Policies proposed & practiced by members
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Think Progress - In the first debate of the Colorado gubernatorial race, Republican nominee Bob Beauprez went on the record supporting the seizure of Colorados national parks, forests and public lands by the state government, saying this is fight we have to wage.
In a video taken by American Bridge, Beauprez, who is challenging incumbent Governor John Hickenlooper (D), claimed that all public land in the state was supposed to be Colorados and that if this were private land and the federal government was a tenant, we would cancel their lease.
Gov. Hickenlooper questioned how Beauprez would plan on footing the bill for such a proposal, noting that estimates show that transferring Colorados national parks, forests and public lands to the state would cost taxpayers at least $200 million dollars. Additional estimates of the costs of fighting wildfires on lands transferred to the state could add hundreds of millions of dollars.
Although most Western voters deeply value their public lands, Beauprez is one of several candidates supporting such proposals this election season. As ThinkProgress reported last week, there are a number of right-wing politicians across the country who have been advancing proposals to transfer of control of public lands to states, or to sell them off to the highest bidder for drilling, mining and logging.
LA Times, 1989 - William J. Bennett, federal drug policy coordinator, said Thursday night he had no moral qualms about beheading convicted drug dealers.
"Morally, I don't have any problem with that at all," Bennett said when asked on the CNN program "Larry King Live" call-in television show, whether he would support Saudi Arabian-style beheadings to deter drug dealers.
... Bennett, who heads the Bush Administration's fight against illegal drugs, said the idea of beheading was "morally plausible" but legally difficult.
"I mean ask most Americans: if they saw somebody out on the street selling drugs to their kid, what they would feel morally justified in doing--tear them limb from limb.
"There's no moral problem there. I used to teach ethics--trust me," he told the talk show host.
Bennett went on to say that he would like to see more use of the death penalty.
Political Wire - The Nation has audio of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) telling a room of conservative activists how Republicans will shut down parts of the government if they gain control of the U.S. Senate.
Said McConnell: "So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what's called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We're going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board (inaudible). All across the federal government, we're going to go after it..."
Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast - Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted Friday on charges of abuse of powera first degree felonyand coerciona third degree felony. The charges stem from a 2013 scandal that has been quietly rumbling in the Lone Star State as Perry has been floated as a viable contender for the Republican nomination in 2016.
This is a complex case, which might be why it has not made national headlines the way other recent, state-level scandals (like Bridgegate, in New Jersey) have. Below, I have outlined a somewhat confusing short version of events, and a longer, more colorful explanation that involves alcohol, police, and masks.
The short version is this: A Democrat refused to resign from her position as District Attorney, where she controlled the states Public Integrity Unit, an entity which investigates ethics violations of elected officials. The likely reason why is that Perry, a Republican, would have almost certainly installed another Republican. One of the few positions in control of a Democrat under Perrys watch wouldve vanisheda big deal, given the power of the Public Integrity Unit.
Perry, as a means of intimidating the DA into resigning, publicly threatened to veto the Public Integrity Units budget. And when she didnt step down, he made good on his tough talk, gutting all of its funding ($8 million) for two years.
From the outset, Perry was adamant that what he did was not illegalwhich is presumably why he made no secret of it. But his opponents were not convinced. In August, an investigation into the matter began, which resulted in todays indictments.
Washington Post - According to U.S. Census data, only 13 out of 234 Republican-held districts are majority-minority (that is, districts where white non-Hispanics make up less than 50 percent of the population). That's about 5 percent of all Republican districts. In contrast, fully 49 percent of Democrat-held districts are majority-minority.
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Since Roosevelt, no GOP presidential campaign has won without a Bush or a Nixon on the ticket.
@Harpers - Percentage of Republicans in a January survey who believed their state should secede from the Union: 23
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Detroit News - House Republicans prohibited state Rep. Lisa Brown from speaking on the floor Thursday after she ended a speech against a bill restricting abortions by referencing her female anatomy. . . "Finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but 'no' means 'no,'" Brown said Wednesday.
Forbes has confirmed that billionaire Sheldon Adelson, along with his wife Miriam, has donated $10 million to the leading Super PAC supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romneyand thats just the tip of the iceberg. A well-placed source in the Adelson camp with direct knowledge of the casino billionaires thinking says that further donations will be limitless.
Greg Kaufmann, Nation - Ohio has thrown nearly 70,000 people including 40,000 children [off public assistance]. The reason? The state faces up to $130 million in federal penalties if 50 percent of the adults receiving assistance dont meet the federal work participation requirement by September 30. [70,000 is more than the entire caseload in 39 states]
GOP to use sleeping air-traffic controller story to push for privatization. Because if there's anyone you want making $12/hr with no benefits, it's an air-traffic controller - Fark
The House Republicans voted to defund NPR which - according to the Congressional Budget Office - will actually save the government nothing.
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers (R) claims that voting is "a privilege, it's not a right,"
According to Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern (R), blacks simply dont work as hard as whites.adding, Ive taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didnt study hard because they said the government would take care of them.
Former Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats - If we're teaching the kids, 'don't smoke, because that's a risky health style,' the same can be true of the homosexual lifestyle. . . It is a public health risk
46% of Mississippi Republicans think inter-ethnic marriage should be illegal, while only 40% approve of it.
A GOP New Hampshire legislator told a constituent the world is too populated and that there are too many defective people. When asked what should be done with these defective people that are mentally ill, Martin Harty suggested sending them to Siberia, something that he said Hitler was right to do
Extremist Wisconsin GOP demands emails of prof critical of Governor Walker
Gov. Sean Parnell's appointee for the panel that nominates state judges testified that he would like to see Alaskans prosecuted for having sex outside of marriage.- Anchorage Daily News
Florida Republican governor orders unconstitutional drug tests
Ann Coulter: "I think there should be more jailed journalists". . .And CPAC cheered her.
The Republican mayor of Enfield, Connecticut has forced that town's public library to cancel a showing of the Michael Moore film, Sicko, a 2007 documentary on healthcare reform. Bowing to pressure from the Town Council and a mayoral threat to cut off funding for the library if the film were screened, the library reluctantly cancelled the program
A House panel chaired by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin plans a hearing to discuss forcing Internet providers, and perhaps Web companies as well, to store records of their users' activities for later review by police.
Haley Barbour says he won't critize the proposal for a Mississippi licence plate honoring Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the KKK.
The GOP chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security wants to "strangle the viability" of WikiLeaks by placing the publisher and its editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, on a US "enemies list" normally reserved for terrorists and dictators. Placement on the US "Specially Designated National and Blocked Persons List" would criminalize US companies who deal with WikiLeaks or its editor.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the new chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said that American Muslims aren't "American" when it comes to war. "When a war begins," King said, every ethnic and religious group unites as "Americans." "But in this case, this is not the situation. . . Whether it's cultural tradition, whatever, the fact is the Muslim community does not cooperate anywhere near to the extent that it should":
Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley wants to end multilingual DMV tests, and state Rep. John Cauthorn agrees: "The average guy on the street hates Spanish, and it is everywhere." - TPM
Senate Republicans block bill designed to reduce differences between the wages of women and men
The Republicans initially wanted to read the original Constitution at the opening session but someone pointed out the part in which slaves counted for only 3/5 of a person for apportionment, so they switched to the amended version.
Republicans further disenfranchise residents of District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa by taking away their limited House voting rights
Republicans in Arizona have gotten a bill passed that bans the teaching of ethnic studies in the state
Governor Haley Barbour defends the White Citizen Councils on the grounds that they weren't as bad as the KKK
GOP senator John McCain voted against repeal of DADT because it would be a potentially deadly distracton for Marines "and I don't want to permit that opportunity to happen."
Only three GOP senators voted for the Dream Act, a first step in improving immigation policy.
GOP congressman wants US citizens to be held without trial if deemed terrorists
Rep. Steve King R-IA wants to do away with birthright citizenship for children of immigrants
Jon Runyan, a former pro football player and now the Republican nominee against freshman Rep. John Adler (D-NJ), listed the 1857 Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court decision as a recent case that he disagreed with.
Maine GOP candidate for governor Paul LePage: "I just don't understand how people, at least sane people, would want to allow transgender in our primary schools and our high schools."
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) believes that if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn't be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend-she shouldn't be in the classroom."
GOP House candidate attacks ethnic intermarriage
Sharron Angle thinks that there is a "militant terrorist situation" that has allowed Islamic religious law to take hold in some American cities,
Senator Jim DeMint, according to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal "said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn't be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend -- she shouldn't be in the classroom."
A whole series of Republican candidates for House, Senate, and Governor's mansions in 2010, reports Mike Lux, have been promoting ideas that were conservative many decades ago, including some even back in the 1800s, including:
After she's voted for 70 years, GOP bigots prevent 96 year old black woman from registering
Judson Phillips, president of prominent Tea Party group Tea Party Nation: The Founding Fathers put certain restrictions on the right to vote you had to be a property owner. And that makes a lot of sense.
UPI - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted mostly along party lines Thursday to approve an amendment to the $600 billion National Defense Authorization Act which prohibits the Pentagon from using any of its budget to address climate change and specifically instructs the Department of Defense to ignore the latest scientific reports on the threats posed by global warming.
Tree Hugger - If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gets his way at a budget hearing, state funds that had been dedicated to clean energy will be redirected to highway-widening and other fossil fuel-promoting development projects; recycling funds would go instead to general state operations.
Gingrich says he would eliminate EPA
A 53%-majority of Republicans say there is no solid evidence the earth is warming. Among Tea Party Republicans, fully 70% say there is no evidence. Disbelief in global warming in the GOP is a recent occurrence. In 2007, a 62%-majority of Republicans said there is solid evidence of global warming, while less than a third (31%) said there is no solid evidence. Few Republicans see global warming as a very serious problem (14%) or in need of immediate government action (24%). . . On the other hand, 97 out of 100 scientists that believe in man-made climate change
GOP Representative Bill Flores: "Republicans in the House as a whole want to get rid of the EPA."
John Boehner has announced the end of the House subcommittee on climate change. It's all up to God now.
Over half of Republicans don't believe in climate warming
Sarah Palin thinks global warming is a hoax.
During a town hall meeting at Toms River, New Jersey Governor Chris reportedly said that he was skeptical that humans were causing the earth to warm. Christie says "more science" is needed to convince him.
86% are opposed to any climate change legislation that increases government revenue
Texas GOP plaform "We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills, ...critical thinking skills and similar programs ... which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the students fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."
Jeb Bush - The system we have today with over 13,000 government-run, politicized, unionized monopolies [aka public school districts] is probably not the best governance model for 2014 and going forward.
57,000 Head Start students won't be going back to school this year because of budget cuts
Kansas State Rep. Virgil Peck (R) suggested that the best way to deal with the illegal immigration problem may be the same way the state might deal with the problem of "feral hogs" -- by shooting them from a helicopter. - TPM
Bill fines employment of illegal immigrants . . . except maids and lawn workers
Under Maine Gov. Paul LePage's proposed budget, teachers and other state employees will be required to increase their contributions to the pension system, from 7.65 percent of their salary to 9.65 percent. One public employee currently paying 7.65 percent, however, won't see an increase. The governor has exempted himself.
The liberal Helena-based think tank The Policy Institute released a 17-page report stating that "some of the same legislators who rail against government in general, the federal government in particular and all the evils contained therein, have benefited from large amounts of money to their farm and ranch operations through federal farm subsidy programs over the years." According to the report, 16 Montana legislators received farm payments in excess of $100,000 between 1995 and 2009. . . ..Farms and ranches owned by Republicans received 98.8 percent of the subsidy money or $6,976,120 and those of Democrats received 1.2 percent. - Great Falls Tribune
Texas Gov. Rick Perry likes to tell Washington to stop meddling in state affairs. He vocally opposed the Obama administration's 2009 stimulus program to spur the economy and assist cash-strapped states. Perry also likes to trumpet that his state balanced its budget in 2009, while keeping billions in its rainy day fund.. . .Turns out Texas was the state that depended the most on those very stimulus funds to plug nearly 97% of its shortfall for fiscal 2010, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.- CNN
According to a Hotline review of records compiled by Citizens Against Government Waste, the 52 members of the Tea Party caucus, which pledges to cut spending and reduce the size of government, requested a total of 764 earmarks valued at $1,049,783,150 during Fiscal Year 2010, the last year for which records are available
After Francisco "Quico" Canseco beat Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) as part of the Republican wave on Nov. 2, the tea party favorite declared: "It's going to be a new day in Washington." Two weeks later, Canseco was in the heart of Washington for a $1,000-a-head fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Club. The event--hosted by Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.)--was aimed at paying off more than $1.1 million in campaign debts racked up by Canseco, much of it from his own pocket. - Washington Post
State Rep. Carol McGuire (R-NH) believes the federal minimum wage is too high. In a statement to reporters, she said she would like to repeal all minimum wage laws and have corporations pay workers whatever rate they desire. She also said the $7.25 minimum is overly generous to young people: Its very discriminatory, particularly for young people. Theyre not worth the minimum, she said.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs a bill that bans local ordinances guaranteeing workers' paid sick and family leave.
GOP governor threatens to call out National Guard on state workers if they protest cuts in their rights. . . 12,000 protesters to oppose governor's war on unions. . . Green Bay Packers join in battle
GOP Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker achieved ending state employee collective bargaining rights as a budget cutting move
Asked about the tens of thousands of workers who would be unemployed if the GOP budget plan goes through, John Boehner said, "If some of those jobs are lost, so be it."
Republicans fail in effort to abolish National Labor Relations Board
Congressional Republicans managed to block a Democratic plan to give $250 to Social Security recipients in lieu of a cost of living increase. Apparently the GOP preferred the money be used to keep the taxes of millionaires low.
NJ GOP governor launches fullscale attack on public worker
Law and order
A Georgia GOP state legislator has proposed abolishing drivers' licences
US Senator Mario Rubio says Social Security and Medicare made Americans less inclined to save: "All that changed when the government began to assume those responsibilities. All of the sudden, for an increasing number of people in our nation, it was no longer necessary to worry about saving for security because that was the governments job. It weakened our people in a way that undermined our ability to maintain our prosperity.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) claimed Sunday that he didn't expect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare to be around when he retires. "What we [House Republicans] have said is this: We'll protect today's seniors and those nearing retirement, but for the rest of us, all of us, who are 54 and younger, I know the programs are not going to be there for me when I retire," Cantor told Fox News' Chris Wallace. "They can't," he added. - OpEd News
Texas Gov. Rick Perry advocates letting states opt-out of Social Security and numerous Texas lawmakers are consideirng pulling the state out of the Medicaid program.
Former Senator Alan Simpson calls America's seniors the "greediest generation."
Ronald Reagan - If you don't [stop Medicare], one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free.
Republican governor Rick Scott's push to privatize Medicaid in Florida is highly controversialnot least because the health care business Scott handed over to his wife when he took office could reap a major profit if the legislation becomes law. - Mother Jones
Rep Ron Paul: "No one has a right to anyone's wealth, I don't have a right to come to you and say my poor kid needs 500 dollars for an education. An education is not a right, medical care is not a right."
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated overturning the reform signed by Obama last year would add about $230 billion to the deficit by 2021 and result in 32 million fewer people having health insurance.That was a blow to Republican campaign promises to slash the federal budget deficit.
Governor Christie undermining NJ medical marijuana law
Texas state representative Leo Berman wants to charge any person who tries to implement the 2010 health care reform law in his state with a felony and put them behind bars.
Senate Republicans voted against health care benefits and compensation to sick first responders of the 9/11 attack
Arizona state senator Russell Pearce (R), who has been elected the president of the state senate, has launched a push to reject federal funding for the state's Medicaid program. Pearce told a reporter that "church, community, families got to provide."
House speaker designate John Boehner of Ohio and incoming House majority leader Eric Cantor of Virginia have called for the dismantling of a Smithsonian exhibit focused on same-sex attraction. The museum has already removed one piece
What are those sandals that he wore the other day? Donald Trump demands disbelievingly, reacting to the image of the vacationing president in a Hawaiian ice cream parlor, sporting swimming trunks and flip-flops. I wouldnt be wearing flip-flops, Trump says of Obama. I dont like it. I dont think that is what the president is supposed to be representing. You will not see me wearing flip-flops.
Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana said that he would sign a bill cutting off Medicaid financing for Plan
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a budget that cuts funding for Planned Parenthood, after pushing the measure through the state Legislature without a single Democratic vote. Planned Parenthood denounced the decision to choke off state and federal funding to nine health centers in small communities that will deny preventative health care to 12,000 women who don't have health insurance: Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin says it has 27 health centers across the state, which provide birth control, cancer screenings, annual exams, and sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment to 73,000 patients every year. - AlternetParenthood.
Louisiana State Rep John Labruzzo (R) has introduced "feticide" legislation to ban all abortion in his state and sentence women and doctors who violate the ban to 15 years hard labor.
The most confusing thing about this clip from The 700 Club, wherein Pat Robertson explains that married liberal women have abortions in order to put themselves on "a level playing field" with childless lesbians, is that he seems to think lesbians can't have children - Gawker
Rep Allen West (R-FL) "thinks" liberal women are neutering American men thereby increasing debt and deficits - Fark
Willie Geist, MSNBC - Are you willing to hold up this entire budget over defunding Planned Parenthood?. . . .Rep Mike Pence R-IN - Of course I am.
Ohio car magnate and one-time Republican congressional candidate Tom Ganley has been indicted on charges that include gross sexual imposition and kidnapping. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Ganley faces three felony charges of gross sexual imposition, and single counts of kidnapping, abduction, solicitation, and menacing by stalking. - TPM
The Folkbum blog reported that when protesters appeared at the home of Wisconsin GOP state senator Randy Hopper, his wife told them that he no longer lives there but with his 25 year old mistress in Madison.
Newt Gingrich told Christian Broadcast Network's David Brody that "there's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate."
Republicans try to kill funding for Planned Parenthood.
A Republican state legislator in Georgia doesn't like the term rape "victim." In fact, he has introduced a bill mandating that state criminal codes refer to these people as, simply, "accusers" -- until there's a conviction in the matter.. . .173 GOP congress members want to weaken definition of rape
An Ohio Democrat, Steve Driehaus, clashed repeatedly with Boehner before losing his seat in the midterm elections. After Boehner suggested that by voting for Obamacare, Driehaus "may be a dead man" and "can't go home to the west side of Cincinnati" because "the Catholics will run him out of town," Driehaus began receiving death threats, and a right-wing website published directions to his house.
"I wouldn't change the decision even if I could do it right now. I had a great five days with my children. I promised that." -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), telling the Newark Star Ledger that his wife warned him to not "even think about" canceling their Florida vacation when a major blizzard hit.
The Arkansas Times reports Mike Huckabee and his wife are building a $3 million home in Florida and that they're taking on a $2.8 million mortgage.
GOP hypocrite of the day: cost cutting NJ governor spent $475 for hotel room
GOP Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he wants American officials to consider establishing permanent military bases in Afghanistan.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was just elected the new head of the Republican Governor's Association, said this week that President Obama should consider sending the military into Mexico to help fight the drug war
Paul Ryan - "The best way to turn from a vicious cycle of despair and learned hopelessness to a virtuous cycle of hope and flourishing is by embracing the attributes of friendship, accountability and love.That's how you fight poverty,"
Jeb Bush - "A loving family taking care of their children in a traditional marriage will create the chance to break out of poverty far better, far better than any of the government programs that we can create."
GOP members of the House are proposing to cut assistance to low income mothers and children by 11 percent and $2 billion from the food stamp program.
Florida governor Rick Scott is about to sign a bill that would require welfare recipients to undergo routine drug testing. Better still, this new legislation makes the poor people pay for their own drug tests. Recipients who test positive for drugs would lose their benefits for a year. If they fail a second time, they lose the benefits for three years." -Wonkette
Wisconsin governor Walker is proposing to turn over the allocation of food stamps to a private corporation, which will get to decide who qualifies and who doesn't.
Minnesota Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets any given month. This represents a change from their initial proposal, which banned them from having any money at all. - Fight Back News
Joe Mller would end the minimum wage and reduced funding of the EPA
You know theres a statue in New York harbor called the Statue of Liberty. You know where we got it from? French Free Masons. Listen folks that is an idol, a demonic idol, right there in New York harbor. People say, well no its patriotic. What makes it patriotic? Why is it? Its a statue of a false goddess, the Queen of Heaven. We dont get liberty from a false goddess folks, we get our liberty from Jesus Christ and that Statue of Liberty in no way glorifies Jesus Christ. There is no connection whatsoever. So Im just telling you we practice idolatry in America in ways that we dont even recognize. - John Benefiel, head of the Heartland Apostolic Reformation Network,at Rick Perry's August prayer rally.
Republican extremists want to spend $90 million on "In God We Trust" signs
Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX), along with his colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee, passed a resolution that reaffirms support for In God We Trust while encouraging its display in all public schools.. . The In God We Trust measure now heads to the full House of Representatives for a vote.- WIOD, FL
Rick Santorum told about 50 members of the group Catholic Citizenship that he was "frankly appalled" that America's first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, once said "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute....That was a radical statement," Santorum said, and did "great damage." - TPM
How the GOP thinks like the Muslim Brotherhood
Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips says that the Metrhodist Church is "the first Church of Karl Marx," and "little more than the "religious" arm of socialism. . . If you hate America, you have a great future in the Methodist church."
52% of Republicans think God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago
New Arkansas Republican state representative Loy Mauch, says the Confederate flag is a "a symbol of Jesus Christ,"
John Shimkus, R-IL.is running for chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. A year and half ago he quoted God telling Noah, "As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease" himkus elaborated: "I believe that is the infallible word of god, and that's the way it is going to be for his creation.. . .The earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood." Update: Fortunately, Barton didn't get the job.
Rep. Joe Barton who is running for chair of the House Energy & Commerce committee: "Speaker Boehner is our Dwight Eisenhower in the battle against the Obama Administration. Majority Leader Cantor is our Omar Bradley. I want to be George Patton - put anything in my scope and I will shoot it." Update: Fortunately, Barton didn't get the job.
Forty one GOP senators voted against a bill to improve the provision of medical services and benefits to veterans
Another of the Kochs projects surfaced in Texas, as the states Republican lawmakers rammed through a Koch-backed bill that would make it harder for consumers, workers, and small business owners to bring civil suits against corporations. House Bill 274 - dubbed the Loser Pays bill - passed the state House with no amendments and no debate after Gov. Rick Perry (R) deemed it emergency legislation, rushing it to the top of the legislative agenda. Under the bill, those who sue corporations could be held responsible for the defendants legal fees if they lose the case - and in some instances, even if they win. - Alternet
Ohio GOP governor wants to privatize just about everything
Bills filed by two GOP Florida legislators would require the state Division of Recreation and Parks to hire Nicklaus Design to build courses in state parks in every region of the state, creating a Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail around Florida.
Florida Governor Rick Scott wants to balance the budget by slashing at least $2 billion from education, and has proposed $1.7 billion in tax cuts for property owners and corporation. . . .
Kentucky Rep. Hal Rogers, the Prince of Pork, will head of the Appropriations committee. Over the past two years, Rogers has requested $175,613,300 in earmarks, including funding for a cheetah protection nonprofit that his daughter works for.
"In Washington, the view is that the banks are to be regulated, and my view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks," -Spencer Bachus (R), incoming Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee
Senate Republicans unanimously opposed ending tax cuts for those earning over $1 million annually.
It's been kept secret until now but at a private campaign fundraiser, Sharon Angle said of Augusto Pinochet's privatizing of Social Security: "Sometimes dictators have good ideas."
GOP only group that wants to keep feeding the welfare fathers
54% of Republicans want to repeal all of Obamacare despite lack of health insurance causing some 45,000 deaths a year
Bloomberg - A 21 percent cut across the board would take about $15 billion from education. A 21 percent cut in Pell Grants would take almost $5 billion from student tuition.
A 21 percent cut at the National Institutes of Health would take about $6 billion from health research.
A 21 percent cut would take $400 million from police.
Center for Budget Policy & Priorities - A 21 percent cut in K-12 education funding would take more than $8 billion out of this area in fiscal year 2011, on top of the deep education cuts that many state and local governments across the country are being forced to make.
Meg Whitman's plan to eliminate the capital gains tax would widen the state's budget deficit by about $5 billion, and for what? One winner would be Whitman, who would save $8-41 million during a four year term as governor.
GOP Kentucky senatorial candidate Ron Paul would like to replace the national income tax with a sales tax. To accomplish this would take about a 23% sales tax. That would be on top of state sales tax and would be a massive giveaway to the rich. For example, in California, Meg Whitman would gain hundreds of thousands of dollars while those in the bottom 20% would have to pay several thousand dollars more a year.
GOP congressional candidate David Harmer wants to abolish public schools
WV GOP senatorial candidate John Raese has come out strongly against the minimum wage.
Joe Miller thinks Social Security is unconstitutional because it's not in the Constitution
The GOP supports children being rejected for health coverage due to pre-existing conditions, the ability of insurance companies to limit lifetime coverage, and the ability of insurance companies to take away insurance from children who are sick. These are all prevented by the healthcare bill the GOP wishes to repeal.
GOP House members threaten to shut down government to repeal healthcare
Salon - A Virginia Republican currently running for the U.S. House of Representatives believes that incest exceptions in abortion bans are unnecessary because sometimes incest is voluntary, accord to a report from the Washington Times. Delegate Bob Marshall ...also believes that children born with developmental disabilities are Gods vengeance on people who have had abortions.
Ann Coulter: If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democrat president. It's kind of a pipe dream, it's a personal fantasy of mine, but I don't think it's going to happen.
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Iowa GOP State Senator Shawn Hammerlinck to students who came to the capital to testify for more funding: I do not like it when students actually come here and lobby me for funds,. . . I want to thank you for joining us and though I have to concede, your time speaking before us is kind of a tad intense. Its probably a pretty new experience. You probably prepared for it for days and you sat there in front of us trying to make sure your remarks were just right, and thats a good thing. But actually spending your time worrying about what were doing up here, I dont want you to do that. Go back home. Thanks, guys.
The GOP wants to end all government funding for NPR and PBS
House Republicans want to do away with Americorps
Texas governor Perry has called for lawmakers to suspend "non-critical" entities like the State Historical Commission or the Commission on the Arts until the economy improves
61% of Republicans polled said they hoped that Obama fails.
Open Congress - In late June of 1995 then-GOP Conference Chairman John Boehner handed out "about a half-dozen" checks from the political action committee of tobacco company Brown & Williamson Corp. to fellow Republicans on the floor of the House. Boehner's chief of staff Barry Jackson stated, "We were trying to help guys who needed to get their June 30th numbers up, their cash-on-hand numbers up. All leadership does this. We have to raise money for people and help them raise money." Boehner was forced to stop handed out the checks when two freshmen Republicans, "appalled by it," confronted him and voiced their displeasure. Boehner's reaction was one of tempered apology, "I thought, 'Yeah, I can imagine why somebody would be upset. It sure doesn't look good.'"
Conservatives in Arizona vehemently opposed a town's decision to have a trash truck and curbside recycling program. Some called it "Obamacare for garbage" or "trashcare."
Think Progress - 100 freshmen Republicans will take their seats in the 112th Congress.Here is a snapshot of the GOP Class of 2010:
- 39% have already declared their intention to end the 14th Amendment's guarantee of birthright citizenship
- 32% want to reduce legal immigration
- 91% have sworn to never allow an income tax increase on any individual or business - regardless of deficits or war
- 79% have pledged to permanently repeal the estate tax
- 48% are pushing for a balanced budget amendment
Mike Huckabee wants to end public funding of NPR
Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller faced with unpleasant revelations about his life and past: "Weve drawn a line in the sand. You can ask me about background, you can ask about personal issues Im not going to answer."
Politfacts finds Michelle Bachman tells more lies than just about any politician it covers
House Republicans passed a budget that would have slashed funding for a sunami warning center that helped to warn people after the Japanese quake
GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says gay people do have the right to get married -- so long as they're planning on tying the knot with a member of the opposite sex.
Michelle Bachmann is taking all of this Iran business very seriously. After the British embassy in Tehran was stormed on Tuesday and nations like the UK and France started drawing down their diplomatic presences there, Bachmann took to the stump to suggest America do the same. Except? The United States doesnt have an embassy in Iran. And we havent had one for years now. For so long, in fact, there hasnt been a US embassy in Iran for the entire lifetime of every single one of Bachmanns twenty-eight children. But sure, lets shut it down a second time just for good measure.- Wonkette
Michele Bachmann says if you turn Herman Cain's "9-9-9" plan upside down it becomes 6-6-6. "I think the devil is in the details," she said at the GOP debate.
Michele Bachman would end individual taxes: Fox News host Megyn Kelly asked Bachmann about a question at a previous Republican debate on how much of every dollar taxpayers should get to keep. Bachmann said that she talked to the young man who asked the question at the last debate. I said I wish I could have answered that question, because I want to tell you what my answer is. I think you earned every dollar, you should get to keep every dollar that you earned, Bachmann said. Thats your money, thats not the governments money, thats the whole point.
I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians." - Michele Bachmann on the recent earthquake and hurricane.
Under President Bachmann you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again, That will happen. - Michelle Bachmann
I guarantee you the EPA will have doors locked and lights turned off and they will only be about conservation. It will be a new day and a new sheriff in Washington, D.C. - Michele Bachmann
My husband said Now you need to go and get a post-doctorate degree in tax law. Tax law! I hate taxeswhy should I go and do something like that? she told the audience. But the Lord says be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands. (In this video, Bachmann also reports that the Lord told her to run for Congress)
Legal question: Can someone who claims they submissively follow the orders of their husband and someone they identify only as "The Lord" serve as president under the Constitution?
CARL QUINTANILLA (CNBC): Does it strike you that as the unemployment rate goes up that your chances of winning office also go up?. . . .MICHELE BACHMANN: Well, that could be. Again, I hope so.
"Most Americans recognize that Israelis and Americans are two sides of the same coin because we share the same values and the same aspirations," Bachmann says. "We even share the same exceptional mission -- to be a light to the nations." - Michelle Bachmann
Bachmann graduated from Oral Roberts Law School, which eventually closed and transferred its library to Pat Robertson's Regent Law School. The Regent Law School Review provides an insight into Bachmann's view on law - and history: "Regent University Law Review seeks to present academically excellent scholarship on relevant issues facing the legal community today from the perspective of a historic Christian worldview. It is committed to a jurisprudence based upon a Higher Law; that is, law based upon the Law of God." - Buzz Flash
If God seems a little distant, it may be because he's otherwise engaged
PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature of the St. Petersburg Times that checks whether statements made by politicians are true, has repeatedly determined that Bachmann's claims don't ring true. "We have checked her 13 times, and seven of her claims to be false and six have been found to be ridiculously false," PolitiFact editor Bill Adair said. Adair said no politician has been checked as often as Bachmann without saying at least something that's true. "I don't know anyone else that we have checked, more than a couple times, that has never earned anything above a false," he said. "She is unusual in that regard that she has never gotten a rating higher than false."
"What a pathetic situation to be running for the President of the United States with nothing positive to say. All you got to do is try to tear your opponent down to where they get smaller than you are, that's the Romney model." - Newt Gingrich
Robert Scheer, LA Times, 1994 - The news that Newt Gingrich will receive $4 million from Rupert Murdoch's publishing house must have been greeted with dismay by his former wife, Jacqueline, down in Carroll County, Ga. Newt had pulled a fast one. It was only nine months ago that she consented to the congressman's request for an amendment to their divorce decree that bars her from claiming additional funds due to an increase in his earnings. . .She had free will. Nobody forced her to marry someone eight years younger. The man is supposed to marry someone younger, and Newt corrected that the second time around after divorcing Jacqueline in 1980 for "irreconcilable differences," which he said had been the case through the 1970s, despite counseling.
But did he have to be so mean about it? As reported by L.H. Carter, his campaign treasurer, Newt said of Jacqueline: "She's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer." Hard to believe, although according to the New Yorker, his wife did tell the congregation of her Baptist church: "The devil has taken his heart."
The man has chutzpah. In his 1974 campaign, he ran on the slogan, "Newt's family is like your family." A sad but perhaps accurate commentary on life in suburban Georgia. In 1978, he ran an ad blasting his opponent, Virginia Shapard, saying, "If elected, Virginia will move to Washington, but her husband and her children will remain in Griffin." Under Gingrich's photo, it said: "When elected, Newt will keep his family together."
Gingrich campaign director Michael Krull on his candidate's failure to make the Virginia ballot: "Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected set-back, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action. Throughout the next months there will be ups and downs; there will be successes and failures; there will be easy victories and difficult days but in the end we will stand victorious."
See, when I smoked pot it was illegal, but not immoral. Now, it is illegal and immoral. The law didnt change, only the morality Thats why you get to go to jail and I dont. - Newt Gingrich
Dan Amira: "By now, we've all become familiar with Newt Gingrich's habit of using a few choice adverbs to make the things he says sound just a bit more intelligent to his listeners. Profoundly. Deeply. Frankly. But none of them are as vital to the Gingrich lexicon as fundamentally (along with its cousin, the adjective fundamental). ...In a single 2008 address to the American Enterprise Institute, he used the words fundamentally or fundamental a total of eighteen times."
In 1994, during the early days of the public debate on welfare reform, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich ignited a media firestorm by suggesting that orphanages are better for poor children than life with a mother on Aid to Families with Dependent Children . Responding to blistering criticism, he first defended the proposal by invoking the idyllic orphanage life of the 1938 film "Boys Town," finally retreating, at least rhetorically, from the entire controversy. - Alternet
Newt Gingrich says that gay marriage is a temporary abberation that will disappate. . . sort of like his own sacred bond between a man and a woman
I have two grandchildren Maggie is 11, Robert is 9. I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they're my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American. - Newt Gingrich
Progressive Review 1985 - Representative Newt Gringrich, Republican of Georgia, who has described himself as "the very tough-minded son of a career soldier," went through his draftable years untouched. During much of the time he was a student at Emory and Tulane. Asked why he had entered politics instead of the army, Gingrich told Jane Mayer of the Wall Street Journal, What difference wquld I have made? . . . There was a bigger battle in Congress than in Vietnam."
Progressive Review, 1995 - While a simple member of Congress [Gingrich] hitched a ride to Georgia In Air Force One with Ronald Reagan. He later wrote his constituents: "The service, as you would expect, was extraordinary. The attendants assigned to Air Force One are used to taking care of foreign dignitaries and people the President needs to talk with. As we flew down, they served breakfast. It was sausage, pancakes and scrambled eggs. I had this chance because you elected me as your Representative. And I hope through reading this, you now feel you were, in a sense, with me on the plane." Yeah, but we bet in an hour we'll feel hungry again.
Progressive Review, 1994 The essence of Gingrichian politics is government by anecdote and adjective. The adjectives, of course, come straight from the language of advertising and propaganda. As for the anecdotes, it may be argued that Fib Newton is simply following a great southern political tradition, but in fact he has dramatically changed the function of political anecdotes. Where once they were used to get a laugh or make a metaphorical point, in the hands of someone like Gingrich they become a substitute for facts and thought, i.e. because a woman allegedly got too much in her law suit against McDonalds, we need complete tort reform. This is not a particularly advanced form of political thinking and until recently was common mainly to those who hung around the bar at bad taverns and fancy country clubs. Now it is forming the basis of much national policy.
Newt Gingrich once urged that the 20 biggest advertisers boycott unfriendly mass media, whichy could effectively silence opposing views.
In 1995 Gingrich claimed that 800 babies had been left in dumpsters in DC. When the Washington Post looked into it, they found only three babies nationwide and none in DC who had been disposed of in this manner.
Sam Smith, 1995 - Gingrich, in fact, represents in some ways what Clinton might be if he were a Republican. The pair have the minds of Rhodes Scholars but the souls of aluminum siding salesmen. It was probably unintentional, but the Washington Post recently paired stories about Gingrich and Clinton that illustrated the common faith of these two post-modernist politicians. One Post story told of Gingrich bringing in a motivational speaker to conduct a six-hour lecture to GOP lawmakers. The political EST session was conducted by psychiatrist Morris Shectman who told the Republicans how to "frame" their policies so they wouldn't look "barbaric."
Meanwhile, in the next column, Bill Clinton was reported to have "emerged with what aides call a philosophical blueprint for his rehabilitation." With Marion Barry being redeemed, Clinton being rehabilitated and the Republicans being reframed, it's hard to find anyone in this town who's the same thing they were yesterday.
Progressive Review, 1995 - For an insight into Gingrich's own brand of moral dyslexia, a 1984 article in Mother Jones is helpful. The article describes Gingrich's campaign against Virginia Shapard in 1978, including one ad that attacked her plan to commute to Washington, leaving her businessman husband and children in the district. In the ad was a photo of Gingrich with the caption, "When elected, Newt will keep his family together." The reality was that Gingrich staffers were even then taking bets on when his marriage would break up. In 1980, Gingrich told his wife he was filing for divorce. And according to a friend, Lee Howell, here's how he did it:
Going to the hospital where his wife was recovering from cancer surgery, "Newt went up there with his yellow legal pad, and he had a list of things on how the divorce was going to be handled. He wanted her to sign it. She was . . . still sort of out of it, and he comes in with a yellow sheet of paper, handwritten, and wants her to sign it . . . He handled the divorce like he did any other political decision: you've got to be tough in this business, you've got to be hard. Once you make the decision you've got to act on it. Cut your losses and move on."
Part of Gingrich's plan was to try to get away with paying only $400 a month support for his children, a request that incensed many townspeople and was rejected by the judge. Said Howell: "Newt Gingrich has a tendency to chew people up and spit them out. He uses you for all it's worth, and when he doesn't need you anymore he I throws you away. Very candidly, I don't think that Newt Gingrich has many principles, except for what's best for him." And this from a guy who was still calling Newt a friend.
Finally, a summation from L. H. Carter, who was one of Gingrich's closest friends and advisors until they fell out in 1979: "The important thing you have to understand about Newt Gingrich is that he is amoral. There isn't any right or wrong, there isn't any conservative or liberal. There's only what will work best for Newt Gingrich. He's probably one of the most dangerous people for the future of this country . . . He's Richard Nixon glib. It doesn't matter how much good I do the rest of my life, I can't ever outweigh the evil that I've caused by helping him be elected to Congress."
Riley Yates, New Hampshire Union Leader, 2008 - Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich yesterday in Manchester said the country will be forced to reexamine freedom of speech to meet the threat of terrorism. Gingrich, speaking at a Manchester awards banquet, said a "different set of rules" may be needed to reduce terrorists' ability to use the Internet and free speech to recruit and get out their message. "We need to get ahead of the curve before we actually lose a city, which I think could happen in the next decade."
Newt Gingrich says that gay marriage is a temporary aberration that will dissipate. . . sort of like his own sacred bond between a man and a woman
"I have two grandchildren - Maggie is 11, Robert is 9. I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they're my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American." - Newt Gingrich
Political Wire - Newt Gingrich had a second line of credit at the high-end jewelry store Tiffany's for as much as $1 million dollars, the Washington Post reports. The line of credit was in addition to the revolving charge account previously disclosed. A spokesman said that Gingrich's personal financial disclosure filing, which is due within 30 days of his formal entrance into the presidential race, will "show that the Gingriches had a $500,000 to $1 million line of credit at Tiffany's, that it has a zero balance, and it has been closed."
Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post, 2010 - Washington bipartisan elites have been working to weaken Social Security since the mid-Clinton Administration. Clinton, prodded by his Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, was on the verge of cutting a deal with Newt Gingrich to partially privatize America's most successful retirement program.
The intermediary was Clinton's White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles. The same Bowles is now the co-chair of Obama's fiscal commission -- which also has designs on Social Security. Corporate Democrats keep turning up, like bad pennies.
Liberals can thank Monica Lewinsky for saving Social Security from that earlier bipartisan deal. Why? Because when the frisky Clinton was being impeached, and Congressional liberals were holding their noses and reluctantly saving him from ouster, they were in no mood to have him trash Social Security. . . .
Bhaskar Sunkara, Vice - Paul Ryans appeal is simple: He's what stupid people think smart people sound like.
All I know is if you look at history and if you compare good medical care and you compare famine, the countries that are more socialistic have more famines. If you look at Africa, they dont have any free market systems and property rights and they have famines and no medical care. - Ron Paul
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul believes that poor Americans would "absolutely" be better off if the minimum wage were eliminated.
Ron Paul has promised to ban public funding for Planned Parenthood.
Ron Paul opposes flood insurance
Ron Paul says he would not have voted for the 1964 civil rights act
Great thoughts of Marco Rubio: Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries. - Marco Rubio
Arkansas Republican state representative Loy Mauch says the Confederate flag is a "a symbol of Jesus Christ,"
Texas Republican congressional candidate Stephen Broden says he would not rule out violent overthrow of the government if elections did not produce a change in leadership. In a rambling exchange during a TV interview, Broden, a South Dallas pastor, said a violent uprising "is not the first option," but it is "on the table."
Alaskan GOP senatorial candidate Joe Miller thinks we could do a better job of securing the Mexican border. "If East Germany could, we could," he said.
Sharron Angle thinks autism is a fake problem designed to give people more medical benefits
Sharron Angle thinks that there is a "militant terrorist situation" that has allowed Islamic religious law to take hold in some American cities,
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An Ohio Democrat, Steve Driehaus, clashed repeatedly with Boehner before losing his seat in the midterm elections. After Boehner suggested that by voting for Obamacare, Driehaus "may be a dead man" and "can't go home to the west side of Cincinnati" because "the Catholics will run him out of town," Driehaus began receiving death threats, and a right-wing website published directions to his house.
John Boehner named Michelle Bachmann to the House Intelligence Committee
"The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is. ....A manly man don't want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza." - Herman Cain
"The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is. ....A manly man don't want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza." - Herman Cain
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ABC - Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said the demonstrators are coming across as "anti-capitalism." ... "Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!" Cain said. "It is not a person's fault because they succeeded, it is a person's fault if they failed. And so this is why I don't understand these demonstrations and what is it that they're looking for."....
Herman Cain wants to impeach Obama
Herman Cain believes that allowing a mosque to be built in Tennessee is "an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion."
Herman Cain says he'll ask oil executives to advise him on which environmental regulations to eliminate
GOP presidential contender and former pizza executive Herman Cain . .. promised the audience that as President, he would never sign pieces of legislation that are longer than three pages. . . . Under this bright-line rule, Cain wouldnt have signed such landmark pieces of legislation as the Civil Rights Act, the Social Security Act, or the PATRIOT Act. In fact, he wouldnt have even been able to sign the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, which ran 114 and 18 pages, respectively. -Think Progress
Asked whether he would mind having gays in his cabinet, Herman Cain responded, "Nope, not at all. I wouldnt have a problem with that at all. I just want people who are qualified, I want them to believe in the Constitution of the United States of America. So yep, I dont have a problem with appointing an openly gay person. Because theyre not going to try to put sharia law in our laws."
GOP hypocrItical oaths
U.S. House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said he will not support President Barack Obama's proposal to renovate U.S. schools as part of the administration's bill to spur job growth. "Anything that is akin to the stimulus bill I think is not going to be acceptable to the American people," Cantor said. He added that Obama should focus instead on cutting federal regulations that he says kill U.S. jobs. Cantor and other Republican leaders voted for over $120 billion to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, funds that were used to construct and repair schools, roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure. But now these same Republicans are saying there's not a penny left to help kids and jobless Americans.
Governor Christie says NJ school districts should decide if they want to teach creationism
Mitch Daniels? Isnt he the former Bush budget director who said the Iraq War would cost $50 billion when it ended up costing $3 trillion? The bureaucrat who promoted the Bush tax cuts when we were fighting two wars? The one whose budget projections were so fraudulent that he predicted federal surpluses in 2004 and 2005?- Joe Conason
Maryland physician Andy Harris (R) soundly defeated Frank Kratovil, one of the most endangered Democrats on Capitol Hill going into the November election. And he did it in large part by railing against 'Obamacare' and pledging to repeal Health Care Reform. But when he showed on Capitol Hill tfor an orientation for incoming members of Congress and their staffs, . . hecreated a stir by demanding to know why he had to wait a month after he was sworn in in January for his government-subsidized health care to kick in. After responding in a huff, he even asked if there was some way he could buy into the government care in advance, TPM
Federal report on handling of oil spill - Coast Guard responders watched Governor Jindal and the TV cameras following him return to what appeared to be the same spot of oiled marsh day after day to complain about the inadequacy of the federal response, even though only a small amount of marsh was then oiled, the report stated, citing an interview with a Coast Guard official. When the Coast Guard sought to clean up that piece of affected marsh, Governor Jindal refused to confirm its location.
Im absolutely delighted that The New York Times would attack me ... I have nothing but contempt for them. They should be indicted under the Espionage Act. - Rep. Pete King, chair of the Homeland Security Commission
Senator Mike Lee of Utah thinks child labor laws are unconstitutional Also federal minimum wage laws, civil rights laws or prorviding Medicare and Social Security.
Making Obama a one-term President is my single most important political goal along with every active Republican in the country. - Senator Mitch McConnell
Rick Santorum - "I've voted to kill Big Bird in the past. I have a record there that I have to disclose. That doesn't mean I don't like Big Bird. You can kill things and still like them, maybe to eat them, I don't know. That's probably that. Can we -- can we go back on that one?"
If Rick Santorum doesn't believe in the separation of church and state, can he take an oath to uphold the Constituition?
Asked whether he follows NASCAR, Romney responded, Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.
Santorum's wife claims God is a total screw-up
"I did always feel in my heart that God had big plans for Rick. Eventually it was there, tugging at my heart. When Obamacare passed, that was it. That put the fire in my belly."
"It's not okay because it's a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be." - Rick Santorum on contraception
Last year Mr. Santorum made a point of defending the medieval Crusades against the American left who hates Christendom. - Paul Krugman
One of the favorite things of the left is to use your sentimentality, and your proper understanding and belief that we are stewards of this earth and we have a responsibility to hand off a beautiful earth to the next generation. They use that and they have used it in the past to try to scare you into supporting radical ideas on the environment. They tried it with this idea, this politicization of science called man-made global warming. President Obama, you may remember, tried to pass cap-and-trade and tried to get control not only of the health care system but of the energy industry, the manufacturing industry, another two big sectors of this economy, and using this facade of man-made global warming. I stood up and fought against those things. Why? because they will destroy the very foundation of prosperity in our country.- Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum told CNNs Piers Morgan that he would never change his opposition to same-sex marriage because it does not reflect Gods will for us. The former Pennsylvania senator also reiterated his support from outlawing and restricting marriage in New York and the five other states that allow gay and lesbian people to marry:
Back in 2002, Rick Santorum wrote an op ed for Catholic Online in which he explained a sex scandal in the Massachusetts Catholic Church this way: "When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm." Which, given the recent scandals at Penn State, is it now fair to say that his homeland is as perverted as Boston?
Your free speech rights can be incredibly harmful to someone else. - Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum argued that single mothers were the political base of the Democratic Party, and that Republicans should work to lessen single motherhood in order to score political points against their Democratic rivals. The Democratic Party, Santorum said, relies on single mothers who run a household and have a desire for government as their voter base, and concluded that building two parent families is necessary to reduce the Democratic advantage.
Rick Santorum got (as opposed to earned) $239k from Fox News for his appearances on the network
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the gay community has "gone out on a jihad" against him for his stance against gay marriage.
Whatcha mean 'we,' white man? Rick Santorum: We have less freedom today than in 1776..
Glenn Beck: What about global warming?. . . Rick Santorum: There is no such thing as global warming.
I believe the earth gets warmer and I also believe the earth gets cooler, and I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man, through the production of CO2 -- which is a trace gas in the atmosphere, and the manmade part of that trace gas is itself a trace gas -- is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd. - Rick Santorum
Florida's governor, who is leading a disputed purge of voter registration rolls, had to cast a provisional ballot in 2006 because officials mistakenly thought he was dead, election officials said
I want the mainstream media -- and I've said this for a couple years now -- I want to help them. I have a journalism degree. That is what I studied. I understand that this cornerstone of our democracy is a free press, is sound journalism. I want to help them build back their reputation. - Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin thinks Sputnik brought the Russian economy down. In an interview she said, ""Yeah, they won but they also incurred so much debt at the time that it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union," As Talking Points Memo notes, "While the Soviet Union did eventually collapse, that wasn't until 1991 -- a full 22 years after the U.S. put a man on the moon, and the collapse came amid stagnant economic growth after years of unsustainable Soviet defense spending of which its space program was a relatively small part."
Sarah Palin: "We need to cut these things that aren't constitutionally mandated, that are kind of on the periphery, the fluffery, like NPR and National Endowment for the Arts."
Senator Rand Paul, citing the "nobility of private charity" has proposed privatizing Meals on Wheeels and other government food assistance programs.
With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies. It's not an abstraction. Im a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. - Rand Paul
GOP Kentucky senatorial candidate Ron Paul would like to replace the national income tax with a sales tax. To accomplish this would take about a 23% sales tax. That would be on top of state sales tax and would be a massive giveaway to the rich. For example, in California, Meg Whitman would gain hundreds of thousands of dollars while those in the bottom 20% would have to pay several thousand dollars more a year
Among the services Pawlenty would cut: Amtrak, the U.S. Postal Service, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Government Printing Office. Pawlenty said those organizations "were all built for a time in our country when the private sector did not adequately provide those products. That's no longer the case." Interpreted broadly, the test could spell the end of federal involvement in the storage of nuclear waste, environmental clean-up efforts and disaster relief -- all services that a Google search reveals are offered by private sector firms. - CNN
Rick Perry: "We don't need to be focused on passing this policy or that policy."
Contradictions in sworn statements about Rick Perry's fundraising for his 2006 reelection bid raise questions about whether aides to the Texas governor... gave false or misleading testimony under oath. At issue were the circumstances surrounding a $1 million contribution to the campaign, and whether the Republican Governors' Association, which paid out the funds, was used as a conduit to camouflage their true origin.
Rick Perry is a Texas stud, a real macho-man who looks great in cowboy hat and boots and was supposed to come galloping on his stallion to rescue Republicans and lead us to the promise land. But its become increasingly clear he cant perform. He has electile dysfunction. -Ana Navarro, advisor to Jon Hunstman
Perry thinks gays are like alcoholics: In a little-noticed passage in his first book, On My Honor, a encomium on the Boy Scouts published in 2008, Perry drew a parallel between homosexuality and alcoholism. Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink, he wrote. And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender.
A longtime adviser to Gov. Rick Perry, upset over his abrupt firing at a Texas university, admitted Thursday he told staff he would surrender his office keys only if "anyone is man enough to take them" all while brandishing a pocketknife in what police called a "nonthreatening" way.
Rick Perry doesn't come cheap: "If you're saying I can be bought for $5,000, I'm offended." - Rick Perry
Who said Rick Perry isn't a federalist? From the Texas Statesman: "Three days after fires started to burn in Central Texas, Gov. Rick Perry today expressed frustration that federal firefighting support, including equipment from Fort Hood, has yet to make its way to the firefighters. Perry said the firefighters could use heavy equipment such as bulldozers to clear fire breaks. 'Its more difficult than it should be,he said. When you have people hurting, when lives are in danger, I dont care who owns the asset.'"
Texans don't like the government interfering with their business, especially campaign donations, where state laws allow contributors to fork over unlimited cash. No one has benefited more from this arrangement than Rick Perry, who has raised $100 million over the last decade, nearly half of which came from just 204 ultra-wealthy donors.
Rick Perry, who wants to tell doctors what they should tell pregnant women, wants to get the government off our backs. Shouldn't he also want to get it out of our wombs?
It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. The idea that they're working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie. It is a monstrous lie on this generation, and we can't do that to them. - Rick Perry
Rick Perry signs anti-Christian pledge to back constitutonal amendment banning gay marriage
Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink. And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender. -Rick Perry, 2008
Perry calls for total anarchy: "Were calling today on the president of the United States to put a moratorium on regulations across this country, because his regulations, his EPA regulations are killing jobs all across America. Were sending out a request today asking President Obama to put a moratorium on all regulations,"
Rick Perry is saying that any more emergency efforts by Ben Bernanke to resuscitate the economy would be "almost treasonous."
When he was Tezas agriculture commissioner, Rick Perry received over $9,000 in federal funds to let his farm lie fallow.
Florida Governor Rick Scott now has a page on his campaign website, RickScottforFlorida.com, asking people to send pre-written letters of praise about him to the editors of Florida's major newspapers. Scott's campaign staff wrote the flattering form letter lionizing Scott and his performance in office.
Florida governor Rick Scott vetoed nearly $5 million in funding for his state's public broadcasting
I understand theres people that like things and dont like things. Its really no different than in business. Because in business everyone doesnt agree with everything you do. All your employees wont say, Oh yeah, I think you should exactly do this instead of that. - Florida governor Rick Scott
[New Florida Governor Rick] Scott is a millionaire and the former CEO of the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain, Columbia/HCA. Shortly after he stepped down, the company paid the largest fine for Medicare fraud ever assessed. He won the governor's race by running as an outsider spending some $70 million of his own money.
Donald Trump's own line of men's wear, the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, is manufactured in China. -Salon
Donald Trump: Well, you know, when it comes to racism and racists, I am the least racist person there is. And I think most people would me would tell you that. I am the least racist I've had great relationships. In fact, Randal Pinkett won, as you know, on The Apprentice a little while ago, a couple of years ago. And Randall's been outstanding in every way. So I am the least racist person
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a budget that cuts funding for Planned Parenthood, after pushing the measure through the state Legislature without a single Democratic vote. Planned Parenthood denounced the decision to choke off state and federal funding to nine health centers in small communities that will deny preventative health care to 12,000 women who don't have health insurance: Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin says it has 27 health centers across the state, which provide birth control, cancer screenings, annual exams, and sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment to 73,000 patients every year. - Alternet
Legislation that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says will create jobs would provide hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to insurance companies, while giving control of a $250 million fund to out-of-state financial management companies that would not have to pay back the fund's principal and would keep up to 80% of its profits.