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The New GOP Math: ‘Dynamic Scoring’ Doesn’t Add Up.

January 7, 2015

The New GOP Math: 'Dynamic Scoring' Doesn't Add Up.

Republicans now rule Congress, so the House of Representatives has a new rule: “Above All, Do No Math.” From now on, there’s no problem that can’t be solved by cutting taxes for rich people and corporations. The GOP calls this “Dynamic Scoring,” but others have called it “Voodoo Economics” and “Magical Thinking.” Why? Because it doesn’t work. Paul Ryan wants to call it “Reality-Based Scoring,” but clearly he lives in an Alternate Reality.

The assumption underlying “Dynamic Scoring” is the “Trickle-Down Theory” of economics. In a pre-automobile age this was called the “Horse-and-Sparrow Theory,” because if you fed your horse enough oats surely some would filter through the horse, fall on the road, and feed the sparrows. Then as now, this produces pitifully few oats but a whole lot of horsecrap.

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Bob McDonnell Gets 2 Years in the Big House

January 6, 2015

Bob McDonnell Gets 2 Years in the Big House

Disgraced former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, convicted of 11 counts of political corruption, was sentenced to 2 years in prison and 2 years of federally supervised release today. Prior to his arrest, many Republicans had proposed Mr. McDonnell for federal office, not a federal prison cell. In December the U.S. probation office had recommended at least 10 years in prison, and Pat Robertson’s charity had tried to wangle a no-prison-time community service deal.

Mr. McDonnell will enter the pokey on February 9th. His estranged wife, former NFL Cheerleader Maureen McDonnell, who was ultimately convicted on 8 federal counts, will be sentenced on January 20th. In another big Republican crime story today, Rep. John Boehner was sentenced to 2 years as House Majority Leader.

Related:

“Unforgivable: The Governor and the Teen-ager,” Evan Osnos, The New Yorker

Updates:

“Court: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell will be free during appeal,”  Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press

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Happy New Year for the One Percent

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year for the One Percent
Happy New Year, rich people. The GOP Congress is in and the laws of mathematics are out, so the fix is in for people of wealth. Poor and middle class wage earners will pay for even more tax cuts for The One Percent. Ring out Neo-Conservatism and ring in Neo-Feudalism!

More:

“Sorry, GOP, tax cuts don’t pay for themselves,” Joel Dodge, The Week

“Behold, the magic kingdom of dynamic scoring,” Froma Harrop, Seattle Times

“Republicans’ magical thinking is immune to the facts,” Robert B. Reich, Baltimore Sun

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Bob McDonnell Looking at 10 Years in Prison

December 15, 2014

Bob McDonnell Looking at 10 Years in Prison
Disgraced former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, convicted of 11 counts of political corruption, is due to be sentenced on January 6th. Based on Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the U.S. probation office is recommending at least 10 years in prison. His estranged wife, former NFL Cheerleader Maureen McDonnell was ultimately convicted on 8 counts, and will be sentenced on January 20th.

Prior to his arrest, many Republicans had proposed Mr. McDonnell for federal office, but he’ll be getting a federal prison cell instead. On the bright side, maybe he’ll get to play bridge with Bernie Madoff.

Ten years is a pretty long stretch, but it could have been worse for Bob McDonnell. He could have been caught selling loose cigarettes on the sidewalk. That’s punishable by death.

Update:

“Pat Robertson’s Charity Tries To Make A Deal For Bob McDonnell’s Freedom,” Larry O’Dell, AP via Talking Points Memo

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A Tea Party with Raised Pinkies

November 6, 2014

A Tea Party with Raised Pinkies
Conventional pundit wisdom has it that the Republican midterm election sweep means the GOP Civil War between Tea Party extremists and the moderate business-oriented faction is over, and the moderates won. Charles Pierce disagrees:

Joni Ernst is not a moderate. David Perdue is not a moderate. Thom Tillis is not a moderate. Cory Gardner — who spiced up his victory by calling himself ‘the tip of the spear’ — is not a moderate. Tom Cotton is not a moderate. And these were the people who flipped the Senate to the Republicans. In the reliably Republican states, Ben Sasse in Nebraska is not a moderate. James Lankford in Oklahoma is not a moderate. He’s a red-haired fanatic who believes that welfare causes school shootings. Several of these people — most notably, Sasse and Ernst — won Republican primaries specifically as Tea Partiers, defeating establishment candidates. The Republicans did not defeat the Tea Party. The Tea Party’s ideas animated what happened on Tuesday night. What the Republicans managed to do was to teach the Tea Party to wear shoes, mind its language, and use the proper knife while amputating the social safety net. They did nothing except send the Tea Party to finishing school.”

– Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics Blog [links added]

Related:

“The Reasonable Extremists Among Us,” Jamelle Bouie, Slate

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Billionaires Recapture the Senate

November 5, 2014

Billionaires Recapture the Senate
With Tuesday’s midterm elections, the Republican Party has seized control of the U.S. Senate. Disgruntled voters decided to empower the party that crashed the economy, entangled the country in long and bloody foreign conflicts, and enriched the few at the expense of most Americans. Winning GOP Senate candidates, largely from the “establishment” Republican Millionaires’ Club, are expected to faithfully do the bidding of their billionaire funders.

More:

“Big win for conservative big money,” Kenneth P. Vogel, Politico

“Election 2014: A new level of collaboration between candidates and big-money allies,” Matea Gold, Washington Post

“Congressional Seats Sell for Record Four Billion Dollars,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

“New Horizons for the GOP Money Machine,” Ed Kilgore, Washington Monthly blog

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Quick! Vote GOP Or Zombies Will Attack America!!!

November 4, 2014

Quick! Vote GOP Or Zombies Will Attack America!!!

The Republican Party that has paralyzed the federal government and the Nation has a clear message for midterm voters: Like how we didn’t pass any bills in the House? Give us the Senate too! Or else …. uh, or else Ebola-bearing ISIS Zombie terrorists will sneak across the Mexican border and … and brainwash your kids with Common Core standards and veggie school lunches, and force you to have good health insurance and higher wages and cheap gasoline! Vote now before it’s too late!

More:

“7 instances of blatant GOP fearmongering this election cycle,” Evan McMurray, Alternet via Salon

“Chicken Little Politics,” Ed Kilgore, Washington Monthly blog

“Why We Are So Easily Manipulated by the Politics of Fear,” David Ropeik, Huffington Post

“Republicans bank on fear in this election,” Rachel Maddow, Washington Post

“Fear of Ebola Could Make People More Likely to Vote Conservative,” Alice Robb, New Republic

“Republican ISIL fear-mongering amplifies extremists’ message, experts say,” Joshua Eaton, Al Jazeera America

“Midterm Anxieties,” Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker

Related: 

“America’s Long History of Immigrant Scaremongering,” Jamelle Bouie, Slate

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GOP Senate Candidate Plays Defense for DC’s NFL Team

November 2, 2014

GOP Senate Candidate Plays Defense for DC's NFL Team
In what has got to be history’s most desperate “Hail Mary” play, Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie has pledged he won’t back any legislation to change the racist name of Washington’s professional football team. His opponent, incumbent Senator John Warner, never voted for or supported any such bill. The term “political football” is no longer just a metaphor.

Here’s the kicker: Gillespie was an Eagles fan as late as December 2012.

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Paul Ryan, Republican Intellectual

October 14, 2014

Paul Ryan, Republican Intellectual

Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) is running for reelection, and he’s rolled out his Big Ideas:

In the realm Higher Mathematics, he’s figured out how to cut taxes but keep popular tax deductions and government benefits. The method seems to involve lots of sleight-of-hand and wishful thinking. Maybe there’s a secret formula in Atlas Shrugged.

In Climate Science, Mr. Ryan has determined that humans have not contributed to Global Warming, despite decades of research that indicate otherwise with a 97% consensus. This isn’t just a tree-hugger matter; the Pentagon says Climate Change is a threat to National Security.

Related:

“How Paul Ryan Convinced Washington of His Genius,” Alec MacGillis, The New Republic

“Like Newt Gingrich? You’ll Love Paul Ryan.” NotionsCapital.com

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Virginia is for Losers

September 5, 2014

Virginia is for Losers

Governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia:

1. Patrick Henry
2. Thomas Jefferson
3. James Monroe
4. Bob McDonnell

Q: Which one was convicted of felony corruption?

Robert Francis McDonnell was the first Virginia Governor with degrees from Christian Broadcasting Network University. He’s also the first one convicted of multiple felonies committed while in office. We cannot confirm if his spouse, Maureen, is the first former NFL Cheerleader to be convicted of felony corruption.

Mr. McDonnell’s misstep was thinking too small, like disgraced former Maryland governor Spiro T. Agnew, who took kickback envelopes full of cash. In America you’re got to steal much bigger stuff, enough of it so you’re Too Big to Jail.

More:

“McDonnell guilty of corruption,” Washington Post

“Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell and Wife Found Guilty,” Valerie Bauerlein and Dawn Chase, Wall Street Journal

“Former Governor in Virginia Guilty in Bribery Case,” Trip Gabriel, New York Times

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