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Federal Stimulus Program is Not Working… Except That It Is

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VP Joseph Biden greets construction workers after delivering a speech in Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Republicans and their water carrying blustering blowhards in the conventional wisdom alternative universe bubble have been frantically working 24/7 to fabricate the perception that the federal stimulus program is not working.

Those Americans who reside outside the Republican and conventional “wisdom” bubble, i.e. Joe, Jose, Jane, Yolanda, Chen, Hui, Omar and Laqueesha (to name a handful) have a far different view of the federal stimulus program.

It seems that Republicans and the Party’s blowhards ignored the recently released Congressional Budget Office report. Or perhaps the Republicans and its tools did not like what they read. Yikes, this stimulus can’t work or we are dead. Change the message! If the government works we lose! No matter what, kill off any good news about the stimulus program! Who cares what happens to the average Jane and Joe Americans? WTF are they?! This is all about us and our ability to stockpile as much money for ourselves as we can! Heaven help us! Change the bleeping bleepity bleep message! Jeeze oh Pete – gin up a freaking war if need be!

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the $787 billion stimulus package approved in February lowered the nation’s unemployment rate by between 0.3 and 0.9 percentage points while boosting the economy by between 1.2 percent and 3.2 percent. The analysis also found that three-quarters of the money provided in the stimulus had yet to be funneled into the economy by the end of September.

The report is a boost for the administration, which faced renewed questions last month over how many jobs the stimulus has produced after the Government Accountability Office said it found “significant” problems with the White House’s tally. The administration has estimated the stimulus created or saved 640,329 jobs through October.

The report released yesterday “leaves no doubt that the economy would be in much worse shape if the recovery act had not been implemented,” said House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, a California Democrat. “As the Obama administration and Congress continue to explore additional strategies to create jobs and build a foundation for long-term economic growth, it is critical to acknowledge the progress that has already been made.”

But Republicans, especially Texas Republicans and their propagandists at FOX seem to have a problem with facts that the party and its spin meisters do not manufacture.

Sigh. Oh, how we tragically know all about the GOP and its fiscal irresponsibility with its tax cuts for the 1 or 2% of the wealthy, the deregulation of the financial and energy sectors, while waging war on two fronts. Tell us about a war of choice vs. one of necessity. Tell us why we took our eye off of Afghanistan to go looking for Al-Qaeda and WMD’s that did not exist in Iraq? Thanks, too, Louie and Sean, for leaving both wars on the back of a new Administration. And please do accept our deep and heartfelt thanks for your leaving both wars on the backs of the American people, our children, grandchildren and generations of our great grandchildren to come.

Reality check on the federal stimulus program.

Where Texas is concerned we have been awarded $10,680,470,000 in stimulus funding. So far we have received $1,826,240,000.

Jobs created so far: 19,572.

Check out the facts of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The so-called conventional wisdom sounds like a bunch of conventional self-serving lying and hysterical stupidity to me.

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Jon Stewart: Suffering through Hannity’s show for his apology “wasn’t worth it”

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The Daily Show with Jon StewartLast night Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart responded to Sean Hannity’s lame-apology for showing false video footage to make a health care protest seem larger than it was.

By the end of this new clip, I’m sure Hannity wishes he had just stayed silent. Stewart even gave Fox News a new motto:

“We alter reality. You are sold a preconceived narrative.”

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Stewart mocks Hannity for inflating Bachman rally attendance+ Fox fact checks Sarah Palin

daily show.logo finalComedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart nails it once again. Watch as Stewart explains how Fox News’ Sean Hannity tries to inflate crowd numbers by splicing in video footage from another larger rally.

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Fox News Fact-Checks Sarah Palin’s Coin Conspiracy Theory
This must sting a bit. Sarah Palin’s newest conspiracy theory on the “disturbing” redesign of U.S. coins was too much, even for Fox News — on Tuesday night, Fox fact-checked Palin.

Last Friday, while speaking at a Wisconsin Right to Life fundraising banquet — attendees were barred from bringing cell phones, cameras, laptops — Palin rolled out the latest: an anti-Christian conspiracy in the redesign of U.S. coins. Palin waded into the subject by remarking that there had been a lot of “change” of late — for example, the redesign of U.S. currency which moved the once-centered text “In God We Trust” to the edge of coins.

“Who calls a shot like that?” Palin demanded on Friday. “Who makes a decision like that?”

As Fox News anchor Bret Baier noted: President Bush, that’s who.

Source: Huffington_Post_Logo

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Obama To Give Interview To Fox News
President Obama will give an interview to Fox News’ Major Garrett, Drudge reports.

The interview will take place in China next week and comes just one day after it was reported that Obama Communications Director Anita Dunn the so-called general in the administration’s war against Fox News will be stepping down.

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The Anger of the Festering Fringe by Roger Ebert

Op-Ed by Roger Ebert

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Roger Ebert

Chicago Sun Times/Roger Ebert—I’ve had these thoughts for some time, but have been reluctant to express them. Now so many others have voiced them that it’s pointless to remain silent. I am frightened by the climate of insane anti-Obama hatred in this country. I’m not referring to traditional conservatives or Republicans. They’re part of the process. I’m speaking of the lunatic fringe, the frothers, the extremist rabble who are sweeping up the ignorant and credulous into a bewildering and fearsome tide of reckless rhetoric.

There have always been nuts. Remember when the John Birch society thought Kennedy was a communist? In those innocent days most of the American people were reasonable. They’d shake their heads in wonder at such a weird notion. Kennedy might be one of those liberals, but he wasn’t a commie. And when people said Johnson murdered Kennedy? Also ridiculous. But slowly, ominously, things began to change. After his death, it was said that Edward Kennedy was a Soviet agent. These theories have rabid subscribers.

Obama is a Muslim. Obama was born in Kenya. Obama was a terrorist. Obama will destroy Medicare. Obama will kill your grandmother. Obama is a racist. Obama wants atheism taught in the schools. Obama wants us to pay for the health care of illegal immigrants.

These beliefs are held by various segments of our population. They are absurd. Any intelligent person can see they are absurd. It is not my purpose here to debate them, because such debates are futile. With the zealous True Believers there is no debating. They feed upon loops within loops of paranoid surmises, inventions which are passed along as fact. Sometimes those citing them don’t even seem to care if you believe them. Sometimes they may not believe them themselves. The purpose is to fan irrational hatred against our president.

What are we to make of the recent suggestion on the “respected” right-wing site NewsMax, later withdrawn, that “it might not be such a bad thing” if the U. S. military rose up and overthrew Obama in a coup? That sort of talk belongs on a password-protected neo-Nazi or Klan site, not in a place where ostensibly intelligent people look for information. Where were the editors? What did they think? If they’re “conservatives,” do they support the overthrow of our government by a coup?

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The Wizard of Beck by David Brooks

Op-Ed by David Brooks

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New York Times/David Brooks—…So what is the theme of our history lesson? It is a story of remarkable volume and utter weakness. It is the story of media mavens who claim to represent a hidden majority but who in fact represent a mere niche — even in the Republican Party. It is a story as old as “The Wizard of Oz,” of grand illusions and small men behind the curtain…

In 2008, after McCain had won his nomination, Limbaugh turned his attention to the Democratic race. He commanded his followers to vote in the Democratic primaries for Hillary Clinton because “we need Barack Obama bloodied up politically.” Todd Donovan of Western Washington University has looked at data from 38 states and could find no strong evidence that significant numbers of people actually did what Limbaugh commanded. Rush blared the trumpets, but few of his Dittoheads advanced.

Over the years, I have asked many politicians what happens when Limbaugh and his colleagues attack. The story is always the same. Hundreds of calls come in. The receptionists are miserable. But the numbers back home do not move. There is no effect on the favorability rating or the re-election prospects. In the media world, he is a giant. In the real world, he’s not.

But this is not merely a story of weakness. It is a story of resilience. For no matter how often their hollowness is exposed, the jocks still reweave the myth of their own power. They still ride the airwaves claiming to speak for millions. They still confuse listeners with voters. And they are aided in this endeavor by their enablers. They are enabled by cynical Democrats, who love to claim that Rush Limbaugh controls the G.O.P. They are enabled by lazy pundits who find it easier to argue with showmen than with people whose opinions are based on knowledge. They are enabled by the slightly educated snobs who believe that Glenn Beck really is the voice of Middle America.

So the myth returns. Just months after the election and the humiliation, everyone is again convinced that Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and the rest possess real power. And the saddest thing is that even Republican politicians come to believe it. They mistake media for reality. They pre-emptively surrender to armies that don’t exist.

They pay more attention to Rush’s imaginary millions than to the real voters down the street. The Republican Party is unpopular because it’s more interested in pleasing Rush’s ghosts than actual people. The party is leaderless right now because nobody has the guts to step outside the rigid parameters enforced by the radio jocks and create a new party identity. The party is losing because it has adopted a radio entertainer’s niche-building strategy, while abandoning the politician’s coalition-building strategy.

The rise of Beck, Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and the rest has correlated almost perfectly with the decline of the G.O.P. But it’s not because the talk jocks have real power. It’s because they have illusory power, because Republicans hear the media mythology and fall for it every time.

Read the entire article @ New York Times/Thomas Friedman

***Update***

Limbaugh, Levin Respond to Brooks Column

Source: Politico

Can you say JEALOUS?” Limbaugh told POLITICO in an email.

Limbaugh brushed off the Times columnist’s criticism by asking “how many Americans know who David Brooks is?”

Mark Levin, author of the best-selling “Liberty & Tyranny,” asked two questions in an email to POLTICO: “David Brooks? Does he run Brooks Brothers?

Here’s a little insight into conservatives, conservatism, and talk radio—we don’t care what David Brooks has to say,” Levin said. “He is irrelevant. He is incoherent. And you guys should rely less on the New York Times. Its circulation is plummeting for a reason.

Sounds like Levin and Limbaugh didn’t read Brooks’ column. Specifically the lines about: “They still ride the airwaves claiming to speak for millions. They still confuse listeners with voters.

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Hannity Targeting Gay Admin Figure Because He’s Feeling Heat From Glenn Beck?

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There have been a couple of stories in the last 48 hours written about the competition between Fox New’s Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. I don’t frequent Fox News, so I really don’t have a horse in this race.

That would be like asking a kid whether they preferred spinach or liver.

From Greg Sarget’s Plum Line blog:

So what’s driving Hannity’s jihad? One wonders whether it’s driven by the fact that Beck is experiencing a ratings surge that has to have Hannity spooked big time. The just-released Fox News third quarter ratings show that Beck’s surge dwarfs Hannity’s by a wide margin.

Beck’s overall viewership has climbed an astonishing 89%, and in the key 25-54 demo it has exploded by 136%. By contrast, Hannity’s overall viewership has climbed a measly nine percent, and in the key demo it’s jumped only 17%.

Pretty paltry performance, given all the passions unleashed by the Age of Obama. What’s more, Beck inhabits the lowly 5 PM slot while Hannity enjoys the plum 9 PM perch.

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From Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins:

And finally, we have the race for “scalps.” Van Jones, ACORN, the National Endowment for the Arts Yosi Sargent… Beck’s the guy who’s become associated with all of them, and he’s reaped the rating benefits. It makes a certain amount of sense that Hannity would go out gunning for his own. I have to imagine, though, that Hannity understands what very few people even talk about: Beck didn’t actually do a lot of work to earn them. No one has fallen from grace because of enterprise reporting done by Glenn Beck. Andrew Breitbart, essentially, broke the ACORN scandal. With Patrick Courrielche, he got the ball rolling against Yosi Sergant at the NEA. Heck, Van Jones was cut by his own hand: if he’d never signed a Truther Petition, he’d be pushing memos around the White House to this day. The credit that Beck’s received for all of this? Well, as they say, he got it for cheap.

So, now, we have Hannity calling for a head of his own. It’s not entirely out of step for him, but it sure feels like the actions of a hunted man. That said, let’s not forget that Hannity has one trump card that will likely protect his prime-time perch for the time being: Fox can still sell national ads on his program in prime time. Right now, Color of Change is the best friend Hannity could ask for!

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Glenn Beck: Stop the Insanity

Glenn Beck on Clusterfox

Glenn Beck on Clusterfox


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Josh Silver/Huffington Post—Looking back, it’s hard to believe that Father Charles Coughlin’s hate speeches were broadcast into millions of homes during the 1930s. Coughlin’s anti-Semitic rants incited prejudice and violence. Now, in the Internet age, it seems positively antiquated that one person could have such a powerful soapbox to engage in fear-mongering and hate speech.

In fact, it seems insane.

We would never stand for that today, right? So why do our media continue to resemble the hate radio of decades past? How did it happen that just a few media pundits can disseminate such vitriol and misinformation into millions of homes, and — worse — cast it as real news?

Father Charles Coughlin

Father Charles Coughlin


Father Coughlin must be dancing in his grave. His model for using the media to manipulate the American people through fear and division lives on in the form of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and other extremists that propagandize millions of Americans daily. And unlike Coughlin, these guys have powerful corporations to back them up.

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