Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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? Fox News' Big Year
Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
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
13. Traditional Values Coalition
Friday, November 26, 2010
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:
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The tea party's social conservative and libertarian wings are poised for a showdown that could decide the fate of the movement.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
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)
The Progressive Plan to Balance the Budget, Defeat the Deficit and Avert Austerity
There is no question that inside-outside strategies are going to be needed to assure that President Obama's "Deficit Commission" does balance the federal accounts on the backs of working Americans.
Progressive members of the House and Senate are going to need to say "no" with a level of commitment and consistency that many of them failed to display during the fights over health-care and financial-services reform. Activist groups are going to need to pressure Congress in smart and effective ways.
Senator Bernie Sanders , I-Vermont, gets this.
An organizer before he was elected mayor of Burlington, congressman and senator,Sanders has taken the lead  in pulling together a muscular inside-outside coalition of members of Congress, labor unions, seniors citizen organizations and others to present and fight for progressive alternatives to the proposal that National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility co-chairs Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles to address the deficit by making major cuts in programs that are essential for seniors, college students, working families and vulnerable Americans.
"It is no surprise that these two favor draconian cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the needs of our veterans, and education while proposing tax reductions for the wealthy and large profitable corporations," says Sanders, whose office describes former Wyoming Senator Simpson as "a darling of the Republican right wing" and former Clinton White House chief of staff Bowles as "a former investment banker who made a fortune on Wall Street."
The Vermont independent's view recognizes that deficits have mushroomed not because of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid but because of "two unpaid wars, tax breaks for the wealthy, a Medicare prescription drug bill written by the pharmaceutical industry, and the Wall Street bailout."
"Everyone agrees that over the long-term we have got to reduce the record-breaking $13.7 trillion national debt and unsustainable federal deficit," the senator says. "The national debt is a very serious issue and we’ve got to tackle it, but we can do it without balancing the budget on the backs of middle-class families."
To that end, Sanders has invited progressive activists and economists to meet next week in Washington to develop a progressive plan to cut the deficit. "We all know that there are a number of fair ways to reduce deficits without harming the middle class and those who have already lost their jobs, homes, life savings and ability to send their kids to college," he says. "The time has come to put these proposals into a package so that a fair and progressive deficit reduction plan will become part of the national discussion."
Where would Sanders begin?
1. End Bush-era tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.
2. Stop funnding expensive and outdated Cold War-era Pentagon programs.
3. Eliminate tax credits for big oil companies that have posted the highest profits in history.
Sounds like the start of a plan.
It won't stop there, of course.
But the Sanders approach illustrates a fundamental reality: It is possible to restore fiscal responsibility without stealing from working Americans, forcing them to retire later and undermining their health-care benefits.
That's a message progressives need to deliver. And Sanders is exactly right when he argues that, with smart inside-outside strategies, this debate can be steered in the right -- make that the left -- direction.
Monday, November 8, 2010
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.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Here are some of the right-wingnuts the Tea Party sent to Congress:
The Ten Scariest Republicans Headed for Congress
Now that the Tea Party cost the Republicans the U.S. Senate, the real battle heats up between the Tea Party and the GOP:
Republicans vs. the Tea Party: The Power Clash Begins
Upset Republicans Believe Tea Party Cost GOP Control of Senate
The Tea Party Has Arrived: Let the Infighting Begin
Michelle Bachmann's Leadership Bid Gets Cool Reception
GOP Leaders Ignore Tea Party's Call for Earmark Ban
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
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
Buck Up People--PROGRESSIVES WON!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
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
Inside Wisconsin Right's Voter Suppression Scheme
Sunday, October 31, 2010
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.
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!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
White Racial Resentment Bubbles Under Surface of Tea Party
NAACP Exposes Ties Between Tea Party and Racist Extremist Groups
Tea Party Rage Not About Healthcare
Tea Party Racial Paranoia
Yes There Is Racism in the Tea Party
Right-Wing Race-Baiting from Limbaugh to Fox News
Too Much Tea Party Racism
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Ralph Nader Has 10 Questions Tea Partiers Don't Want to Answer
My guess is that most Tea Partiers come from the conservative wing of the Republican Party who are fed up with both the corporate Republicans like Bush and Cheney, as well as the Democrats like Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.
With the above in mind, the following questions can serve to go beyond abstractions and generalizations of indignation and get to some more specific responses.
1. Can you be against Big Government and not press for reductions in the vast military budgets, fraught with bureaucratic and large contractors’ waste, fraud and abuse? Military spending now takes up half of the federal government’s operating budgets. The libertarian Cato Institute believes that to cut deficits, we have to also cut the defense budget.
2. Can you believe in the free market and not condemn hundreds of billions of dollars of corporate welfare-bailouts, subsidies, handouts, and giveaways?
3. Can you want to preserve the legitimate sovereignty of our country and not reject the trade agreements known as NAFTA and GATT (The World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland) that scholars have described as the greatest surrender of local, state and national sovereignty in our history?
4. Can you be for law and order and not support a bigger and faster crackdown on the corporate crime wave, that needs more prosecutors and larger enforcement budgets to stop the stealing of taxpayers and consumer dollars so widely reported in the Wall Street Journal and Business Week? Law enforcement officials estimate that for every dollar for prosecution, seventeen to twenty dollars are returned.
5. Can you be against invasions of privacy by government and business without rejecting the provisions of the Patriot Act that leave you defenseless to constant unlawful snooping, appropriation of personal information and even search of your home without notification until 72 hours later?
6. Can you be against regulation of serious medical malpractice (over 100,000 lives lost a year, according to a study by Harvard physicians), unsafe drugs that have serious side effects or cause the very injury/illness they were sold to prevent, motor vehicles with defective brakes, tires and throttles, contaminated food from China, Mexico and domestic processors?
7. Can you keep calling for Freedom and yet tolerate control of your credit and other economic rights by hidden and arbitrary credit ratings and credit scores? What Freedom do you have when you have to sign industry-wide fine print one-sided “contracts” with your banks, insurance companies, car dealers, and credit card companies? Many of these contracts even block your Constitutional access to the courthouse.
8. Can you be for a new, clean system of politics and elections and still accept the Republican and Democratic Two Party dictatorship that is propped up by complex state laws, frivolous litigation and harassment to exclude from the ballot third parties and independent candidates who want reform, accountability, and stronger voices for the voters?
9. If you want a return to our Constitution—its principles of limited and separation of power and its emphasis on “We the People” in its preamble—can you still support Washington’s wars that have not been declared by Congress (Article I Section 8) or giving corporations equal rights with humans plus special privileges and immunities. The word “corporation” or “company” never appears in the Constitution. How can you support eminent domain powers given by governments to corporations over homeowners, or massive week-end bailouts by the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department of businesses, even reckless foreign banks, without receiving the authority and the appropriations from the Congress, as the Constitution requires?
10. You want less taxation and lower deficits. How can you succeed unless you stop big corporations from escaping their fair share of taxes by manipulating foreign jurisdictions against our tax laws, for example, or by letting trillions of dollars of speculation on Wall Street go without any sales tax, while you pay six, seven or eight percent sales tax on the necessities you buy in stores?
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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 19, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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!
MOVE TO AMEND
Monday, October 11, 2010
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
Sunday, October 10, 2010
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
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
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
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!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Poll: The Vast Majority of Tea Party are White Wealthy & Affluent
Tea Party Candidates are Religious Extremists
Tea Party Survey: Old, Conservative, Hate Obama, Watch Fox News