Republican Hypocrisy category archive
Shorter Amy Fried: Donald Trump’s “populism” was a con for the rubes.
Gordon Weil outs the Republican Senators’ misdirection play on the “Green New Deal” and the press’s deplorable failure as competent drama critics. After pointing out the the “Green New Deal” was merely a statement of goals, not a serious legislative proposal, he explains the Republicans’ misdirection.
McConnell himself proposed the Green New Deal bill in the Senate. Republicans staged a symbolic floor debate to exaggerate and lampoon it. The GOP leader had made sure that there would be no committee hearings on the bill and no possibility for other senators to amend it.
He then scheduled his bill for what has been called a “bluff vote.” Though the Republicans had proposed the bill, they really opposed it and would seek to kill it. That was their bluff. They apparently hoped that some Democrats, to please the party’s most liberal wing, would err and vote for the proposal, causing an internal party split.
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Tony Norman looks at the college admission cheating scandal and argues that, once you look past the patriotic propaganda, cheating is woven into the fabric of America. Here’s a nugget:
The colonists cheated the Native peoples out of their land and then killed them when they rebelled against the lopsided arrangements. Africans were brought here in chains and their descendants were cheated of the fruits of their backbreaking labor even though the country become rich from their blood, sweat and suffering.
We’re even cheating the future by saddling coming generations of Americans with trillions of dollars of debt to finance obscene tax cuts for the wealthy. Our descendants will also inherit a much-degraded environment because the political party most devoted to protecting the interests of the rich doesn’t believe in climate science.
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Thom looks at Donald Trump’s budget in the light of Trump’s trail of broken campaign promises. He points out that the Republican Party is the same now as it was when Harry Truman was running for president.
Remember, in Republican World, a federal budget deficit is a cause for crocodile fears only when a Democrat is in the White House. Here’s a bit from the AP’s report on the current state of the deficit:
Trump’s budget arrives as the latest Treasury Department figures show a 77 percent spike in the deficit over the first four months of the budget year, driving by falling revenues and steady growth in spending.
Trump’s 2017 tax cut bears much of the blame, along with sharp increases in spending for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies and the growing federal retirement costs of the baby boom generation. Promises that the tax cut would stir so much economic growth that it would mostly pay for itself have been proved woefully wrong.
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Chris Christie demonstrates that it is indeed possible to espouse two opposing views at almost the same time.
I know that I claimed that nothing new except a few stray facts and details emerged from the testimony of Michael Cohen before the House Oversight Committee.
Nevertheless, Shaun Mullen reports that he learned something, not from the testimony, but from some of the questioners.