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Chick-fil-A Worker Mocks Asians

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 14th, 2011 5:45 am by HL

Chick-fil-A Worker Mocks Asians
An employee at a Chick-fil-A restaurant near the University of California-Irvine put offensive names mocking Asian customers on their receipts. Rather than taking the customers’ names, they were identified as “Ching” and “Chong,” which was revealed by a blogger. This was “simply [a] case of immaturity, failed judgment and human error” on the part of one employee, said Don Perry, Chick-fil-A’s vice president for public relations.



It is a trend

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 14th, 2011 5:44 am by HL

It is a trend
Looks like the sound construction practices expected from military contracts has once again come to pass.

Looks like the sound construction practices expected from military contracts has once again come to pass:

An American military drone which had been used to monitor piracy off the East African coast has crashed at an airport on the island nation of Seychelles during a routine patrol, officials said.

Pulse-less Dick Cheney will soon reappear for news channel airtime otherwise devoted to Ann Coulter to demand the drone’s return from the Seychelles or we would have no choice but to bomb Iran.



Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Moment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 14th, 2011 5:43 am by HL

Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Moment
Whither Occupy Wall Street? That’s the question that’s been on the forefront of the young movement’s agenda since police forced participants out of New York City’s Zuccotti Park last month. As The Nation’s J.A. Myerson put it in his OWS update, differences among members’ priorities and approaches are causing friction, but the breakup of their Liberty Square encampment signifies a strategic shift, not the end of the line.  —KA J.A. Myerson in The Nation: The activist core of the occupation—the people who met over the summer in Tompkins Square Park, who set up and continue to participate in working groups and who spend their days in meetings—sees this as an Empire Strikes Back moment, taking the opportunity to plan actions and events for the winter. In the atrium at 60 Wall Street and in the Occupied Office at 50 Broadway, they are planning important things, chiefly the continuation of the Occupy Our Homes foreclosure resistance project that kicked off last week. They have their eye on the Jedi’s return. There is nobility in responding to ones own homelessness by working hard that everyone else might have a home. But elsewhere the current lack of clarity—about what to do right now—is causing tensions to bubble over. Absent a park to keep clean, for instance, what is the function of the Sanitation Working Group? Or Medical or Comfort, for that matter? The fracturing of Occupy Wall Street from its camp has created two distinct populations: the activists—planning for the future—and the occupiers—confronting the current reality. Read more

Whither Occupy Wall Street? That’s the question that’s been on the forefront of the young movement’s agenda since police forced participants out of New York City’s Zuccotti Park last month. As The Nation’s J.A. Myerson put it in his OWS update, differences among members’ priorities and approaches are causing friction, but the breakup of their Liberty Square encampment signifies a strategic shift, not the end of the line.? —KA

J.A. Myerson in The Nation:

The activist core of the occupation—the people who met over the summer in Tompkins Square Park, who set up and continue to participate in working groups and who spend their days in meetings—sees this as an Empire Strikes Back moment, taking the opportunity to plan actions and events for the winter. In the atrium at 60 Wall Street and in the Occupied Office at 50 Broadway, they are planning important things, chiefly the continuation of the Occupy Our Homes foreclosure resistance project that kicked off last week. They have their eye on the Jedi’s return.

There is nobility in responding to ones own homelessness by working hard that everyone else might have a home. But elsewhere the current lack of clarity—about what to do right now—is causing tensions to bubble over. Absent a park to keep clean, for instance, what is the function of the Sanitation Working Group? Or Medical or Comfort, for that matter? The fracturing of Occupy Wall Street from its camp has created two distinct populations: the activists—planning for the future—and the occupiers—confronting the current reality.

Read more

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America the Battlefield
John McCain and several other senators are trying to pass an act to include the United States as part of the battlefield in the war on terror, allowing the military to jail American citizens without a trial; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated to an enemy of public education; meanwhile, David Cameron was trying to blackmail the rest of Europe. These discoveries and more below. On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies. The links below open in a new window. Newer ones are on top. Indefinite Detention of American Citizens: Coming Soon to Battlefield U.S.A. There’s some disturbing rhetoric flying around in the debate over the National Defense Authorization Act, which among other things contains passages that a) officially codify the already-accepted practice of indefinite detention of “terrorist” suspects, and b) transfer the responsibility for such detentions exclusively to the military. Obama: I can’t comment on Wall Street prosecutions President Obama was interviewed by 60 Minutes‘ Steve Kroft who mentioned a new poll showing that 42% of Americans believe Obama’s policies most favor Wall Street rather than average Americans (only 35% believe the opposite). Did the Pentagon Help Strangle the Arab Spring? Of all American military training programs around the world, the most publicized in recent years has been the one building up a local security force to replace U.S. (and NATO) troops as they ever so slowly withdraw from Afghanistan. Obama admin prosecuting 79 year old man for telling truth about jury rights Julian P. Heicklen, a 79-year-old retired chemistry professor, has often stood on a plaza outside the United States Courthouse in Manhattan, holding a “Jury Info” sign and handing out brochures that advocate jury nullification, the controversial view that if jurors disagree with a law, they may ignore their oaths to follow it and may acquit a defendant who violated it. Chelsea Clinton is not only pretending to be a journalist, she has a chief of staff Chelsea Clinton gave what appears to be her first-ever interview to the New York Times. And we were surprised to learn that the 31-year-old has a “chief of staff.” She’s not the only one. Gingrich breaking federal law? Newt Gingrich promised he would ask former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton “to be his secretary of state if he’s elected president next year,” the Washington Times reports. Occupiers disrupt foreclosure auction Demonstrators from Occupy New Orleans and Survivors Village disrupted a foreclosure auction taking place in New Orleans. Everything changed before 9/11 We’ve been told that “9/11 changed everything” and that we’re living in “a post-911 world”. Using bankruptcy to scare workers There was once a time when a bankruptcy filing by a company was a mark of shame. That stigma has fallen by the wayside, and firms now employ Chapter 11 not to protect themselves against creditors but for strategic purposes. Bill Gates’ cover blown; his foundation gives big grant to right wing foe of public education This is exactly why Bill Gates’ “philanthropy” has always been suspicious. Why David Cameron rejected a treaty to save the euro The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, did not intend to emerge from negotiations in total isolation. In essence, he tried to blackmail the rest of Europe: You agree to give special protections to the City, Britain’s financial services sector and we will agree, grudgingly, to a new European treaty or amendments to those which already exist.

John McCain and several other senators are trying to pass an act to include the United States as part of the battlefield in the war on terror, allowing the military to jail American citizens without a trial; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated to an enemy of public education; meanwhile, David Cameron was trying to blackmail the rest of Europe. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

The links below open in a new window. Newer ones are on top.

Indefinite Detention of American Citizens: Coming Soon to Battlefield U.S.A.
There’s some disturbing rhetoric flying around in the debate over the National Defense Authorization Act, which among other things contains passages that a) officially codify the already-accepted practice of indefinite detention of “terrorist” suspects, and b) transfer the responsibility for such detentions exclusively to the military.

Obama: I can’t comment on Wall Street prosecutions
President Obama was interviewed by 60 Minutes‘ Steve Kroft who mentioned a new poll showing that 42% of Americans believe Obama’s policies most favor Wall Street rather than average Americans (only 35% believe the opposite).

Did the Pentagon Help Strangle the Arab Spring?
Of all American military training programs around the world, the most publicized in recent years has been the one building up a local security force to replace U.S. (and NATO) troops as they ever so slowly withdraw from Afghanistan.

Obama admin prosecuting 79 year old man for telling truth about jury rights
Julian P. Heicklen, a 79-year-old retired chemistry professor, has often stood on a plaza outside the United States Courthouse in Manhattan, holding a “Jury Info” sign and handing out brochures that advocate jury nullification, the controversial view that if jurors disagree with a law, they may ignore their oaths to follow it and may acquit a defendant who violated it.

Chelsea Clinton is not only pretending to be a journalist, she has a chief of staff
Chelsea Clinton gave what appears to be her first-ever interview to the New York Times. And we were surprised to learn that the 31-year-old has a “chief of staff.” She’s not the only one.

Gingrich breaking federal law?
Newt Gingrich promised he would ask former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton “to be his secretary of state if he’s elected president next year,” the Washington Times reports.

Occupiers disrupt foreclosure auction
Demonstrators from Occupy New Orleans and Survivors Village disrupted a foreclosure auction taking place in New Orleans.

Everything changed before 9/11
We’ve been told that “9/11 changed everything” and that we’re living in “a post-911 world”.

Using bankruptcy to scare workers
There was once a time when a bankruptcy filing by a company was a mark of shame. That stigma has fallen by the wayside, and firms now employ Chapter 11 not to protect themselves against creditors but for strategic purposes.

Bill Gates’ cover blown; his foundation gives big grant to right wing foe of public education
This is exactly why Bill Gates’ “philanthropy” has always been suspicious.

Why David Cameron rejected a treaty to save the euro
The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, did not intend to emerge from negotiations in total isolation. In essence, he tried to blackmail the rest of Europe: You agree to give special protections to the City, Britain’s financial services sector and we will agree, grudgingly, to a new European treaty or amendments to those which already exist.

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Arthur Bruzzone: Occupyâ??s major message misfire

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 14th, 2011 5:42 am by HL

Arthur Bruzzone: Occupyâ??s major message misfire
The Occupy movement, or those who participated in effort to close down West Coast ports, violated several of Saul Alinksy’s direct action rules: First, find a message and persist. Second, don’t alienate your base…

Robert Reich: Newt’s Tax Plan, and Why His Polls Rise the More Outrageous He Becomes
Newt Gingrich has done it again. With his new tax plan he has raised the bar from irresponsibility to recklessness.

DNC Takes To The Sky To Taunt Mitt Romney
WASHINGTON — In anticipation of Mitt Romney’s set of fundraisers in New York City on Wednesday night, the Democratic National Committee is taking some extraordinary…

White House Shooting Suspect Due Back In Court
WASHINGTON — A man accused of firing shots at the White House in an attempt to kill President Barack Obama in November is scheduled to…

Rick Perry’s ‘Strong’ Ad Breaks Rosie O’Donnell’s Heart
Getting engaged is a time for celebration, and while Rosie O’Donnell’s recently announced engagement to Michelle Rounds has lead to mostly positive support, she admitted…


News Networks Regularly Promote Anti-Gay Family Research Council On Air

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 14th, 2011 5:41 am by HL

News Networks Regularly Promote Anti-Gay Family Research Council On Air

In November of 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center listed the Family Research Council as an anti-gay hate group due to its “propagation of known falsehoods” about the LGBT community. Since being listed, however, FRC spokespersons have been invited 52 times to discuss issues ranging from the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” to the 2012 presidential campaign. Despite FRC’s long history of producing anti-gay propaganda, every major news network has invited the group on national television while failing to acknowledge its hate group designation.

Analysis: News Networks Regularly Host Family Research Council Spokespersons 

FRC Listed As An Anti-Gay Hate Group In November 2010. In November 2010, the Family Research Council (FRC) was added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of anti-gay hate groups due to its “propagation of known falsehoods” about gays and lesbians. [SPLC, November 2010]

FRC Spokespersons Made 52 Television Appearances Since Being Labeled A Hate Group.According to an Equality Matters analysis*, FRC spokespersons – including Tony Perkins, Peter Sprigg, and Ken Blackwell – have been invited to appear on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News a total of 54 times in the twelve months since Perkins first appeared on MSNBC to discuss being labeled as a hate group. 24 of those appearances were on Fox News, 19 were on MSNBC, and 11 were on CNN:

SPLC: FRC’s “Specialty Is Defaming Gays And Lesbians.” From an October 7 SPLC report:

The Family Research Council (FRC) bills itself as “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,” but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians. The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people in its battles against same-sex marriage, hate crimes laws and anti-bullying programs. To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, the FRC employs a number of “policy experts” whose “research” has allowed the FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate. […]

The FRC also strongly promotes the “ex-gay” movement as a way to combat LGBT civil rights measures, though professional organizations have repeatedly called so-called “reparative therapy” (which seeks to turn gays and lesbians into heterosexuals) into question and issued statements that don’t support it. […]

Part of the FRC’s recent strategy is to pound home the false claim that gays and lesbians are more likely to sexually abuse children. This is false. The American Psychological Association, among others, has concluded that “homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.” That doesn’t matter to the FRC, though. [SPLC Report, “The Anti-Gay Lobby,” 10/7/11, via LGBTQNation, emphasis added]

Analysis: News Networks Frequently Host FRC President Tony Perkins

FRC President Tony Perkins Made 32 Television Appearances Since Being Labeled A Hate Group Leader. According to an Equality Matters analysis*, FRC president Tony Perkins has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News a total of 34 times in twelve months after being his organization was labeled as a hate group:

Perkins Has Been A Consistent Source Of Anti-Gay Propaganda. As president of FRC, Perkins has promoted a number of vile and hateful smears about gays and lesbians, including:

  • “It Gets Better” Project Tries To “Recruit” Kids Into A “Lifestyle” Of “Perversion.” [Right Wing Watch, 8/18/11]
  • “Research Is Overwhelming” That Gay Men Are More Likely To Molest Children.  [MSNBC,Hardball11/29/11]
  • Gay Teens Commit Suicide Because They Know Being Gay Is “Abnormal.” [National Public Radio, 10/26/10]
  • Anti-Bullying Programs Promote “Indoctrination Into Homosexuality.” [Fox News, America’s Newsroom5/26/11]
  • Gay Activists Are Intolerant, Hateful, Spiteful Pawns Of The Devil. [Right Wing Watch, 5/3/11]
  • Senators Who Vote For DADT Repeal Will Have “The Blood Of Innocent Soldiers On Their Hands.” [Right Wing Watch, 12/16/10]
  • Kids Do Worse In These Same-Sex Households. They’re More Susceptible To Violence.”[Fox News, Fox & Friends Sunday4/24/11]
  • Gays Are Trying To “Spread Fear And Intimidation So That They Can Disrupt And Destabilize” The Legal System, Like Terrorists. [Good As You, 4/29/11]

SPLC: Perkins Has Ties To Anti-Abortion Extremists And A White Supremacist Organization.Perkins is reported to have “failed to report an illegal conspiracy by antiabortion activists to his superiors” while acting as a reserve police officer in Baton Rouge in 1992. Perkins also has ties to the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group that once described African-Americans as a “retrograde species of humanity.” [SPLC Report, “The Anti-Gay Lobby,” 10/7/11, via LGBTQNation]

Analysis: News Networks Host FRC “Experts” Peter Sprigg, Ken Blackwell

FRC’s Peter Sprigg, Ken Blackwell Have Made 15 Television Appearances In The Past Twelve Months. According to an Equality Matters analysis*, FRC “experts” Peter Sprigg and Ken Blackwell have appeared on either CNN, MSNBC, and Fox 15 times since their organization was labeled an anti-gay hate group:

Sprigg Is One Of FRC’s Most Active Producers Of Anti-Gay Propaganda. While acting as FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Peter Sprigg has made a number of extreme anti-LGBT remarks and been the chief author of much of FRC’s anti-gay propaganda:

  • Anti-Bullying Programs Indoctrinate “Impressionable School Children.” [FRC Pamphlet, “Homosexuality In Your Child’s School,” 2006]
  • Transgender People Should “Stop Pretending To BE The Opposite Of Your Real Sex.”[Peter Sprigg tweet, 3/9/11]
  • Harvey Milk May Have Been A Pedophile, Faked A Hate Crime. [WorldNetDaily, 8/12/09]
  • It Is Better To “Export Homosexuals From The United States Than To Import Them Into The United States.” [Medill Reports, 3/19/08]

SPLC: Sprigg Relies On Junk Science To Produce Anti-Gay Research. From an October 7 SPLC report:

Sprigg authored a 2010 brochure touting “The Top Ten Myths about Homosexuality.” In the brochure, Sprigg claimed that ex-gay therapy works, that sexual orientation can change, that gay people are mentally ill simply because homosexuality makes them that way, and that, “Sexual abuse of boys by adult men is many times more common than consensual sex between adult men, and most of those engaging in such molestation identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual.” He also claimed that “homosexuals are less likely to enter into a committed relationship” and “less likely to be sexually faithful to a partner.” Sprigg’s sources are a mixture of junk science issued by groups that support ex-gay therapy and legitimate science quoted out of context or cherry-picked, a tactic long used by anti-gay groups to bolster their claims about gay people. [SPLC Report, “The Anti-Gay Lobby,”10/7/11, via LGBTQNation, emphasis added]

Blackwell Has Promoted “Ex-Gay” Therapy, Compared Gay Couples To Barnyard Animals.Even before becoming FRC’s Senior Fellow of Family Empowerment, Blackwell was promoting anti-gay talking points:

  • “Homosexuality is A Compulsion That Can Be Contained, Repressed, Or Changed.” [The Gist, 1/12/09]
  • “Homosexuality Is A Lifestyle, It’s A Choice, And That Lifestyle Can be Changed.” [Right Wing Watch, 1/6/11]
  • Same-Sex Marriage “Defies Barnyard Logic… The Barnyard Knows Better.” [WTOL,10/20/04]
  • President Obama Shows Same Respect For Marriage That He Did For Osama Bin Laden’s Body. [FRC Column, 11/4/11]

Analysis: News Networks Fail To Identify FRC As A Hate Group

Networks Consistently Fail To Inform Audiences About FRC’s Hate Group Status. An Equality Matters analysis** found that – aside from two segments on the topic of FRC’s hate group label in 2010 – CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News consistently failed to inform audiences about FRC’s hate group status while hosting FRC spokespersons:


*Equality Matters searched news transcripts provided by Nexis and TV Eyes for the terms “Family Research,” “Tony Perkins,” “Ken Blackwell,” and “Peter Sprigg” between November 29, 2010 (when MSNBC first profiled FRC’s hate group status) and November 29, 2011.  For programs that were not available in either search database, we conducted a search through our internal archives. Four segments (three on Fox News and one on MSNBC), did not appear in search results but had been recorded by either Equality Matters or the Family Research Council, so they were included in the report.

**Equality Matters searched news transcripts provided by Nexis and TV Eyes for the terms “hate group,” and “Southern Poverty Law Center” between November 29, 2010 and November 29, 2011. For programs that were not available in either search database, we conducted a search through our internal archives.


Anti-Gay Groups Mobilize Against CA’s ‘Indoctrinating’ Gay History Law

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 14th, 2011 5:40 am by HL

Anti-Gay Groups Mobilize Against CA’s ‘Indoctrinating’ Gay History Law
A number of anti-gay groups are pushing initiatives to gut a California law that mandates classes on the contributions of prominent minorities, because they say the inclusion of gays and lesbians in the language “endorses” being gay and is part of the “sexual brainwashing” and “indoctrination” of our nation’s youth.

Election Lawyer: Supreme Court Hearing Texas Redistricting Case Shows Their Partisanship
The nine (or is it eight?) members of the Supreme Court are set to decide whether redistricting maps drawn by a federal court (after separate maps signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry were found to be discriminatory) can go into effect.

Obama Administration Backs Bill Combating Voter Intimidation, Deception
The Obama administration is signaling support for a forthcoming Senate bill that would impose tough criminal and civil penalties on individuals who make and distribute campaign literature with false information intended to deceive voters and suppress turnout.


Unfavorable Views of Obama Reach a High

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 14th, 2011 5:38 am by HL

Unfavorable Views of Obama Reach a High
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds 49% of Americans now express an unfavorable opinion of President Obama, while 48% view him favorably — the first time his negative number has exceeded his positive one in this most basic measure of personal popularity.

Government Shutdown Possible This Weekend
“Prospects for a year-end congressional compromise on key tax and spending legislation grew more complicated,” the Washington Post reports, “as the Republican House passed a controversial version of a payroll tax cut extension despite a veto threat from the White House.”

“The increasingly contentious tax dispute threatens to derail what had been an emerging compromise on separate legislation to fund the government through next September, raising the specter of a possible government shutdown this weekend if the conflict is not resolved by Friday.”


We’ve Come a Long Way in 2011, From Depression and Heartbreak to Authentic Hope for the Future — Help Us Keep Going

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 14th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

We’ve Come a Long Way in 2011, From Depression and Heartbreak to Authentic Hope for the Future — Help Us Keep Going
If we have done a good job, if we have kept you informed, stimulated, and inspired, we hope you will make a contribution.


Sorting the Varieties of Republican Foreign Policy Nonsense

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 14th, 2011 5:36 am by HL

Sorting the Varieties of Republican Foreign Policy Nonsense
Democracy Arsenal and National Security Network head into tonight’s CNN/Heritage/AEI candidate forum with an awesome array of analysis. A long way of saying where you can find great stuff as a viewer’s guide for tonight. For my part, I’d only…

The Great Rope a Dope trick
Barack Obama learned a political trick from Muhammad Ali called Rope a Dope. For you youngsters, this refers to the epic Rumble in the Jungle Heavyweight fight against George Foreman in 1974. Here is the Wikipedia explanation. The rope-a-dope is…



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ANALYSIS: Gingrich?s Tax Plan Would Cause Perpetual Trillion Dollar Deficits, Triple The Debt By 2024

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 14th, 2011 5:35 am by HL

ANALYSIS: Gingrich?s Tax Plan Would Cause Perpetual Trillion Dollar Deficits, Triple The Debt By 2024
Our guest blogger is Seth Hanlon, Director of Fiscal Reform at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. 2012 GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich is outdoing his Republican rivals in promising enormous tax cuts for the very wealthiest Americans. According to an independent analysis by the Tax Policy Center, Gingrich’s plan would violate basic notions […]

Our guest blogger is Seth Hanlon, Director of Fiscal Reform at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

2012 GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich is outdoing his Republican rivals in promising enormous tax cuts for the very wealthiest Americans. According to an independent analysis by the Tax Policy Center, Gingrich’s plan would violate basic notions of fairness by requiring middle-class families to pay higher tax rates than millionaires.

But that’s not all that’s wrong with it. Gingrich’s plan is by far the most fiscally reckless plan to be released by a major 2012 contender. The magnitude of the tax cuts he is proposing to the wealthy and corporations would drive the debt to unprecedented and dangerous levels even if federal spending is cut drastically.

Gingrich has not proposed specific levels for federal spending, so to analyze the effect of his plan on the debt, we assumed that he adopts all of the draconian spending cuts in House Budget Committee Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget. Gingrich originally dismissed the Ryan budget as “right-wing social engineering,” but later said he would vote for it.

The spending levels in the Ryan budget are unrealistically and irresponsibly low. And yet Gingrich’s tax giveaways are so enormous that there wouldn’t be nearly enough revenue to fund even this extreme conservative vision of government.

The Gingrich plan would reduce federal revenues by $1.28 trillion below CBO’s baseline, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, resulting in revenues of about 13.2 percent of GDP. That is an absurdly low level. Unsurprisingly, therefore Gingrich’s plan would pile up debt shockingly fast. Ultimately, Gingrich’s plan would:

Result in perpetual trillion-dollar deficits: The budget deficit is expected to be 6.2 percent of GDP in the current fiscal year, but projected to decline in the coming years. With Gingrich’s tax plan in place, however, deficits would be even higher in perpetuity. In the best year under his plan, fiscal year 2015, the deficit would be $1.2 trillion, or 6.6 percent of GDP. Annual deficits would continue to mount, reaching $2 trillion in just over a decade. Again, this assumes that drastic spending cuts also take place.

Explode the debt to historic levels: Under the Gingrich plan, the publicly-held debt would double by 2019, and triple by 2024. By the end of a second Gingrich term as president, the debt would reach $25 trillion, or more than 100 percent of GDP. The United States will have added about $12.5 trillion in debt during that period, with no end in sight.

Commit the United States to trillion dollar interest payments on the debt: By enacting a tax plan with grossly inadequate revenues, the U.S. would be committing to pay ever-increasing sums of money to creditors like China. Under Gingrich’s plan, by 2021 the United States would be paying more than $1 trillion every year just in interest on the debt. Interest on the debt would represent nearly a quarter of all government spending.

Of course, if Gingrich can’t get spending down to the Ryan level, his deficits would be larger and his debt higher. In short, Gingrich’s tax plan simply cannot be taken seriously. As fiscal policy goes, it is every bit as ridiculous as his nutty proposals to replace school janitors with child laborers or colonize the moon.

Iran Intel Chief Meets With Saudi Officials
Officials from two regional Middle Eastern rivals held security talks this week amid rising tensions. Despite strained relations, Iran’s intelligence chief travelled to Riyadh for talks with top Saudi Arabian officials including the intelligence chief, interior minister, and other members of the ruling royal family, according to the Wall Street Journal. They met in accordance […]

Officials from two regional Middle Eastern rivals held security talks this week amid rising tensions. Despite strained relations, Iran’s intelligence chief travelled to Riyadh for talks with top Saudi Arabian officials including the intelligence chief, interior minister, and other members of the ruling royal family, according to the Wall Street Journal. They met in accordance with security agreements despite an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, accusations that Iran meddled in various Arab Spring uprisings, and WikiLeaks revelations that laid bare hostility between the two countries.