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The latest polls show Romney either leading Obama or closing the gap. With all the inconceivably blatant, unbelievably overt flip-flopping, surrogate gaffes, right-wing extremism…HOW CAN THIS BE HAPPENING!?!?!

Romney may say he’s center-right on abortion, but his running-mate is a co-sponsor on bills banning abortion, creating personhood amendments, and advocating intrusive trans-vaginal probes on women. Yet, Romney is supposedly closing in on the polls for women voters…HOW?!?! Do they not read? Or put two and two together?

I understand that the demographic of white males will obviously be slanted toward Romney, but WHY?!?! His foreign policy is all over the place, until recently where it almost mirrored Obama’s…including his timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan. This is after he’s campaigned for God knows how long about how any timeline for withdrawal is a mistake and giving the enemy an advantage. His economic policy is vague at best; time and again the math doesn’t add up…though Romney & Ryan will tell you different. They always bring up the “six different studies” slogan, but their “studies” are right-wing blog posts that Fox News’ Chris Wallace and Bill Kristol, who also writes for the Weekly Standard, have refuted.

From what I’ve read over the span of this campaign, I understand that moderate Republicans are afraid he’s too extreme, and fringe Right-wingers are afraid he’s too moderate…and this is because Romney is a professional panderer. But these groups of folks have no one left to vote for. They can’t vote for Obama, so, to them, Romney is the most logical choice…the truth, he’s their only choice. They won’t vote for Gary Johnson and Ron Paul hasn’t stolen their hearts and minds…so Romney it is!

Even the African-American vote is not being considered as deadly to Romney as it was to McCain in the last election. Why? From what I gather, Obama didn’t do enough to encourage them, to help the inner-city youth, to promote their welfare. There are multiple arguments to be made here but the crux of it is, the African-American community still feel disenfranchised and that Obama didn’t do enough…To those that feel this way, I say this: What did you want him to do exactly? I’ve talked to many of my African-American friends to see what their feelings are on this matter. Many of them do feel Obama is a good President and will vote for him again, however there were a few that said that they felt he wasn’t strong enough or he was a straw-man and will not vote at all…they refuse to vote for Romney, and they can’t bring themselves to vote for Obama again.

Another thing that is floating out there, is the idea that Obama didn’t work well with a Republican House of Representatives. To that I say, HOW COULD HE?!?!?!?! When a majority of the House say that it will be their one and only goal to make Obama a one-term president and vote against any of the policies he brings to the table…no matter how beneficial for the country it is…HOW DO COMPETE WITH THAT?!?!

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By Bill Maher

 

New Rule: If your entire party tries to get rid of you, and you stay in, you can’t talk about how easy it is for a woman to push a stupid prick out of her body.

I don’t want to waste another second thinking about Todd Akin, and his theory that you can’t get pregnant unless your eggs are asking for it. Here’s the only thing you need to know about Todd Akin and human anatomy: he’s an asshole. What I want to talk about is how it’s not a coincidence that the party of fundamentalism is also the party of fantasy. When I say religion is a mental illness, this is what I mean: it corrodes your mental faculties to the point where you can believe in tiny ninja warriors who hide in vaginas and lie in wait for bad people’s sperm.

Evangelicals might like to pretend that the magical thinking that they indulge in at home doesn’t affect what they do at the office, but it absolutely does. The brain that believes in angels and miracles and Jesus riding a dinosaur is trained to see the world not as it is, but as you want it to be.

Republicans would like to pretend like Congressman Akin’s substitution of superstition for science is a lone problem but it’s not: they’re all magical thinkers, on nearly every issue. They don’t get their answers on climate change from climatologists, they get them from the Book of Genesis. Hence Sharia Law in America is a dire threat, and global warming a hoax.

Or take the issue that consumes the right these days, our sea of red ink: Republicans are united in their fervent desire to reduce the deficit, but they want to do it in some magical fashion that doesn’t involve raising taxes or cutting any spending. When given a choice in polls between these two options, a majority of Republicans check “none of the above” as a way to reduce the deficit. That’s like deciding to pay off your student loans by daydreaming.

Or as it’s known on Capitol Hill, supply-side economics. Remember that magic beans theory? That you actually bring in more revenue by bringing in less? Ronald Reagan believed it. But at least back in the ’80s it was new. The thing is, we tried it, and it doesn’t work. Yet, Paul Ryan, who every shit-for-brains pundit in America keeps telling us is a “serious” guy, still believes in the supply-side theory. All the Republicans do. They all believe in something that both science and history have shown to be pure fantasy. The symbol for their party shouldn’t be an elephant — it should be a unicorn.

Paul Ryan is their tough guy on spending but he doesn’t want to touch defense — that’s right, a budget hawk who doesn’t think there’s anything bloated about the Defense Department’s budget. It’s like being a health inspector and finding nothing wrong with the Asian place that has the chicken hanging in the window. This is how low we’ve put the bar for political courage — that you can just write, “I want a pony” in a binder and call it the “Plan For Restoring Vision For the Future of America’s Greatness” or some shit, and then everyone has to refer to you as the serious one in Congress. It reminds me of health care. Republicans are for all the popular things, like covering people with pre-existing conditions, but they’re not for the part where you pay for it, like the mandate. Just like they were for our recent wars, but not for paying for them. For the prescription drug bill, but not for paying for it.

How do they get away with it? They know that, because we’re already such a religious country, our minds are primed for magical, fantasy thinking. The gullibility comes factory-installed. They’ve learned that you appeal not to an American’s head, but to his gut — it’s a much bigger target. But here’s the problem: life is complicated. I mean, I know we know some things for sure, like why Jesus put us here on Earth: to watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on a 50-inch TV screen. But what about the Chinese slaves who made the TV? What about carbon from the coal that generated the electricity? What about the Walmart where we bought it, where the workers don’t have health insurance? What about racism, or the oceans turning into nail polish remover? The grown-up answer is: identify problems scientifically, prioritize and solve. The Republican answer is: there isn’t a problem. And anyone who tells you different is a liar who hates America. We don’t have to make hard choices. We just have to ignore the science and the math — that’s why God gave us values.

If rape babies throw a monkey wrench into the whole right-to-life pitch, just make believe rape babies don’t exist. If you want to cut down on teen pregnancy, just tell curious kids with raging hormones to practice abstinence. Until they get married. Because everyone knows, that’s when the fucking never stops. Health care? Not a problem if you just keep repeating, “We have the greatest health care in the world.” Even though the U.N. ranks it 37th.

What’s the solution to global warming? It’s that it isn’t real, and even if it is, big whoop, just buy an air conditioner, you pussy. Republicans also believe that putting the word “clean” next to the word “coal” creates something called clean coal. Even though there’s the exact same amount of evidence for clean coal as there is for Todd Akin’s mistaken baby makin’ theory.

Republicans also believe if they kick all the Mexicans out of the country, the strawberries will pick themselves, and that if they cut the safety net all the poor blacks are “resting” in, they will fall gently to the ground, stand up, dust themselves off, and get good-paying jobs as Olympic gymnasts.

Next week in Tampa the Republicans must admit that the difference between a GOP convention and Comic-Con is that the people at Comic-Con have a much firmer grasp of reality.

~ Bill Maher is the host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

President Obama and congressional Democrats finally found a fight they wanted to pick with Republicans. And it’s a policy fight they thought they could win. They were fighting for a tax CUT for the working people, also known as the Middle Class… or what the Republicans call, The Ones Who Need to Pay Their Fair Share.  Republicans do not want that tax cut.

            This payroll tax is going to expire at the end of December, just around Christmas time…perfect right?  If the Dems allowed that to happen, or if the Almighty Congress continues to be that Lame Duck, the Middle Class (the spoiled children), are going to get a nice tax hike for Christmas.  The average family would have to worry about $1,000 tax increase on top of bills, Christmas spending, other taxes, etc.  It’s found that a single person making $50,000 a year would have to pay $1,000 more next year if Congress didn’t extend the cuts.  This is politics folks, not just basic math.  Herein lies the problem, Dems don’t work well in politics and Republicans don’t work well in MATH.  Mind you, the Republicans have already voted NO on the President’s job bill and the tax cuts included in the bill.  But the dastardly Democrats decided to make them do it again.  The Republicans were forced to vote a second time against tax cuts.  As of yesterday evening, the Republicans caved for once… and in an intelligent manner.

            On December 1st, Senator Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell ofKentucky, gave a little statement at the end of the day, saying, “In all likelihood, we will agree to continue the current payroll tax relief for another year. I think at the end of the day, there’s a lot of sentiment in our conference. Clearly, a majority of sentiment for continuing the payroll tax relief that we enacted a year ago in these tough times.”  Awww, thanks Mr. McConnell, that’s mighty white of you.  But once again, you LIED!

On December 2nd, the Senate blocked the vote with a filibuster and the bill to extend the payroll tax died a 51-49 death.  The last time I checked 51 over 49 is a majority, but that’s a different argument for a different day.  Obama is now trying to get the American public involved in the fight, as they should already be, “Let your members of Congress know where you stand, Obama said. “Tell them not to vote to raise taxes on working Americans during the holidays.  Tell them to put country before party.  Put money back in the pockets of working Americans. Pass these tax cuts.”  The whole “Pass these tax cuts” sounds awfully close to the “Pass this bill” mantra the administration adopted during its push of their American Jobs Act.  We all saw how well the Republicans in Congress listen to chants.

This shows how the obstructive Republicans in Congress actually are.  One cannot believe how intelligent, center-leaning Republicans can still vote their party line during elections.  The obstructionist Right Wing voted AGAINST keeping teachers in the classrooms, cops on the street, firefighters on the job, and construction workers on site rebuilding our roads and bridges.  So there, Republicans have STOPPED job creation and halted REAL job creators, the people they say they are looking out for.  Also, the Republicans in Congress decided against helping to solve the nation’s deficit by promoting policies that protect tax cuts for the millionaires and billionaires (Republican Job Creators), while cutting funds for children’s education…you know, our future…medical research, and Medicare.

But they believe increasing the tax on the Middle Class of 160 million people by a thousand dollars or more. That’s more than half of this nation’s population!  How do tax cuts on the rich pay for themselves, while tax cuts on 160 million people need to be made up by further spending cuts?  Not only do the Dems want the Payroll Tax Cut to be extended, but expanded to $1,500 to the typical family who make $50,000 a year.  Additionally, the Democrats wants new incentives given to six million small businesses to expand and hire…AMERICANS!  Independent economists, you know, the guys that do the research for A LIVING, agree that the Middle Class and the American economy cannot risk being at risk.  Republicans are playing politics with 160 million people’s lives, like Wall Street played games with millions of people’s mortgages.  These are people, real live breathing human beings…NOT CHIPS ON A TABLE.

During the previous administration, the Republicans in Congress had no problem initiating AND extending the Payroll Tax Cut.  Here are some examples:

Sen. Alexander

12/9/10:  ”QUESTION: And if you look at the proportions, though, of the top, top sector of earners in this country getting the bulk of the benefits, why does that help?

ALEXANDER: Well, if you’re a small business person in Tennessee, what this means is that you won’t be paying tens of thousands of dollars, perhaps more, in taxes and you can use that to create a job. It also means that your employees who work there will get a one-third reduction in their payroll tax payments every two weeks. And maybe they’ll spend some more money creating more jobs. So it’s a combination of policies that all together are focused on jobs.” [NPR, 12/9/10]

Sen. Kyl

11/20/09: MR. KUDLOW: All right. Let me go to a couple of other things. We had Senator Thune on last night about ending TARP, putting a stake in TARP by the end of the year. But Mr. Kyl, let me just ask you. Suppose you got $300 billion from ending TARP. Wouldn’t it be better to give it back to the taxpayers in the form of lower tax rates? Wouldn’t that be a terrific thing with 10.2 percent unemployment, kind of “we, the people,” the government works for us, and they could use the extra cash right now and maybe some incentives on lower rates for payroll taxes?

SEN. KYL: Yeah. As a matter of fact, the original intent here was that when the money was paid back by the banks, you didn’t create a revolving account there, you lowered the debt. That is to say, you simply retired that aspect of the debt. Remember, this is all borrowed money from the Chinese and elsewhere. So you can do one of two things with it. You can either retire the debt, or what you’re suggesting here is that you can do some things to stimulate job creation and certainly something like reducing the payroll tax, which has been written about recently, would accomplish that. There are other ways you can do it as well.”  [CNBC, Kudlow Report, 11/20/09]

Sen. DeMint

11/29/11: “Republican leaders said Tuesday they would join Democrats in supporting an extension of the 2011 payroll-tax cut despite some reluctance within the GOP, virtually assuring that American wage-earners will continue to receive the benefit next year. Republicans still oppose Democrats’ plan to pay for the tax break with a tax on people earning more than $1 million a year. GOP leaders said they would find another way to pay for the tax break and predicted it would pass. ‘I think at the end of the day, there’s a lot of sentiment in our conference—clearly a majority sentiment—for continuing the payroll-tax relief that we enacted a year ago in these tough times,’ Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said. Republicans and some economists have questioned the value of the payroll-tax break, saying its economic impact is limited by its temporary nature and the fact that some people use the spare cash to pay down debt, rather than buy things. Some argue Congress should revamp the whole tax code rather than temporarily reducing individual taxes. ‘I think it’s a mistake to do this little tax and that little tax,’ said Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.). ‘We need to reform our tax code if we’re going to be competitive internationally.’ Nonetheless, Mr. DeMint said he would support the extension because ‘I just don’t think it’s a good time to increase any taxes.’” [Wall Street Journal, 11/30/11]

Sen. Kirk

9/10/11: AP: Republican Sen. Mark Kirk said Obama’s proposals to cut the payroll tax and approve trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama should receive quick, bipartisan action.” [AP, 9/10/11]

Sen. Blunt

7/8/10: “Blunt agreed that a payroll tax holiday, a 100 percent depreciation of capital expenses, and other ideas could have worked to stimulate the economy, but said the $800 billion federal spending plan happened in 2009 because President Barack Obama has a fundamentally different view of how to help the economy than most Republicans and many rural Americans.” [Pulaski County Daily, 7/8/10]

Sen. Johanns

11/30/11: New York Times: “Another Republican senator has opened the door to tax increases on high earners as a way to pay for a payroll tax cut, showing more movement in the party ranks after resistance all year to tax increases. ‘I sense a change in mood,’ Senator Mike Johanns, Republican of Nebraska, said Wednesday. ‘It’s a little more bipartisan. My position has always been, ‘Let’s not raise taxes,’ but on the other hand, I don’t want our country to collapses under a mountain of debt. If that means compromise, I am going to do everything to get that done.’…Democrats are seeking to reduce the Social Security payroll tax paid by employees by half, to 3.1. percent of wages, a position many Republicans support.” [New York Times, 11/30/11]

2009 Republican Stimulus Proposal Included a Payroll Tax Cut

2/5/09: 40 Republican Senators Voted For The Republican Substitute Stimulus Which Included A Payroll Tax Cut.  On February 2, 2009, 40 Republican senators voted for a McCain motion to consider an alternative Republican stimulus bill that “would have cut income and payroll taxes….” according to the Associated Press.  The motion was rejected 40-57. [Senate Roll Call Vote #45, 2/5/09; AP, 2/5/09]

  • 18 Republican Senators Voted Against Both Payroll Tax Cut Extension Bills On December 2, 2011 But Voted For A Payroll Tax Cut On February 5, 2009: Alexander, Burr, Chambliss, Coburn, Cochran, Corker, Cornyn, DeMint, Graham, Hatch, Inhofe, Isakson, Johanns, Kyl, Roberts, Sessions, Shelby, And Thune.  [Senate Roll Call Vote #45, 2/5/09; Senate Roll Call Vote #219, 12/1/11; Senate Roll Call Vote #220, 12/1/11]
  • 10/15/09: Sen. McCain: “Mr. President, earlier this year I put forward a proposal to eliminate the 3.1 percent payroll tax for one year for all employees in order to put more money in every working American’s pocket during these difficult economic times.  This would have been a real stimulus to our economy.  Unfortunately, every Democrat in this chamber voted against this common sense proposal. ‘The regressive payroll tax oppresses all Americans, especially young men and women, and burdens small businesses that must match the tax that their employees pay.  About 41 percent of Americans have no income tax liability.  But every wage-earner is hit by the payroll tax no matter how much or how little one earns.  For 86 percent of all working Americans, the payroll tax they pay is more than their income tax liability.” [Sen. John McCain – Floor Statement, 10/15/09– video available via C-SPAN]
  • 3/26/09: Sen. McCain: “Our proposal would have helped fix the housing crisis, invested in our nation’s infrastructure through effective and restrained spending, put money immediately back into the hands of all Americans through a payroll tax holiday, and allowed businesses to keep more of their profits to hire new employees, invest in capital and expand their businesses.” [Sen. John McCain – Remarks to the Heritage Foundation, 3/26/09

I have found something to be trending among Republican ideologues, social conservatives, and “Tea-Baggers” (I mean Tea-Partiers); That Republicans would support BIG Government if it supported them.  For example, if tomorrow, President Obama and all the Dems in Congress decided to ban abortion across the board, or gay marriage, or stem cell research, or science…the Republican and Tea Parties would be all for it.

No, you say? Well if you start looking at the states and members of Congress submitting bills for such antiquated social policies such as aforementioned, you may change your mind.

Even today, a federal judge granted Planned Parenthood’s preliminary injunction to prevent a new South Dakota abortion law from taking effect while it’s being challenged in court. The fact is that Planned Parenthood, centers for women’s health, etc. are under attack by Right-Wing extremists in the states’ and federal legislatures.  Just in the last few months, bills have been submitted and are on the verge of passing that ban abortions no matter what the patient’s choice or status is.

Republicans are for individual responsibility as long as they deem what responsible is. They won’t let you have an abortion, but they will make you incur the cost of having a child.  Isn’t that BIG government?  It’s having the state, or the federal if they had their way, MANDATE a person to make one choice over another.

I have had debate after debate on my positions on both Gay Marriage and Abortion. My view is that it is not my nor anyone else’s place to tell someone who they can and cannot marry, however, limits on what and how many spouses can be imposed. For instance, any person should be allowed to marry another person if they are in love, but must maintain a single human spouse. Is that confusing? I didn’t think so. Also, my position on abortion is that it is not up to any government, federal, state, municipal, to decide whether a woman will or will not have an abortion.  Now, I do hope the woman chooses to bear and keep her child, however it is not my, nor anyone else’s place to make that call other than the woman.  That is limited government my conservative friends.

To ban Planned Parenthood or other women’s health centers while referring them to a women’s prison as an alternative for female healthcare is an abomination. The legislators, and those who fund them, should be ashamed of themselves and should look into the void where their soul had been and reflect on what they REALLY wanted to do. I wouldn’t be surprised if these women’s prisons are privately owned, and the owners continuously make large donations to these legislative scheisters.  How can conservatives be so pro-life, and then turn around and be supporting the death penalty? Doesn’t the Bible say that every life is precious and equal in God’s eyes?

However, its now the Liberals turn…How can you be pro-choice, especially if the choice is indeed abortion, but then be against the death penalty, or the euthanizing of animals? A human life is definitely a little more important than a rat’s and if you can’t recognize that, well then you need to move to a deserted island and really contemplate your position. And if you are fine with ending a life that is in the same stage of gestation you once were, then why are you not fine with destroying one that has been so detrimental to society that his or her peers have deemed them unworthy of life? Aren’t you committing that same judgment on an unborn human who is not guilty of anything?

Bill O’Reilly and Bill Maher: Two completely opposite ideologues, yet they are the best at knowing their ideologies. Which is why i give them both my utmost respect and audience. O’Reilly stands against abortion AND the death penalty. Maher doesn’t mind if people are sent to prison to be executed at a later date AND he is in favor of a woman’s right to end the life of her unborn baby.  Why can’t the Liberals and Conservatives be as consistently honest about their own ideologies as these two ?

According to the Tampa Bay Tribune, Florida Governor Rick Scott is cutting $1.5 Billion in Corporate Tax Cuts while reducing spending to the state’s education budget by $3.3 Billion.  So Gov. Scott and his Florida state legislature believe it is beneficial to the state to cut funding to education and give the money to corporations in the forms of subsidies and tax breaks.

The Arizona Republic/Newsweek reports that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is giving a $538 Million tax-break over the next ten years while cutting $541 Million in Medicaid funding for her constituents.

Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder is cutting $1.67 Billion on the poor and elderly while dolling out $1.73 Billion to corporate fat-cats.

Wisconsin’s own Scott Walker, in addition to trying to strip away the rights of the working person, he is cutting taxes by $140 Million to corporations while legislating tax hikes on the poor and elderly to the tune of $490 Million.

In Cheyenne, Wyoming, a super-secret tax haven “house” has been discovered that is supposed to represent 2000+ corporations. This link takes you to a report that sheds some light on this shady home.  Wyoming LLC Services is the company that is providing this haven for all sorts of corporations using one employee, “Rhoda,” along with the occasional mail carrier.