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Ted Cruz: Canadian, Eh? No More.

June 17, 2014

Ted Cruz: Canadian, Eh? No More.

The father of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), rabid evangelical preacher Elmer Gantry Rafael Cruz, has been questioning the U.S. birth status of Barack Obama. Then the Dallas Morning News discovered that Senator Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada and officially had Canadian as well as U.S. citizenship.

Awkward.

Senator Cruz finally renounced his Canadian citizenship so he’s 110%-by-God-American but it sure took a long time for the Harvard-Law-educated Cruz to get those legal papers inked.

So can Ted Cruz legally be U.S. President? His Mom is a Yank, so yeah. But that won’t stop the questions. Or the jokes.

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Red-Meat Republicans

June 13, 2014

Red-Meat Republicans

In the 2014 Republican primary, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s campaign and PAC spent nearly $170,000 at DC power steakhouses, chiefly Bobby Van’s and BLT Steak. His victorious opponent Dave Brat’s entire campaign cost $122,000.

“”It’s rare that you would see a fundraiser at a Ruby Tuesday or a Chipotle,’ said Lisa Spies, a veteran GOP fundraiser …. ‘You’ve got to spend money to raise money.’

In the 2014 cycle, all federal candidates have spent just over $9,000 on Chipotle, and $1,229 at Ruby Tuesday, according to numbers compiled by CQ Moneyline. In the same span, they have spent more than $400,000 at Bobby Van’s.”

–  “Why Eric Cantor chose Bobby Van’s,” Eric Tau, Politico

It works. Cantor’s campaign raked in $5.5 million and his PAC took in $3.5 million more while Brat raised $206,663.

But the median annual household income in Virginia’s 7th District is $64,751, the value of the average family home is $188,400, and it’s a pretty long drive to Bobby Van’s.

Related:

“Elites Beware: Eric Cantor’s Defeat May Signal a Populist Revolution,” Ron Fournier, National Journal

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Eric Cantor Ousted

June 11, 2014

Eric Cantor Ousted

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R, VA-7), a 13-year congressional veteran, was defeated by Tea Party loon David Brat in the June 10th Republican Primary. Mr. Cantor is the first sitting House majority leader to lose a primary election since the position was created in 1899.

David Brat is a professor at Randolph-Macon College with degrees in economics and divinity, Director of the BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism Program and, as a complete political unknown, was the perfect vehicle for the anti-incumbent vote. He also benefited from the strong xenophobic sentiment of Virginia’s Republican party. Henry Blodget summarizes Mr. Brat’s platform: “No government, no immigration, no tax, no schools, fusion of church/state….”

Dave Brat will face fellow Randolph-Macon professor Jack Trammell in November’s general election.

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Millionaires Vote Down $10.10 Minimum Wage

May 1, 2014

Millionaires Vote Down $10.10 Minimum Wage

“A broad-based coalition of millionaires converged on Washington today to defeat a bill that would have increased the minimum wage for American workers to $10.10 an hour.

Leaving behind their mansions and yachts, the millionaires were motivated by what they saw as an existential threat to the country, Mitch McConnell, a spokesman for the millionaires, said.

‘This was an extremely diverse coalition,’ McConnell said, noting that everyone from the rich to the very rich to the super-rich united to vote down the bill.”

– “Millionaires Unite to Defeat Minimum Wage,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

More:

“GOP Blocks Minimum-Wage Bill in Senate,” Caitlin Huey-Burns and Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics

Related:

“Which Millionaire Are You Voting For?” Nicholas Carnes, New York Times

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Single-Payer Reality Therapy

March 21, 2014

Last week the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging held a hearing on “What the US Health Care System Can Learn from Other Countries.” Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina knows all about health care, probably due to his distinguished career selling lawnmowers. Mr. Burr made the usual counter-factual GOP assertions about healthcare delivery, thinly disguised as questions to Dr. Danielle Martin, MD, Vice-President of Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital. Dr. Martin immediately administered reality therapy (above).

Senator Burr: “On average, how many Canadian patients on a waiting list die each year? Do you know?”

Dr. Martin: “I don’t, sir, but I know that there are 45,000 in America who die waiting because they don’t have insurance at all.”

More:

“Watch an expert teach a smug U.S. senator about Canadian healthcare,” Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

 “Dr. Danielle Martin gives Washington a lesson on Canadian health care,”  Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News

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Paul Ryan, School Lunch Expert

March 7, 2014

Paul Ryan, School Lunch Expert

Yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) addressed the faithful and told them of his new platform. He wants to steal school lunches from poor kids.

Mr. Ryan told a story he says he got from Eloise Anderson, but the story was stolen, too.

“She once met a young boy from a poor family. And every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. But he told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch—one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids’. He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him.”

“The left is making a big mistake …. What they’re offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul. People don’t just want a life of comfort. They want a life of dignity, they want a life of self determination.”

Mr. Ryan’s policy is neatly summed up by Paul Krugman: “Let Them Eat Dignity.” Oh, and the book the story was swiped from? A portion of sales goes to a campaign that “connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals” and opposes Ryan’s cuts to food stamps.

Mr. Ryan knows nothing about lunches for the poor, but he’s an authority on a poor lunch. Nutrition-poor, anyway. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “One of his summer jobs in college was as an Oscar Mayer salesman in Minnesota, peddling turkey bacon and a new line called ‘Lunchables‘ to supermarkets.” He once drove the Wienermobile for Oscar Meyer, and that was his last honest job. He’s peddled his bologna as a DC political hack ever since.

More:

“Paul Ryan accidentally makes the case against means-testing,” Ned Resnikoff, MSNBC

“Paul Ryan’s Soul Food,” Ed Kilgore, Political Animal

“A story too good to check: Paul Ryan and the story of the brown paper bag,” Glenn Kessler, Washington Post Fact Checker

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NFL Makes Arizona Do The Right Thing

March 1, 2014

NFL Makes Arizona Do The Right Thing

The National Football League pressured Arizona Governor Jan Brewer into doing the right thing for the wrong reason. Mrs. Brewer vetoed the ill-conceived “Religious Freedom for Bigots” bill, the separate-but-equal homophobic-apartheid measure passed by her state’s legislature. The NFL, itself still learning tolerance for sexual minorities, threatened to relocate the next Superbowl from the University of Phoenix Stadium to a more inclusive state. Other huge corporations said they were reconsidering doing business in the Grand Canyon State, and the convention and business meeting forecast started to look cloudy.

Concepts like “equal access to places of public accommodation” likely mean nothing to Mrs. Brewer, but she surely remembers her state’s loss of business when Arizona passed a racist immigration law and earlier when it refused to recognize the King Holiday.

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Nebraska, Our Nation’s Capital

January 9, 2014

Nebraska, Our Nation's Capital

Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse is running for the U.S. Senate. He wants to move the Capital of the United States from the District of Columbia to Nebraska.

Welcome to it, ‘Huskers! Here’s what Nebraska gets:

  • No vote in Congress, but you’ll pay taxes to the IRS anyway
  • Any political pissant from elsewhere can stop local elected officials from spending Nebraska state tax funds the way Nebraskans want
  • Tax-exempt institutions — including foreign embassies and the Federal government itself — will crowd taxpaying businesses and residents off valuable real estate
  • Commuters from neighboring states will take all your state’s good jobs, snarl traffic, rip up your streets and then complain about the potholes — but they won’t pay a dime of Nebraska taxes on the money they earn in Nebraska
  • Main Street will be shut down for motorcades at unexpected, inconvenient moments
  • Bollards will clutter every sidewalk, metal detectors and uniformed guards will block office building doors

And you know what else Nebraska will get, Mr. Sasse? No U.S. Senators!

Like other Nebraskans, Tea Party-lovin’ Ben Sasse is just regular “work-a-day folks” — if work-a-day folks went to Harvard and Yale, worked at the Boston Consulting Group, served as a DC bureaucrat for G.W. Bush, and over-extended a small Lutheran college so much that its accreditation is threatened.

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John Boehner Finally Grows a Pair

December 15, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner (R , OH-8) finally spoke out about the right-wing groups pushing Republicans beyond the lunatic fringe, specifically the Club For Growth, Heritage Action, FreedomWorks and Americans For Prosperity. “These groups aren’t acting out of principle, and they’re not trying to enact conservative policies. They’re using you to raise money and expand their own organization,” he is said to have told his caucus.

“How John Boehner learned to stop worrying and hate the Tea Party,” Jon Terbush, The Week

“Boehner Attacks Again: Tea Party Groups Have ‘Lost All Credibility,'” Ian Schwartz, Real Clear Politics

“Don’t celebrate yet!: Why Boehner won’t really ditch the right-wing nutjobs,” Brian Beutler, Salon

“Boehner’s blasts: One more volley in the long GOP battle,” Dan Balz, Washington Post

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Dick Cheney: All Heart

November 20, 2013

Dick Cheney: All Heart

Was it just last year that Papa Dick Cheney blessed the same-sex marriage of younger daughter Mary? It was a touching moment, love overcoming Republican dogma.

Then ambitious older daughter Liz Cheney decided to base her carpetbagger Wyoming senate campaign on opposition to same-sex marriage. “I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage,” she told Fox News. Sister Mary noted that Liz is “on the wrong side of History” in denying equality to all families.

And Papa Dick Chaney, a man who bucked the 2000 GOP platform and endorsed marriage equality? A man whose grandchildren have two mommies? Certainly he stayed out of a fight between his daughters, since he loves them both equally, right?

Wrong. He’s backing Liz. Expect an uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinner at the Chaney house.

Wait a minute. Didn’t Dick Cheney mellow after he left office as Vice President and got a heart transplant? Nope. He’s flogging a book about that heart but won’t think about the donor: “It’s my new heart, not someone else’s old heart.”

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