Paul Krugman looks for a reason for the fanciful Republican budget proposals. A snippet (emphasis added):

One answer you sometimes hear is that what Republicans really believe is that tax cuts for the rich would generate a huge boom and a surge in revenue, but they’re afraid the public won’t find such claims credible. So magic asterisks are really stand-ins for their belief in the magic of supply-side economics, a belief that remains intact even though proponents in that doctrine have been wrong about everything for decades.

But I’m partial to a more cynical explanation. Think about what these budgets would do if you ignore the mysterious trillions in unspecified spending cuts and revenue enhancements. What you’re left with is huge transfers of income from the poor and the working class, who would see severe benefit cuts, to the rich, who would see big tax cuts. And the simplest way to understand these budgets is surely to suppose that they are intended to do what they would, in fact, actually do: make the rich richer and ordinary families poorer.


Ted Cruz:  I will repeal every word of Obamacare, except two (points to computer screen displaying the words,

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Ted Cruz doubles–nay, triples, perhaps quadruples and quintuples–down.


Q. What side of his mouth does Ted Cruz talk out of?

Dick Polman explains, as he takes sardonic delight in Ted Cruz’s signing up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. A snippet.

By the way, when Cruz was asked on CNN how he squared his hate-Obamacare mantra with his decision to buy from Obamacare, he said this: “I believe we should follow the text of every law, even (a) law I disagree with.” Which is hilarious, because back in the fall of ’13, when conservative groups were actively working to dissuade young people from enrolling in Obamacare – urging them to defy the law and pay the fine for noncompliance – I don’t ever recall Ted Cruz saying that the tactic was wrong. I don’t ever recall him taking the high road and urging Americans to follow the text of the law.


Bob Cesca tears into the big pile of IOKIYAR in Ted Cruz’s backpack. Here’s a sample.

Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1970 to an American mother and a foreign (Cuban) father. Sound familiar? The only difference between the presidency-related birth circumstances of President Obama and Ted Cruz is that Obama was born in the United States and Cruz wasn’t. Of course this doesn’t matter because Obama is black with a funny-sounding “exotic” name and Cruz is a white guy named “Ted,” so it’ll be assumed that Cruz is totally a natural born citizen while Obama isn’t. That seems fair. Legally-speaking, however, Cruz is perfectly eligible to be president based on the citizenship status of his mother. So can Obama, especially given how he was born in Hawaii. But don’t expect a (fake) investigation by Donald Trump or any mass freakouts by a legion of conspiracy theorists over Cruz’s eligibility to be president because, again, he’s a white Republican. Everything’s okay if you’re a white Republican.

Read the rest. It’s a sociological study in Republican hypocrisy.


In an article syndicated in the Bangor Daily News, Dana Milbank notes the Republican Party’s novel and creative celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. A snippet:

It was altogether fitting that Republicans rolled out their budget during a festival of inebriation in honor of the man who magically — and apocryphally — banished snakes from Ireland. What Republicans have done with their budget is no less fantastic: They have employed lucky charms and mystical pots of gold to make them appear more sober about balancing the budget than they actually are.

“We do not rely on gimmicks or creative accounting tricks to balance our budget,” the House Republicans say in the introduction to their fiscal 2016 budget.

True, the budget does not rely on gimmicks. The budget is a gimmick.

20 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy, Republican Lies

Via Raw Story.

20 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Republican saying,

Via the Bob and Chez Show Blog.

19 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors, Republican Hypocrisy

Republicans just can’t help toying with sex.

Via C&L.

18 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors, Republican Hypocrisy

The Republican Party has some really strange hang-ups about sex.

15 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy, The Secesh

The Las Vegas Sun’s Brian Greenspun thinks he has found them:

I have found the 47 percenters.

They call themselves United States senators. And they are doing their best to destroy what makes this country great.


We all know there is precious little Congress has been able to agree on in the past few years. Notwithstanding the fact that Americans do not want to shut down the government, do want to extend and maintain Social Security and also want to provide medical insurance for all Americans, it is clear there is a significant minority of people in the Congress who wish otherwise. Unfortunately, it is the American people who suffer as a result of this childish behavior.

15 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Jeb “Oh God Please Not Another” Bush edition.

No self-awareness. No self-awareness whatsoever.


I have been exchanging emails with my brother about the bogus Hillary Clinton email server brouhaha.* Neither of us are Hillary fans. As I told my brother, I don’t like Hillary, but I don’t think she is evil. Annoying, but not evil.

The Republican Party, though, is a vile and loathsome thing, a gibbering Lovecraftian monster that makes Nyarlothotep look like a cuddely little teddy bear.

Ask me nicely, I’ll tell you what I really think.


*This came up at my recent LUG meeting and everyone yawned, because there is no there there. One of the participants pointed out, “They are Blackberry people,” and having your own little Blackberry email server is a Blackberry thing.

I know that no one is listening, but the only lesson of the “homebrew email server” fuss is that the media is clueless about how the internet works.

13 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Shaun Mullen explains an analogy (I remember boning up on analogies for my SATs):

Full Disclosure:

The explanation is Shaun’s. The analogy is mine.

The Chinese Communist Party’s attempt to co-opt Tibetan Buddhism is of a piece with the Republican Party’s attempt to co-opt Christianity. Both are attempts to hoodwink persons of faith–however misguided that faith may be–for earthly power; both are contemptible for their crude, craven, and manipulative cynicism.

I wonder whether Republicans can recognize or admit how similar their tactics are to those of the Chinese Reds? Can they see themselves in the mirr–oh, never mind.

Matthew 6:5.


Juanita Jean finds a nugget in this pile of manure:

I think it’s real sweet of Republicans to make us a list of the 47 craziest United States Senators. It saves us the effort. And as an added benefit, we get to watch them all run backwards with their shoes tied together now.


Steven D. asks a question.

12 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

The Kraken is all for it. Here are a few of his examples:

It is on that basis that I issue this plea; stop referring to the reactionary, sociopathic authoritarians in the republican party as “conservatives.” Stop referring to our economic system as “the free market.” Stop referring to the massive giveaways to the narcissistic billionaires corrupting our country as “tax relief.” There are numerous other examples but these are near the top of the list.

12 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Close-up of olive branch held by the American eagle showing a worm labelled

Via the Bob and Chez Show Blog.

10 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Endless War, Republican Hypocrisy

. . . but it’s hardly unprecedented. Thom reviews the history of Repubican politicization of foreign polity, then invites a Republican to try defend it.

Watch the Republican spin it like a top.

10 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy, Weather or Not

From the Republican Department of If-You-Don’t-Talk-about-It-It-Will-Go-Away:

DEP officials have been ordered not to use the terms “climate change” or “global warming” in any official communications, emails, or reports, according to former DEP employees, consultants, volunteers and records obtained by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

“We were told not to use the terms ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or ‘sustainability,’ ” said Christopher Byrd, an attorney with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of General Counsel in Tallahassee from 2008 to 2013. “That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors.”

Management denies that there was a “policy,” which is I suspect is bureaucratese for “no one was stupid enough to put this in writing.”

06 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Jason Stanford explains the con; follow the link for the rest:

What would happen if we ran Texas like a business? A big chunk of our core revenue stream—oil and gas taxes—is suddenly on shaking ground. Do you hand out shareholder dividends (tax cuts), reinvest cash reserves for unmet needs (funding for schools, roads and water), or hunker down in the face of economic uncertainty?

Oh, who are we kidding? “Running government like a business” is something politicians tell voters to trick them into letting politicians run government any way they please.

Via Progressive Populist.

03 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Jon Stewart discusses Republicans scaredy cats scare tactics.

Video below the fold in case it autoplays.

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