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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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What does the Michigan GOP have against Medicaid expansion?

It’s a one-word answer: Obamacare.

Republicans who oppose Obamacare just don’t want to say “yes” to anything related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Medicaid expansion is part of the ACA, but the U.S. Supreme Court left the decision to accept Medicaid expansion up to the states. And Michigan is among those with Republican-controlled legislatures that are fighting against Medicaid expansion out of what seems to be pure ideology. There’s simply no other good reason to keep saying no to something that would do so much good for the state and its citizens.

Michigan Republicans dealt another blow to hopes for Medicaid expansion on Tuesday.…

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ACTION: Don’t Let Michigan Miss Out on Medicaid Expansion – CALL NOW!

Tell Michigan's House and Senate Appropriations Committees to include Medicaid expansion in this year's budget

Both the Michigan House and Senate Appropriations Committees are holding hearings TOMORROW Thursday, Apr. 11, where they might decide to include Medicaid expansion in this year's budget. Expanding and strengthening Medicaid is vitally important to Michigan's citizens and economy. Our friends at Michigan Consumers for Healthcare are asking everyone to show their support for including Medicaid expansion in this year's budget. Click through to find out how you can easily take action.
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Mich House Republicans vote to throw over 200K Michiganders off food assistance (& that’s only part of it)

“Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value”

Earlier today I wrote about the budget priorities of the Michigan House Democrats. In that piece I wrote, "In stark contrast to our far-right ideological Republicans and our corporatist Governor, the Democrats’ priorities reflect concern and care for middle class families, children and seniors. Their budget is a sincere reflection of their values." Little did I know that just a few hours later, House Republicans would show their values. It's a very ugly thing to behold. All the gory details after the jump.
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Michigan House Dems announce their budget priorities – Shift $1.5 billion back to middle class families

"Don't tell me what you value. Show me your budget and I'll tell you what you value"

This week the Michigan House Democrats revealed their budget priorities for the year. In stark contrast to our far-right ideological Republicans and our corporatist Governor, the Democrats' priorities reflect concern and care for middle class families, children and seniors. Their budget is a sincere reflection of their values. By the same token, Republicans show what they value as they work to eviscerate public education, demonize teachers and other public employees, raise taxes on the majority of middle class Michiganders and cut taxes for corporations by an astonishing $2 billion. Get the details after the jump.
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POLL: Should excess tax revenues be put into Michigan’s “Rainy Day Fund”? If not, what should be done?

Is it still raining in Michigan?

As I have been telling folks for the past year, Republicans have raised the effective tax rates on more than half of all Michiganders in the past year. You'll notice when you do your state taxes this year; many folks are already facing the reality that, instead of getting a refund like they always have in the past, they now OWE several hundred dollars to the State of Michigan. Get your checkbooks out, folks. SOMEBODY has to pay for nearly $2 billion in tax cuts for corporations and that somebody is YOU. Meanwhile, as the tax coffers start to overflow a bit, Republicans are eager to sock some of it away into the Budget Stabilization Fund, otherwise known as the "Rainy Day Fund". During the financial meltdown during the latter half of the Bush administration, Governor Granholm was forced to use that money to keep the state afloat. The fund now has a half billion dollars in it. The question many are asking is if we should put MORE money in it. What do YOU think? Take our poll after the jump.
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5 reasons why America has a Republican problem

And as long as the “carried interest” loophole gives millionaire hedge fund managers a massive tax break, we have a revenue problem, too

Tune in to Fox News for a few minutes and they’re bound to tell you what America’s problem is — as if they’re not it.

The truth is we don’t have a spending problem, we have a people repeating what they hear on Fox News problem. This effective, purposeful creation of an alternate Republican universe where cutting spending helps the economy — unless it’s military spending! — and the deficit is the reason people are out of work is hurting the economy and keeping people out of work.…

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Busting the “Federal budget is just like a family budget” myth

Let's get some perspective on this, shall we?

One of the most widely prevalent myths being perpetrated on the right is that the federal budget should be seen as just a much larger version of a family budget. "American families are forced to live within their budget every day," we're told. "The federal government should do the same." Laura Clawson at Daily Kos has a marvelous piece up this morning that shows just how fail that argument is, mainly because it leaves out some very inconvenient truths about what our federal government looks like. Her piece is titled "You want to compare the U.S. budget to a family budget? Let's be real about it." It stems from a piece making the rounds on Facebook that said it's easier to look at the federal budget if you lop off eight zeros and then look at it like a family budget. Much more after the Eclectacliff.
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House GOP continues their political death march to prevent the top tax bracket from rising by less than 4%

At least we know who they work for now -- they've made that clear

House Republicans have released a counter-proposal to President Obama's budget plan to avoid plunging us off the fiscal cliff speed bump. Unsurprisingly, it raises tax revenue but doesn't allow the Bush tax cuts to expire. In fact, according to analysis by the Washington Post, it appears to lower taxes for the top tax bracket. Details and more GOPocrisy and insanity after the jump.
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Surprise, surprise: Ryan plan that Romney supports taxes the middle class, gives tax breaks to the rich (updated)

Government by the wealthy, for the wealthy

I realize that this is going to come as a huge shock to many of you. Perhaps you’d like to sit down for this:

The budget plan put forth by Paul Ryan will raise taxes on the middle class and give huge tax breaks to the super wealthy.

That’s the plan that Mitt Romney said this about:

I’m very supportive of the Ryan budget plan. It’s a bold and exciting effort on his part and on the part of the Republicans and it’s very much consistent with what I put out earlier. I think it’s amazing that we have a president who three and a half years in still hasn’t put a proposal out that deals with entitlements.…
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