Monday, August 29, 2011

Town Hallers Embarrass Rep. Over Bush Tax Cuts

And in that vein, is it any surprise that two GOP Congressmen have been caught creating "watch lists" of constituents who've asked tough questions at town hall meetings? According to Thom Hartman "Two Republican Congressmen – Dan Webster from Florida and Tim Griffin from Arkansas – have been caught creating what appear to be 'watch lists' of constituents who’ve asked tough questions at previous town halls – and then distributing these lists to supporters to investigate and question these constituents’ intentions and affiliations. The list features the names and pictures of six Floridians – including some pictures pulled from Facebook and other sources. Staffers of Congressman Griffin were seen handing out these lists to attendees of a recent town hall event in what appears to be an effort to intimidate others from asking similar tough questions. As in – if you ask a question the Congressman doesn’t like – you’ll end up on one of these wanted posters, too. One person on the list is a cancer patient who asked Congressman Webster what might happen to people like her under the Republican budget proposal. Another person is a 66-year-old Vietnam veteran who upon hearing he was on the list said, 'I think it’s pretty weird. Someone asks a legitimate question, and all of a sudden somebody’s got a dossier on you. It’s the type of thing they’d do in old Russia.'”

Three Charts to Email to Your Right-Wing Brother-In-Law

Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future: "Problem: Your right-wing brother-in-law is plugged into the FOX-Limbaugh lie machine, and keeps sending you emails about 'Obama spending' and 'Obama deficits' and how the 'Stimulus' just made things worse. Solution: Here are three 'reality-based' charts to send to him. These charts show what actually happened."
Read the Article.

The numbers in these first two charts come from Budget of the United States Government: Historical Tables Fiscal Year 2012.

And, now (drum roll please), how about that socialist, job-killing stimulus?