Republicans have created this completely fictional President: his name is Barack X, and he’s an Islamo-socialist revolutionary who’s coming for your guns, raising your taxes, slashing the military, apologizing to other countries, and taking his cues from Europe — or worse yet, Saul Alinsky!
And this is how politics has changed: you used to have to run against an actual candidate. But now, you just recreate him inside the bubble and run against your new fictional candidate. That’s how Bush won in 2004 — by running against John Kerry, a French war criminal.
And speaking of Bush, I know conservatives are saying ‘Oh Bill, come on — Democrats did the same thing to him.’ No. Say what you will about the left’s hating of Bush, (but) at least we were hating on the real guy. We didn’t invent a boogeyman who tanked the economy, took us to war on false pretenses, and tortured prisoners — that was the actual guy.
But run down the list of complaints about ‘Fantasy Obama’. He ‘wants to raise your taxes,’ even though he’s lowered them; ‘confiscate your guns,’ even though he’s never mentioned it; and ‘read terrorists their rights’ — yeah, like he did Tuesday in Somalia.
…You see, the difference is the Republicans’ hatred of Obama is based on a paranoid feeling on what he might do; what he’s thinking; what he secretly wants to change. Anger with Bush was based on what he actually did. What Bush was thinking didn’t matter — because he wasn’t.
BILL MAHER, Real Time (via inothernews)
I consider an attack the healthcare reform bill that helps prevent a family from choosing between constant worry about a loved one with a history of mental health problems and extreme financial hardship to be a direct attack on my family. Without treatment, there is little hope for the physically and mentally endangered to improve.
The bottom line on a paycheck does not represent an American’s work ethic, nor should it be indicative of an American’s worth.
On a separate note:
My cousin had been using Speed, Molly, and Ecstacy for some time.
These drugs are dangerous, and not only if the user has mental health problems. Even when used safely, their long-term mental effects cannot be predicted. Amphetamines have a fairly high potential to become addictive. You are not unique. You are not special. You are not invincible. Claiming that you use these drugs safely ignores their mental effects and aftereffects, regardless of environment or dosage. People warn about these drugs for a reason.
So for those of you who engage in these short-term fun yet long-term ambiguous drug uses: Please stop. I’m asking you as a friend who genuinely cares about your well-being.
Based on past experience, I suspect these concerns will fall on deaf ears. But I want you to know that at a point in my life when it’s difficult to worry about anyone but myself, I’m worried about you. I don’t believe that my abstinence from hard drugs recuses me from making judgments based on two careful months of thought. So please don’t think of me as intolerant or self-righteous in an ad hominem attack to justify your actions against someone who profoundly disagrees. Please don’t think that I’m not growing up as fast as you, that I shouldn’t knock it before I try it, or that I’m choosing to be left in the dust as you embrace a glorious lifestyle.
If you think my words are harsh, there is a reason for it: Hard drugs deserve hard words.
That said, if you continue to use these dangerous drugs, I’ll still be your friend. I’ll still support you in every other area of your life. It won’t take away the love I have for you that’s been years in the making. But this is a big deal, and I won’t pretend that it’s not.
Right now, we’re poised to spend nearly one trillion dollars more on what was supposed to be a temporary tax break for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. Right now, because of loopholes and shelters in the tax code, a quarter of all millionaires pay lower tax rates than millions of middle-class households. Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.
Do we want to keep these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, or do we want to keep our investments in everything else? Like education and medical research? A strong military and care for our veterans? Because if we’re serious about paying down our debt, we can’t do both.
The American people know what the right choice is: so do I. As I told the Speaker this summer, I’m prepared to make more reforms that rein in the long-term costs of Medicare and Medicaid, and strengthen Social Security, so long as those programs remain a guarantee of security for seniors. But in return, we need to change our tax code so that people like me — and an awful lot of members of Congress — pay our fair share of taxes. Tax reform should follow the ‘Buffett Rule’: if you make more than a million dollars a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes.
—President BARACK OBAMA (via inothernews)