Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Catnip 7/24/12: Out Foxed


The OPD films protesters at the Obama event in Oakland last night. Maybe about 100 or so by the time I got home, no big problems...

Short one today, been really busy:

Must read from Daniel Altman at FP, who picks apart trickle-down with precision. "How Republicans Sabotaged the Recovery: With their economic philosophy based on so many mere myths, perhaps it isn't surprising that the Republicans have a dismal economic record. In the past six decades, economic growth was highest -- 3.9 percent annually, adjusted for changes in prices -- when Democrats controlled the House, Senate, and presidency. When the Republicans controlled all three, growth averaged only 3.0 percent."

The reverse Robin Hood Republican agenda is about to be exposed in the Senate. "Senate Republicans will press this week to extend tax cuts for affluent families scheduled to expire Jan. 1, but the same Republican tax plan would allow a series of tax cuts for the working poor and the middle class to end next year." This. In an ad. Swing state. Now.

The SuperPacs are buying the airwaves for Romney in the swing states. Jaw-dropping numbers: "Republican-aligned super PACs and other outside conservative groups have spent more than $144 million on general election ads in swing presidential states..... Roughly 80 percent of all ad spending by Republicans on the general election has come from these super PACs, as Romney has expended a relatively meager $35 million to date on ads in swing states, according to ad buy figures provided to the Fix by a GOP media buyer." And keep in mind that Republican SuperPacs are funded by a handful of very wealthy men. The billionaires intend to buy our government, plain and simple.

Why is Debbie Stabenow smiling? Pete Hoekstra must have really pissed off someone in the Republican money/power echelon in Michigan *coughDeVoscough*, as a new SuperPac is running ads for Durant in GR - who doesn't have a chance in hell in taking out Stabenow. Are Republicans simply conceding this race just to take down Turtle Pete once and for all?

The Republican governors who opt-out of Medicaid because of "spending" will cost the government a fortune. "The American Action Forum Tuesday morning released a report that looks at how states opting out of the Medicaid expansion could impact the federal budget. It predicts, if states decline to participate, the federal government would be on the hook for higher spending — even as the health-care law extended coverage to fewer people." Nice chart at the WaPo. Check it out.

Off to work....