Remarkably, John Boehner couldn’t get enough House Republicans to vote in favor of his proposal to keep the Bush tax cuts in place on the first million dollars of everyone’s income and apply the old Clinton rates only to dollars over and above a million.
What? Even Grover Norquist blessed Boehner’s proposal, saying it wasn’t really a tax increase. Even Paul Ryan supported it.
What does Boehner’s failure tell us about the modern Republican party?
That it has become a party of hypocrisy masquerading as principled ideology. The GOP talks endlessly about the importance of reducing the budget deficit. But it isn’t even willing to raise revenues from the richest one-half of one percent of Americans to help with the task.
It has become a party that routinely shills for its super-wealthy patrons at a time in our nation’s history when the middle class is shrinking and the median wage is dropping.
It has become a party of spineless legislators more afraid of facing primary challenges from right-wing kooks than of standing up for what’s right for America.
And for all these reasons it has become irrelevant to the problems America faces.
The Republican Party in the process of marginalizing itself out of existence.
Reddit’s mods aren’t boycotting a site they dislike: they’re imposing a ban against it on millions of users. They haven’t reluctantly imposed censorship to comply with national law, or even with Reddit’s own policies (the site is vehemently against trying to “out” users’ real identities). Instead, they’ve issued retaliatory bans against a writer, and his outlet, because they don’t like what he is saying.
Reddit’s new stance appears to be that free speech is great – as long it’s speech it agrees with. Which is a position the RIAA (which seeks to close sites linking to pirate content), or even China’s Communist party could happily agree with.
It really has created the perfect Platonic form of fail: not only have the members of Reddit’s core community made themselves look like hypocrites on an issue incredibly close to their userbase’s heart, they have done it in order to protect a user who created forums to post content which was at best sleazy, and which at its worst bordered on the paedophilic. For those trying to change the law in ways Reddit dislikes, Christmas, Easter and several birthdays have come all at once.
Days after praising Israel in Jerusalem, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a shot at kibbutzim, arguing in favor of American individualism and entrepreneurship.
“What America is not [is] a collective where we all work in a kibbutz,” Romney said at a fundraiser at a downtown Chicago restaurant. “Instead it’s individuals pursuing their dreams and building successful enterprises which employ others and they become inspired as they see what has happened in the place they work and go off and start their own enterprises.”
It was an odd comment for Romney, especially considering that he argued that Israel’s culture made the difference in its economic success. Kibbutzim, or collective farms, were essential building blocks in making Jewish settlements in Palestine and ultimately made the creation and growth of the state of Israel even possible.
Romney visited a kibbutz threatened by rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip with New York Jets owner Woody Johnson in January 2011 as part of a Middle East trip, NJ.com reported.