Monthly Archives: September 2010

Weathervane McCain, Revisited

From my email bag:

The Progress Report wrote:

The DREAM Act


From: The Progress Report [progress@americanprogressaction.org]
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2010 8:08 AM
To: tom(dedacted)
Subject: The DREAM Act
The DREAM Act is an immigration bill that would put undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. as children on a path to citizenship through completion of higher education or military service…
The most hypocritical opposition has come from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who co-sponsored the DREAM Act in 2005, 2006, and 2007 and has since flip-flopped on the immigration issue and vowed to block the DREAM Act in 2010. “It’s a pure political act for Harry Reid, who is worried about his own re-election and that of the Democrats in the Senate,” said McCain.

Flip-flopper-in-chief. Glad he didn’t make it.

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YOU LIE!

Re: McConnell Open To Talks On Bush Tax Cuts Compromise

“The most important thing is to prevent a tax hike in the middle of a recession,” Stewart added. “This should be done for as long as possible, but a 2-year freeze at the current rate, if that’s what it takes to prevent a Democrat tax hike, would certainly be preferable to an immediate tax hike on every taxpaying American.”

Don Stewart is Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R) communications director. First of all, the Bush tax cuts were forced down our throats when the Republicans used the reconciliation process to override a possible Democratic filibuster. (Dems won’t do the same to the Republicans because they have no balls.) These were cuts that were not paid for and added billions to our national debt. Secondly, letting the tax cuts expire under the current Democratic plan will only affect people who make over 250,000 dollars per year.

It is time that we speak up and stop letting them get away with lying to the middle class Americans.

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The Real Reason the National Debt is So High

People wave signs at a tea party protest. | Reuters Photo
People wave signs at a tea party protest. | Reuters Photo

First, I want to tell everyone that I have been nursing a nerve injury in my left hand. It has caused me to not want to type much as there was no telling which keys my fingers would hit. The numbness is subsiding some and I am able to work the fingers again. I’m back, somewhat.

The tea partiers rant and rave about the national debt, but fail to remember just how it got to where it is today. This is from an article back in July from Politico:

Sixty-one percent of the 697 self-identified tea party supporters surveyed identified the federal debt as one of the “extremely serious threats” to the future well-being of the United States.

They blame Obama, of course, but here’s the real reason our national debt is out of hand:

Re:  The true cost of the Iraq war: $3 trillion and beyond

There is no question that the Iraq war added substantially to the federal debt. This was the first time in American history that the government cut taxes as it went to war. The result: a war completely funded by borrowing. U.S. debt soared from $6.4 trillion in March 2003 to $10 trillion in 2008 (before the financial crisis); at least a quarter of that increase is directly attributable to the war. And that doesn’t include future health care and disability payments for veterans, which will add another half-trillion dollars to the debt.

As a result of two costly wars funded by debt, our fiscal house was in dismal shape even before the financial crisis — and those fiscal woes compounded the downturn.

Where were these pasty old white men with their “big government” rhetoric in 2003?

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