South Carolina Looks for a Government Handout to Fund AZ Style Immigration Reform

May 20 2010 Published by under Featured News, Issues, Republican Party

South Carolina Looks for a Government Handout to Fund AZ Immigration Reform

Leave it to small government conservatives to look towards passing an immigration bill that they can’t afford, which is exactly what Republicans in state of South Carolina are trying to do. South Carolina wants to get tough on immigration but the state can’t afford the bill without federal dollars, small government indeed.

South Carolina debates AZ -like immigration law

Just weeks after Arizona introduced the controversial immigration law Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, state representative Eric Bedingfield (R-Greenville) introduced a similar bill in South Carolina that requires law enforcement officials to check individuals’ immigration status. Other states that have indicated they might follow suit are Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado, Ohio, Missouri, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and Maryland.

With an eye on political opportunism, Republicans in the state have taken up an Arizona style immigration reform bill for their state. The main sponsor of the bill state Sen. Larry Grooms (R) said, “It would give local law enforcement the ability to arrest someone that they know is here illegally. Right now, they’re handcuffed. They can’t do that unless they have passed some sort of federal government certification.”

Now before you think that this is just the standard right wing red state pandering consider that the state just passed a tough immigration reform law, which they are still phasing in, that they can’t afford to pay for. As a recent piece in the Charleston, SC Post and Courier on the 2008 reform pointed out,

“But here’s the rub: Who’s to pay for training local law enforcement officials to function as deputy customs officials as federal law requires? Even more daunting is the stipulation that any local facilities in which the illegal aliens are housed must meet federal requirements. To date, there are only two county jails, one in York and the other in Charleston, that have been so certified. Further, federal money has dried up and local and state budgets are strapped.”

Even federal funds have dried up due to the bad economy, “Even federal funds to qualify local law enforcement officials to access federal data banks and handle illegal aliens have dried up. York County’s sheriff got involved in the federal program in 2007. Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon says his department was one of only 11 in the country to get federal training funds last year. Some six Charleston County detention officers are now qualified as deputy customs officials.”

Later the question was asked, “So short of a change in federal immigration laws or a funding windfall that would provide more federally compliant prisons in this state or train more deputy customs officials, is there more South Carolina lawmakers can do?”

Things heated up in a debate Thursday during a South Carolina Senate hearing on the new proposed bill when State police argued that they have enough on their plates and do not have the money or the resources to comply with the mandate of South Carolina’s existing immigration law. State Law Enforcement Division Chief Reggie Lloyd argued, “If everybody wants us to go chase illegal immigrants, we’re glad to do that. If you tell us to take a hill, we will do that. But we don’t have the resources and the ability to do what everybody’s asked us to do today.”

But that was nothing compared to what happened after the Senate hearing:

Video:

The Canadian Business Market reported on the scene: “Two Hispanic women confronted Sen. Larry Grooms after the meeting, asking him if he could tell which one was in the country illegally. He responded by doubting either was, sparking a back-and-forth argument before a TV camera.

“My job is to protect the citizens of this state … not to provide economic liberties for people in other countries,” Grooms, R-Bonneau, shouted back…The debate got more heated after Roan Garcia-Quintana, a Cuban American who advocates anti-illegal immigration bills, said the women should go back where they came from if they don’t like it here. Neither of the women is an illegal immigrant. One of the protesters, Ilia Rivera, of Greenville, shouted she’s Puerto Rican and an Army veteran. Then she stalked off.

“Someone will stop me. I’m very sure they’re going to,” Rivera said about the bill. “I’m Puerto Rican and look like I’m Latino.””

Instead of acknowledging that they don’t have the resources to enact the current law, Republicans are disingenuously presenting the situation as if the current law is not tough enough. Their current law, which is based on employers documenting workers (like the bi-partisan immigration reform legislation proposed under Bush) was working, but it was being phased in slowly since its passage in 2008 and funds dried up after the Bush crash.

In short, this Red State where Republicans like Sen. Jim DeMint rail against big government and socialism and Republican Governor Sanford made a big show of pretending he didn’t want the stimulus money (even though his constituents begged him to take it) is going to require a federal government hand out in order to be able to enforce their own immigration laws.

South Carolina is a hotbed of hypocrisy.The state’s own Joe Wilson called Barack Obama a liar, but the President isn’t a dead beat hypocrite who is looking for some socialism so he can enact a racist immigration policy all the while touting his “small government” and “no welfare” platform of lies.

h/t Jason Easley

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Fox News Echoes Rand Paul’s Claim that Racism and Discrimination Are Rights

May 20 2010 Published by under Featured News, Republican Party

Fox News defends Jim Crow

FNC contributor John Stossel was on Fox News’ America Live today where he voiced his agreement with Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul that part of the civil rights ought to be repealed so that businesses can discriminate based on race. Stossel said, “It’s time now to repeal that part of the law because private businesses ought to get to discriminate… it should be their right to be racist.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

When FNC’s Megyn Kelly asked Stossel if he agreed with Paul’s comments on the Civil Rights Act, he answered, “Totally. I’m in total agreement with Rand Paul. You can call it public accommodation, and it is, but it’s a private business. And if a private business wants to say, “We don’t want any blond anchorwomen or mustached guys,” it ought to be their right. Are we going to say to the black students’ association they have to take white people, or the gay softball association they have to take straight people? We should have freedom of association in America.”

Stossel also claimed that government was behind Jim Crow laws, “Absolutely. But those — Jim Crow — those were government rules. Government was saying we have white and black drinking fountains. That’s very different from saying private people can’t discriminate.” Stossel also made this long disproven argument that the free market will not tolerate discrimination, “Because eventually they would have lost business. The free market competition would have cleaned the clocks of the people who didn’t serve most customers.” When asked if he knew this for certain Stossel admitted that he didn’t know.

The Stossel dropped the bombshell that he believes that people have the right to be racist, “And I would go further than he was willing to go, as he just issued the statement, and say it’s time now to repeal that part of the law because private businesses ought to get to discriminate. And I won’t won’t ever go to a place that’s racist and I will tell everybody else not to and I’ll speak against them. But it should be their right to be racist.”

Only the Republican Party could blow and election by arguing against the 46 year old Civil Rights Act. I think Rand Paul is an ideologically pure complete political novice who got caught in a trap of his own construction, but the rest of the GOP including Fox News should know better than to touch this radio active issue with a 1,000 foot pole.

This is what happens when a political party starts picking their candidates on the basis of ideological purity. The problem is that this should not even be a discussion within the GOP. When freaking Jim DeMint says he needs to have a talk with Rand Paul about his position on Civil Rights, this is a real problem.

Ladies and Gents, welcome to the issue that is going to haunt the Republicans all through the 2010 campaign. Remember, when Democrats actually feared the GOP? Now, this is a Party that is being offered victory on a silver platter, and they can’t get out of their own way to take advantage of it. I would like to ask our Republican friends, how’s that Tea Party working out for you now?

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Glenn Beck Claims Progressives Are the Most Racist People in US History

May 07 2010 Published by under Featured News

Once again Glenn Beck distorts American history for the right wing cause

On his radio show today, Glenn Beck confuse the progressive movement of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries with the modern definition of progressive, so that that he could make the case that progressives are the most racist people who have ever lived in America, “The most racist people ever to live. The most racist people to ever live in America were the progressives.”

Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:

Beck got on his Woodrow Wilson kick again because US News and World Report wrote that he was wrong about Wilson, “All you have to do is read Woodrow Wilson and you know the truth. These people are trying to spin history yet again on Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt…He put over 30,000 people in jail for speaking about his policies. 30,000 Americans went to jail, and I find it really fascinating that the only time we have rounded people up and put them in jail for either their skin color or their points of view, progressive Democrat Woodrow Wilson, progressive Democrat Franklin Roosevelt. Those are the only two times in American history, and their washed, nobody talks about them. Nobody looks at them. Nobody remembers who they did it to.”

Stu chimed in with the claim that the right has never done that to anybody, and Beck responded with, “The most racist people ever to live. The most racist people ever to live in America were the progressives, really radical, awful racist people.” While he was distorting the term progressive, Beck complained that, “These people constantly morph, and they constantly change the argument, and change the language.” (Just as Beck is doing with the term progressive and the history of progressivism).

As usual, Beck has managed to leave some details out of his history lesson. When talking about how Woodrow Wilson had 30,000 Americans arrested for disagreeing with him, Beck leaves out that this was known as the Palmer Raids, which was a red scare during World War I, where left wing anarchists, radicals, and communists were rounded up out of fear that they were collaborating with the US’s war time enemies. Notably, American Socialist Party presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs was also arrested. The raids focused on alien foreign nationals, not US citizens as Beck claimed.

Importantly, Beck neglected to tell his listeners that the Palmer Raids took place after a series of 30 anarchist mail bombings in April 1919 against government offices and business leaders, and those arrested were held for up to four months while the Justice Department investigated them. After they were investigated all were released except for a few hundred who were deported. The claim that only progressive Democrats have imprisoned people based on their skin color is absurd. Have they already forgotten about the post-9/11 round up of American Muslims that was carried out during the Bush administration? These kinds of detentions and internments are an ugly part of American history that both parties have participated in. The point of this whole little rant was to lead his listeners to the false conclusion that the progressives of yesteryear were racist, thus the progressives of today are racist, which would then excuse the racism of the right.

These fractured history lessons are a way for the right wing to invalidate the election of Barack Obama. The fact that they are so willing to dismiss the modern progressive movement’s role in the election of the first black United States president is not surprising. These are the same people who are allowing Glenn Beck to rewrite US history so that it reflects their world view. The fact that Beck is dealing half truths is irrelevant, because they are only seeking to have their behavior excused and their ideology confirmed.

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Weekly Round Up of Republican Wing Nut Circus April 10, 2010

Apr 10 2010 Published by under Featured News

Weekly Round Up of Wing Nut Circus

It’s hard to keep up with the Republicans these days. They’re a regular three-ring circus being lead around by leaders like Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck — two out of three of whom we know didn’t finish college. We haven’t seen Palin’s degree from the 5th or 6th college she attended, but recklessly, we are taking her word that she graduated. Personally, I’m still waiting to see her high school diploma, but that’s just me. At any rate, with leaders like this, it’s no wonder that the Republicans are going down in flames.

Last week we started off with the embers of Bondage Gate still burning a hole in the party’s family values cred (what’s left of it). Bondage Gate was ushered in by the party’s token African American, Michael Steele, who is apparently more than happy to play the race card against his own party in order to keep his job, which he cheerfully did on the tee-vee this week as he announced that the standards were different for him. I guess spending donations at Bondage Clubs is ok if the old white dudes do it. So much for meritocracy.

Gibbs had a deliciously un-Democratic reply to Steele’s assertion that both the President and he shared a burden due to race, “I think that it is a very silly comment to make. I think Michael Steele’s problem isn’t the race card, it’s the credit card.”

This debacle was quickly eclipsed by Virginia Gov McDonnell declaring that he was reinstating the great celebration of the Confederacy, much to the national chagrin of those Americans who possess an actual heart. Lame protestations that the confederacy had nothing to do with slavery notwithstanding, McDonnell failed in his mission to pander to the angry white folks of his state, since he was forced to admit an apology and you know how bullies feel about “apologists”.

The biggest amusement came when George Stephanopoulos thought it prudent to quiz President Obama using the Politifact “Liar of the Year Award’s” criticism of his nuclear weapons usage policy. Yes, George thought the President should respond to Sarah Palin’s criticisms regarding our nuclear policy.

As if you didn’t know this, End-Times lover Sarah thinks we need ‘em, any and all of ‘em. Death and destruction will only bring the Rapture sooner, so bring ‘em on! Naturally the Summa Cum Laude Harvard Law graduate who receives daily briefs from people who kinda know something about this stuff should respond to Sarah as if her jingoistic and incorrect criticism were worthy of response.

George failed to note that Sarah inaccurately based part of her criticism of Obama’s anti-nuclear START treaty on The Gipper, who of course, was pro reduction of nuclear arms. Reagan said, “Our dream is to see the day when nuclear weapons will be banished from the face of the Earth.” He said this over 150 times, so it’s pretty hard to understand how both Sarah Palin and George Stephanopoulos became so misinformed about Reagan’s policies.

People who strongly approve of Obama’s nuclear treaty efforts: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (MA), Sen. Richard Lugar (IN), Former Republican Secretaries of State George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, former Democratic Secretary of Defense William Perry, and former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn, Former Secretary of State James Baker and yes, even Sen. John McCain (AZ) (before Obama implemented this though, so if you ask him now, he will probably say it is the worst thing ever and then hide behind Sarah’s skirts).

And to quote Tmf945, commenter on HuffPo, ” Once again we find Palin snorting around the media outlets like a truffle pig in search of the juicy fungus of persecution.” Ah yes. But was it her Wine and Spirits appearance or her Southern Republican Leadership Conference appearance which most offended? That’s a toss up.

Palin bored and offended at the Wine and Spirit conference, and then made a rousing speech at the SRLC to her own people wherein she took jabs at Obama as a “community organizer” who doesn’t know anything about nuk-u-lear weapons. She also, too proudly displayed her hand as the “poor man’s teleprompter”, because, you know, reading off of your hand during an interview is the same thing as reading a teleprompter during a 20 minute speech. Er…yeah. Sigh.

Let’s not forget the gathering of Bachmann and Palin, during which Palin bashed men for not being good at much, noting that the Tea Party was comprised of more women than men. She just goes where the money is. Apparently this brain trust of paranoiacs told Hannity they’d love a 2012 run, which prompted me to urge my friends and family to slap this on their car: “Palin/Bachmann 2012: Because Ideas Don’t Matter”. Please join us. It’s the least you can do for your country.

I have to admit that when I first heard SRLC, I thought the Republicans were finally admitting that they were a regional party. However, Newt’s opening to this festival of freaks quickly dashed all hopes that reality was successfully inserting itself into the modern day Republican party disaster, as he ridiculed Obama’s “socialist” and “secular” direction. Yes, some of you may be scratching your heads, but apparently now this is a Christian nation founded on God and the bible, not separation of Church and State. So, secular is bad.

The SRLC is taking place in New Orleans and as of yet I have heard no mention of Katrina (please correct me if I fell asleep and missed Jindal’s rousing cry to help the people). Katrina, the Republican Epic Incompetence Disaster, is best left ignored by the responsible party, never mind that Amnesty International just charged America of being guilty of human right’s violations during Katrina.

But of course, Jesus would approve. After all, if you can’t fight off a Hurricane and flood by yourself, what kind of person are you? God hates whiners.

Rush still wants America to fail and Beck is still getting paid millions to pretend he’s a crazy Christian (even though he’s a Mormon).

Palin is still making “jokes” about shooting and targets and decrying all responsibility for inciting violence against citizens and lawmakers. She thinks it’s cute, but what do you expect from the bitter woman who specializes in getting others to do her dirty work?

Oh, and Fox was busted for airing Acorn footage which had been edited to change the perception of what really occurred. They haven’t apologized; rather, they are still busy determining just what part of reality they can make a buck for acknowledging and how to spin/sell it to advance their agenda.

I’m sure today will bring more tomfoolery and that I left tons out. Feel free to remind me in the comments.

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Tea Partiers and the United States of White Christian America

Feb 27 2010 Published by under Featured News, Republican Party

Tea Baggers Just Wanna Have Fun

It is no surprise that the angry white conservative movement a.k.a. the tea partiers has come to life since the election of Barack Obama, because they were fine with George W. Bush’s many violations, illegal wars, suspension of habeas corpus, etc. What lay at the heart of conservative opposition is their loss of control – and a black man in the White House.

So Bush wipes his ass with the Constitution for eight years. He treats it not as a binding document but as a rough set of guidelines – to be ignored or not as he chooses – even refers to it as “a goddamn piece of paper”! But we do not see any of the following:

States rights movements
Tea Parties
Oath Keepers
Talk of impeachment

And in complete contravention of fact, it is liberals – Obama, not Bush – who are now accused of treating the Constitution like a “living document.” I suppose there is something in that, since at least under Obama the Constitution is alive, whereas for Bush it was a dead letter – as inconvenient as any other fact.

From all this there is only one conclusion we can draw: that despite the narrative we are now being expected to swallow, conservatives are not standing on a set of eternal and unchanging principles. No, they are hypocritically opposing our constitutionally elected government because they don’t control it.

Conservative outrage has nothing to do with the narrative’s gospel. If it did, they would have formed Oath Keepers (2009) during the Bush administration. We would have seen the Tea Party (2009) begin during the Bush administration; we would have heard cries for Bush’s impeachment (2009) and the states rights’ movement (2009) would have been in full swing. But they were fine with Bush’s many violations, illegal wars, suspension of habeas corpus, etc. What lay at the heart of conservative opposition is their loss of control – and a black man in the White House.

Nossir. The events of the 2008 elections brought them an America they had not signed up for.
How did they respond? By picking up their toys and going home. But they insist they’re not racist as they sing “Barack the Magic Negro” en route to their storm trooper-style hate fests.

What is truly at the heart of the narrative?

White Christian privilege is a precious thing to many. They’ve had it since the founding, after all. And things can get pretty entrenched in a couple of centuries. And shouldn’t they have had cause for optimism by 2008?

Look at the progress they have made: in 1954 they got “one nation under God” added to the pledge of allegiance; in 1956 they managed to get our national motto changed from E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One), a completely accurate (and secular) motto chosen by our Founding Fathers, to “In God we Trust” – a motto which our Founders could have chosen – but significantly, did not.
They’ve even re-written the history books to show that the United States was founded as a Christian nation and that the 13th century was the “true” Age of Reason. Only conservative white Christians are “real” Americans, according to the narrative they have established. Anyone who opposed their president opposed God.

Under the Bush Administration, they finally had things set up exactly like they wanted them. Back to the 13th century we went; we even had our own crusade in Iraq. Let the good times roll.
Though these changes from a secular orientation (per the Constitution) were not solidified until the conservative hysteria of 1950s, the narrative insists that they have always been part of our Nation’s identity – as a White Christian Nation: sort of a KKK writ large.

A place of White Christian Privilege, almost a nature preserve, but one that is artificially stocked and which stands at odds with the reality world around it – and in many cases, with history. Their fanaticism is in direct and inverse proportion to the growing threat (an increasingly diverse population in terms of ethnicity and religion) to their privileged position.

The racism inherent in the narrative is real and it is deeply entrenched; the narrative is stock full of ethnophobia, homophobia, and religious intolerance. Is it any wonder that the prospect of a crusade against “godless” Islam got them salivating? They could even dream of a little ethnocide. What good old boy won’t sign up for that?
And to give them credit, the good old boys down south make no pretence. They admit what it’s about. You’ll find the rhetoric at Tea Parties as well.

It’s reality check time: At least when the south seceded they had the intellectual honesty to admit what it was about: they didn’t want their slaves taken away and they didn’t think African Americans were real people, and neither, really, were immigrants. Heinous reasoning yes, but we don’t see that kind of honesty from today’s secessionists. It isn’t real events that concern them but the products of their fevered imaginings – the old line used when Clinton ran was used when Obama ran – “he is gonna take your guns away and give them to the niggers.”

And they seem to have convinced themselves that this is true. Though Obama has not made any move against their guns (just as Clinton didn’t) states are busy easing gun laws. Just last month, the New York Times reports, “the Indiana legislature passed bills that block private employers from forbidding workers to keep firearms in their vehicles on company property.”
But contrary to the narrative, Obama has signed bills in the past year that allow guns to be carried not only in national parks and but in luggage on Amtrak trains! But these are inconvenient facts; they interfere with the narrative! And the narrative insists that Obama’s administration is going to take away your guns – a fear that resonates with “real” Americans.

After all, Obama is not one of them – he’s not white, and he’s either not a real Christian or not the right type of Christian (again, in violation of the narrative, Obama has kept Bush’s Religious Right-friendly Faith Based Initiative in place but this, too, is ignored).
And so in the rush to enact legislation to make it possible for people to murder each other in volumes not seen since the Wild West, the states play into the narrative of the big bad government vs. the honest, hard-working “real American” citizen, even though Obama has not taken away any rights.

Bush’s list of Constitutional violations is staggering. The First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, the Sixth Amendment, the Eighth Amendment, and the Fourteenth Amendment, there are only 27 Amendments. By my count, Bush violated a staggering 22% of them.

But where was – where is – the outrage? We hear some admission that Conservatives strayed from their “core values” during the
Bush Administration but this is lip service. Bush is no less a hero to conservatives today than he was before Obama took office.
To the contrary, though he has not gone far enough, Obama has eased some of the more egregious outrages of the Bush Administration – outrages none of these current groups complained about when they were enacted by Bush, but for which Obama is now being blamed.

But then Bush was one of them: an anti-intellectual good old boy – a conservative white Christian – a “real” American.

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Rush Limbaugh Accuses President Obama of Using the “Black Dialect”

Feb 22 2010 Published by under Featured News

In case anybody forgot, Rush Limbaugh reminded his audience that the President of the United States is in fact black. Today on his radio show, Limbaugh accused Obama of using the black dialect while addressing the National Governors Association today at the White House. Limbaugh said, “Obama can turn on that black dialect and turn it off.”

Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:

After playing a snippet of audio where Obama mispronounced the word ask this morning, Limbaugh said, “This is what Harry Reid was talking about. Obama can turn on that black dialect and turn it off.” Later Limbaugh managed to get even more racist, “If I used the word axe for the rest of the day, am I going to get beat up and creamed for making fun of this clean, crisp, calm, cool, new articulate president? Maybe we should do it and see what happens?”

Limbaugh actually told his listeners not to pay attention to the content of what Obama was saying in order to pick up his slip up. This attitude in a nutshell sums up how the critics of Obama handle his message. They ignore it, and seize on a slip to remind their terrified white audience that Barack Obama is black.

Rush’s initial statement was bad, but he added to it by calling Obama clean and articulate. Not only was Rush Limbaugh once again trying fan the flames of racism, but he is criticized Obama while he spent eight years gushing over the most inarticulate president in the modern era, George W. Bush. Limbaugh also needs to understand that saying axe instead of asks, isn’t just an African-American thing. I have known white people who did it too, so someone needs to tell Limbaugh that his Klan hood is showing again.

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Chris Matthews Is Still Obsessed With Obama’s Race

Jan 28 2010 Published by under Featured News

The most surprising reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union Speech came from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews who said, “I forgot that he was black tonight for an hour.” In other breaking news, President Lincoln has freed the slaves.

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Matthews said, “I was trying to think about who he was tonight, and it’s interesting, he is post racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in a year or two. I mean, it’s something we don’t even think about. I said wait a minute he is an African-America guy in front of a bunch of white people, and there he is the President of the United States.”

Of course this is not Chris’s first flirtation with Obama’s race.

Here is Matthews not surprised that Obama is good at basketball and asking if the future president can appeal to white people:

Once is a mistake, but three times is a trend. Talk about faint praise, Obama made Matthews forget that he was black. You know, because being a black president is such a problem. Chris Matthews needs to realize that most people got past the novelty of Obama’s election a year ago.

I don’t why he is still hung up on the president’s race. The fact that he sees every move Obama makes through race colored glasses has gotten very tiresome. The State of the Union speech had nothing to do with race, but yet somehow this was one of Chris Matthews’ leading points.

Chris, the Civil War is over. The slaves have been freed. Racial problems still exist in America, but progress will continue to be slow if people like you insist on seeing everything through the prism of race. Real progress will come when people see Barack Obama not as a black president, but simply as a president.

Update: Matthews went to Rachel Maddow’s show and clarified his remarks:

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Sarah Palin Touts Fox News’ “Fair and Balanced Values”

Jan 11 2010 Published by under Republican Party

In the press release announcing her deal with Fox News, Sarah Palin wasted no time in parroting the company line. Palin said, “It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news.” Interestingly, the Palin deal is not exclusive, and would free her up for a presidential run in 2012.

Fox News Executive VP of Programming Bill Shine said, “Governor Palin has captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum and we are excited to add her dynamic voice to the FOX News lineup.” As a contributor, Palin will provide political commentary and analysis for FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOXNews.com, and FOX News-produced special event political programming for FOX Broadcasting.”

Palin demonstrated her ability to regurgitate FNC propaganda likely before the ink was dry on the contract, “I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at FOX News. It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news.”

The fact that Palin does not have her own show on at very least the struggling Fox Business screams out that she is looking to keep her options open for 2012. Sarah Palin’s deal doesn’t commit her to Fox News as anything other than a contributor. It is the same kind of deal as Pat Buchanan had with CNN. These types of deals usually contain an out clause which would let the contributor leave in order to run for office.

This deal is perfect for Palin. She gets a presence on television. She can speak directly to her audience. She gets pain, and leaves the door open for a potential presidential run in 2012. Her deal is effective immediately, so no one should be surprised if she pops up on The O’Reilly Factor tonight or tomorrow.

As far as her political future goes, I don’t see how going on Fox News is going to help her shake her reputation as an intellectual light weight. In fact, going into the media business could kill any existing perception of her as a serious politician, assuming that any non Palinite stills views her as such.

Her deal with Fox News makes it obvious that she is likely to run in 2012, and if she fails, she now has her fallback position, which is her gig at Fox News. Sarah has made her millions and now she still has a bit of the spotlight, but it has yet to be seen if she is serious about politics.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann Compares Healthcare Protesters to the Troops

Nov 04 2009 Published by under Featured News

Rep. Michele Bachmann turned up on the Glenn Beck Program, which is minus one Glenn Beck, to promote her healthcare protest in Washington, D.C. tomorrow. Bachmann turned up the military rhetoric and called the protesters freedom fighters. I guess to her protesting healthcare reform is just like risking your life in war.

Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:

Bachmann said, “This is really the eleventh hour when we are calling people to come to D.C. It is not inevitable that Speaker Pelosi’s healthcare government takeover is going to pass, and that’s why the number one thing that people can do is actually come, see their member of Congress look at them in the eyes, especially with other freedom fighters in tow, and let them know that the lessons of August, they should not forget at their peril.”

She referred to the elections last night, “Take a look at the elections last night. Take a look at the tea parties and town halls. Speaker Pelosi called those Astroturf that they were just made up. We know differently. We know people really do believe and embrace in the Constitution and the Declaration. They really do love this country. They love free markets, and they don’t want government to have cradle to grave control over their healthcare.”

In Bachmann’s mind people who are opposing healthcare reform are now on the same level as those who are risking their lives to defend this country. Since she brought them up in the clip, let’s talk about last night’s elections. You know the ones where the right wing lost two House elections. They actually managed to lose a seat in a Republican district, because they insisted on moving farther to the right. I think that lesson that can be learned from last night is that people like Bachmann are putting the GOP on a path to destruction.

Bachmann’s protest tomorrow reeks of being a publicity stunt for her. The big tipoff is that this event is going to start with a press conference. What kind of protest begins with a press conference? Every time the wing nuts have tried to organize a protest, they fail miserably. It would be pretty safe to predict that there aren’t going to be a flood of protesters tomorrow. As is the right wing way, even if this thing flops tomorrow, Bachmann will still claim victory.

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Howard Dean on Ted Kennedy and the Future of Heathcare Reform

Aug 26 2009 Published by under Featured News

Former DNC chairman Howard Dean talked today about healthcare reform and the death of Ted Kennedy. Dean wrote, “When President Obama signs a Health Care Reform bill late this year, Ted Kennedy’s may not be standing there next to him, but his presence will be deeply apparent in the Oval Office as the President’s pen moves across the page.”

Dean wrote on his blog that, “We will miss Senator Ted Kennedy as a nation, and I will miss him as a human being. Over the next few months, as we debate his life’s passion, which was Universal Health Care, we will feel his presence everywhere. He will be in the Senate Chamber, in the committee rooms, in the White House, and in the minds of most of the reporters old enough to have witnessed the trajectory of this extraordinary generation of America’s First Family from its beginning. Much has been written about Ted Kennedy already. He was indeed extraordinary.”

He added a personal story, “My mother, who was a solid Upper East Side Republican until 2004, once happened to sit next to him at a wedding of a mutual friend. She had never met him before. I’m sure the exchange was lively, and being a Dean, I doubt my mother gave him much quarter. A week later, a beautiful, kind, and very personal handwritten letter arrived from Ted Kennedy. My mother, like so many other Americans, was hooked by the Kennedy charm and grace.”

Dean maintained his belief that a healthcare bill will be passed and signed, “Ted Kennedy was a man with a long career of determination as well as charm. When President Obama signs a Health Care Reform bill late this year, Ted Kennedy’s may not be standing there next to him, but his presence will be deeply apparent in the Oval Office as the President’s pen moves across the page.”

Gov. Dean made an important point. With the passing of Ted Kennedy, it is almost certain that a healthcare bill will be passed. There really wasn’t much doubt about the passage of healthcare reform before the senator passed away, but now, I think it is a lock that it will get done. Healthcare was one of the big causes of Kennedy’s career, and I think that passing and then having a bill which contains a pubic option for President Obama to sign would be the most fitting tribute of all.

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