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  • Tennessee May Starve Children Until Their Grades Improve

    When we last caught up with Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield, he was giving unsolicited medical advice by blaming AIDS on a gay airline pilot having sex with a monkey and calling the disease "virtually impossible" to contract via heterosexual intercourse.

    There's just one problem with acting like a cartoon arch-villain: each of your evil schemes must be grander than the last. The AIDS thing came after Campfield demanded the word "gay" be banned from Tennessee classrooms, so how has he topped himself now?

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    Tags: Children, Education, Poverty, State Legislature, Tennessee, Welfare
  • Tweet Untweet: The Liberal Mystery Machine

    Related: Tweet Roundup: Mitt Romney Paints Himself into a Corner


    Tags: Mitt Romney, Tweet Untweet, Twitter, Welfare
  • Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's Dueling Welfare Videos

    OMG! Did you know that Barack Obama wants to destroy welfare as we know it and thus bring the county crashing down around him? It's totally true! Just look at this video…

    Scary stuff.

    On a related note, OMG! Did you know that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to destroy welfare as we know it and thus bring the county crashing down around them? It's totally true! Just look at this video…

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    Tags: Advertising, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Welfare
  • GOP Robbing from the Poor, Giving to the Predator Drones

    Hey, remember last summer when the GOP agreed to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts, half of which were supposed to come from the Pentagon?

    Ha. Yeah. That was totally never gonna happen

    The House voted Thursday to override steep cuts to the Pentagon’s budget mandated by last summer's debt deal and replace them with spending reductions to food stamps and other mandatory social programs.

    While doomed in the Senate and opposed by the White House, the legislation, which would reduce the deficit by $243 billion, is a Republican marker for post-election budget talks with the White House.

    The Washington Post has a handy list of all the highlights. In addition to food stamps, Republicans are trying to cut funding for Medicaid, the Child Tax Credit, federal employee pensions, financial regulation and social services block grants, which help fund Meals on Wheels, child welfare, day care services and help for the disabled.

    So basically, just programs for the most vulnerable populations imaginable. What child needs food and shelter when they can have an unlimited supply of predator drones flying overhead?

    Insiders say Sith Lord Speaker John Boehner also tried to make cuts to the Department of Puppies and Rainbows, but he was afraid the bill would be too long. And anyway, you can't blame the GOP. They're just trying to create more jobs. Like, child funeral director or black-market organ donor. Yep, it's all about jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.

    Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Budget, Debt, Economy, House of Representatives, John Boehner, Medicaid, Pentagon, Welfare
  • Ron "Bulldog" Paul: Secret Service Is for Lazy Welfare Queens

    Ron PaulSay what you will about Ron Paul, but at least he's consistent. From Medicare and Social Security to disaster relief, Paul staunchly opposes all handouts from the federal government.

    Even when they go to presidential candidates like himself

    Ron Paul said Tuesday he doesn't want any Secret Service protection because it's "a form a welfare."

    "It's a form of welfare," the presidential candidate told comedian Jay Leno Tuesday. "You know, you're having the taxpayers pay to take care of somebody and I'm an ordinary citizen and I would think I should pay for my own protection and it costs, I think, more than $50,000 a day to protect those individuals. It's a lot of money."

    But… that doesn't mean Paul doesn't have a Secret Service code name picked out for himself. "Bulldog," the Texas congressman promptly answered when Leno asked what top-secret moniker he would want.

    Unlike those dandies Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Ron Paul fights off potential assassins the same way he delivers babies — with his bare hands.

    America really has gone soft. Back in Paul's day, no politician relied on handouts from Uncle Sam to ensure his own personal safety. They just did what any responsible small-government Republican would do and let the invisible hand of the free market put their enemies in a chokehold.

    Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images


    Tags: Libertarian, Police, Primaries, Republicans, Ron Paul, Secret Service, Welfare