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Archive for February 19th, 2010

Glenn Beck Calls Thomas Paine the Glenn Beck of Revolutionary America

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 19th, 2010 5:49 am by HL

Glenn Beck Calls Thomas Paine the Glenn Beck of Revolutionary America
Based on this video, it seems Fox News viewers are so patriotic they don’t know anything about the origins of our country. During this little history lesson, Glenn Beck explains who Tom Paine was: “kind of the me. …” In fairness, Beck made a disgusted face as he said it—the same one we were making.
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Based on this video, it seems Fox News viewers are so patriotic they don’t know anything about the origins of our country. During this little history lesson, Glenn Beck explains who Tom Paine was: “kind of the me. …” In fairness, Beck made a disgusted face as he said it—the same one we were making.

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Glenn W. Smith: The Airplane Attack Next Door

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 19th, 2010 5:48 am by HL

Glenn W. Smith: The Airplane Attack Next Door
It was right down the street from my home. An unhinged man in a single-engine airplane crashed into an Austin office building. The Internal Revenue Service had offices in that building. Americans are discussing whether the attack by Andrew Joseph Stack and his airplane is an instance of domestic terrorism. He was angry, angry at all kinds of people, angry at the government, especially at the IRS. Does it matter whether we call the attack a crime or an act of terror?

Conservative Candidates Try To Outflank Big-Name Republicans In Senate Primaries
WASHINGTON — Marco Rubio and J.D. Hayworth have different styles and different backgrounds and they’re from opposite sides of the country. But both are hoping…

Aaron Greenspan: On Stack and the IRS
I do not own or have access to a plane, but I know what it’s like to be frustrated with the tax system in this…

Obama Writing His Own Health Bill To Bridge House-Senate Differences
WASHINGTON — President Obama will put forward comprehensive health care legislation intended to bridge differences between Senate and House Democrats ahead of a summit meeting…


NY Post op-ed falsely claims Obama promised stimulus would end net job losses

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 19th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

NY Post op-ed falsely claims Obama promised stimulus would end net job losses

In a New York Post op-ed, Brian Riedl of the Heritage Foundation falsely suggested that President Obama promised the Recovery Act would end net job losses; in fact, Obama stated in February 2009 before the stimulus passed that the “magnitude of the crisis” means that even with the stimulus “you’re going to have some net job loss, but at least we can start slowing the trend.” Additionally, Riedl attacked the “White House estimate of ‘saving’ nearly 2 million jobs” as “nothing but faith-based economics,” ignoring that the administration’s estimates of the stimulus’ job impact falls within the range of those given by independent analysts.

Riedl falsely suggests Obama promised to end net job losses

From Riedl’s February 18 New York Post op-ed:

Last year, White House economists claimed that the $862 billion stimulus would create 3.3 million jobs. Since then, the nation has lost more than 3 million jobs.

That’s a 6.3 million jobs gap. By the White House’s own standards, the stimulus failed.

So President Obama has shifted his argument. Sure, the economy lost jobs, he concedes — but without the stimulus, it would’ve lost nearly 2 million more jobs.

In fact, Obama said stimulus would “slow” job losses

Obama: “Magnitude of the crisis” means “you’re going to have some net job loss” even with stimulus. During a February 9, 2009, press conference, Obama stated that because of “the magnitude of the crisis and the fact that it’s happening worldwide,” even with the stimulus package. Obama added: “That still means that you’re going to have some net job loss, but at least we can start slowing the trend and moving it in the right direction.”

Administration’s estimate of stimulus job impact calculated from “the no-stimulus baseline.” In a January 9, 2009, report on the job impact of a “prototypical” stimulus package “in the range that the President-Elect has discussed,” Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein estimated that a stimulus package would raise employment by between “3.3 to 4.1 million jobs” by the end of 2010. The report clearly notes that this estimate is calculated “relative to the no-stimulus baseline” and is therefore not an estimate of the net change in jobs by the end of 2010.

Riedl said the White House estimate of saving nearly 2 million jobs so far is based on the administration’s “faith-based economics”

From Riedl’s February 18 New York Post op-ed:

This is nothing but faith-based economics. The White House estimate of “saving” nearly 2 million jobs is based not on observations of the economy’s recent performance — but merely on the administration’s unshakable belief that deficit spending must create jobs and growth.

Specifically, the White House staff’s “proof” that the stimulus created jobs is an economic model that they programmed to assume that stimulus spending automatically creates jobs. How’s that for circular logic?

In other words, even if we’d lost 20 million jobs, their models would basically crank out the conclusion that we’d have lost 22 million without the stimulus.

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The stimulus theory is that government spending injects new dollars into the economy, thereby raising demand and spurring economic growth. That makes some sense — if you don’t ask where the government got the money.

Congress doesn’t have a vault of cash waiting to be distributed. Every dollar it “injects” into the economy must first be taxed or borrowed out of the economy. No new income, and therefore no new demand, is created: It’s merely redistributed from one group of people to another.

But independent analysts agree stimulus has increased employment and GDP compared to no-stimulus baseline

White House economic advisers: “CEA’s estimates … are consistent with a broad consensus of numerous professional forcasters.” In a quarterly report issued January 13, the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) estimated: “As of the fourth quarter of 2009, the CEA estimates that the ARRA has raised employment relative to the baseline by between 1½ and 2 million. The CEA estimates for both the effects on GDP and employment are similar to those of respected private forecasters and government agencies.” The report indicated that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the stimulus raised employment by between 800,000 and 2.4 million jobs through the end of 2009 and that private analysts at Moody’s Economy.com estimated that the measure raised employment by 1.6 million jobs. From the CEA’s quarterly report:

CEA stimulus jobs chart

Politifact.com stated on February 17, “Using updated estimates provided to PolitiFact, IHS/Global Insight estimates that 1.7 million jobs will be created or saved by the first quarter of 2010. And Moody’s economy.com estimated that 1.9 million jobs will be created or saved by that quarter.” Politifact also noted that “Gus Faucher, the director of macroeconomics with Moody’s economy.com, said he disagrees ‘very strongly’” with Riedl’s statement that “every dollar” spent on the stimulus “must first be taxed or borrowed out of the economy.” Politifact said Faucher argued “that in a weak economy, the government isn’t displacing other economic activity but is instead creating new economic activity.”


Lanny Davis’s New Blog Advises Corporate Clients On ‘Legal Crisis Management’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 19th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

Lanny Davis’s New Blog Advises Corporate Clients On ‘Legal Crisis Management’
Lanny Davis is drawing on his experience handling crises for the Clinton White House to launch a blog that will advise corporate clients on how to navigate “high profile legal, personal and political controversies.”

NY Councilman Allegedly Doctored Receipt To Get $177 Reimbursement For Bagel Sandwich
A city councilman from the Bronx who was slapped with a 13-count corruption indictment this month is alleged to have sought $177 reimbursement for a soda and bagel sandwich he bought for $7 outside city hall in New York.


Lobby Firm Tells Clients How To Sway Elections While Avoiding ‘Public Scrutiny’
A powerhouse Washington lobbying firm is informing its corporate clients on how they can use middlemen like the Chamber of Commerce to pour unlimited amounts of money into political campaigns, while maintaining “sufficient cover” to avoid “public scrutiny” and negative media coverage.


Thank you, Mr. President

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 19th, 2010 5:42 am by HL

Thank you, Mr. President
I got another change of terms letter from a credit card company today.  Within the first paragraph I could immediately tell that something was different.  This was not your ordinary “We are altering the agreement.  Pray we don’t alter it further” letter. No, the first paragraph stated that from now on, payments made over the minimum [...]


Brown-Waite May Announce Retirement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 19th, 2010 5:41 am by HL

Brown-Waite May Announce Retirement
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) issued a brief statement that hinted at a “major announcement” on tonight, prompting speculation that she’ll announce her retirement, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Paterson Seen as Increasingly Remote
The New York Times runs an unflattering profile of New York Gov. David Paterson (D) that portrays him as disengaged from his job.

“A review of several months of Mr. Paterson’s private schedules shows that his days were not long; he often arrived at his office in Manhattan or Albany after 10 a.m. and departed by 4:30 or 5 p.m.”

Ben Smith: “There’s no bombshell, but if Paterson’s re-election looked hopeless before, this sure doesn’t help.”


Health Care Reform Back from the Dead? Obama’s Team Signals Support for Public Option; 18 Senators Sign on

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 19th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

Health Care Reform Back from the Dead? Obama’s Team Signals Support for Public Option; 18 Senators Sign on
Pressure is building in the Senate among Dems, and Obama’s Health Secretary backed government-run insurance plan if Majority Leader Harry Reid signs on to it.

Pressure is building in the Senate among Dems, and Obama's Health Secretary backed government-run insurance plan if Majority Leader Harry Reid signs on to it.

Man Who Crashed Plane into IRS Building Posted Online Manifesto (and Gets Right-Wing Macabre Facebook Fan Page)
Software engineer Joseph Stack blasted taxes, the legal system and corporate executives in his suicide note, and a Facebook fan club celebrates his act.

Software engineer Joseph Stack blasted taxes, the legal system and corporate executives in his suicide note, and a Facebook fan club celebrates his act.

Conservatives’ Real Agenda Revealed at CPAC Conference: Love of Torture and Hatred of Obama
Day One of this year’s conservafest included a surprise visit by torture advocate #1 Dick Cheney, and the crowd went wild for him.

Day One of this year's conservafest included a surprise visit by torture advocate #1 Dick Cheney, and the crowd went wild for him.

Obama Pick for Budget Commission Is a Very Ominous Sign; A Social Security-Medicare Slasher
We should be focusing on the cost of two wars, Bush’s rotten medicare reform and outrageous tax cuts to the wealthy before slashing Social Security.

We should be focusing on the cost of two wars, Bush's rotten medicare reform and outrageous tax cuts to the wealthy before slashing Social Security.

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Market — Just a Matter of Who Pays for It
Raj Patel argues that the corporate capture of government and our current financial crisis are the result of our bankrupt political system.

Raj Patel argues that the corporate capture of government and our current financial crisis are the result of our bankrupt political system.


No, The Arabs Don’t Want The Jews Dead

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 19th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

No, The Arabs Don’t Want The Jews Dead
Andrew Sullivan quotes a “reader” who addresses the charge that Arabs and Iranians only want the Jews dead and care not an iota for their own people. I’m quoting this anonymous “reader” in full because he simply blows the argument…



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The Congressional Black Corrupticus, Yet Again
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Utah state senator wants to create holiday honoring ?gun pioneer? on MLK Day.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 19th, 2010 5:38 am by HL

Utah state senator wants to create holiday honoring ?gun pioneer? on MLK Day.
Utah State Sen. Mark Madsen (R) is introducing legislation to create a holiday honoring John Moses Browning — the Utah native and “gun pioneer” who founded the Browning Arms company — on the same day as Martin Luther King Day. Browning’s birthday is believed to be around Jan. 21, so “Madsen proposes doubling up Browning [...]

Madsen3Utah State Sen. Mark Madsen (R) is introducing legislation to create a holiday honoring John Moses Browning — the Utah native and “gun pioneer” who founded the Browning Arms company — on the same day as Martin Luther King Day. Browning’s birthday is believed to be around Jan. 21, so “Madsen proposes doubling up Browning and King”:

I see them as complimentary,” [Madsen] said. Browning is known for developing a variety of guns, including the gas-operated machine gun. Madsen said he plans to meet with the NAACP to discuss his proposal.

“We’ll see if they can take it in the spirit it’s intended,” Madsen said. [...]

Guns keep peace,” [state Senate Majority Leader Scott] Jenkins [R] said. “I kind of like the idea of making his birthday a holiday. I’m all over that.”

Salt Lake NAACP President Jeanetta Williams said she was “furious” about the idea. “It is not acceptable for the name John M. Browning to jointly share the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday,” she said. “Dr. King was assassinated by a man using a gun. John M. Browning was a gun manufacturer. … To me it’s a very mean-spirited act.” King would probably be outraged aswell, having said that by allowing guns to be “purchased at will and fired at whim…we have created an atmosphere in which violence and hatred have become popular pastimes.” For several years, Utah “purposely” omitted King’s name from the holiday, calling it Human Rights Day until 2000. Madsen noted that he’s not committed to MLK day and will find another day “if the race baiters are out there looking for an opportunity” to start a controversy.


Conservative Political Action Conference begins in Washington

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 19th, 2010 5:37 am by HL

Conservative Political Action Conference begins in Washington
Emboldened by a belief that their political fortunes are on the rise, conservative activists descended Thursday on the capital city they love to hate, seeking to stoke what they consider a grass-roots uprising against President Obama and Democrats in Congress.

Toyota president to testify before House panel
Toyota President Akio Toyoda capitulated to escalating demands from U.S. lawmakers and said Thursday that he will accept an invitation to testify before a House panel next week, one day after he said he would not visit Congress.

U.S. approves settlement for black farmers
The Obama administration announced a $1.25 billion settlement Thursday to resolve charges by thousands of black farmers who say that for decades the Agriculture Department discriminated against them in loan programs.

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Federal government to lift restrictions on guns in national parks
The federal government will lift long-standing restrictions on guns in national parks Monday, meaning that visitors with proper permits could pack heat along with camping and picnic gear to most of the 392 parks. The move concerns current and former employees of the National Park Service who are …