1. stfuconservatives:

More in 3 years than most get done in a lifetime.
-Joe

    stfuconservatives:

    More in 3 years than most get done in a lifetime.

    -Joe

     
  2. In the wake of the 2010 elections, the Blue Dog coalition is trying to oust Nancy Pelosi from her leadership position in the Democratic caucus.  Show your support by signing this petition.  Let them know that Democrats don’t succeed by being Republican-lite.  The succeed when they act like Democrats.

    Even if you don’t agree with her politically, at least do it to piss off the Teabaggers…

     
  3. Numbers tell a story. Especially over time. They compel us to focus on results — success and failure. Over the short term, maybe a few years, numbers can be manipulated or give false signals. But not over decades, and not over a generation. The numbers over the past 30 years are not refutable. When it comes to creating jobs and managing the nation’s finances, Democratic presidents demonstrate success while Republican presidents show failure. 

    Job Creation 

    Jimmy Carter, 1977-1980: 10.5 million new jobs
    Bill Clinton, 1993-1996: 11.6 million new jobs
    Bill Clinton, 1997-2000: 12.4 million new jobs
    Total: 33.6 million jobs created over 12 years, or 2.8 million jobs per year

    Ronald Reagan 1981-1984: 5.2 million new jobs
    Ronald Reagan 1985-1988: 10.8 million new jobs 
    George H.W. Bush 1989-1992: 2.6 million new jobs
    George W. Bush 2001-2004: 0.2 million fewer jobs
    George W. Bush 2005-2007: 5.5 million new jobs
    Total: 24 million jobs created over 19 years, or 1.3 million jobs per year

    Government Spending

    How much did the government spend for every dollar of revenue?

    Jimmy Carter, 1977-1980: $ 1.16
    Bill Clinton, 1993-1996: $1.25
    Bill Clinton, 1997-2000: $1.01
    Democratic Average: $1.16

    Ronald Reagan 1981-1984: $1.31
    Ronald Reagan 1985-1988: $1.38
    George H.W. Bush 1989-1992: $1.34
    George W. Bush 2001-2004: $1.27
    George W. Bush 2005-2007: $1.24
    Republican Average: $1.29

    The difference between $1.16 and $1.29 may not seem like a lot, but the impact on the national debt is huge, especially when you consider that $1.29 applies to 19 years, and the budgets under this president are so much larger. 

    Increases in Government Debt

    Growth In Debt Held By the Public [$US trillions]

    Jimmy Carter, 1977-1980: 0.2
    Bill Clinton, 1993-1996: 0.7
    Bill Clinton, 1997-2000: -0.3
    Democratic Total: 0.6

    Ronald Reagan 1981-1984: 0.6
    Ronald Reagan 1985-1988: 0.7
    George H.W. Bush 1989-1992: 0.9
    George W. Bush 2001-2004: 0.9
    George W. Bush 2005-2007: 1.1
    Republican Total: 4.3
     
  4. An observation

    In states that didn’t secede from the union during the Civil War, Republicans went 16-11 in Senate races last night. AK, CO, and WA still haven’t been called at this point, but I expect them to go Rep, Dem, and Dem, respectively.  So, we’re looking at a ratio of 17-13.  A solid night for the GOP, but by no means a “tidal wave.”

    In states that did secede from the union, however, Republicans were a perfect 7-0.  And they won by double digits in every one of those contests.

    Again, just an observation.  But one worth noting.

     
  5. So Rand didn’t take any questions…

    He spoke for 15, maybe 20 minutes, and then left immediately afterward.  I talked to a bunch of people there who were involved on both sides of the campaign and they said that this was normal for him.  The Democrats were saying that Paul doesn’t like it when people challenge him, so he refuses to take questions or have debates, and the Republicans were whining about how unfair the media is…

     
  6. I have often said the biggest problem with the Democrats is that we are not tough enough. Now is the time to be tough. The fact is that the stimulus package has reduced unemployment from where it would have otherwise been in this Bush-induced recession (based on policies most of the Republicans now in Congress voted for). The fact is, as 60 members of the House and the CBO showed last week, the Public Option, or Medicare Buy-in, as it should more correctly be called, would have reduced the deficit over ten years by an additional $68 million dollars. The fact is that President Obama — despite Republicans killing the climate change bill — has done more in 18 months to change America’s approach to the environment and green jobs than any president in memory. The fact is that if we are going to tackle the deficit, it makes no sense to cut taxes for people with plenty of money while we tell people who depend on Social Security and Medicare that they have to do with less, or to play games with unemployment insurance for those who need it most. The fact is that the Democrats won the election in 2008. The Republicans refuse to do anything for the country except say “no”. That means we have to work hard and do what we believe is right. And we have to stop apologizing for it. We have to stand up for what we believe in and stop trying to make deals with people who cannot be trusted to make deals for the good of our country. It’s not too late to win in 2010. Conviction politics works. Just ask the right wing!
    — Howard Dean (via azspot)
     
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    azspot:

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Can someone explain to me why the Republicans are considered the party of fiscal responsibility?

    azspot:

    bartcop.com

    Can someone explain to me why the Republicans are considered the party of fiscal responsibility?

     
  8. ilovecharts:

A little late to the party, but i figured this chart was only going to get less relevant the longer i waited to get it up

This is why Republicans are doing everything in their power to stall the Democratic agenda in general and Obama in particular.  They understand that the millenial generation by and large agrees with Democratic policies, from the environment to abortion to gay marriage and all points in between.  If this trend continues, the Democrats will control Congress and the White House for many years to come.  The only way for the GOP to avoid becoming irrelevant is to increase cynicism and distrust in the legislative process among young voters to the point that they don’t even bother to go to the polls.  This is why when I say that the Republican Party is opposed to democracy, it’s not just empty rhetoric.  It is grounded in fact.  They do not like it when everyone votes.  It’s same the reason they smear groups like ACORN, which is a fairly innocuous organization that organizes voter drives in black neighborhoods.  It’s the reason they are opposed to creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.  It’s the reason GOP talking heads are proposing a return to administering “literacy tests” at voting locations.
To put it simply, the worst thing that can happen for Republicans (from an electoral perspective) is that people who aren’t old, white men vote.

    ilovecharts:

    A little late to the party, but i figured this chart was only going to get less relevant the longer i waited to get it up

    This is why Republicans are doing everything in their power to stall the Democratic agenda in general and Obama in particular.  They understand that the millenial generation by and large agrees with Democratic policies, from the environment to abortion to gay marriage and all points in between.  If this trend continues, the Democrats will control Congress and the White House for many years to come.  The only way for the GOP to avoid becoming irrelevant is to increase cynicism and distrust in the legislative process among young voters to the point that they don’t even bother to go to the polls.  This is why when I say that the Republican Party is opposed to democracy, it’s not just empty rhetoric.  It is grounded in fact.  They do not like it when everyone votes.  It’s same the reason they smear groups like ACORN, which is a fairly innocuous organization that organizes voter drives in black neighborhoods.  It’s the reason they are opposed to creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.  It’s the reason GOP talking heads are proposing a return to administering “literacy tests” at voting locations.

    To put it simply, the worst thing that can happen for Republicans (from an electoral perspective) is that people who aren’t old, white men vote.

     
  9. 59 > 41

    Everybody calm the fuck down. Healthcare reform can still be achieved. Scrap the current healthcare bill in its entirety.  Draft a new, leaner version of bill: Medicare buy-in starting at age 50, expanded Medicaid coverage, maybe another extension of COBRA.  Keep it short and simple.  Push it through the reconciliation process, like you should have done all along.  Let Lieberman and Nelson and Baucus and all the other insurance whores vote against it if they want.  As long as you’ve got your 50 votes + Joe Biden, you win.

    After that, draft another bill (this time not through reconciliation).  Call it something like the “AMERICA IS AWESOME: The Puppies, Jesus, and Apple Pie Act.  It it, criminalize the practice of denying coverage based on “preexisting conditions.”  Make it illegal for an insurance company to receive any funding or bailout from the federal government.  During the public debate, stress “accountability” and “fiscal responsibility.”  If the Republicans and Insurance Democrats want to filibuster it, let them. It will make good video footage for campaign ads.

     
  10. If Harold Ford had campaigned in Tennessee in 2006 with the same platform that he’s running on in New York in 2010, I might have voted for the guy.  It’s kind of amazing how much a simple change of scenery can affect one’s political convictions…

    Note to New Yorkers: don’t believe a word he says. He’s the scion of one of the most corrupt political dynasties this side of the Mason-Dixon.  He may pretend to be a liberal now, but I guarantee that once in office, he will be another “centrist” conservative Democrat like Nelson or Baucus, abusing his power to gain notoriety and money.