Party of Personal Responsiblity Wants a Cram-down

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Apr 252012
Minnesota State Capitol

Minnesota State Capitol Building

It seems the Minnesota Republican Party is broke…or at least decided they no longer have to pay bills. So what is their solution? The don’t pay the rent on their office space a few blocks from the Minnesota Capital Building for eight months, get an eviction notice, and then try to negotiate a “cram-down” of their rent. You know, something like what they wouldn’t ever support giving to the rest of under-class people. CNN has the story:

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s debt-plagued Republican Party has been served with an eviction notice for its party headquarters after failing to pay its rent payments since August.

The party’s landlord filed the notice last week in Ramsey County court and it is scheduled to be heard next Tuesday.

Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Pat Shortridge told party members in a memo Thursday that officials are trying to renegotiate the lease to get one that better fits space and cost needs.

The story goes on to report the Minnesota GOP owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to vendors. Ouch!

The Crazy from N.C…Please Make it Stop

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Sep 282011
This entry is part 31 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage

So this GOP State Senator James Forrester who is supposedly a medical doctor (fortunately the sick in his town he’s retired). The batshittery is beyond belief and goes on and on as this blow hard is caught in lie after lie as he tries to hide the animus on which the anti-gay hate bill was based. He was the primary sponsor.


Let’s take a look at what he based it all on:

  1. He says in a town hall it’s because gay men die 20 years sooner because of AIDS…blah, blah, blah. OK, so how does keeping gay people from marrying and encouraging monogamous relationships add to that problem?
  2. When called out on it, he first claims he got the info from the CDC. He assumed, because of his medical license I assume, that Michael would just accept that. When he didn’t, the doctor (lower case “d” is on purpose) then tries to say it’s based on his experience as a practitioner. It appears he did have one patient with AIDS at some point. Then he claims he got it out of a book by Frank Turek, a known homophobe who has no medical or scientific background.
  3. At one point he tries to claim he didn’t say it at all, and that it had nothing to do with the Bill, but Michael plays him the tape from his town hall (oops).
  4. Then he gets upset because Signorile is “trying to trip him up.”
  5. Next he claims that he’s just trying to preserve marriage between one man and one woman for over 5,000 years. Well, I guess he can be forgiven since he was a doctor and not a historian. Obviously in many societies men were permitted multiple wives, and for most of that 5,000 years which the doctor seems to remember so fondly, women were not equal parties in the marriage, but property. I’d call that a pretty big change to his “traditional marriage,” but he’d probably like to see it rolled back a hundred years or so anyway.
  6. Then he says he just wants people to vote on it so it can’t be decided by some federal judge (and he does say federal). Well, again, I guess he was too busy dissecting his cadaver to bother reading the Constitution, but if a federal judge rules, it’s lights out for his amendment anyway.
  7. Signorile points out how gay marriage in Massachusetts hasn’t negatively affected marriage, and the doctor’s response to all that is that he’s not an expert on all these things (never mind he presented himself as such during town halls and debates on the topic), and so he can’t answer Michael’s questions because they are biased.
  8. In the end, he claimed he introduced the bill to protect marriage, but when Michael asks him out right, how does it harm marriage, he admits he doesn’t know. Signorile calls him irresponsible…I would call him much worse.

Then despite being the primary sponsor of the Bill, our good doctor ends the conversation by inviting Michael to call someone else and ask them.

Poor Congressman Needs $200k per Year to Feed His Family

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Sep 192011

You heard me right. Rep. John Flemming (R-LA) says that he can’t afford to pay any more taxes because his net income from his business is only a little over $600k per year. He needs $200k to feed his family (it must be some whopper of a family), and that means he has only $400k left.

But he sticks to the GOP talking points. We can’t have class warfare, and I’m guessing he’s probably right. He has $400k to buy bullets, and what’s left of the middle class can’t afford them.

What a classless doucebag. And this is who the Republicans choose.


Republicans Continue to Fall Back In It

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Feb 052009

photo21_elephant.jpgAs in “Shit and fall back in it.” The Republican plans were completely repudiated in the last election, they are scrambling to try to dress up the brand, and their only solution is to try and obstruct an economic recovery. It seems they went off to their big annual meeting, and applauded each other because every one of the Republicans in Congress voted No on the economic stimulus package.

Obama had given in way more than he should have, and that concerns me. On the other hand, it allows Democrats, if the plan works, to call out the Republicans on it. I suspect that, despite their public show, many of them are sweating behind the scenes. Probably, like Rush Limbaugh, hoping upon hope that Obama will fail.

What a great spokesperson and leader of the Republican Guard Rush is. His answer to current economic situation…let’s hope Obama fails (so we can fall into a depression of unheard of proportions), so we can try to get our majority back in government. What is unfortunate, a lot of people continue to believe the drivel.

The Republicans, claiming the only solution is to cut taxes, have come out with their own proposal, and guess what, Greg Sargent’s, The Plum Line Blog, is reporting that it’s been determined the Republican proposal will actually raise taxes on a number of people.

In 2008, 4.2 million Americans had to pay the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). The Republican proposal would lower marginal tax rates for individuals, but would not reduce AMT rates. Current law requires you to pay the greater of the two rates, so many of those receiving this lower marginal rate would now be held liable for the AMT.

So they’re off to a great start.

Now they’re moaning because of language in the bill that prohibits use of the stimulus funds from being used for religious purposes. According to an article in

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told the Christian Broadcasting Network, “Democrats are looking for every opportunity to purge faith and prayer from the public square. This will empower the ACLU with ambiguous laws that create liability for schools, universities, and student organizations. This is an attack on people of faith and I don’t think Americans will stand for it.” His spokesman, Wesley Denton, went even further, saying, “[A]ny school that gets funds to upgrade a student center or building where Bible studies or religious meetings may be held will be slapped with a lawsuit. This bill declares a war on prayer at college campuses in this country.”

In the Senate version, the language that has DeMint’s panties all in a wad is:

No funds awarded under this section may be used for… modernization, renovation, or repair of facilities (i) used for sectarian instruction, religious worship, or a school or department of divinity; or (ii) in which a substantial portion of the functions of the facilities are subsumed in a religious mission.

Turns out that this sort of language is actually absolutely standard, as has been point out to Faux News. The language doesn’t prohibit funds from going to religious schools; it just means they can’t use it on any of their facilities that are use primarily for religious purposes. Nor would it mean that public schools would have to keep things like Bible studies out of any buildings renovated with stimulus funding. This isn’t some secret, either — it’s legal principle dating back decades.

So, when your job vanishes, thank the Republicans for having no plan except to stall anything the Democrats want to do. Obama bares some responsibility too. He played this stupid “bipartianship game” and allowed the GOP to take control of the message.

Smear and Fear for GOP in 2008

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Nov 162006

The Republican National Committee has just named Sen. Mel Martinez as its new chairman. He’s a perfect choice for the job.

Martinez squeaked into the Senate in 2004 by smearing Democrat Betty Castor and comparing her to terrorists. He demonstrated that he is willing to say and do anything to get elected.

In 2005, Martinez was the GOP’s point man on using Terri Schiavo for political gain, until the whole situation blew up in his face. In fact, he denied knowledge of a strategy memo prepared by his staff that was found in his own pocket!

Now this shameless politician will be directing the Republicans’ efforts to regain power in 2008. If you had any question about whether the next election would be based on the issues or another round of “smear and fear,” the selection of Martinez should provide an answer. The master of political sleaze will be working hand in hand with strategists like Karl Rove to ensure that the mudslinging and lies will reach an all-time high. Stay tuned.

The New Republican Scandal Theme

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Oct 042006

I can’t seem to get my copy of The Gay Agendaâ„¢, but the Republicans sure can get a theme going in a hurry when their butts are on the line.

The real scandal isn’t that a Republican congressman was hitting on 16 year-olds, the real scandal is the media is talking about it.

The real scandal isn’t that Don Rumsfeld “encouraged” military contractors to beat the crap out of prisoners the real problem is that the media is talking about it.

The real scandal isn’t that Americans are being killed in Iraq, yet the President doesn’t really have a plan, the real scandal isn’t that the administration is falsifying government reports, the real scandal is that the American people are finding out about it. If these pesky Americans could just stick their heads in the sand everything would be OK.

Katherine Harris wants to get to the bottom of Foleygate — that is, the role in the scandal allegedly played by Democrats and the media. Today’s Miami Herald reports that Harris had this to say about the Foley scandal: “We are going to be very interested to find out who in the media or on the other side of the aisle knew about this and kept it from the public interest because our children were at stake.” The DSCC quickly rejoined that unlike other Republicans, Harris has yet to return the $2,000 she received from Foley.

President Bush is out in Arizona today attending a fundraiser for Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ). All the local Republican officeholders were there. And after the event Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) took some questions about Foleygate.

Franks said he supported Denny Hastert and then (quoting from the pool report) …

Franks said he did not know Foley personally, and did not know about his conduct with congressional pages, but he believes leaders of the Democratic party knew about it 10 months ago. He said he does not think the Foley scandal will impact his campaign, but it is likely to hurt other Republican incumbents.

Truly through the looking glass. No one in the GOP leadership caught word of it. But the Democratic leadership knew. Quite a place they’re running up there.