A subsidy for millionaires disguised as tax cuts

Hardy Haberman  |  Dungeon Diary

So even as the Republicans are spouting blather about deficits, they are behind the extension of the immensely expensive subsidy for millionaires that has come to be called the Bush Tax Cuts. The Democrats have relented in opposing these because the GOP held unemployment benefits hostage until the subsidies were extended.

Meanwhile Republicans will rail about spending and deficits while creating an even bigger hole to dig out of. I sincerely expect they are planning to get the nation so deeply in debt that the only way out will be to cut all Social Security and Medicare to make ends meet. The GOP is relentless and they will do anything to get their way, and they hate both programs, even though the American people love and need them.

The GOP is a party of the rich, by the rich and for the rich and don’t believe them when they say anything different. They will talk about class warfare and how bad it is, but they have already won the class war. All of us are working and paying taxes to support the wealthy of this country, and it’s getting worse.

Meanwhile the Democrats try to reason and negotiate with the Republicans. It hasn’t worked in the past decade why should it work now?

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Barbara Bush Hopes Palin Stays in Alaska

BushesLarryKingx390 (Screengrab) | Advocate.comFormer First Lady Barbara Bush said that she hopes Sarah Palin, who is considering a presidential run in 2012, will stay in Alaska.
Advocate.com: Daily News

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Barbara Bush Wants Sarah Palin To Stay In Alaska

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Larry King interviewed George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara for an interview to be aired on CNN this coming Monday but the cable news network has released a clip with some highlights including one where King asks Mrs. Bush on her thoughts on Sarah Palin.

The former first lady takes a swipe at the quitting Governor: "I sat next to her once. I thought she was beautiful and I think she's very happy in Alaska and I hope she'll stay there."

Here's to that. The clip is AFTER THE JUMP.


Towleroad News #gay

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Laura Bush: Publicly Supporting Marriage Equality ‘Was Not My Responsibility…I Just Didn’t See That As Part of My Role’

Back in April, Andy wrote about the revelation, which came via an excerpt from Laura Bush's memoir, that the former first lady had nudged her husband at the time of the 2004 elections to "not (make) gay marriage a significant issue." "We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay," she apparently explained. Bush is now talking about the issue again, time the thanks to some prodding from the Texas Tribune who asked her why she didn't speak publicly about it while living in the White House.

Lb TT: "Let’s talk a little bit about that responsibility. You found yourself back in the headlines not so long ago for taking positions on gay marriage and abortion that appeared to be at odds with your husband and with the GOP. What do you say to the critics who argue you had a responsibility to come forward sooner, or who suggest you maybe hid those opinions from view?"

Bush: "Well, I didn’t hide them from view. They were very well known from the first day George was elected, when Katie Couric asked me the question. I’m not elected. I was not elected. George is. He’s the one who’s elected. I was not the elected official. It was not my responsibility, I didn’t think, to speak out in ways to get in some sort of debate with him. I just didn’t see that as part of my role."

In the interview, Bush is also asked if she is friendly with Michelle Obama. Said Bush: "there’s a friendship that develops between all the first ladies, but, no, I don’t talk to her that often."

Revisit the clip wherein Bush talks to Larry King about marriage equality, AFTER THE JUMP.


Towleroad News #gay

—  John Wright

No judge left behind: Even deeply GOP Bush appointees earn ‘activist’ ire

Screen Shot 2010-08-25 At 11.49.24 AmFACT: James Randal Hall served as a Republican state senator in Georgia’s 22nd district.

FACT: James Randal Hall was appointed to a federal judgeship by George W. Bush.

FACT: Senators as conservative as Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson spoke in support of Hall’s U.S. District Judge appointment.

FACT: Judge Randal Hall recently defended Augusta State University’s decision to requite a graduate student to follow certain guidelines on homosexuality if she hopes to remain in the school’s counseling program. And in his ruling, Hall was careful to say his decision was not about “pitting Christianity against homosexuality,” but instead was about the constitution and its application to the school’s requirements.

FACT: Social conservatives like Janie Shaw Crouse don’t typically care about the facts at hand, preferring to instead undermine the role of the independent judiciary by claiming that any judge who rules in a way they dislike is nothing more than a liberal, gay-sympathizing activist:

Dr. Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America sees judicial activism in action.

“The really horrendous part is that one single judge is able to make a decision that influences so many different aspects of our culture. And we’re seeing it over and over again where that judge is imposing his own personal views — which is such a contradiction and is so ironic when this young woman’s rights are being taken away from her.”

Judge says ‘remediation’ lawful, student appeals [ONN]

You know, because when is Saxby Chambliss not taking to the Senate floor to speak in support of a judge who’s motivated by his own personal gay agenda? [::liberal eye roll, activist head shake::]

FACT: Judge Vaughn Walker was first nominated by Reagan, then ultimately Confirmed under H.W. Bush (amid liberal dissent). The justice who authored the Iowa Supreme Court’s Varnum opinion, Mark S. Cady, was appointed by conservative Republican governor (and current gubernatorial candidate) Terry Branstad, as was the chief justice of the court, Marsha Ternus. Judge Ronald George, who wrote the California Supreme Court’s 2008 that gave that state marriage equality, describes himself as a lifelong Republican. And so on and so on.



FACT: If these social conservatives are going to keep insisting on GOP elected officials, then they are going to have to start taking responsibility for whatever legal opinions these same elected Republicans hath wrought!




Good As You

—  John Wright

Karl Rove destroys his marriage

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

The architect of George Bush’s march to the White House and the man who engineered anti-gay marriage amendments in the name of “saving” marriage has gotten divorced.

Again. Yes. His second.

In the announcement, his spokesperson asked for privacy.

Really?

He thinks his marriage is a private matter that the press shouldn’t exploit? He thinks we should keep our noses out of it because a marriage or in this case a divorce — is a private matter? Blow it out your bigoted ear Karl.

This disgusting piece of crap is the person responsible for all of that “marriage hasn’t changed since Biblical times” and “the sanctity of marriage that gay people are trying to destroy” garbage. Something he made up to scare people. To get right wing extremists, bigots and just plain dumb people to the polls. And it worked.

By the way, what makes his exploitation of gays and lesbians so heinous is that he was raised by his two gay dads. And, apparently, he wasn’t rebelling against them. He was close to them.

But now he’s divorced. The judge should never have granted the divorce. He should have told him that in Biblical times, a divorce could only be granted by a religious panel and that there was no such thing as an “amiable” divorce. And he’d like privacy.

—  David Taffet