Foster Friess' Practical Debt Ceiling Solutions

Multimillionaire GOP donor Foster Friess, who famously suggested that women put Aspirin between their knees instead of using contraception, has some equally solid advice for the congressional Republicans who are refusing to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.  

In a blog post last week, Friess offered a line for congressional Republicans who deny that defaulting on the nation’s debt by failing to raise the debt ceiling would harm the world economy. Calling a default a “default,” Friess writes, is “over-dramatic nonsense.” Instead, he writes, “why not be honest and say ‘the government wouldn’t be able to pay all of its bills’”:

But why not be honest and say “the government wouldn’t be able to pay all of its bills” rather than the over-dramatic nonsense that “we will default on our debt”?

Friess then offers some creative solutions to lowering the nation’s debt, including asking public employees “if they would enjoy a voluntary unpaid sabbatical” and using the wages not paid to these employees to fund national parks and White House tours:

Did we need to lay out the $13 billion in crony loans to the solar energy investors that also happen to be major Democratic donors? Or, most especially, the billions that the “Affordable” Care Act is going to cost?

What if we asked employees of departments of agriculture, education, and energy if they would enjoy a voluntary unpaid sabbatical for the number of months they would choose? Would that provide enough cash flow to keep the White House tours going and the parks open for the American people?

Friess concludes his analysis by declaring that the US defaulting on its debt would in fact help the country’s credit rating...which might be news to the major credit rating agencies:

The doomsayers have it exactly backwards. Say your personal finances were a mess, so you quit adding debt and cut spending. Your credit score would improve. If you don’t believe me, ask any banker. Why would raising our national debt limit help our credit rating?

Friess’ analysis clearly impressed Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, who quoted the post in his daily Washington Update email yesterday.

James O'Keefe Says Liberals 'Using the Government' to 'Destroy' Him, Urges Conservatives to 'Get Some Balls'

Conservative activist James O’Keefe, who specializes in making secret video recordings and then dishonestly editing them to attack groups and people he doesn’t like, claims that he is “feared and hated and attacked in a very nasty way” by liberals who “don’t play nice” and want to “destroy” him “using the government.”

In an interview on Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly’s niece Anne Cori this weekend, O’Keefe lamented that his fellow conservatives are “afraid to be effective because to be effective is to be hated.”

Asked if he had any advice for struggling activists, the ever-humble O’Keefe responded: “To speak frankly: Get some balls.”

O’Keefe: I think the problem with the Right, the Right – that is, the conservatives – they don’t like blood in the water. I mean that in a figurative sense. They don’t like shaking things up. They’re afraid to be effective because to be effective is to be hated. One of the things that Rush Limbaugh said, I can’t remember where he said it, but he said, ‘You have to understand that when people hate you and fear you, it’s a sign of respect. And I think it’s impossible to be effective as a conservative without being feared and hated and attacked in a very nasty way. These people don’t play nice, they don’t debate you. They try to destroy you using the government.

And I think people need to realize, the book ‘Breakthrough’ is about what one must go through in today’s society to speak truth to power. It’s very different than it used to be, I think.

Cori: Well, James, do you have advice for people who wilt in the face of criticism?

O’Keefe: Advice for them? To speak frankly: Get some balls.

Klingenschmitt: Gay Activists Are Trying To Force Christians To 'Participate In Their Sodomy'

On last week's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt hailed an effort by Republican legislators in Washington to allow businesses to discriminate against gay customers based on religious conviction, saying it was needed in order to fight back against the "demonic spirit of tyranny" that is seeking to force Christians to participate in sodomy.

Declaring that "sodomy will always be a sin in the eyes of God" even if it is legal in the US, Klingenschmitt said that gay activists are using the government to compel Christians "to participate in their sodomy" or face lawsuits and jail.

All of this, Klingenschmitt said, is really an effort to force Christians to convert religions "and that demonic spirit is everything our Founding Fathers stood against":

Knight: State Should Remove Transgender Child From Home, Charge Parents With Abuse

Washington Times columnist Robert Knight wants the government to remove a transgender child from her parents and charge her parents “with endangerment, abuse and whatever else the authorities can find to deter such criminal insanity.”

Knight is referring to Tammy Lobel, the adopted daughter of a lesbian couple. Tammy, born Thomas, is on hormone blockers to delay puberty and her parents support her decision to live as a girl.

Knight claims that the parents’ support for their “acquired” daughter represents “child abuse,” and said that the only “civilized response to this news is to rescue the boy, revoke the adoption” and prosecute the parents.

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry child’s gender identity, despite Knight’s suggestion, is not related to whether they are raised by opposite or same-sex parents. As Zack Ford at Think Progress notes, “Children understand gender by the age of 2, including their own, and Tammy was indicating she was a girl by age 3 and threatening to mutilate her own genitals at age 7,” and Tammy’s disposition and personality significantly improved after she began her transition.

Meanwhile, a bizarre child-abuse case is unfolding in California that the media are ignoring. State authorities should have stepped in long ago to stop the abuse — except that they apparently approve of it. After all, the parents are the perps.

Here’s what’s happening.

Two lesbians in Berkeley are turning their adopted 11-year-old boy into a girl. Seriously. The lad, who they acquired at age 2, is being given drugs via an implant on his left arm to block his puberty. The next step would be a surgery that will mutilate him forever. It’s supposed to be fine because the boy, Thomas, has bought into the idea. The two women say that the drug scheme will give the boy, now named Tammy, more time to think it over.

And we’re supposed to be OK with this?

Children cannot give meaningful consent to such an earth-shattering decision, which is why adults must protect them from their own folly. We must also protect them from child abuse, no matter the source.

The civilized response to this news is to rescue the boy, revoke the adoption and charge the women with endangerment, abuse and whatever else the authorities can find to deter such criminal insanity. The next step would be to take a hard look at an adoption process that allows such horrors to be committed and even encourages them.

Where are the adults? Where are the liberals who so often skate over legitimate parental rights in their quest to use government force to dictate child rearing?

Right Wing Round-Up - 10/7/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 10/7/13

  • The organizer behind the trucker protest that Glenn Beck has been promoting says participants will seek the arrest of Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein. 
  • Republicans must not like seeing headlines like these: “Lee Terry apologizes for putting his needs above others.” 
  • Or these: “Supreme Court says Cuccinelli is wrong on sodomy law.
  • Cliff Kincaid warns that Americans “are faced with a Marxist in the White House who is determined to crush the opposition.”

Glenn Beck Analyzes Mika Brzezinski And Joe Scarborough, Hillary And Bill Clinton

Glenn Beck and his crew are upset that Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski suggested that Ted Cruz doesn’t love America, an accusation someone like Beck would never, ever make. Beck went so far as to suggest that Scarborough – who actually defended Cruz to Brzezinski – was acting just like a Jewish guard at a Nazi concentration camp.

“Listen, you know there were Jewish people that guarded the camps,” Beck said. “He’s just angling for that position, he’s like, ‘I’m a conservative but I’m your kind of conservative, I’ll guard the other conservatives.’”

Beck also said he thought Brzezinski were Joe Scarborough are a couple: “He would like her sticking her heels in him.”

Later, Beck talked to co-hosts Pat Gray and Steve Burguiere about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s relationship, a conversation that got ugly fast as the hosts tried to outdo each other with impersonations of Hillary.

“No country could elect that person,” Burguiere said, before Beck joked that Bill had to throw lamps at Hillary, shouting, “Stop, just get away from me.”

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Glenn Beck Considers Moving To Canada Before Obama Administration 'Revolutionaries' Start To 'Scoop People Up'

Last week, Glenn Beck warned that the Obama administration is led by “Marxist revolutionaries” who are preparing to kill millions of people. Today, he announced that he is considering escaping the Marxist plot…by moving to Canada.

Beck recounted a conversation he had with co-host Pat Gray about fleeing the country: “Pat said to me a little while ago, ‘If you’re serious, I might take you up on that move to Canada thing.’ I mean I really sincerely thought this weekend, you know, maybe it’s time to move to Canada.”

“Maybe it’s time to move to Canada because these people are not screwing around,” Beck said. “You don’t think they’re going to scoop people up? They will. They’re revolutionaries. Look at everything they do, they’re revolutionaries, pure and simple.”

Or maybe Beck just wants to go to Canada for the country’s universal, single payer health care system.

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Civil Rights Groups Urge GOP Leaders to Skip Values Voter Summit

This weekend, Religious Right leaders and GOP politicians will gather in Washington for the Values Voter Summit, an annual event that highlights the cozy relationship between Republican elected officials and extreme right-wing groups.

The event is hosted by the Family Research Council, a group with a long record of pushing false anti-gay propaganda. And one of the event’s major sponsors is the American Family Association, whose extreme right-wing views are expressed on a daily basis by its spokesman Bryan Fischer.

On Friday, People For the American Way joined with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Faithful America, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza to send a letter to every public official scheduled to speak at this year’s Values Voter Summit, urging them to withdraw from the event.

Among the scheduled speakers are Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Tim Scott and Reps. Paul Ryan, Randy Forbes, Michele Bachmann, Jim Bridenstine, Louie Gohmert, Jim Jordan, Steve King, Steve Scalise and Scott Turner.

The letter [pdf] reads in part:

We understand that you’ve been invited to speak at the upcoming Values Voter Summit being held in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 11-13. Given the demonizing lies about the LGBT community spread by the host, the Family Research Council (FRC), and another major sponsor of the event, the American Family Association (AFA), we urge you to not lend the prestige of your office to the summit.

The FRC has amassed an extensive record of vilifying gays and lesbians with falsehoods – portraying them as sick, evil, incestuous, violent, perverted, and a danger to the nation.  Perhaps its most insidious claim is that gay men molest children at a far higher rate than heterosexual men – a claim refuted by all credible scientific authorities, including the American Psychological Association. Yet the FRC has continued to smear gays and lesbians by claiming  that pedophilia, in the words of FRC President Tony Perkins, “is a homosexual problem.”

Perkins also says the “It Gets Better” campaign, an initiative designed to give LGBT students hope for a better tomorrow, is “disgusting” and part of a “concerted effort” to “recruit” children into the gay “lifestyle.” One senior FRC official has even argued that homosexuality should be illegal.

The AFA’s Bryan Fischer, who serves as the group’s spokesman and director of issue analysis, frequently blames homosexuality for the Holocaust and Nazi Party: “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.” He also promotes the views of the American architect of the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda.

Demonizing the LGBT community has consequences. As FBI data demonstrate, it is one of the groups most likely to be victimized by violent hate crimes. Defaming them publicly day after day – as the FRC and the AFA do – only throws fuel on the fire.

The bigotry of the FRC and the AFA is not limited to gays and lesbians. Fischer, for example, has said that African Americans “rut like rabbits” and argued that women should be kicked out of politics and the military. He’s also stated that Hispanics are “socialists by nature”  and come here to “plunder” our country. The FRC’s executive vice president, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, has said Jews must be converted to Christianity and has argued that “Islam is not a religion and does not deserve First Amendment protections” – a statement that is antithetical to American ideals.

In 2011, we urged Mitt Romney not to share a stage with the extremists, and particularly Fischer, at that year’s Values Voter Summit. Although Romney still attended, he also made a point of calling out Fischer’s “poisonous language." This year, Fischer was noticeably not listed as a speaker at the summit, although his employer remains a sponsor.
 

Bachmann: Obama Is Supporting Al Qaeda, Proving That We Are In The End Times

In an interview with Understanding the Times host Jan Markell on Saturday, Rep. Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of giving aid to Al Qaeda, which she said is proof that we are living in the Last Days. Of course, on the same day Bachmann gave the interview, a Delta Force operation approved by Obama nabbed a key Al Qaeda figure in Libya.

But according to Bachmann, Obama is now championing the terrorist group.

The Minnesota congresswoman referred to a decision by the Obama administration to allow vetted Syrian rebels not affiliated with terrorist organizations to help them resist chemical weapons attacks, which was spurred by the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on civilians.

While the administration’s move is only related to non-lethal, defensive and protective aid, Bachmann falsely claimed that “President Obama waived a ban on selling arms to terrorists.”

“President Obama waived a ban on arming terrorists in order to allow weapons to go to the Syrian opposition,” Bachmann said. “Your listeners, US taxpayers, are now paying to give arms to terrorists including Al Qaeda.”

Bachmann said that the Al Qaeda funding (which isn’t happening) is a sign of the End Times: “This happened and as of today the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists, now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history.”

“Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand,” Bachmann continued. “When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah.”

Bachmann and Markell then discussed new mosque construction in the US, which troubled Bachmann: “We’re seeing this all across America, it’s like groups want to top each other and be the new, latest, largest mosque in North America.” She said that many mosques are financed by those “advancing the goals and beliefs of the violent Muslim Brotherhood and that should give us pause.”

She then said that the boom in mosques was evidence that the country should completely cut off immigration.

“In my opinion, I think we should be hitting the pause button on immigration and on refugee resettlement,” Bachmann said. “We have an issue now when you have Americans that are being recruited in America and going over and being involved in terrorism, I think we need to hit the pause button.”

Earlier in the interview, Bachmann claimed that Islam is a violent religion and motivated the Nairobi mall terrorists: “The motivation is inspired from religion; it’s from their religion of Islam.”

She also agreed with Markell’s claim that Somali-Americans may lead a terrorist attack against the Mall of America, lamenting the large Somali population in Minnesota.

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