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If you actually look at the actual track record of government spending, government employment, Reagan is the Keynesian and Obama — mostly because of political constraints, although a little bit of lack of conviction on the part of his own people — has been the anti-Keynesian,” [Paul] Krugman said. “He’s been the one who’s been doing what Republicans say is the right answer.

Krugman: Reagan Was More Keynesian Than Obama

Filed under quotes that will make a conservative’s head explode.

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Obama the Warrior ›

socialuprooting:

Recall the 2010 CIA Report, leaked to WikiLeaks, which discussed how Barack Obama was the key asset for preventing Western European populations from abandoning war policies in Afghanistan. That’s because with Obama, rather than the swaggering cowboy George Bush, as the face of these wars, they would be more effectively marketed. That is precisely what Obama has done to the American citizenry with regard to what was recently known in Democratic Party circles as the Radical Bush/Cheney Terrorism agenda.

Just to underscore the level of right-wing extremism which Obama has normalized, consider his deceitful re-definition of the term “militant” to encompass ”all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants,” which I wrote about earlier today. In 2006, the pro-Israel activist Alan Dershowitz created a serious scandal when he argued – mostly in order to justify Israeli aggression — that “civilian causalties” are a “gray area” because many people in close proximity to Terrorists — even if not Terrorists themselves — are less than innocent (“A new phrase should be introduced into the reporting and analysis of current events in the Middle East: ‘the continuum of civilianality’ … . Every civilian death is a tragedy, but some are more tragic than others”).

Even more repellent was John Podhoretz’s argument in 2006 that “the tactical mistake” which “we made in Iraq was that we didn’t kill enough Sunnis in the early going to intimidate them and make them so afraid of us they would go along with anything,” specifically that the real error was that the U.S. permitted “the survival of Sunni men between the ages of 15 and 35.” In other words, “all military-age males” in Sunni areas should have been deemed “combatants” and thus killed. Podhoretz’s argument created all sorts of outrage in progressive circlesJohn Podhoretz is advocating genocide!

But this is precisely the premise that President Obama himself has now adopted in order to justify civilian deaths and re-classify them as “militants.” Here is the rationale of Obama officials as described by the NYT: “people in an area of known terrorist activity, or found with a top Qaeda operative, are probably up to no good.”Probably up to no good. That’s a direct replica of Dershowitz’s argument, and is closely related to Podhoretz’s. They count someone as a “militant” — worthy of death — based purely on the happenstance of where they are and the proximity they’re in to someone else they suspect is a Bad Person. If such a person is killed by a U.S. missile, then, by definition, they are “militants,” not “civilians” — even if we don’t know the first thing about them, including their name.

That’s official Obama policy. It won’t even be reported on most MSNBC shows, and won’t even be acknowledged, let alone denounced, by the vast majority of Democrats, including progressives. That’s the Obama legacy.

And it’s all justified by this definitively warped premise: we have to keep doing things we know will result in large-scale civilian deaths in order to stop the Terrorists, who are really terrible because they keep killing civilians. Besides, continuously killing a bunch of foreigners is hardly some reflection on our President’s character, especially in an Election Year.

damnit, Obama. why can’t you just be better -__-

abaldwin360:

The GOP and “private choice”.

abaldwin360:

The GOP and “private choice”.

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11 Things We Could Buy With 1 Month Of War Funding ›

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progressivefriends:

“Our communities are depressingly polluted, social services are being cut left and right and hunger is very real right here in America. So hearing that the United States government spends $20 billion in Afghanistan each year on air conditioning alone stings just a little. When it comes to war, the U.S. Treasury is hemorrhaging cash, yet Congress demanded that President Obama cut things like high-speed rail, United Nations support and funds for the Environmental Protection Agency from the 2012 fiscal year budget.”

1. Domestic hunger relief

2. High-speed rail transportation in the U.S.

3. Public health programs

4. Protecting the environment

5. Cleanup projects

6. Education

7. Jobs

8. Housing for low-income families & homeless

9. Scientific research

10. Organic farming

11. Wind energy

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leftish:

This guy actually gets what the war on women is all about.

Fuck yeah. This is the only politician I wholeheartedly agree with every time they open their mouth. He isn’t beholden to any special interest groups or shady superPAC’s… he’s just trying to fight the good fight when everyone else has folded to the money or the media or the pressure to conform to a rigid party line. Keep on keepin’ on Senator Sanders! We need you and the truth you keep speaking.


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downtohuck:

leftish:

This guy actually gets what the war on women is all about.

Fuck yeah. This is the only politician I wholeheartedly agree with every time they open their mouth. He isn’t beholden to any special interest groups or shady superPAC’s… he’s just trying to fight the good fight when everyone else has folded to the money or the media or the pressure to conform to a rigid party line. Keep on keepin’ on Senator Sanders! We need you and the truth you keep speaking.

boss life

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White House is against House Republican anti-gay policy ›

gaywrites:

The White House has formally spoken out against House Republican legislation that would keep LGBT people from being protected against discrimination. 

In one formal statement, the administration posits that the anti-gay sections of a proposed defense bill are potentially unconstitutional and even threatens to veto the measure entirely. In another, the White House threatens to veto House Republicans’ version of a measure reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. 

Among other things, the White House objects to the lack of non-discrimination language for LGBT people seeking help from domestic violence programs that receive federal funds.

“The bill also fails to include language that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT victims in VAWA grant programs,” the statement says. “No sexual assault or domestic violence victim should be beaten, hurt, or killed because they could not access needed support, assistance, and protection.”

I daresay it looks like the president is starting to practice what he preaches. (Or maybe he’s always practiced and is just starting to preach?)

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theatlantic:

Federal Spending, Taxes, and Deficits Are Lower Today Than When Obama Took Office

The White House hasn’t been shy to point out that government and taxes as a share of the economy have shrunk under Obama. The big question is: For whom is that fact most inconvenient?
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theatlantic:

Federal Spending, Taxes, and Deficits Are Lower Today Than When Obama Took Office

The White House hasn’t been shy to point out that government and taxes as a share of the economy have shrunk under Obama. The big question is: For whom is that fact most inconvenient?

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President Barack Obama Announces Plans to Repeal Defense of Marriage Act

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama touched on his recent announcement of support for same-sex marriage, saying at a New York City fundraising event Monday that he believes marriage equality “strengthens families.”

“I want everyone treated fairly in this country. We have never gone wrong when we’ve extended rights and responsibilities to everybody,” he said, drawing big applause. “That doesn’t weaken families, that strengthens families.”

Obama highlighted some of his administration’s work in recent years, including the passage of health care reform and the end of combat in Iraq.

He also outlined goals he hopes to accomplish under a second term, including the repeal of the Defense Of Marriage Act, which the administration has already stopped defending.

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Arizona Bill will Ban Subversive Latino Music from Radio ›

sanityscraps:

louque:

lati-negros:

If Governor Jan Brewer gets her way, Arizona radio stations will soon be prohibited from playing Latino music over the airwaves. On May 3, the Arizona House will vote on a bill that would ban any music that:

1. Promotes the overthrow of the United States government.

2. Promotes resentment toward a race or class of people.

3. Is designed primarily for listeners of a particular ethnic group.

4. Advocates ethnic solidarity instead of treating listeners as individuals.

[language straight from HB2218]

this is the equivalent to book burning.

… What the actual fuck?!

WHAT THE FUCK. I feel like Arizona can’t actually exist and the whole place just needs to be a big fucking joke.

alphabetspine:

No justice, no peace.

alphabetspine:

No justice, no peace.

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think-progress:

How the House Republican budget hurts kids. 

think-progress:

How the House Republican budget hurts kids. 

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Teacher fired for having appeared in a porn video several years ago ›

OH THAT’S FUNNY, I thought we lived in a country with individual rights. But no. This women was fucking fired from her TEACHING job because she was in a porn video before. We can’t get enough teachers to fucking teach because our school system is a piece of shit, and yet we’re firing people for what they do outside of work.!?!?

How the fuck is this school allowed to discriminate like that.!? This means if someone is in on porn video, it can prevent them from getting a job for the rest of their lives. WTF. Porn is legal. YOU CAN BE BARRED FROM EVERY HOLDING A JOB BECAUSE YOU DID SOMETHING LEGAL. WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF FUCKMEINTHEASSWITHACHAINSAWAMERICA. Fuck this country. Fuck the politicians who allow this to happen. Fuck those who discriminate against porn stars or anyone else who does whatever the fuck they want outside of work.

FUCK. What the fuck.