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Archive for June 10th, 2010

When Did Ben Bernanke Stop Being Wrong About the Economy?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

When Did Ben Bernanke Stop Being Wrong About the Economy?
This is the question that should routinely be raised when Ben Bernanke makes pronouncements about the state of the economy or recommendations on economic policy, as he did when he insisted on the need for deficit reduction yesterday. Bernanke of…



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Inhofe: Fiorina ?Is Supporting? My Push To Gut The Clean Air Act, Agrees Climate Change Is A ?Hoax?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Inhofe: Fiorina ?Is Supporting? My Push To Gut The Clean Air Act, Agrees Climate Change Is A ?Hoax?
Today on Capitol Hill, Americans for Prosperity, the corporate front group founded and funded by David Koch of the oil conglomerate Koch Industries, hosted an event to urge the passage of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) resolution to gut the Clean Air Act’s power to regulate carbon emissions. Several Republican Senators came to the AFP event […]

Today on Capitol Hill, Americans for Prosperity, the corporate front group founded and funded by David Koch of the oil conglomerate Koch Industries, hosted an event to urge the passage of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) resolution to gut the Clean Air Act’s power to regulate carbon emissions. Several Republican Senators came to the AFP event to encourage support for the resolution, which was drafted by lobbyists from the coal and oil industry.

After the event, ThinkProgress spoke to one of the speakers, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), about his support for Carly Fiorina (R-CA), the U.S. Senate candidate to emerge from the primary last night. Inhofe gave Fiorina an early endorsement, and his nephew, Fred Davis, created the infamous “demon sheep” ads for Fiorina’s campaign.

Inhofe, who has been described as Washington’s “the last flat-earther” for his strident denial of climate change, said Fiorina “is supporting what I am supporting.” He elaborated that Fiorina both supports eviscerating the EPA’s ability to enforce the Clean Air Act, and that she is supportive of his beliefs “in terms of the whole global warming hoax.” He then added that he is “very proud of her”:

TP: I was wondering if Carly actually supports this effort to change the regulatory power of the Clean Air Act that you’re talking about today?

INHOFE: No, Carly’s already taken a stand on this.

TP: Oh, so she’s supporting this?

INHOFE: She is supporting what I am supporting. In fact Carly made a statement yesterday that was the strongest statement I’ve heard yet in terms of the whole global warming hoax. So I was very proud of her.

Watch it:

Not long ago, Fiorina believed in climate change and supported efforts to deal with carbon pollution. On Fox News last year, Fiorina praised Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) for crafting bipartisan clean energy legislation to achieve “energy independence” and “addressing climate change as equally important goals.” Fiorina also campaigned for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008 because he promised to “create a cap-and-trade system that will encourage the development of alternative energy sources.”

Fiorina has quickly dismissed her once-held climate change beliefs to satisfy the far right, science-denying wing of the conservative movement. She initially flipped, telling reporters that people need the “courage” to question climate change science. Then, she ran an ad mocking Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) belief in climate change, with the narrator claiming that the world’s catastrophic changes in temperature are simply due to the “weather.” But now with Inhofe claiming Fiorina agrees fully with his belief that climate change is a “hoax” and that Congress must radically weaken the Clean Air Act, the metamorphosis of Fiorina into full right-wing sycophant is complete.

Rep. Virginia Foxx: I ?Certainly Agree? That We ?Need A Dragnet Put Out? For Undocumented Immigrants
Last month, Republicans launched a “listening” campaign called America Speaking Out, an effort to allow the public to give them ideas on their national agenda. As part of the campaign, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) — who has gained notoriety for her hateful bigotry — hosted a tele-townhall last night to give her North Carolina constituents […]

foxxyLast month, Republicans launched a “listening” campaign called America Speaking Out, an effort to allow the public to give them ideas on their national agenda. As part of the campaign, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) — who has gained notoriety for her hateful bigotryhosted a tele-townhall last night to give her North Carolina constituents “a seat at the table.” During the event, Foxx endorsed one caller’s paranoid fear of immigrants:

CALLER: First, I appreciate what you do. Watching TV and seeing all the illegals streaming into the United States and hearing that they’re not only from Mexico but from Afghanistan and other countries, I wonder how many terrorists are in our own country right now plotting to kill us.

FOXX: A lot…a lot.

CALLER: I want the borders to Mexico sealed tight and I want a dragnet put out for these people to see if we can’t catch ‘em.

FOXX: You are very much in the majority in this country and you and I certainly agree on that. I would encourage you to let your senators know that…again we have no disagreement on that.

Listen here:

Other callers seized the opportunity to speak out about their own offensive opinions on the issues of the day. One caller argued that a better crackdown on companies “hiring illegals” would “cause illegals to deport themselves” and “get rid of all the anchor babies.” Another denounced welfare as a program for “young women who make a virtual career out of having babies out of wedlock and getting paid for it.”

America Speaking Out projects are a magnet for the “odd and offensive.” At his America Speaking Out town hall in California last week, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who chairs the initiative, heard from conservatives who celebrated Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “inhumane” and “brutal” tent prisons as good policy.

As ThinkProgress previously noted, the GOP’s America Speaking Out website discourages “suggestions on amnesty or a path to legalization for illegal immigrants” but seems to welcome anti-immigrant rhetoric.


Pool Party Reveals Corrupt Beltway Culture

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2010 4:31 am by HL

Pool Party Reveals Corrupt Beltway Culture
Mike Riggs, The Daily Caller
Imagine that while a slick death spreads across the Gulf of Mexico, a group of respected reporters from America’s best-known media companies attend a pool party hosted by the VP of British Petroleum. Imagine that they take their kids to play with the kids of executives from BP and the oil industry, and that the journalists claim to have had a wonderful time and post pictures, and videos and tweets of their perfectly friendly interactions with the people who are responsible for the greatest environmental catastrophe in a generation.Now imagine those journalists, a few days…

Voter Unrest Could Help Democrats
Froma Harrop, Providence Journal
It's hard to call the outcomes of recent primaries a “voter uprising.” It looks more like democracy in action than a series of coup d'etats. Replacing party establishment favorites with others is only a revolution if one believes in the divine right of incumbents.From a purely partisan perspective, the latest contests have improved Democrats' prospects for November. Democrats have chosen stronger contenders, and Republicans weaker ones. Receive news alertsRepublicans now have an anti-choice, anti-gay rights candidate running for the Senate in, of all places,…

Is Obama at a Tipping Point?
David Paul Kuhn, RealClearPolitics
Hurricane Katrina. Hostage crisis. Tet Offensive.Is Barack Obama's presidency at a similar tipping point? Receive news alertsThe relevance of the question exemplifies the gravity of Obama's crisis. Obama is learning the lesson of presidents before him. ''Poor Ike,” Harry Truman said of the incoming president, “It won't be a bit like the Army. He'll sit here and he'll say, 'Do this, do that,' and nothing will happen.''Presidents are hostage to events, goes the old political axiom. But that's a half-truth. Presidencies rise…

Turning Point: Was “Change” Just a Slogan?
John Hughes, CS Monitor

Why Meg Whitman Can Save California
James Pethokoukis, Reuters



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