In response to the repug debate Wednesday, Steve M nails it:
Worship of Reagan is like worship of Jesus: people love Jesus for what they want to believe he stood for. He didn't stand for getting rich or fighting endless wars against brown people, but don't tell that to his most fervent followers in America . Similarly, Reagan raised taxes and busted budgets, but don't say that to his followers. Tell them he believed in, or at least tolerated the existence of, big-government entitlement programs and they won't believe you. It doesn't matter what the facts are.
The Washington Post reports that low capital gains tax rates are fueling the gap between rich Americans and everyone else. Capital gains disproportionately benefit the ultra-wealth and are capped at 15 percent, which means "most of the richest Americans pay lower overall tax rates than middle-class Americans do." Some lawmakers are targeting those rates as a key way to reduce the deficit.
100 things you can say to irritate a Republican.
"Jesus tells us in Luke 21 that before all the signs of His return ultimately are completed that they will take us before kings and rulers and persecute us in His name. And that is, just scripture, that's prophesy, and I think we're seeing that persecution now of Christians, particularly of Christians in uniform, Christians that are prominent Christians, Christians that are in the public eye. That persecution is going to increase as we come closer to the time of Jesus' return." -Retired Gen. Jerry Boykin, speaking on Christian radio.
Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?
Actually, I don't think it's me, and it's not really that odd.
What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.
A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?
The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.
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"I hope he's taking his blood pressure medication." Paul Ryan joking about a senior citizen who was handcuffed at a Ryan town hall