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16th-Jul-2011 01:25 pm - Is Tea Party passe?
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<a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/low_registration_sinks_tea_party_convention-207282-1.html?ET=rollcall:e10583:80103758a:&st=email&pos=epol">Low Registration Sinks Tea Party Convention</a> : Roll Call Politics.

Is America Finally getting tired of its most recent brain fart, the Tea Party?  We've been alternatively scared and amused by this collection of fools, retards, and shady people, without a coherent idea on how to govern the country aside from a misguided hate of everything liberal.
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http://www.economist.com/node/18928600?fsrc=scn/tw/te/ar/shameonthem

Republicans are playing a dangerous cynical game trying to achieve political goals by endangering the country's and world's economy.

"IN THREE weeks, if there is no political deal, the American government will go into default. Not, one must pray, on its sovereign debt. But the country will have to stop paying someone: perhaps pensioners, or government suppliers, or soldiers. That would be damaging enough at a time of economic fragility. And the longer such a default went on, the greater the risk of provoking a genuine bond crisis would become."

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Now, however, the Republicans are pushing things too far. Talks with the administration ground to a halt last month, despite an offer from the Democrats to cut at least $2 trillion and possibly much more out of the budget over the next ten years. Assuming that the recovery continues, that would be enough to get the deficit back to a prudent level. As The Economist went to press, Mr Obama seemed set to restart the talks.

The sticking-point is not on the spending side. It is because the vast majority of Republicans, driven on by the wilder-eyed members of their party and the cacophony of conservative media, are clinging to the position that not a single cent of deficit reduction must come from a higher tax take. This is economically illiterate and disgracefully cynical."

Republicans just do not care about our economy.  They only care about making sure their political aspirations come true.

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Only two things contribute to the continuing large federal deficits: Economic slowdown and Bush policies. Republicans may disagree but their grip on reality is tenuous at best.

Economic Downturn and Bush Policies Continue to Drive Large Projected Deficits — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

"Some lawmakers, pundits, and others continue to say that President George W. Bush’s policies did not drive the projected federal deficits of the coming decade — that, instead, it was the policies of President Obama and Congress in 2009 and 2010. But, the fact remains: the economic downturn, President Bush’s tax cuts and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq explain virtually the entire deficit over the next ten years."

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26th-Jan-2011 09:07 am(no subject)
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Some interesting maps evaluating users' political attitudes geographically


Social Libertarian vs. Authoritarian By State


libertarian vs. authoritarian

Economic Left vs. Right By State


economic left vs. right

Neocon vs. Non-interventionalist By State


neocon vs. non-interventionalist

Liberal vs. Conservative By State


liberal vs. conservative
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As usual, Right's Myth of Obama the Big Spender does not stand up to the lightest of Inquiries. Paul Krugman roundly debunks this Myth.



Here’s the narrative you hear everywhere: President Obama has presided over a huge expansion of government, but unemployment has remained high. And this proves that government spending can’t create jobs.

Here’s what you need to know: The whole story is a myth. There never was a big expansion of government spending. In fact, that has been the key problem with economic policy in the Obama years: we never had the kind of fiscal expansion that might have created the millions of jobs we need.

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28th-Sep-2010 02:14 pm - FactChecking "Pledge to America"
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Fact Checking COP's "Pledge to America"

I guess, Republican Pledge to America is a document filled with errors and misrepresentations. I bet most of us already knew that.
14th-Sep-2010 02:44 pm - Sad truth
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We've given so much money to the rich and have kept everyone else down for so long that our society have turned into a few haves and millions of have nots. But, guess what, have nots are the 98-99% of the consumers. And if the consumer's buying power decreases, the demand for the proucts our businesses sell decreases. What happens then is clear to everyone - an economy in tatters.

For once, Repuglicans are correct - we can not blame Dubya alone. it seems that our policies of the last 35 years are at fault. For 35 years we've engaged in a protracted bout of income redistribution and most of us hadn't even realized that. Try to even mention raising the taxes on the top 2% and you get screamed down by enraged Republican shrills. But for 35 years they and their friends and cronies had engaged in a scheme that had redistributed most of our income to the top, the very top.

Today, we're feeling the brunt of the crisis whose causes are mostly due to this same redistribution. Today we're complaining about the slower-than-expected recovery (expected by who?). But should we be surprised? How can economy improve when the consumer is in worst shape since the great Depression. Consumers are in ruinous debt up to their noses, their real income has stagnated for a decade. Consumers can't buy STUFF. And selling STUFF is what makes business work.
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I do not understand this whole misguided anger directed at the Muslims trying to build an Islamic Center (which will also have a prayer room) two blocks away from the Ground Zero. Someone should explain it to me.

Before 9/11 we actually had not one - TWO muslim praying rooms in World Trade Center. Not two blocks away, not at the Ground Zero, at the very world trade center towers! What's changed? Have the American Muslims become un-American? Were the lives of more than 100 muslims lost on 9/11 any less important?
23rd-Aug-2010 10:51 pm - Dynamo are facing a tough stretch
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Dynamo's mood today is not as good as it were only two weeks ago. After a weakened squad suffered a 1-3 setback at Vorskla, Dynamo were unable to defeat Ajax Amsterdam (NED) in the home leg of the 4th Champion League Qualification round. And really, did not look like winning the match until going down a men (due to Garmash's red card) and Ajax going up a goal. Dynamo did subject Ajax to some pressure and did even the score but a draw looked like a ddeserved outcome for both sides. Now Dynamo are facing an unpleasant task of having to attack on the road, a task, which was big enough for them even at home against Dnipro yesterday...


Ukrainian Premier League Standings:


# PR Team GP W D L GF GA PT
1 3 Shakhtar Donetsk 7 6 1 0 14 2 19
2 1 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 7 5 1 1 12 2 16
3 2 Dynamo Kyiv 7 4 2 1 11 7 14
4 4 Vorskla Poltava 7 4 1 2 12 8 13
5 7 Karpaty Lviv 7 3 2 2 7 6 11
6 11 Tavriya Simferopil 7 3 1 3 9 6 10
7 5 Metalist Kharkiv 7 3 1 3 11 9 10
8 10 Metalurh Donetsk 7 3 1 3 8 7 10
8 8 Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 7 2 3 2 7 10 9
10 6 Arsenal Kyiv 7 2 2 3 8 9 8
11 16 Obolon Kyiv 7 2 2 3 6 11 8
12 12 Illichivets Mariupol 7 1 4 2 9 12 7
13 14 Zorya Luhansk 7 1 3 3 5 8 6
14 13 Sk Volyn Lutsk 7 1 2 4 2 9 5
15 9 PFK Sevastopol 7 1 2 4 2 11 5
16 15 Metalurh Zaporizhzhya 7 0 2 5 2 8 2



Dynamo are facing an early do or die moment. With a favorable result, Dynamo advance to the Champions League proper. With a bad result, Dynamo end up in the Europa League.
No matter how it ends in Amsterdam, Dynamo will return to face a balooning deficit in the Ukrainian Premier league as Shakhtar have claimed an early 5 point lead on Dynamo after just 7 matches.

Dynamo Kyiv's 2010/2011 season:


Date

Match

Opponent

H/A

Score

07/09/10

UPL1

Obolon Kyiv

A

2:2

07/17/10

UPL2

Tavriya Symferopil

H

2:1

07/23/10

UPL3

Metalist Kharkiv

A

2:1

07/27/10

CLQ3L1

KAA Gent (BEL)

H

3:0

07/31/10

UPL4

PFK Sevastopol

A

3:0

08/03/10

CLQ3L2

KAA Gent (BEL)

A

3:1

08/08/10

UPL5

Metalurh Donetsk

H

1:1

08/14/10

UPL6

Vorskla Poltava

A

1:3

08/18/10

CLQ4L1

AFC Ajax Amsterdam (NED)

H

1:1

08/21/10

UPL7

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

H

0:0

08/25/10

CLQ4L2

AFC Ajax Amsterdam (NED)

A

 

08/28/10

UPL8

Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih

A

 

09/11/10

UPL9

Metalurh Zaporizhzhya

H

 

09/18/10

UPL10

Zorya Luhansk

A

 

09/25/10

UPL11

Arsenal Kyiv

H

 

10/02/10

UPL12

Shakhtar Donetsk

A

 

10/16/10

UPL13

Karpaty Lviv

H

 

10/23/10

UPL14

SK Volyn Lutsk

A

 

10/30/10

UPL15

Illichivets Mariupol

H

 

11/06/10

UPL16

Obolon Kyiv

H

 

11/13/10

UPL17

Tavriya Symferopil

A

 

11/20/10

UPL18

Metalist Kharkiv

H

 

11/27/10

UPL19

PFK Sevastopol

H

 

03/05/11

UPL20

Metalurh Donetsk

A

 

 

UPL21

 

 

 

 

UPL22

 

 

 

 

UPL23

 

 

 

 

UPL24

 

 

 

 

UPL25

 

 

 

 

UPL26

 

 

 

 

UPL27

 

 

 

 

UPL28

 

 

 

 

UPL29

 

 

 

 

UPL30

 

 

 

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Next time anyone attempts to sell you on why we should renew the Bush tax cuts - do not agree with them It is rather simple. The whale, on which rests this whole "RENEW BUSH TAX CUTS" platform consists of 10 GOP myths of the tax cuts:

    The 10 Myths of Bush Tax Cuts
  1. Democrats Plan Across the Board Tax Hikes on January 1st
  2. Democrats Want a $3.8 Trillion Tax Increase
  3. Tax Cuts Pay for Themselves
  4. The Bush Tax Cuts Didn't Add to the Deficit
  5. Expiring High Income Tax Cuts Will Hurt Small Business
  6. The Estate Tax Devastates Small Businesses and Family Farms
  7. The Bush Tax Cuts Helped All Americans
  8. Extending Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy is the Best Way to Stimulate the Economy
  9. Bush Tax Cuts Produced 52 Straight Months of Job Growth
  10. The Rich Pay Too Much in Taxes Already


All of these myths are predictably wrong.

On Saturday (July 30), David Stockman, the legendary Reagan budget chief who presided over the Gipper's supply-side tax cuts, announced that the "debt explosion has resulted not from big spending by the Democrats, but instead the Republican Party's embrace, about three decades ago, of the insidious doctrine that deficits don't matter if they result from tax cuts." The next day, the former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, who famously helped sell the 2001 Bush tax cuts to Congress, declared them simply "disastrous."
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