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Congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
Tom Cotton, the Republican's choice for Senate from Arkansas.
Democrats are shining a spotlight on what a handful of Republican candidates for the Senate—Rep. Tom Cotton (Arkansas), Rep. Cory Gardner (Colorado), Rep. Jack Kingston (Georgia), and Rep. Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)—have done in the House, exposing just how extreme they are. Specifically, they're being exposed for their votes for the draconian budgets that the Republican Study Committee has released in response to the Ryan budgets. See, balancing the budget in 10 years, like Ryan does, isn't enough for these guys. They think it needs to happen in four years, and to do it, everybody but the wealthy and defense contractors has to suffer.
Here are a few of the highlights of what they've advocated in their budgets for the last few years:

It's sort of hard to believe that there is a more extreme Republican vision for America than Paul Ryan's, but there is and it is the RSC's vision. The RSC has been described as an extremist cabal that took over the Republican House. Now they're trying to take over the Senate, too.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue May 27, 2014 at 12:24 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (34+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Tue May 27, 2014 at 12:24:18 PM PDT

  •  wow, look at all those proposed MIC & PIC cuts /nt (3+ / 0-)
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    this just in, ChemBob, TofG

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Tue May 27, 2014 at 12:26:18 PM PDT

  •  Cuckoo (0+ / 0-)
    The cuckoos are a family, Cuculidae, of near passerine birds, named for the Common Cuckoo of Europe. The order Cuculiformes, in addition to the cuckoos, also includes the turacos (family Musophagidae, sometimes treated as a separate order, Musophagiformes). Some zoologists and taxonomists have also included the unique Hoatzin in the Cuculiformes, but its taxonomy remains in dispute. The cuckoo family, in addition to those species named as such, also includes the roadrunners, koels, malkohas, couas, coucals and anis. The coucals and anis are sometimes separated as distinct families, the Centropodidae and Crotophagidae respectively.

    "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

    by Seattle Socialist on Tue May 27, 2014 at 12:42:22 PM PDT

  •  Odd. I thought this was one of Obama's pet (2+ / 0-)
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    Cutting Social Security by cutting cost of living increases.
    From the AARP website:
    As policymakers debate ways to reduce the federal budget deficit, several proposals have included a change to the way that inflation is calculated in Social Security. A new cost of living measure (chained-CPI), which grows more slowly than the current calculation (CPI-W), would reduce spending on Social Security as well as other federally administered programs such as Supplemental Security Income and pensions for veterans.

    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

    by 420 forever on Tue May 27, 2014 at 12:48:31 PM PDT

    •  Rubbish (1+ / 0-)
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      Were you in the room when a budget deal was being negotiated?

      Simply because an idea was leaked does not mean that there was a willingness by President Obama to upend Social Security.

      Let us ass-u-me for one moment that chained-CPI was on the negotiating table, is it possible that this was tied to a permanent tax-cut for income below $250,000 or some other lower- & middle-class benefit?

      Anything is possible.

      You were not in the room.

      •  Bullshit. (0+ / 0-)

        We don't need to assume anything. It's well-known that chained CPI was on the table. Even Nancy Pelosi jumped on the catfood bandwagon:

        House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may not be a fan of reducing future Social Security cost-of-living increases to seniors, but she said Wednesday that it doesn’t count as a benefit cut.

        “No. I consider it a strengthening of Social Security,” the California Democrat told reporters.

        “I’ve said to the members, express yourself, speak out against, because I’m not thrilled with the president’s proposal,” she said.
        You should at least wait a few more years before trying to rewrite history.

        “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

        by 420 forever on Tue May 27, 2014 at 01:36:20 PM PDT

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        •  I am rewriting NOTHING, you are. (0+ / 0-)

          Until there is a deal, there is no deal.

          Alas, there was no deal that included gained-CPI; this is fact.

          You have no knowledge of what was in the proposal that never came to a vote…other than a negative comment by Nancy Pelosi.

          If you want to believe that President Obama offered chained-CPI as part of a 'Grand Bargain', you have no idea what else was part of that alleged package that might have been an 'offset' to the average American.

          Further, if you can make assumptions about what was in the package, then I can make assumptions - President Obama 'bluffed' because he knew the GOP would never agree to new revenue.  

          Plainly and simply, you have ZERO knowledge about what may or may not have been a negotiation tactic that seemingly worked.

          How do we know the tactic worked?  Deficit reduction has occurred without any change to either Medicare or Social Security; this too is fact.

          Get out - President Obama negotiated and achieved the same level of deficit reduction as suggested by the Simpson-Bowles committee without touching either Social Security or Medicare.

          Therefore, it is you trying to rewrite history of aspects of a deal that never occurred, while the very same level of deficit reduction has occurred without any changes to either Social Security or Medicare.  Moreover, the deficit reduction was achieved by making permanent the so-called Bush tax cuts on incomes under $250,000, and raising (by way of a Congressional vote) taxes on income over $250,000.

          History is quite clear - President Obama agreed to cost-cutting and new revenue to achieve deficit reduction - without any changes to either Social Security or Medicare.

          You are telling an inside story of a proposal that never came to the floor of Congress, yet alone came to a vote.

          On the other hand, I have facts on my side - a lower deficit without any changes to SS or Medicare.

  •  that photo could host 8 campaign ads, ... (3+ / 0-)
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    each with the gist of one of Joan's bullet points in the lower half of the frame

    •  I cannot understand….. (9+ / 0-)

      why every democrat fails to run against the Paul Ryan budget that republicans voted for.

      Some republicans voted against the Ryan-budget because it did not cut enough.

      Make republicans play defense and defend their votes.

    •  Bumper stickers (4+ / 0-)

      A few days ago I was sent an email by the Democratic National Committee asking me to vote on which bumper sticker should printed for distribution.

      The choices were really lame:
      #1 A picture of Obama and the words "Like a boss."
      #2 Just the word "Democrats"
      #3 I vote for Democrats
      #4 A picture of the capital building and "Take back the house"
      #5 Thanks, Obamacare
      #6 Take back the house.

      These choices are really bad and don't communicate anything to the voter.
      They should be expressing issues that voters care about.

      They should be saying something like:
      Save Social Security and Medicare, Vote Democratic
      Don't privatize Medicare, Vote Democratic


      "Humankind cannot bear very much reality." - T.S. Eliot

      by fixxit on Tue May 27, 2014 at 01:23:58 PM PDT

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  •  Glad to See the Figure "40 Years" Coming Up so (5+ / 0-)

    often in these reports.

    The year after we finish reparations for slavery, we're due for a giant American apology to all the whiney hippies for being dismissed over the generations of the rightwing takeover of the country.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue May 27, 2014 at 01:03:56 PM PDT

  •  And of course (1+ / 0-)
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    Aren't these the people who preach against one-time fixes to cover budget shortfalls? Or maybe the same Federal land can be sold multiple times? After all, it works with the Brooklyn Bridge.

  •  I wonder just how stupid (4+ / 0-)
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    you have to be to vote for one of these clowns. And the answer is very. Come Nov. we get to see just how many of our fellow citizens are that stupid!

    Dogs and Philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards (Diogenes)

    by Out There on Tue May 27, 2014 at 01:10:55 PM PDT

  •  I posted this to FB, with the following: (2+ / 0-)
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    Good grief, or Good Lord, or something. What is the matter with this country? How are we electing such sociopaths? And the people who vote for them are the most dependent upon the programs they want to cut, i.e., elderly people and red staters. Dupe me once, shame on me, dupe me twice…I won’t be duped again!

  •  When they start talking about cutting (1+ / 0-)
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    the defense budget we MIGHT start taking them seriously.

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Tue May 27, 2014 at 01:17:21 PM PDT

  •  Sounds like the GOP has a great "Contract on (0+ / 0-)

    America" plan---for the Democrats to win on.

  •  Government sucks and I'll prove it should not (2+ / 0-)
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    be a winning platflorm.

    These guys want to destroy government. Their only goal is sabotage. They want to break government to allow their sponsors to take over our country.

    The language coming from the Democratic party is not strong enough, and not visceral enough. "Extreme", "Cabal", and "draconian", while they might be apt, all play into conventional political terms.

    You know, where you have an honest broker on the other side of the aisle? Someone who wants the best for the country and the people of the country?

    These guys are trying to destroy the United States Government, plain and simple. They want to replace it with the stewardship of the hidden hand of their corporate sponsors.

    Call them Saboteurs. They want to sabotage our government so it can be purchased and taken over by their corporate sponsors. That is far more truthful and has a much more complete narrative than calling them a cabal and talking about their extreme and draconian policies.

    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Tue May 27, 2014 at 01:18:45 PM PDT

    •  Go further.. (1+ / 0-)
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      They are traitors.

      If allowed, their actions would destroy the social and political fabric of the nation.  The government would be all but powerless to help people- except of course the military.  Their actions would cause so much economic destruction, social unrest and violence is all but guaranteed.

      Anyone who promotes such destruction of the United States is a traitor.  

      So yes, Tom Cotton, Cory Gardner, Jack Kingston, and Bill Cassidy, I'm calling you traitors bent on destroying the United States of America.

      The vote for you should be by a jury, convicting you of such crimes against this nation, and throwing you all in jail.

      ======================================================== Those who can, teach. Those who can't teach, make rules about teaching.

      by oxfdblue on Tue May 27, 2014 at 01:30:02 PM PDT

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      •  You can go there, and you'd have the kneejerk (0+ / 0-)

        support of the secessionist Moocher Rebellion as exhibit A.

        But I don't like traitor, it's a Godwin kind of thing. I'd like to reserve that for wartime actual traitors, but have at it.

        I'll debate you on the merits of whether Republicans are traitors or saboteurs any day. Would make for a nice running argument, right?

        Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

        by k9disc on Tue May 27, 2014 at 02:16:00 PM PDT

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      •  They want to sell America (0+ / 0-)

        to the highest bidder.

        3 guys walk into a bar. The fourth one ducks.

        by penelope pnortney on Thu May 29, 2014 at 03:58:45 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Dude in the photo looks like Putin (0+ / 0-)

    Elect Tom Cotton and we'll finally annex Canada!

  •  Time for the McCaskill Gambit in Georgia (0+ / 0-)

    If Republicans nominate Jack Kingston, his vote for the Study Committee's cruel and unAmerican budget can be made into a stinking albatross hanging around the longtime Congressman's neck. As I argued in this diary, the campaign gambit that Senator McCaskill played against Todd Akin in 2010 in Missouri, offers Democratic Senate hopeful in Georgia, Michelle Nunn, a blueprint for how to help insure that Republicans choose Mr. Kingston to run in November, instead of political newcomer, businessman, David Perdue.

    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith

    by LeftOfYou on Tue May 27, 2014 at 01:54:34 PM PDT

  •  Ayn Rand is dancing a jig (0+ / 0-)

    er ... maybe that's a mazurka  ...  anyway she's definitely dancing a celebration dance in Hell.

    The Republican brand is totally bankrupt.

    by vlyons on Tue May 27, 2014 at 01:58:19 PM PDT

  •  Am I the only one (1+ / 0-)
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    observing the irony that Arkansas Republicans picked Cotton?

    We've been spelling it wrong all these years. It's actually: PRO-GOP-ANDA

    by Patriot4peace on Tue May 27, 2014 at 02:47:37 PM PDT

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