2010 Elections / Barack Obama / Bush Tax Cuts / Congressional Republicans / George W. Bush Legacy / Stimulus Package / Supply-Side Economics / Tax Cut Dogma

Surgeon General’s Warning: Voting GOP May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Since this election clearly impacts the well being of all Americans, Surgeon General Benjamin can issue warnings to be placed in voting booths across the country. Given that time is short and this is somewhat of a “unique” interpretation of the Surgeon General’s role, I have taken the liberty to list a few warnings that Dr. Benjamin might want to consider.
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Congressional Republicans / Health Care Reform / Judge Sotomayor / Republican Obstructionism / Stimulus Package

The GOP’s Road to Perdition

Unlike 1994, today’s GOP is on the road to perdition not revival. After five months, the Congressional Republicans have been out of step with the public on every major issue. Blocking Obama’s health plan may lead to a backlash that only accelerates the party’s descent, and come November, Democrats will “reward” them handsomely for their generosity.
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Barack Obama / Congressional Republicans

The GOP’s Pony Syndrome

Jim translates a small drop in the president’s approval into signs of a great Republican wave next November. Jim ignores a dangerous number for Republican candidates: the congressional Republicans’ disapproval rating, which ranges from 52 to 72 percent in recent polls. More ominous is the fact that the party is alienating its base; approval within the Republican Party has fallen to a slim plurality in the latest Pew Poll. Continue reading


A Third Choice: Get Back to the Real Issue

The GOP’s “Pelosi-gate” argument appears to be that Speaker Pelosi is corrupt to the core for slandering the CIA for not being fully honest on the question of torture. Now, they say, she must either provide proof to support her claim or apologize. At the same time they say she is playing politics and aiding the enemy if she attempts to investigate the larger question of whether we engaged in torture (which, of course we didn’t—so long as you draw the line between “aggressive techniques” and torture just shy of decapitation).

This is tantamount to feigning outrage over the Dewey Decimal classification of Hitler’s Mein Kampf while being indifferent to its hateful content.
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The “S” Word and a Bankrupt GOP
Barack Obama / Congressional Republicans / Republican Obstructionism / Right Wing Lie Machine

The “S” Word and a Bankrupt GOP

So socialism to the right means New Deal and Great Society programs such as (i) Social Security which reduces poverty among seniors by 75 percent, (ii) Medicare which has increased seniors’ access to health care and life expectancy; (iii) Medicaid which provides health care for half of the nation’s low-income children and 60 percent of nursing home residents; and (iv) Head Start which increases the likelihood a low-income child will pursue college and not crime. This is the red menace that the right is fighting against in order to return us to the days of laissez faire capitalism that gave us the Great Depression and Hoovervilles. Continue reading

California Budget / Congressional Republicans / Stimulus Package / Supply-Side Economics


The Republicans’ denial is part of a pattern of pretending that problems that do not fit their neat little world view either do not exist (e.g., global warming) or can be easily solved (e.g., abstinence will prevent the spread of AIDS). This is, after all, the party that had three presidential candidates. Continue reading