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●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening the gap between rich and poor, which ultimately leads to civil disorder.
●Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
●To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The penalty for ignorance is slavery.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive.
This blog is an equal opportunity scold. We relentlessly have criticized President Obama and the Democrats for taking the Presidency by pretending to support the poor, while accepting bribes from the right wing, to widen the income gap between the rich and the rest.
We have criticized the Republicans for unerringly choosing the side of the rich over the poor, and for anti-women, anti-gay, anti-poor, anti-black, anti-Latino, anti-immigrant, anti-gun-control stances.
That said, I continue to be astounded at the stupid, deluded, absolutely certifiable, nut-case pronouncements that come from the right wing — the unprecedented degree to which right wing heroes have made comments that not only are loony, but are accepted and even repeated by their faithful followers.
The National Memo is a left wing blog, making no secret about its leanings, and each week publishing a piece called “This Week In Crazy.”
It simultaneously is hilarious and frightening, for it describes self-made idiots who have been elected or at least praised by Americans, some of whom may be your neighbors, friends or families.
For your amusement, amazement and fear, I’ll direct you to some specimens of the craziness, of which, The National Memo, week after week, never seems to run short.
Here are five examples from the February 15th National Memo alone. I urge you to subscribe to The National Memo, particularly if you get your education from Fox News.
This Week In Crazy: February 15th Edition
February 15th, 2013, Henry Decker
5. Wayne LaPierre
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre has long opposed gun safety laws on the grounds that America will soon devolve into Mad Max-style dystopia, but his latest op-ed for the Daily Caller is especially paranoid.
In the rambling, 2,000 word piece, LaPierre claims that “Latin American drug gangs” and al Qaeda will soon overrun American cities, after an imminent “fiscal collapse” leaves the government unable to pay the police. At that point, civilization will crumble.
Presumably, in the coming anarchy, Latin American drug gangs and al Qaeda, having the firepower to defeat the entire U.S. army, will be frightened away by you and your pistol.
4. Glenn Beck
A disgraced FBI agent, who claims that President Obama’s nominee for CIA Director, John Brennan, is a secret Muslim traitor. Beck, as is his style, doesn’t agree with the outrageous charge — he’s just asking questions. “There is so much in John Brennan’s background that should be questioned, that this is plausible,” Beck says of the crazy theory.
If ever you want the definitive retort to those who deride liberals (Are there still any in government?), just say: “You believe Glenn Beck.” That will insult anyone having a brain.
3. Ben Shapiro, Breitbart News
Shapiro, the Editor-at-Large of Breitbart News, linked Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel to a group called “Friends of Hamas.” Hagel’s opponents immediately ran with the story, which was referenced by Senator Rand Paul and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
There’s only one problem: there’s no evidence that “Friends of Hamas” actually exists. When asked to clear up the mystery, Shaprio responded “The original story is the entirety of the information I have.”
Putting up non-existent straw men as serious enemies is a favorite right wing tactic, who (rightly?) assume their audience are flies (Flies enjoy the smell of bullsh*t).
2. Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips, unleashed an all-time crazy rant in a failed effort to get Republicans to walk out of the State of the Union address.
“Liberals are looking more and more like Nazis every day,” Phillips wrote. “The address is no longer the State of the Union address. Instead it will be a Hitlerian screed attacking Republicans.”
Phillips also warned the Boy Scouts of America not to accept gay members, saying they share Obama’s “Hitlerian” tendencies.
Fortunately, his was not a Hitlerian screed attacking the President. And if there’s one thing the Nazis were known for, it was their tolerant attitude towards the gay community.
I always find it amusing when right-wingers make negative references to Hitler, considering their parallel views.
When FreedomWorks began an internal investigation into its management, it turned up something completely outrageous: a promotional film for FreedomWorks’ “FreePAC” conference, which featured a female intern wearing a panda suit peforming oral sex on an intern wearing a Hillary Clinton mask.
Yes, we’re sorry to say you read that correctly. Remember, the Republicans are the party of family values.
And we’re sorry to say, the above five are nowhere near the nuttiest of the right wing. Periodically, we’ll add to this post, in an attempt to answer the questions: Why has the right wing become so completely bonkers, and what kind of Americans actually pay attention to what those people say?
Here’s Judson Phillips, again, three weeks after the election:
HOW OBAMA CAN BE STOPPED IN ELECTORAL COLLEGE
Exclusive: Judson Phillips offers constitutional means to put Romney in office after the election is over!
Yes, the election is over – but remember, a presidential election in America is not by popular vote. According to the 12th Amendment, for the Electoral College to be able to select the president, it must have a quorum of two-thirds of the states voting. If the Electoral College does not have a quorum, then the responsibility for selecting the president and vice president devolves to the Congress.
The House of Representatives selects the president and the Senate selects the vice president. Since the Republicans hold a majority in the House, presumably they would vote for Mitt Romney, and the Democrats in the Senate would vote for Joe Biden for vice president. Can this work? Sure it can.
Since this column was posted it has been discovered that the premise presented about the Electoral College and the Constitution is in error. According to the 12th Amendment, a two-thirds quorum is required in the House of Representatives, not the Electoral College.
To quote that famous Texas Republican governor who was a candidate for President ” . . . Oops.”
Then there’s yet another dopey Texas politician (what is it with Texas??) who thinks the poor are given too much:
Last week, a group of House Democrats responded to Republicans’ plan to cut $20 billion from the food stamp program( SNAP) by attempting to live for a week on a food budget of just $4.50 per day, to raise awareness about the difficulties of living on SNAP.
Right-wing Steve Stockman’s (R-TX) communications director and agriculture policy adviser, Donny Ferguson, decided to take the challenge himself. According to Stockman’s office, Ferguson “was able to buy enough food to eat well for a week on just $27.58, almost four dollars less than the $31.50 ‘SNAP Challenge’ figure.”
Stockman’s office provided a list of the groceries that Ferguson purchased for his $27.58: Two boxes of Honeycomb cereal, Three cans of red beans and rice, Jar of peanut butter, Bottle of grape jelly, Loaf of whole wheat bread, Two cans of refried beans, Box of spaghetti, Large can of pasta sauce, Two liters of root beer, Large box of popsicles, 24 servings of Wyler’s fruit drink mix, Eight cups of applesauce, Bag of pinto beans, Bag of rice, Bag of cookies, Gallon milk, Box of instant oatmeal.
The list lacks fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat. Stockman’s office declined to speculate on the health effects of living on a beans and fruit drink mix diet. This would presumably be a problem for the 47 percent of households receiving SNAP benefits that include a child, however.
Hey, wouldn’t your child be better off with rice and beans, rather than meat, fruit and vegetables? Kids should find three cans of beans plus two cans of refried beans sufficient, so long as they’re washed down with root beer, popsicles and fruit drink mix.
Then there’s back home in my Illinois, where the downstaters are solid red Republican:
Downstate GOP official quits post after calling ex-Miss America ‘street walker’
By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune reporter, June 21, 2013
Jim Allen, of Farmersville, the chairman of the Montgomery County GOP, (resigned after) likening former Miss America Erika Harold, who’s challenging a sitting GOP congressman in next year’s primary election, to a “street walker” whose “pimps” were Democrats and moderate Republicans.
Allen also wrote that after losing the March 2014 primary, Harold would end up back in Chicago — though he used a derogatory spelling of the city — “working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires.” Harold is African American.
Whats wrong, Jim, wasn’t “legitimate rape” still available?
And perhaps the best quote of all is this famous one:
Jindal: GOP must stop being ‘stupid party’
By STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS | Associated Press – Thu, Jan 24, 2013
In the keynote address at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said the GOP doesn’t need to change its values but “might need to change just about everything else we are doing.”
“We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults. We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I’m here to say we’ve had enough of that.”
Sorry Bobby, apparently the right-wingers and their voters, aren’t ready for sense. They prefer stupidity. They actually seem to wallow in it.
So, I couldn’t allow this post to end without reminding you of the famous quote from Republican Senator Roman Hruska (Nebraska): Speaking in March 1970 to support a U.S. Supreme Court nominee:
So what if he is mediocre? There are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren’t they? We can’t have all Brandeises, Cardozos, and Frankfurters and stuff like that there.
In all these years, nothing seems to have changed.
(Now, my right-wing readers will pore through Google, to find examples of leftish stupidity, thereby “proving” the right-wingers aren’t stupid. But in terms of recent stupidity, I’m betting on the right, at least 10 – 1.
Hey, I have Michele Bachmann on my side.)
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Nine Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Medicare — parts A, B & D — for everyone
3. Send every American citizen an annual check for $5,000 or give every state $5,000 per capita (Click here)
4. Long-term nursing care for everyone
5. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
6. Salary for attending school (Click here)
7. Eliminate corporate taxes
8. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
9. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99%
10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt
No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
Two key equations in economics:
1. Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
2. Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment and Consumption – Net Imports