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Month: January 2011

January 21, 2011
Meet the Venomous Paul Broun

On Thursday, Georgia Republican Congressman Paul Broun insisted he would not sit with Democrats during next week's State of the Union address when "Barack Obama spews his venom." That's quite a charge, coming as it does from a man who equated health care reform to the "War of Yankee Aggression", compared President Obama to Adolf […]

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January 20, 2011
New Civility Short-Lived in Health Care Debate

In the run-up to Wednesday's vote by House Republicans to undo the Affordable Care Act, the McClatchy papers asked, "Will it last? Health care repeal debate takes on civil tone." The answer, of course, was no. The Republican Party that brought America bogus charges of "death panels," the "government-takeover of health care," and "job-killing" plans […]

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January 19, 2011
The Republican Patients' Bill of Wrongs

On Wednesday, House Republicans will keep half of their grandstanding promise to "repeal and replace" the 2010 health care reform law. But the easy part ends there. As the Washington Post explains, GOP leaders are still far offering anything to replace the Affordable Care Act they hope to kill in whole or in part. Worse […]

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January 16, 2011
Republicans Shelby, Paul Call for Over $1 Trillion in Budget Cuts

In the run-up to November's midterm elections, David Leonhardt of the New York Times presciently warned, "In their Pledge to America, Congressional Republicans have used the old trick of promising specific tax cuts and vague spending cuts," adding, "It's the politically easy approach, and it is likely to be as bad for the budget as […]

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January 14, 2011
GOP Hypocrites Creating Uncertainty over Debt and Health Care

For years, Republicans have deployed the word "uncertainty" to stymie any public policy with which they disagreed. A decade after President Bush declared "scientific uncertainties remain" about global warming, virtually the entire Congressional Republican caucus has proudly joined the deniers' camp. Last month, GOP leaders revved up the uncertainty myth over taxes, falsely claiming that […]

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January 13, 2011
Christ-like Tom Delay Refuses to Turn the Other Cheek

On the day of his booking on conspiracy and money laundering charges five years ago, convicted felon and former House Majority Leader Tom Delay proclaimed, "Let people see Christ through me." Apparently, Delay's Jesus didn't believe in turning the other cheek, but instead accused the Romans of "criminalizing politics." Appearing on NBC's Today Show Thursday […]

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January 12, 2011
Sarah Palin's Jewish Problem

With today's memorial service in Arizona, Wednesday is a day for all Americans to mourn the victims of Saturday's deadly shooting spree in Tucson. Sadly, with her aggressive defense of her past incendiary rhetoric, Sarah Palin has made it all about herself. Worse still, Palin has marked the attempted assassination of the first Jewish Congresswoman […]

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January 11, 2011
CNN's Erickson: Faith in Jesus the Lesson of Giffords' Shooting

In the hours after the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the first Jewish Congresswoman from Arizona, the New York Times visited her synagogue. After all, in 2006 Giffords explained, "My Jewish heritage has really instilled in me the importance of education and caring for the community." That must have come as a surprise to […]

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January 11, 2011
Tucson Provides Gingrich's Latest Susan Smith Moment

With inexplicable acts of violence as with marriage, Newt Gingrich apparently believes the third time's a charm. Seventeen years after he blamed Susan Smith's drowning of her two young sons on "Lyndon Johnson's Great Society" and 11 years after accusing the "liberal political elite" over the Columbine massacre, Gingrich is using the attempted assassination of […]

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January 10, 2011
Small Businesses Adding Coverage Thanks to Health Care Reform

In the wake of Saturday's bloodbath in Tucson, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced that Wednesday's vote on the GOP bill to repeal health reform would be delayed. (That is altogether fitting, as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords received death threats and saw her office vandalized after her March 2010 vote for the Affordable Care Act.) […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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