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Repealing Common Sense: The conservative mission to destroy the Constitution in order to save it.

A shot heard ‘round the legal world it wasn’t. It started quietly enough: In April 2009, constitutional scholar Randy Barnett published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal offering proposals by which the Tea Party might amend the Constitution to “resist the growth of federal power.” The most radical among them was an amendment permitting two-thirds of the states to band together and overturn any federal law they collectively dislike. Very few people noticed. When tea-infused Republican candidates hit the hustings this year, pledging to topple a tyrannical federal government, they did not avail themselves of Barnett’s talking points. As of September, the most prominent elected leader espousing the idea of a “Repeal Amendment” was Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell.

I hear from people who want to get rid of the 14th Amendment, the 17th Amendment, and even the 1st Amendment (!). This is a great analysis of the movement to destroy the Constitution in order to save it.

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Say NO to the Obama Tax Compromise!

Do not let Congress compromise with Obama. “The Compromise” is against everything the House Republican Leadership agreed to in the “Pledge to America.” This type of behind closed door politics is not what “We the People” voted for in November. Read more…

Sign Tea Party Patriots’ petition against “The Tax Deal” with Obama.

Don’t allow Congress to Compromise with Obama.

So this is a weird oppositeland… It’s now the “Obama Tax Compromise”

I think progressives should hijack this bitch and demand the removal of the Estate Tax compromise and capital gains compromise. Or something…

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Tea’d Off
Forfeiting a both-houses Republican victory, rational conservatives ignored or excused the most hateful kind of populist claptrap (e.g., the fetid weirdness of Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project). The poison they’ve helped disseminate will still be in the American bloodstream when the country needs it least.
 By Christopher Hitchens

This article is a frightening summation of what happens when crisis begins and brings nationalism and wing-nuttery along for the ride. Read more…

Tea’d Off

Forfeiting a both-houses Republican victory, rational conservatives ignored or excused the most hateful kind of populist claptrap (e.g., the fetid weirdness of Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project). The poison they’ve helped disseminate will still be in the American bloodstream when the country needs it least.

By Christopher Hitchens

This article is a frightening summation of what happens when crisis begins and brings nationalism and wing-nuttery along for the ride. Read more…

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Isn’t this similar to the indoctrination we liberals always try to do when we teach children?

Tea Party Patriots is proud to present the Tea Party Patriots’ Coloring and Activity Book for children. This is a perfect gift for the little Patriot, full of puzzles, games, and songs designed to teach and inspire pride in their heritage as an American. It Introduces children to the Tea Party Patriots’ core values and how they can become involved in preserving the liberty our Founding Fathers enshrined for We the People.Inspired by the principles of Freedom and Liberty immortalized in the United States Constitution the 36 page book is complete with games, puzzles, mazes, activities and denotes a historical perspective on the tea party movement. The book includes a simple and fun emphasis on fundamental freedoms and is part of a long term effort to educate the next generation of children on the basics of American liberty. This commemorative and historical children’s book costs under $5.00 (even less in quantity) and can be purchased from Tea Party Patriots by clicking here 

Yeah, I thought so. </sarcasm>

Isn’t this similar to the indoctrination we liberals always try to do when we teach children?

Tea Party Patriots is proud to present the Tea Party Patriots’ Coloring and Activity Book for children. This is a perfect gift for the little Patriot, full of puzzles, games, and songs designed to teach and inspire pride in their heritage as an American. It Introduces children to the Tea Party Patriots’ core values and how they can become involved in preserving the liberty our Founding Fathers enshrined for We the People.

Inspired by the principles of Freedom and Liberty immortalized in the United States Constitution the 36 page book is complete with games, puzzles, mazes, activities and denotes a historical perspective on the tea party movement. The book includes a simple and fun emphasis on fundamental freedoms and is part of a long term effort to educate the next generation of children on the basics of American liberty. This commemorative and historical children’s book costs under $5.00 (even less in quantity) and can be purchased from Tea Party Patriots by clicking here 

Yeah, I thought so. </sarcasm>

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This morning, in an interview with Tea Party Caucus leader Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), ABC’s Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos picked up on the discrepancy between caring about the deficit when adding to it helps the poor, but not when it helps the rich. Asked if she would support a compromise which extended both the tax cuts and the unemployment benefits, Bachmann said no, characterizing letting the tax cuts expire as a “massive tax increase,” while dismissing extending unemployment benefits as “massive spending”:

BACHMANN: As far as a compromise goes, I want to get the current tax policy as far into the future as we can, if we can only get it extended for two years, that’s great. But I don’t think the American people should have to pay for that to have some new massive spending tied to it. If that’s the case, I don’t think you’re going to see the Republicans go along with it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But why is it OK for the wealthiest Americans earning over $250,000 a year — remember the President has called for extending all tax cuts for those under $250,000 — for them to get tax cuts extended but for people out of a job and needing unemployment benefits not to have their benefits extended?

BACHMANN: Well remember again what this is. It’s a massive tax increase and its on the people who are job creators. And people want to think that these are millionaires sitting in leather chairs lighting their cigars with $100 bills, that’s not what we’re talking about. These are people who are carpet layers who may be employed two or three other guys, or a plumber, maybe himself and his brother, and it’s $250,000 in gross sales for their business. Their the ones looking at massive tax increases. …That’s going to hurt more people than anything if we can’t have job creation. And this is a job killer if we raise taxes on the job creators.

Bachmann’s argument for tax extension is, in one word, “bogus.” As the Wonk Room’s Pat Garofalo points out, conservatives’ claim that the tax increase will hurt small businesses is “only accurate if you take an incredibly expansive view of what constitutes a small business.” In reality, “exceedingly few small businesses” would actually be affected by letting the tax cuts expire. Meanwhile, the cuts represent “the least effective tax or spending step for job creation,” according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Every dollar spent extending the tax cuts results in just 10 cents to 40 cents of economic activity, the CBO found.

Unemployment extension for those seeking jobs, however, represents the biggest bang for the buck of any government stimulus policy. According to the CBO, “the economy would see output rise by between $0.70 to $1.90.” That is part of the reason why an overwhelming majority of Americans support extending unemployment benefits for more than 2 million Americans in need, regardless of its effect on the deficit.

What a miserable woman. Seriously. We’re going to spend massive amounts on the rich but fuck the unemployed. I really don’t believe that she sees the contradiction. 

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A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan from the government takes a month to kick in.

Republican Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, reacted incredulously when informed that federal law mandated that his government-subsidized health care policy would take effect on Feb. 1 – 28 days after his Jan. 3rd swearing-in.

“He stood up and asked the two ladies who were answering questions why it had to take so long, what he would do without 28 days of health care,” said a congressional staffer who saw the exchange.

(via Politico)

Yes, congressman. Wouldn’t life be horrible without health insurance? Good thing you’re the only one in the country who will have to do without or find an alternative for 28 days.

Cue privilegedenyingdude?

(via thepoliticalpartygirl)

“I’ve been self-diagnosed with a case of hypocrisy.  Symptoms include having head up own ass.”

(via inothernews)

/facepalm

Guess what? I’ve gone almost 5 years without health care I didn’t pay massively out of pocket for, and I haven’t seen a dentist since 2003. I have a toothache and $0.99 in my checking account. 

Fuck you and GTFO. No pity. None.

(Source: politicalpartygirl, via prowl-great-cain)

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The craziest Tea Party candidates are great for Democrats. The math bears it out. So, Democrats in Pennsylvania figured it was a good idea to help a crazy Tea Party Birther get on the ballot to play the spoiler.
Jim Schneller is a Birther who opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest. And, according to a Reuters report, Democrats are directly responsible for getting him on the ballot in Pennsylvania&#8217;s 7th Congressional district race. People connected to the local Democratic Party and their candidate, Bryan Lentz, collected around 4,813 signatures to get Schneller on the ballot. (He only needed 4,000.) The chairwoman of the local Democratic party collected 503 herself!
Imagine these die-hard Democrats knocking on doors and trying to feign enthusiasm for Schneller&#8217;s pledge to abolish the Fed! (Maybe dressing in revolutionary garb to complete the illusion?) But the best part about this story is that Schneller didn&#8217;t even realize what was going on until the night he turned in his own signatures and found a bunch of strangers there as well. &#8220;I can see how it might look to some people that I was part of some conspiracy,&#8221; Schneller told Reuters. &#8220;But I was the victim of a conspiracy.&#8221;

As much as this made me giggle, shit like this will backfire at some point.

The craziest Tea Party candidates are great for Democrats. The math bears it out. So, Democrats in Pennsylvania figured it was a good idea to help a crazy Tea Party Birther get on the ballot to play the spoiler.

Jim Schneller is a Birther who opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest. And, according to a Reuters report, Democrats are directly responsible for getting him on the ballot in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional district race. People connected to the local Democratic Party and their candidate, Bryan Lentz, collected around 4,813 signatures to get Schneller on the ballot. (He only needed 4,000.) The chairwoman of the local Democratic party collected 503 herself!

Imagine these die-hard Democrats knocking on doors and trying to feign enthusiasm for Schneller’s pledge to abolish the Fed! (Maybe dressing in revolutionary garb to complete the illusion?) But the best part about this story is that Schneller didn’t even realize what was going on until the night he turned in his own signatures and found a bunch of strangers there as well. “I can see how it might look to some people that I was part of some conspiracy,” Schneller told Reuters. “But I was the victim of a conspiracy.”

As much as this made me giggle, shit like this will backfire at some point.

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