John Kyl: If you’re a Senator, it’s okay to lie to make your point

Senator John Kyl is a liar. This has now been established.

Last Friday he said this on the Senate floor:

“Everybody goes to clinics, to hospitals, to doctors, and so on. Some people go to Planned Parenthood. But you don’t have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your cholesterol or your blood pressure checked. If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.

Sounds great conservatives, I’m sure. Problem is that it’s a complete lie. Abortions account for only about 3% of what Planned Parenthood does.

When Kyl got called on his blatant lying, his staff issued the following statement:

[The senator's remark] was not intended to be a factual statement but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, does subsidize abortions.…
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New Twitter hashtag: #33seniors

Today I’m announcing a new hashtag: #33seniors. It comes from President Obama’s budget/deficit speech yesterday:

[The Republicans have] a vision that says even though America can’t afford to invest in education or clean energy; even though we can’t afford to care for seniors and poor children, we can somehow afford more than $1 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthy. Think about it. In the last decade, the average income of the bottom 90% of all working Americans actually declined. The top 1% saw their income rise by an average of more than a quarter of a million dollars each.…
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President Obama pulls back the curtain on Republican loyalties in today’s budget speech

First of all, if you haven’t seen it already, this is worth the 44-some minutes to watch:

Transcript HERE.

President Obama didn’t pull any punches today in his speech on the nation’s budget and our path out of the massive debt and deficit we face today. Fully one-third of our budget is deficit spending yet only 12% of it is discretionary spending so, Houston, we have a problem.

Eliminating spending on war or in foreign aid or “waste” aren’t going to do it. Fundamental shifts are needed. The Republicans think it can be done on the backs of senior citizens, the poor, the middle class and other politically powerless groups while retaining the massive tax cuts that are largely responsible for the hole we’re in right now.…

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Fourth grade white kids auction off fourth grade black kids

File this one in the “Are You Effing KIDDING Me???” file:

[D]uring a fourth grade teacher’s lesson on the Civil War, students were separated by race. White students on one side and African American and mixed-race students on the other, who were then offered up for auction…

What the hell is the matter with some people???

I’m just sayin’……

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82 Detroit bus drivers called in sick to join the protest rally in Lansing today

Over 80 bus drivers in Detroit got the “flu” today so they could join the We Are the People protest rally happening at the Capitol building in Lansing.

Extra delays of 30 minutes or more for city bus riders will be the norm today after more than 80 Detroit Department of Transportation drivers called in sick to join protests in Lansing against Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget cuts, officials said this morning.

By late morning, 82 drivers had called in sick, reducing capacity for the city’s buses to 80%, DDOT Director Lovevett Williams said at the city’s Rosa Parks Transit Center, where some riders complained about delays, but many others said they supported efforts to fight back against cuts that could reduce city services including transit.

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Wolverine Power’s zombie coal-fired plant rises from the dead in Michigan

In May of last year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE) denied a permit for the Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc. to build a new coal-fired power plant in Rogers City, Michigan.

Celebrated as a WIN for environmentalists fighting climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions and for those pushing for Michigan to adopt cleaner energy sources, the celebration has now been cut off. Last August, Wolverine Power sued the State over the denial.

The fight against carbon-spewing power plants in Michigan was dealt a blow when, in February, a Circuit Court judge remanded the permit denial back to the DNRE for further consideration.

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If you want to be pissed about the budget deal, try these on for size

Lest anyone think I have fallen madly in love with the budget deal the President just hammered out with Congress (aka, the Continuing Resolution or CR), I’m not. I think the President did a fine job getting as much as he could without having to give too much up, for sure. But there’s still some pretty egregious stuff in there. Here are a few that really raised my eyebrows.

Take the so-called “free choice vouchers”. These were supported by Senator Ron Wyden and would have allowed some employees to “opt out” of their employer-sponsored plans and choose their own coverage. As the New York Times points out, this one made for some rather odd bedfellows:

Supporters said the vouchers would give employees more options and spur competition in the marketplace.…
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“Bold Progressives” get threatening with their preemptive whinging

Yesterday I wrote about the tactic of “preemptive whinging” from those on the left who struggle to find anything about President Obama and his administration that they like.

The group Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), aka “bold progresives”, has taken this to the next level. They are now threatening the President if he does something he has said he wouldn’t do in the past and has given no tangible signal that he will do in the past. They have an online petition with the following language:

President Obama: If you cut Medicare and Medicaid benefits for me, my parents, my grandparents, or families like mine, don’t ask for a penny of my money or an hour of my time in 2012.
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