Could Robin Vos be Wisconsin’s Eric Cantor?

Last month, former House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost the Republican primary for the seat he held to Dave Brat, a relatively unknown tea party candidate who Cantor outspent by a wide margin. At the time I noted the 2014 election cycle could end up being interesting after all, and here in Wisconsin there’s one race that has gotten very interesting.

For those of you who may not have noticed, in the 63rd Assembly district Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is being challenged in the Republican primary by tea party candidate Bryn Biemeck. While Biemeck is most certainly a long shot to unseat Rep. Vos, she seems to be picking up a little steam, having recently received the endcorsement of Pro-Life Wisconsin.

As I wrote earlier, it’s clear Bryn Biemeck is a long shot to prevail over an entrenched incumbent politician like Robin Vos, but that race should certainly be interesting.

House #2 Eric Cantor loses Republican primary

I’ll admit it – this brought a smile to my face.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated Tuesday by a little-known economics professor in Virginia’s Republican primary, a stunning upset and major victory for the tea party.

Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was seen by some as a possible successor to the House speaker.

His loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago.

Brat had been a thorn in Cantor’s side on the campaign, casting the congressman as a Washington insider who isn’t conservative enough. Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention.

His message apparently scored well with voters in the 7th District.

Shortly after learning of Cantor’s loss in the Republican primary for the House seat he currently holds, this ad popped up on Craigslist.

Eric Cantor Craigslist ad

Perhaps the 2014 election cycle will be interesting after all…

Eric Cant(or) Tell The Truth

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Hypocrisy), was on 60 Minutes this week and turned the simplest questions into an adventure(enough so to make Sarah Palin proud).

Cantor was speaking with interviewer Lesley Stahl, who asked if he was ready to start compromising with Democrats on taxes. Cantor said he was indeed “ready to cooperate,” but then hedged his response.

“But what’s the difference between compromise and cooperate?” Stahl asked.

“I would say cooperate is ‘Let’s look to where we can move things forward to where we agree,” Cantor said. “Compromising principles, you don’t want to ask anybody to do that. That’s who they are as their core being.”

Stahl then mentioned to Cantor how his “idol” Reagan compromised his principles by raising taxes during his presidency. Cantor tried to deflect the focus by mentioning that Reagan cut taxes, but Stahl reiterated her point.

Upset at the reporter, Cantor’s press secretary yelled off camera, “That’s not true, and I don’t want to let that stand.”

No matter if Cantor, his staff or conservatives at-large want to deny that Reagan raised taxes, what Stahl said is completely true.

After his huge tax cut in 1981 slashed all tax rates to 23 percent, sparking a budget crisis, Reagan realized he’d also have to raise taxes in the years that followed. He raised taxes four times between 1982 to 1984, increasing the payroll tax, broadening the base of Social Security payees, applying the income tax to higher earners and rolling back corporate and individual tax breaks.

So the question is how do you reason & compromise, with someone who has absolutely NO grasp on reality?? How can someone who does not even understand he basic facts of his “hero” be relied upon to move our great country FORWARD? There are people that actually vote for him? Is there a difference between Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan? Are there a group of people doing more damage to our country right now than congressional Republicans?

Here is the full interview:

Here is the Ronald Reagan dodge and denial of reality:

Here is more Eric Cantor's blatant hypocrisy!

Sometimes it seems that a 9% approval rating for Congress is way too high! It is quite clear that the Republicans who like to tout themselves as the party of Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln would not welcome either to the current party!

Eric Cantor Needs His Fix

of Stimulus Money! yes Paul Ryan’s BFF needs his fix and needs it bad. Like a typical addict though, he has two personalities and has a hard time ever telling the truth. ‘

Eric Cantor # 1:

“And what we see in this budget, frankly, is an attempt, again, to try and stimulate the economy through government expenditure. And, you know, at best what that can do is redistribute wealth. It can’t create jobs; it can’t create wealth. We’ve got to get back to focusing on job creation and creating prosperity.”

“Government doesn’t create jobs and build wealth; entrepreneurs, risk takers and private businesses do,”

Eric Cantor #2 – the addict personality:

“High speed rail provides a sensible and viable solution to our region’s transportation challenges. It is estimated that creating a high speed railway through Virginia will generate as many as 185,500 jobs, as much as $21.2 billion in economic development, and put nearly 6.5 million cars off the road annually.”

, “Once an application for a Title XI loan guarantee is approved, the construction order is immediately placed in a shipyard, instantaneously creating and sustaining thousands of jobs in the shipyard and supplier base for two to three years.”

All Letters Here!

You Just Made That Up!

The Young Guns (Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor & Kevin McCarthy) have been telling anyone who will listen the regulations is choking the private sector like like Justice David Prosser chokes a woman*(he was mad so it was justified). Unfortunately for the ‘Young guns” Bruce bartlett, ex Ronald Reagan and George H W Bush economist was listening:

As for the idea that cutting regulations will lead to significant job growth, Bartlett said in an interview, “It’s just nonsense. It’s just made up.”

Government and industry studies support his view.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tracks companies’ reasons for large layoffs, found that 1,119 layoffs were attributed to government regulations in the first half of this year, while 144,746 were attributed to poor “business demand.”

Hmmm poor demand is the reason we do not have jobs in the country, who knew? Maybe we can have more tax cuts for the rich, that seemed to work well in the Bush years right?

“Republicans favor tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, but these had no stimulative effect during the George W. Bush administration, and there is no reason to believe that more of them will have any today,” writes Bruce Bartlett.

Well we need to do something to put mone yin the pockets of the ‘job creators” right Rick Perry?

The Republican candidates, however, have labeled President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus efforts a failure. Instead, most are calling for tax cuts that would primarily benefit high-income people, who are seen as the likeliest job creators.

“I don’t care about that,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry told The New York Times and CNBC, referring to tax breaks for the rich. “What I care about is them having the dollars to invest in their companies.”

Ummm Rick, there is one problem with that theory:

Many existing businesses, however, have plenty of unspent cash. The 500 companies that comprise the S&P index have about $800 billion in cash and cash equivalents, the most ever, according to the research firm Birinyi Associates.

The rating firm Moody’s says the roughly 1,600 companies it monitors had $1.2 trillion in cash at the end of 2010. That’s 11 percent more than a year earlier.

What does small business have to say about the economic climate?

Small businesses rate “poor sales” as their biggest problem, with government regulations ranking second, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Of the small businesses saying this is not a good time to expand, half cited the poor economy as the chief reason. Thirteen percent named the “political climate.”

More small businesses complained about regulation during the administrations of Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, according to an analysis of the federation’s data by the liberal Economic Policy Institute.

Which brings us back to a maybe we should have a JOBS bill! Wait the Republicans voted that down. They must have some other great ideas right Mr. Bartlett?

Bartlett, whose books on tax policy include “The Benefit and the Burden,” recently wrote in the New York Times: “People are increasingly concerned about unemployment, but Republicans have nothing to offer them.”

A quick reference post on Wisconsin\'s own Paul Ryan (R-Wall St.).

$60 Billion US Tax Dollars/ $12 million a day

No thats not how much your child’s math teacher is costing the state of Wisconsin, it is how much money we have WASTED in Iraq and Afghanistan have SO FAR! According to an independent panel\'s 240 page report.

Overall, the commission said spending on contracts and grants to support U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to exceed $206 billion by the end of the 2011 budget year. Based on its investigation, the commission said contracting waste in Afghanistan ranged from 10 percent to 20 percent of the $206 billion total. Fraud during the same period ran between 5 percent and 9 percent of the total, the report said.

Styled after the Truman Committee, which examined World War II spending six decades ago, the commission was vested with broad authority to examine military support contracts, reconstruction projects and private security companies. But the law creating the commission also dictated that it would cease operating at the end of September 2011, even as the U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to be heavily supported by contractors.

But wait there is more – We have been funneling millions to the Taliban:

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that U.S. military authorities in Kabul believe $360 million in U.S. tax dollars has ended up in the hands of people the American-led coalition has spent nearly a decade battling: the Taliban, criminals and power brokers with ties to both. The military said only a small percentage of the $360 million has been garnered by the Taliban and insurgent groups. Most of the money was lost to profiteering, bribery and extortion by criminals and power brokers.

I was going to ask Paul Ryan (R- War Contractors) who likes to bill himself as America’s accountant, what he felt about this incredible waste and fraud, but I did not have $15 on me.

We at BloggingBlue have been given exclusive footage of the of the \"Young Guns\" in action. In this clip, Steve martin plays the part of Government war contractors fraud and abuse, while Chevy Chase plays the part of fiscal conservative Eric “no natural disaster relief” Cantor and Martin Short plays the part of Paul “I will arrest any constituent who shows up at my office” Ryan.

Much More on Paul Ryan here!

Fart Jokes Next from Repubs

Prediction, and not so tongue in cheek:

As Steve Benen notes, the Republicans in Washington are so unserious about our nation’s problems that even Bart Simpson is more serious.  I think that’s clear, given John Boehner’s whining about the timing of President Obama’s jobs speech to CongressEric Cantor’s threats to hold Hurricane aid for Irene hostage, and Sarah Palin’s pouting about that witch.  I expect they already tell fart jokes in the GOP caucus, and it would surprise nobody if fart jokes comprise most of a GOP jobs plan in response to Obama’s speech, now scheduled to be viewed by nobody as it is up against the Packers season opener next week.  (I’ll be watching the Phillies that night against the Brewers, so I won’t see the speech live, either.)

Fart jokes.  That’s what I’m expecting.  Fart jokes.

Friday Fun

Wisconsin has been a hotbed for political activity this year and with the debt talks, deficit, etc… there have been a;pt of heavy subjects lately.

In case some of you have not seen this yet, there is a great website to lighten the load a little bit. The Borowitz Report, puts out numerous “onion like” reports dealing with politics on a regular basis.

A couple of my favorites:

Palin: ‘We Must Never Forget the Wisdom of Jefferson, and his Wife, Weezy’

or

Obama, Boehner Come to Agreement That Cantor is Douche

Feel free to check out his site.