Tim (“The Original Tea Partier”) Walberg blames Tea Party Downgrade on Obama

You gotta figure it would take a guy like Tim Walberg (MI-07), who calls himself “The Original Tea Partier”, to say something as patently ridiculous as THIS:

“This downgrade is the result of a history of failure in leadership and fiscal responsibility by the President,” Walberg, R-Tipton, said in a statement.

“We have responded to the people’s call to action and passed significant deficit reduction plans through the House, and we remain willing to make the tough decisions needed to put our fiscal house in order. Let’s use this moment to fix our nation’s fiscal problems. I stand ready to work with those who seek the best America for the next generation.”

It’s hard for me to believe, even a year and a half after the election, that this clown is my representative in Congress…

You know, it’s easy to say such utter tripe when your biggest fans will swallow it hook, line and sinker.…

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Republicans find another $75 million for their tax cuts. The students had it all along.

It’s just so damned easy to find money from sources without the resources to fight back, innit? Like college students:

Michigan has removed about 30,000 college students from its food stamp program — close to double the initial estimate — saving about $75 million a year, says Human Services Director Maura Corrigan.

Federal rules don’t allow most college students to collect food stamps, but Michigan had created its own rules that made nearly all students eligible, said Brian Rooney, Corrigan’s deputy director. As a result, the number of Michigan college students on this form of welfare made the state a national leader.

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Michigan Dems take an active role in recalls. WISCONSIN recalls, that is, NOT Michigan’s.

After I wrote about the Michigan Democratic Party’s lack of involvement in the recall efforts in Michigan, I got quite an earful by higher-ups in the organization. I was accused of sabotaging the Michigan Dems and hurting their efforts. As you might imagine, I was not sympathetic nor was I particularly persuaded given that their efforts in the recall situation were nonexistent.

This past week, they finally decided to get involved in recall efforts spawned by Republican overreach. The unfortunate thing is that they are still not getting involved in MICHIGAN recalls. Rather, they are getting involved in the WISCONSIN recalls.

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The magic mushroom of Dexter, Michigan

So, last Thursday, I went out into my backyard and found this handsome specimen.

Hey, big fella. Come here often?

The next day, it had gotten even bigger but we left for the weekend around lunchtime and didn’t get to see what would happen. When we got home Sunday evening, we found this:

11½ inches across!

10 inches high!

Day-um… Too bad it’s not edible.…

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Major update regarding recall of Mich Gov Rick Snyder

The original deadline for the petition drive to put the recall of Michigan governor Rick Snyder expired. However, recall organizers have elected to continue their effort. From my latest piece at A2Politico:

Perhaps the biggest challenge for the recall organizers has been the extremely short period of time Michigan laws allow for the collection of petition signatures. The petition language is approved for 180 days. However, the signatures must be gathered within a 90-day window. To get the recall question on a statewide ballot, recall organizers need to collect just over 800,000 valid signatures. With a target of a million or more and only 90 days in which to gather them, the challenge is formidable, to be sure.…
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Update on efforts to recall Michigan Republicans – building a head of steam!

Organizers for the recall of Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) report that they now have enough signatures to put the recall on the November ballot. In addition, recall organizers for the recall of Nancy Jenkins (R-Clayton) will announce later today that, they too, have enough signatures. According to the Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS), this brings to 26 the number of recalls with approved petition language.

Recall language has recently been approved for Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba), Reps. Gail Haines (R-Waterford), Bradford Jacobsen (R-Oxford) and Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), bringing the total up to 26 Republican Senate and House members with approved recall petition language.…
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Nice job, GOP

Nice job, GOP.

The Dow Jones Industrial average dropped more than 500 points today, one day after the index staged an impressive late day rally erasing a more that 200-point drop to end the day in the black .

The 512-point plunge makes Thursday Aug. 4, 2011 one of the top 10 worst days in Dow history in terms of total point loss…

When us bald-headed, long-haired hippy freak Democrats say that the GOP is intentionally driving the economy off a cliff to score political points, this is exactly the kind of thing that we’re talking about.

In addition to tanking the stock market, their hostage-taking maneuver has resulted in a deal that, according to the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute, will cost the country 1.8 million jobs by 2012.…

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If we lower corporate taxes, corporations will lower prices and hire more. Right? RIGHT?!


U.S. airlines led by United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) may pocket $1.3 billion in higher fares tied to the Federal Aviation Administration’s partial shutdown as Congress deadlocks on the agency’s funding.

The FAA already has been unable to collect $28.6 million a day in aviation taxes since midnight on July 22. Missed receipts may climb by $1 billion

if the matter remains unresolved until lawmakers reconvene in September, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said. President Barack Obama today urged congressional leaders to reach a resolution this week.

The largest U.S. carriers, including United, Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) and Southwest Airlines Co.

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