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Intelligence Institute Study shows Fox News viewers have an IQ that is 20 points lower than the U.S. National average

Republicans Maintain Majority in the House due to Gerrymandering, NOT Democracy

A Drunken Moon-Bat Romney Supporter Looses Her Mind When Obama Wins

Mitt Romney Disguises Campaign Events as "Storm Relief"

Right Wing Propaganda and Lies Claim MORE Victims: Man Kills Family and Self at Thought of Second Obama Term

Republican Platform Calls for a Constitutional Amendment Banning All Abortions - With No Exception for Rape or Incest

What a Surprise! Dumb-ass CONS say they "built it all on their own" - with the help of MILLIONS of dollars in subsidies and loans courtesy of WE THE PEOPLE, of course

Another Surprise! Ron Paul Decries the Social Security System While Simultaneously Sucking on its Teat

16 Billionaires Want to Install their Puppet President Romney so they can Rape, Plunder & Pillage America Unfettered by Pesky Government

CONS Traditionally Use the BIG Government They Pretend to Loathe to Repress the Powerless & Underprivileged. Why Do Conservatives Hate Freedom?

CONS Are "Low-Effort Thinkers"... In Other Words, When Effortful, Deliberate Thought is Disengaged, Endorsement of Conservative Ideology Increases.

Despite Public Proclamations, The Bush Crime Family KNEW that Waterboarding is Torture, But Ordered It Anyway - Then Ordered All The Memos Where They Were Warned Not To Torture Be Destroyed

Alaska State Rep. Alan Dick Says He Would Advocate for Criminalizing Women Who Have an Abortion Without the Written Permission of the Man who Impregnated Her.

Mississippi Republicans Seek To Ban Liberal History In Social Studies Courses

Teabag Hypocrites Decry the System while Simultaneously Sucking on it's Teat

Arkansas Democratic Campaign Manager Comes Home To Find Child’s Cat Murdered, ‘LIBERAL’ Written On Dead Body

Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall (R - OF COURSE) Says Children with Disabilities are God’s Punishment to Women who Previously had Abortions.

Romney Thinks Only Rich People Should Run For Office

Poor Women have No Lobbyists so Scott Walker Cuts Cancer Screenings For Uninsured Women, Offers No Alternatives

Gingrich's Tax Plan Would Give The Rich MORE Mad Money to Corrupt the System

Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS PAC Uses Wall Street Money to Attack Elizabeth Warren as Being in Bed with Wall Street

Bloomberg’s Girlfriend Was Paid $109,954 In 2009 By The Tax-Dodging Owners Of Zuccotti Park

Scott Walker Unveils Policy To Have Protesters Pay Police, Cleanup Costs

Michele Bachmann Says A Gay Man Can Get Married, But Only To A Woman (Like Her Husband Did)

Michele Bachmann Says If You Are Unemployed, You Should Starve

The Elite are Getting Nervous... Lobbying Firm's Memo Spells Out Plan to Undermine Occupy Wall Street

Repug Tax Plan Would Eliminate Deductions that SPECIFICALLY Target the Middle Class While Leaving their Buddies in the Top 1% Reaping their Windfall Profits

Bloomberg Evicts OWS Under Media Blackout - "For the Press' Protection" - Tyrants ALWAYS Perpetrate Their Crimes in the Name of the Security of the People

Bill O'Reilly's Lincoln Book Barred From Ford’s Theatre Bookstore for Plethora of Factual Errors - so Naturally O'Reilly Says it's All the Fault of His "Enemies"

Study Reveals Faux News Discusses - and DISMISSES - Climate Change the Most

Teabaggers Plot to Burn, Shred, and Sabotage Scott Walker Recall Effort

Eric Cantor Cancels a Speech on "Income Inequality" (in which he would focus on "how we make sure the people at the top stay there") Once He Found Out the Unwashed Masses Would be in Attendance.

They Hate Them For Their Freedom! A Tax Cut Terrorist Repug Want to Go "Taliban" on The Occupy Wall Street Protesters

"We Are the 53%" : Without A Sense of Irony, Dumb, Stockholm-Syndrom-Suffering CONservatives Cheer Their Subjugation

CON Agent Provociteaurs are Infiltrating the 99% Movement - Their Rich Daddy Masters Must Be Very Nervous

Can We Arrest Them Now? A Bloomberg Markets investigation has found that Koch Industries Paid Bribes, Traded With a Recognized Sponsor of Global Terrorism (Iran), Stole Oil on Federal Land (OUR Land) &... of Course, Lied to Authorities.

When The Minimum Wage Is Too Low It Not Only Impoverishes Productive Workers, It Weakens The Key Consumer Demand At The Heart Of Our Local Economy... SO Republicans On Fox News Say Minimum Wage Should Be $3/Hr.

Mitt Romney Wants the Small People to Believe that his $250 Million Makes Him a Genuine Member of “the Great Middle Class.” You See, America. Republicans Really ARE "In Touch" with the Commoners They're Subjugating!

In Waje if Record Natural Disasters, Tax Cut Terrorist Republicans Tax Disaster Relief Hostage

National Shame: More Evidence the 30 Year Republican Mission to Turn the Economically-Vibrant, Post-New Deal, American Middle Class into "CHEAP LABOR" has Turned America into a Third World Nation

Republican Crime Family Omertà: Darrell Issa Won't Investigate News Corp’s Alleged Hacking Of 9/11 Victims - He Don’t Want To Pick On "The Media"

Alan Grayson Was Right - The Republican Greed-Centered Health Plan for the Unemployed is: DIE QUICKLY

Well Fed Lord Governor Chris Christie Keynotes a Super-Secret, Ultra-Exclusive Gathering of Right Wing Corporate Barons & Billionaires as the Plot the Overthrow of the United States Government

Filthy War Criminal Dick Cheney Boasts on National Television About Committing the Crimes Our Grandparents Once Prosecuted Our Enemies For

"Freedom-Loving" GOP Congressmen Put Constituents Who Asked Tough Questions On A ‘Watch List’

Set your clocks again! ANOTHER anti-gay Repug caught in the act of being himself -GAY

In Hurricane Irene's Wake, Republican Promise to Hold FEMA Funds Hostage

Repug Rep. Hultgren Draws Laughs At Town Hall With Plan To Beg, Not Require, Rich To Pay More Taxes

Data Shows Americans Dislike Teabaggers More Than Much Maligned "Muslims" & "Atheists"... & Rather Than Being Non-Partisan Political Neophytes Concerned About "Big Government" - Teabaggers Are White, Racist, Republican, & Want to Turn the U.S. into a Theocracy.

Nearly 10 Years Ago Today, The U.S. Began Borrowing Billions To Pay For The Bush Tax Cuts

Mitch McConnell: We Must Rewrite The Constitution Because ‘Elections’ Haven’t ‘Worked’... Meaning... the People Still Have SOME Say in the Matter

Paul Ryan & His CON Co-Conspirators Sip $350 Bottles of Wine While Plotting the Destruction of the Middle Class

Documents Obtained By Gawker From The Nixon & Bush Presidential Libraries Reveal Roger Ailes Plot To Create GOP Propaganda Channels

Republican Propaganda Has Most Americans Convinced That We Can Cut Our Way To Prosperity

Joshua Treviño, Formerly a Speechwriter in The Bush Administration, is Openly Calling for a Foreign Government to Massacre American Flotilla Activists

Michelle Bachmann wants the People of Waterloo, Iowa to Rest Assured That She's Channeling a Celebrated Resident, John Wayne. Trouble is... John Wayne Gacy the Serial Killer Was from Waterloo... Not the Hollywood Icon

Typical CON Hypocrite Michelle Bachmann Decries Socialism While Reaping $250K in Federal Farm Subsidies

One Person's "American Exceptionalism" is Another Person's "American Disgrace." Man Robs Bank For 1 Dollar to Get Health Care in Prison

Whatdaya Know?! Paul Ryan's Budget Not Only Benefits Big Oil, But Paul Ryan's Own Personal Investments... Proving Once Again that Republicans Only Seek Public Office to Benefit Themselves & Their Well-Connected Buddies

Palin Sycophants Desperately Weave Disjointed Historical Moments with Outright Fiction to Try and Convince Normal (non-Republican) Society that Sister Sarah is Not as Stupid as She Actually is.

John Boehner Fights Foreclosure Relief As Housing Crisis Ravages His District - More Proof Republicans Work for the Banksters, Not the People.

Tell Us Something We Don't Know- New study: You can't live on minimum wage

Palin Sycophants are now Trying to Rewrite the Paul Revere Wikipedia Page to fit in with their Reich Wing Diva's Revisionist History

Madison Avenue Declares the former Middle Class, now Working Poor - Irrelevant

Faux Business Channel runs week-long assault on our social safety net called "Takers & Makers" - protecting the REAL parasites - the rich Oligarchs who suck profit from American labor without paying their fair share towards a society that works for EVERYONE - not just those born with a trust fund like the Koch Brothers.

Faux Business Channel runs week-long assault on our social safety net called "Takers & Makers" - protecting the REAL parasites - the rich Oligarchs who suck profit from American labor without paying their fair share towards a society that works for EVERYONE - not just those born with a trust fund like the Koch Brothers.

FIRST they came for the teachers - Repugs turn American's schoolteachers today's mythical "welfare queen"

CONS post threats against 16-year-old H.S. sophomore who challenged "Crazy Eyes" Bachmann to a debate

John Boehner visits his masters on Wall Street and regales them with a plethora of GOP lies - in other words - it was just another Monday

WRONG AGAIN Repugs: "Government Motors" reaps a 3.2 BILLION dollar profit in 1st Quarter

Rank and file Republicans playfully share with each other which liberals they would like to torture

Sarah Palin thanks Bush by name, but not Obama, in her speech about bin Laden’s death

Joe Scarborough says Obama’s Base Didn’t Want Him To Catch Bin Laden Despite the Fact It Was a Campaign Promise

The Reich Wing appendages to big business on the Supreme Court have struck another blow to "We The People" forcing Americans to surrender their rights to file class-action lawsuits & effectively removing incentives for corporations to behave within the law.

Wall Street Front Group Loading Up Conservative Activists With Soft Ball Questions For GOP Town Halls

FINALLY, Republicans are being proactive about addressing climate change - Gov. Rick Perry Issues Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas

Blood for Oil! Documents Reveal Talks Between Government and Oil Giants BEFORE Invasion of Iraq

"Small Government" Rethugs Dissolve City Governments While Forcing Michigan Teachers Forced To Rely On Food Stamps

Paul Ryan Dodges Question Regarding Why He's a Hypocrite Who Voted For Two Unfunded Wars, Unfunded Tax Cuts, and Unfunded Corporate Giveaways During Bush, While Pretending To Be Fiscally Conservative Today

Filthy Over-Privileged Sociopaths at Faux News Mock Food-Stamp Recipients Their Policies Create

Marilyn Davenport, Teabagger & member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party, Sends Racist Obama Email to Other Totally Not-Racist CONS... To Show How Hilarious Non-Racist Teabaggers Can Be

Utah Republicans Cut Unemployment Insurance As ‘Motivation For People To Get Back To Work’

Koch Industries Employs PR Firm To Airbrush Wikipedia, Gets Banned For Unethical ‘Sock Puppets’ ’

People Stand All Night In The Cold To Get Free Medical Care here in the United States of Serfs and Lords

Paul Ryan's Budget is Nothing But Ideologically-Based Crap

Another reason why we have to go back to a top marginal tax rate of 90% - Trump Conducting Hawaii Investigation Into Obama's Birthplace

Republican Budget Kills Medicare and Social Security

Maine Republicans Sponsor Bill to Roll Back Child Labor Laws with the Added Bonus of Paying the Children $2 Below Federal Minimum Wage

Convicted Felon Oliver North (Who Enabled an ILLEGAL War in Strict Defiance of Congress) Is Angry That Obama Didn't Get Congress' Approval On Libya

Glenn beck: "the world is about to be plunged into complete and utter darkness, despair, famine," and I'll be starting up my own TV network."

Flip Flop! Flip Flop! Flip Flop! Gingrich Slams Obama For Not Acting in Libya, Then Slams Him For Acting

'Broke Wisconsin' Gave State Senator Randy Hopper's Mistress a Job

Faux News "Journalists" Spend Most of Their Time in their Hotel Rooms, Then Report a Pack of Lies... and CNN's Nic Robertson Calls Them Out For It.

KS GOP State Rep. Compares Undocumented Immigrants To Pigs, Suggests Shooting Them From Helicopters

NH GOP Senator Says The Mentally Ill Are ‘Defective People’ That Should Be Shipped Off To Siberia

Kudlow 'Grateful' that Human Toll in Japan Earthquake was Worse than Economic Toll - How Repug of Him!

Wall Street Front Group President Sneers At Protesters, Says Public Servants Are Paid Too Much

House Repugs More Anti-Science Than Ever

Republican Shock Doctrine power grab at it's most disgusting. Michigan Repugs use Financial Crisis as Excuse to Pass a Bill Allowing the Gov to INSTALL Flunkies Overrule Elected officials, Abolish Union Contracts, & Dissolve City Councils & School Boards

Limbaugh/Hannity Parent Company Admits Hiring Actors to Call Radio Shows to Give the Class War that Seaming "Average Joe" Stamp of Approval

Texas Teabagger Rep. Debbie Riddle Wants to Fine & Jail Employers of Undocumented Workers - Except if the Undocumented Worker is "Household Help"

Asked If Bank Of America Paying Nothing In Corporate Taxes Is Fair, Pawlenty Responds: Taxes Are ‘Too High’

Report by Bastion of Liberal Ideology - Goldman Sachs - says GOP Budget Cuts Would Hurt U.S. Economy

Sarah Palin Has Secret ‘Lou Sarah’ Facebook Account To Praise Other Sarah Palin Facebook Account

Whackadoodle Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin Repug Rep Wants Police To Investigate All Miscarriages

Anti-Worker WI Governor Hosni Walker Was Bankrolled into Power by Trust Fund Billionaire Koch Brothers

House GOP wants Americans to Choke to Die Quickly... as They Seek to Nullify the EPA

Who's the Jabber Jaw That Tipped Him Off? Bush Cancels Visit To Switzerland Due To Threat Of Torture Prosecution

Repug Gov. Rick Perry Relied Most Heavily On Recovery Act Funds To Fill Budget Hole While Simultaneously Bashing the Recovery Act - How Typically Hypocritically Repug!

So Much for "Impartial" Justice: Antonin Scalia Attends Michele Bachmann's Tea Party

Republican Circle Jerk Theater Health Care Repeal Vote Passes House

Mike Lee: Federal Child Labor Laws Are Unconstitutional. How Repug of him!

Surprise, Surprise! Right-Wing Libertarian Internet Trolls Getting Paid to Dumb Down Online Conversations

Tom DeLay Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison

Republican-Controlled Congress Disbands 4-Year-Old Global Warming Committee

So Much for Transparency! Republicans Block Congressional Health Care Disclosure

CBO: Health Care Repeal Would Up Deficit By $230 Billion

Tell Us Something We Don't Know- Study Concludes Conservatives Are Fear-Based Cowards

Hoping to Deflect Rage From the Republicans on Whom It Belongs, Newt Gingrich Blames Nation's Problems On Unemployed People

House Republicans Want Little Girls to Get Raped

Holy Obvious! Study Concludes Fox News Viewers Are The Most Misinformed

Repug Hypocrite Senators Cornyn and Thune Publicly Oppose Earmarks While PRIVATELY Requesting Them

Rep. Jon Kyl Reaps $200 Million in Earmarks While Publicly Denouncing Earmarks. How Very Repug of Him!

Fox News Posts Onion Obama Story Amid Real News

Pot, Meet Kettle: Deficit commission’s Simpson calls US seniors the ‘greediest generation’

Proving That We Can Only Expect Grunts from Piglets - Palin Daughters Tweet Homophobic Slurs

In The United States of Serfs and Lords, Your Reward Comes In Heaven: Deficit Commission Recommends Cutting Social Security, Medicaid & Raising Retirement Age While Advocating MORE Tax Giveaways For The Rich

Right-Wing ‘Journalists’ At Secret Koch Meeting Make A Living Defending Unlimited Corporate Political Money

HYPOCRITE Republicans Beg For Funds In Private Letters from the Stimulus Plan they Vociferously Opposed in Public

All Men Are Created Equal? HELL NO in Repug World! Rush Limpballs Says That Some People Were Born to Be Slaves

John Boehner's Republicans Fight To Keep Outsourcing American Jobs

Karl Rove's "American Crossroads" into Oligarchy funded 91% by Billionaires who Can't Abide a Vibrant Middle Class

Can We Arrest Them NOW? Bush Administration Looked for Reasons to Start War With Iraq Upon Taking Office

Will Their GREED EVER END? Republicans Can't Stop Talking About Handing Social Security Over to Wall Street Banksters

ONCE AGAIN - Faux News Edits Clip to Fit Their Pro-Corporate, Anti-Everyone Else Agenda

Repug Bob Corker Celebrates American Car Industry he Tried to Kill

Fox "News" Deceptively Edits Video to Fit their Agenda - AGAIN

Fox Business Channel Celebrates Labor Day by Attacking Unions

In video, organization behind Christian Fundamentalist C Street House Details Plan for Control of Society

Republican Hypocrisy Never Ends: Koch Industries Applies For Federal Funds From Health Care Law It Vehemently Opposes

Alan Simpson: Social Security Is 'A Milk Cow With 310 Million Tits'

Follow the Money: Corporate America's Propaganda Outlet FOX "News" Fails To Mention That Their Co-Owner Is One They Accuse Of 'Terror Funding

Like their Father did During Kennedy Administration, Koch Brothers Use their Inherited Billions to Fund Fake "Grassroots" Outrage Rallying Dupes to their Own Demise

Corporate America's Propaganda Outlet (Faux News) & Wall Street Journal's Parent Company ... ahem... "News" Corp... Greases the Wheels of the Plutocracy with a $1 Million Dollar "Donation" to Republican Governors Association

Religious Zealots Determined to Drag US to New Dark Age - Conservative Think Tank Fighting for "Creation" Myth to be taught in Science Classes

Repugs Economic Plan for the Future: Do the Same Things That Destroyed the Middle Class - Only More

Repugs Punish and Mock the Unemployed for Deficits they Giddily Ran up for Years.

DINO News:
Obama Wipes His Ass With The Constitution, The Bill of Rights and The Magna Carta by Signing NDAA - Enabling The Military To Indefinitely Detain Americans Without Charge, Trial or Due Process of Law

Despite Campaign Promises, Obama Signs MORE So-Called "Free Trade" Deals, Greasing The Race to the Bottom, Turning Americans into Cheap Labor Wage Slaves - As Corporate America Always Wanted

REPORT: Debt Ceiling Deal Will Cost 1.8 Million Jobs In 2012

Obama's Job Czar Jeffrey Immelt Sends MORE American Jobs to China

Washington is About to Make the Jobs Crisis Worse

Obama Puts Social Security Cuts on the Table for Repugs to Finally Destroy... I Wonder if the Republicans Will Love the Kenyan Socialist Now?

Max Baucus, the Same DINO Who ARRESTED People for Wanting to Talk About Single Payer during the Health Care Hearings, Slipped Single Payer Into the HCR Bill - For the Town of Libby, Montana Only

The man Republicans labeled a "Socialist" even as he was deregulating the media, signing the repeal of Glass Steagal & the Working-Class-killing NAFTA, CAFTA & GATT, Bill Clinton, telling Paul Ryan to give him a call so they can plot the destruction of Medicare.

Cornell West is as disappointed in Obama as the rest of the Progressive Community and describes him as, “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.”

President Obama Declares Bradley Manning Guilty Without Due Process of Law - Long Live the King... I Guess!

Obama Administration Trampling on Rights He Promised To Protect

President Obama thinks it's a good idea to cut heating aid in an extremely brutal Winter during the worst economic crisis since the FIRST Republican Great Depression.

Corruption is Corruption - Even When a "D" does it. Obama OMB Director Peter Orszag takes a High Salary Job at Citibank after Working to Make it one of the Biggest Recipients of Taxpayer's Bailout Cash

Corruption is Corruption - Even When a "D" does it. Obama OMB Director Peter Orszag takes a High Salary Job at Citibank after Working to Make it one of the Biggest Recipients of Taxpayer's Bailout Cash

So Funny I Forgot to Laugh: Holbrooke's Last Words On Afghanistan Clarified As Being Part of a Humorous Exchange by Obama Administration

Follow the Money: Right-Wing Koch Industries gave funding to the DLC and served on its Executive Council

Obama Solution to Stop Outsourcing - Stop Counting Jobs Outsourced

Gibbs on the Left: Dog Bites the Man

Obama Administration Wants to be Able to Spy on You without Court Oversight

Senate Democrats Abandon Effort to Extend Unemployment Benefits in Face of Repug Filibuster

White House Intervenes On Financial Reform To Protect Big CEO Pay

12 DINOS Side With Repugs To Block Unemployment Extension

Bill Clinton Thanks Health Insurers For Their Support Of The Health Insurance Reform

Schumer Congratulates Lincoln For “Fighting Unions” As FDR Rolls In His Grave

6 Dirty Dinos (Bayh, Landrieu, Lincoln, Nelson, Pryor, Rockefeller) Vote With Repug Murkowski In Failed Attempt To Strip The EPA Of Its Power To Regulate Greenhouse Gas Pollution.

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Republican Class War Year In Review

When Republicans Lose America Wins Image

On December 22, 2011, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner pondered, “Why not do the right thing for the American people even if it’s not exactly what we want?” letting slip a stark fact of life under Republican rule, namely that by doing the “People’s work,” Republicans are doing us a favor.

The fact is, the Republican Party has NEVER introduced, sponsored or supported a single piece of legislation that benefited the working people of this nation – NOT A SINGLE ONE.   So, as we head into 2012, it’s time to reflect on this undeniable truth and compile a list (with help from the DSCC) of 2011’s Greatest Republican Dirty Tricks:

1) Republican Assault on America’s Health. 

All Republican Presidential candidates promise to repeal “Obamacare,” thus promising kick people off the health insurance racket rolls by re-instating pre-existing conditions as a qualifier to obtaining insurance on the private market and and kick 2.5 million young adults, once again, off their parents’ health plan.

When the Republican majority took control of the House, they wasted no time wasting America’s time with a symbolic vote to “repeal Obamacare” – a move that solely benefits the for-profit health insurance racket.

Here’s what that ACTUALLY means (compiled by The Gazette):

  • • Medicare beneficiaries would no longer be eligible for free preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies. Nearly three-quarters of these beneficiaries (71.1 percent) have taken advantage of the benefit for at least one free preventive service between January and November 201
  • • The infamous Medicare Part D “doughnut hole”—the huge gap in prescription drug coverage—would grow rather than diminish through rebates and ultimately close. About 46,000 Iowans received a rebate check for prescription drugs in 2010, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. In 2011, a similar number received even larger discounts—an average of $581 per person through just October—while in the doughnut hole. The gap in Part D coverage will continue to shrink each year, unless health reform is repealed.
  • • Insurance companies could again deny health coverage for children with a pre-existing condition, a practice that is now prohibited. More than 51,000 children in Iowa have been diagnosed with a pre-existing condition that could have resulted in denial of coverage in the individual market prior to reform.
  • • Many young adults would no longer be able to remain on their parents’ insurance. In Iowa, 25,700 young adults are now eligible to continue receiving coverage in this manner.
  • • Women would continue to pay higher premiums than men. In Iowa, every one of the best-selling individual market plans currently charges a 40-year-old, non-smoking woman higher premiums than a 40-year-old, non-smoking man. Gender rating will be made illegal in 2014, unless the Affordable Care Act is repealed.
  • • Tax cuts to help lower- and middle-income individuals and families pay for health care premiums would be taken away. Under the current law, 261,200 people in Iowa will be eligible for these premium tax cuts in 2014.

2) Republican Assault on the Elderly.

All Republican Presidential candidates back Ayn Rand ideologue Paul Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a coupon program.  Thus, throwing Granny to the mercy of the private health insurance racket.

Johnathan Chait of New York Magazine wrote,

“The Republican budget would very dramatically change Medicare. The plan would turn a single-payer system into vouchers for private insurance, and the value of those vouchers would fall steadily behind the cost of that insurance, so that within a relatively short time it would cover only a small fraction of the cost of insurance.”

3) Republican Tax Giveaways to Corporations and the Wealthy

It’s no accident that the top 1% control 42% of the wealth in America.  That appalling statistic came by design of a tax structure favoring the rich that took us from the MOST to the LEAST upwardly mobile with the widest income gap of all industrialized nations.

As Justice Lewis D. Brandies famously said, “”We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”  But you see, the Oligarchs can’t afford a vibrant democracy on the grounds that it’s bad for business.  An “uppity” worker is a worker not-so-easily controlled.   So the rich use the “mad money” from their low tax rates to further corrupt government and turn it into, as FDR explained, a mere appendage to their own affairs.

Case in point is Paul Ryan’s “bold” kiss up/kick down budget proposal that, not only, throws granny to the mercy of the for-profit health insurance racket, but also drops the top tax rate for rich people from 35 percent to 25 percent.  As Matt Taibbi wrote, “All by itself, that one change means that the government would be collecting over $4 trillion less over the next ten years.

Republicans are fond of repeating the lie that “we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.”  In the typical Republican fashion, the truth is exactly the opposite of that statement.

The Republican answer to the problems caused by unfunded tax-cuts for the wealthy will always be “more unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy” because the real Republican mission is to destroy the uppity middle class so the “right” people rule, run everything and have all the wealth.

In fact, we DO have a revenue problem.  If Congress simply did NOTHING and let the Bush tax giveaways expire, the deficit Republicans scream about as an excuse to destroy the social safety net would be gone by the end of Obama’s second term.

4) Republicans Assault on Workers

Rather than have a “laser focus of jobs,” as promised, Republicans are using the economic crisis their policies created to strip workers of their rights.

All around the country, state governments are targeting union rights, workplace protection, social services, and the ability of middle-class and working poor to have a voice. But, in large part thanks to the momentum of the Wisconsin protests, they’re finding it difficult to do so quietly. In state after state, the Americans whose rights and services are being cut are rising up against the decades-long shift of wealth and power to corporations and the very wealthy.”

The National Labor Relations Board has come under furious attack from Republicans in Congress, and decades-old workers’ rights are at risk. Backed by a well-financed lobbying and publicity offensive, Republicans are using a recent labor-law complaint against Boeing to achieve a radical goal that goes far beyond the legal issues in the case: unraveling workers’ rights that have been part of the fabric of our social contract since the Great Depression. 

5) Republican Voter Suppression

If you can’t legitimately win on the field of ideas, and your policies are designed to enrich the few at the expense of the man, then make sure to limit access to the voting booth of the types of people who traditionally vote Democratic.

Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, calls the voter ID laws “a solution without a problem … it’s not going to make the vote more secure. What it is going to do is put the first financial barrier between people and their ballot box since we got rid of the poll tax.”

These laws will potentially kick more than 5 million Democratic voters off the roll.

Meanwhile, here in the Reality-Based Community, the REAL danger to democracy is ELECTION FRAUD with the help of electronic voting machines.

The Party of No,” with the help of electronic voting machines flipping Democratic votes to Republican, illegal vote caging tactics employed despite a standing court order, as well as inside men on the Supreme Court, will do anything to maintain power for the top 1% – including rigging elections.

Jonathan D. Simon, Executive Director of Election Defense Fund wrote,

“Study after study–from Princeton, to Johns Hopkins, to NYU’s Brennan Center, to the California Secretary of State’s office, to the GAO itself (see ) –conclude that this counting process is obscenely vulnerable to insider manipulation and outsider hacking.   So have many studies examining computerized voting abroad–which is why countries such as Germany, Ireland, and Holland have begun turning back to human counted ballots. There is consensus verging on unanimity among the experts.”

Recently, the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory, run by the Department of Energy, remotely hacked a Diebold electronic voting machine, leaving no trace of their presence behind.  So, naturally, Republicans want to ensure the easily-hacked machines are implemented from sea to shining sea.

As Siddhartha Mahanta wrote for Mother Jones:

“Republicans in state legislatures across the country have spent the past year mounting an all-out assault on voting rights, pushing a slewof voter ID and redistricting measures that are widely expected to dilute the power of minority and low-income voters in next November’s elections. Now that effort has come to Capitol Hill, where the House* will vote Thursday on a GOP-backed bill to eviscerate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC)—the last line of defense against fraud and tampering in electronic voting systems around the country.

[UPDATE: The bill passed 235-190 on a mostly party-line vote.]“

6) Republican War on Women

Being entirely fear based and wedded to the cult of hyper-masculinity, Republicans are the champions of  misogynist policies that seek to control women.

Their hatred of women this year took the form of a GOP House bill aimed at limiting federal funding for abortions by differentiating ”forcible rape” from the standard, run of the mill, rape… suggesting that abortions for other kinds of rape would not be covered, Thus sticking their “big government” noses, once again, into a woman’s private decisions between herself and her doctor.

7) Republican War the LGBT Community

Besides their regular, ongoing scapegoating of the LGBT community and attempts to use the power of “big government” to prevent two consenting adults from creating a legal contract, Republicans are promising to repeal the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and shove gay service members back into the closet, where they will no doubt meet a plethora of self-loathing Republican closet cases who inherently lack the courage it takes to live an authentic life.

8) Republican Assault on PBS and NPR

Republicans threatened to shut down the government if NPR and PBS weren’t defunded.

CONservative activists then went on the attack to smear NPR by releasing a video purporting to show NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller calling tea partyers “seriously racist.” (which they are).  But OH the fake outrage of it all!  In the subsequent feigned outrage, Schiller left NPR and the organization’s president, Vivian Schiller (no relation) resigned.  Par for the course, though.  Once the full video was released, it was plain that CONS had again selectively edited it to suit their agenda.

9) Republican War on the Post Office

From The Hillbilly Report:

Part of this war on middle-class workers has long included the United States Post Office. It is no secret that the Post Office has suffered as technology has brought newer, quicker ways to send and recieve information. That has caused many Republicans to salivate at finally being able to dismantle a successful government institution full of middle-class workers.

But just like their eternal quest to starve the beast a big part of the problems that have beset the Post Office can be traced to one source. You see, one long standing Republican trick has been to get into power, run something into the ground and then whine incessantly about how it doesn’t work. As we pointed out here at Hillbilly Report a while back, this is just what they did to the Post Office:

Why is the Post Office suffering so much and losing so much money?? The root can be found in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, passed by a Republican Congress and signed by a Republican president.

Now, think about this for a minute. Republicans do not want to pass any healthcare reforms which would help those who cannot afford insurance. They do not want to pass any new regulations that require employers to offer their employees health coverage or pay a penalty. They do not want to do anything that requires corporate America to do anything but what they want to do which is to fleece the American worker, ship our jobs overseas and pocket huge profits all while crashing our economy.

With that in mind, what did the Republicans do in 2006?? Despite the fact that they will not even require private corporations making huge profits to fund part of their employees healthcare in 2006 they forced to Post Office to PRE-FUND the healthcare of their workers who have not even retired yet. No other corporation or organization is forced to do this.

10) Republican War on Mother Earth

Under the phony banner of “job creation,” Republicans are using the economic crisis to attack environmental protections that safeguarded our air and water more than 100 years.  In the Republican vision of the world, Mother Earth is just another host from which to suck profit.  It seems Republicans and their benefactors can’t conduct business if they actually have to give a shit about the environment we share and can’t leave filth in their wake like some sociopathic child, leaving the land they pretend to love as filth and disease riddled as a sewer.

From the Huffington Post:

In just the year since the GOP took control of the House, there have been at least 159 votes held against environmental protections — including 83 targeting the Environmental Protection Agency — on the House floor alone, according to a list compiled by Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“Republicans have made an assault on all environmental issues,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee. “This is, without doubt, the most anti-environmental Congress in history.”

Some of the efforts are broad-based, like the TRAIN Act, which would install overseers for the EPA and require cost considerations to trump health and science concerns for new rules.

Republicans want to take us back to the world before the EPA, where a factory could spew black clouds of toxic pollution into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into your local stream.  So what if the surrounding communities suffer from the repercussions of sickness and disease.  The rich bankster owners don’t live in THOSE communities – only the expendable human natural resources that were born to be exploited.

Remember the Cuyahoga river fire of 1969?  When Republicans long for the “good old days” before environmental regulations, they want to take us back to a world where rivers are so polluted they periodically catch fire.   Never mind the fact that environmental regulations actually CREATE jobs.


“The phrase “Job killing regulations” has been a consistent battle cry for GOPCongressmembers in their war against workplace safety and environmental protections. True to form, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) echoed this sentiment on Monday with his reference to “job-destroying regulations” in a memo about theRepublican plan to further gut the Environmental Protection Agency.

While this talking point is used to berate a lot of different government protections, from checks and balances applied to Wall Street, to product safety laws, to measures safeguarding consumers from dangerous chemicals in food and pharmaceuticals, and so forth.

But most often, the perjorative “job-killing regulations” talking point is used to describe the actions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) And it has resonated extremely well among an American public that is currently suffering from a severe lack of jobs. As of July 2011, we have an unemployment rate of 9.1%, resulting in almost 14 million Americans looking, but unable to find, a job. For a populace that desperately wants to work but is unable to do so, scapegoating “regulations” has been a very powerful and effective narrative.

There is no empirical data to back up their claims, but there is a wealth of information available showing that regulations – all regulations – actually promote job growth and put Americans back to work. A new report by Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) delivers the latest blow to this popular talking point, demonstrating a direct correlation between environmental regulations and job growth. NESCAUM looked at the Northeast and found that by enacting stricter fuel economy standards and pursuing cleaner forms of energy, more Americans would be put back to work.”

11) Republicans Fight Consumer Financial Protection

There is only one reason a Republican seeks public office – to enrich him/herself by turning the government into an appendage to the affairs of billionaires.  That’s not just a pejorative statement.  Even the chairman of the House banking committee, Spencer Baucus, publically admitted that he believed the role of Congress and federal regulators is to “serve” financial institutions.

Republicans are now pulling out all their obstructionist stops to hobble the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau… an agency whose sole purpose is to protect middle class consumers from the abuses and exploitations of banksters.  So, clearly, Republicans have been ordered by their puppeteers to do what they can to make sure the agency has no teeth; illustrating once again that the reason Republicans get out of bed in the morning is to throw the 99% into the rapacious jaws of Wall Street banksters.

Senator Bernie Sanders had it right when he said, “If it comes to whether or not banks can charge you 25 or 30 percent interest on your credit card or if you are going to have somebody in your corner fighting against usury, well, I guess the Republicans are pretty clear which side they are on.” *

12) Republicans Intransigent about Taxes on the Wealthy but Indifferent to Taxes on the Working Class

Republicans have pledged their allegiance to millionaire lobbyist Grover Norquist, promising to never raise taxes – on the rich.

But Norquist himself assured the filthy Repugs that raising taxes on the working class didn’t actually count as a tax increase.

The aim is simple.  Keep the income disparity high, and the rich free access to make “campaign contributions” (what other countries call “bribes”) and the top 1% can maintain their power to corrupt government.

13) Republican War on the Poor

One might think Republicans love the poor, because their policies create so many of them… but the only thing Republicans “love” is a convenient scapegoat on which to hang the blame for their “failures.”

With the aim of deflecting blame for the financial crisis their greed-centered, trickle-down policies created, Republicans are actually trying to pin the blame for the worldwide financial collapse on the poor – spreading the big lie that innocent, suffering banksters were forced by the big, bad government to give poor people mortgages they couldn’t afford.

Though this lie has been exposed again and again, Republicans continue to repeat it, knowing many low-information “average joes” are bound to believe it.  After all, “failure” only depends on which side of the gated community you’re standing on.

This bald-faced untruth, not only, enables Republicans to continue pushing their failed policies on a nation left suffering in their wake, but does great harm to the country by crippling efforts to effectively respond to the destruction of the working class.

14) Republican Obstruction 
With the aim making the plight of the working class as miserable as possible as a strategy to defeat President Obama, Republicans have obstructed every single attempt at relief for the working class.

They are so wedded to the same policies that have tanked the economy twice in a century that economists like Nouriel Roubini have outright speculated that Republicans are actively trying to tank the economy for political gain.

Republicans have set the record for filibusters.  What was historically an aberration became standard operating procedure for Repugs these last 2 years- a tactic to slow any attempt at recovery down, creating more misery for the people so they would blame it on the majority party.

14) Republicans Waste America’s Time

It’s time to face it.  The destruction of the working class was always the point.  Which is why the Republican answer to the problems caused by their love of deregulation will always be “more deregulation” just like their answer to the problems caused by unfunded tax-cuts for the wealthy will always be “more unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy.”

The real Republican mission is to destroy the uppity middle class so the “right” people rule, run everything and have all the wealth.

So, rather than have a “laser focus on jobs,” Republicans have spent 2011 wasting America’s time on ideological pursuits meant to rally their base – like bills invading women’s privacy and re-affirming “In God We Trust” as the official national motto.

As for putting people back to work?  The best thing Republicans can come up with are more trickle down tax giveaways and more bills allowing polluters to foul our land, sea and air. 

So here we are again.  Locked in the age-old struggle.  The dream of America was that We The People ruled ourselves, rather than an inter-generational aristocracy akin to the one we fought a revolution to escape.  Repugs (& DINOS) have been putting that oppressive system back together piece by piece since America swallowed the Reaganomics Voodoo  we are now dying from.  This has always been the goal of Republican policies – to bring us back to the very system of government our founders fought a revolution to escape – namely, one where the rich own and run everything and everyone else knows their “place.”

This is the world we live in now.  Though Democrats are “kinder” and “gentler,” they’re still weak-kneed enablers caught in the same corrupt system.  At this point, the Occupy movement raising the consciousness of the people may be our only hope to restore the working class to it’s post-New Deal economic freedom and vibrancy.

Happy New Year!

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