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Republican Health Care Plan: “Bring a chicken to the doctor”

For more information on the Republicans' innovative-in-a-"back to the future"-way approach to health care in America, click here. And some people say the Republicans aren't an intellectually serious party?  C'mon, people, think of the possibilities here. Ha.

Michael Steele: African Americans “don’t have a reason” to Vote Republican

RNC Chairman Michael Steele tells us something we've known for several years now.  Better late than never, I guess.
Why should an African-American vote Republican?

"You really don't have a reason to, to be honest - we haven't done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True," Republican National Chairman Michael Steele told 200 DePaul University students Tuesday night. [...]

"For the last 40-plus years we had a 'Southern Strategy' that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South. Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, 'Bubba' went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton."

Thank you, Michael Steele, for stating the obvious and acting like it's a great revelation!

P.S. A few more groups of people who should never vote Republican: women, GLBT folks, Hispanics, religious minorities (including atheists and non-religious people), teachers, police officers, government employees and contractors, scientists, anyone who needs health care, anyone who cares about the planet (including hunters, anglers, etc.), anyone who's not in the top 1% in terms of wealth, anyone who lives in a city, etc., etc.  I wonder if Michael Steele will admit it.

Fun Times In Loudoun County With Eugene Delgaudio

Another instant classic from the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, once again involving the infamous homophobic bigot (and all-around lunatic) Eugene Delgaudio. Watch for yourself, starting around 1:56 of the video and particularly at 1:59-2:01.  Fun times.
...Delgaudio attacked Miller for making the proposal and for not being business friendly. Changing the subject, he then accused Miller and his family of leading an effort to disparage him.


On Tuesday, Delgaudio hinted at the episode and started to mention "Miller's family," when Miller lunged for his microphone to interrupt.

"You are done speaking for me," Miller shot. "I will speak for myself, sir!"

"You've made me mad in the past," Miller continued. "But this is the first time you made me mad in public," before adding, "Keep it up and you'll regret it!"

Delgaudio quieted his stance. "Great, I'm the one that gets laughed at on Comedy Central," he responded, before the matter moved on to another supervisor.

By the way, I couldn't embed this video, but you can click on the image above and it will take you to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors website, where you can view it.

UPDATE: Liz Miller weighs in.

Republicans Shout Down Discussion of VAT

Recently, we've seen a lot of fulmination over a suggestion by former Fed Chairman (under both the Carter and Reagan administrations) Paul Volcker regarding the so-called "Value Added Tax" (VAT). According to Volcker, a VAT is an option that might be considered to close this country's structural budget deficits. In brief, here's the argument for a VAT tax.
Economists across the political spectrum argue that a VAT, which taxes spending rather than income, should at least be on the table when a commission appointed by Obama meets next week to craft a plan to reduce soaring budget deficits. Providing federal support to a vast wave of retiring baby boomers is almost certain to require higher taxes, budget experts say, and a VAT would be efficient and easy to collect and could raise significant revenue without imposing additional taxes on earnings.
Whatever your view of this argument, you'd think that an intelligent, serious, open, adult discussion of a VAT might be in the cards, particularly in light of this nation's severe, long-term, structural budget deficit problem, and particularly in light of the fact that economists "across the political spectrum" think it's an idea worth considering.

Well, think again.

Eric Byler Talks “9500 Liberty” With Rick Sanchez On CNN

Great job as always by Eric Byler, who when he's not busy making movies like 9500 Liberty, helps create (with Annabel Park) "Real Virginians for Webb" and co-founds (also with Annabel Park) the Coffee Party Movement. Does this guy ever sleep? Lucky for us, the answer is "apparently not." :)

P.S. For upcoming screenings of 9500 Liberty, click here.

Do Webb and Warner Favor Closing Gun Show Loophole?

According to the Washington Post, "A group that includes victims of the Virginia Tech massacre and their families said Monday that Sen. Jim Webb (D-Virginia) met privately with them and gave his commitment to support a federal law requiring that buyers at gun shows undergo background checks before purchasing firearms." Yesterday, however, Webb's office issued a statement that "was noncommital about Webb's support for the so-called gun show loophole."  

As far as Sen. Warner is concerned, "family members met with Warner on June 9 and he was noncommittal on the issue."  His office also issued a statement yesterday:

Senator Warner has a record of supporting Second Amendment rights and he will weigh any future proposals that come before the full Senate. He also will continue to work for full funding to make sure the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is complete and up-to-date - improvements that were mandated by Congress following the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy.
Can anyone translate that from "politician" into "English?" Heh.

Mark Warner: Reform tough on Wall Street

UPDATE: Mark Halperin weighs in, says (correctly) that the Republicans are "willfully misreading" (aka, "lying about") this bill. What else is new, unfortunately.

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