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From his perch as acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, DeMarco oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-owned mortgage behemoths that collectively control about half of all home loans in the land. What he does shapes both the national housing market and the ability of troubled borrowers to hang on to their homes. What he has been been doing lately has been so unhelpful that Democratic lawmakers and grassroots advocacy groups are properly demanding his ouster.

DeMarco steadfastly refuses to allow Fannie and Freddie to help distressed homeowners by writing off principal balances on their mortgages. This has ensured that tens of millions of borrowers remain “underwater,” meaning they owe the banks more than their homes are worth — a status that has an alarming tendency to portend foreclosure. His refusal is based on logic that is both elegantly simple and tragically flawed: He is responsible for cleaning up the books at Fannie and Freddie, so he is against spending money.

If DeMarco were fire chief and your house became engulfed in flames, you could forget about calling 911. By his reasoning, the taxpayer would be best served by keeping the fire engines in the station, lest they get damaged in the line of duty. It would not matter whether the flames licking your windows were the result of your recklessness or the product of an explosion at, say, the methamphetamine lab down the street. He would not run up the municipal water bill by saving your block.

I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state are absolute…The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country…to say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes me want to throw up.
Rick Santorum, YOU make me want to throw up.
Some call this the closing of the conservative mind. Alas, the conservative mind has proved itself only too open, these past years, to all manner of intellectual pollen. Call it instead the drying up of conservative creativity. It’s clearly true that the country faces daunting economic troubles. It’s also true that the wrong answers to those problems will push the United States toward a future of too much government, too many taxes, and too much regulation. It’s the job of conservatives in this crisis to show a better way. But it’s one thing to point out (accurately) that President Obama’s stimulus plan was mostly a compilation of antique Democratic wish lists, and quite another to argue that the correct response to the worst collapse since the thirties is to wait for the economy to get better on its own. It’s one thing to worry (wisely) about the long-term trend in government spending, and another to demand big, immediate cuts when 25 million are out of full-time work and the government can borrow for ten years at 2 percent. It’s a duty to scrutinize the actions and decisions of the incumbent administration, but an abuse to use the filibuster as a routine tool of legislation or to prevent dozens of presidential appointments from even coming to a vote. It’s fine to be unconcerned that the rich are getting richer, but blind to deny that ­middle-class wages have stagnated or worse over the past dozen years. In the aftershock of 2008, large numbers of Americans feel exploited and abused. Rather than workable solutions, my party is offering low taxes for the currently rich and high spending for the currently old, to be followed by who-knows-what and who-the-hell-cares. This isn’t conservatism; it’s a going-out-of-business sale for the baby-boom generation.

When all is said and done….

Arkansas School Board Member Who Said Gays Should All Kill Themselves Resigns On Anderson Cooper

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Anderson Cooper should just rename his show to “All Kinds Of Badassery”

The Republican Party’s 21-page blueprint, “Pledge to America,” was put together with oversight by a House staffer who, up till April 2010, served as a lobbyist for some of the nation’s most powerful oil, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies.

In a draft version of The Pledge that was being passed around to reporters before the official release, the document properties list “Wild, Brian” as the “Author.” A GOP source said that Wild — who is on House Minority Leader John Boehner’s payroll — did help author the governing platform….

Until early this year, Wild was a fairly active lobbyist on behalf of the firm the Nickles Group, the lobbying shop set up by the former Republican Senator from Oklahoma, Don Nickles. During his five years at the firm, Wild, among others, was paid $740,000 in lobbying contracts from AIG, the former insurance company at the heart of the financial collapse; $800,000 from energy giant Andarko Petroleum; more than $1.1 million from Comcast, more than $1.3 million from Exxon Mobil; and $625,000 from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc.

stfuconservatives:

Eddie Izzard: Grade the lies. Hitler saying, “We’re not killing the Jews” when there’s six million dead is a different thing than… lying about double-parking. There are different levels of lies.
Christine O’Donnell: But you know what, a lie, whether it be a lie or an exaggeration, is disrespect to whoever you’re exaggerating or lying to. It’s not respecting reality.
Eddie Izzard: What if Hitler comes to you in the middle of the Second World War, and says, “Do you have any Jewish people in your house?” and you do have, would you lie to him? That would be a lie. That would be disrespectful to Hitler.
Christine O’Donnell: I believe that if I were in that situation, God would provide a way to do the right thing—
Bill Maher: Oh, shut up. Come on.
Christine O’Donnell: I believe that!
Bill Maher: God is not there! Hitler’s there and you’re there.
Christine O’Donnell: You never have to practise deception!

Getting bitchslapped soundly: Perfectly good excuse for canceling media appearances.

It appeared that [the terrorists] would have young women, who became pregnant, would get them into the United States to have a baby. And then they would turn back where they could be raised and coddled as future terrorists. And then one day, twenty, thirty years down the road, they can be sent in to help destroy our way of life.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

Well. The terror of a terrorist plot like this will keep me up at night for the next twenty, thirty years. Or maybe that’s the terror at the thought that somebody actually elected Gohmert.

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SERIOUSLY WHEN HAS THIS EVER HAPPENED

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This is actually as close as you can get if you stretch the fabric of that statement thin enough.  The problem with such an inflammatory, baseless claim like that is, while too easy to tear apart, far too many people believe it because they WANT to believe it.  It supports and reinforces their belief structure. 

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Who Do We Blame For All The Job Losses? (Bush)
“From December 2007 to July 2009 – the last year of the Bush second term and the first six months of the Obama presidency, before his policies could affect the economy – private sector employment crashed from 115,574,000 jobs to 107,778,000 jobs. Employment continued to fall, however, for the next six months, reaching a low of 107,107,000 jobs in December of 2009. So, out of 8,467,000 private sector jobs lost in this dismal cycle, 7,796,000 of those jobs or 92 percent were lost on the Republicans’ watch or under the sway of their policies. Some 671,000 additional jobs were lost as the stimulus and other moves by the administration kicked in, but 630,000 jobs then came back in the following six months. The tally, to date: Mr. Obama can be held accountable for the net loss of 41,000 jobs (671,000 – 630,000), while the Republicans should be held responsible for the net losses of 7,796,000 jobs.”—Ezra Klein


Had to reblog, if just to drive the point home.Aside: Up until the last elections, I was a staunch republican, not because of conservative values but because I believed in a free market and ‘small’ government. I was naively ignoring the fact that my ‘small’ government was waging two big ass wars. It was when the rhetoric got too thick and realizing that being blue aligned placed me square in the team who for the most part literally believed humans popped out of mud 6,000 years ago and are trying to ram their hypocritical values down EVERYBODY’S throat that I went and voted for the guy who gave me HOPE. He still does and I don’t regret it one bit.

purplegem:

technipol:

Who Do We Blame For All The Job Losses? (Bush)

“From December 2007 to July 2009 – the last year of the Bush second term and the first six months of the Obama presidency, before his policies could affect the economy – private sector employment crashed from 115,574,000 jobs to 107,778,000 jobs. Employment continued to fall, however, for the next six months, reaching a low of 107,107,000 jobs in December of 2009. So, out of 8,467,000 private sector jobs lost in this dismal cycle, 7,796,000 of those jobs or 92 percent were lost on the Republicans’ watch or under the sway of their policies. Some 671,000 additional jobs were lost as the stimulus and other moves by the administration kicked in, but 630,000 jobs then came back in the following six months. The tally, to date: Mr. Obama can be held accountable for the net loss of 41,000 jobs (671,000 – 630,000), while the Republicans should be held responsible for the net losses of 7,796,000 jobs.”—Ezra Klein

Had to reblog, if just to drive the point home.


Aside: Up until the last elections, I was a staunch republican, not because of conservative values but because I believed in a free market and ‘small’ government. I was naively ignoring the fact that my ‘small’ government was waging two big ass wars.

It was when the rhetoric got too thick and realizing that being blue aligned placed me square in the team who for the most part literally believed humans popped out of mud 6,000 years ago and are trying to ram their hypocritical values down EVERYBODY’S throat that I went and voted for the guy who gave me HOPE.

He still does and I don’t regret it one bit.