Thursday, August 30, 2012

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Romney and Bain Capital

MUST READ article by the great Matt Taibbi on the REAL Mitt Romney
Greed and Debt: The True Story of Romney and Bain Capital | Common Dreams

GOP Convention: Lyin' Ryan

Paul Ryan told a pack of LIES at last nights GOP Convention.  Here's a sample:

1. Lie: President Obama is the "greatest threat" to Medicare.
Truth: Obama didn't make any cuts to Medicare benefits; he made cuts to provider reimbursements, to improve cost efficiency and extend the fiscal security of Medicare by eight years. According to the Medicare actuary, "[Obama's] Affordable Care Act makes important changes to the Medicare program and substantially improves its financial outlook."
But Ryan actually does want to cut benefits. He proposed dismantling Medicare and replacing it with a voucher system, leaving millions of seniors to come up with more money to pay for care out of pocket.
2. Lie: President Obama didn't save a General Motors plant in Wisconsin.
Truth: First, Obama wasn't even in office when the GM plant closed. Second, Obama never made a promise to save it.
3. Lie: President Obama ignored recommendations of a bipartisan debt commission.
Truth: Paul Ryan actually sat on that commission. And he led Republicans in voting down the commission's own recommendation. So the commission never gave a report to Obama, because Ryan himself voted to kill the report before it could.
4. Lie: President Obama is responsible for the downgrading of the U.S. Credit Rating.
Truth: House Republicans, including Paul Ryan, held the full faith and credit of the United States hostage to try to ransom it for trillions of dollars in cuts to social programs without increasing taxes on the wealthy one dime. Standard & Poor's said specifically, "We have changed our assumption on [revenue] because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues." That's why our nation's credit rating was downgraded.
5. Lie: Ryan wants to protect the "weak."
Truth: Ryan's biggest feat in his political career was proposing a budget with dramatic cuts to programs benefiting the poor. He'd cut Medicaid by one third, take away health care insurance from 30 million Americans, and cut Pell Grants for 1 million students. All so that he could give more tax breaks to the rich.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Romney Picks Ryan: Romney/Ryan

So Romney has picked his running mate, Paul Ryan, and embraced an Ayn Rand social darwinist who wants to CUT Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Education, etc. (all the things we need to re-build our economy and working class) to give MORE TAX CUTS to the corporate rich.  It presents a startling choice in the class war:  Tax Cuts for the Rich vs. Social Programs for everyone else.  That is the choice.

The question is will Obama and the Democrats DEFEND the legacy of FDR and LBJ or cave in to the corporatist demand that the budget be balanced on the backs of seniors and the working class?

Paul Ryan, Seriously?

The Romney-Ryan Plan to End Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Five Things You Need to Know About Paul Ryan

Meet Paul Ryan: Climate Denier, Conspiracy Theorist, Koch Acolyte

How the GOP Plan to Kill Medicare and Medicaid Would Work

Everything You Need to Know About Ryan's Budget

CBO: Ryan Budget Would Set Nation on Path to End Most Government Programs other than Social Security, Healthcare and Defense by 2050

Ryan Gets 62 Percent of His Budget Cuts from Programs for Lower-Income Americans

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Memphis Gay Socialist Running Write-In Campaign for Senate

Memphis gay, socialist activist Jim Maynard is running another write-in campaign for U.S. Senate, this time against Bob Corker, after the TNDP failed to put forward a viable candidate..

Queer Notes: I'm Running for U.S. Senate (Again)

Jim Maynard for Congress on Facebook

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tennessee’s Democratic Party (RIP)

Rachel Maddow on the embarrassment of the Tennessee Democratic Party
Rachel Maddow: Tennessee’s ‘orphan state’ problem

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Mixed Messages From the August 2 Election Round-What Now?

Mixed Messages From the August 2 Election Round | Politics Beat Blog

Sad to see progressives like Mike Kernell, Beverly Marrero and Jeanne Richardson loose their primaries for the Tennessee legislature. Even more shocking is that the Tennessee Democratic Party could not find any candidates who could raise enough money to run a state wide campaign to inform voters, and instead ended up with a right-wing nut as their nominee just because he was at the top of the ballot and people didn't know who to vote for:

Tennessee Dems Nominate Anti-Gay Conspiracy Theorist for Senate

Tennessee Democratic Party Disavows Senate Nominee

Now the TNDP must find some way to rally Democratic Party voters around a WRITE-IN candidate, and I suggest one of the three Shelby County progressives who lost: Mike Kernell, Beverly Marrero or Jeanne Richardson.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Dems Nominate Anti-Gay Conspiracy Theorist for Senate

Dems Nominate Anti-Gay Conspiracy Theorist for Senate | Mother Jones

Since the Tennessee Democratic Party allowed a right-wing nut to win the primary for U.S. Senate against Republican Bob Corker, I suggest a write-in campaign in TN for  Mike Kernell, Beverly Marrero or Jeanne Richardson for U.S. Senate.