, senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House, speaks out against Republicans
- The monumental hypocrisy of the Republican Party is something amazing to behold. And their dimwitted accomplices in the tea-party movement are not much better. They know that Republicans, far more than Democrats, are responsible for our fiscal mess, but they won't say so. And they adamantly refuse to put on the table any meaningful programme that would actually reduce spending. Judging by polls, most of them seem to think that all we have to do is cut foreign aid, which represents well less than 1% of the budget. [more inside]
from a debate
on "epistemic closure
" (of the conservative mind
) John Quiggin looked beyond
the dead horses
and gazed upon
the need "to offer hope, in the form of goals that can excite enthusiastic commitment
to a progressive alternative
." Matthew Yglesias pondered and penned a response providing a glimpse of the very big picture
... [more inside]
A new report
from the Climate Action Network Canada- Réseau action climat Canada
details a “troubling catalogue of actions” by the federal government to muzzle its own climate scientists and weaken the research capacity of Canada’s climate science community.
While much is being made of dysfunctional government
] and hung parliament
], David Cameron's pitches for a fairer society
], smarter policy
] and employee ownership
] have been positively, uh, Obamanian
.* [more inside]
Conservative Republican California State Assemblyman Michael Duvall
(Orange County) didn't realize his mic was live, moments before the start of a legislative hearing this past July. So when the 54-year-old married father of two began describing his ongoing affairs with two different women
in very graphic detail for the benefit of a colleague seated next to him, he had no idea that he was being recorded. The story was picked up by KCAL
, who cited unnamed sources that said Duvall was describing affairs with two married lobbyists
. [more inside]
"These are just slush funds for conservative interest groups"
--The Compassion Capital Fund ($148 million of our money), and the Community-Based Abstinence Education grant program ($391.7 million of our money)--just 2 of many new programs. ...The distribution of new money to conservative organizations is a small part of an estimated flood of $2 billion a year in federal grants to religious and religiously affiliated organizations.
--except it's only to organizations who have policies that agree with Bush and the GOP agenda on social issues, and not about need.
House likely to approve homeland security bill that erodes labor protections
"But the Senate, which likely takes up the matter next week, so far has pursued a much different course. On Thursday, the Democratic-led Senate Governmental Affairs Committee crafted legislation that would protect all current civil service protections and make it more difficult for the president to move workers out of unions. Bush and other Republicans said the measure would give the president less authority than he has now."
The House seems to be so much more conservative and extremist than the Senate. Heck they're still working on trying to ban selected types of abortion procedures
even when there's a strong chance it won't pass constitutional muster and the Senate isn't likely to support them.
Is it your perception that the House is more conservative? If so, why do you think that's true?