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GOP Failure Watch Part II

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  1. argentine soccer fan

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    I'll second that.
     
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    It all went downhill after she declared herself not a witch. That's just political suicide. Who want to hear from a non-witch, especially in an age we have a witchdoctor in the White House?
     
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    Technically she's not a witch. She participated in a Satanic ritual which would make her a Satanist. And that White House member is retired and serving on Haliburton's board.
     
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    you're confusing Satan with the current African witchdoctor in chief.

    Anyway, it's funny how she thought a news show was a place for softball questions and book plugs, like Leno or Ellen or Fox News.
     
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    No I'm not. Satan shot his buddy in the face. Obama shot Bin Laden in the face. :D
     
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    In other words, she forgot that she wasn't on FoxNews.
     
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    I wonder if she's gonna turn the interviewer into a toad or something...
     
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    He's right, of course. There's Haiti, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan. Lots of 'em.
     
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    We really need to start emulating the libertarian utopia of Somalia. Has our infant mortality rate caught up yet?
     
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    Hey, you treasonous tax-and-spend socialistic liberal, warlords are a hell of a lot cheaper than a trained military. It's a brilliant way to close the deficit.
     
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    Somalia is what we could have achieved had FREEDOM and LIBERTY and GOD not been defeated at Ruby Ridge.
     
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    Nicholas Kristof wrote an insightful column awhile back about how all the values the right espouses are on display in the third world all the time. I believe he chose Pakistan as the embodiment of this new American dream....but I can't find it...
     
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    Mittens used to be smarter. This primary thing is bad on the brain.
     
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    Thanks. I always get those two mixed up as well. :)
     
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    If you let them cultivate opium its self funding :p
     
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    Let's review the evidence.

    The Republicans argue that stimulus spending doesn't work at all, and are lukewarm about stimulus tax cuts. The key to economic growth is austerity by tackling the deficit and cutting government programs.

    At the beginning of his administration, President Obama pays only modest attention and injects stimulus into the economy -- both spending and tax cuts. The downward plunge that he has inherited slows, stops, and slowly begins to reverse. Unemployment peaks at north of 10% in late 2009, and declines to 8.8% by early 2011.

    As his administration matures, the President adopts more of the Republican thinking. By mid 2011 all stimulus spending has stopped and there is no hope of future spending to come. The President wishes for ongoing tax cuts but the Republicans are not supportive of all of them, for example the payroll tax. The President agrees with his political opponents that austerity is required and pledges even larger spending cuts than are eventually agreed upon.

    The markets plunge, unemployment rises above 9%, and now mainstream economists forecast a 30% to 50% chance of a second recession.

    The Republicans state that this economic failure is a repudiation of liberal Democrat tax-and-spend policies, and that additional austerity is required to boost the economy.
     
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    Clear proof that the policies are working and only more austerity can save us
     
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    clear proof we've got a bunch of idiots running our government... some who have bad ideas and have full confidence in order to support them and shout about them to high heavens...some who may have good ideas, or at least decent ones, but who have too much cowardice and/or political calculations in the mix to defend them robustly and stand up for them.... Result...we are f^&*#d
     
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    Goldman Sachs VP Changed His Name, Now Advances Goldman Lobbying Interests As Top Staffer To Darrell Issa
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    In July, Issa sent a letter to top government regulators demanding that they back off and provide more justification for new margin requirements for financial firms dealing in derivatives. A standard practice on Capitol Hill is to end a letter to a government agency with contact information for the congressional staffer responsible for working on the issue for the committee. In most cases, the contact staffer is the one who actually writes such letters. With this in mind, it is important to note that the Issa letter ended with contact information for Peter Haller, a staffer hired this year to work for Issa on the Oversight Committee.

    Issa’s demand to regulators is exactly what banks have been wishing for. Indeed, Goldman Sachs has spent millions this year trying to slow down the implementation of the new rules. In the letter, Issa explicitly mentions that the new derivative regulations might hurt brokers “such as Goldman Sachs.”

    Haller, as he is now known, went by the name Peter Simonyi until three years ago. Simonyi adopted his mother’s maiden name Haller in 2008 shortly after leaving Goldman Sachs as a vice president of the bank’s commodity compliance group. In a few short years, Haller went from being in charge of dealing with regulators for Goldman Sachs to working for Congress in a position where he made official demands from regulators overseeing his old firm.
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    Nothing to see here... moving right along.....
     
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    Pretty much. All that remains is for Obama to scramble to try and make them happy during his remaining year and a half in power.
     
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    Govt austerity combined with massive corporate tax cuts works bc it provides business confidence that consumers with no money will miraculously come up with money to buy goods and services that they can't afford.
     
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