Archive for July, 2012
Yesterday, nine-term Representative Steve LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Township, OH) announced that he will not be seeking another term in Congress. LaTourette marks the latest in an ever-growing list of politicians who are choosing to leave due to the rapid increase in extreme partisanship in the Capitol.
Yet LaTourette is a moderate only when compared to the current crop of Republicans. His DW-NOMINATE score of +0.394 is well to the left of the 111th Congress’s Republican mean of +0.623 (a mean which is certain to be more to the left of the current Congress), but also to the right of the Reagan-era Republican mean of +0.298. He is almost precisely at the +0.384 mean of all modern House Republicans dating back to the Nixon administration. (more…)
Waaaay back in 1976, NBC’s Saturday Night (now known as Saturday Night Live) ran one of their spoof advertisements, for Shimmer Non-Dairy Floor Wax. In it, a husband (Dan Aykroyd) and wife (Gilda Radner) are arguing over whether Shimmer is a floor wax or a dessert topping. Chevy Chase enters the kitchen as the spokesman to clarify that Shimmer is both a floor wax and a dessert topping.
In similar fashion, Democrats and Republicans are arguing over whether this year’s Presidential election is a referendum on the President, or a choice between two candidates.
I’ve got news for you: this election is a referendum on the President and a choice between the two candidates. (more…)
Two votes happened in the U.S. Senate last Wednesday, votes which highlight how Republicans and Democrats feel about tax rates.
Senate Republicans voted to raise taxes on all Americans. Senate Democrats voted to avoid raising taxes on all Americans. A Democratic-sponsored bill that limits tax increases was passed, despite Republican opposition. Republicans are now insisting that the bill the Senate passed has no chance in the Republican-controlled House. In other words, Republican votes could force everyone’s taxes to go up.
How in the world will Grover Norquist spin this?
That’s not the most amazing part. Democrats have been trying to make the argument that Republicans only care about the super-rich. Republicans have been trying to deny this charge. So to demonstrate their position, Senate Republicans forced a vote on a bill to lower taxes on the super-rich as the quid pro quo for avoiding tax increases on everyone, apparently not noticing that this proves the Democrats’ point.
Let’s review how we got into this peculiar situation. (more…)
How many toilets are there in the United States? What would happen if they were all flushed at the same time? How dangerous is it to use the toilet?
If these are the sort of questions that haunt you not just on November 19 (International Toilet Day) but on a regular basis, urine luck because I have the answers. Respectively they are:
How are things going for the President now? Let’s dive in.
This week Sally Ride reached for the heavens, and Sherman Hemsley moved on up. We learned that Pennsylvania State University opted to remove the statue of Joe Paterno, rather than merely turning it so he would look the other way. Meanwhile, the university agreed to retroactively retire from NCAA in order to be able to return in a few years. Chick-fil-A got plenty of beef from officials in Chicago. And Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney discovered that he is just as good at insulting the English as he is at insulting Americans.
It’s Friday, which means the floor belongs do you. Get out your brooms and start sweeping up the mess! Do you think you live in a barn???
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