Tax Reform: Republicans Abandon Their Own Ship

When Republican Rep. Dave Camp released a comprehensive tax reform plan, Republicans ran for the exits. They worry about the details that offend corporate lobbies. We should worry about the assumptions that offend common sense.
Robert Borosage
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A Death Cult Run By Billionaires

Right wing ideologues are no long just preaching their beliefs and trying to persuade people to go along. They know they cannot allow facts and knowledge to be shared with the public or the results of their handiwork will be obvious to all.
Digby
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Wingnut Week In Review: Another One Bites The Dust

It's been another rough week on the right. A high-profile GOP governor, and potential 2016 presidential contender could be brought low by a trove of scandalous emails. And it's not Chris Christie.
Terrance Heath
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House of Cads: Netflix Show Plays Ransom Drama With Taxpayers

A show about rough Washington politics gets rough in real life, demanding that Maryland taxpayers fork over more subsidies or else it will move its filming operation to the state that will allow the biggest tax ripoff.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Playing Politics with People’s Lives

Another rural Georgia hospital is closing its doors as that state continues to block the Medicaid expansion. It's time for Republicans to expand Medicaid in every state, and stop playing politics with people's lives.

No Pill’s Gonna Cure GOP ill

No pill’s gonna cure Republicans’ ill. They got a bad case of hating Barack Obama. So bad that they’re intent on taking health insurance from millions of Americans in an attempt to wound the President.
Leo Gerard
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The Filibuster Against the Jobless: A Moral Disgrace

By a margin of one vote, a Republican filibuster blocked extension of aid to the long-term unemployed in the middle of the winter. Then the Senate adjourned for another vacation. This is a clear measure of who they are.
Robert Borosage
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They Can’t Help Loving A Man Who Slaps Liberals Around

I knew about Christie's little "deal" some time ago, but apparently it's just now coming to the attention of the Washington press. It's a case of the Washington establishment falling in love with a man who's willing to slap liberals around.
Digby
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GOP Denies Workers’ Right to Unionize

Organized labor stands for everything the GOP hates: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and the 40-hour work week. So the GOP denounces workers exercising concerted action, at the workplace and in Washington, D.C
GOP Denies Workers’ Right to Unionize
Leo Gerard
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Obamacare and the Right-Wing Fight for Indentured Servitude

There’s an underlying pattern to policy positions "freedom"-proclaiming conservatives are taking. Each would rob people of their freedom to choose their jobs, negotiate their salaries, or decide how they want to live.
Richard Eskow
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Wingnut Week In Review: We, Too, Sing America

In the words of Langston Hughes, “We, too, sing America.” We sing it in the varied tones of our many cultures. We sing it in with accents both regional and international, in every language we know — even if it drives right-wingers crazy.
Terrance Heath
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CBO Report: Obamacare Will Make Us More Free

A dominant conservative narrative is that government saps our freedom. But good government can increase our personal choices and make us more free – freer to pursue our own individual paths.
Joshua Holland
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Chris Christie’s Super Bowl Fumble

With the first ever “mass transit Super Bowl” in his state, Chris Christie had two jobs: Make the trains run on time, and bring home the bacon for New Jersey. What actually happened is a classic example of conservative failure.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review, January 26 – 31, 2014

Nothing drives conservatives around the bend like a speech from Barack Obama. So, thanks to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, there’s no shortage of wingnuttery this week.
Terrance Heath
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The Best of the Worst GOP State of the Union Responses

How Many Republicans does it take to respond to the State of the Union address? The flurry of GOP responses to the State of the union reflect both the party’s disarray and the growing distance between the GOP and the majority of Americans.
Terrance Heath
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The Worst of the Week for January 24, 2014

This has been a rough week for the American right. Some of its brightest stars now seem to be plummeting to the earth. Meanwhile, every time conservatives opened their mouths, they widened the chasm between the GOP and mainstream America.
Terrance Heath
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Sabotage In Plain Sight

Conservatives are pushing back at the charge they are sabotaging Obamacare. They insist it's just imploding all on its own (despite the fact that it actually isn't.) But in one case, they're just admitting it right up front.
Digby
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Utah Is Ending Homelessness By Giving People Homes

Bucking the conservative tendency to blame and punish the poor, and the trend towards criminalizing homelessness, Utah has come up with simple, cost-effective solution for homelessness.
Terrance Heath
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For the GOP, An Abyss Instead of Genuine Economic Ideas

When you look too long into the Abyss, said Nietzsche, the Abyss looks into you. That’s what Republicans' economic statements are like nowadays. Instead of a core philosophy, there's an abyss. But they still have an agenda.
Richard Eskow
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The Bipartisan Budget Deal Blues

Don't believe the hype. The 1,582-page budget deal may be a return to bipartisan compromise and "regular order," but it punts on addressing the vital needs of this country. It continues austerity, while starving vital investments.
Robert Borosage
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Join The Stand For Justice Feb. 8 In Raleigh, N.C.

On February 8, tens of thousands of people of conscience will answer Rev. Barber's call and join in a "Moral March" on the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Here's why you should join them – and how.
Roger Hickey
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When Conservatism Fails, West Virginians Get Poisoned

The West Virginia chemical spill that poisoned a river and left 300,000 without water is another consequence of conservatism's "deregulation culture," and a lesson in the importance of government oversight over business.
Terrance Heath
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Democracy and the Christie Phenomenon

Why do people like the bullying tough guy types such as Chris Christie? Are they looking for someone to "take charge" in a world in which they feel a loss of control. Maybe. But can he get a majority to vote for him?
Digby
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Chris Christie is the Real Face of the Republican Party

Christie and his staff reflect a view of other people as nothing more than rubes to be manipulated and exploited, whether they’re trying to escape the trap of long-term unemployment or Fort Lee during the morning rush hour.
Richard Eskow
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Headline O’ The Day

"Misfortune?" Really?  I think of misfortune as getting cancer or losing your job.  Getting caught for illegally using your power to punish innocent people is something else entirely.
Digby
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