Republicans have never been known as environmentalists
As much as they have as bigots, bastards and bigamists.
But when it comes to climate change,
They’re starting to sound deranged,
Standing in line and chanting, “I am not a scientist!”
New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie got into another bully-boy spat on camera this week when a constituent heckled Christie over his abysmal record on the state’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which hit the coast two years ago. Records show that the Christie administration has disbursed about $300 million of the $1.1 billion federal recovery fund to New Jersey homeowners affected by the storm.
The billionaire Koch brothers have been running feel-good, folksy image ads about their company, Koch Industries, the nation’s second largest privately held corporation, on liberal outlets, particularly MSNBC and now on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” on Comedy Central.
Stewart fired back with a parody of the brothers’ ad on his show this week. “Clearly,” Stewart said, “the Koch brothers are trying to say to our audience of not yet dying-off voters: ‘Even though you may have heard certain things about the Koch brothers, how bad could they be? I mean, if they were evil, would a baby agree to appear in one of their advertisements?’”
During the 2010 midterms, Nevada tea party extremist Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate race, made a series of gaffes that cratered her opportunity to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The best remembered of these were quotes that surfaced in which she suggested “Second Amendment” remedies might be required both to deal with the “tyrannical” federal government (read: “Obamacare”) and to unseat Sen. Reid if voters foolishly chose to reelect him.
In this cycle, a tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa has made a similar, though more oblique, statement that has barely caused a stir. At a rally sponsored by the National Rifle Association about a month after a shooter opened fire in an Aurora, Co., movie theatre, killing 12 people in 2012, Joni Ernst — who, as a member of the Iowa Senate, is a government official herself — claimed the right to take up arms against other government officials:
Republicans have taken great glee in turning the Ebola outbreak in the United States — six cases have been treated here so far, one patient has died — into an election issue this year. Blaming Pres. Obama for the outbreak fits neatly in their strategy of nationalizing the midterms by making the election about him, rather than about their party’s own lousy record in Congress.
The fact is, the Obama administration has acted rapidly and with keen efficiency in its handling of the Ebola outbreak when compared with the record of the handling of a similar outbreak in the early 1980s by the administration of GOP patron saint, Ronald Reagan.
Congress is out of session, of course, but yesterday House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa hastily called his committee into session in order to fan public hysteria about Ebola after a physician in New York was found to have contracted the disease while tending patients in Africa. In his opening statement, however, Issa mistakenly referred to the African nation of Guinea as Guiana, a country in South America, and then repeatedly mispronounced “Ebola” so that it rhymed with “e coli.”
Here’s a rough transcript of the highlights of Issa’s statement:
As a spate of new studies find positive results from the legalization of pot in Colorado and Washington state, including a dip in traffic fatalities in Colorado — and with Washington state accruing $3 million in taxes since pot was legalized in July, Colorado tallying $18 million in pot-tax revenue since January, including $7 million in July alone, and a projection that $3.1 billion in taxes would be collected if all 50 states legalized weed — voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. will decide whether to legalize marijuana on Nov. 4, and Floridians will decide whether to allow the sale of medical marijuana.
Vox.com has a round-up of the initiatives:
This floor speech from N.C. state Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Democrat from Gastonia, a Charlotte suburb, is making the rounds. Here’s more information on Jackson, who is a veteran and was serving as an assistant district attorney when he was elected by the local party to succeed Sen. Dan Clodfelter, another Democrat who is now Charlotte’s mayor.
Of Americans think the country’s economic and political systems are stacked against them, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. “Most striking is how widely shared this sense of alienation now is. Among those saying the system is stacked against them are 58% of Democrats; 51% of Republicans; 55% of whites; 60% of blacks; 53% of Hispanics; as well as decent majorities of every age and professional cluster, including blue-collar workers, white-collar workers and retirees.”
Of Americans say the midterm election won’t substantially change the nation’s direction, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.Also interesting: Americans are split almost evenly between positive (41%) and negative (39%) reactions to Republicans controlling both the House and Senate next year.
Of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s expected plan to take executive action that would potentially allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay legally in the United States, while 38% support it and another 14% have no opinion or are unsure, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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Time it takes the U.S. economy to create 50 jobs in 2014 — that’s the number of permanent jobs the Keystone XL pipeline would create after its completion, reports the Washington Post. The U.S. economy has been averaging 229,000 new jobs per month since January, and at that rate, it would take less than one week to create the 42,000 temporary jobs Keystone supporters tout.
Percentage of energy committee hearing and subcommittee meetings at which Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) spoke or submitted written testimony or questions between 2009 and November 2014, according to an analysis of congressional records, videos and transcripts by Bloomberg. Yet she “is presenting herself as a leading voice for Louisiana on energy issues in the U.S. Capitol, showcasing her inside influence by forcing a Senate vote on a bill that would allow construction of the Keystone pipeline, a project backed by industries and voters in her state.”
Republicans have never been known as environmentalists
Pass a bill. You don’t need me to call a vote to pass a bill. Pass a bill.
— President Obama, quoted by the New York Times, urging Republicans to vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate.
Shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that’s national security, that’s cultural, that’s economic. I’m close to the people in the House, but I’m disappointed in my party. Are we still the party of self-deportation?
— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by The Hill.
The social cost will be profound on the U.S. taxpayer — millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language. Even though the president says they won’t be able to vote, we all know that many, in all likelihood, will vote… It’s a wink and a nod, we all know it’s going to happen.
— Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), telling the Washington Post that the immigrants given new protections by President Obama could become “illiterate” Democratic voters.
Hardened cynics, we will also note one job-related reason that this issue is even being discussed today. When Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) political position became obviously tenuous after Election Day, Senate Democrats quickly began pushing forward Keystone XL approval in the hopes that it would help her chances in next month’s runoff against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R). Between Election Day and December 6th, the economy will probably create over 200,000 jobs without the Senate doing anything. The question on Capitol Hill appears to be if the vote will save one short-term job: Landrieu’s.
— Philip Bump, writing on Washington Post’s The Fix political blog.
I was never going to run away from the president. It was not even in consideration. I support the president. I think the president has been right. I mean, look at the numbers, look at the job growth, sustained job growth—the greatest in American history. The. Greatest. In. American. History. Why didn’t people run on that?
— Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D), quoted by the Daily Beast, on why he was one of the few Democrats who survived the 2014 midterm elections.