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TCF Coopers Cast Off The Last Sutton

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 8, 2011

It’s been confirmed: Less than two months after her husband Tony’s severing of his Baja Sol ties became public knowledge, Bridget (Cronin) Sutton is also no longer with the company.

Sally Jo Sorensen has the scoop over at Bluestem Prairie — and she also has this thumbnail history of the Suttons’ involvement with Baja Sol and its popularity with Minnesota conservatives and Republicans:

Sutton and her husband, Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Tony Sutton, first entered the  faux Mexican fast casual restaurant business in 2004, when they opened a Tortilla Grill in downtown Minneapolis; by 2006, they purchased the chain with TCF powerhouse and former Republican Chair Bill Cooper, with aggressive plans to expand the chain. The enterprise drew other high-powered Republican money-men, including former chair Ron Carey.  One listing for a Baja Sol Cantina franchise at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office lists the same address as the Wigley Family Foundation, (aka Michael Wigley, founder of the Minnesota Taxpayers League).

These plans failed, and the chain is down to 11 Tortilla Grills in Minnesota, after restaurants in Illinois and Ohio closed, and the sit-down cantina restaurants were shuttered last year. 

Yowza.

Posted in Minnesota, Silver Spoon Squad | Tagged: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

StuffAlanSimpsonSays.com

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 29, 2010

Because the truth is scarier than any attempt to parody Alan Simpson could be:


http://stuffalansimpsonsays.com/

Go and check out just how much this elitist silver-spoon member of Wyoming’s biggest political dynasty hates Social Security in particular — and taking care of the “lesser people” in general.

He sounds like a friggin’ Randroid.

Posted in 'starving the beast', (Rich) Taxpayers League, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, Silver Spoon Squad, Social Security | 1 Comment »

Alan Simpson Gives The Game Away: We’re All “Lesser People”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 22, 2010

Just as Michael Steele touched off a huge furore when he admitted that the Southern Strategy, far from being something only Richard Nixon used, has been part of the Republican bag of tricks for four decades, Alan Simpson has sent his fellow Catfood Conspirators scrambling for cover as they fall over themselves trying to disavow his blunt statements concerning the Catfood — erm, Deficit Commission’s true goals:

By the way, the stuff Simpson’s spewing, particularly about the worker-to-retiree ratio, has already been debunked to a fare-thee-well. Here’s one debunking:

Myth: Social Security is a victim of the aging baby boom, reflected in the ratio of workers to retirees, which used to be 16 to 1, is now 3 to 1, and in 2030, will be 2 to 1.

Reality: Today’s projected deficit has nothing to do with the size of the baby boom or worker to retiree ratios. The 16 to 1 ratio is a meaningless factoid, plucked from 1950, a year when Social Security was expanded to cover millions of new workers. The ratio never influenced policy in the slightest. It is the kind of ratio experienced by all pension plans, public and private at the start when few workers have yet qualified for benefits; the 2 to 1 ratio is meaningful and does translate into higher costs, but those costs were addressed decades ago. Congress has enacted ten significant Social Security bills since 1950. Every enactment has taken into account the baby boom, and each has left the program in long-run actuarial balance. The most recent enactment was in 1983, when the program was in balance through 2057 – the year the youngest boomers, those born in 1964, will turn 93. How social security went from a projected surplus through 2057, when most of the baby boom will be dead, to today’s projected deficit involves a number of factors, mainly related to changes in assumptions about wage growth, productivity and disability rates. The change from surplus to deficit is totally unrelated to the number of baby boomers, as one would surmise. After all, no new baby boomers have been born since 1983.

Remember, Simpson comes by his upper-class arrogance honestly: He’s the spoiled-brat son of a former governor and senator, not the hard-bitten self-made man he’s implied to be. And his own son, Colin, is the Republican Speaker of the Wyoming House.

Posted in 'starving the beast', (Rich) Taxpayers League, deficit, propaganda, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, safety net, Silly Republicans, Silver Spoon Squad, Social Security | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

Pity Washington DC

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 20, 2010

All of its major newspapers are in the hands of neocons or paleocons, and none of them have your interests at heart.

Case in point: Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson, the Nixon Cabinet member who has been trying to destroy Social Security for the past two decades in the name of “fixing the deficit”, apparently now shares control of the WaPo’s newsroom with Fred Hiatt and can dump anti-SocSec and anti-Medicare pieces from his Fiscal Times propaganda rag into the Post whenever he wants:

It told readers that: “On the fiscal commission, Stern [Andy Stern, former head of the Service Employees International Union, one of members highlighted in the piece] is already looking for ways to break through the ideological camps on deficit-reduction.” In fact, individuals who are not motivated by ideology would note that the country’s projected long-term deficit problem is driven almost entirely by the broken U.S. health care system.

If per person health care costs were the same in the United States as in any other wealthy country, then the projections would show huge budget surpluses rather than deficits. It also should be possible for the people in the United States to take advantage of lower cost health care systems elsewhere even if the power of special interests like the insurance and pharmaceutical industry prevent reform here. This basic fact should feature prominently in any discussion of the long-term deficit that is not motivated by ideology. It is never mentioned in this piece.

But of course this is all part of the Southern Strategy: The corporate-religious bigot alliance to con white working-class Americans into voting for corporate tax cuts and against their own economic interests as a way to hurt people with darker skins than theirs. Once again, I bring Reagan advisor Lee Atwater back from the grave, all the way from 1981, to explain:

”You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Ni–er, ni–er, ni–er.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘ni–er’ — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.

”And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘Ni–er, ni–er.”’

This is why his fellow Republicans were and are so angry at Michael Steele, who while he tries to be a good Republican has this unfortunate habit of remembering that he is a black man, and thus is incapable of hewing to the GOP lie that the Southern Strategy was never used after Nixon’s time. It is, in fact, not only still in use today, it is the basis of all Republican and conservative actions worth dignifying with the name.

Posted in 'starving the beast', (Rich) Taxpayers League, deficit, distractions, Pete Peterson, phony scandals, privatization, safety net, Silver Spoon Squad, Social Security, Southern Strategy | 3 Comments »

Mitt Romney, Super-Genius

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 13, 2010

From brooklynbadboy at Daily Kos:

Mitt Romney, in an op-ed for USAToday:

In a time of national crisis, we look to our president to acknowledge, as Harry Truman did, that it is at his desk where the buck stops.

President Obama, two weeks before Mitt Romney’s op-ed:

I am the president and the buck stops with me.

Of course, nobody in USA Today bothered to correct Romney.

Posted in 2012, Republicans, Silly Republicans, Silver Spoon Squad | 4 Comments »

What Grover Norquist and His Teabaggers Won’t Tell You

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 15, 2009

Even as the Grover Norquist Freak Show makes its not-so-big splash today, the fine folks at The UpTake have a video response:


http://blip.tv/play/geUes40mhYE6

>Now if only I could figure out how to make WordPress do embedded videos, we’d be getting somewhere.

Posted in (Rich) Taxpayers League, GOP bullying, GOP/Media Complex, greed, Grover Norquist, Silly Republicans, Silver Spoon Squad | 5 Comments »

Sarah Palin Is Just Like You And Me

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 22, 2008

That is, if the RNC would buy us $150,000 worth of clothes in the space of two months — including $75,000 at the Minneapolis Nieman Marcus store.

As Jon Aravosis points out at AmericaBlog, that’s what the average American family spends on clothes in eighty years. Yet somehow I doubt that the same GOP/Media Complex that hyperventilated over John Edwards’ haircuts will care about this.

Posted in 2008, abuse of power, Republicans, Sarah Palin, Silly Republicans, Silver Spoon Squad, WTF? | 5 Comments »

Silver-Spoon McCain Owns So Many Houses, Even He Can’t Keep Track Of Them All

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 21, 2008

I kid thee not:

Days after he cracked that being rich in the U.S. meant earning at least $5 million a year, Republican presidential candidate John McCain acknowledged that he wasn’t sure how many houses he and his wealthy wife actually own.

“I think — I’ll have my staff get to you,” McCain responded to a question posed by Politico, according to a story Thursday on the publication’s Web site. “It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.”

Later, the McCain campaign told Politico that McCain and his wife, Cindy, have at least four in three states, Arizona, California and Virginia. Newsweek recently estimated the two owned at least seven properties.

Talk about elitist Republicans!

Obama’s people took advantage of McCain’s setting up the T-Ball for them with this ad and these comments from Obama:

“Now think about that – I guess if you think that being rich means you gotta make five million dollars, and if you don’t’ know how many houses you have, then it’s not surprising that you might think the economy is fundamentally strong!”

“But if you’re like me and you’ve got one house – or you were like the millions of people who are struggling right now to keep up with their mortgage so that they don’t lose their home, you might have a different perspective.”

Wham!

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, eedjits, John McCain, Silver Spoon Squad | 7 Comments »

 
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