Tuesday, 8/30/11, Public Square

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  1. Obama Leadership Image Takes a Hit, GOP Ratings Decline
    Continued Dissatisfaction with Republican Field

    There are some good graphs and charts at the Pew Research Center link so scroll down to see them all.

    Here’s what CROOKS AND LIARS has to say about this poll, interesting interpretations —

    http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/new-pew-poll-says-demcrats-independents

  2. A Huge Housing Bargain — but Not for You

    The largest transfer of wealth from the public to private sector is about to begin. The federal government will be bulk-selling the massive portfolio of foreclosed homes now owned by HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to private investors — vulture funds.

    These homes, which are now the property of the U.S. government, the U.S. taxpayer, U.S. citizens collectively, are going to be sold to private investor conglomerates at extraordinarily large discounts to real value.

    You and I will not be allowed to participate. These investors will come from the private-equity and hedge-fund community, Goldman Sachs(GS_) and its derivatives, as well as foreign sovereign wealth funds that can bring a billion dollars or more to each transaction.

    In the process, these investors will instantaneously become the largest improved real estate owners and landlords in the world. The U.S. taxpayer will get pennies on the dollar for these homes and then be allowed to rent them back at market rates.

    continue reading —
    http://www.thestreet.com/story/11224917/1/a-huge-housing-bargain–but-not-for-you.html

  3. I am absolutely tickled pink that Dick Cheney is out and about on his book tour! He reminds the world of all the worst of bushco. And now he’s all over the news for everyone to see and hear! 😉

  4. “Intellect, knowledge and linguistic mastery are mistrusted by Republican voters, who, would apparently prefer someone like themselves over someone actually qualified for the job.” — Richard Dawkins

    Famed Scientist Richard Dawkins Destroys Rick Perry on Evolution

  5. Rick Santorum ridicules gays at every opportunity, and now says he is the victim. Maybe he should spend his time on developing his own personal strengths or improving any personal weaknesses??

    Rick Santorum Says Gay Community Waged Jihad Against Him Over Gay Marriage

    • indypendent

      Just another Evangelical Christian Republican who consistenly plays the victim/persecution card.

      This has been a continuing theme in all these Evangelicals – haven’t you noticed?

  6. Rick Perry’s Foreign Policy Pandering

    In the Republican Party, there are deep disagreements about foreign policy, and they’re ultimately going to play a role in the GOP primary. The contrasting approaches at issue are perhaps best understood by comparing some recent statements offered on the campaign trail. Let’s take a look.

    Unilateralism or Multilateralism

    GOP Candidate A: “It’s not our interest to go it alone. We respect our allies and we must always seek to engage them in military missions”

    GOP Candidate B: “We must be willing to act when it is time to act. We cannot concede the moral authority of our nation to multilateral debating societies, and when our interests are threatened American soldiers should be led by American commanders.”

    Interventionism or Restraint

    GOP Candidate A: “I do not believe that America should fall subject to a foreign policy of military adventurism. We should only risk shedding American blood and spending American treasure when our vital interests are threatened.”

    GOP Candidate B: “As the 10th anniversary of the attacks of 911 approach, we must renew our commitment to taking the fight to the enemy wherever they are before they strike at home. We should always look to build coalitions among the nations to protect the mutual interests of freedom loving people.”

    Qualifications to be Commander in Chief

    Candidate A: “I think the military men and women respect the commander in chief regardless of who it is.”

    Candidate B: “Go ask your veterans if they’d rather see somebody who’s never served as the commander in chief. I think they really like to see a person who’s worn the uniform in that office and, you know, I think that’s just a true statement and I wouldn’t back up off of it an inch.”

    Who are Candidates A and B? Forgive me for the misdirection, but the fact is that they’re both Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who said all of the above Monday in the same foreign policy speech delivered to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/08/rick-perrys-foreign-policy-pandering/244308/

  7. The republicans (from now on I refuse to use GOP because there is absolutely nothing grand about that party!) are becoming so absurd even The Onion headlines sound realistic.

    Tea Party Congressman Calls For Tax Breaks To Put Out Raging Wildfire In District

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/tea-party-congressman-calls-for-tax-breaks-to-put,21242/

  8. indypendent

    While I can understand how emotions can get the best of us at difficult times, but is this really the best solution to keep a traditional marriage sacred?

    Just asking…

    http://gawker.com/5834808/how-bill-oreilly-tried-to-get-his-wifes-boyfriend-investigated-by-the-cops

  9. indypendent

    This is the real world where the partisan idealogues have not one single clue as to what is really happening:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/erich-straub/undocumented-labor-is-the_b_941334.html

  10. indypendent

    Let’s not forget about the important stuff that our elected officials are doing in our name – even though a clear majority are against this war and want us to leave now.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/30/august-deadliest-month_n_941608.html

  11. WSClark

    Been reading a few blips over at Huff Po about Mitt and Rick and their pet cat Michele. Honestly, when is that famous liberal media going to call those folks out on their lies and distortions?

    And, just for once, can ANYONE answer a simple question: What would you do?

    Really. For example, ole’ Cowboy Rick is firmly against any stimulus, yet he ‘balanced’ the Texan Budget using evil stimulus funds. Now, when is someone going to ask the Cowboy to explain, not dodge, the obvious question?

    Hey, but Mitt has him beat – he can argue for and against the same thing in a single sentence. The man is truly talented.

    And Michele? A laugh a day – she should have her own calender.

    • That slanted one-sided liberal media? 🙂

      Maybe Jeb will ride in to the rescue.

    • Hey, Mitt Romney, the difference between corporations and people is that Rick Perry would never execute a corporation.

    • indypendent

      I just watched Mike Smerkonish (sp?) filling in for Chris Matthews on MSNBC.

      The topic was the fact the Black Caucus leaders are upset with Obama due tot he fact they feel he is not doing enough for them – and will the blacks stay away from the polls in 2012 or not even vote for Obama if they did vote.

      Ed Schultz was on the same panel and he stated the way things are quite simply – what alternative do the Progressives have?

      Ed also stated several times that Obama has had to deal with a political landscape unlilke any other recent president has had to deal with – the most obstructive bunch of people.

      I am not happy 100% with Obama – but as Ed says – what choice do I have? I could sit out and not vote and let a Far Right Republican get into the White House by default.

      Is that really what this country needs ? Or maybe a better question – could this country survive a Far Right Republican in the White House for 4 years?

  12. Chart of the Day: Republican vs. Democratic Spending

    The federal government can spend money on social programs two ways: directly, via ordinary tax-funded programs (Medicare, food stamps, etc.) or indirectly, via tax expenditures (tax deductions for charitable contributions, employer health insurance, etc.). Christopher Faricy, a political science professor at Washington State, recently examined both types of spending over the past 40 years and concluded that the big spenders aren’t who you think they are:

    The traditional narrative of Democratic party control of the federal government resulting in higher levels of social spending needs to be reconsidered….Social spending over the last 40 years grows on average around 5% a year regardless of which political party is sitting in the majority.

    ….An increase in indirect social spending has the same budgetary effect as direct social spending. For example, an increase in tax expenditures for private health care insurance that costs the Treasury $100 million dollars has the exact same effect on the budget deficit as a newly proposed public health insurance option that is projected at $100 million dollars….One major implication of these findings is that the jurisdiction of social provision, not the financial effort, shifts with changes to political party control of government.

    Republicans, it turns out, actually spend a bit more money on social programs than Democrats, as the green bars in the chart below show. The main difference? Democrats spend it on direct programs that largely serve “the elderly, the disabled, the unemployed, and the poor…ethnic minorities, racial minorities, and single mothers.” Republicans spend it indirectly on programs that “are biased towards workers who are White, full-time, in large companies, and high-wage earners.” But spend it they do.