Paul Ryan puts it best

Because:

Two of the biggest tax cuts in Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act would deliver roughly $157 billion over the coming decade to those with incomes of $1 million or more, according to a congressional analysis.

The assessment was made by the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan panel that provides research on tax issues.

It is not unusual for tax cuts to benefit mostly the wealthiest, but still save some money for a majority of Americans. But the benefits of these reductions would be aimed squarely at the top.

The provisions would repeal two tax increases on high earners enacted in 2010 to help pay for the Affordable Care Act: an increase in capital gains taxes and other investment-related income, and a surcharge on Medicaretaxes.

People making $200,000 to $999,999 a year would also get sizable tax cuts. In total, the two provisions would cut taxes by about $274 billion during the coming decade, virtually all of it for people making at least $200,000, according to a separate assessment by the committee.

And the pump truppets still believe the crimson menace is looking out for their interests.

From the ‘you knew this already’ file

Suppose they gave an inauguration and nobody came?

Here are the official photos of the 2008 Obama inauguration crowd, compared with the 2016 rally of El Cheeto;

The photo on the left, of the Obama crowd, relative to the inauguration was taken one hour earlier than the gathering of pump truppets. So Lügenduck maybe had a third of Obama’s gathering.

But pump truppets will tell you that there are more people in the photo on the right than there are in the photo on the left because they’re deranged that way.

The adventures of Baby-Man

Remember when Republicans wet their pants because Obama was reading from a teleprompter, and it was the most obvious proof of blatant incompetence? I wrote a long post on it years ago.

And all of a sudden Lügenorange reads from a teleprompter for an hour without dropping his pants and taking a crap on the floor of the House chamber, and everyone goes into an orgasmic frenzy on how “presidential” he is.

Thanks, pump truppets.

Republican honor: TBD

And why is this not funny? The Guardian explains:

[W]e can’t just point the finger at, and pray for the downfall of, Donald Trump. He is merely the face of a deeper Republican malaise. The hypocrisies he embodies extend far beyond him. For decades, Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values, wagging their finger at anyone who had fallen short of the moral standards they set. But when Trump came along, promising them the tax cuts and seats on the supreme court they craved, all that went out of the window. Suddenly they were prepared to embrace a thrice-married worshipper of mammon who brags about sexually assaulting women and was happy to assess his own daughter as “a piece of ass”. Note the polling on white evangelical Christians. In 2011 they were the group least likely to accept that a candidate guilty of immoral behaviour in their personal life might nevertheless be able to act ethically as a leader. Now they are the by 2017 to become the most forgiving on that score.
Consider the way Republicans used to claim “freedom” as their own, posing as liberty’s champions. Now it emerges that fewer than half of all Republican voters believe news organisations should be free to criticise political leaders – a freedom that is surely fundamental.
And of course, for decades Republicans wrapped themselves in the flag, claiming a monopoly on patriotism, casting themselves as the heirs to Ronald Reagan and all those who stood strong against Russian authoritarianism. Yet now, delegates to the CPAC ultra-conservative conference will happily wave little Russian flags, so long as they have Trump’s name on them.
It’s natural to direct our fury at Trump and to want to see him gone. But it was the wider American right that, over more than two decades, feasted on bigotry, ignorance and contempt for science, facts and the compromises required by democratic governance – it was that right that incubated Trump and Trumpism. If impeachment and removal from office are ever to be more than a fantasy, it will be Republicans who will have to make it happen. And that will require them to do more than change a president. They will have to change themselves.

Town hall troubles: the GOP strategy

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Remember when Obama was president and the Tea Party “patriots” disrupted town hall meetings held by Democrats, which the Democrats didn’t run away from? Of course you don’t. Americans don’t remember anything. But that did happen, and Democrats lost in the midterms because they put up with the abuse that was based on right wing fantasy.

Now, we’re dealing with reality, and the GOP is running scared. So Republican strategy is to not meet with voters in their states and districts. They need to be severely punished in the midterms. If they’re not, it will show that the best way to deal with your constituents is to ignore them.

MSNBC continues to piss me off

News flash: MSNBC isn’t a liberal TV network:

Gretchen Carlson, who settled a multi-million lawsuit late last year against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, is in talks with MSNBC to join the network, sources familiar with the matter told Business Insider.

A source familiar with the matter said Carlson’s deal had not yet been finalized, but was nearing completion. Two others at the network, including a high-level source, corroborated the news.

And guess what? It never was a liberal network. When you put Joe Scarborough on for an eighth of your day, give Greta Van Sustern another hour and try to add the original Fox & Friends dumb blonde to your lineup you lost all semblance of liberal cred.

MSNBC is like a blue dog Democrat. If you want to be a Republican, just change your damn party affiliation and stop wasting my time.

Who elected this coward?

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Louis Gomert (R-Lawdy! Lawdy! I just crapped my pants!)

Louis Gohmert (R-Lilly Livered Scum Sucker) is afraid of town hall meetings:

A Texas Republican lawmaker invoked the shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords to explain why he is not hosting in-person town halls.

“Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety. Threats are nothing new to me and I have gotten my share as a felony judge,” Rep. Louie Gohmert told constituents in a letter Tuesday.
“However, the House Sergeant at Arms advised us after former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot at a public appearance, that civilian attendees at congressional public events stand the most chance of being harmed or killed — just as happened there,” he wrote.
Giffords, a former Arizona Democrat, was shot in the head in January 2011 at a “Congress on Your Corner” event near a Tucson grocery store.

This is odd, because Louis Gohmert (R-Shit for Brains) has no problem giving guns to mentally ill people. He co-sponsored this bill:

For all their dysfunction, the Republican Senate and House have managed to act with lightning speed in striking down a sensible Obama administration rule designed to stop people with severe mental problems from buying guns.
President Trump, who championed the National Rifle Association agenda as a candidate, is expected to sign the regressive measure. This, despite the Republican mantra that tighter control of mentally troubled individuals — not stronger gun control — is the better way to deal with the mass shootings and gun carnage that regularly afflict the nation.
The Senate voted Wednesday to join the House in revoking the rule. It would have required the Social Security Administration to add about 75,000 people, currently on disability support, to the national background check database and deny them gun purchases. These individuals suffer schizophrenia, psychotic disorders and other problems to such an extent that they are unable to manage their financial affairs and other basic tasks without help.

Are the people in the Texas First Congressional District proud of this guy?