Sunday, April 26, 2015

Conservatives Are Stupid, Chapter 228


It seems a lifetime ago that we post our first "Conservatives Are Stupid" essay, and they keep reminding us of the fact that they're stupid - even when it's in fun, like this...



...but they do keep providing us with fresh material, like this...



...and this...



...and this...



...and this...



...and this...



...and this...



...and this...



...and this...



...and this...



...and this...



...and this...



...and even this...



...and ANYTHING from the mouths of these people...



...and this is one reason why...



...and this is the other - although it's really the same reason.



But can we fix stupid?



Maybe not, but there seem to be several laws explaining why Conservatives are so stupid, like this...

"THE BASIC LAWS OF HUMAN STUPIDITY."



"By Carlo M. Cipolla, lllustrations by James Donnelly

"The first basic law of human stupidity

"Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation..."

...and there are even other explanations from across the sea!

"John Cleese on Stupidity."

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"Published on Apr 11, 2014


"Cleese explains why extremely stupid people do not have the capability to realize how stupid they are (excerpt from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8Afv.)..."

Finally, the reason we must find out why the Cons are so stupid is this...



...and of course, this:



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Stupidity has always reigned supreme with the constituency of the Conservatives, but the problem today is that the Conservatives leadership has allowed the inmates to run loose in the asylum - and the stupid lady in the meme above could have been our Vice President!

Science hasn't figured out how to cure stupidity yet, and there's still the problem of the hate-filled followers of the Conservative "movement."

We really can't afford to wait that long, and it would be a far better thing if we could just...

...criminalize Conservatism!

Joyce, Jnr.


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"Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?"

George W. Bush.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

No Taxes For The Rich And Trickle-Down, Two Great Plans From Your Friendly GOP!


Both of these "plans" are the same, of course. Why, you ask?

Because Trickle-Down and a tax-free environment for the rich are the cornerstones of Conservatism, AND minsinformed voters and the Low Information Voters are pretty sure that since the GOP is made up of businessmen, that they know best when it comes to the economy.



And they sure know how to spread the word...



...although it's not that complicated...



...for the rich people, that is.



How mistaken are the Trickle-Downers?  On a scale of 1 to 10, about a 12...like these guys.



And Republicans are lining up again to sign Grover Norquist's "tax pledge," proving either that they're pretty stupid to try it again, or are they not the financial experts they claim to be...

"Rand Paul, Ted Cruz First 2016 Candidates To Sign Grover Norquist's Anti-Tax Pledge."

GROVER NORQUIST
Nicholas Kamm via Getty Images
"Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is the first 2016 candidate to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising 'to protect American taxpayers against higher taxes.' He was followed closely by his colleague and 2016 rival, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).


"Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, who created the pledge, tweeted the news about Paul and Cruz on Friday..."

You remember Mrs. Norquist's little boy Grover, don't you?

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A funny thing happened on our way to a Conservative conference on economics...

"New Study Proves Once Again That “Trickle-Down Economics” Are A Massive Scam."


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"For the past few decades, we’ve been told that if we cut tax rates on the richest people in the United States, trickle-down economics would finally work and we’d all be floating in a warm sea of jobs and unbridled prosperity. Yet the fact remains that despite tax rates for the wealthiest Americans being near historic lows, prosperity for everyone else just isn’t happening. Here in Louisiana, state universities are preparing for the possibility that they will have to declare bankruptcy, despite the fact that only 1 in 4 Louisiana corporations pay any net income tax and lawmakers are unwilling or unable to find new ways to close a $1.6 billion budget shortfall.

"Now a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that giving tax cuts to the wealthiest has very little effect on the economy, further proving that trickle-down economics are nothing more than a scam designed to leverage more tax breaks for those who can easily shoulder the burden.
"The study from Owen Zidar, a professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, found that tax cuts aimed at the top 10 percent of earners produce little stimulative effect on the overall economy. On the other hand, those aimed at the bottom 90 percent have a greater impact.
Zidar examined the short- to medium-term impact of tax changes at the state and federal levels going back to 1948. On the national level, he found a 1 percent gross domestic product (GDP) tax cut aimed at the bottom 90 percent translates to job growth of 2 to 5 percent, but the impact of a similar cut on the top 10 percent of earners has a negligible effect. He reached similar conclusions on the state level: Tax decreases for most of the population generated 5 percent employment growth, but yielded little change when applied to the top income bracket.
"Tax hikes produce similar effects, the paper says. When applied to the rich, they’re insignificant. But when applied to the rest of the population, they have a negative effect on economic activity. (Source)
"Conservatives like to say that liberals and progressives base their arguments on emotions and not numbers or facts, but here we have a study backed by years of economic data which shows that trickle-down economics just don’t work..."

Naturally, the field of candidates for the presidency isFULL full of Cons who not only believe in Trickle-Down, they've killed jobs and ruined countless numbers of lives in the process...

"Job Killing GOP Governors Have Resumes That Should Disqualify Them From Being President."

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"By: Keith Brekhus, Friday, April, 24th, 2015, 6:54 pm.

"Three sitting Republican Governors interested in seeking a promotion to become U.S. President, represent states that have posted well-below average job growth over the past four years. From 2011 to 2015, the United States experienced 8.21 percent job growth. The states governed by Republican presidential hopefuls Scott Walker (WI), Bobby Jindal (LA), and Chris Christie (NJ), saw much lower rates of job growth over the same time period.

"Using figures provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from January 2011 to January 2015, Paul Rosenburg at Salon, noted that Wisconsin, Louisiana, and New Jersey, all experienced very sluggish job growth during the four-year period.


"From January 2011 to January 2015, Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana ranked 32nd out of the 50 states for job growth, with 5.4 percent growth. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin ranked 35th with just 4.85 percent growth. Chris Christie’s New Jersey was even more pathetic, ranking 40th, with a mere 4.15 percent increase in jobs over the four-year interval..."

Naturally, when Trickle-Down falls flat on its face like this...



...the Cons have a cure all figured out...



...because they're on the right side of history!



The Cons are insistent that we privatize Social Security, because there's no other way to fix it...



...just as impossible as using alternative sources of energy, as the Oil Boys like to say.



Democrats know nothing about the economy, of course...



...and the Cons think that Americans want something else...


...like Trickle-Down economics...



...not because it's a disaster...



...especially if they want to play "Pretend..."



...but because everyone knows that Trickle-Down has been a howling success!



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This is who the Conservatives are, and this is what they do - and their billionaire supporters cry all the way to the bank.

In a country that was founded on democratic principles and ideas, something happened to break it - and that something was the "political philosophy" called Conservatism.

It's too obvious that this "philosophy" is nothing more that a license to steal, and we need to take away that license by...

...criminalizing Conservatism - before it's too late.

Joyce, Jnr.


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"Well, I learned a lot....I went down to (Latin America) to find out from them and
(learn) their views. You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries"

Ronald Reagan.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Rednecks And Billionaires: Two Conservatives Bases of Support


The image the Low Information Voters have of Conservative Republicans is the guy in the coat-and-tie, quaffing down cocktails as he offers his sage advice about business and the economy, while bragging about his knowledge of all matters military...but is this image a true one?

Mr. Bush indentified his *funding* base quite correctly, but neglected to mention his other base - the Tea Bagging Redneck rightwing evangelicals.

Let's take a look at both bases and see whether they fit our notions of the democratic voter, starting with a look at how Congress has been polarized because of these bases...

"See Congress polarize over the past 60 years, in one beautiful chart."

"The growth of partisan polarization has transformed US politics in recent decades, and the effects are especially visible in Congress. Now a new paper in PLOS One (and flagged by Wonkblog's Chris Ingraham) demonstrates this transformation in a particularly cool way.


"Six researchers — Clio Andris, David Lee, Marcus Hamilton, Mauro Martino, Christian Gunning, and John Armistead Selden — have created a visualization of how likely the House of Representatives' Democrats (in blue) and Republicans (in red) are to vote with their own party, or to cross party lines. The change over the past six decades is remarkable:

Polarized Congress

But back to our thesis on the Two Conservative Bases...



...as we see the pablum that the billionaires' lackeys give to their other base...

"Republicans Want to Give Employers The Right to Discriminate Against Women who use Birth Control."

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"When you think of 'pro-life,' does discriminating against women for using birth control and family planning services in a work environment spring to mind? If it doesn’t, you’re not GOP enough.

"Against all odds, a House committee voted to overturn a new D.C. law on Tuesday. This pressing law that desperately needed overturning?

"One that prohibits employers from firing women because they use birth control.

"Still don’t think they’re coming for your birth control?

"From the Washington Post:
"A House committee voted to overturn a new D.C. law on Tuesday night that would ban discrimination on the basis of employees’ reproductive decisions." 
"The rare congressional effort to turn back a local law pleased social conservatives who view the measure as a threat to religious organizations that operate in the nation’s capital. But it signaled a potentially perilous new chapter in partisan relations between the liberal city and its Republican overseers." 
"Over outbursts from activists for D.C. statehood, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 20-16, and along party lines, to block the law. To succeed, the repeal would still have to pass a vote of the full House and Senate, and President Obama would have to sign it within the next two weeks."
"The Post notes that Republicans urged House budget leaders to block funding for the reproduction discrimination law, just in case the congressional repeal doesn’t succeed before the May 2 deadline. And it probably won’t, so D.C. may be looking at a finance bottleneck..."

...resulting in problems like this:



And here is the Other Base, the greediest and wealthiest in the country...

"For the GOP, it's the billionaires' primary."

David Koch
David Koch, who recently spoke favorably of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as a Republican presidential candidate, speaks in Orlando in 2013. (Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press)
"The news that delivered the biggest jolt to the 2016 presidential campaign this week wasn't anything the candidates said or did.

"It was an offhand comment from a billionaire, David H. Koch, at a dinner of wealthy Republicans in New York.

"'Scott Walker is terrific,' Koch told a reporter for the New York Observer. 'He's a tremendous candidate.'


"The New York Times reported that Koch was essentially endorsing the Wisconsin governor as his favorite in the GOP race. It sounded as if the Koch primary, in which Republicans compete to unlock billions of dollars from a network of conservative donors, was over.

"That's where the action is right now in the not-very-majestic process by which we are choosing our next president. The most important players aren't the candidates; they're the mega-donors. In American politics, money talks.


"That's always been true, of course. But this year, we're reaching new lows: The Republican race has devolved into a battle among headstrong billionaires, each with a pet candidate..."

...operating under the protection of something called the "GOP..."



...which has something to do with this "political party" that ONLY represents the interests of the rich and powerful.



But let's see what they look like when we mix the two together, like this Tea Bagger...



...and what happens when the billionaires' pals woo the Tea Baggers...



...especially with hard cold cash...



...and the promise that hooks the religious folks until they believe in the holiness of the rich and greedy.

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Sometimes the poor babies get SO confused...



...especially when their billionaire buds command them to look as crazy as they can.



But the supporters of greed are relentless, aren't they...



...almost as relentless as their hypocrisy!



And sometimes the Baggers get REALLY confused...



...but the tycoons NEVER do...



...because no matter what they say, their redneck followers are kinda intellectually challenged.



Both of the bases share the same fears...



...but those fears aren't really shared by anyone else.



And finally, the Other Base doesn't really care if the Tea Baggers look stupid...



...because that's the way they like it...



...no matter what the evidence says...



...because this is what the rich base has in store for the poor base, giving new meaning to the term, "Conservative Sucker!"



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The success of the Conservative "movement" has always depended on the proselytizing of the most stupid voters in the polity - voters who can be counted on to vote against their best interests.

In a participatory democracy, ANYONE with ANY sense would shy away from candidates who believe that the rich should rule the rest of us.

But El Estupidos don't get it - AND they are the loudest supporters of the billionaires and their political lackeys and propagandists.

Shouldn't there be a law to weed them out of our politics and out of our hair - before it's too late?

Joyce, Jnr.


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"If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another
Democrat president.''

Ann Coulter.

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