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Obstruction and destruction: Benghazi and the budget

by Kurt Jaworski

As some letter writers would have it, the GOP-directed Benghazi hearings have become trial-by-innuendo.

In stating that, based on such proceedings, a future vote for Ms. Clinton is no longer compatible with a “clear conscience,” such writers have drawn conclusions outrageously beyond what e-mail correspondence and other sources indicate.

What exactly has been revealed by these subpoena-empowered Republican “fishermen”? What is Ms. Clinton guilty of?

Of course, in the zero-sum game of modern political warfare such specifics are quite beside the point. Rather, to the GOP, whose understanding of “governance” includes, by turns, obstruction and destruction, the truth has become a rather uninteresting commodity. The mere suggestion of wrongdoing seems to be quite enough, thank you.

What there can be no doubt about, however, is that the same Republicans now hard at work in making political hay out of a diplomatic corps tragedy are the very same party loyalists who denied adequate security funding for such “brave Americans.” This gamesmanship, which I have come to identify as the GOP “Rope-a-Dope,” appears regularly on Capitol Hill.

How similar to last year’s version when, after the Republican House had repeatedly defeated job-creating bills, GOP VP candidate and House Member Paul Ryan, apparently without shame, took to the campaign trail asking in near-apoplectic frenzy: “Where are the jobs, Mr. President?”

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Why Do ‘Pro-Life’ Pols Like Paul Ryan Protect Weapons of Mass Murder?

John Nichols, The Nation, January 24, 2013

Congressman Paul Ryan consistently—make that aggressively—identifies himself as “pro-life.”

If the Catholic congressman’s definition of the term is narrowly limited to the debate about reproductive rights, perhaps Ryan can convince himself that his use of the term is appropriate.  But leading American Catholics are telling Ryan and other politicians that they can’t get away with claiming to be “pro-life” and “pro-NRA.”

Theologians, priests and nuns are challenging the House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee—who often suggests that his ideas and positions are influenced by Catholic teaching on social and economic issues—and other elected Catholics who trumpet their “pro-life” positions to think more seriously about the meaning of the term.

Specifically, the prominent Catholics thinkers and activists are urging members of Congress such as Ryan to reconcile their use of the term “pro-life” with a seemingly unthinking and steadily unapologetic alliance with “powerful special interests” that seek to block even the most minimal gun-safety legislation.

“We urge you to reflect on the wisdom in our church’s call for a ‘consistent ethic of life’ as you consider legislation in the coming months that can provide greater protection for our families and communities,” write former US ambassadors to the Holy See Miguel H. Diaz and Thomas P. Melady, retired Associate General Secretary of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Francis X. Doyle and prominent theologians, priests, nuns and social justice advocates.  …

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Are you now or have you ever been a Randanist?

by Bill McLaughlin

I saw Woody Allen’s movie “The Front” the other day and thought, why no “black list” for the Ayn Randism? How can Paul Ryan make it to the top of the ticket without a backlash? Or maybe there was.

As Jonathan Chait (“The Poetic Justice of Romney’s Self-Immolation,” 9/27/12) put it when the 47% story broke:

This is not a random gaffe, a joke gone bad, or even a terrible brain freeze. It is Romney exposed for espousing a worldview that is at the heart of his party’s mania. The idea he summed up at that fund-raiser was a combination of right-wing fever dreams,…–the Ayn Randism, the fact-free class warfare, the frantic rage at a changing America. The Republican Party is going down because its candidate was seen advocating exactly the beliefs that make the party so dangerous and repellent….

(See Greg Sargent, “Poetic Justice: Romney to Finish Election at 47 Percent,” The Washington Post, 11/21/12.)

Maybe this has traction now, even among Republicans (the old fashioned moderate kind):

Bruce Wilson, “Paul Ryan Is an Ayn-Rand Loving ‘Satanist’ and Romney Is in a ‘Cult’? The GOP’s Religion Woes,” AlterNet, 10/18/12:

In early 2011, former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, who was well-placed to know which way the wind was blowing, launched, from his perch as an op-ed columnist for the Washington Post, a withering preemptive attack against rising Ayn Rand worship within the GOP:

Rand’s novels are vehicles for a system of thought known as Objectivism. Rand developed this philosophy at the length of Tolstoy, with the intellectual pretensions of Hegel, but it can be summarized on a napkin. Reason is everything. Religion is a fraud. Selfishness is a virtue. Altruism is a crime against human excellence. Self-sacrifice is weakness. Weakness is contemptible….

Is Paul Ryan the new face of the Republican Party? I almost hope so. Rachel Maddow “outs” him. Not a fiscal conservative, but a nut with an anti-American agenda (the rich shall inherit the earth). Is it time to have some hearings to root out this evil cult from the inner workings of our government? There is probably one under every bed in Washington by now.

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Low effective US corporate tax rate

two charts from “Paul Ryan: “Let’s Make This Country a Tax Shelter” (VIDEO)” by Nick Baumann and Brett Brownell, Mother Jones, 10/5/12:

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