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The Liberals’ Share of the Blame

This piece is appearing in newspapers in my conservative congressional district (VA-06), headed by the preface that "This piece is appearing on various liberal...

Photos: Who Barbara “GOP Attack Dog” Comstock’s Been Hanging Out With...

Perusing Rep. Barbara "GOP Attack Dog" Comstock's Facebook page, you can see what she's been up to recently. Needless to say, it has NOT...

How the GOP’s Spirit of Strife Has Damaged the Nation

Appearing in newspapers in the conservative VA-06 Why have our politics become so dysfunctional? The answer is really not so hard to find. Our founders knew...

Krugman calls Romney “The Amnesia Candidate”

Just how stupid does Mitt Romney think we are? If you've been following his campaign from the beginning, that's a question you have probably asked many times.
That's how the Nobel Economic Laureate begins this column this morning, immediately reminding us that Romney appeared at a drywall factory (owned by a Republican, btw) which was closed during the Bush administration yet blaming Obama for the closure, attempting to make it a symbol.  As Krugman notes, "It was a symbol, all right - but not in the way he intended," especially as the press quickly picked up on when the factory closed.  And although the Romney campaign attempted to cover itself by saying the factory was still closed because Obama's policies had failed to get the economy going again, Krugman counters saying, "Actually, that factory would probably still be closed even if the economy had done better - drywall is mainly used in new houses, and while the economy may be coming back, the Bush-era housing bubble isn't."

There is more - deliciously so.

McDonnell Embraces “Half-baked” Bushonomics

In his eight years in the White House, George W. Bush led the federal government into an economic crisis created by letting business do whatever it wanted, spending vast amounts of borrowed money on two unfunded wars and putting in place tax cuts that did nothing to create jobs as was promised but lined the pockets of the already-wealthy and gave the federal government a structural deficit. Now, all of Washington is consumed with a national debt that threatens the long-term fiscal health of our nation.

Here in Virginia, Bob McDonnell knows quite well that we have an ongoing transportation crisis in the state, one that is responsible for the gridlocked roads in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, a growing backlog of transportation maintenance that needs to be done, and the prospect that Virginia won't have the money to qualify for federal matching funds. His solution is straight out of the Bushonomics handbook: Borrow massive amounts of money, spend it now, absolutely refuse to look for revenue sources, and kick fiscal responsibility to the next generation.

Amazingly, McDonnell told a transportation conference at the Hotel Roanoke that he has a "plan" to fix Virginia's road crisis, one that relies on massive bond sales, spending money held by VDOT to pay contracts in a timely fashion, and committing the General Assembly to spend whatever fiscal surpluses might appear in the future on building roads. Never mind if the state needs to pay back money already borrowed from the state pension fund, return to a reasonable funding of colleges and universities, increase education funding, end the shortchanging of other social services, etc.

According to the Roanoke Times, here's the outline of McDonnell's ridiculous "plan."

The plan envisions selling more than $2.9 billion in new bonds. Officials would allocate $400 million in already-identified surplus state money to loans, loan guarantees and grants to local governments strapped for road dollars. To garner the other $700 million, the governor mentioned the possibility of future surpluses and whatever money the state would make if it privatizes state-owned liquor stores.

“Naming Palin makes Bush think less of McCain as a man”

George W. Bush gets one right for a change!
The 43rd President has told friends the ex-Alaska governor isn't qualified to be President and criticizes Arizona Sen. John McCain for putting Palin on the 2008 GOP ticket and handing her a national platform.

"Naming Palin makes Bush think less of McCain as a man," a Republican official familiar with Bush's thinking told the Daily News.

"He thinks McCain ran a lousy campaign with an unqualified running mate and destroyed any chance of winning by picking Palin."

Gotta love it.

Attention Gerry Connolly!

Attention Gerry Connolly, and any other Democrat who thinks it's a smart idea to extend the Bush tax cuts for people making over $250,000 a year, even as the national debt piles up.
A majority of Americans favor letting the tax cuts enacted during the Bush administration expire for the wealthy. While 37% support keeping the tax cuts for all Americans, 44% want them extended only for those making less than $250,000 and 15% think they should expire for all taxpayers.
That's right, not only were the Bush tax cuts a horrible idea in the first place (which, in fairness, Connolly seems to acknowledge), and not only were they designed to expire at the end of 2010 (it was the Republicans, by the way, who designed the legislation that way), but only 37% of Americans want to "keep the tax cuts in place for all taxpayers." Is this a no-brainer or what?

George W. Bush at Iftar: “America must remain a welcoming and...


I can't believe I'm looking back on George W. Bush with nostalgia, but these words -- from a speech to Muslims at the White House on October 17, 2005, just 4 years after 9/11 -- make him seem like a raging liberal compared to Palin, Newt-ster, BONE-r, and the rest of today's Republican Islamophobes and crazies.
America is fortunate to count such good-hearted men and women among our fellow citizens. We have great respect for the commitment that all Muslims make to faith, family, and education. And Americans of many backgrounds seek to learn more about the rich tradition of Islam. To promote greater understanding between our cultures, I have encouraged American families to travel abroad, to visit with Muslim families. And I have encouraged American families to host exchange students from the Muslim world. I have asked young Americans to study the language and customs of the broader Middle East. And for the first time in our nation's history, we have added a Koran to the White House Library.

All of us gathered tonight share a conviction that America must remain a welcoming and tolerant land, in which our people are free to practice any faith they choose. We reject every form of ethnic and religious discrimination. As I said in my second Inaugural Address, we cannot carry the message of freedom and the baggage of bigotry at the same time.

Bush also said, "Extremists distort the idea of jihad into a call for terrorist murder against anyone who does not share their radical vision" and "The killers who take the lives of innocent men, women, and children are followers of a violent ideology very different from the religion of Islam."

Wow, I'm actually starting to like this Bush guy!

Gerry Connolly Stands Up For the Top 1%


I could also have entitled this diary, "Gerry Connolly repeats right-wing Republican talking points on the right-wing Republican propaganda channel." The only problem was, that title was too long for Soapblox. Heh.

Gerry Connolly Pulls a Harris Miller on Bush Tax Cuts?

I agree with NLS that, although I didn't support Gerry Connolly for the Democratic nomination in 2008, overall he "has mostly cast his votes the right way for the federal spending that we needed on the stimulus, health care, etc." I would also add "the environment" to that list. Overall, I've been very happy with Connolly's votes since he took office in January 2009. Unfortunately, not in this case.
Prince William County, Va. - Rep. Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly, D-11th, and a handful of other Democrats have broken with their party to oppose letting the Bush tax cuts expire.

Connolly said the economy isn't stable enough yet.

"My reasons are fairly straight forward. I think we're at a very fragile point in the economic recovery. It's not as robust as we need it to be, and that means that timing is very important," Connolly said. "Allowing the tax cuts to expire on any income group right now, I think, would be counter productive and could do damage to a fragile economy."

To put it mildly, I strongly disagree with this. In fact, we're facing a $1.4 TRILLION deficit in 2010 and 2011 in large part because of the Bush tax cuts, largely for the wealthiest Americans. Continuing those tax cuts for the middle class, in the middle of a recession, is one thing. But continuing them for the wealthiest of the wealthy? That's why people vote for Republicans, to lavish riches on the top 1% while exploding the budget deficit and forcing painful choices on programs benefiting working Americans. That's not why we vote for - let alone phone bank, knock doors, etc. - for Democrats.  

Some of you may recall that in 2006, one of the main things I bashed Harris Miller about was that he told me he wouldn't even repeal the Bush tax cuts for the top 1% wealthiest Americans. That was the end of it for me with Harris Miller. So, let's just say I'm not thrilled with this move by Gerry Connolly, although obviously I'm not going to support Tea Partier/Kook-inelli BFF Keith Fimian. Also, as I mentioned earlier, Connolly has been excellent on many other issues I care about.  But this one really pisses me off, especially given that Connolly has been so concerned about the deficit that he even "sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi... signed by 13 other freshman Democrats urging the use of a 'substantial portion' of unspent or repaid Troubled Asset Relief Program funds to reduce the federal deficit." Yet now he's willing to blow a huge hole in the federal deficit for years to come, in order to reward a few thousands voters (or, more to the point, donors) in the 11th CD? Lame.

UPDATE: Connolly adds later in the article that he "wouldn't be perpetually opposed to letting the tax cuts expire," just "Not now." I still disagree. We need to start dealing with the deficit by not renewing unwise tax cuts for the top 1% of Americans.  If not now, when? If not representatives like Gerry Connolly, who?

UPDATE #2: The White House is exactly right on this, "forc[ing] Republicans to defend tax breaks for a tiny, wealthy minority and expose GOP hypocrisy on budget deficits."  Good, don't back down on this, White House!