Thoughts from Matt

Written by: Matt Seyer

Rick Perry’s campaign recently made what I perceive to be a last ditch effort to revitalize the Perry presidential run with his “Strong” video.  Mr. Perry’s bigotry was on full display as he casually bashed homosexuals, and he promised to be our Christian champion in Obama’s war on Christianity (the nonexistent one, that is).  The video has now surpassed Rebecca Black’s “Friday” as the most disliked video ever (percentage-wise) on Youtube.

Rick Perry’s ‘Strong’ Ad Surpasses Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ With More Dislikes On YouTube

Bernie Sanders is proposing a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission.  Sanders’ Saving American Democracy Amendment would make clear that corporations are not entitled to the same constitutional rights as people and that corporations may be regulated by Congress and state legislatures.

The Saving American Democracy Amendment

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, of whom many are only aware because of his support for controversial (within the GOP, that is) scientific subjects like evolution and climate change, is now backpedaling on the latter.  Huntsman, who has been vilifying Mitt Romney for his flip-flopping on a variety of issues, is now adopting a much more lukewarm stance on climate change.

Huntsman Goes Squishy on Climate Change

Speaking of Republican presidential candidates, Paul Krugman’s latest Op-Ed declares that the GOP is getting exactly the kind of people it deserves.

“There are two crucial things you need to understand about the current state of American politics. First, given the still dire economic situation, 2012 should be a year of Republican triumph. Second, the G.O.P. may nonetheless snatch defeat from the jaws of victory — because Herman Cain was not an accident.”

Send in the Clueless

For a much longer discussion of why Republicans are welcoming intellectually-subpar candidates, check out James Crotty’s article in Forbes.

“Why Do Republicans Gleefully Embrace Idiots as Presidential Candidates?…The question naturally begs a larger question: How can a country, with the world’s highest national GDP, and absurdly complex systems regulating everything from credit default swaps to nuclear missile safety, possibly allow onto its national stage men and women of such transparently inferior intellect?”

Why Republicans Embrace Simpletons and How It Hurts America

Even though most of you have probably already seen this, the LA Times recently published an apology to Obama from a discontented Democrat:

‘Obamacare’ to the Rescue

To wrap up, Bruce Bartlett, former senior official in the Reagan and H.W. Bush administrations, provides a clear, succinct, and convincing case that the question isn’t whether or not we should raise taxes on the rich, but rather how we should do so.

“Republicans like to pretend that cutting spending is economically costless, even stimulative [sic], whereas raising taxes in any way whatsoever is so economically debilitating that it dare not be contemplated. This view is complete nonsense.”

Raising Taxes on the Rich: Not Whether, but How