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Stephen Colbert “Now folks, it might seem like the American people want Republicans to get something done, but don’t you fall for it.  And, that’s not just Akbar talking, that’s advice from Jabba the Rush.”

Rush Limbaugh 11-5-14 “It’s the biggest and perhaps most important mandate a political party has had in the recent era and it is very simple what that mandate is.  It is to stop Barack Obama.  Republicans were not elected to govern.”

Colbert “Thank you.  Republicans were not elected to govern.  Their one job is to stop Obama.  But folks, there’s an even more urgent reason to do nothing.  According to a new editorial by the National Review called The Governing Trap, ‘if voters come to believe that a Republican Congress and a Democratic President are doing a fine job of governing together, why wouldn’t they vote to continue the arrangement in 2016?’.  Yes, they you will be trapped together for another four years doing a competent job of governing.  Who wants that? (everyone but cable news)  The point is, anything the Republicans accomplish at all no matter how insignificant, could lead to President Hillary Clinton.  Besides, nobody likes people who actually govern.  I mean look at Obama.  He turned the economy around and gave millions of people health care.  What an asshole.  And, as the National Review points out, not only would governing be too effective, it would also be completely ineffective because ‘If Republicans proclaim that they have to govern now that they run Congress, they maximize the incentive for the Democrats to filibuster everything they can.’. Yes, and filibustering everything you can is cowardly (as of last Tuesday).  And, what is worse folks, ‘A prove-you-can-govern strategy will inevitably divide the party on the same tea party-vs-establishment lines that Republicans have just succeeded in overcoming’.  That’s right.  If Republicans do anything it will start the infighting.  Think about it.  The Beatles never would have broken up if they never released any records.  Instead of making the mistake of doing things now The National Review says the GOP should focus on the future by ‘building the case for Republican governance after 2016’, and explaining ‘what the Republicans would do if they had the White House’.  Yes, it’s time to show the American people that Republicans are capable of bold, decisive action, sometime later.  Then, Republicans will be able to take back the White House, and when they finally have control of the Presidency, and both houses of Congress, at last it will be time to govern, is what they want you to think.  But, that’s just another trap.  Because, the GOP can’t act until they’ve secured an all Republican Supreme Court, 50 Republican Governors, 50 Republican state legislatures, and an all Republican prom committee.  And, even then even when there are no Democrats left anywhere, they still should not govern because then another Republican could run against them in the primary and they’d be wide open to attack on their voting record if they have one.  Of course, refusing to govern at all might eventually become hard to sell to the American people, so they might have to wait until there isn’t an America anymore.  And, if they refuse the responsibility to govern, well, that will be right around the corner.”–2014—andy-cohen

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Jon Stewart “Remember that time we invaded Iraq to remove the threat of the world’s most dangerous people using the world’s most dangerous weapons and it turned out that the threat wasn’t there.  Well, good news, the threat’s there now, in some measure due to the destabilizing effect of our intervention.  And, you’ll never guess what the people who hyped the original plan, would like to do now.”

Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY) June 17, 2014 “We must grapple with how best to help Iraq meet this threat.”

Rep Pete King (R-NY) June 22, 2014 “It is absolutely essential that we stop Isis from gaining this foothold in Iraq.”

Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) June 15, 2014 “We need air power immediately to stop the advance.”

Sen John McCain (R-AZ) June 18, 2014 “We have to act.  We must act.”

Stewart “We must, act.  Well, if we do, I think you’re going to need acting lessons, but I do look forward to you and your friends starring in a new play called ‘A Streetcar Named We’re Always Wrong.”


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Jon Stewart “You know, there’s all kinds of reasons why Republicans believe domestic spending is folly.”

Sen John Cornyn (R-TX) Jan 29, 2014 “Big Government doesn’t work.”

Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL) Feb 17, 2014 “massive government spending, particularly debt spending, is not the solution.”

Sen Bob Portman (R-OH) Feb 9, 2014 “the last thing we want to do is add to the debt and deficit.”

Sen Ron Johnson (R-WI) June 6, 2014 “negative unintended consequences of our good intentions..”

Sen Mitch McConnell (R-TN) Dec 1, 2009 “The rampant waste, fraud and abuse.”

Rubio Oct 11, 2013 “we need to make sure our government programs encourage work, not dependence.”

Sen Jeff Sessions (R-AL) April 1, 2014 “For our policy cannot be to simply relegate more and more of our citizens to dependence on the government.”

Stewart “By the way, has out of control government spending had the same corrupting effect on non-Americans?”

Pres. George W Bush September 9, 2008 “America’s goal in Iraq was to help the Iraqi people build a democratic nation that can govern itself.”

Sen Roy Blunt (R-MO) Feb 17, 2011 “create a real democracy for people who want it.”

Bush “…help Afghans begin to build a new democracy….build their economy, and provide basic services and expand health care as well as open up schools.”

Rep Louie Gohmert (R-TX) “..and allowing for freedom to spread around the world.”

Stewart “So basically, when we give other countries government assistance, they handle it great, but when we get it ourselves, we bleep it all up.  Why is it you don’t seem to care about unintended consequences, waste, fraud, abuse and cultural dependency when it comes to the unlimited checkbook we have for foreign military adventures?”

McConnell “Of course the war has been costly, but we have been protected from attack here at home.”

Stewart “Putting aside the questionable contention that the wars in Iraq have kept us safe here at home, you do know terrorism isn’t the only thing Americans would like to be protected from?”

Reporter 1 “The American Society of Civil Engineers gives America’s crumbling infrastructure a D+”

Reporter 2 “The VA says at least 23 people have died waiting for care.”

Reporter 3 “Fifty million Americans, living below the federal poverty line.”

Reporter 4 “Temperatures could go up by 9 degrees this century and sea levels could rise an extra 10 to 21 inches.”

Reporter 5 “30 Americans die from gun violence in this country every single day.”

Stewart “But, none of it is terrorism, right?  “Cause, then we’d have to do something about it.  If there was one man who embodied the ethos of the Republican party, in this regard, I’d have to say it’s our old friend Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, never met a war appropriations bill he didn’t like, happy to spend the money overseas.”

Sessions March 17, 2013 “We made a commitment to our troops…and they’re prepared to put their lives at stake for us, and I don’t think there ought to be the slightest suggestion in any way, that we’re not going to honor that commitment.”

Stewart “Who do I make the check out to sir?  And of course, he’s not too worried about how it’s going to work out.”

Reporter talking to Sessions Dec 14, 2005 “So you have faith that the cost of this war in casualties and the cost of like a half a trillion dollars…and risks in terms of people in the world not liking what we’re doing, which is fairly all worth it, because if we do fail, things fail, and we come home, and after we come home it fails over there, they go back to some military coup, isn’t that a danger that we can’t change the course of a country if we’re only going to be there for a limited amount of time?”

Sessions “Well, I don’t believe that’s going to happen.”

Stewart “Oh, he doesn’t believe it.  What?  Unlimited money to go over there, I don’t think anything bad is going to happen, well how about spending some money on cleaning up the mess you made here at home for the veterans?”

Sessions Jun 11, 2014 “We need to resist the temptation to create more entitlements and more entitlements which is one of the reasons that we’re heading recklessly to a fiscal crisis… but I don’t think we should create a blank check, and unlimited entitlement program now.”

Stewart “I’m worried.  I’m really worried about the Republicans.  Their inability to wean themselves off military intervention.  They have, a culture of defendency, if you will, and I believe it’s turned them all into warfare queens.  And, I think we need to cut them off, for their own good.”


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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: But first here’s my take. Foreign policy commands attention when it’s crisis management. A street revolt breaks out in Egypt or Libya or Kiev and everyone asks, how should the president respond?

Now these are important parts of America’s role in the world, but they are essentially reactive and tactical. The broader challenge is to lay down a longer-term strategy that endures after the crisis of the moment. The Obama administration has tried to do this with its Asia’s strategy, and the president’s trip this week is a part of that, but progress has been halting and incomplete.

So for all its problems, the real threat to a serious Asia strategy comes not from the administration but from Congress and maybe the American public. In fact, the difficulties in the execution of the Asian pivot raised the broader question — can America have a grand strategy today?

Obama’s basic approach is wise and in many ways a continuation of U.S. foreign policy since Bill Clinton’s presidency, including George W. Bush. On the diplomatic front, it has two elements — deterrence and engagement. All countries in Asia as well as the United States seek stronger and deeper economic ties with China and want to ensure that that country does not become an expansionist regional bully.

Now getting the balance between those two elements — engagement and deterrence — is hard to do and easy to criticize. There is, however, a broader aspect to Asia policy, one that is constructive. At the center of this is the Transpacific Partnership. It would not only be the largest trade deal in decades if it happened involving most of Asia’s large economies and perhaps eventually even including China but it would strongly reinforce America style rules about free and open trade worldwide.

Yet the president has not been able to get the fast track authority that makes it possible to negotiate such a trade deal. The Democratic Party, once the greatest champion of free trade, has long turned its back on it. A sad shift in a once open and optimistic party. And in recent years, Republican support for trade has also gotten much weaker.

America’s military strategy in Asia requires significant budgets, and these are under pressure from both sides of the aisle. Public support for any kind of ambitious, generous foreign policy is pretty low these days.

Now the most worrying obstacle to a serious American strategy might seem at first to be a highly technical issue. The administration has proposed reform of the International Monetary Fund which congressional Republicans are blocking. But reforming the agency is crucial to America’s future global vote.

Let me explain. The IMF governing board has long been dominated by the United States and Europe. As Asian countries have become a large part of the global economic pie, the Obama administration has proposed enlarging their votes on the board. Now this mostly would take power away from Europe, not the United States. And yet congressional Republicans have held up this plan for three years, and they show no signs of being ready to pass it.

This issue has united Asian countries from China to Indonesia to Singapore who see it a sign that the West will never let them share real power in these institutions. And you know what? They have a point. After World War II, the United States confronted Soviet communism but it also built a stable world order by creating many institutions that set global rules and norms, and shared power from the U.N. itself to the IMF and the World Bank.

The urgent task is to expand these institutions to include the rising powers of Asia. If Washington does not do this, it will strengthen those voices in Asia, especially in China, who say that their countries should not try to integrate into a Western framework of international rules because they will always be second class citizens, and they should, instead, buy their time and create their own institutions, played by their own rules and do their own thing.

And at that point, we will all deeply regret that we did not let these countries into the club when we had a chance. – Transcripts

Posted April 28, 2014 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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A Texas judge puts the blame squarely on Tea Party Republican rhetoric for his decision to run for re-election as a Democrat in a campaign video he released on Sunday.

“Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassination,” Bexar County Judge Carlo Key says in the video, over shots of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other Republican lawmakers. “Pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake, I have not left the Republican party. It left me.”

“I will not be a member of a party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office, rather than disqualifying them” Key says. “I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that will provide healthcare to millions of people throughout our country.”

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By Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas, Published: October 15 at 8:29 am

According to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll 74 percent of Americans disapprove of how the Republicans are handling the budget negotiations. That’s three-out-of-four Americans.

Numbers like that shouldn’t happen on highly visible issues in a competitive, two-party system. But when they do happen they can’t go on for very long.

Republicans know they need a way out. In the Senate, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell may have found one. Their deal would fund the government until January 15th and raise the debt ceiling until February 7th.

The deal would also create a bicameral budget committee that will report back by December 13th, and it delays Obamacare’s reinsurance fee (more on that here) and strengthens the law’s income verification procedures.

The thing about these concessions is that none of them is actually a concession — for either party. Democrats have been begging for a budget conference for six months, and in recent weeks, Republicans began begging for one too. The reinsurance fee doesn’t matter much to Obamacare and organized labor has been begging Democrats to get rid of it. The income verification is already in Obamacare, but the Obama administration was lagging on it.

“Democrats won’t say it too loudly just yet, but the emerging budget agreement leaves Republicans with remarkably little to show for forcing the first government shutdown in 17 years,” writes Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown. “They barely nicked Obamacare and their poll numbers are in tank.”


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Tom Kludt – September 27, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer backed off on his suggestion earlier this week that Twitter allows President Barack Obama to use more than 140 characters in his tweets, but some Republican primary voters evidently still have doubts.

Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling tested Fleischer’s debunked and ultimately retracted conspiracy theory in a survey released Friday, finding support and uncertainty among Republicans nationwide. The poll showed that 13 percent of GOP primary voters think Twitter does permit Obama to exceed the 140 character limit while a majority — 52 percent — said they weren’t sure. Thirty-six percent said they don’t think Obama enjoys a larger character limit than the rest of Twitter users.

The former press secretary under George W. Bush was widely ridiculed after he said that a tweet from the @BarackObama Twitter account — which is run by Organizing for Action — had gone over the 140-character limit and wondered if the president gets to “play by different rules.”

But there were actually only 136 characters in the tweet that Fleischer questioned and, moments later, he was forced to walk back his suggestion.


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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said Sunday that top Republicans urged him to go after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the latest indication that the junior senator from Texas has alienated members of his own party over his strategy to defund Obamacare and risk a government shutdown.

Cruz was a guest on “Fox News Sunday,” which Wallace hosts.

“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington and I say that because as soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz,” Wallace told his panel before asking GOP strategist Karl Rove why Republicans were upset with Cruz.

“Well, because this was a strategy laid out by Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz without any consultation with their colleagues,” Rove told Wallace.

Posted September 23, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Bill Mahr “What we have here is a situation where the last couple of weeks have been very tough for Republicans, because they, of course, always have to call for the opposite of whatever Obama is saying or doing.  And, this has been hard when Obama himself has been changing his mind, pretty much on a daily basis.  First he was against the bombing, of course they were for it.  Then he was for the bombing, now they’re against it.  Now, there’s a peace plan on the table and the same Republicans who were saying that he was, I think, too rash to call for strikes on Syria, are now calling him a wimp for going with the diplomacy.  They say, in the end, look, whether he chooses war or peace, the hard truth is either way he is still unarguably hopelessly black.”


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Greg Sargent “Is there any bill funding the government — at any level of spending — that Republicans alone can pass out of the House at this point?

Congress has gone home for recess after a series of botched votes that are cause for deep pessimism about the future. The basic problem here is not hard to divine. The Senate GOP filibuster of the transportation bill yesterday, and the House GOP decision to yank its version of the same the day before that, confirm that Republicans may not be able to pass a spending bill at sequester levels, even as they won’t support one at higher spending levels, either.

As multiple reports detail this morning — Lori Montgomery’s piece gets the framing exactly right –  the bill that spends at sequester levels alienates moderate Republicans who balk at specific spending cuts. Meanwhile, Republicans can’t accept higher spending levels because … the goal of keeping spending as low as possible has become a moral crusade, a higher calling, that can never be questioned, even if they are not willing or able to say how they would accomplish this.

If this sounds crazy, that’s because it is. But this craziness has a cause. Republican leaders have nurtured it for years, and now they are stuck in a trap of their own creation.”