April 16, 2014

New CBO report on Obamacare will give Republicans heartburn. (VIDEO)

CBO Report Obamacare

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released an updated CBO report on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It is much better than expected. It makes the lies that are continuously spewed about Obamacare even more incredulous and morally reprehensible. The CBO report on Obamacare said the following. The new estimates, which are included in CBO’s latest baseline projections, reflect CBO’s most recent economic forecast, account for administrative actions taken and regulations issued through March 2014, and incorporate new data and various modeling updates. Relative to their previous projections, CBO and JCT now estimate that the ACA’s coverage provisions will result in lower net costs to the federal government: The agencies now project a net cost of $36 billion for 2014, $5 billion less than the previous projection for the year; and $1,383 billion for the 2015–2024 period, $104 billion less than the previous projection Why does the CBO Report conclud … [Read more...]

Bill Maher – The GOP has become Talk Radio

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There is not much that needs to be added to this Bill Maher snippet. It stands on its own. Bill Maher Transcript of Saturday’s New Rule snippet Last week brought the news that powerful Republican Congressman Mike Rogers was leaving the House to join an already long list of conservative radio hosts that includes Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, Monica Crowley, Dennis Prager, Herman Cain, I could go on. But who could blame you for thinking, "Geez, aren't there enough right-wing radio hosts as it is?"  No.  Never.  There are never enough!  Why?  Because the Tea Party always has room for one more voice in their heads. Now politicians have left elected office for TV and radio before, but it says a lot about Congress that someone as powerful as Mike Rogers is doing it.  He's the head of the House Intelligence Committee.  And he said about leaving his post, "Yes, it is an important position, but I think I'd like to try and move the needle on the debate. … [Read more...]

Great Stories From The Texas Progressive Alliance (TPA) (2014-04-14)

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Texas Progressive Alliance Round Up (2014-04-14) The Texas Progressive Alliance honors the legacy of LBJ and the continuing struggle for civil rights as it brings you this week's roundup. Off the Kuff looks at the Republican statewide slate and is unimpressed. Bay Area Houston says the Texas State Troopers Association has issued an Amber Alert for MIA Greg Abbott. Libby Shaw at Texas Kaos is perplexed over Greg Abbott's disappearing acts. Is he hiding from his white nationalist educational adviser who believes women and minorities are intellectually inferior to men like him? Or is he hiding because he wants standardized testing for four year old children? Where is Greg Abbott? Horwitz at Texpatriate looks at the most recent head count on Houston's proposed non-discrimination ordinance, and asks "who's lying" on the issue. Texas Progressive Alliance bloggers Stace Medellin (DosCentavos.net) and Charles Kuffner (OffTheKuff.com) will be panelist on Politics Done Right on KPFT discussing the … [Read more...]

Matthew Dowd believe Rand Paul could be the Republican nominee

Rand Paul

A few weeks ago I wrote the piece titled “Don’t laugh but Rand Paul could be our next president” in which I said the following. If Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, as a Democrat it would be better than any Republican getting elected. Given Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street baggage however, the triangulation used by the Clintons against the Republicans in the past may just be used against them in 2016. A populist Republican with limited Wall Street ties, with a fairly liberal social stance on marijuana, marriage equality, immigration reform, incarceration (mandatory minimums), and women’s rights is out there waiting. Anyone following the news can see that Republican in the making. I got slaughtered, with words of course, at every site it was posted at. It is a good thing I have pretty thick skin. Anyhow, it seems like some pundits are in agreement. Matthew Dowd had an interesting take on ThisWeek. George Stephanopoulos: Rand Paul is at the top and he does seem to be striking a chord with his  call for … [Read more...]

James Carville gives 3 reasons why Rick Perry is his dark horse GOP nominee

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James Carville was on a roll on This Week. He played various contrarian positions. James Carville actually believes Rick Perry stands a chance to be the GOP nominee. He said the following. My dark horse candidate believe it or not is Rick Perry. And I say that and I give you my reasons. First of all the Kentucky Derby is coming up. He’s been around the course once. He knows what the track is like. Secondly, he can raise a bucket load of money. He is governor of Texas. Third, unlike Scott Walker he’s got a compelling economic story to tell. Somebody from the Bush Scott Walker, I think Rick Perry would be my dark horse. And I think he’s more electable. James Carville was challenged by Mathew Dowd. Dowd said he advocated back in 2012 that Rick Perry was the leading candidate. He implied he was burned by unfulfilled potential. James Carville shot back stating that he did not say leading candidate but dark horse. The dark horse can win when you least expect of course. Rick Perry has been doing some trian … [Read more...]

James Carville: ‘If it loses the 2016 presidential election, the Republican Party as we know it today would be extinct.’

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James Carville appeared on This Week and just about shut down speculation of Republicans picking a far Right candidate like Ted Cruz or a Libertarian like Rand Paul. He believes that they they will pick the most electable person because the party is at a turning point. James Carville said the following. Fast forward to January 2015, the most likely, not the only scenario is Hilary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee. Everyone is going to have a poll on how they fare in the election against Hilary. They are not going to not nominate somebody because of common core. Trust me. The Party knows, and I use this word advisedly, that if it loses the 2016 presidential election, the Republican Party as we know it today would be extinct. This would be the sixth out of seven elections that they have lost the popular vote. Republicans want to win this. And they would do … that is going to be the biggest issue in January 2015. I can beat Hilary Clinton. They have to win this election. James Carville p … [Read more...]

Bloggers must make traditional news media irrelevant if America is to succeed

Traditional News Media

America has more traditional news media sources than ever in its history. Yet, Americans seem more uninformed than ever. This can only be blamed on the sources America deems trustworthy. A classic example of the ineptitude of the Traditional news media is evident with the governor’s race in Texas. It is not only fascinating, it is substantive. Specifically, education, availability of water, and equal pay are major issues in the state. Informed Texans must vet the two candidates, state senator Wendy Davis and attorney general Greg Abbott, to determine which of them would best fulfill the needs of Texas. Unfortunately, the news media shows up at their rallies in the attempt to find gotchas and seldom report the substantive portion of the events. Wendy Davis visited Houston, Texas to lay out how her education plan contrasted Greg Abbott’s plan. Questions of funding were asked and addressed. Greg Abbott’s use of an anti-woman white nationalist as an education advisor was addressed. Many of Houston’s major tr … [Read more...]

Politics Done Right on KPFT 90.1 FM – Bloggers must replace discredited traditional news media – Monday 9 PM CST

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Politics Done Right with Egberto Willies Tune in Monday 9:00 PM on KPFT 90.1 FM (Houston Area) Live stream: http://KPFT.org (Entire USA) - Podcasts: <here> Call (713) 526-5738 to talk to me on air. This week’s show April 14th, 2014 Bloggers must replace discredited traditional news media Have you ever wondered why when you watch CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC they are invariably featuring the same news? Have you ever wondered why most of the issues that have material effect on your life are never really covered? Have you noticed that the news of today is shallow and un-researched? This is all by design. An uninformed, a misinformed, an ill-informed populace is one that can be controlled. The arbiters of our news domain are mostly discredited. Luckily good reputable bloggers are starting to assert themselves. They are providing quality prescient news to their followers. They are making a difference. Going forward they must take the mantle if the reversal of a poorly informed cit … [Read more...]

President Obama excoriates Republicans for voter suppression laws (VIDEO)

President Obama voter Suppression

President Obama has been generally hesitant to publicly and forcefully call out Republicans on their intransigence by name and specifically by party. Many wondered when the president would engage personally with Republicans’ continuous effort to suppress the vote; specifically vote of people predisposed to vote Democratic. Fear no more. A few days ago President Obama gave a speech at the LBJ Library commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. It was as if it was the preamble to the speech he would give at the National Action Network Convention. President Obama said the following. But we are here today because we know we cannot be complacent. For history travels not only forwards; history can travel backwards, history can travel sideways. And securing the gains this country has made requires the vigilance of its citizens. Our rights, our freedoms — they are not given. They must be won. They must be nurtured through struggle and discipline, and persistence and faith. On Friday President … [Read more...]

Coffee Party Radio: Politics Done Right- Why Is The Economy Better Under Democrats? Sat 12-1PM CST

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Politics Done Right with Egberto Willies Saturday 12:00 Noon Central Call (646) 929-2495 to talk to me live.  Listen On Computer/Smartphone Live/Podcast: HERE This week’s show Why Is The Economy Better Under Democrats? A few weeks ago Chuck Todd interviewed a Princeton economist who did some research on economic performance based on the president in office. Something many new empirically became obvious. Specifically, the economy does substantially better under Democratic Presidents than under Republican Presidents irrespective of which party holds Congress. When I watched the interview I was perplexed. Inasmuch as the empirical evidence was irrefutable, both Chuck Todd and the Princeton economists attempted to waiver in their conclusions. From a scientific perspective one wants to eliminate the possibility that this is just a random set of events. I recorded the interview but did n … [Read more...]