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Is Mitt Romney "Severely Freudian?"

by: TJ Walker

Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 13:29:31 PM PST

If you are like me, you are probably still poking your finger in your ear trying to figure out if you heard Mitt Romney correctly when he called himself  a "Severely conservative Republican." That one goes in the gaffe hall of fame for numerous reasons. Here is a new radio ad that my organization AmericanLP has going up on ABC Radio in Michigan later this week.

Who is Mitt Romney?

Voiceover from Romney 'I was a severely conservative Republican.'

Severely conservative???

The word 'severely' is most commonly used to describe the following: Disabled, depressed, ill, limited, injured.

So, Michigan conservatives, Mitt Romney basically thinks conservatism is like a 'disease.'

If you're a moderate/independent Michigan Republican, how do you feel about a politician who doesn't believe in anything, but implies, 'I'll pretend to be a diseased extremist, even if I think it's crazy?'

Mitt Romney's father, George Romney was a great Michigan governor who always spoke his mind. He stood up to his church and GOP extremists regarding civil rights.

But Mitt Romney? Has he ever stood up for something unpopular?

Mitt Romney, he's not his father's son. Mitt Romney thinks he can 'brain wash' the rest of us.

Paid for By AmericanLP, not associated with a candidate or candidate's committee.

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On Selling Paranoia, Or, Conservative Emails, Examined

by: fake consultant

Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 16:55:30 PM PDT

It seems that many of those who are regular guests of this space are committed to a worldview based on some degree of reason and rationality.

That's a handy thing if the "Covert Alarm Locator Apparatus" in your Isaac Daniel® Compass Global 1000 GPS sneakers should happen to fail and you need to find your way back to where the rest of us are; sadly, not all voters are equipped with such a helpful worldview.

Luckily for them, there are lots of conservative "mouth organs" ready to fill the "information gap".

They send out lots of emails every day, spreading their Word, and as a public service I receive several of them; this to help keep track of just what's out there, exactly.

If you ever wondered why otherwise normal people believe some of the craziest things about "Obama's Secret Death Care And National Virgin Sacrifice Program", have a look at some of the things I get every single day, and it might all make a bit more sense.  

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Wild, Wild Conservative Claims - Here We Go Again

by: davej

Fri Sep 25, 2009 at 13:29:04 PM PDT

Dave Johnson, Speak Out California

A "study" called Cost of State Regulations on California Small Business Study makes some wild, wild claims!  From the summary,

The study finds that the total cost of [business]regulation to the State of California is $492.994 billion which is almost five times the State's general fund budget, and almost a third of the State's gross product. The cost of regulation results in an employment loss of 3.8 million jobs which is a tenth of the State's population.
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What Sen. Spector's Party Switch Tells California Voters

by: davej

Fri May 01, 2009 at 09:18:05 AM PDT

Dave Johnson, Speak Out California.

Pennsylvania Republican Senator Arlen ("Single-Bullet") Specter switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party this week.  Rush Limbaugh reacted to this news by welcoming Specter's departure, and added, "take McCain with you."

Specter left because the extremist wing of the Republican Party -- the ones who listen to and agree with Rush Limbaugh and will tolerate absolutely no compromise of any kind from the most extreme conservative positions -- have taken over and are driving others out.  This rightmost element, who call themselves the only "real Republicans" have a special name for people like Arlen Specter and John McCain.  They call them "RINOs."  RINO stands for "Republican In Name Only" and refers to Republicans who are not conservative enough to meet approval of the absolutists.  (What is conservative enough?  Half of Texas Republicans want Texas to secede from the United States.)  

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Reaping What They Sowed

by: Robert Cruickshank

Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 11:51:31 AM PST

Today's San Diego Union-Tribune has a long article on the failure of Proposition A, a $52 parcel tax for all of San Diego County that would have funded a regional fire authority and help provide badly needed additional resources at local fire departments. Interestingly, it was the most fire-prone areas of San Diego County - towns like Ramona, which nearly burned down in the 2003 fire - that turned in the strongest No votes. Why would they vote against protecting their own property?

"I think the people don't believe the government," said Peter Jorgenson, a Ramona resident who voted for the tax. "They don't believe that they're actually going to do anything with the money."...

It did not win the support of Mary Eaker, 59, a clerk at a Circle K in Ramona.

"With the economy so bad, everybody's voting against anything with taxes," Eaker said. "Nobody wants more taxes. Forget it."

The article describes many other possible reasons for Prop A's failure, including poor leadership from San Diego County Supervisors, but the distrust of government does seem to be at the core of the problem.

Of course, this isn't just some random development. Conservatives have had as a primary focus creating and capitalizing on distrust of government. Conservative politicians, activists, and editorial pages like those at the U-T (which did endorse Prop A) have frequently accused government of being wasteful and reckless with tax money as a way to ensure voters never do support a tax increase. They cried wolf so often that when the wolf finally appeared in the form of a catastrophic firestorm, the good people of San Diego County did what they had been trained to do - be skeptical of government and vote against a tax for services they desperately need.

It dates back to 1978:

Proposition 13 reduced property tax revenue to governments throughout California, leaving fire districts with revenue shortfalls as high as 80 percent.

It's not likely we'll ever see a conservative question Prop 13. But as we saw last year conservative criticism has extended to fire departments themselves. Firefighters in Orange County were frequent targets of right-wing criticism, with the OC Register accusing them of being wasteful and taxpayers as being "weak" for giving fire departments more money.

One of the primary reasons for California's ongoing budget crisis is because conservatives have successfully created and exploited this distrust of government. If we're going to solve the fire crisis or the budget crisis, we need to restore public trust in government.

Showing Californians the consequences of conservative policies is a good way to do that. Just as conservative anti-government policies left New Orleans vulnerable to a hurricane and left the city's residents stranded when that hurricane finally arrived, so too has conservative policy and framing left Californians vulnerable to a similar disaster.

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The Mouse That Never Roared

by: Robert Cruickshank

Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 06:00:00 AM PST

I will be on KRXA 540 AM this morning at 8 to discuss this, as well as to recap the California election results

There's been a consensus among California progressives that as far as our state was concerned, the 2008 election was either a disappointment or a disaster. Silver linings are few. But there was a significant development that should not only give us hope for the future - but MUST give us direction and focus over the next few weeks as the budget battle resumes in Sacramento.

As I explained back in August, conservatives were planning to unite around the issue of taxes in this election. We saw it here in California when right-wingers like Joel Fox were concern trolling small businesses and working Californians to vote against badly needed government programs like Measure R, the LA mass transit expansion. Nor did it help when credulous journalists repeated this framing themselves.

These anti-tax politics were part of a larger effort to revive the policies of Herbert Hoover and prevent a New Deal from coming to California (little known fact: California never had a New Deal the first time around either). Their argument is that instead of using government to provide a safety net and stimulate economic growth, we should cut back government in a time of crisis, no matter the social or economic cost.

On Tuesday Californians resoundingly rejected these arguments. The Reason Foundation and the Howard Jarvis Association threw everything they had at Proposition 1A but it passed anyway and we're gonna build that SUPERTRAIN.

Voters also approved a number of tax increases, which is all the more stunning because of the absurd 66.7% requirement. In addition to LA's Measure R, Sonoma and Marin counties approved Measure Q, a tax increase to build a passenger rail line near the Highway 101 corridor. Santa Clara County voters may have approved a BART sales tax. Voters in Imperial and Stanislaus counties renewed transit taxes. Here in Monterey County we fell just short of approving a transit tax - 62% is a significant show of support.

Other tax proposals fared well. San José approved a telephone tax. Alameda County approved a parcel tax to pay for AC Transit bus service. Voters in small towns in Monterey County rejected efforts to repeal utility and sales taxes. Nine of 13 tax proposals in LA County were approved.

This should not actually surprise us. Polls have shown that Californians DO support higher taxes including as a solution to our budget crisis. They understand the value of taxes for government services. Mass transit, schools, libraries, police and fire departments - all those things create economic value, jobs, and save people money. Californians get that.

It also helps when a specific tax is connected to a specific service. State legislators are loath to do this, wanting more control over the general fund and the revenues going into it. I do not think that is the right approach to take, at least not until the structural revenue shortfall is ended.

Sacramento Democrats would do well to remember that when Arnold Schwarzenegger calls them into special session today. Mike Villines is already throwing down the no new taxes gauntlet.

Democrats should ignore his concern trolling (and that of journalists like Kathleen Pender, who doesn't know what she's talking about). Conservative anti-tax neo-Hoover whining is the mouse that never roared in the election. It doesn't move the electorate the way they claim it does. Californians understand that during this economic crisis taxes for services are the right way to grow the economy.

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Oblivious Far-Right OC Activists Demand More Failed Conservatism

by: David Dayen

Mon Jul 07, 2008 at 12:20:54 PM PDT

OK, this is hilarious.  With wrong-track numbers at over 80% and the current President near historic low approval ratings, you'd think this would be a time of soul-searching in the GOP.  Not so.  In fact, the Lincoln Club of Orange County, which is about as close as you can get to the eliminate-the-income-tax, stop-the-fluoridation-of-water far-right nutters in this entire country, is stamping its little feet over the fact that nobody likes their failed policies anymore.  They are calling for more completely unpopular ideas or they'll withhold all their money.

(keep in mind when reading that this is Novakula, and as a GOP propagandist his view is skewed, but he has good sources inside the party.)

The Lincoln Club of Orange County is telling the GOP leaders of both the House and Senate that it is too late to repent. They must go -- or else lose big money.

The message: "Come Nov. 5, should the current GOP leadership in either house survive to lead in a new Congress, the Lincoln Club of Orange County will review the financial backing of all congressional Republicans, and we urge others to do likewise. A GOP caucus that would re-elect such leaders is not one we would likely continue to support. Because, simply put, we refuse to support a permanent minority."

The Lincoln Club estimates that its nearly 300 members will together contribute $1.5 million to federal causes and candidates in the 2008 election cycle. The club is spreading its message to angry Republicans throughout California and around the nation. The ultimatum finds responsive members of the House (if not the Senate), who even now are preparing a housecleaning after the additional loss of seats in this year's election [...]

That's the view expressed in the Lincoln Club paper signed by Rich Wagner, the group's president, and Chip Hanlon, a board member. It deplores the refusal by party leaders to support a one-year moratorium on earmarks, whose 285 percent growth when Congress was under Republican control is "the perfect symbol of the GOP-led profligacy that drives us crazy still." Earmarks "epitomize the fiscal recklessness that led to Republicans becoming a minority in 2006. . . . It's no wonder the Republican leadership continued to fail on . . . entitlement reform and a reduction in federal spending."

They really do think, even at this late date, that their minority status is entirely attributable to federal earmarks which have almost no impact on the overall budget (try reducing military spending if you want to make a difference) and failing to eliminate Social Security or Medicare.  Nothing to do with a failed war in Iraq, skyrocketing costs for food, energy and health care, the crisis of climate change, our hated position in the world, growing inequality and the great risk shift onto the middle class, etc., etc., etc.

Here on Planet Earth, it's amusing to see this crack-up between separate factions of the Birch Society crowd.  Some of the GOP establishment know that their policies are unpopular, and they hope to put some lipstick on them in presenting them to the public.  The rest, including the Lincoln Club, want their version of Gilded Age conservatism, disaster capitalism, denial of science and xenophobia to take center stage.

Conservative activists are preparing to do battle with allies of Sen. John McCain in advance of September's Republican National Convention, hoping to prevent his views on global warming, immigration, stem cell research and campaign finance from becoming enshrined in the party's official declaration of principles.

McCain has not yet signaled the changes he plans to make in the GOP platform, but many conservatives say they fear wholesale revisions could emerge as candidate McCain seeks to put his stamp on a document that currently reflects the policies and principles of President Bush.

In fact, Bush's name is on 91 out of the 100 pages of the platform, which means the rewrite will be a knock-down drag-out fight between the really conservative and the really really conservative, with all the attendant ugliness on full display.  

It is to laugh.

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How Anti-Union, Anti-Tax OC Conservatives Defeated Adequate Fire Protection in 2005

by: Robert Cruickshank

Sun Oct 28, 2007 at 10:38:07 AM PDT

On Thursday Kirk Murphy wrote a compelling piece at Firedoglake, "Drown it in a Bathtub?" - How Grover Norquist, the Club for Greed, and Arnold Let SoCal Burn, explaining how anti-tax sentiment in San Diego County left firefighters without adequate resources to respond to this week's inferno.

Unsurprisingly, this has happened elsewhere. As firefighters battle to save Silverado Canyon and prevent the Santiago Fire from reaching Riverside County homes, we are now learning that Orange County firefighters faced similar crippling shortages of equipment and personnel - shortages that prevented them from being able to quickly extinguish the Santiago blaze.

Specifically, Orange County Republicans campaigned hard against Measure D, a 2005 ballot proposal that would have diverted $80 million in surplus public safety funds from Proposition 172 to help properly staff Orange County fire departments. The failure of Measure D leads directly to the OCFA's inability to quickly contain the Santiago Fire when it broke out Sunday evening.

The full story is below.

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Rancor within the GOP

by: Brian Leubitz

Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 09:31:01 AM PDT

I almost feel bad for the Governor. I mean, he can't get his programs passed in the legislature, as Republicans think they are too liberal, and Dems think they are too conservative. Almost.  But, I certainly would not want to be him when he goes into Indian Wells this weekend to make a speech to the California Republican Party's convention. As the LA Times points out in the title of its article about the convention, "Republican Schwarzenegger, GOP don't get along"

The governor has shown little interest in throwing the organization a lifeline. And some party leaders leave the impression that if one were to come their way, they might just throw it back. "He doesn't agree with the vast majority of Republicans on most issues," said Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, which works to elect conservatives.

"I imagine the gathering will not be a particularly happy one," said Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. (LA Times 9/7/07)

 We've discussed this in the past, but there is a very real possibility of the split growing at this convention.  The GOP has been kowtowing to the social conservatives, and now they are just beginning to realize that social conservatives alone are not enough to win, especially in California.  So, they are bereft of purpose while they struggle to find a purpose within the state, the underlying question is can the GOP "big tent" survive Schwarzenegger in California.  

 This has long term implications in the state. If Arnold decides to run for Senate in 2010, will the GOP be united behind him? Will social conservatives stay at home knowing his pro-choice and other social progressive views? A major split could put his Senate ambitions at risk.

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It's a Strange, Strange World in Mission Viejo

by: Andrew Davey (atdleft)

Tue Jun 05, 2007 at 18:29:57 PM PDT

(Cross-posted at Trash Dirty Gary)

Strange things happen here in the Land of the OC, behind "The Orange Curtain". I got an email from a friend today. And I just couldn't believe what was in it. Gila from The Liberal OC also got the email, and I'll let her tell you the rest as I'm still a little shocked...

“Today I saw a guy driving down the street in Mission Viejo with two bumper stickers. On the right was one for Earth First and on the left was one for Jim Gilchrist.”

That wasn’t the entire email, but the remainder can be summed up as “WTF?”

What do you think, readers? What causes these two disparate ideas to be adhered to a single OC automobile bumper? Is it the result of confusion, multiple personality disorder, or parking lot vandalism?

Yes, my dear Calitics readers, how can one exactly explain this? Are the far-right Minutemen fans now waking up and smelling the climate crisis? Is environmental consciousness now something that no one can really ignore? Or is this the result of confusion, multiple personality disorder, and/or vandalism, as Gila suggested?

Please help us understand! ; )

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Whoa! Conservatives Going After Calvert!

by: David Dayen

Fri May 11, 2007 at 16:11:21 PM PDT

Earlier today I wrote that Ken Calvert got John Doolittle's "token corrupt Californian" seat on the House Appropriations Committee.  What I didn't know is that this has raised the ire... of the right?

I care a lot about the House of Representatives, I care a lot about our members and once someone is ethically challenged and gets in trouble it effects all of us. … I appreciate the high ethical standards that [Boehner] has set … but I believe the bar was lowered today when our conference chose to vote Ken Calvert onto the Appropriations Committee.

That was Ray LaHood of Illinois, going after one of his colleagues in the media.  And it doesn't stop there.  RedState has declared war on Calvert.  Minority Leader John Boehner is getting a lot of heat from organized phone campaigns.

Wow.  Do they not know that half their delegation is just as corrupt?  (Incidentally, Calvert's going to be moving up in my next House target list.  Do we have a candidate?)

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Can Conservatives Turn Against the 241 Extension to Trestles?

by: Andrew Davey (atdleft)

Wed Feb 28, 2007 at 11:55:54 AM PST

{This is Part 2 of my special report on the proposed extension of the 241 Toll Road to San Onofre State Beach (aka Trestles). If you'd like, you can find the other stories in the "Speeding Our Way to Trestles" series here. As the debate heats up over Trestles and the 241, I'd like to go in depth and examine all the issues involved... And I'd love for you to come along for the ride as we explore what can be done to relieve traffic in South Orange County AND Save Trestles Beach. Enjoy! : ) }

Hmmm... This is interesting. I guess I'm not the only one who has questions about the proposed 241 Toll Road extension to Trestles. Art Pedroza also has problems with this, and he's talking about it on Orange Juice, albeit for a somewhat different reason.

I heard a strange story yesterday from a pajarito. Turns out that the proposed extension of the 241 will be done under the auspices of a PLA. I have not checked on that yet, but it could be true. All county public works projects were under a PLA for some time, and perhaps this one has been on the books long enough to do so as well.

For those who don't know, a PLA is a "project labor agreement." It bans non-union contractors from bidding on public works under PLAs unless they hire their workers from the union hall. PLAs reduce bidders, increase costs, and cause delays. The only ones who benefit from PLAs are of course the unions.

So can the TCA and the OC GOP machine lose their conservatives on the 241 Extension if it looks like they're getting "too cozy with the unions"? Follow me after the flip for more (including more San Onofre/San Clemente visuals!) on how conservatives may be torn on this prickly issue...

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Arnold: Who Can Trust Him?

by: Andrew Davey (atdleft)

Sun Aug 27, 2006 at 09:46:36 AM PDT

If many principled conservatives can't even stomach Arnold's tired old rhetoric, then why should progressives be satisfied with his "moderate" charade?

Link to OC Register Article:


This ranting of mine is also crossposted on my personal blog:


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