Fox hosts Refuse to admit Republicans played a part in America’s debt, while touting military dominance

June 8, 2012
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Laura Ingraham’s guest, Democratic strategist Tara Dowdell was continually interrupted — at one point, Ingraham stated, “I’d like for the Republicans to be in charge of everything but they’re not.” The Fox News host continued (and continued) refusing to acknowledge that Republicans have any responsibility with the economic turmoil this country is in — in her ‘Fair and Balanced’ fashion.

 

A new CNN poll concludes that George W. Bush is the only living ex-President under 50% in approval ratings — and that’s who Laura considers to be a great leader.

Salon reports:

The real eye-opener comes when we compare Obama’s numbers to George W. Bush’s. In Bush’s first term, the economy shed 913,000 private sector jobs! 913,000! The only thing that saved Bush’s first term from being a complete economic disaster, in terms of employment, was robust public sector growth: The economy added 900,000 government jobs. One wonders: Without the massive growth in the public sector during Bush’s first term, would he have been reelected?

This is interesting for a number of reasons. First, it punches a big hole in the theory that Bush’s tax cuts were responsible for boosting employment during his first term.

Just a few various points:

Ingraham is obsessed with American military dominance in the world, which is a major part of our spending. America spends just under what the rest of the world spends combined on military expenditure.

After years of back-and-forth partisan bickering, President Obama and Republican foes finally came together on new plans to help veterans find jobs, but it’s not over.

Ezra Klein, in Government by loophole, explains that there were “more filibusters between 2009 and 2011 than there were in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s combined.” …

Now you’re seeing it with appointments: Republicans block a record number of appointments and enter continuous pro forma sessions in order to deny Obama recess appointments. The numbers tell the tale: Ronald Reagan made 243 recess appointments. George W. Bush made 171. So far, Obama has made 29. In response, the Obama administration breaks from precedent and declares pro forma sessions to be no obstacle to recess appointments. Minority loophole? Meet majority loophole.

As far as the War on Women, Ingraham is so out-of-touch while being comfortable with her $15 Million per year salary, that her insight is blurred. The Fox News host might have been educated on this topic if she allowed her guest to speak using a ‘Fair and Balanced’ demeanor.

Republicans attempted to redefine rape. After a public outcry, Republicans said they’d stop, but they lied.

Taling Points Memo reports:

The controversy over “forcible rape” may be over, but now there’s a new Republican-sponsored abortion bill in the House that pro-choice folks say may be worse: this time around, the new language would allow hospitals to let a pregnant woman die rather than perform the abortion that would save her life.

In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care.

Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. Because, after you have the baby, you’re now insignificant. .

Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? There’s no need because women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

Governor Rick Scott, smack in the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness Month cut $1.5 million for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. The Legislature allotted the funds to the organization in order to support 30 rape crisis centers as they face impending reductions in collections, which currently is the bulk of their budgets. Scott did this to balance his budget.

 Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up.

Horses are given priority over women, but the War on Women is fabricated?

People for the American Way reports:

 

February 2012 the state of Texas decided to cut off reproductive and preventative health services to 130,000 low-income women. The staggering move caps what has been an escalating war on women’s health in state legislatures and in the U.S. Capitol since Tea Party-backed Republican majorities took control of the U.S. House and the majority of statehouses and took a determined minority in the U.S. Senate. While anti-woman rhetoric has been a mainstay of right-wing politics for decades, in the past two years that rhetoric has been turned into a record number of laws – and hurt a record number of women.

Texas’s move is extreme, but it’s not unusual. In fact, when it comes to women’s health, Republicans in the U.S. Congress and in the race for the presidency are trying to remake America in Texas’s image. In refusing funding for its women’s health programs, Texas has jeopardized women’s health – putting the burden especially on low-income women – and increased the risk of unwanted pregnancies, the main reason for abortions. Eliminating the entire federal family- planning program – a step supported by every Republican in the U.S. House and both major GOP presidential contenders – would do the
same on a national scale, all while costing taxpayers billions of dollars in increased health–care expenses resulting from the lack of preventative care.

One year ago, People For the American Way issued a report on the unprecedented barrage of antichoice bills being unleashed by newly empowered state legislatures. In the year since, perhaps sensing that their window of opportunity might be drawing to a close, far-right national and state lawmakers, in coordination with Religious Right activists, have expanded their attacks. They are targeting not just abortion rights, but also access to birth control and preventative care, as well as contemporary views of women’s roles in the workplace, the family and the halls of power.

(my bold)

I could cite literally thousands of instances of Republicans pushing through legislation which is unnecessary and invasive but the hosts at Fox News would just stick their fingers in their ears and say, “la la la la la, I can’t hear you!”

Big thanks to Media Matters.

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  • Billy8034

    just jactfree t.v.

  • Matt Belyakov

    LEGALIZING MURDER!!!! THAT IS TO SIMPLY DESCRIBE IT STUPID!

  • girdyerloins

    I’m mystified why any democrat worthy of the name bothers to get within spitting distance of that show or those people. There is nothing to be gained from being berated, condescended to or ignored, just because they can. Nothing.
    Now, since I am, at heart, merely a spectator and acknowledge my lowly position, I don’t get within spitting distance of a voting booth, since, as Bill Maher so trenchantly put it recently, and I quote, “that America’s wealth is increasingly in the hands of a tiny kleptocratic priesthood of finance cowboys and the politicans they buy, protected by a freefire zone of rules they wrote themselves, feeding on the republic from within, like a transcontinental tapeworm the size of Route 66.”.
    Which, liberally translated, means that we (as in “we the people”) have lost all the major engagements in the war against selfishness, stupidity and greed. And what we are now witnessing in these United States is the mopping up.
    All that needs to happen is another disaster/catastrophe/major terrorist act for the electric nipple clamps to be attached full time.
    CISPA, anyone?
    And, no, these Fox mouthpieces don’t use drugs. This is actually what goes on in their minds and their lives. They BELIEVE this monomaniacal barbarism.

    • Matt Belyakov

      The republican party is really the Nazi party. Their ideology is similar to the Nazis; i.e. War, More babies, race superiority, gender superiority, etc.

      Nobody learns from history, everyone just damn ignores it. If people would learn from history, the world would be a better place.

  • Richard McGinnis

    The Fox News host continued (and continued) refusing to acknowledge that Republicans have any responsibility with the economic turmoil this country is in —

  • http://www.zito.biz/fuckyou Andrew Stergiou

    Who are the drug dealers of these Republicans all the Republicans seem high on heavy stimulants they do not behave normally! Are they all using crack coke amphetamines, prescription drugs, or drinking ten cups of coffee before they go on air because I want to know as they are the sickest rudest bastards without discussing issues as simply they are asses.

  • http://www.zito.biz/fuckyou Andrew Stergiou

    Who are the drug dealers of these Republicans all the Republicans seem high on heavy stimulants they do not behave normally! Are they all using crack coke amphetamines, prescription drugs, or drinking ten cups of coffee before they go on air because I want to know as they are the sickest rudest bastards without discussing issues as simply they are asses.

  • Mibrito666

    Well… women voted for these people in enough numbers, to make it so..

  • Mibrito666

    Well… women voted for these people in enough numbers, to make it so..

  • Matt Belyakov

    advertising Turkish transportation services. This isnt the first time ive seen that

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