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Bill Maher Mocks Repubs’ Problem With Women: ‘They Live In Our Houses — Not Mitt Romney’s Binder’

August 15, 2015 in Blogs

By Arturo Garcia, Raw Story

“All of them are somewhere between creepy and stalker”

ll Maher used a storybook to explain to the GOP why it has trouble attracting “the mysterious people who aren’t men” on Friday’s episode of Real Time, while skewering them for defending Megyn Kelly while pushing policies that hurt women in general.

“You’re down in the polls and you don’t know why — it seems like you’re popular with all of the guys,” he began. “But the reason the Republican Party is in trouble is, all you old white men live in a bubble.”

Their candidate pool, he said, included “Jeb and Trump, Santorum and Walker — all of them somewhere between creepy and stalker.”

He also ridiculed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for claiming he would never insult Kelly like Donald Trump did just a few months after accusing Jay-Z of“arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp”regarding his wife Beyoncé.

“As if Beyoncé does not run her career on her own,” the host said. “He thinks that Beyoncé and Jay-Z are Ike and Tina Turner.”

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) joined in, ripping ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for his support of what was called the “Scarlet Letter” law.

“He thinks that public shaming of single mothers or promiscuous teenagers is a good thing to prevent them from misbehaving,” she said. “That’s just one example — all these other guys, the ones on the federal side, anti-Violence Against Women Act. They voted against it. They voted against equal pay. They all want to shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood. I mean, 60 percent of all women — Republicans too — favor Planned Parenthood. This is not a good strategy.”

The key for Republicans, Maher said, was to recognize that women abound in their lives.

“They live in our houses — not Mitt Romney’s binder,” he explained.

Watch the discussion, as posted online on Friday,below.

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Up and Down the Line, the Presidential Republican Candidates Want to Destroy Safety Net

August 15, 2015 in Blogs

By Joe Conason, AlterNet

The GOP is more open than ever about their desire to gut social security.

Ten years ago, as Americans celebrated the 70th anniversary of Social Security, the presidency of George W. Bush was already disintegrating over his attempt to ruin that amazingly successful program. The people's rejection of the Bush proposal to privatize the system was so powerful that Republicans in Congress scurried away — and his political reputation never recovered.

Since then, the United States has endured a market crash and a crushing recession that proved how much this country needs its premiere social insurance plan. Those events demonstrated that ceding control of Social Security and its revenues to Wall Street, in accordance with the Bush scheme, would have been a national disaster. And yet the Republican candidates for president seem utterly unable to learn that simple economic lesson.

To paraphrase the French adage, the more things change, the more conservatism remains the same. On this 80th birthday of Social Security, the increasingly right-wing Republicans continue to blather the same old nostrums, as if they missed everything that has happened since 2005 — and as if they still want revenge against Franklin Delano Roosevelt for the humiliations he inflicted on their ideological ancestors.

Since Aug. 14, 1935, Republicans and their financial backers have sought to undo the progress that Social Security represents for workers, the elderly, the disabled and their families. Today's Republican presidential wannabes all claim to be offering something new, but whenever they talk about Social Security, they sound as if they're stuck in 2005 — or 1935.

From Rand Paul to John Kasich, from Marco Rubio to Rick Perry to Lindsey Graham to Ted Cruz to Jeb Bush to George Pataki, all agree that Social Security should be privatized. And with the possible exception of Mike Huckabee, all agree on undermining the only program that keeps millions of older Americans from ending their lives in poverty rather than dignity. Chris Christie, robber of public employee pensions, would swiftly raise the retirement age to 69, threatening grave hardship for blue-collar, lower-income Americans. Carly Fiorina would inflict similar suffering …read more