On Sunday’s edition of “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint if the Republican Party was ready to “shoot the hostage” and shut down the federal government over funding Obamacare.
Wallace asked DeMint, “But, Senator, what they say, you know, is you don’t take a hostage unless you’re prepared to shoot him. And if you’re going to go down this road, are you prepared to shut down the government? Because the Democrats are not going to go along with this.”
Unfortunately, DeMint dodged the question, and didn’t say whether or not Republicans were ready to “shoot the hostage,” in this case, the American people.
Jim DeMint refused to answer Chris Wallace’s question, but the real answer is that Republicans have been “shooting the hostage” ever since President Obama was first inaugurated. Their “hostage taking plans” were laid out back on the night of January 20, 2009, while the President and many others in Washington, D.C. were attending inaugural balls.
Former Sen. Jim DeMint, the new president of the Heritage Foundation, began work there Thursday with a letter to the group’s staff outlining his vision for the organization. Mitt Romney would find much to admire in it.
Though he adjusted the former GOP presidential candidate’s estimate that 47 percent of the voting population is “dependent upon government,” DeMint doesn’t stray far from the underlying message.
“Today, more people than ever before — 69.5 million Americans, from college students to retirees to welfare beneficiaries — depend on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid, or other assistance once considered to be the responsibility of individuals, families, neighborhoods, churches, and other civil society institutions,” DeMint wrote.
Or workhouses and debtor prisons. Now, of course, we have the streets, so there’s no reason these worthless old geezers and other unproductives should cost us a dime.
“The United States must reverse the direction of these trends or face economic and social collapse.”
Hey, I know what we should do. Let’s all join the Republican Party so we can change it. What do you think?
The Republicans, we’re told, are going to have to start making some big changes if they want to start winning elections again. (Besides all the congressional elections they handily win.) Americans are tired of their stale rhetoric and old, white standard-bearers. The party needs fresh blood and bold ideas. It needs people like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a GOP rising star and highly regarded ‘ideas’ guy.
After the election, Jindal told Politico that the Republicans had to totally rebrand themselves to escape being known as ‘the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything.’ And so Bobby Jindal’s big new idea for Louisiana is … eliminating all income taxes. And shifting the tax burden onto poor and working people.
NEW ORLEANS, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Republican Governor Bobby Jindal said on Thursday he wants to eliminate all Louisiana personal and corporate income taxes to simplify the state’s tax code and make it more friendly to business.
Bold! Fresh! New! But how will Louisiana get money to pay for stuff? Easy!
Political analyst John Maginnis, who on Thursday reported in his email newsletter LaPolitics Weekly that Jindal will propose balancing the tax loss by raising the sales tax, now at 4 percent, said the strategy fits with the governor’s interest in keeping a high national profile.
While we don’t yet know the sales tax rate Jindal will propose, any hike would make Louisiana’s sales tax technically higher than New York state’s, which is also 4 percent. The tax will be still greater in many Louisiana parishes, including New Orleans, where the combined sales tax rate is currently 10 percent, making it already higher than New York City’s 8.875 percent.
Outgoing GOP Senator Has Harsh Words for Obama and His Own Party on Fiscal Cliff
DeMint’s hypocrisy is almost hilarious since he was chief among the GOP heel draggers and slackers who led to Congress budgeting furiously at the edge of the dreaded Christmas Cliff. All kinds of bed making cliches come to mind, but instead I think we should just point and laugh.
Outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint accused President Obama on Thursday of trying to steer the country over the so-called fiscal cliff, while predicting that the president will eventually get his way on raising taxes.
“It’s hard to work with someone who I think is intentionally trying to take us over this cliff,” DeMint told “CBS This Morning.”
The White House and Congress must reach a budget deal by Dec. 31 to prevent an automatic series of tax increases and spending cuts that experts say could plunge the country into another recession. Obama has been pushing for that deal to include tax hikes on households making more than $250,000 a year.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has said Obama would “absolutely” roll the country off the fiscal cliff if he doesn’t get his way.
“The president campaigned on raising taxes and getting rid of the Bush era tax cuts and he’s going to get his wish,” DeMint said. “I believe we’re going to be raising taxes - not just on the top earners - everyone’s going to pay more taxes next year in this country and I think that’s what the president wants.”
Public Policy Polling’s new survey shows that Stephen Colbert tops the South Carolina voters’ Senate wish list:
Haley has pretty solid numbers within her own party. 70% of Republicans approve of the job she’s doing to 22% who disapprove. But with Democrats (15/78 approval) and independents (28/57) her numbers are pretty woeful.
There is a path back to popularity for Haley though: appointing Stephen Colbert to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate. Colbert tops the wish list of who South Carolina voters would like to see join that body at 20%, followed by Tim Scott at 15%, Trey Gowdy at 14%, Jenny Sanford at 11%, Henry McMaster and Mark Sanford at 8%, Jeff Duncan and Joe Wilson at 5%, and Mick Mulvaney at 4%.
It’s Democrats and independents- those voters Haley most needs to improve her standing with- who are pining for a Colbert appointment. Among Democrats 32% say they’d like Colbert to be picked with Jenny Sanford at 19% and no one else in double digits. With crucial independent voters Colbert has a 15 point lead for the appointment, getting 28% to 13% for Tim Scott, 12% for Jenny Sanford, and 10% for Trey Gowdy with no one else in double digits.
I couldn’t agree with Joan more. Jim tried to sell a paranoid divisive vision for America and failed just as almost all populist fear mongers eventually do here in the US.
Putting people like Demint and other high profile demagogues into Heritage is also a failure on the right - Weyrich and Coor’s skunk works actually worked best when nobody but wonks knew about Heritage, Free Congress Foundation, and all the other wedge driving false front spin offs. The days of low profile and high influence are now over, and their crap will be called for what it is as soon as it leaves the grounds.
But somebody has to say it: DeMint isn’t leaving the Senate in glory; he’s leaving with his most fervent goals unfulfilled. He dedicated himself to making Barack Obama a one-term president - remember, healthcare reform was going to be his “Waterloo?” - and ending Democratic dominance in the Senate with his Senate Conservatives Fund. Instead, Obama is getting ready for his second Inauguration Day while DeMint packs up his Capitol office. The Senate, meanwhile, is more Democratic than before the election, and Harry Reid can thank DeMint for the fact that he held on as Senate Majority Leader - and even that he held on to his own seat. Of the 15 far-right Senate candidates DeMint backed in 2010 and 2012, eight lost, and five of them lost to Democrats who’d been given up for dead, including Reid. So I hope DeMint doesn’t let the door hit him in the behind when he carries his boxes out of the Senate.
Of course, conservatives are kvelling about DeMint’s move. “What you’ve got is a great movement with great ideas that’s now becoming a true force,” said Brent Bozell, the Media Research Center founder whose non-profit For America advocates for Christian values. Hiring DeMint was “a master stroke,” Bozell says. “It’s just the kind of move that will rejuvenate conservatism.”
It will certainly rejuvenate DeMint’s bank account - the job pays over $1 million annually - but it’s unlikely to rejuvenate conservatism. DeMint’s hiring makes plain that Heritage isn’t about serious ideas or research, but about political lobbying and leverage. All of the spinmeisters who are insisting the move makes DeMint and the Tea Party stronger are saying that for one reason only: It lets him threaten GOP leaders more brazenly from outside the Senate than he could within it.
These “friends of freedom” are damned scary to me.
CNN is reporting that Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a favorite of Tea Party types, is quitting the Senate to head up the Heritage Foundation, a DC-based conservative “think tank”.
“If not now, when?” It’s one of the most famous maxims of history, attributed to the great Rabbi Hillel, who’s also credited with a down-to-earth version of the Golden Rule: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary.”
Now, here’s your trivia question for the day: Who in our time revived that call to action with the challenge: “If not us, who? If not now, when?” Michael Moore? Barack Obama? Leaders of Occupy Wall Street?
No, not even close. Hillel’s urgent plea “If not now, when?” was appropriated by oil billionaires Charles and David Koch in a letter of invitation summoning CEOs to a fundraising summit in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in January 2011. It was imperative that they join forces, explained Charles Koch, “…to combat what is now the greatest threat to American freedom and prosperity in our lifetimes” — the administration of Barack Obama.
This was not the first such meeting called by the Koch Brothers. They’d been holding semi-annual gatherings of corporate barons since 2003, sprinkled with right-wing journalists, politicians, and Supreme Court justices. Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas sat in. So did Jim DeMint, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie and Rick Perry. Conservative pundits Charles Krauthammer, Michael Barone and Glenn Beck shed any pretense of objectivity to attend and wow the crowd of executives representing many of America’s biggest corporations: the Bechtel Group, the Fluor Corporation, Georgia-Pacific, Home Depot, Wells Fargo, the Blackstone Group, Circuit City, and Laredo Petroleum, among others.
Nor was this, as Charles Koch described it, just an innocent gathering of “some of America’s greatest philanthropists and job creators.” No, this was a meeting to line up corporate opposition to President Obama’s re-election — and a very successful one. Corporations attending the Rancho Mirage summit pledged $49 million for the 2012 anti-Obama campaign. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what the Koch brothers have raised and pumped into politics over the last 20 years.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), one of the most die-hard anti-choice lawmakers, has jumped on the bandwagon by sneaking a radical anti-abortion amendment onto a completely unrelated piece of legislation. DeMint’s amendment would ban women and their doctors from discussing abortion over the Internet:
Anti-choice Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) just filed an anti-choice amendment to a bill related to agriculture, transportation, housing, and other programs. The DeMint amendment could bar discussion of abortion over the Internet and through videoconferencing, even if a woman’s health is at risk and if this kind of communication with her doctor is her best option to receive care.
Under this amendment, women would need a separate, segregated Internet just for talking about abortion care with their doctors.
Whats next? Tapping phone lines to see if a woman mentions abortion when talking to her friends?