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  • mulp commented on the blog post The Nuclear Option Catch-22 for Republicans

    2014-11-21 14:22:20View | Delete

    The analysis is wrong.

    McConnell can simply argue that Harry Reid changing the rules was a violation of the rules and then have McConnell’s parliamentarian declare the rule changes null and void.

    But that would mean all future Republicans would be rule violators of Republican rule interpretation if they were to change the rules to stop Democrats from blocking judges with secret holds and demands for cloture votes, and even bigger violators if changing the rules to privatize Social Security and Medicare with just 50 Senate Republican votes plus the Republican VP.

  • mulp commented on the blog post House Republicans Finally File Suit Against President Obama

    2014-11-21 14:01:05View | Delete

    Republicans might become socialists by 2017 out of their Obamahate driving them against corporate profits, crony capitalists, and calling all the for profit insurance companies “the government” as in “total government takeover of US health care system.”

  • mulp commented on the blog post The Importance of Not Being Quiet

    2014-11-21 13:11:09View | Delete

    FDR never signed single payer into law, so single payer must be the wrong thing.

    FDR never supported public employee unions, so public employee unions must be the wrong thing.

    FDR did not support welfare for the able bodied, so welfare must be the wrong thing.

    FDR did not hold your view that government is controlled by dark forces, so you must be wrong in your views

    Let us not be afraid to help each other—let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and Government officials but the voters of this country.

    — FDR 1938

  • mulp commented on the blog post The Importance of Not Being Quiet

    2014-11-21 13:05:43View | Delete

    If FDR had been elected in 2008, I’m sure Mitch McConnell would have immediately become a leftist Republican eager to see socialism implemented, and swept all the other Republican behind him in support for nationalizing the entire health care system, nationalizing the banks, nationalizing all the corporations….

    After all, McConnell would have been in debt to FDR for getting treatment for polio at Warm Springs.

    Because FDR did not sign single payer into law, single pay must be evil.

  • mulp commented on the blog post The Importance of Not Being Quiet

    2014-11-21 12:47:25View | Delete

    How well do the Koch’s pay?

    In the Koch version of 2009-2010:

    Ted Kennedy got the miracle cure for cancer and was in the Senate 24 by 7

    Robert Byrd was hale and hearty and in the Senate 24 by 7

    Arlen Specter was a radical leftist socialist pro-abortion Democrat his entire life

    Norm Coleman conceded defeat in 2008 to Al Franken who voted from Jan 3 2009 onward

    Snowe and Collins are leftist Democrats

    Joe Lieberman is a leftist anti-war Senator who supported McCain because McCain called for 200,000 Peace Corp volunteers staying in Iraq for a hundred years

    Mary Landrieu is a leftist Democrat

    plus you argue that the Senate rules are bad because Reagan and Bush were unable to appoint right wing judges who would ban all abortions, eliminate individual rights in favor of corporate rights over individuals, restore literacy tests to non-WASPS to vote, implement a poll tax,…

    The Democratic caucus had 60 members from July 7 2009 to Aug 25 2009 while on summer break, and then from Sep 25 2009 to Fed 4 2010, and at all other times, Senate action required at least one Republican vote because McConnell used the Senate rules to block or delay all Senate actions.

    Just remember, if you wanted Democrats to eliminate all the Senate rules McConnell used, then you want Democrats to have zero power if a repeat of 2002 to 2006 occurs, so privatizing Social Security, voucherizing Medicare, eliminating unemployment and food stamps, repealing voting and civil rights, repealing clean air and water acts, eliminating Osha, EPA, HHS, etc, would all sail through on straight Republican votes.

  • mulp commented on the blog post The Importance of Not Being Quiet

    2014-11-21 11:59:46View | Delete

    What?? The Senate passed immigration bill has been sitting in Boehner’s do-nothing file for 16 months, with all House Democrats and a dozen Republicans about ten signatures short on a discharge petition to force a House floor vote.

    The House has passed a dozen immigration bills along the lines of “instantly deport the children”, “shot to kill on the border”, “detain all illegals in tent camps surrounded by barbwire in the desert”, “deport US citizen child with their parents”, “do not give work permits to dreamers”, and Reid had them sent to committee where the died because the committee already sent the comprehensive immigration bill to the Senate where it passed with 67 votes. Boehner wants those House bills voted down in the Senate so Republicans can claim Democrats want more illegals to cross illegally to get amnesty.

  • mulp commented on the blog post The Importance of Not Being Quiet

    2014-11-21 11:49:03View | Delete

    So, LBJ failing to cover everyone with health care was not a disappointment? Clinton falling totally flat on health care was not a disappointment? You were happy that Reagan killed off alternative energy for 25 years and promoted higher pollution and global warming? You were happy that both Clinton and Bush failed to do anything productive about immigration reform?

    I’m 67 so I’ve seen all the presidents you have, and I’ve never seen Republicans be more obstructive of a president than they have of Obama, and I thought that it could not get any worse than the obstruction by Republicans of Clinton. LBJ accomplished a lot, but not universal health care, with the critical support of Republicans on Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Immigration reform, etc

    And LBJ operated in secret when he cut deals, with threats to opponents and bribes to supporters with his little notebook of secrets and IOUs and blackmail, so LBJ’s “negotiations” with Congress were just shy of the Godfather offer you can’t refuse.

    You might as well work for the Koch brothers for blaming Obama for the Republican total obstruction.

    But while FDR is before our time, he said:

    Let us not be afraid to help each other—let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and Government officials but the voters of this country.

    Not voting in every election serves the Republican obstructionists very well.

  • mulp commented on the blog post The Importance of Not Being Quiet

    2014-11-21 11:19:08View | Delete

    No, Obama will probably be remembered for giving temporary work permits to people for two years so they can be rounded up and deported in 2017. You somehow think that giving work permits for six years leading to being rounded up and deported in 2017 is somehow better.

    Progressives keep blaming Obama for the problems created by Republicans.
    Keep blaming Democrats for the problems created by Republicans.

    But at least you are on the side of Republicans who blame Obama and Democrats, but mostly Obama, for everything the Republicans do to obstruct progress.

    The Senate passed with 67 votes an immigration reform bill, so the demonstrations should have been targeting the House and the House leadership, demanding the House get a vote on the Senate bill where it would have passed easily with Democratic and Republican votes.

  • mulp commented on the blog post ISIS Has Enough Weapons for Up to Two Years

    2014-11-20 14:11:53View | Delete

    What Americans must do is stop burning oil completely and Congress must order all US oil be exported to the global oil market to crash the oil market and cut off the funding of all weapons buying and production pretty much globally.

    The Saudis won’t have oil money to buy weapons.
    The Russians won’t have oil money to buy weapons.
    ISIS won’t have oil money to buy weapons.
    Africans won’t have oil money to buy weapons.

    Is everyone willing to immediately stop driving cars and using fossil fuels to heat buildings to end the reason for war?

  • mulp commented on the diary post Some of Us Still Remember . . . by Isaiah 88.

    2014-11-20 14:02:32View | Delete

    I see you never take personal responsibility for the long history of problems in the Persian gulf continuing during your lifetime. If you had, you would be telling everyone they must sacrifice like you have and sacrifice everything for your entire life to be as free as possible of the crime of burning fossil fuels [...]

  • mulp commented on the diary post Some of Us Still Remember . . . by Isaiah 88.

    2014-11-20 13:51:14View | Delete

    The Democratic Party once stood for tax hike and spend, tax hike and spend, tax hike and spend. The Democratic Party once stood for sacrifice by all for a better future. The Democratic Party once stood for creating wealth by working, and not giving handouts. In 1935, FDR told the nation:

    A large proportion of these [...]

  • mulp commented on the diary post Some of Us Still Remember . . . by Isaiah 88.

    2014-11-20 12:54:22View | Delete

    But some of us still remember who we could have been, some of us still have a glimpse of who we can be, some of us still have faith in what this country can be, faith in what this world can be. And on the sacred land of the Lakota, the environment is being defended, and [...]

  • mulp commented on the blog post The First 2016 Candidate Is Jim Webb

    2014-11-20 11:21:43View | Delete

    Let’s see, Obama got a health care law that provides more benefits to the poor than anything FDR thought of proposing but didn’t because of opposition from the supermajority Democratic Congress he had, that is more comprehensive than Social Security that left out 25% of workers because they were farm workers, and FDR did not face 100% total opposition from Republicans, like Obama.

    The New Deal of the first 100 days was already drafted by Congress before FDR took office, so the big FDR actions were the illegal devaluation of the dollar and rewriting of contracts calling for payment in gold – Congress passed a law 9 months later to legalize what FDR did. And FDR ordered the Hoover WPA to spend money faster which ended up promoting that standard waste fraud abuse attack by the media and progressives who saw the crony capitalists getting rich at the expense of tax payers who were struggling. The big thing FDR did early was starting the CCC.

    By Jan 1935, FDR was attacking the welfare state and calling for it to be ended, in terms that made Clinton’s statement about welfare look supportive of welfare.

    While FDR was president, everyone started paying taxes. While FDR was president, wealth was created by work building capital assets. But FDR had a Congress that was very willing to hike taxes and spend, hike taxes and spend.

    A Federal gas tax hike to 40-50 cents a gallon would create millions of added jobs in construction within six months and would be like the gas tax hike Reagan signed in 1983 that reversed the national job losses that would have defeated Reagan in 1984.

    Obama has never had the support that he needed to be FDR and hike taxes and spend, then hike taxes and spend, and then hike taxes and spend.

    How many times have you called for big hikes in the Federal gas tax in the past decade?

    How many times have you called for a big hike in a carbon tax that would make gasoline and heating oil cost $10 per gallon?

  • mulp commented on the blog post Obama Doesn’t Need to Care What People Think

    2014-11-20 10:52:08View | Delete

    But what are you doing for the next two years to defeat conservative Republicans in every election over the next two years?

    Or will you simply blame Obama for a Republican takeover in 2016 and then blame Obama for taking away health insurance, legalizing pollution in every respect, deporting millions while opening the borders for corporations, going to war with Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, etc, all to reverse everything “Obama did to destroy America”?

  • mulp commented on the blog post Obama Doesn’t Need to Care What People Think

    2014-11-20 10:44:12View | Delete

    If his actions mostly make people’s lives better over the next two years, they will become popular or mostly forgotten. If his actions make people’s lives worse, they will become unpopular no matter how good a job Democrats do trying to sell them.

    So, when the next Republican president begins mass deportations of hundreds of thousands of people using the work permits Obama’s executive order authorized, revoked by executive order and immediate deportation ordered within 12 hours of the secret sweeps into towns randomly around the US that pick them up, all blamed by Republicans as illegally being in the US by Obama’s illegal actions in failing to deport them, you will blame Obama for making lives worse.

    Never will Republicans be blamed by conservatives or progressives when they can blame Obama for the next 25 years as Jimmy Carter is replaced as the favored whipping boy for failed policy.

  • mulp commented on the diary post Watch Schooling the World, Stop Schooling the World by David Swanson.

    2014-11-19 21:08:00View | Delete

    Well, how about progressives who want to end consumerism becoming Amish or Mennonites or living like Puritan or Shakers, living off the land and living very simply, living without technology.

    The most advanced for of consumerism is the Internet.

  • mulp commented on the blog post Louisiana Senate: Mary Landrieu Way Behind in New Poll

    2014-11-19 18:55:42View | Delete

    Yeah, real Republicans would vote for government funded single payer with zero limits and no copays, and no tax hikes because single payer with unlimited spending is cheaper than deductibles, limits, and copays – Landrieu would only go for individual responsibility buying insurance at means tested prices paid for by tax hikes. Clearly Landrieu is a right-wing Democrats who does not believe in the free lunch and pixie dust letting you fly.

  • mulp commented on the diary post Where To, What Next by Erica Washington.

    2014-11-19 18:46:11View | Delete

    But at least Republicans and conservatives have been cutting your taxes to put more money in your pockets. Just think how bad things were when taxes were crushing everyone to death back in the 60s to pay for liberal excesses like really cheap tuition to anti-government authority long hair hippies protesting the war! And those [...]

  • mulp commented on the blog post Keystone XL Fails In Senate

    2014-11-19 14:59:53View | Delete

    So, because progressives refuse to work for what they claim to believe in by getting out the vote for Democrats, and Obama gave you five years to get your act together, your only hope is Obama can get the Saudis to drive down oil prices and then cut deals with Putin and Iran to boost global oil supplies so the tar sands oil expansion becomes money losing for a decade and they simply use the existing pipelines and stop pushing the XL??

    Do you think you can get your act together in the next decade and get people elected to hike gasoline and heating oil prices to $10 per gallon with a carbon tax of about $200 a barrel of oil equivalent by 2020 so US oil burning will quickly end, and almost all the cars on the road are turned to scrap, or converted to be pulled by oxen?

  • mulp commented on the blog post Jonathan Cohn Rewrites History for Jonathan Gruber

    2014-11-18 14:09:48View | Delete

    During this time I was fighting for Democrats to include several progressive provisions…

    … to scuttle any chance of health reform for at least another 15 years and to double insurance premium yet again by 2018.

    When will Jon Walker admit that serving the interests of the private sector has forced the conservatives to claim that government paying the highly profitable private sector is radical leftist socialism.

    Conservatives are no promising that by eliminating tax revenue paid to the private sector will result in the private sector delivering the same services for free.

    Which put them in agreement with progressives who claim they can deliver the same services for free.

    TANSTAAFL.

    When both progressives and conservatives tell the voters they will take away your insurance, ration your health care, deny you any choice in care, deny you and choice in doctors or hospitals, then I will take seriously their criticism of Gruber who is basically explaining the fact voters have bought into Reagan’s free lunch promises of getting everything you want for free, without paying taxes or high prices, because in America sacrifice is never needed.

    Capitalism requires sacrificing consumption so that makes capitalism unacceptable to both progressives and conservatives and both then try to do everything by pillage and plunder of existing capital to hand out free stuff.

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