Under President Bush Republicans Voted 19 Times For Debt Ceiling Increase

Wish I could say this was surprising:

After pushing the government to brink of shutdown last week, Republican Congressional leaders are now preparing to push America to the edge of default by refusing to increase the nation’s debt limit without first getting Democrats to concede to large spending cuts.

But while the four Republicans in Congressional leadership positions are attempting to hold the increase hostage now, they combined to vote for a debt limit increase 19 times during the presidency of George W. Bush. In doing so, they increased the debt limit by nearly $4 trillion.

NINETEEN TIMES!

Can any Republicans out there seriously say with a straight face that the House GOP has the country’s best interest in mind? If John Boehner and Eric Cantor were real public officials with a real grownup sense of responsibility that usually accompanies those in office, then the debt ceiling would be raised without negotiations. After all protecting the economy from economic collapse is…really important.

But of course, Cantor and Boehner aren’t grownups and have no grownup sense of responsibility.  They ask for a ridiculously high amount of tax cuts, while agreeing to a  disproportionally  low amount of revenue increases. And then when the President finally agrees to that…NOPE! Not good enough!

This Week In Movies

It’s official. Spike Lee WILL be directing a sequel to Oldboy.

HOLY CRAP! The teaser image from The Dark Knight Rises is intense. Maybe the new Batman movie won’t suck after all.

A new Tin Tin trailer. (With Steve Spielberg directing, Peter Jackson producing, and John Williams scoring, the Tin Tin movie can’t suck right? Right?!) [Edgar Wright also did the script!]

Arnold Schwarzenegger first movie role since returning to Hollywood, will definitely please his conservative fans.

Hey Sly. Casting Christian Slater in a key role in your next flick doesn’t exactly project confidence.

New Hampshire Republicans to Women: FUCK YOU

This makes me mad:

Until July 1, a low-income New Hampshire woman paid an average of $5 to fill a birth control pill prescription at any of the state’s six Planned Parenthood clinics. She might have even gotten the birth control for free, depending on her poverty level.

But since the New Hampshire Executive Council voted to cancel the state’s contract with Planned Parenthood, a woman now has to pay anywhere from $40 to over $100 for birth control pills at a regular pharmacy.

Councilor Raymond Wieczorek of Manchester added that he opposed funding for birth control and condoms altogether.

“If they want to have a good time, why not let them pay for it?”

Is there anywhere ever, ever ,ever where denying women access to birth control measures has reduced pregnancies and/or adoptions? If there is, please tell me. Because prior to social conservative conventional wisdom giving the big “fuck you” to women does jack shit to promote their jihad against women’s reproductive choice.

“We can’t even provide patients with antibiotics for urinary tract infections or STDs anymore,” said Jennifer Frizzell, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. She said Planned Parenthood has had to turn away 20 to 30 patients a day who are showing up to refill their prescriptions.

“We have to send them away with a prescription knowing that without insurance, they have to pay the full cost of that at a local pharmacy, and many patients have told us they’re not gonna have the money in their budget to afford to fill those prescriptions.”

Because the best way to “save” fetuses is to slowly kill the mothers.

I’ll have a longer post later. I just wanted to put this out there now.

Today’s News Links: I HAZ THEM

Surest way to know that the American economy sucks right now? Even illegal immigrants don’t want to come here anymore

I gotz the news, you gotz the time.

“Over the past few years, it (The Republican party)  has been infected by a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a practical, governing alternative…” WOW…NYT conservative columnist David Brooks lays down the hammer.

Four more banks pay back their TARP “the “big government bailout” that worked loans.

This provides pretty damning evidence for those who claim Israeli foreign policy is more anti-Palestinian than it is Pro-Israel.

Our failure to create jobs is a choice, not a necessity“- Word Paul Krugman, word.

The press doesn’t know what a fiscal conservative is.

My Conversations Are Way Funnier Than Yours

Jason: Hey, do black people  do that too? You know, say “oh this white guy I know”.
Phil: Usually we just say “our boss”, and it’s implied.

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Rachael: soooo when did you wanna meet up again? I think I’m fertil- I mean, free in about 3 weeks….
Phil: I don’t think your mouth can get you pregnant
Rachael: that’s what YOU think… I got cheeks like a chipmunk and a brand new turkey baster in my purse
Phil: … well played, sir.