In the two years that the democrats had the White House, the House, and the Senate, we got Wall Street reform, student loan reform, credit card reform, healthcare reform obviously, the fair pay act, expanding of the GI bill, they re-authorized the children’s health insurance program, expanded national service programs, fixed the sentencing disparity for crack versus powdered cocaine. We got the 9/11 first responders bill, we got the hate crimes act, they ratified the Start treaty between us and Russia on nuclear weapons, they repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, they did cash for clunkers, they did the stimulus which included the largest middle-class tax cuts ever. That was all done by the Congress that was elected at the same time as President Obama in 2008. They were elected in November 2008, sworn in January 2009 and over the next 2 years they got all of those things done. Then, the republicans did really well in the midterms, and republicans took control of the House for the first time in years and, John Boehner became Speaker. And since then, there has not been a single significant piece of legislation enacted into law.
We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction; that politics is about clinging to rigid ideologies instead of building consensus around common sense ideas.

motherjones:

Radio host Neal Boortz tells Hannity on Fox News: “Barack Obama is a bigger disaster to this country than 9/11.”

(via MediaMatters)

OH WOW.

(and the cheering again, WTF!?)

Mother Jones magazine on Tumblr: We've noticed a trend.

At the Reagan Library debate in California, attendees memorably broke into a spontaneous round of applause in support of Rick Perry’s record on the death penalty. At last week’s debate in Tampa, a handful of audience members cheered the prospect of a man without health insurance being left to…

Bill O'Reilly Threatens To Quit His Show If Obama Raises His Taxes (VIDEO)

redandblackrevolution:

anticapitalist:

fishsandwich:

That’s why, today, I’m proposing the “Raise Bill O’Reilly’s Taxes Act of 2011.”

raise his fucking taxes.

RAISE HIS TAXES!

(Source: bubonickitten)

“By the time I feed my family, I have maybe $400,000 left over,” - Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), in an interview on MSNBC, on why as a small business owner he can’t afford a tax increase.
good:

 
We came to that conclusion at the beginning of summer, when contemplating the unfortunate choices made by former congressman Anthony Weiner.  Is it ever OK to tweet that picture of your penis? Nope. It’s not.
While the path from question to answer is as simple and clear as a straight line, some people clearly don’t get it, and need our help. And help is always best in the form of a chart.
Thus was born the No-Chart, GOOD’s latest attempt to push the world forward with a visual guide to clear thinking. We realized this fun meme was applicable to all sorts of not-so-thorny dilemmas. Take, for example, today’s headlines.
Now it’s your turn. So visit GOOD Labs (the digital playground where the child in us hangs out. More tools to come soon) and make your own No-Chart.
Because even rational optimists need to say no sometimes.
Read more about No-Charts on GOOD →

good:

We came to that conclusion at the beginning of summer, when contemplating the unfortunate choices made by former congressman Anthony Weiner.  Is it ever OK to tweet that picture of your penis? Nope. It’s not.

While the path from question to answer is as simple and clear as a straight line, some people clearly don’t get it, and need our help. And help is always best in the form of a chart.

Thus was born the No-Chart, GOOD’s latest attempt to push the world forward with a visual guide to clear thinking. We realized this fun meme was applicable to all sorts of not-so-thorny dilemmas. Take, for example, today’s headlines.

Now it’s your turn. So visit GOOD Labs (the digital playground where the child in us hangs out. More tools to come soon) and make your own No-Chart.

Because even rational optimists need to say no sometimes.

Read more about No-Charts on GOOD →

Quote of the Day: "The problem is people like Michele Bachmann."

motherjones:

We asked one of the world’s leading experts on vaccines for his thoughts on Rep. Michele Bachmann’s fearmongering about Gardasil. He didn’t hold back.

Did you see the hurricane? Did you feel the earthquake? God is mad at New York for legalizing gay marriage
I’m not going to mislead anybody. Politics is really hard. And it is harder for women. There’s a double standard, and you can’t complain about it. You just have to accept it, and be smart enough to navigate it. And you have to have a pretty tough skin. To paraphrase a favorite quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: If a woman wants to be in politics, she has to have the skin of a rhinoceros. Most men who go into politics just think they’re great. They believe they can do anything. Most young women, not only in politics but in most areas, are more cautious and more likely to say, ‘Could I really do this? Am I good enough?’ I was talking to a friend and very successful businessman the other day, and he said, ‘The thing that still annoys me more than anything is that I see all these young women who are so much more capable than they allow themselves to believe. And I see so many young men who are so much less capable but who believe they are God’s gift to the world.’ I would just say to women: Try it! Put your foot in the pond and see if you want to swim.