Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 30, 2011
Persons interested in the snake pit that is Minnesota Republican politics are well advised to put Sally Jo Sorensen’s Bluestem Prairie into their RSS feeds. Brilliant writing, coupled with rock-solid knowledge: Always a winning combination.
One target she has filleted on multiple occasions (much like Frankie the Fish) is the supremely creepy Allen Quist. (And when I say “creepy”, I mean it.) Now that Quist is competing with Mike Parry for the right to lose to Tim Walz in MN-01 next year, he’s been amping up the stupidity — which gives Sorensen the opening to delineate it.
Today’s episode focused on Quist’s attempt to demagogue Representative Walz’ use of the franking system. As Sorensen points out, he does this without bothering to note that every single member of the Minnesota Republican Congressional delegation (including the one, Michele Bachmann, who employs Quist’s wife Julie) individually spent at least an order of magnitude more on franking than did Walz. In fact, all but one of the Republicans spent more on franking than did the entire Democratic caucus combined; the only one to come up short, as it were, was Chip Cravaack, who merely spent around 90% as much as did the entire Democratic caucus combined. (To paraphrase Sorensen, if Quist really wanted to reform the franking system he would be better off primarying John Kline — or as I now call him, Frankenkline — who has spent $7 on franking for every buck Walz has spent.)
But you must go read the whole thing. Unlike Allen Quist, it is a work of beauty.
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Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 17, 2011
Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 27, 2011
This is hilarious (courtesy Blue Texan):
Critics of Social Security and Medicare frequently invoke the words and ideals of author and philosopher Ayn Rand, one of the fiercest critics of federal insurance programs. But a little-known fact is that Ayn Rand herself collected Social Security. She may also have received Medicare benefits.
An interview recently surfaced that was conducted in 1998 by the Ayn Rand Institute with a social worker who says she helped Rand and her husband, Frank O’Connor, sign up for Social Security and Medicare in 1974.
Federal records obtained through a Freedom of Information act request confirm the Social Security benefits.
As Blue Texan points out, what makes this extra-special is this: The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights has an article on its website right now titled, “Social Security is Immoral.”
But wait! There’s more! Ayn Rand’s most powerful representative in government, a teabagger doofus named Paul Ryan (R-WI), not only also collected Social Security after his father died, it’s what put him through college:
One day as a 16 year old, Ryan came upon the lifeless body of his father. Paul Ryan, Sr. had died of a heart attack at age 55, leaving the Janesville Craig High School 10th grader, his three older brothers and sisters and his mother alone. It was Paul who told the family of his father’s death.
With his father’s passing, young Paul collected Social Security benefits until age 18, which he put away for college. To make ends meet, Paul’s mother returned to school to study interior design. His siblings were off at college. Ryan remembers this difficult time bringing him and his mother closer.
Now Ryan, like his heroine Rand, wants to deny to others what he benefitted from himself. Typical.
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