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Pizza Face

herman cainHerman Cain, pizza mogul and flavor-of-the-week presidential candidate, is fun in a football-to-the-groin kind of way, and not just because he whined that those mean old black people are bigoted because they don't appreciate his genius.

His main claim to infotainment fame is a plan he's conceived to save the economy, one which he refers to as the "9-9-9" plan. This is shorthand for "9 percent for commercial taxes, 9 percent for industrial taxes and 9 percent for residential taxes."

Oddly enough, that's exactly what SimCity 4, a video game from 2003, implemented  for the residents of its virtual environment.

Yes, a video game.

Those numbers have, as you might expect, enervated the "20 minutes or it's free" crowd but economists are pretty certain that it would double the effective tax rate of the middle class.

For the record, Mr. Cain didn't steal think this up all by himself as he claims he had the help of a whole team of economists. However, the only one he'll identify by name is Rich Lowrie, who isn't so much of an economist as a "wealth management consultant". Yes, presumably there are rich people too dumb to handle their own money, as though that could EVER be a problem, and Mr. Lowrie is Johnny-on-the-spot to tell them which crooked bank will maximize those screw-the-poor-people profits.

Most intriguingly, he was on the board of advisors for Americans for Prosperity, one of the many and varied conservative advocacy groups funded by Charles and David Koch.

The Koch brothers are the same, ludicrously rich, walking gonads who financially backed the Tea Party or, for that manner, any fruitcake that wants to run for public office as long as they're willing to open their gobs and unapolgetically spew whatever lunatic talking point the brothers dream up. You know, like, "create jobs by lowering corporate taxes", or "bartering chickens for health care", them sort of horse-squeezin's.

The brothers seem to have a political viewpoint they dearly would like the voting public to clasp to their collective bosoms, especially considering the vast sums they've spent putting their surrogates in office. One would therefore imagine that they should simply cut to the chase, run for office themselves, and get it over with.

Oh, wait. David Koch tried that and got his derriere handed to him. Something about being an arrogant prick, I'd wager.


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Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #97 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(97) 10-14-2011: The GOP wasted the day voting on a redundant anti-abortion bill that would doom pregnant women to a horrible death. They took this purely symbolic vote just to waste more time.

On the bright side, the GOP unveiled a jobs bills... if by "jobs" you mean destroying the environment, excising unions, off-shoring jobs, and making the rich even richer. This bill, accroding to many, would actually result in the loss of existing jobs.

NOTE: As a result of an unexpected wave of enthusiasm the Republican Job Creation update now has its own web site. It will remain on the RP but a web site of its own will raise its visibility on the 'net as we progress towards the critical 2012 elections. And I thank you for your support.


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Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? Until ther master, the Koch family, has drained every single hydrocarbon out of this country Fox will happily demonize solar power.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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