 live about the same number of years as they used to.

8) Government spending takes money out of the economy.
Reality: Government is We, the People and the money it spends is on We, the People. Many people do not know that it is government that builds the roads, airports, ports, courts, schools and other things that are the soil in which business thrives. Many people think that all government spending is on "welfare" and "foreign aid" when that is only a small part of the government's budget.

This stuff really matters.

If the public votes in a new Congress because a majority of voters think this one tripled the deficit, and as a result the new people follow the policies that actually tripled the deficit, the country could go broke.

If the public votes in a new Congress that rejects the idea of helping to create demand in the economy because they think it didn't work, then the new Congress could do things that cause a depression.

If the public votes in a new Congress because they think the health care reform will increase the deficit when it is actually projected to reduce the deficit, then the new Congress could repeal health care reform and thereby make the deficit worse. And on it goes.

Monday, November 1, 2010

How Dems Allowed the Tea Party to Rebrand the GOP

How Dems Allowed the Tea Party to Rebrand the GOP

Tea Party Right Gears Up to Suppress The Vote

Numerous reports have documented how state GOP chapters, local Tea Party groups and organizations like Americans for Prosperity are mobilizing across the country—holding training sessions and posting instructional videos on their websites about how to challenge suspicious voters. But the right’s concern about widespread voter fraud has virtually no basis in empirical reality; a 2007 study by the Brennan Center for Justice found that “an American is more likely to get struck by lightning than impersonate another voter at the polls.”

Inside Wisconsin Right's Voter Suppression Scheme

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tea Party Math Doesn't Add Up

Can the Tea Party Cut Spending 40%?  NO

Teapublicans are LYING when they promise their Tea Party supporters that they can cut federal spending by 40%, without increasing taxes, and without cutting Social Security or the military.

Tea Party Constitution vs. the Thomas Jefferson Constitution

The Tea Party Constitution vs. the Thomas Jefferson Constitution

Funny how the Tea Party folks don't even understand, or know much about, the U.S. Constitution!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

10 Questions for Tea Partiers

Ralph Nader Has 10 Questions Tea Partiers Don't Want to Answer

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tea Party Nationalism

The NAACP and the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights have released a detailed report that exposes the links between the Tea Party movement and racist/nationalist hate groups in the United States:  Tea Party Nationalism

Download the Report Here

Pictures from Teabaggers on Parade showing their true colors...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Corporations and the Right-Wing Are Buying Off Our Government

The 2010 Election is turning into a class war--the corporate rich started it!

Robert Reich, 8 Ways to Fight the Right-Wing Corporations Buying Off of Our Government

The Shadow Class War of 2010

Outside Cash Leaves Scorched Earth in US Election

Corporate Cash Secretly Funneled to Extremist Tea Party Candidates

Democracy FOR SALE

We have to SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY!  The Supreme Court opened the floodgates of corporate money to buy our government in the Citizens United decision, and now WE must amend the Constitution to make it clear that CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE!  THEY DO NOT HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS "WE THE PEOPLE" AND THEY CANNOT TAKE OVER OUR GOVERNMENT!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Tea Party Candidates Are Radical Social Conservatives

The Tea Party claims that they are focused on economic issues, like the deficit and government spending, but they have nominated candidates who take extremely radical conservative views on social issues like gay rights and abortion.  Several tea party candidates, including Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donnell, are opposed to a women's right to abortion even in cases of rape or incest!  All oppose equal rights for gays and lesbians, and some (like NY Tea Party Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino)  have embraced extremely anti-gay homophobic views.

So when the Tea Party claims they are not anti-gay or concerned with social conservative issues, they are LYING!

Look Who's Joined the Tea Party!

Carl Paradino:  "Don't Be Brainwashed Into Thinking Homosexuality Is Equally Valid"

Paradino Stands By Anti-Gay Remarks--Tea Party Stands By Paradino

Democrats Target Tea Party Candidates on Social Issues

RepubliCorp Exposed: The Corporate Takeover Of the U.S.

Here is the Republican/Corporate Plan to Take Over the United States

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tea Party vs. History

The Tea Party folks don't know much about history!

Thom Hartman, The Real Tea Party Was An Anti-Corporate Revolt!

Hey Tea Party Republicans--The Founders Were NOT Your Guys!

11 Patriotic Lessons from the Tea Party Guide to American History

Ayn Rand Conservatism at Work: Firefighters let House Burn!

Here's how right-wing conservative Libertarianism works:
Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owners Didn't Pay $75 Fee
Talk of "limited government" sounds good until you see what it does in practice: a society where eveyone is on their own!

More on the myths of libertarianism at Libertarianism Exposed

More Private Sector Jobs Created in 2010 than Entire Bush Years

It's Official, More Private Sector Jobs Created in 2010 than the Entire Bush Years

Tea and Crackers

Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi on the Tea Party: Tea and Crackers: How Corporate Interests and Republican Insiders Built the Tea Party Monster

Tea Party Leaders are Not Anti-Establishment

From Truthout: Tea Party Leaders are Not Anti-Establishment

In fact, Tea Party candidates are reading from Republican Party scripts!
Tea Party Script Written in Washington

In These Times:  Tea Party Confidential
How GOP Insurgents Borrow from the Left to Move America Right

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Tea Party vs. We The People

Memphis Flyer: Not Our Party

Several important news items in the past week underscore the dire situation of the poor and the working class in the United States, but got little attention from the corporate media or the political elite. The number of people in poverty has climbed to 44 million, the highest number in 50 years. In 2009 alone, 4 million people fell into poverty, and it would have been higher without the extensions in unemployment and other benefits Republicans opposed.

The number of people without health insurance climbed to 50 million. The healthcare crisis continues to worsen while the right-wing calls for repealing the healthcare program that will cover 30 million more people. Health insurance companies are already gouging people and dumping children and sick people before the law is fully implemented, while Republicans want to cut all public healthcare programs and throw us all to the mercy of insurance companies.

While corporate profits and CEO pay continue to skyrocket, even after the Great Recession they created out of greed, the wages and income of working class continues to decline. There is a class war, but it is a war of the corporate rich being waged on the working class.

What I don’t understand is why the Tea Party, which claims to represent “we the people,” is taking the side of the corporate rich. They defend private insurance companies which are rationing healthcare based on ability to pay while increasing their profits and CEO pay. They are siding with corporations against unions and the right of workers to organize and improve their working conditions.

Instead, the Tea Party is following millionaire corporate lobbyists like Dick Armey, and corporate front groups like “Freedom Works” and “Americans For Prosperity,” which are nothing but cover groups for insurance companies and energy companies who oppose “regulations” which would protect the environment and increase access to healthcare.

They claim to want to reduce the deficit and cut government debt, but they want to continue to cut taxes on the corporate rich, without any cuts to pay for them. It is this combination of careless tax cuts favoring the rich, along with unpaid wars and increases in military spending, which has caused the explosion in the deficit, all the result of the policies of George W. Bush, which they want to continue.

The Tea Party is taking over the Republican Party, pushing a radical agenda to impose corporate and theocratic rule over the United States. They want to cut or eliminate Social Security, the most successful social program in history, which has nothing to do with the deficit. They claim to be opposed to “big government,” but they want to impose their religious beliefs on everyone, and they seem to love big business.

The Boston Tea Party was a revolt against unfair tax cuts for a multinational corporation, the East India Tea Company, which undermined the small businesses in the colonies. The British were imposing taxes on the colonies, while cutting the taxes of the East India Tea Company. We need a real Tea Party revolt against tax cuts and corporate welfare programs that favor the corporate rich and put the interests of Wall Street banksters over the interests of the American working class. We need to pay more attention to the “common good” and and less attention to the whining of rich people who don’t care about the “general welfare” of we the people.

Memphis Flyer: Not Our Party

Socialist Webzine: Incomes Down, Poverty Up

The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street

Lost Decade For American Income

Poverty Rises as Wall Street Billionaires Whine

More Tax Cuts for the Rich? No Way!

GOP Plan Would Raise Debt $4 Trillion

Thom Hartmann: Boston Tea Party Was An Anti-Corporate Revolt!