Top News Picks for w/o April 12, 2015

Republicans Pass Tax Cuts for the Rich that Increase Deficit By $270 Billion; Congratulations, Teabaggers, You Built That!

The United States House of Representatives ignored the White House veto threat and passed legislation that would repeal the estate tax on Thursday. It passed with a partisan 240-179 vote, and was backed by Republicans.

Apparently, repealing the Paris Hilton Tax is something that desperately needs to be done. Right now, it only applies to inherited assets worth $5.4 million or more, not your Teabilly uncle’s double-wide, but listening to them talk (popup), you wouldn’t think that.

[No problem not paying for tax cuts when tax cuts are for the rich!]

Rick Scott Is Revealing The GOP’s Ultimate Obamacare Hypocrisy

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), one of the staunchest opponents of the health care reform law, refuses to accept federal funds to implement Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, which would extend coverage to about 800,000 low-income people in the state. At the same time, however, Scott wants the Obama administration to give him federal funds to help implement a specific Medicaid pilot program [implemented by former Governor Jeb Bush]. Ultimately, Scott is demanding [$1 billion] from the government that doesn’t appear to be linked to Obamacare — and he’s willing to go to great lengths to get it. [Bold mine]

[Scott was Chairman and CEO of a major private hospital chain prior to becoming Governor of Florida. All he is doing is demanding that taxpayers give him money so he can help his wealthy hospital friends.]

Police get punched, put into headlocks, shot, but show shocking restraint with white ‘Christians’

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the quintessential definition of white privilege.

Somehow, police found it in their hearts, in spite of being punched in the face, put into headlocks, and even shot in a full-on battle royale parking lot melee, to use restraint that black folk across America could only dream of in a far-off fairytale land.

Hey GOP, look! Medicaid and Medicare keep costs down better than private insurance

Here’s a chart for all the Republicans proposing turning Medicare into a voucher system and gutting Medicaid (which is pretty much all of them). Yep, that’s Medicare and Medicaid performing wildly better than private insurance in holding down the increase in spending.

Self-Professed Tea Partier May Vote for Hillary… Because of Obamacare

A self-identified tea party patriot took to YouTube this week to explain why he may actually vote for Hillary Clinton over the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.

James Webb, who calls himself a “commie-hating, Obama-hating” American in another video, says he seriously doesn’t know who to vote for next time around. On the one hand, he’s a tea partier and has voted for Republicans for decades.

On the other hand, there’s Obamacare. [Bold mine]


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