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Month: August 2011

August 31, 2011
Cheney Was For Auto Bailout Before He Was Against It

In December 2008, Vice President Dick Cheney delivered a stern warning to Senate Republicans opposed to President Bush's proposed bailout of the U.S. auto industry then teetering on collapse. "If we don't do this," Cheney cautioned his GOP colleagues behind closed doors, "we will be known as the party of Herbert Hoover forever." Now in […]

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August 30, 2011
Divine Intervention Becomes the Republican Platform

Americans can be forgiven for assuming Michele Bachmann was deadly serious when she repeatedly joked this weekend that God was using an earthquake and hurricane to send a divine message to restrain federal spending. After all, Bachmann has not only proclaimed time and again that the Almighty called her to seek higher office; in 2009, […]

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August 28, 2011
Bachmann Gives Away the GOP Game on Health Care

Over the past week, Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann unleashed a tidal wave of campaign promises aimed at washing away the American social contract. After pledging to get gas under $2 a gallon, Bachmann announced she would make the U.S. the "king daddy dog" of energy by shutting down the EPA. And while Rep. […]

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August 26, 2011
Introducing the Ayn Rand Social Security Protection Act

The dual budget and jobs deficits dominating discussion in Washington has put Social Security front and center this week. While Republican heart-throb Marco Rubio claimed the retirement program is among those which "weakened us a people," his GOP colleagues opposed President Obama's call to extend the payroll tax holiday for another year. Meanwhile, Vermont Senator […]

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August 25, 2011
Rubio Claims Social Security, Medicare "Weakened Us as a People"

Earlier this month, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) neatly summed up the Republican platform for 2012, declaring that Americans must "come to grips with the fact that promises have been made that frankly are not going to be kept for many." Yesterday at the Reagan Library, Tea Party darling and GOP rock star Marco […]

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August 24, 2011
Rick Perry and George W. Bush, Texas' Willing Executioners

Asked the biggest difference between himself and George W. Bush, Texas governor and new Republican White House front runner Rick Perry answered, "I went to Texas A&M. He went to Yale." Which isn't far from the truth. After all, their pronouncements on policies and personal beliefs are eerily similar. And when it comes to donning […]

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August 23, 2011
Right Denounces Sharia Law in Libyan, Not Iraqi, Constitution

While much about the future of post-Qaddafi Libya remains murky, some things are already quite clear. For starters, Republican leaders and GOP White House hopefuls simply cannot bring themselves to credit President Obama in any way for the apparent success of the rebellion. Unsurprisingly, the same conservative echo chamber which cheered as the United States […]

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August 22, 2011
GOP Decries Class Warfare on the Tragically Rich

Judging from the furious reaction of some of the gilded-class crowd and their Republican protectors, billionaire Warren Buffett struck a nerve with his plea to Congress to "stop coddling the super-rich." Former American Express CEO Harvey Golub and Tea Party sugar daddy Charles Koch were quick to protest respectively "the unfair way taxes are collected" […]

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August 21, 2011
"Truth Teller" Huntsman Takes on the "Not Intended to Be a Factual Statement" Party

This weekend, former Utah Governor and GOP White House hopeful Jon Huntsman came out swinging against his Republican rivals. Positioning himself as a "truth-teller," Huntsman blasted Rick Perry on evolution and global warming, attacked Michele Bachmann over her jaw-dropping stands on the debt ceiling and gas prices, mocked Mitt Romney's gymnastic flip-flops and generally thumbed […]

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August 20, 2011
Republicans' "Missing Millionaires" Turn Up Safe and Sound

For Republicans hoping to preserve the Bush-era tax cut windfall for the wealthy, the past week was not a happy one. While billionaire Warren Buffett asked Congress to "stop coddling the super-rich," GOP representatives found themselves under attack from constituents who polls show overwhelmingly support debt-reducing tax increases. So, it should come as no surprise […]

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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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