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Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT's 1967 Attack on MLK's Anti-War Speech - The Intercept
That has every element of the standard Washington attack on contemporary anti-war advocates: condemnation of U.S. militarism is “overly-simplistic,” ignores complexities and nuances, “slanders” our government leaders and military officials, and downplays or “whitewashes” the crimes of America’s enemies. It’s worth remembering that Washington smear merchants never change their script: they haul the sames ones out regardless of the issue or who is doing the dissenting.
mlk  edwardsnowden  journalism  hypocrisy 
april 2015 by cboyack
Anti-Pot Republicans Forsake Federalism In Medical Marijuana Vote
Given the GOP’s frequent lip service to federalism, the party’s lack of enthusiasm for letting states set their own policies in this area requires some explanation. So does the need for this amendment under a Democratic administration that has repeatedly said it is not inclined to use Justice Department resources against medical marijuana users and providers who comply with state law. It is hard to say who is being more inconsistent: a president who promised tolerance but delivered a crackdown or members of Congress who portray themselves as defenders of the 10th Amendment but forsake federalism because they are offended by a plant.
marijuana  federalism  congress  hypocrisy 
may 2014 by cboyack
Seriously, what?! Kerry tells Russia 'you don't invade a country on completely phony pretexts' — RT News
The US Secretary of State spoke today of the unacceptability of invading a sovereign country on phony pretexts in order to assert one’s own interests in the 21st century. But no, he was not speaking about the United States, as one might have thought.

“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th century behaviour in the 21st century.”
johnkerry  russia  hypocrisy  foreignpolicy 
march 2014 by cboyack
Sean Wilentz – Court Historian, NSA Shill, and Lickspittle ‘Liberal’ by Justin Raimondo --
So you thought progressives would rally ‘round Edward Snowden’s and Glenn Greenwald’s crusade to rid us of the NSA incubus that’s attached itself to our computers and our daily lives. Well, you were wrong: dead wrong.

With a few notable exceptions, the "progressive" media matrix – the lefty pundits, thinktanks, academics, and activists who make up the Democratic party’s core intellectual constituency – have reacted to the Snowden revelations with hysterical denunciations, not of the government but of the leaker: the hate emanating from the MSNBC studios is hot enough to burn if you get too close to your television. And it’s not just the pundits: Norman Soloman rightly called the response from progressive Democrats in Congress "murky," and that’s certainly an understatement. Sure, some of this can be attributed to partisanship, but there’s an ideological motivation for this illiberal stance as well.
hypocrisy  nsa  edwardsnowden  antiwar  progressive 
january 2014 by cboyack
Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out -
Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.

"She said, 'I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,'" Kehaly said.
obamacare  hypocrisy  socialism  properroleofgovernment  healthcare 
october 2013 by cboyack
Blogger on Far-Left Website Thought He ‘Could Go Along’ With Obamacare – Now He Can’t Believe What’s Happening to His Health Insurance |
Now, a community blogger on the far-left Daily Kos website has penned a blog post complaining that both he and his wife are facing a nearly 100 percent increase in their monthly premiums. He claims he is canceling his insurance and refuses to pay any “f***ing penalty.”
obamacare  hypocrisy  socialism 
october 2013 by cboyack
GOP congressman claims Jesus would oppose food stamps - National Democrat |
"The role of citizens, of Christianity, of humanity, is to take care of each other, not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country."
socialism  hypocrisy 
september 2013 by cboyack
Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran - By Shane Harris and Matthew M. Aid | Foreign Policy
The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America's military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen, Foreign Policy has learned.

In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq's war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defenses. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein's military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent.
iraq  foreignpolicy  chemical  murder  hypocrisy 
august 2013 by cboyack
Obama Promises, Including Whistleblower Protections, Disappear From Website
Amid the Obama administration's crackdown against whistleblowers,, the 2008 website of the Obama transition team laying out the candidate's promises, has disappeared from the internet.

The Sunlight Foundation notes that it last could be viewed on June 8, which was two days after the first revelations from Edward Snowden (who had then not yet revealed himself) about the NSA's phone surveillance program. One of the promises Obama made on the website was on "whistleblower protections:"
barackobama  transparency  whistleblower  corruption  lie  hypocrisy 
july 2013 by cboyack
Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans
Besides Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, most Democrats abandoned their civil liberty positions during the age of Obama. With a new leak investigation looming, the Democrat leadership are now being forced to confront all the secrets they’ve tried to hide.
democrat  hypocrisy  war  activism 
june 2013 by cboyack
Justice Department Fights Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding Unconstitutional Surveillance | Mother Jones
In the midst of revelations that the government has conducted extensive top-secret surveillance operations to collect domestic phone records and internet communications, the Justice Department was due to file a court motion Friday in its effort to keep secret an 86-page court opinion that determined that the government had violated the spirit of federal surveillance laws and engaged in unconstitutional spying.

This important case—all the more relevant in the wake of this week's disclosures—was triggered after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate intelligence committee, started crying foul in 2011 about US government snooping. As a member of the intelligence committee, he had learned about domestic surveillance activity affecting American citizens that he believed was improper. He and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), another intelligence committee member, raised only vague warnings about this data collection, because they could not reveal the details of the classified program that concerned them. But in July 2012, Wyden was able to get the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to declassify two statements that he wanted to issue publicly.
secrecy  nsa  wiretap  surveillance  hypocrisy  transparency 
june 2013 by cboyack
President Obama’s Dragnet -
hose reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability. The administration has now lost all credibility. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it. That is one reason we have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear after the 9/11 attacks by members of Congress who mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers.
patriotact  barackobama  transparency  hypocrisy  corruption  nytimes 
june 2013 by cboyack
Reporter Asks White House if U.S. Airstrikes That Kill Afghan Civilians Qualify as ‘Terrorism’ | Dispatches from the Underclass
Matthew Keys, the social media editor at Reuters, posted audio of a reporter asking White House Press Secretary Jay Carney if U.S. bombings that kill innocent civilians in Afghanistan constitute an “act of terror” given the labeling of the Boston Marathon bombing as “terrorism”. She specifically refers to a U.S. airstrike earlier this month that killed 11 children, just the latest in a seemingly endless line of Afghan civilian deaths at the hands of the U.S. government.
terrorism  barackobama  hypocrisy 
april 2013 by cboyack
US battles Iraq and Afghanistan over detention without charges | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free |
or several decades, the US government - in annual "human rights" reports issued by the State Department (reports mandated by the US Congress) - has formally condemned nations around the globe for the practice of indefinite detention: imprisoning people without charges or any fixed sentence. These reports, said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her preface to last year's document, are grounded in the principle that "respect for human rights is not a western construct or a uniquely American ideal; it is the foundation for peace and stability everywhere." That 2011 report condemned numerous nations for indefinite detention, including Libya ("abuse and lack of review in detention"), Uzbekistan ("arbitrary arrest and detention"), Syria ("arbitrary arrest and detention"), and Iran ("Authorities held detainees, at times incommunicado, often for weeks or months without charge or trial").

In Afghanistan and Iraq, the US government is engaged in a fierce and protracted battle over the fundamental right to be free of indefinite detention. Specifically, the US is demanding that the governments of those two nations cease extending this right to their citizens
hypocrisy  foreignpolicy  empire  dueprocess 
november 2012 by cboyack
Top CIA Official: Obama Changed Virtually None of Bush’s Controversial Programs | Top Secret America | FRONTLINE | PBS
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama pledged “a top to bottom review of the threats we face and our abilities to confront them.” He promised a sweeping overhaul of the Bush administration’s war on terror, which he criticized for compromising American values.

But FRONTLINE has learned from a former high-ranking CIA official that even before he took office, Obama’s team “signaled” they had no intention of rolling back secret programs begun under the Bush administration.
cia  barackobama  georgebush  hypocrisy  lie 
september 2012 by cboyack
Rochester city employees caught by red-light cameras 119 times | Democrat and Chronicle |
Over the past 18 months, city of Rochester employees have committed at least 119 red light violations while driving city vehicles, records show.

But while employees can be disciplined for the violation, “payment of the related fine will not be required,” according to a newly adopted city procedure for handling the violations.
newyork  police  hypocrisy  traffic  ticket 
september 2012 by cboyack
Secret ‘Kill List’ Tests Obama’s Principles -
Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be.

Mr. Obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war and torture, and then insisted on approving every new name on an expanding “kill list,” poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre “baseball cards” of an unconventional war. When a rare opportunity for a drone strike at a top terrorist arises — but his family is with him — it is the president who has reserved to himself the final moral calculation.

“He is determined that he will make these decisions about how far and wide these operations will go,” said Thomas E. Donilon, his national security adviser. “His view is that he’s responsible for the position of the United States in the world.” He added, “He’s determined to keep the tether pretty short.”
barackobama  drone  murder  military  foreignpolicy  hypocrisy 
may 2012 by cboyack
Warrantless spying fight -
Remember the George W. Bush warrantless wiretapping program? The one that was so illegal that Congress had to pass a special law to ensure that no one was prosecuted for it or sued by their customers for facilitating it? And was found by independent reviewers to be pretty pointless anyway? And was then brilliantly codified and written into stone by Congress? And which almost immediately went off the rails, being used to collect all sorts of stuff it wasn’t supposed to? It’s back!

The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA) rewrote our surveillance laws, which had generally required a warrant or court order for surveillance of people in the US. Under the FAA, the government can get a year-long programmatic court order for general bulk collection of Americans’ international communications without specifying who will be tapped.  It is up to the administration to decide that on its own after the fact, without any judicial review. . . .  Once the National Security Agency sucks up these phone calls, texts, emails and Internet records, it can use them pursuant to secret rules that they swear protect our privacy.
wiretap  nsa  cia  barackobama  hypocrisy  fisa 
may 2012 by cboyack
Celebrating our “Warrior President” -
Just ponder that: not only the Democratic Party, but also its progressive faction, is wildly enamored of “one of the most militarily aggressive American leaders in decades.” That’s quite revealing on multiple levels. Bergen does note that irony: he recalls that Obama used his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech to defend the justifications for war and points out: “if those on the left were listening, they didn’t seem to care.” He adds that “the left, which had loudly condemned George W. Bush for waterboarding and due process violations at Guantánamo, was relatively quiet when the Obama administration, acting as judge and executioner, ordered more than 250 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2009, during which at least 1,400 lives were lost.”
barackobama  war  hypocrisy  georgebush  peace 
may 2012 by cboyack
White House Uses Espionage Act to Pursue Leak Cases -
Last Wednesday in the White House briefing room, the administration’s press secretary, Jay Carney, opened on a somber note, citing the deaths of Marie Colvin and Anthony Shadid, two reporters who had died “in order to bring truth” while reporting in Syria.

Jake Tapper, the White House correspondent for ABC News, pointed out that the administration had lauded brave reporting in distant lands more than once and then asked, “How does that square with the fact that this administration has been so aggressively trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistle-blowers to court?”

He then suggested that the administration seemed to believe that “the truth should come out abroad; it shouldn’t come out here.”

Fair point. The Obama administration, which promised during its transition to power that it would enhance “whistle-blower laws to protect federal workers,” has been more prone than any administration in history in trying to silence and prosecute federal workers.
journalism  secrecy  corruption  hypocrisy  barackobama 
march 2012 by cboyack
Prison » Obama Plays Race Card, Calls on Churches to Support Campaign
Imagine if Ron Paul announced a national campaign called ‘Whites for Ron Paul’ – he’d be vilified as a racist. And yet Barack Obama has done the equivalent of precisely that with his launch of ‘African Americans for Obama’.
racism  barackobama  hypocrisy 
february 2012 by cboyack
Repulsive progressive hypocrisy -
Repulsive liberal hypocrisy extends far beyond the issue of Guantanamo. A core plank in the Democratic critique of the Bush/Cheney civil liberties assault was the notion that the President could do whatever he wants, in secret and with no checks, to anyone he accuses without trial of being a Terrorist – even including eavesdropping on their communications or detaining them without due process. But President Obama has not only done the same thing, but has gone much farther than mere eavesdropping or detention: he has asserted the power even to kill citizens without due process. As Bush’s own CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden said this week about the Awlaki assassination: “We needed a court order to eavesdrop on him but we didn’t need a court order to kill him. Isn’t that something?” That is indeed “something,” as is the fact that Bush’s mere due-process-free eavesdropping on and detention of American citizens caused such liberal outrage, while Obama’s due-process-free execution of them has not.
progressive  democrat  liberal  barackobama  georgebush  war  hypocrisy  guantanamo 
february 2012 by cboyack
Leon Panetta’s explicitly authoritarian decree -
But this is one of the towering, unanswerable hypocrisies of Democratic Party politics. The very same faction that pretended for years to be so distraught by Bush’s mere eavesdropping on and detention of accused Terrorists without due process is now perfectly content to have their own President kill accused Terrorists without due process, even when those targeted are their fellow citizens: obviously a far more Draconian and permanent abuse than eavesdropping or detention (identically, the very same faction that objected to Bush’s radical whole-world-is-a-Battlefield theory now must embrace exactly that theory to justify how someone riding in a car, or sitting at home, or sleeping in his bed, in a country where no war is declared, is “on a battlefield” at the time the CIA ends his life).
terrorism  barackobama  democrat  hypocrisy  assassination  cia  dueprocess 
february 2012 by cboyack
Iran and the Terrorism game -
As I’ve said before, Terrorism is simultaneously the term that means nothing and justifies everything. That’s why such strong emotions are evoked when it is used in a way that deviates from mandated orthodoxies. It’s a meaningless term, but incredibly (perhaps incomparably) significant in governing how power and violence can be wielded and against whom.
terrorism  iran  israel  foreignpolicy  hypocrisy  conspiracy  corruption 
january 2012 by cboyack
VP's closed-door transparency chat | POLITICO 44
Spot the irony in Vice President Biden’s schedule today, from the White House’s daily guidance:

“At 1:00 PM, the Vice President will attend a meeting of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. At 2:30 PM, the Vice President will meet with representatives of the National Sheriffs' Association in the Roosevelt Room. These meetings are closed press.”
barackobama  transparency  hypocrisy 
november 2011 by cboyack
US says dropping bombs is not war, but guessing a computer password is
The US government sure has an interesting way of defining war these days. Just a few months after the Obama administration played word games with the public by insisting that air strikes in Libya were just "kinetic military action," not acts of war, the Pentagon has now come on the record stating that it will treat all acts of cyber-hacking against the US as "acts of war."

The announcement came on the heels of a supposed cyber-attack that occurred a few weeks ago against defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Officials say when hacking incidents like this occur in the future, retaliation in the form of reverse cyber-attacks, economic sanctions, and even "military strike[s]" may take place.

"A response to a cyber-incident or attack on the US would not necessarily be a cyber-response," said Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman. "All appropriate options would be on the table." A White House statement also said the US plans to "respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country," implying that computer hackers could soon face retaliatory attacks by the US military.
war  cyberwar  properroleofgovernment  defense  libya  hypocrisy 
june 2011 by cboyack
Obama solicitor general: If you don't like mandate, earn less money | Philip Klein | Beltway Confidential | Washington Examiner
President Obama's solicitor general, defending the national health care law on Wednesday, told a federal appeals court that Americans who didn't like the individual mandate could always avoid it by choosing to earn less money.
healthcare  capitalism  hypocrisy  properroleofgovernment  barackobama 
june 2011 by cboyack Members of Congress Are Exempt from Insider Trading Laws and Make 6% Per Year Trading on Inside Information
I wasn't aware of this, but apparently the damn hypocrite members of Congress are exempt from insider trading laws, when they vote on legislation that will impact their portfolio and as a result of knowledge they gain from their Congressional activities. Nice that the bastards have exempted themselves.

Valerie Richardson at the Washington Times reports:
Strict laws ban corporate executives from trading on their insider knowledge, but no restrictions exist for members of Congress. Lawmakers are permitted to keep their holdings and trade shares on the market, as well as vote on legislation that could affect their portfolio values.
Not surprisingly, the data suggest that Congressmen are using this insider edge to profit. Here's Richardson again:
congress  stockmarket  corruption  hypocrisy 
may 2011 by cboyack
The Associated Press: SPIN METER: Switching positions is in fashion
Political flip-flops are in fashion these days, in red and in blue, from the White House to the Congress to the 2012 campaigns for both.
Raise the debt limit?
Democrats who voted against it when George W. Bush was president now say Republicans could wreck the economy if they do the same. Republicans who voted for it then demand spending cuts before committing now.
Remake Medicare, as recommended in the House Republican budget?
Republican Newt Gingrich, running for president, was harshly critical, then apologized after conservatives attacked him for his remarks. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. and seeking re-election in 2012, also seems conflicted.
"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative," the British humorist Oscar Wilde once wrote.
politics  hypocrisy  harryreid  orrinhatch  barackobama 
may 2011 by cboyack
ObamaCare Cheerleader AARP Given ObamaCare Waiver
When President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saw to the passage of ObamaCare in March 2010, they feigned excitement over the supposed benefits that were to befall the American people. As time passed following the law’s passage, however, it became evident that the law was not all it was touted to be, and a massive amount of waivers were handed out to those well-connected enough to secure them from the Obama administration. The latest group to receive a waiver is a company that was ironically one of the biggest cheerleaders of the healthcare legislation at the time of its passage: the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
barackobama  healthcare  aarp  hypocrisy 
may 2011 by cboyack
Health Care Law | San Francisco | Nancy Pelosi | The Daily Caller
Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama’s administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district.

That’s in addition to the 27 new waivers for health care or drug companies and the 31 new union waivers Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services approved.

Pelosi’s district secured almost 20 percent of the latest issuance of waivers nationwide, and the companies that won them didn’t have much in common with companies throughout the rest of the country that have received Obamacare waivers.

Other common waiver recipients were labor union chapters, large corporations, financial firms and local governments. But Pelosi’s district’s waivers are the first major examples of luxurious, gourmet restaurants and hotels getting a year-long pass from Obamacare.
nancypelosi  barackobama  healthcare  corruption  hypocrisy 
may 2011 by cboyack
Biden: We should impeach presidents who launch attacks without Congressional approval « Hot Air
Say, maybe this is why Barack Obama has decided to shave a couple of hours off of his South America tour by skipping the Mayan ruins in El Salvador. With Joe Biden insisting that he would personally take charge of impeaching a President that launched military action against another country without getting authorization from Congress, Obama may feel the need to race back to Washington to keep his own VP from ousting him from the Oval Office.
barackobama  georgebush  hypocrisy  joebiden  impeachment  war  congress  constitution 
march 2011 by cboyack
Obama on presidential war-making powers - Mobile
I will simply never understand the view that the Constitution allows the President unilaterally to commit the nation to prolonged military conflict in another country -- especially in non-emergency matters having little to do with self-defense -- but just consider what candidate Barack Obama said about this matter when -- during the campaign -- he responded in writing to a series of questions regarding executive power from Charlie Savage, then of The Boston Globe:
barackobama  war  hypocrisy 
march 2011 by cboyack
The Egyptian mirror - Glenn Greenwald -
One of the most revealing journalistic genres is the effort by establishment media outlets to explain to their American audiences why Those Other Countries -- usually in the Middle East -- are so bad and awful and plagued by severe political and societal corruption (see here and here for examples).  This morning, The New York Times has a classic entry, as it unironically details how Egypt is a cesspool of oligarchical favoritism and self-dealing.  The article focuses on Ahmed Ezz, a close friend of Hosni Mubarak's son who has exploited his political connections to corner much of the nation's steel market, triggering growing resentment by the public.  Along the way, we learn several disturbing things about Egypt, including this:

For many years, Mr. Ezz has represented the intersection of money, politics and power . . . . Public resentment at the wealth acquired by the politically powerful helped propel the uprising already reshaping the contours of power along the Nile. . . . Hosni Mubarak's Egypt has long functioned as a state where wealth bought political power and political power bought great wealth.

Can you believe that "in Hosni Mubarak's Egypt," private wealth translates into great political power and vice-versa?  What is it like, wonders the curious and concerned Times reader, to live in a country like that?  No wonder there's an uprising. 

How many American politicians with a national platform over the last thirty years have failed to convert their political standing into great personal wealth?  Perhaps only those who began their political careers with great wealth.  Ex-Presidents and their wives and top aides are routinely lavished with many millions of dollars from media companies and other corporations for books, speeches and other services (Obama didn't even wait to become President to capitalize on his political celebrity), while a large portion of ex-members of Congress and administration officials with any real power feed at the trough of corporate largesse in exchange for peddling their influence.  It would literally be impossible to list all the top officials from both parties who have quickly converted their political influence into vast personal wealth over the past two decades; it'd be much quicker to list the few who haven't.  
journalism  egypt  glenngreenwald  hypocrisy  msm 
february 2011 by cboyack
Patriot Act up for renewal and no one notices - National Independent |
On January 5th, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) introduced a bill to add yet another year to the soon to be expiring Patriot Act.  This would extend it until February of 2012, and passage is likely to happen with little debate or contention.  If passed, this would be the second time the Obama administration has punted on campaign promises to roll back excessive surveillance measures allowed under the act passed in the wake of 9/11.

When the Patriot Act was first signed in 2001, it was billed as a temporary measure required because of the extreme circumstances created by the terrorist threat.  The fear from its opponents was that executive power, once given, is seldom relinquished.  In retrospect, that fear appears well founded.  Not only has Obama not given the power back, but he has continued to abuse it to spy on citizens without due process.

In 2007, candidate Obama said during his Presidency there would be "no more National Security Letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime" because "that is not who we are, and it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists."  The hope that he'll make good on that statement is seeming pretty audacious.
barackobama  patriotact  hypocrisy  congress 
january 2011 by cboyack
Speaker Pelosi Leaves With a Whopper - Nancy Pelosi - Fox Nation
At her final press conference as House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, "Deficit reduction has been a high priority for us. It is our mantra, pay-as-you-go."

The numbers tell a different story.

When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04. The last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi's Speakership on December 22, 2010 the national debt was $13,858,529,371,601.09 - a roughly $5.2 trillion increase in just four years. Furthermore, the year over year federal deficit has roughly quadrupled during Pelosi's four years as speaker, from $342 billion in fiscal year 2007 to an estimated $1.6 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2010.
nancypelosi  corruption  congress  hypocrisy  budget  taxes  debt  deficit  barackobama  democrat 
january 2011 by cboyack
Senator Barack Obama Explaining his 2006 Vote Against Raising the Debt Limit - By Andrew C. McCarthy - The Corner - National Review Online
From Sen. Obama’s Floor Speech, March 20, 2006:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

At the time, Senator Obama was urging Congress not to tolerate an increase that would bring the debt ceiling to $9 trillion. Under President Obama, the debt ceiling has been raised to $14.3 trillion. Even without counting most unfunded liabilities, the national debt is now calculated to be nearing $14.1 trillion. It increases about $4.22 billion per day (each citizen’s share stands at roughly $45K). Thus, Democrats will soon demand that the debt ceiling be raised, lest the sky fall. When they do, they will be asking for a significant boost in a ceiling that is already 60 percent higher than the one Barack Obama said was “a sign of leadership failure” five years ago.
barackobama  hypocrisy  debt  congress  taxes  budget  deficit 
january 2011 by cboyack
TSA: Some Gov't Officials to Skip Airport Security - ABC News
Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.

Aviation security officials would not name those who can skip the controversial screening, but other officials said those VIPs range from top officials like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FBI Director Robert Mueller to congressional leaders like incoming House Speaker John Boehner, who avoided security before a recent flight from Washington's Reagan National Airport.
tsa  government  hypocrisy 
november 2010 by cboyack
Campaign For Liberty — Republican Hypocrisy on Obamacare    by Laurence M. Vance
One of the Republicans' main selling points in the congressional elections this year is their promise to repeal the Democratic health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The fact that they didn't repeal anything after they gained control of the Congress in the 1994 election is a long-forgotten thing to most Americans. And no one salivating to vote Republican in the upcoming election seems to remember that nothing was repealed during the Bush years either -- even when Republicans controlled the presidency and both houses of Congress.
republican  healthcare  hypocrisy  gop 
october 2010 by cboyack
Bono's ONE foundation under fire for giving tiny percentage of funds to charity | Mail Online
Bono's anti-poverty foundation ONE is under pressure to explain its lavish salaries after it was revealed that only a small percentage of money it raises reaches the needy.

The non-profit organisation set up by the U2 frontman received almost £9.6m in donations in 2008 but handed out only £118,000 to good causes (1.2 per cent).

The figures published by the New York Post also show that £5.1m went towards paying salaries.
bono  un  nwo  charity  hypocrisy  corruption  scandal 
september 2010 by cboyack
Ground zero church launches with anti-Muslim, anti-Mormon sermon - War Room -
To an audience of about 50 people -- fully half of whom were members of the press -- Pastor Bill Keller launched his 9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero this morning with a fiery sermon targeting Muslims and Mormons as hell-bound followers of false faiths. Keller took aim in particular at Glenn Beck, a Mormon, and Imam Rauf, the organizer of the Park51 Islamic community center.

Keller, an extremist Internet evangelist from Florida, spoke at a drab ballroom of the Marriott hotel two blocks south of ground zero for the launch of his Christian Center, a response to Park51. He told the audience, which included a couple of 9/11 Truther protesters, that he is scouting three possible locations for a permanent church.
mormonism  groundzero  9/11  muslim  nyc  wtc  hypocrisy 
september 2010 by cboyack
"Non-combat" Iraq troops still get combat pay
Since the 4/2 Stryker brigade left Iraq earlier this month, there has been quite a debate about whether combat missions are officially over in Iraq. The U.S. military says that there are now only training brigades left, outfitted with things like more engineers to train their Iraqi counterparts. And on Tuesday, President Obama is scheduled to give an Oval Office speech declaring the end of the combat phase of the war. So does that mean combat is over?

According to the military’s payroll records at least, it’s not. According to this report, soldiers will still get combat pay in Iraq even after Sept. 1, when combat operations officially end and the mission becomes a training one.
iraq  military  lie  hypocrisy 
august 2010 by cboyack
Obama Will Not Rest!* :: all-encompassingly :: blog
The entertaining chart doesn’t show it, but President Obama has golfed about 40 or 50 times during his presidency, in addition to these other breaks. There is nothing wrong with golfing or vacationing, but for a couple of things:

(1) The President repeatedly criticizes other people for vacationing in such places as Las Vegas.

(2) As Mark Levin notes, President Obama repeatedly promised us he would not be resting:
barackobama  lie  hypocrisy  vacation 
august 2010 by cboyack
The Parent Company Trap - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 08/23/2010 - Video Clip | Comedy Central
Fox News is either evil or stupid for not mentioning that Alwaleed bin Talal is News Corp.'s largest shareholder.
foxnews  mosque  hypocrisy  corruption  islam  saudiarabia 
august 2010 by cboyack
My take: Why aren't more Mormons supporting Islamic Center? – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs
Perhaps I am wrong for holding Mormons to some higher standard, but I do. I believe that members of a religious group that has been persecuted almost to extinction should stand up and speak out when Newt Gingrich starts likening Muslims to Nazis and Tea Party advocates start referring to Islam as a cult. At a minimum, religious minorities should not fall into the Puritan trap of demanding religious freedom for themselves while denying it to others.
mormonism  religionandpolitics  mosque  freedomofreligion  firstamendment  islam  mittromney  hypocrisy 
august 2010 by cboyack
Campaign For Liberty — Getting Rid of Transparency
President Obama has abolished the position in his White House dedicated to transparency and shunted those duties into the portfolio of a partisan ex-lobbyist who is openly antagonistic to the notion of disclosure by government and politicians....
barackobama  transparency  whitehouse  hypocrisy  corruption 
august 2010 by cboyack
First Lady Flies Into Firestorm After Lavish Spain Trip - Newsweek
“If I were still a member of the Democratic Party, I would be most concerned. What is going on in the White House seems to be so disconnected from the reality of our country — with some indicating real unemployment at a staggering 22% — as to be teetering on the brink of a psychological disorder.”
barackobama  vacation  hypocrisy  waste  taxes  secretservice 
august 2010 by cboyack
Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette on a glitzy Spanish vacation
To be clear, what the Obamas do with their money is one thing; what they do with ours is another. Transporting and housing the estimated 70 Secret Service agents who will flank the material girl will cost the taxpayers a pretty penny.

Perhaps it could be that the Obamas, who seem to fancy themselves more along the lines of international celebrities than actual leaders, espouse a different view of sacrifice. When Michelle Obama accompanied her husband to Copenhagen along with best buddy Oprah Winfrey, she billed the trip - an ultimately unsuccessful bid to bring the Olympics to Chicago - as follows: "As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the President to come for these few days, so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home."

A quick jaunt to Denmark is a sacrifice? What portraits in courage!
michelleobama  barackobama  taxes  secretservice  hypocrisy 
august 2010 by cboyack
Who’s at Fault if WikiLeaks Endangers Innocents?
The federal government loves corporate whistleblowers; they get paraded before congressional committees and treated as selfless heroes out to protect the little guy from big, bad business. Let someone blow the whistle on the government, however, and Uncle Sam’s long knives come out.

Such is the case with the Obama administration’s responses to the WikiLeaks document dump. Immediately after the release of the documents, National Security Adviser Jim Jones issued a statement in which he said, “The United States strongly condemns the disclosure of classified information by individuals and organizations which could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security.”
wikileaks  afghanistan  federalgovernment  hypocrisy  transparency  whistleblower 
august 2010 by cboyack
Editorial - Breaking a Promise on Surveillance -
It is just a technical matter, the Obama administration says: We just need to make a slight change in a law to make clear that we have the right to see the names of anyone’s e-mail correspondents and their Web browsing history without the messy complication of asking a judge for permission. It is far more than a technical change. The administration’s request, reported Thursday in The Washington Post, is an unnecessary and disappointing step backward toward more intrusive surveillance from a president who promised something very different during the 2008 campaign.
barackobama  lie  nsa  warrant  policestate  surveillance  privacy  fourthamendment  hypocrisy 
july 2010 by cboyack - SEC Says New FinReg Law Exempts It From Public Disclosure
Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases from the public, including those filed under the Freedom of Information Act.
sec  foia  corruption  hypocrisy 
july 2010 by cboyack
Jay Bybee's sociopathic self-absorption - Glenn Greenwald -
Just think about that. The so-called "government service" Jay Bybee did caused countless detainees to be subjected to systematized, medieval torture techniques designed to permanently break their mind and spirit. Innocent men spent years wasting away in a cage, with no due process of any kind, subjected to horrific and life-destroying abuse because of what Bybee authorized. So frivolous were Bybee's opinions that they were scorned even by subsequent right-wing, Bush appointees such as Jack Goldsmith, and the DOJ's own Office of Professional Responsibility formally renounced and harshly criticized those memos. For that work, he was rewarded with a life tenured, permanently-well-paying job as a federal appellate judge.
jaybybee  torture  hypocrisy 
july 2010 by cboyack
Holder announces initiative to battle corruption in foreign states - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
The U.S. launched a new initiative on Sunday aimed at battling large-scale public corruption in foreign states. 

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative at the African Union Summit in Uganda. In addition to tackling the lucrative field of public bribes, the new initiative is also aimed at recovering public money and redirecting it to its intended use.
hypocrisy  foreignaid  ericholder  barackobama  corruption  africa 
july 2010 by cboyack
CNN anchors attack the scourge of anonymity - Glenn Greenwald -
At least anonymous bloggers are very clear and truthful about what they are: often citizens whose jobs or other interests prevent them from attaching their names to their political expression. By stark contrast, all of these establishment media outlets perpetrate a total fraud on the public by pretending that they have standards for when anonymity will be used even though, as these examples from the last 24 hours alone prove, they routinely violate those alleged standards for absolutely no reason. It just never ceases to amaze how much establishment journalists like Roberts and Phillips love to rail against the Evils of Internet Anonymity when reckless, cowardly anonymity -- for purposes ranging from catty, trivial gossip to pernicious propaganda and everything in between -- is a central tool of their "profession" and of the political class they cover.
cnn  blog  blogging  anonymity  journalism  news  media  secrecy  hypocrisy 
july 2010 by cboyack
Cato Points out an Ironic Quote by Obama | Young Americans for Liberty
As I was reading an article about a comment Obama made regarding a bill he signed, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to draw this up. 
barackobama  legislation  hypocrisy  irony 
july 2010 by cboyack
Federalism must not be abandoned | Deseret News
The price of liberty, President Andrew Jackson said as he left office in 1837, is eternal vigilance by the people. As Americans, we must always protect the fundamental ingredients of liberty, such as intrinsic limits on government powers and a careful division of those powers between the federal and state governments.

We are at a crucial crossroads in our country. All across this great nation we are seeing calls to rein in the power of the federal government and to reassert our rights, as states and as a people, guaranteed by the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
constitution  tenthamendment  orrinhatch  garyherbert  hypocrisy 
may 2010 by cboyack
Mitt Romney's Magic Act: Creating the Illusion Romneycare Is Different from Obamacare
Behind Romney's victory is Romney's recent magic act: Campaigning against an Obama health care plan almost identical to the one he signed into law as governor of Massachusetts while at the same time positioning himself as the “conservative” Republican presidential contender. With his risible “conservative” packaging, the Republican contender has truly become the greatest pretender.

“Conservative” Romneycare was made possible only by many new tax increases, including gigantic income tax increases (as much as $1,116 per family in Massachusetts). Mitt Romney acknowledged on a March 7 Fox News Sunday interview that “We do insist that people buy insurance or pay their own way. And if they — if they don't buy insurance, they'll find that their taxes are higher.” Romneycare's individual tax penalties are even stiffer than those under Obamacare.
barackobama  mittromney  healthcare  hypocrisy 
april 2010 by cboyack
» Waxman Plans Industry Show Trials - Big Government
Democrats understand that passage of Obama’s healthcare “reforms” will probably hurt them in November, so they’re doing everything they can to dampen the anger directed at them and turn it against someone – anyone – else. Anger-dampening was built into the bill, postponing the tax increases and other burdens Americans will feel directly until after the 2010 elections (and some until after 2012). Obama and the congressional Democrats are out bragging about the rainbows and unicorns they’ve produced.
But now several major American companies – AT&T, Verizon, Deere & Co. and Caterpillar – are spoiling the carefully-planned narrative by saying that they will incur huge losses (impliedly causing job losses) because of the costs they will incur under the Obamacare plan.
As a result, congressional Dems are planning a public punishment of the heretics.
henrywaxman  congress  democrat  healthcare  corruption  hypocrisy 
april 2010 by cboyack
Dusting off an old Republican proposal - Unexplained Mysteries Discussion Forums
But now let's take a trip back to the last national health care reform debate in 1993. In a contentious, often partisan and ideological process, Senate Republicans took the initiative in drawing up a bipartisan, centrist plan. In addition to having several Democratic co-sponsors, this bill (introduced by Republican John Chafee) counted Republican Senate Minority leader Bob Dole among its co-sponsors, as well as several Republican Senators who still serve today (Kit Bond, Bob Bennett, Orrin Hatch, Dick Lugar, and Chuck Grassley). I'm going to walk through a rough outline of this bill, the Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act of 1993, but you can read the CRS summary or the entire bill at that THOMAS link. So what was one of the main Republican alternatives to Bill Clinton's health care plan in 1993? The major provisions (in the order in which they appear in the bill):
bobbennett  orrinhatch  healthcare  hypocrisy  republican 
april 2010 by cboyack
Romney defends Massachusetts health care law - The Boston Globe
Mitt Romney offered an enthusiastic defense last night of the comprehensive health care law he helped create four years ago in Massachusetts, even as he pointed to crucial distinctions between it and a similar national program enacted last week by Democrats. Yesterday, Romney proudly acknowledged that his bill included a set of new insurance regulations that “President Obama always likes to talk about in his health care plan — the good stuff.’’ Romney trumpeted the achievement of near-universal coverage in Massachusetts, while declining to acknowledge that the mechanism he used to achieve that goal — a requirement that individuals buy private insurance — is the same as the much-criticized mandate of Obama’s plan.
mittromney  healthcare  hypocrisy  barackobama  properroleofgovernment 
april 2010 by cboyack
44 - FEC report details lavish Republican spending
The Republican National Committee spent tens of thousands of dollars last month on luxury jets, posh hotels and other high-flying expenses, according to new Federal Election Commission filings, including nearly $2,000 for "meals" at Voyeur West Hollywood, a lesbian-themed nightclub that features topless dancers in bondage outfits.

The RNC spent more than $17,000 on private jet travel in Febuary as well as nearly $13,000 for limousines, according to the documents. The GOP's main political committee also ran up tabs at numerous posh hotels, including the Beverly Hills Hotel ($9,000); the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons ($6,600) and the W Hotel in Washington ($15,000), and spent more than $43,000 on its controversial midwinter meeting in Hawaii, not including airfare.
gop  hypocrisy  conservative  republican  waste  corruption 
march 2010 by cboyack
Death Threats Against Bush at Protests Ignored for Years · zomblog
Alas, if only it were that simple. Because the bald fact is that people threatened Bush at protests all the time by displaying menacing signs and messages — exactly as the anti-Obama protester just did in Maryland. Yet for reasons that are not entirely clear, none of those Bush-threateners at protests was ever arrested, questioned, or investigated (at least as far as I could tell).
barackobama  georgebush  hypocrisy  media  protest  threat 
march 2010 by cboyack
Pelosi Says She's Running Most Ethical Congress Ever, Media Mum |
When a reporter prefaced a question about Rangel by noting that Pelosi had promised to run the "most ethical and honest Congress in history" she interrupted him to say: "And we are."

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nancypelosi  democrat  barackobama  congress  corruption  hypocrisy  ethics 
february 2010 by cboyack
The GOP's "small government" tea party fraud - Glenn Greenwald -
There literally is no myth more transparent than the Republican Party's claim to believe in restrained government power. For that reason, it's only a matter of time before the fundamental incompatibility of the "tea party movement" and the political party cynically exploiting it is exposed.
libertarian  ronpaul  cpac  sarahpalin  foxnews  gop  republican  anncoulter  teaparty  liberty  conservative  hypocrisy  constitution 
february 2010 by cboyack
- Greenwald Calls Beck’s Bluff
“This is what Republicans always do,” Greenwald wrote. "When in power, they massively expand the power of the state in every realm. Deficit spending and the national debt skyrocket. The National Security State is bloated beyond description through wars and occupations, while no limits are tolerated on the Surveillance State. Then, when out of power, they suddenly pretend to re-discover their ‘small government principles.’ The very same Republicans who spent the 1990s vehemently opposing Bill Clinton's Terrorism-justified attempts to expand government surveillance and executive authority then, once in power, presided over the largest expansion in history of those very same powers. The last eight years of Republican rule was characterized by nothing other than endlessly expanded government power, even as they insisted -- both before they were empowered and again now -- that they are the standard-bearers of government restraint."
republican  georgebush  gop  hypocrisy  constitution  glennbeck 
february 2010 by cboyack
Democrats Go Crazy in 2005 :: all-encompassingly :: blog
Comedy gold as Democrats complain about Republicans possibly not letting the Dems filibuster while in the minority.
democrat  republican  senate  filibuster  hypocrisy 
february 2010 by cboyack
Republican Revisionism
Indeed, the GOP has attempted to co-opt the fervor of the tea partiers, despite having engaged in exactly the same big government practices which both groups now loudly decry (I’m presently at CPAC, where Mike Pence just said that “Republicans in Congress are back in the fight and they’re back in the fight on the right!” Yeah, I’ll believe that when I see it with a GOP majority. It’s easy to be principled when you’re the underdog). But in the liberty movement, at least, let’s maintain memories more than two years long.
republican  teaparty  gop  hypocrisy 
february 2010 by cboyack
Dems on Romney book: Same old flip-flopper - Salt Lake Tribune
For example, the former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate writes in his book that the Democrats' stimulus bill "will accelerate" the start of the recovery from the economic recession.
But previously, during a visit to Utah, Romney called the stimulus a failure and a "bad miscalculation" that is "going to cost the American people a lot."
Romney also writes in the book that the Wall Street bailout of 2008 kept the economy from a total meltdown and that it was necessary to spend the money.
But in September, Romney said that Americans have "every good reason to be alarmed" when the federal government starts buying car companies, taking over health care and "bailing out banks."
mittromney  hypocrisy  lie  doublespeak 
february 2010 by cboyack
A Warning To The Tea Party Nation
I say again, be careful, Tea Party Nation. You are being infiltrated. You are being compromised. You are being neutered. Stick to your principles. Stick with the Constitution. Keep opposing unconstitutional, preemptive wars. Keep calling for the abolition of the Federal Reserve. Keep fighting for less taxes, reduced federal spending, and states' rights. Keep opposing the Patriot Act and the New World Order. Don't abandon Ron Paul. Be wary of people such as Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. You don't need "big name" celebrities to give you credibility. As Samson's strength depended on keeping his hair uncut, your strength lies in keeping your principles intact. And unless you want to wind up like the Republican freshmen in 1994, avoid Newt Gingrich like the plague!
teaparty  gop  republican  hypocrisy  sarahpalin  glennbeck  newtgingrich 
february 2010 by cboyack
Stimulus foes see value in seeking cash - Washington Times
On Feb. 13, 2009, Sen. Robert F. Bennett, Utah Republican, issued a statement criticizing the stimulus — but two days earlier, he privately forwarded to Mr. Vilsack a list of projects seeking stimulus money.

"I believe the addition of federal funds to these projects would maximize the stimulative effect of these projects on the local economy," he wrote.

Mr. Bennett is up for re-election and facing several Republican challengers. Last month, the conservative anti-tax group Club for Growth announced that it was opposing his nomination for a fourth term.

"It is absurd to require Utah taxpayers to foot their portion of the bill associated with stimulus spending and then ask them to forgo competing for those funds without the input of their congressional representatives," said Bennett spokeswoman Tara Hendershott DiJulio.
bobbennett  hypocrisy  stimulus 
february 2010 by cboyack
Sally Jenkins - Tebow's Super Bowl ad isn't intolerant; its critics are -
Apparently NOW feels this commercial is an inappropriate message for America to see for 30 seconds, but women in bikinis selling beer is the right one.
"Are you saving yourself for marriage?" Tebow was asked last summer during an SEC media day.

"Yes, I am," he replied.

The room fell into a hush, followed by tittering: The best college football player in the country had just announced he was a virgin. As Tebow gauged the reaction from the reporters in the room, he burst out laughing. They were a lot more embarrassed than he was.

"I think y'all are stunned right now!" he said. "You can't even ask a question!"

That's how far we've come from any kind of sane viewpoint about star athletes and sex. Promiscuity is so the norm that if a stud isn't shagging everything in sight, we feel faintly ashamed for him
abortion  superbowl  commercial  tolerance  hypocrisy 
february 2010 by cboyack
Pelosi: Where Are the Jobs, Mr. President?
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' announcement that 470,000 people abandoned their job searches in July and that 3.2 million private sector jobs have been lost since President Bush took office:

“The fact is that President Bush’s misguided economic policies have failed to create jobs. Since President Bush took office, the country has lost 3.2 million jobs, the worst record since President Hoover. And today we learned that in July nearly half a million people gave up looking for a job.
nancypelosi  hypocrisy  unemployment 
february 2010 by cboyack
It Is A Madhouse Out There
Now, don't get me wrong. If the fellows were indeed breaking into his home, I'm glad the senator defended himself with a firearm. The miscreant deserved to be shot. Chalk up another one for the right to keep and bear arms. "What's the problem?" you ask. The problem is, the good senator is one of the most anti-gun politicians in North Carolina. According to gun owners in NC, Soles has made a career out of opposing lawful gun ownership for the general public. In other words, in R.C. Soles' world, his life is worth defending with a firearm, but your life or family (and mine) can go ahead and rot.

Soles is typical of Big-Government elitists who will allow themselves the luxury of all kinds of personal protection, while denying it for the common man.
guncontrol  hypocrisy  selfdefense 
february 2010 by cboyack
Radio clowns have distorted the notion of judicial activism | Paul Mulshine -
Where did these characters ever get the idea that it is "activism" for the court to do what the court was set up to do: Negate a law that violates the Constitution?

From the radio clowns, that's where. By the "radio clowns" I mean all of those salesmen who go on the radio and pretend to be conservatives, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and so on.
marklevin  ronpaul  conservative  seanhannity  glennbeck  hypocrisy 
january 2010 by cboyack
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