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Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Changes to 9-0-9 Plan for Poor Americans
Post Date: 2011-10-21 13:36:36 by Brian S
Herman Cain has made some changes to his 9-9-9 plan, telling an audience in Detroit Friday that the poorest Americans would get a "9-0-9" plan and be excluded from his tax proposal. Cain has been getting hit on all sides for his 9-9-9 plan, something he repeats constantly during GOP presidential debates. The plan calls for a nine percent corporate, national sales and income tax to replace the current tax system. The 9-9-9 plan also calls for elimination of capital gains, estate and payroll taxes. Tax experts and groups that have analyzed the plan concluded that the proposal would shift the tax burden onto low-income Americans and away from the rich. Others have said it is an ...
Sen. Marco Rubio Embellished Story Of ‘Cuban Exile’ Parents
Post Date: 2011-10-21 12:19:52 by Brian S
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a tea party favorite, embellished the facts surrounding his parents emigration from Cuba, according to The Washington Post. Rubio has been claiming for years that his family joined an exodus from Cuba in 1959 after the revolution led by Fidel Castro. In a 2010 campaign ad, for instance, he referred to himself as the son of Cuban exiles. But naturalization papers and other official records show that his parents arrived in the United States in 1956, well before Castro took power. And they returned to Cuba several times after Castro declared the island a socialist state. His parents waited 15 years to seek naturalization. ...
Stewart on Gaddafi’s death: ‘What the f*ck is wrong’ with Republicans?
Post Date: 2011-10-21 11:20:00 by Brian S
Comedy Centrals Jon Stewart pointed out Thursday that there seemed to be no conservatives willing to give President Barack Obama and the United States any credit for the death of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The [Obama] administration reacted to todays victory with relief and amazement, the Libyan people with gratitude and jubilation, but for one group, the death of Gaddafi, the dictator and major sponsor of international terrorism, would require more reflection, time to process and figure out how this good news could actually be bad, Stewart explained. Fox News co-host Andrea Tantaros complained that we dont know what these rebels are going to ...
Trump Upset Gadhafi Killed Before U.S. Got Libya’s Oil
Post Date: 2011-10-21 11:19:02 by Brian S
Real estate mogul Donald Trump released a video on YouTube following the death of Muammar Gadhafi in which he complained about the fact that the Libyan strongman was killed before the United States had a chance to take the countrys oil reserves. Libyas National Transitional Council announced Thursday that Gadhafi had been captured and later died during the assault on his hometown Sirte. Big deal, he said. What do we get out of it? They have the oil. The rebels would have given us everything if we had some leader that knew how to negotiate. GA_googleFillSlot('RS_V3_STORY_EMBEDDED_300_2');The rebels were being routed four months ago, ...
McCain: Qadhafi Death 'Victory' For Obama
Post Date: 2011-10-20 17:03:13 by Brian S
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hailed the reported death of Muammar Qadhafi as a victory for President Obama. This is a victory for the president, the Obama administration but most importantly for the Libyan people, McCain said on Fox News Thursday morning. At the time that the senator make these remarks, the White House had not yet confirmed reports of the former Libyan rulers death. McCain said he believed theres very little doubt that Qadhafi had been killed. In a statement released earlier in the day, the Arizona senator said Qadhafis death marks an end to the first phase of the Libyan revolution but didnt mention ...
Whoops: Rush Limbaugh Mocked For Defending Genocidal Militia
Post Date: 2011-10-20 15:14:39 by Brian S
Conservative opinion-maker Rush Limbaugh talks like he knows everything about everything, but this week he really stepped in it. Sensing a chance to attack President Barack Obama, the Republican talk show host defended the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) and claimed that Obama had deployed a small number of troops to Africa to wipe out Christians. A few moments later he was backpedaling, after someone informed him that hed just stuck up for one of the most brutal militia movements in the world. LRA rebels are accused of terrorizing, murdering, raping and kidnapping thousands of people in the four nations, and tens of thousands of people died in their 20-year war with ...
Occupy Wall Street Updates: National Convention In the Works? More Occupy Songs and Clashes Overseas
Post Date: 2011-10-20 13:01:28 by Brian S
Occupy Wall Street and its sister occupations around the world continue to gain steam. At home, the protesters have directed the national dialogue away from "deficit" and towards distribution of wealth, a major win.Here are some updates from around the web.A new working group has formed to try to convene a national General Assembly to meet in Philadelphia just like the original Founding Fathers did--on July 4th, no less. The goal would be to petition congress with a list of grievances. It's quite a fascinating idea, and worth reading the proposal at length. UPDATE: However it should be noted that this is in no way an official plan nor is necessarily endorsed by the ...
Occupy Wall Street TV Commercial Set to Hit the Airwaves
Post Date: 2011-10-20 12:57:24 by Brian S
Conservative groups are currently running ads on cable news accusing Occupy Wall Street of anti-Semitism. Right-wing media, and even the Republican National Committee, are piling on those attacks.Soon, however, Occupy Wall Street will begin running a television ad of its own. The ad features a diverse set of protesters speaking directly into the camera what they hope the movement will achieve. Here it is:Business Insider has some background:Last week, we wrote about Occupy Wall Street's commercial, which features a montage of protesters explaining what they would like to get out of the movement. Since then, we've been contacted by the commercial 's ...
Clinton, Karzai Share Laughs Over Herman Cain Comments On Uzbekistan
Post Date: 2011-10-20 12:31:53 by Brian S
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Afghan President Hamid Karzai shared some laughs Thursday over GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain's recent dismissive remarks about Uzbekistan. At the start of a meeting in Kabul, Clinton said Karzai had seen a news clip in which Cain said he didn't "even know the names of all these presidents of all these countries." In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network earlier this month, Cain was asked how he would deal with "gotcha questions" from the media. He replied: "When they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I'm going to say: `You ...
Santorum Says Cain Misleads Voters On Abortion
Post Date: 2011-10-20 12:24:26 by Brian S
(10-20) 09:10 PDT Concord, N.H. (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says rival Herman Cain has been misleading voters about his position on abortion. In a CNN interview late Wednesday, Cain said he personally opposes abortion in all circumstances but that the government shouldn't try to tell families or women what to do. Campaigning in New Hampshire on Thursday, Santorum told The Associated Press that Cain's position is the same as virtually all politicians who favor abortion rights. Santorum also says that Cain's view shows that he is untested as a candidate. Santorum says it's now obvious that Cain's personal views don't apply to his public ...
Tea Party Blogger Calls For No New Jobs
Post Date: 2011-10-19 23:34:24 by Brian S
Yesterday, Melissa Brookstone, a Tea Party blogger, called for a strike of small business owners against what she believes is a global socialist movement working with President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate. The strike would be accomplished by these small business owners refusing to hire any new workers until "this war against business and [the United States] is stopped." Ms. Brookstone, in this post and others on the same website, accused President Obama of having dictatorial powers. She has also accused the media and Hollywood of working with so-called progressive socialists against business, the free market, individual rights, and capitalism. Melissa Brookstone is ...
GOP Senators Angry About Reid Claim That They're Rooting For Economic Failure
Post Date: 2011-10-19 23:31:28 by Brian S
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is trying to bring comity back to the upper chamber, has broken protocol by accusing Republicans of rooting for the economy to fail. The accusations from the blunt Nevada Democrat have irritated Republicans, and complicated Reids effort to hold a bipartisan meeting with senators in the near future. In the Senate, where lawmakers routinely address their adversaries as my friend, Reids attack on GOP motives is a jarring break from traditional decorum. Reid said Republican opposition to President Obamas $447 billion jobs bill is based purely on politics, and has cited their votes against the measure as evidence they want ...
U.S. Israel Lobby Little More Than GOP Front Group
Post Date: 2011-10-19 16:24:04 by Brian S
This is just shameful. As a Jew (if not a particularly practicing one), watching how the American-Israel lobby gives a horrible name to Israel (and Jews for that matter) becomes more embarrassing every day. And since Republicans have decided to make believe that Obama is "vulnerable on Israel" --- they will say anything for perceived political gain, no matter whether it's actually true or not --- I suspect this sort of thing is only going to get shamefully worse as the 2012 election nears. Two recent examples, both detailed below, demonstrate the desperation and willingness of these folks to use the State of Israel as little more than a propaganda bludgeon for Republican ...
Romney Steals Spotlight From Cain
Post Date: 2011-10-19 13:05:35 by Brian S
Herman Cain quickly found himself being pummeled at Tuesday nights CNN debate, even as his rivals preceded their punches with words of praise, and his read my plan defense was strikingly weak. But after those opening moments, it was Mitt Romney who took over the event with a series of toe-to-toe exchangeswith Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and, most vociferously, Rick Perryin which he stood his ground and refused to be talked over.Perhaps such things shouldnt matter, but by keeping his cool and forcing his rivals to stop interrupting him, Romney projected an image of strengthand cemented his status as the man to beat. He undoubtedly bested the Las ...
Koch Iran Ties Cause New York Candidate to Send Contributions to Charity
Post Date: 2011-10-19 12:42:18 by Brian S
Dan Maffei, a New York congressional candidate and former member of the U.S. House, said he is giving $3,500 in political donations from Koch Industries Inc. to charity because the company profited from business in Iran. I not only will never take another cent from them, but I am giving their past donations away to charity, said Maffei, a Democrat, in a statement e-mailed by his campaign yesterday. He said he would donate the funds from Kochs political action committee to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which helps families of the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Maffei cited a report this month in Bloomberg Markets that Koch sold millions of dollars of ...
Great-Grandmother Becomes Object of Dispute in Ohio Union Referendum Fight
Post Date: 2011-10-19 12:40:37 by Brian S
Before the fight over Ohios restrictions on state workers collective bargaining, 78-year- old Marlene Quinn was never involved in politics -- just the Girl Scouts and PTA. Now each side contesting a Nov. 8 referendum on the law has produced commercials featuring Quinn, a Cincinnati mother of three, grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of 23 with No. 24 on the way. Quinn initially appeared in an ad for We Are Ohio, the coalition seeking to repeal the measure. She said firefighters who saved her son and 3-year-old great-granddaughter in November wouldnt be able to negotiate for safe staffing levels. Then, the group backing the law ran an ad with the same footage to ...
Occupy Wall Street Speaks For America: A "Centrist" Hit Job's Polling Data Helps Prove It
Post Date: 2011-10-18 15:41:15 by Brian S
Thanks to a hit piece by one of those Beltway pseudo-"bipartisans" we can now state conclusively what many of us have long suspected: Occupy Wall Street speaks for the American majority. We've got the polling numbers to prove it. We now know where the real center lies. It's easy to understand why people like Douglas Schoen are lining up to attack OWS. It shines a spotlight on their cardboard centrism - that think-tank designed, artificially-inseminated, vat-grown corporate ideology so widely rejected by the public at large. OWS represents the real American consensus, and that has them running scared. But Schoen's Wall Street Journal editorial falls so far ...
Panicked Conservatives Are Labeling The Occupy Protests As 'anti-Semitic' In An Attempt To Break Up The Movement
Post Date: 2011-10-18 12:27:45 by Brian S
An ugly old tradition is back: Exploiting anti-Semitism to break the backs of popular movements that threaten the power of the wealthiest one per cent of our population. It is being used to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has conservatives in a state of near panic.I don't know the first time the tactic was used, although it dates back almost to the beginning of the Jewish diaspora.Perhaps its most famous use was by the viciously anti-Semitic Czar Nicholas, whose supporters concocted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion at the start of the 20th century to prevent Russians from joining socialist movements and other reform efforts that were fighting to get the czar to cede ...
Cain Used Campaign Funds to Buy Autobiography
Post Date: 2011-10-18 11:35:58 by Brian S
Republican presidential contender Herman Cain used campaign funds to buy his own books from his motivational speaking company, Federal Election Commission records show. Although his autobiography was published by a division of Simon & Schuster Inc., Cain paid Stockbridge, Georgia-based T.H.E New Voice Inc. $36,511 for books. His campaign spent $4 million through Sept. 30, including more than $64,000 paid to his motivational speaking company for airfare, lodging and supplies, as well as the books. They are buying my books and my pamphlets, Cain said in an interview in between appearances in Arizona yesterday. The campaign is buying them from T.H.E New Voice. ...
Does GOP Cocaine= Koch-Cain? Are Koch bros Buying GOP Pres Nomination by Supporting Herman Cain?
Post Date: 2011-10-17 19:10:18 by Brian S
Could the Koch brothers be buying the Republican presidential nomination with a Koch-Cain (pronounced like cocaine) campaign. They've been funding Cain as their mouthpiece for a long time? Supposedly independent Herman Cain has been funded by the Koch brothers for at least six years, giving dozens of talks across the nation for the billionaires' Americans for Prosperity policy promotion organization. An AP article, Long Ties to Koch Brothers Key to Cain's Campaign, reports that Herman Cain has had a long standing relationship to the billionaire Koch brothers. He's been a regular speaker at the Koch brothers Americans for Prosperity (AFP) for years and an AFP ...
Norquist Compares Cain’S ’9-9-9′ Plan To Putting ‘Tapeworms In Your Tummy’
Post Date: 2011-10-17 17:22:31 by Brian S
Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist gave a peculiar analogy to ABC news Monday afternoon in expressing some concern over Herman Cains 9-9-9 tax plan. When asked by Top Line host Amy Walter if he was expressing fear over the first nine the personal income tax in Cains well discussed plan being adjusted by Congress over time, Norquist actually shared his skepticism over the entire plan. Im very concerned about three different taxes, every one of them can grow, he said. To put tapeworms in your tummy to try and maintain your weight they may have their own idea about their growth patterns and what they want to do. Creating new ...
Tea Party King Erickson Grits Teeth, Concedes Occupy Movement Basically Right
Post Date: 2011-10-17 14:52:01 by Brian S
First came the broke unemployed drummers and poets, then the debt-ridden students, then the retired couples whose pensions and real estate holdings have withered, then the tourists, then, slowly, the journalists. on Friday, the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has been thrumming along gathering force and supporters across the country and around the world for more than a month now, won a reluctant endorsement from a chief critic, Tea Party blog king Erick Erickson at Red State. A friend of mine chastised me the other day. He said I was being too hostile toward the occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere, wrote Erickson in the Friday blog. [A]round the country there ...
Gingrich Says Iran and North Korea Must Be Destroyed
Post Date: 2011-10-17 12:00:33 by Brian S
In an interview with CNN, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said that the U.S. "would never, ever, be safe if the North Korean and Iranian dictatorships survive." Gingrich said that he would use "all the techniques that President Reagan, Prime Minister Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II used to destroy the Soviet empire." Gingrich outlined his plan stating, "I think our goal should be the replacement of the Iranian dictatorship with a maximum amount of effort to arouse students, arouse young people, arouse ethnic dissent, to finance every possible element of opposition, to build a radio and television free Iran, and to apply every possible economic sanction, ...
The Black Self-Loathing Of Herman Cain
Post Date: 2011-10-16 17:27:02 by Brian S
This is for those who keep asking what I think of Herman Cain. In particular, it's for those who want to know what the tea party's embrace of this black businessman turned presidential candidate says about my claim that the tea party is racist. I might eat the plate of crow those folks proffer if I'd ever actually made that claim. What I have said, fairly consistently, is something more nuanced: Racial animus is an element of tea party ideology, but not its entirety. As I once noted in this space, the tea party probably would not exist if Condoleezza Rice were president. Modern social conservatives, in my experience, do not hate black people en masse. To the contrary, there ...
Cain: ‘The War In Iraq Wasn’t A Mistake’
Post Date: 2011-10-16 17:12:47 by Brian S
In his interview with David Gregory on Meet The Press Sunday, Herman Cain revealed some interesting foreign policy thoughts. When asked about his perspective on the war in Iraq, Cain believed the decision by the Bush administration to go there was justified. I dont think the war in Iraq was a mistake, because there were a lot of other reasons we needed to go to Iraq, and there have been a lot of benefits that have come out of Iraq, he said. Cain also disagreed with President Barack Obamas decision to withdraw troops from Iraq. I dont agree with the presidents approach to draw down 40,000 troops and basically leave that country open to attack by ...
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