ON KRAUTHAMMER: More idiocy from the Pundit Psychiatrist

The Duke Krauthammer

 

By Jeff Koopersmith, for American Politics Journal

WASHINGTON DC – 20 January 2015 – It is terrifying how many times Charles Krauthammer turns up like a bad penny on Fox News.  One never knows when that mean-spirited grump will show his face, care of Roger Ailes et al and his usual team of bleached screaming blondes or the likes of Bret Baier who I am forced to write has a far loftier IQ than the con-freak he replaced, Brit Hume – just another reject from the broadcast networks  joining most of the has-beens on Fox.

The Kraut (my pet name for him) appeared on Fox with Baier, mostly to do his duty as a sneering critic of President Obama who has clearly decided to do battle with the new GOP majorities in the House and Senate by helping aliens become citizens and seeking laws to urge the wealthy to provide a bit more of their billions to give at least some relief to the middle class and at even some of the poorest in these United States.

Of course, making a tax  move on the fastest growing kleptocratic cabal in world history is plain nonsense to Krauthammer who may have finally reached the top ten percent of earners through either a drunken Act of God or some Voodoo intonation that allows him to cloud your television screen and your brain in his nonstop appearances and truthless opinion columns in the Washington Post.

I often wonder Whether Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com and the owner of the Post, reads Krauthammer’s fairytales without feeling like texting the newspaper’s HR department with an electronic pink slip.

My anger at The Kraut does not come from anything but his own outrageous flexure of the truth. I am sure he is a wonderful guy to go to a Nats game with, or wonder what it would have been like if we had lost the second World War.

Krauthammer tells us that President Obama’s plan for tax reform is “not about tax reform.”  He adds that this is corruption of the language because it is not tax reform in that it does not “simplify the tax code, lower rates, and eliminate loopholes” when that is exactly what the reform will do.

The only problem for Krauthammer is that he somehow puts himself in the laps of billionaires and sees reform as only that which punishes the poor (as in welfare reform and lack of healthcare “reform“) and rewards the richest among us with tax cuts and lower private medical insurance premiums – both of which are not on the Obama “feed the rich” menu – He doesn’t have one.

Along that line, The Kraut tells of, surprisingly, that Obama’s plan, which the President will announce tonight during his State of Unions speech, is a tax and spend via revenue increases for the federal government – This even though the Cheney Wars have cost us untold trillions that made Cheney himself  a richer than Croesus neocon even as he was arranging the hanging death of Saddam Hussein who he once shook hands with in celebration of Saddam’s agreement to go to war with Iran, thus starting the beginning of the end for hope of any kind of peace in the Middle -East.

Well done Mr. Cheney!

Krauthammer labels tax relief for the middle class and some of the poorest Americans as “handouts” and “curly cues.”  (You can hear him say that and more below on a Fox clip from Real Clear Politics)

Charles Krauthammer lives in the far gone past – this time harking back to the 1980s and what he calls “25 years of almost uninterrupted economic growth” Really, but for whom?

He conveniently forgets that during those same 25 years the average working man and woman has had absolutely no real increase in earnings while the unindicted co-conspirators in our “Open Markets ” were busy  putting  the nation in bankruptcy which only Obama rescued – not Mr. Bush.

During the 2008 presidential campaign Krauthammer posits that Charlie Gibson, of all people,  asked President Obama a “famous question” – Huh? – Whether raising capital gains tax is something Obama would support – even if it lowered revenues. The President said he would.

Again The Kraut acts as if respected economists, not those  in the back pockets of the wealthy, believe that increasing taxes on the richest would indeed cause tax revenue to go down. Right. We increase taxes on the wealthiest against their humongous income and vast estates – but this results in less revenue?  Ah! It must be that they will all flee to the Cayman Islands and leave the nation destitute – Is that what The Kraut believes will happen?

This is not true of course – unless someone like Krauthammer engineered it through other weaselish tax breaks for the wealthy hidden in another part of  the text of the Tax Code.  Obama is not planning to do this, he just wants to provide a modicum and deserved relief for people that actually work for a living – behind a desk, in a mine, in a high school – not around a dinner table at Les Grenouilles in Manhattan.

And predictably, Charles Krauthammer, follows this by explaining to we morons that the point of ” taxes are to bring in revenue.”

Yes, that’s correct Mr. Krauthammer, the point of raising taxes on top tier incomes IS to bring in revenue, but direct that revenue, at least in part,  to the most needy and therefore  abused in this country.

Crikey!  The evil Kraut, to cover his a__, claims that President Obama wants to punish the rich regardless, but that he would agree with the Obama  plan if it would help the economy.

Yup, that’s Krauthammer – correctly himself with no bases in fact.

I rest my case,

See Charles Krauthammer’s appearance here:

Video

(Thanks to Fox News, Bret Baier, and Real Clear Politics.)

 

 

Fun in Wisconsin: Republican State Senator’s Wife Says Hubby Is Shacking Up with 25-Year-Old Mistres

The senator's maid even signed a recall petition! Full, juicy details on the man likely to be the first Republican Wisconsin State Senator out the door at the MAL Contends Blog. Hat tip: Folkbum and The New Bushwhacker Brigade.

Something to Make You Feel Good for Thanksgiving

I met Esther Coopersmith about a decade ago thanks to Jeff Koopersmith (no relation). She's a savvy retired diplomat, and one of the best hostesses in DC. She has invited Beltway-bound diplomats to join her family to enjoy America's Thanksgiving tradition for over two decades.  Politics Daily has the story of the kind of statesmanship that takes place in Washington but rarely gets covered by WaPo or NBC News.

Game Day 2010: Teabaggapallooza

Late night results, 9:45AM EST:

MSNBC projects Republicans will take the House, Dems hold Senate.

Undecided:

  • CO-Sen: Bennet holds narrow lead
  • WA-Sen: Murray holds narrow lead
  • AK-Sen: Write-in projected to win, but every vote must be examined
  • FL-Gov: Scott holds narrow lead
  • IL-Gov: Too close to call

Full summary of key races below the fold,

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Rahm Emanuel on the way out?

[UPDATED 6/21/10] Ha'aretz, via the Telegraph, is reporting that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will leave at the end of President Obama's second year in office. Unconfirmed but definitely of interest — especially the detail about Emanuel finding Obama too "idealist" — although Raw Story's Stephen Webster has questions about the story's sourcing and bias.

Obama needs to shake things up inside the West Wing

Edward Luce's trenchant analysis of Obama's top advisers from Thursday's Financial Times (it ran online late Wednesday) has been setting the Beltway and media circles abuzz for the last few days. I had a look at it Saturday morning, and, while I remain skeptical about a number of details, feel it sums up a major reason that Obama's agenda has not enjoyed the traction it should have had. Steve Clemons has an additional (and bluntly titled) analysis at TPM that hopefully will provide Obama and his supporters with serious food for thought.

Source to APJ: NY Governor Paterson likely to resign

We're hearing the same thing a number of news outlets and bloggers are hearing: The New York Times is dropping a bombshell article in the next few days that puts New York Governor David Paterson center stage in a sex scandal, and Paterson is, according to our source in Albany, "likely to resign" once the story impacts.

 UPDATE, 2/8/10 ►  Spokesman for Paterson says he will not resign.

Game Day 2009

The big races:

  • NJ-Gov: MSNBC projected Chris Christie (R) at 10:15pm EST over Jon Corzine (D) and Chris Daggett (I) — too close to call
  • VA-Gov: MSNBC projected Bob McDonnell (R) winner over Creigh Deeds (D) at 7:55pm EST — McDonnell had been expected to win
  • NY-23: Bill Owens (D) v. Doug Hoffman (Teabagger and Carpetbagger) v. Dede Scozzafava (R, dropped out, endorsed Owens) — too close to call, and 11,000 absentee ballots will be counted Wednesday
  • NYC-Mayor: MSNBC projected Mike Bloomberg ($$$) winner over Bill Thompson (D) and half a dozen other small-party candidates at 9:40pm EST — Bloomberg was expected to win handily, but the results were far tiughter than pollsters had projected

A few others to watch:

  • Seattle-Mayor: Joe Mallahan (R, millionaire) v, Mike McGinn (D, environmentalist)
  • CA-10: John Garamendi (D) likely to beat David Harmer (R)
  • WA-Ref71: State gay rights initiative APPROVED
  • ME-Q1: State gay marriage initiative
  • CO-Init Local: Marijuana possession initiative APPROVED

And then there's this from Drudgico: Conservatives to challenge a dozen GOP candidates next year!

President Carter Is Right

The institutional right's designated whiners have their panties in a bunch over comments made by President Jimmy Carter during an interview with NBC News' Brian Williams:

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President Carter is right. Take, for example, the so-called "Tea Party Express." One of their leaders, Mark Williams, dug a hole for himself and his movement a couple of nights ago on CNN:

I can remember a day when the Tea Party Express called themselves the White Citizens' Councils. 'Nuff said…

Palin Bombshell: Blogs report Sarah, Todd splitsville

Immoral Minority blog reports that Sarah and Todd Palin are Splitsville! — and in their latest update reporting that the Palins "will not be making their break up official for some time." AlaskaReport.com fills in more details. Palin's abrupt, clumsily handled resignation as governor of Alaska is beginning to make a lot more sense.

John Ensign, Tom Coburn, Megyn Kelly, FOX News All Owe America an Explanation

Updated June 21

If Nevada's Democratic party players are smart, they'll make a point of mailing this letter to every registered voter in the state (hat tip to dKos's Jed Lewison , who not only posted the entire letter but highlighted it as seen below):

Continue reading John Ensign, Tom Coburn, Megyn Kelly, FOX News All Owe America an Explanation

UPDATE: Sy Hersh tells Raw Story he did not say Dick Cheney ordered hit on Benazir Bhutto

Details here . Earlier today, we reported that The Nation Pakistan ran a story stating that Hersh had told an interviewer otherwise. The fundamentals of the story seemed strongly credible, although the analysis seemed farfetched.

Letter From Davos; 80% of GOP Dead-enders Think They Can Flip Off American Public

January 29, 2009 – Davos (apj.us) – I had to laugh when the vote on President Obama's financial rescue package was tallied.

Not a single doufus Republican voted for it… [more]

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Paulose “Pwned”: Special Counsel Faults ex-US Attorney for Vendetta against John Marti

December 4, 2008 – New York (apj.us) – Here is a small bit of news that nearly slipped under the radar: the Office of Special Counsel has determined that ex-US Attorney Rachel Paulose not only engaged in a vendetta against prosecutor John Marti but ran a sloppy operation in Minneapolis. [UPDATED with links.]

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A Man for the Season

From crisispapers.org: Three times they met, face to face. The 72 year-old military and political veteran, and the 46 year-old “rookie.” And after the final debate, there was little doubt in the minds of most of the sixty million Americans who watched which of the two contenders was the grown-up.  Throughout the years, Ernest Partridge has lamented the length of the American presidential campaigns. Not this time. It took the full twenty-two months for a majority of the public to comprehend and appreciate the measure of this remarkable man who is about to become our forty-fourth president.

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Cheney-Bush Desperate to Leave with a Bang!

Borders, shmorders! Jeff Koopersmith's preview of the twilight days of the Cheney Regime: expect last-minute military escapades as the most damaging bust-out artists in American history take one last shot at trashing the place before they leave.

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Just How Stupid is Joe the Dimwit Plumber?

Joe the Plumber, Dunce
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Jeff Koopersmith provides an answer – and insight into just what it is that the McCain Scam-paign is up to.


October 22, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – I love my country and would fight to the death for any threatened American, but I have to wonder just where these red state morons were when they were handing out diplomas.  I can see it now… 

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Gen. Colin Powell Endorses Sen. Barack Obama for President

At the height of a presidential campaign, a respected retired general turned retired diplomat does not get booked on Meet the Press to talk about Upper Ossetia or Waziristan. The only suspense…

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When You’ve Lost Ann Landers’s Daughter?

Via Lisa Derrick at the reliably ahead-of-the-curve Campaign Silo (whose missile-implying name always seems to bring to mind Onion News Network's War for the White House reports… and if you've never seen the opening FOX-News-eat-yer-heart-out title sequence… but I digress…), we read that the terrific advice columnist Margot Howard, daughter of the iconic Ann Landers, is none too impressed by Slick Sally:

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Rep. Charles Rangel on change then? and now

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY15) is one of our favorite pols. He's a skilled advocate in the halls of Congress and one of the most affable, down-to-earth pols when he speaks to crowds or one-on-one with constituents. This afternoon, he was stumping for the Obama campaign today in New York, and recalled with humor an early experience as an activist to the gathered crowd.

Morons at McCain Campaign Pretend Sarah Palin is “International”

Jeff Koopersmith looks at the McCain scam-paign's laughable attempt to make Sarah Palin look like a credible candidate.

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Cowardly McCain Abandons Campaign, Hides Behind His Talking Points

September 24, 2008 – New York (apj.us) – Either John McCain has let his impulsive side get the best of him yet again, or he thinks you're stupid, or both. [more]

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Abramoff: During lobbying probe, McCain withheld and conceaed e-mails implicating his own cronies!

September 8, 2008 – New York (apj.us) – Newsrooms in Washington and New York are on alert this evening as a smattering of revelations from Gary S. Chafetz's forthcoming book, "The Perfect Villain: John McCain and the Demonization of Lobbyist Jack Abramoff". have been leaked to political news and progressive Web sites.

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Plenty of Non-Sexist Words for Palin’s Shockingly Poor Performance

Sept. 4, 2008 (democraticunderground.com) – Forget shrill and all the words that will get PUMA's panties in a twist. There are plenty of better words to describe what we witnessed tonight.

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Mark Slocum Nominates John McCain for the First “Congressional Shock Bracelet”

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Sarah Palin, Out-and-out Liar

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Jeff Koopersmith on Sarah Palin – and John McCain, who has proved to the world that he's off his rocker while CNN pretends Palin was a "sly move." (Click on the cover for an enlargement.)
UPDATED: APJ publisher Gene Gaudette weighs in on an explosive development that further suggests Palin was never vetted by McCain.

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Even More Confused about Women and Hillary

May 23, 2008 (huffpo / APJ) – How can it be said that Senator Clinton is expanding the boundaries of what is possible for all women when she keeps defining her continued legitimacy by claiming working class, particularly older, white women voters will never expand theirs – i.e. will not, no never, vote for Barack Obama?

That's only the first of several questions I would pose to women supporting Clinton.

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Buh-bye Hans! Don’t let the door hit’cha…

Here's a story the loyal Bushies tried to slip under the radar at the tail end of the weekly news cycle: Hans von Spakovsky, the notorious anti-minority, anti-elderly disenfranchisement specialist "voter fraud" guru, has withdrawn his name from consideration for a seat on the FEC

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The Monkey Trap, and Hillary Clinton’s Blind Rush to Defeat

Hillary Clinton has essentially two options: hang on to her determination to win the Democratic presidential nomination by any and all means necessary, which will almost certainly result in the election of John McCain, or let go of her personal ambition and join a united effort to elect a Democratic President in November. Winning both the nomination and the general election is apparently out of the question.

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Let’s Stifle the Happy Talk

The Democrat's optimism is built upon a foundation of demonstrably false assumptions, of which Democratic party officials and Democratic voters might be readily disabused, if they bothered to soberly reflect upon the most recent presidential elections and upon evidence that is plainly before them.

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The Delinquent Congress

June 13, 2007 (crisispapers.org) – The Administration of George Bush has, in effect, suspended the Constitution of the United States. At Guantánamo in Cuba, in military prisons in the United States, and in secret detention facilities abroad, American citizens and non-citizens are being held without charge, without counsel, without prospect of a jury trial, in violation of the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth articles of the Bill of Rights. These rights apply to all persons under United States jurisdiction. The word “citizen” appears nowhere in the Bill of Rights.

The same Administration has conducted warrantless surveillance of American citizens in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights, and despite an explicit order of the Supreme Court to cease and desist.

And the Administration, in violation of ratified treaties which have the force of law (Article Six of the Constitution), is engaged in an undeclared war against a non-threatening nation, and is torturing prisoners. The treaties are, respectively, the Nuremberg Accords and the Geneva Conventions.

The President, upon signing Congressional legislation, issues “signing statements” which state, in effect, that he can, at his discretion, ignore the legislation above his signature. And he has issued a “directive” that, in event of some unspecified “emergency” so designated by himself, he can assume dictatorial powers.

Nor is this the end of it. As most readers are well aware, there have been numerous additional illegal acts by the Bush Administration, including the “outing” of a covert intelligence officer, obstruction of justice, and lying to the Congress and the American people.

The institution best situated to put an end to these crimes and to hold the criminals accountable to the rule of law is the Congress of the United States, each member of which has taken an oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Five months into its new term, the Congress now in control of the Democratic party has done essentially nothing to restore the rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution. The initial decisive act leading to that end might be as simple as the passage of this two sentence resolution:

“The Congress of the United States hereby affirms that the Constitution is the supreme law of the United States. Accordingly, any and all legislation and executive orders in violation of the Constitution are null and void.”

The word “affirms” is crucial, for it states that at no time was the Constitution legally “in suspension,” and thus any legislation or acts by the Bush administration in violation thereof were at all times illegal and invalid.  Accordingly, the word "restoration" must be avoided in such a resolution.

C[h]rist Says No to Touch Screen Voting

Charlie Crist, the Republican governor of Florida, announced yesterday that he desires that his state trash its very expensive touch-screen voting machines so that the election process will yield a paper trail of votes by the time the 2008 presidential election rolls around.

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The Public Interest and the Limits of Volunteerism

Dec. 13, 2006 (crisispapers.org) — Libertarians often tell us that personal voluntary restraint and charitable contributions are morally preferable solutions to social problems than government coercion and taxation. Ronald Reagan probably had this in mind when he said in his first inaugural address that "government is not the solution – government is the problem."

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