Your Republican Candidates

Tim Kaine's latest missive has a nice sampling of Republican candidates' positions:

Republicans are supporting candidates like Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle who believe the United States should leave the United Nations and that we should shut down the Department of Education.

They're working to elect conservatives like Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller who argue that unemployment benefits are "not constitutionally authorized" and that we should end Social Security.

They're fighting for people like Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul who believe that civil rights should be up for debate in this country because they think that businesses should have the right to discriminate based on race, gender, disability, or any other factor.

Transitive Law: GOP = Tea Party, Tea Party = racist, ergo....

As the Washington Post's Chris Cilliza reported earlier this month, media coverage characterizing the so-called tea party movement as politically independent is wrong. A July 2 Gallup poll found that nearly 70% of tea party supporters identified themselves as "conservative Republicans."

Conservatives Love Deficits (Don't Let Them Lie To You ....)

Surprise! (Not really.) The conservative movement doesn't oppose deficit spending, they oppose deficit spending by Democrats.

Think Progress's Matt Yglesias has a succinct summary. Some key points:

  1. There have been two presidents who were members of the modern conservative movement, Ronald Reagan and George W Bush, and they both presided over massive increases in both present and projected deficits.
  2. The major deficit reduction packages of the modern era, in 1990 and 1993, were both uniformly opposed by the conservative movement.
  3. When the deficit was temporarily eliminated in the late-1990s, the mainstream conservative view was that this showed that the deficit was too low and needed to be increased via large tax cuts.
  4. Senator Mitch McConnell says it’s a uniform view in his caucus that tax cuts needn’t be offset by other changes in spending.
  5. The deficit reduction commission is having trouble because they think conservative politicians won’t vote for any form of tax increase.

Dependence Day

As July 4, 2010 approaches wrong-headedness seems to have seized legislators and policy makers around the world.

Paul Krugman highlights this in his recent NY Times piece, The Third Depression:

We are now, I fear, in the early stages of a third depression. It will probably look more like the Long Depression than the much more severe Great Depression. But the cost — to the world economy and, above all, to the millions of lives blighted by the absence of jobs — will nonetheless be immense.

And this third depression will be primarily a failure of policy.

Republicans Choose World Lap Dance Capital for 2012 Convention

Politico's Ben Smith noted yesterday that Tampa, FL, site of the 2012 Republican Presidential Convention, has been called the "lap dance capital of the world." The city is home to 56 "adult-oriented" clubs, and three of the four agencies in the US that book featured erotic dancers.

Oil Spill Is Cheney-Bush Legacy

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has a must-read blog post at It specifically attacks the right-wing labeling the BP oil spill "Obama's Katrina." In fact, as Kennedy shows, the disaster can be traced to the once-secret Cheney energy task force meetings, after which the Minerals Management Service, which regulates the oil industry, recommended against using acoustically triggered switches that "might have closed off BP's gushing pipe at its sea floor wellhead when the manual switch failed."

Guy Fawkes, Republican Hero?

Guy Fawkes was a 17th-century British soldier who spent ten years fighting for the Spanish Catholics in the Netherlands. During that time he became an explosives expert. In 1604 Catholic hopes for greater tolerance in the UK, and relief from the strictures established under Queen Elizabeth, were ended at a conference at Hampton Court. In 1605 Fawkes became part of a plot to kill King James I, his family and members of the government by blowing up Westminster Place at the opening of Parliament.


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