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Republicans struggle to attack Obama economy they failed to sabotage and want to take credit for

Republicans are in an amazing bind.

The first year of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces didn’t destroy the economy. Neither have two straight years of higher taxes on the rich. Instead, we got the best year of job creation of the century.

Conservatives go two ways on this.

Some Republicans like Mitch McConnell have tried to to take ownership of what they used to derisively call Obama’s economy. It was joy at the GOP taking over the Senate that started the boom in January.…

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While we’re laughing at Republicans, they’re warping our economy, our politics and our brains

Democrats like to think that Republicans are stupid, and an event like Rep. Steve King’s anti-immigrant summit in Iowa on Saturday provides plenty of evidence for that argument.

But we could be laughing our way to irrelevancy.

Our guffaws embolden the GOP base and helps GOP donors distract us from the fact that conservatives are winning. And they could be on the verge of winning the prize they’ve been after for decades — a unabashed conservative Supreme Court majority that could last for generations.

Take Steve King, for instance, please.

Last year, even Republicans were mocking him for saying that that most undocumented immigrants were 130 pounds with “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” As we laughed, he was taking names.…

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Fred Upton & Greg Walden, authors of GOP’s fake net neutrality bill, are top telecom money recipients

“Absolutely the First Amendment issue of our time”
– Senator Al Franken

The Federal Communications Commission will soon issue its new rules on net neutrality which will prevent large telecommunications corporations from regulating access to the internet by allowing some customers to get better, faster, and/or more reliable access through pricing arrangements or other deals. President Obama has come out strongly in favor of net neutrality rules as have most progressive groups and Democratic lawmakers.

Republicans, of course, with their ties to Big Business, are decidedly NOT in favor of net neutrality. So, as a preemptive move, they recently introduced legislation to restrict the ability of the FCC to regulate telcomm’s ability to control access to the internet in favor of the highest bidders.…

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Republican U.S. Senator sues to stop Obamacare because it’s hurting his political reputation (srsly)

It takes a lot to surprise me when it comes to Republicans these days but this story is leaving me with my head shaking. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin is suing to stop the Affordable Care Act because, according to him, it has hurt his political reputation and his political career.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Explaining this is a bit complicated but I’ll give it my best shot. Basically, when the ACA was drafted, a provision was put in that required members of Congress and their staff to leave the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) and sign up for healthcare under the Obamacare exchanges.…

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How Jeb Bush and his cronies profit off educational “reform” and the student debt crisis

Jeb Bush has a Bush problem. He has a Mitt Romney problem. He has a Lehman Brothers problem.

But his Jeb Bush problem may be his most telling problem of all.

In The New Yorker, Alec MacGillis unravels Jeb’s adventures in education “reform,” which has increasingly become a euphemism for the right-wing’s conjoined agendas of siphoning taxpayer money into corporate pockets, undermining the effectiveness of government and strangling teachers unions — one of the last bastions that prevent complete conservative control over state and local governments.

As governor of Florida, Bush inherited a state with one of the nation’s lowest high school graduation rates.…

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If the Affordable Care Act wasn’t working, the GOP wouldn’t be trying to break it

As you know, the Affordable Care Act is working.

The uninsured rate is near a historic low as is the growth in health spending. Care is improving in an “unprecedented” way and fewer people are struggling with medical bills.

Republican spent years telling us this law would crash under its own weight. And during the worst of the launch of they seemed prophetic. Now they’re relying on mass delusion of their base who doesn’t even think Obama can get his own birth certificate right.

If Obamacare had crashed and burned, Republicans would just being roasting marshmallows over the burning embers.…

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Everything is awesome (compared to the last 14 years) — but the middle class is still dying

First they sabotage you;then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then they take credit for your economy.

Bill Clinton learned this lesson long ago. Now Mitch McConnell is trying to teach it to President Obama. In an op-ed last week, he made ridiculous claim that anticipation of a Republican Senate is in some way responsible of an economic recovery that would have taken place long ago if it weren’t for GOP-created crises that led to GOP-enforced austerity.

McConnell isn’t stupid. He turned being one of the least popular Senators in the nation into an easy re-election. He also knows forcing his opponents to rebut a ridiculous statement helps spread the idea, not dispel it.…

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Michigan Republican Party: Saving the auto industry didn’t help Michigan’s economy

The Michigan Republican Party has continued Gov. Rick Snyder’s efforts to take credit for the economic improvements that have benefited the entire country, including our state. Here in Michigan, nothing has helped fuel economic growth like the resurgence of the vehicle manufacturing sector. Upwards of 60% of Michganders work in jobs that are impacted by vehicle manufacturing and, had our domestic automakers gone out of business, our state would be in seriously bad straits.

The last thing they want is for President Obama to get any credit for that so, when he visited Michigan yesterday to tout the results of the loan program that kept Chrysler, GM, and the entire vehicle manufacturing supply chain from going under, Republicans sat on the sidelines throwing spitballs.…

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UPDATED: Dave Agema thinks white supremacist racism is “enlightening”, Michigan GOP takes over a week to respond

GOP Governor Rick Snyder with racist bigot Dave Agema

This post has been updated below and the title changed to reflect the update.

It wouldn’t be January in Michigan without a new outrage from our state’s most nauseating bigot Dave Agema. On New Years Eve, Agema took to his Facebook page to share a particularly odious article from a white supremacist named Michael Smith. The article is from the May 2014 issue of a white supremacist publication called American Renaissance, a website that is blocked on my work computer as “Hate Speech”. The key take home message from the article is this:

[B]lacks are different by almost any measure to all other people.…
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The Solyndra loan program shows government at its best

What if I told you that everything Republicans have told you about Solyndra is dangerously and embarrassingly wrong?

You’d certainly be less than shocked.

Mike Grunwald — who wrote the book on Stimulus — has been trying to explain why we need more Solyndras for years now.

The failed loan that became the code word for smearing the Obama administration’s successful efforts to prevent a greater depression during the 2012 election was part of a program that has been remarkably successful in sparking a clean energy revolution that quietly sets records for new installations every year.

The audience for people looking for good news about the Stimulus is, unfortunately for Grunwald and America, not huge.…

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