Chris Mooney, Mother Jones: Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare, states do not have to participate in one of its signature initiatives: The expansion of the Medicaid program to cover more individuals. And once the Supreme Court opened this door, there was a clear pattern to which states ran out of it: From Mississippi to Oklahoma, the states that didn't get on board tended to be more politically conservative. And so they in effect denied many of their residents, especially the working poor, access to affordable health coverage. read more
A Nebraska Senate candidate circulated a fake U.S. Navy memo in an ill-advised attempt to defend his military record. The campaign for Republican Shane Osborn sent out the correspondence, written on official Navy letterhead, to quiet critics questioning his former Navy career, when Osborn piloted a Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane that was damaged after it collided with a Chinese fighter jet in 2001. read more
. Reagan cut taxes for the Rich, increased taxes on the Middle Class -
Ronald Reagan is loved by conservatives and was loved by big business throughout his presidency and there's a reason for it. When Reagan came into office in January of 1981, the top tax rate was 70%, but when he left office in 1989 the top tax rate was down to only 28%. As Reagan gave the breaks to all his rich friends, there was a lack of revenue coming into the federal government. In order to bring money back into the government, Reagan was forced to raise taxes eleven times throughout his time in office. One example was when he signed into law the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982. Reagan raised taxes seven of the eight years he was in office and the tax increases were felt hardest by the lower and middle class. read more
Paul Ryan's CPAC speech yesterday was almost comically offensive even before it became clear that it was based on a lie.
By now, you've probably heard about the speech itself, in which Ryan denounced the left for offering people "a full stomach -- and an empty soul." Discussing the moral squalor of free school lunch programs, Ryan retold a story he heard from Eloise Anderson, a former single mother on assistance who became a hero to the right by calling for the abolishment of welfare (She's now a member of Scott Walker's cabinet). It was about a boy Anderson had ostensibly met who didn't want a free government lunch. "He wanted his own lunch -- one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids'," said Ryan. "He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him." read more
It's evident that social conservatives have a serious demographics problem. If they are realistic, they realize that appealing primarily to white rural Christian fundamentalist males over 55 has its limitations. As a result, some of them have been making an attempt at youth outreach. But when social conservatives try to flaunt their hipster credentials and demonstrate that they aren't as old, as white, as male, as uptight and sexually repressed as you think, the results can be embarrassing or awkward. And in many cases, their message is still one of repression.
Below are nine examples of attempts to use "hipster" imagery to sell a socially conservative or Republican message. read more