Are you better off now than you were when the GOP crashed the global economy?

How the GOP plans to punish Barack Obama’s success.

If you’re a homophobe, if you’re a health insurer who spends less then 80-85% of your revenue on actual health care, if you’re a member of Al Qaeda, the answer to the question “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” is simple.

No.

If you live in Michigan or any state that relies on auto industry, if you have a child with pre-existing conditions, if you’re on Medicare and paying less for your prescription medication, the answer is also simple.

Yes.

The fact is we will soon reach that point in the year when any America with a 401k will be able to say confidently, “Hell, yes.…

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Day 7 – Second quarter fundraiser — grand finale

Thank you for your support. Hint. Hint.

Today is the final day of our quarterly fundraiser and the last time we’ll ask you to pitch in a bit to support the work we do — for a while.

As I pointed out before, I was an Eclectablog supporter before I became a contributor. And if you’ve been debating about whether you should kick in a few shekels, I ask you to read Eclectablog’s recent post on the travesty that took place this Thursday in Lansing when the will of a quarter million Michiganders was thrown out by two men.

Chris was there.…

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Three Years After Bush, the GOP is Still Wrong About Everything

Learning is not fundamentalist.

What did the GOP learn from eight disastrous years of George W. Bush and the worst financial crisis in a half-century? Nothing good.

If we’d followed their advice to shrink government spending dramatically, the US line in the chart below would be flat—much like Europe’s and the UK’s. It might even be nosediving as Italy’s is.

But this chart proves the obvious: The President was right. As Joe Weisenthal from the Business Insider said, “This Chart Vindicates The Obama Economic Recovery“. (It was created by Reuters’ Scotty Barber.)

The government’s role in a crisis is to step in and spend when others cannot.…

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Senator seeks to make sure barber poles aren’t used incorrectly (and, no, I’m not kidding)

Thank gods someone is protecting us from errant barber poles

I actually thought this was a joke when I read it this morning:

As the historic barber pole has become an increasingly popular symbol, one lawmaker wants to make sure its use isn’t being abused.

In Michigan and other states, lawmakers want to make sure the rotating red, white and blue pole is used only at businesses where the barbers have had the proper training and put in the number of hours required to get a license. [...]

The issue is important enough to state Sen. John Gleason that he has introduced legislation that makes it clear only licensed barber shops should have the right to display a barber pole.

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SAVE THE DATE: Snyder Recall kick-off rally next Saturday, May 5, 2012

This is going to be big

Next Saturday, May 5, 2012 is the kickoff of the second attempt to recall Rick Snyder. It will start with a huge rally at the state Capitol building and you won't want to miss it. The event starts at 2:00 and thousands of people are expected to attend. In fact, it's essential that thousands of people DO attend. The huge rallies in Wisconsin galvanized the activists and volunteers there and we need to do the same here as we fight back against a conservative/corporate takeover of Michigan. Please plan to attend and help spread the word throughout all of your networks. Speakers include...
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Day 6 – Second quarter fundraiser — Weekend edition!

Keepin' the lights on, payin' the bills

Welcome to the final stretches of our 7-day, second quarter fundraiser. To recap, we don't really make any money doing this so we hold fundraisers once a quarter to give you, our readers, a chance to help support us as we fight the anti-progressive monsters and LOL at the GOP as much as possible. A big thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. If you haven't donated, I have to say the odds of winning the iPod or one of the five Obama photomosaic posters is actually quite good. Remember, any donation at all enters you in the drawing for posters. Donations of $25 or more will be in a drawing to win a Democrat blue iPod Nano. You can do so here::
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Projection Alert! Romney says “The Obama campaign is like one of those gyrating, intermittent lawn sprinklers”

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

In one of the snidest, most nasty press releases I have ever read, the Romney campaign engaged in a round of psychological projection that is truly transcendent. It's clearly an effort to take Mitt Romney's Achilles Heel and then attempt to smear President Obama with the same tar brush. The result is so comically laughable that even those on the right have to be giggling about it...
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UPDATED: Denying a quarter million Michiganders a political voice was NEVER about the fonts

If you think elections just don't matter, this should wake you up

Yesterday, two Republican men denied a quarter million Michiganders their political voice, a voice guaranteed by the constitution of the state and firmly-rooted in the basic tenets of our democracy. Two men. It's astonishing that our system is set up to give two men this much power. The excuse that both men gave was that, because the the heading on the petition was too small, the petitions were invalid. But this was not and never should have been about the fonts.
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