putting the hip in hypocrisy

You gotta love the way GOPpers can’t see hypocrisy in the Bush administration while being hyper-aware of every action in France.

Or the way they are hyper-aware of the demand a windfall profit tax for the oil industry and willfully ignorant of the history of energy subsidies for the energy industry.

I could go on, but what would be the point? Some people really like the shadows on the cave wall.

wackos

“The wackos get their information through the Christian right, Christian radio, mail, the internet and telephone trees,” Scanlon wrote in the memo, which was read into the public record at a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. “Simply put, we want to bring out the wackos to vote against something and make sure the rest of the public lets the whole thing slip past them.”

That quote doesn’t come from Michael Moore, Air America or the so-called liberal media. It comes from Republican Lobbyist Michael Scanlon. Finally, a Republican willing to say the truth. And it is refreshing to see that they understand how wacky thier base is too.

devolution

Captive chimpanzees fail to help others in their social group, even when it causes no inconvenience, a behavioural study in Nature journal has found.

This may explain why GOPers hate the teaching of evolution. Maybe they are less evolved.

Just for the record, there is a difference between GOPers and real conservatives. I have a lot of respect for real conservatives like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Olympia Snowe, Christopher Shays, David Dreier, etc. Its a shame that they have to take a back seat to the Texas Taliban.

pork with a side of greed

Before adopting the $141 billion measure, 93 to 1, senators also defeated an effort to add more than $3 billion for home-heating assistance for low-income families. The proposal, by New England lawmakers who fear sky-high heating costs this winter, failed to attract the 60 votes that Senate procedures require.

This is why GOP terms like small government are total bullshit. When a GOPer says small Government what he really means is Government big enough to help me but too small to help you.

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was personally insulted, however. Alaska, which ranks No. 1 in per capita federal spending, was being unjustly singled out, he argued. The 37-year Senate veteran threatened to resign and “be taken out of here on a stretcher” if the Senate killed off perhaps the most egregious example of wasteful spending in the massive highway bill.

Nice to know he is willing to stand on lack of principles.

Maybe someone will explain to me why this law; one which restricts the rights of the individual while empowering unelected judges isn’t and example of Big Government.

fool me once, shame on you

We bring you these coincidences, reminding you, and ourselves here, that perhaps the simplest piece of wisdom in the world is called “the logical fallacy.” Just because Event “A” occurs, and then Event “B” occurs, that does not automatically mean that Event “A” caused Event “B.”

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 13 times, my head just may explode.

Fall of the Rovean empire?

For 30 years, beginning with the Nixon presidency, advanced under Reagan, stalled with the elder Bush, a new political economy struggled to be born. The idea was pure and simple: centralization of power in the hands of the Republican Party would ensure that it never lost it again. Under George W. Bush, this new system reached its apotheosis. It is a radically novel social, political and economic formation that deserves study alongside capitalism and socialism. Neither Adam Smith nor Vladimir Lenin captures its essence, though it has far more elements of Leninist democratic-centralism than Smithian free markets. Some have referred to this model as crony capitalism; others compare the waste, extravagance and greed to the Gilded Age. Call it 21st century Republicanism.

From a great article on Salon about Rove and the end of this bleak era in American history.

While some people may insist on being cheerleaders for the GOP, the facts don’t support them. The top 1% are the only ones doing better, according to the IRS. For the other 99%, wages have not kept pace with inflation. We as a nation are getter poorer while the GOP Feudalists have become wealthier. Debt is out of control. We are losing a war.

Now that Karl Rove, DeLay and Abramoff are under investigation, the movement is finally coming undone. So what comes next?

“It’s not an entitlement politics,” says David Axelrod, a consultant to Spitzer’s 2002 re-election campaign. “It’s a fairness politics, a let everyone compete on the same playing field politics.”

Spitzer is part of the new progressive movement that gets past the big/small government paradigm and looks to a government that works to be FARE. Frugal, Accessible, Responsible and Efficient.

Things are starting to look good for 2006. While I expect Spitzer to be a target of the Right Wing Feudalists like Grover Norquist, I think momentium is finally on the side of the people again.