Keep in mind that the Republicans’ most serious charge revolves around the creation of misleading talking points. Stop and think about that for a moment. Not intentionally breaking laws passed by Congress as in Iran-Contra, not obstruction of justice as in Watergate, not perjury as in the Lewinsky affair. The creation of misleading talking points.
In 2008, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that his top priority was to ensure that Barack Obama was a one-term president. In his failed pursuit of that goal, he has lead his party to unprecedented obstructionism, abusing the filibuster to bring all Senate business to a halt.
In the 2012 election, Americans overwhelmingly re-elected President Obama, cast more votes for Democrats than Republicans, and increased the Democratic majority in the Senate.
Millions of Democratic voters urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to change the Senate rules in response to Senate Republican’s unprecedented filibuster abuse. Unfortunately, Senator Reid ignored the warnings of his own party and the Democratic base. Unfortunately, Senator Reid reached a meaningless agreement with Senator McConnell that has done nothing to restore the rights of the majority. The Senate is as dysfunctional as ever, and Senate Republicans are even filibustering cabinet nominees for the first time in history.
Senator Reid has threatened to revisit the rules several times since the toothless agreement was reached and Republican obstructionism continued, but so far nothing has changed. In fact, a small group of Republican senators, representing less than 11% of the population, is capable of completely controlling all Senate business. This is wrong. This is undemocratic, and it needs to stop.
It’s time to tell Senator Reid we told you so, Harry.
Please visit this website my friend Sean and I made, and send Senator Reid a postcard demanding he take action to restore the rights of the majority in the Senate, so that unprecedented Republican obstructionism is no longer able to prevent the governing of America.
House Republicans who voted against final passage of the Violence Against Women Act are taking credit for helping renew the domestic abuse legislation.
The lawmakers’ desire to have it both ways reflects the irreconcilable tension between wanting to appear on the right side of an extremely popular issue and wanting to preserve their credibility with conservative groups who vowed to punish those who voted for VAWA.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a potential Senate candidate in 2014, said in a statement that hesupported the bill because he understood “the importance of reauthorizing VAWA.”
“I supported this legislation because I know how important it is to empower women in difficult situations,” King said. “If a woman is at risk, she should know that she has a place to turn for support and assistance. I supported VAWA in 2005, 2012, and today I voted in support of the House version to see that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have access to the resources and protection when they need it the most.”
What King didn’t mention is that he voted against House passage of VAWA. Instead he voted for a more modest Republican substitute, which failed. Had his final vote carried the day, VAWA would remain expired and its reauthorization in limbo today.
I understand the reflexive establishment posture, which suggests partisan observations are necessarily wrong, but consider recent events: the fiscal talks have broken down because Republicans won’t compromise and accept meaningful concessions; the farm bill and the Violence Against Women Act are stuck because Republicans won’t vote on them; efforts to reduce gun violence face extremely long odds because Republicans are beholden to the NRA; a U.N. treaty on disabilities was killed because Republicans believed extremist conspiracy theories; the process of filling President Obama’s second term cabinet is stalled because of Republican smear campaigns; and another debt-ceiling crisis is underway because Republicans are threatening to hurt Americans on purpose unless Democrats pay a steep ransom.
It’s not “both their fault.” One side is being reasonable; the other side is being nihilistic. One need not be partisan or biased to see what is plainly true.
Heinous republican quotes on rape.
These are real. This REALLY HAPPENED.
The only one that doesn’t make sense here is ‘forcible’ rape, because it was true to the definition of rape at the time he used the term.
The FBI only recently removed ‘force/forcible’ from their definition of rape, so his definition was actually completely accurate at the time and should not be lumped in with the rest of the heinous quotes.
However, the real point here is, let’s just stop adding bizarre, diminishing modifiers to rape, shall we?
Republicans to teachers:
- No, you can't have money for your schools.
- No, you can't have scholarships to train new teachers.
- No, you can't have pay raises to attract talented people to the profession.
- No, you can't teach cutting edge science and history because its got a "liberal bias."
- No, you can't have decent retirement or health benefits.
- No, you can't have unions that fight for your rights.
- No, you can't open a new school to lower class sizes.
- No, you can't have busing to allow for diverse school populations and increased opportunity for everyone.
- What? What do you mean your kids aren't passing? You must be a s--- teacher.
- The state of Texas can cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, pending a court case to decide whether state funds can be used to pay for abortions; Planned Parenthood in Texas currently does NOT provide abortions, but DOES provide other health services to low-income women and others.
- A Republican Senate candidate — who is currently a Congressman — uses the word “legitimate” to describe rape and says that the body possesses a biological capacity for preventing pregnancies resulting from rape, while yet another GOP representative essentially claims that pregnancies never result from rape or incest. Moreover, the Republican Party is (apparently) less disturbed by Todd Akin’s rape comment and more that they’re going to lose the majority in the Senate.
- The GOP is taking unprecedented steps to suppress voters — in most if not all cases, among constituents likely to vote Democratic — under the guise of combating the non-existent plague of voter fraud.
- The Republican Party’s presidential candidate won’t release tax returns that will likely prove that he has tens if not hundreds of millions in assets that he’s hiding in off-shore bank accounts — despite his own father setting a precedent that’s been followed by every presidential candidate since.
I’m very looking forward to a Republican being back in office. When you’re rich, you want a Republican in office.
Just remember that President Obama wants to extend a tax cut for the MIDDLE class, while Mitt Romney and the Republicans want to continue a tax cut for the hyper-rich. Which is understandable I guess because Mitt Romney's millions are already stashed away in Switzerland and other tax-free havens so he doesn't have to worry about that sort of thing.
"America," he said, "has a war on drugs that doesn't work. It has a war on poverty that doesn't work. It has a war on crime that has only managed to fill its prisons. It has wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that didn't work. You want to fix everything that has gone wrong? There's only one answer: America must declare war on America."
[T]he single greatest strength the far right and their paymasters enjoy is their utter and complete lack of shame. They will say anything - literally anything - to gain an advantage in any debate, and be damned to whoever takes a screwing in the process.
A perfect example: on Wednesday, Rand Paul (R-KY), darling of teabagger nation and son of that walking farce of a fake Libertarian Ron Paul, blocked a vote on extending FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program until the Senate votes on legislation declaring that human life begins at conception. Forget all those people in Iowa and Florida who are swamping out their homes after being inundated with record rainfall. We need legislation on fetuses…but God help them if they’re born, because these God-fearing Republicans don’t give a fig for them once they’ve passed through the birth canal. Welcome to the planet, brat. You’re on your own.
more than 2,000 bridges are trembling on the edge of collapse in Massachusetts alone. Why has this incredibly important problem not been addressed?Adam Peck of ThinkProgress provided an answer last week:
With as many as 2.9 million new and existing jobs on the line, House Republicans are refusing to pass a transportation reauthorization bill, even after the Senate’s version of the bill overwhelmingly passed through the upper chamber in a 74-22 bipartisan vote.
The deadline for new transportation funding is June 30, and if the calendar flips to July without a compromise, as many as 1.9 million workers could lose their jobs, at least temporarily. The Senate version of the bill, if adopted, would create an additional one million new jobs as well, according to Department of Transportation projections.
So why are House Republicans holding nearly three million jobs hostage? Because they want approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be included in the bill. The State Department estimates that roughly 6,000 jobs would be created if the Keystone XL is approved, but as few as 20 of them will be permanent.
These are but two examples; there are dozens upon dozens more.
please take me away from the Michigan GOP Facebook page
“Liberals are retarted.” -Pro-life compassion for persons with disabilities.
Hey there body shaming twat, it’s a word that doesn’t hurt anyone unlike ‘retard’. And i’m someone who calls things retarded then feel bad about it.
"During a Capitol press conference Thursday, (Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown noted 'vagina' is the 'medically correct term' for the female organ at the center of the Legislature's ongoing abortion restriction debate. 'If I can't say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas?' Brown said. 'What language should I use? 'We're all adults here.'"