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Why progressives should love and possibly donate large amounts of money to Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign

I understand the anger at Senator Ted Cruz.

The junior senator from Texas — enabled by a feckless Speaker Boehnerhas led an effort that has cost the economy at least $24 billion, putting Americans out of work while millions are still in need of jobs.

Enabled by a vast network of right wingers funded by billionaires terrified by the though of nearly all Americans having access to affordable health care, Cruz has demonstrated to the United States and the world both how dangerous the Tea Party is and how the Republican Party is now effectively just a tool of the Tea Party that cannot be trusted with any sort of power.…

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GOP outraged that program they worked so hard to destroy isn’t working perfectly

Burning stupid hypocrisy

Now that they have performed a near-perfect National Faceplant with the Great Hostage Taking of 2013, the Republican Party has decided to wave the white flag and return to actually helping move the country forward in a spirit of bipartisanship.

Hah! Just kidding.

In reality, after spending the past three years trying to destroy the Affordable Care Act at every juncture AND performing their historic National Faceplant, the Republicans are actually staying the course. They’ve have taken a page out of the playbooks of Glenn Beck and faux-pimp James O’Keefe and have turned their attention to getting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius fired.…

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Tim Walberg’s hypocrisy continues, votes AGAINST ending #GOPshutdown after bragging he voted to end it

This level of hypocrisy is truly breathtaking

Tim Walberg has sent out emails to his constituents twice in the past month bragging about his votes to “keep government running”.

On September 20th there was this one:

Then, on October 5th came this one:

As I pointed out after first one, these weren’t votes to reopen government in any real sense. They were voting for the charades that the Tea Partarians passed knowing full well they were dead on arrival in the Senate and the Oval Office.

Tonight, when the House voted on HR 2775, the bill that actually DID reopen government, Tim Walberg voted NO.…

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Detroit bankruptcy judge asks: “What gives the legislature the authority to thumb its nose at voters?”

Why indeed?

Graphic by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

Steven Rhodes, the federal judge in charge of determining whether Detroit’s bankruptcy filing is legal, asked a fair question of state officials this week regarding the Republicans’ disregard for the will of the people in overturning Public Act 4, Michigan’s Emergency Manager law. The law was overturned in the 2012 election and then quickly replaced by a nearly identical law, Public Act 436, just a few weeks later.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes grilled a state attorney Wednesday about whether Michigan’s Legislature made “a mockery” of the referendum process when it passed a new emergency manager law a month after voters rejected the law last November.
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MI Republican Rogers calls the #GOPshutdown a threat to national security but won’t commit to ending it

The height of GOPocrisy

Michigan Republican Mike Rogers chairs the House Intelligence Committee and recently said the Republican shutdown of the federal government “is putting America’s national security at risk”.

“Removing government funding is impacting intelligence staff which is making our nation less safe,” Rogers’ spokeswoman Kelsey Knight said Thursday. “He believes shutting down is putting America’s national security at risk.”

Politico has more:

Rogers said he was “frustrated” with the shutdown, which he called a “visible spectacle of incompetence” from all sides, and which has led to the furloughs of intelligence staff and made the nation less safe.

“To me, that’s unconscionable.

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As GOP popularity tanks nationally over #GOPshutdown, Americans United runs ads against vulnerable legislators

We Will Make Them Famous And You Will Know Their Names

Things are not looking good for the Republican Party these days. Poll after poll shows that they are bleeding support in literally historic fashion. Here’s the most recent Gallup poll:

[Image credit: Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog]

With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives engaged in a tense, government-shuttering budgetary standoff against a Democratic president and Senate, the Republican Party is now viewed favorably by 28% of Americans, down from 38% in September. This is the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992.
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Gov. Rick Snyder: “I don’t know” who gives to the shadowy NERD slush fund that pays political operatives

Plausible deniability or intentional obfuscation?

[Caricature by DonkeyHotey from photos by Anne C. Savage for Eclectablog]

Depositions were taken in an ongoing lawsuit this week that seeks to determine if the State of Michigan negotiated in good faith with unions before declaring bankruptcy in Detroit. Yesterday, Governor Snyder took his turn and some of the deposition is on tape. One particular line of questioning is of particular interest, I think.

While being questioned by an AFSCME attorney, Governor Snyder was asked probing questions about who funds his secretive slush fund, the New Energy to Reinvest and Diversify or NERD fund. The attorney wanted to know, for example, if Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s previous employer Jones Day paid into the fund.…

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The GOP just can’t take “yes” for an answer: A reminder of what we’ve achieved under Barack Obama

I see what you’re doing here. We all do.

I think all of us are, like Amy described in her righteous rant yesterday, sick and tired of being held hostage by extremist right wing ideologues who behave like petulant children when they don’t get absolutely everything they want. What’s most infuriating about it is that these very same ideologues have actually achieved much of what they say they want out of the government they so despise and want floating strangled and dead in a tub of water.

Let’s just take a quick look at three major accomplishments by Barack Obama since he took office, all of which was done against a stiff head wind of purely partisan pushback, accomplishments that even the most rabid Tea Partarian should cheer about.…

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REMINDER: The Senate’s “clean continuing resolution” to fund government is already a HUGE compromise by Democrats

Let’s stop this talk about Democrats refusing to negotiate and compromise. It’s a lie.

[Photo credit: Chris Savage | Eclectablog]

I am continuously astonished by how well Republicans are able to shape reality and perceptions. Honestly, with enough focus group work by Pete Luntz and poll-testing of messaging, they can convince Americans of nearly anything. The fact that our media let’s them get away with it is one of the surest signs that democracy is in bad shape in this country; our watchdogs are asleep.

The most recent example of this is obviously their current effort to convince American that President Obama and the Democrats “won’t negotiate” and “won’t compromise”.…

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Forced-birth group Right to Life of Michigan succeeds in bypassing voters to enact “Plan Ahead for Your Abortion” law

When you don’t have the support of the voters of Michigan, you have to go around them. Or OVER them.

Graphic by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.

Last May, I wrote about how the forced-birth group Right to Life of Michigan, furious that Governor Snyder had vetoed the “Plan Ahead for Your Abortion” legislation send to him by the legislature, was circulating petitions to do an end run around Governor Snyder and Michigan voters. This women-specific, women-only law requires women who want insurance coverage for abortions to purchase that coverage as a separate insurance rider. In other words, you have to plan ahead for your abortion.…

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