Top News Picks for w/o May 31, 2015

Travesty: We Spend $700 Billion on Welfare for Big Oil, and Only $36 Per Taxpayer to Feed the Poor

“So much of the political rhetoric surrounding spending is focused on programs like Food Stamps. Republicans have tried hard to make government program recipients seem lazy and unworthy while working equally as hard to cut social welfare programs in general. But do we not subsidize other things? We absolutely do!

The United States is the second biggest fossil fuel subsidizer, only behind China, giving about $700 billion a year. And who are benefits of the subsidies: mostly rich people. President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, and The IMF have both said that existing subsidies disproportionately go to the rich. To be specific, the richest 20% of people get six times as much as the poorest 20%.”

Ultra-Conservative Tea Partier Arrested for Possessing Child Porn

We learn on a daily basis that conservatives – in particular tea partiers – do not live what they preach. Lies and hypocrisy are their favorite tools of trade.

“An ultra-conservative former Brooklyn city council candidate and Tea Party strategist – whose campaign slogan was “Our children are our future” – has been arrested this Thursday for possessing and sharing child p*rn on the Internet.

Joseph Hayon, 37, admitted to police that he traded the images of kids between the ages of 2 and 12 in December 2014.”

Judges Are Just Extensions of Political Parties These Days

How many times have we read sentences exactly like this? It’s a wonder that anyone in the country still believes that federal judges are honest brokers these days.”

“The two Republican-appointed judges hearing the case sided against the administration, while the Democratic-appointed judge on the panel sided with the White House.”

George W. Bush’s Former Intel Briefer: ‘Yes, We Lied About WMDs to Go to War’ (Video)

Will the conservative movement ever publically admit their lies cost so many so much?

“Appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews last week, longtime CIA official and George W. Bush’s former intelligence briefer Michael Morell outright admitted that the Bush-Cheney administration publicly misrepresented the intelligence related to Iraq’s supposed WMD program and Saddam’s alleged links to Al Qaeda.”

Former Reagan Adviser: Fox News Is A ‘Self-brainwashing’ Bubble That Is Destroying The GOP

“Economist Bruce Bartlett, a former adviser to both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, warned over the weekend that Fox News had damaged the Republican Party by creating a bubble for conservatives to brainwash themselves.

In his paper “How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics” published earlier this month, Bartlett theorized that watching the network was essentially “self-brainwashing” for viewers, making them believe that the United States was a more conservative nation than it actually was. And so the Republican Party had responded by running radical conservatives that representative Fox News viewers, but not the true state of the electorate.”


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