is Calvin a young member of the GOP?
Fed up with steady visits from GOP presidential hopefuls, a New Hampshire restaurant bans politicians. Colby’s Breakfast & Lunch in Portsmouth put up the sign “No Politicians No Exceptions” after customers complained that the candidates’ visits were disruptive.
Playing off of Elizabeth Warren’s widely publicized quote about taxes (see picture above), the editors at The New Republic take the argument one step further, making a moral case for paying them. Their defense of taxation hinges on two arguments. “The first is distributional,” write the editors. “A civilized society recognizes [that capitalism will create losers as well as winners, often because of forces beyond any individual’s control] and vows to mitigate” that problem. “The second reason we need taxes isn’t about the least fortunate; it’s about public goods.” This is the point Warren made, and the editors at TNR make the same point, asking, “Could Bill Gates have made his fortune without government-financed education and technology?”
These are the Grover Norquist disciples who want to ‘drown government in the bathtub’ as Norquist, whose pledge they’ve all signed, famously said. Why? Because if they actually let government work, then people could have faith that government can work.
In short, when your entire philosophy is that government is the problem, you make government the problem. Even conservative economists agree that unemployment benefits create jobs by allowing consumers to spend more money. Yet this conflicts with the Republicans’ predetermined ideology that no government action can help. Broad majorities agree that having millionaires pay their fair share in taxes would reduce our deficit, and allow us to invest in jobs. But apparently no amount of evidence can convince Republicans that our government can be part of the solution.
The Republican philosophy goes something like this: If you take your car to the mechanic and instead of fixing it, they take out the engine and charge you an arm and a leg, you should conclude that mechanics can’t fix cars and you should probably just take yours to the junkyard and sell it for scrap metal.
But the truth is; you probably just hired a bad mechanic."
The defining political issue of 2012 won’t be the government’s size. It will be who government is for.
Americans have never much liked government. After all, the nation was conceived in a revolution against government.
But the surge of cynicism now engulfing America isn’t about government’s…
How much has it cost the entertainment industry to convince Rep Lamar Smith to introduce and ram through SOPA, which will cost the American economy billions, which will nuke the games, microprocessor, search, and other high tech companies in his Texas district? A mere $50K a year for 10 years. You know, it’s one thing to be a sellout; but to sell out so cheaply — man, have some self-respect.
Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) screams at constituents “Don’t blame banks! I’m tired of hearing this crap!”
Walsh’s meltdown starts at 1:20. Additional reporting at ThinkProgress.
this guy knows how to work a room!
The public is undoubtedly frustrated with the way government is working, especially its seeming inability to turn around the economy. Conservatives think that means the public shares their appetite for deep cuts in Medicare, Social Security, and every other program that helps the nonrich in our society. Wrong again. The latest Pew poll provides abundant evidence of just how off conservatives are.
Respondents were asked to evaluate how much help the federal government provides for different groups. By 60-6 the public said that older people don’t get enough help rather than too much. They rendered similar verdicts about the middle class (58-7), children (57-8), and poor people (57-18).
In stark contrast, 64 percent of the public thought the federal government provided too much help to wealthy people, compared to just 8 percent who thought they didn’t get enough help.
Rick Perry has lost it!!
thanx Texas Tribune