“ The interesting thing here is that this is an individual who sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology but somehow missed science class,” Mr. Obama said at a fundraiser in New York City Wednesday night. “But it’s representative of a desire to go backwards instead of forwards. And fights that we thought were settled twenty, thirty years ago. ”
The destruction of the ability to reason is a leg of the multi-leg Republican plan to turn the US into a piggy bank for themselves. By reducing science literacy they make it easier to spread the big lies. By systematically cutting science education, scientific research and supportive national science policy, they are reducing the ability of the citizens of the US to employ scientific methods to find objective data. Republicans know that if voters had the true, objective data, they would never be able to keep lying to them and they would never get elected outside of Alabama. The entire premise of the modern Republican party is based on falsehoods and lies. It cannot stand the light of truth. After all, we all know that the truth has in inherent “liberal bias.”
(Photo) GOP announces convention theme: “We Built This” … in stadium built with 62% government funds.
As many as 50,000 Republicans and 15,000 members of the media are expected to descend on the Tampa Bay area next week, and the uncertainty of predicting the track of a hurricane so many days in advance means that hotels, restaurants and convention goers may not know until this weekend whether to expect sunny skies or an outright deluge.
When it comes to that all-important forecast, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh saw more conspiracy.
“The National Hurricane Center, a government agency, [is] very hopeful that the hurricane gets near Tampa. The National Hurricane Center is Obama. It’s the National Weather Service, part of the Commerce Department, it’s Obama,” Limbaugh said on his program yesterday.”
No, this is not The Onion. Limbaugh is serious, and there are a whole lot of very stupid people who agree with him.
Just a reminder. Voting is a right, not a privilege.
CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien debunked the pervasive right-wing media falsehood that President Obama “stole $700 billion” from Medicare.
Right-wing media have repeatedly claimed that the Medicare savings included in Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) “gutted” the Medicare program. However, on CNN’s Starting Point, when Romney senior adviser John Sununu claimed that Obama “gutted Medicare by taking $717 billion out of it,” O’Brien was quick to correct him.
O’Brien pointed out that Sununu’s talking point has been debunked by the Congressional Budget Office, which found that the Medicare savings in the ACA are not cuts, but rather a reduction in the expected rate of growth of the program.
O’Brien also noted that independent fact-checkers have found that the Affordable Care Act does not cut Medicare benefits. These fact-checkers also determined that the claim that hundreds of billions of dollars have been cut from Medicare is outright false.
Exxccelllllent! Maybe if CNN acted more like Soledad O’Brien than Wolf “we’ll have to leave it there” Blitzer, they wouldn’t be talking about turning into a reality TV network.
“I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said. Whatever it was.”
-Willard Romney, May 2012
“ I was a severely conservative Republican governor. ”
Right…Uh hu…severe, I tell you, SEVERE
Trickle Down Already
30 years ago, Ronald Reagan said it would trickle down. Sadly, some fools still believe that. And I’m not talking about the 1%. They KNOW that “trickle down” is a load of crap. I’m talking about suckers in the middle class who still believe the lies told to them everyday by the Republican Party.
A quick comparison. Poverty tends to be concentrated in more conservative states. This is by no means the whole story: rural-urban, big cities-no major cities demographic variables and other dynamics matter. But so does ideology. Don’t kid yourself. States in which conservatives make up a substantial part of the population tend to have much higher poverty rates than do states with low percentages of conservatives.
Something to think about, this New Hampshire primary day!
Under education + religious fundamentalism = a vote for the GOP, every time.
No surprises, here. Which is unfortunate.
Fmr. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, getting in an argument with a reporter who pointed out that one of Romney’s top advisors is a lobbyist — right after the GOP candidate stated that lobbyists were not running his campaign.
“You’re out of line,” Romney’s spokesperson told the reporter later. “Save your opinions and act professionally. Don’t be argumentative with the candidate.”
I’m not one to generally cut Romney - or any republican - any slack, but semantics aside, the lobbyist is not technically on his campaign staff, he’s just an “advisor”. Of course, I believe that like I believe Rick Santorum’s wife didn’t have a partial birth abortion.