Every once in a while rather than focus on a single topic, we like to provide our readers with a news roundup of stories that may or may not be on the front pages. Today's stories involve (surprise) politics, particularly of the "you gotta be kidding" variety...
Stymied by Republicans, Democrats are at a loss as they struggle to help pump up the economy in the run-up to congressional elections this fall.
The demise of their jobs-agenda legislation Thursday means that unemployment benefits will phase out for more than 200,000 people a week. Governors who had counted on fresh federal aid will now have to consider a more budget cuts, tax increases and layoffs of state workers.
Senate Democrats cut billions from the bill in an attempt to attract enough Republican votes to overcome a filibuster. But the 57-41 vote fell three votes short of the 60 required to crack a GOP filibuster...
Apparently, the Republicans think this is unnecessary because the economy is back on track, right? Which means President Obama was successful at fixing it right? No?... Then they don't care about the unemployed in their districts? What's it going to be?
Corporate CEOs would have to appear in campaign ads they fund, under a political disclosure bill the House just passed by a narrow margin.
Democrats, hoping to rein in special-interest spending before November's midterm elections, pushed the measure, which would impose broad new disclosure rules on political spending.
The bill, approved by a 219-206 vote, was opposed by Republicans who cast it as violating free-speech protections and filled with exemptions for powerful groups, such as the National Rifle Association and labor unions.
So the Dems are suddenly big NRA supporters? Actually, that was a carrot tossed in to appease the Republicans, who still voted against it. Look for Senate Republicans to kill this one too. One thing you can count on from Republican politicians is that they do NOT want you to know who is funding them.
Another piece of legislation that Republicans are going to hate is a new Estate Tax bill, which is dubbed the "billionaire estate tax". Republicans will predictably call this another Death Tax and spread all kinds of lies about it, infuriating Average Joes who will think it applies to them when it doesn't and never will. They complain about the deficit, but when common sense measures are introduced, their scorched earth policy prevents them from even considering them.
Which leads to "teh stoopid" which seems to percolate from the lower bowels of the party. In this instance, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) seems to think that the Obama-Hitler comparison is brilliant, and felt the need to say so on the House floor:
There’s a brilliant man named Thomas Sowell. And, um, I didn't vote for Barack Obama in 2008, but I sure would have voted for Thomas Sowell. This man, well, his article says quite a lot. His editorial, um, says here — and it’s just been posted this week — but it says, "When Adolph Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920’s" — and I'm quoting from Thomas Sowell in his editorial: 'leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics. Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler's rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions. 'Useful idiots' was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union.'
And this isn't in the article — this is my comment — but we do have useful idiots today, who are heard to say, 'Wow, what we really need is for the president to be a dictator for a little while.' They know not what they say.
Nearly a year after she quit her governorship of Alaska, Sarah Palin was found guilty today of another breach of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act involving her so-called Alaska Fund Trust (AFT), which she established as a private "legal defense fund" while governor. [...] In what is an extremely detailed finding, Petumenos ruled that even though Palin assigned the research of forming the fund to her former spokesperson Meghan Stapleton and even though Palin relied on extensive outside legal counsel, that "the Trust itself, as ultimately conceived, violates the Ethics Act."
The finding is a stinging rebuke to Palin, who must now return more than $386,000 in contributions to the AFT.
I guess she needs to sell a few more books. I'm sure FAUX News will be more than happy to help her with that.
That's it for today.
Bonus Click: Oral Roberts mat have died, but his stoopid lives on...