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And we’re back. The right wing kicked the year off by freaking out in spectacular fashion to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control, indulging in some pandering to those precious Iowan evangelical ballot punchers, and kicking that dead horse called “traditional marriage” into a pulp.

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Crying Truthers

The president betrayed some raw emotion at the presser where he announced his executive actions, allowing a brief stream of tears to fall down his face when he mentioned the Sandy Hook massacre where 20 first-graders were murdered.

Not so fast, said the Crying Truthers. Just because he let loose a little weep-juice doesn’t mean the chattering class is going to let this tyranny slide. And who’s to say the tears were real, anyway?

Rather than take aim at the (really pretty modest) gun control measures the president announced, right-wing pundits devoted themselves to the holy work of exposing an ocular fraud.

Fox News host Andrea Tatalos opined that the White House had deployed a supply of raw onion to the podium.

Breitbart‘s John Nolte suggested the president had rubbed a little Ben-Gay on his lids to induce the “fake fascist tears.”

Red Eye panelist Michael Gunzelman suspected that the culprit was red pepper: “He put pepper to his eye,” he said. “And that’s how he started to cry. This is the breaking news that you need to know. He was not really crying there.”

Look closer, America. Only a brazen fraud would pretend that dead children is a sad thing.

Next: Mike Huckabee

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Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

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  1. charleo1 January 8, 2016

    Right Wing politicians know what dozens of rich as Jehoshaphat televangelists have known for years. Christian Evangelicals are some of the most gullible clueless, trusting people on the planet. Bless their hearts, and I mean that. As more than half my family on my Mothers side are now officially brain dead from it. And for these politicians it’s so simple. First, buy a $1000 slick Italian suit. Got it! Then, give your soul to the Devil. Done. Push a few hot buttons they wear right there on their sleeve. And Viola! Abracadabra! Shazam! Praise the Lord, and don’t forget to send in the check!

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    1. joe schmo January 8, 2016

      Are you the biggest moron that ever walked the earth? The new 1% = the elitists in WA DC who are telling you what to do and you sit their like a dog lapping up all the bullshit.

      Kudos to your family. They actually have a brain in their head. You do remember those proud patriots who fought in the War of Independence don’t you? That’s how Conservatives think. We are rebels who think outside the box, and, no, we don’t get all our information from ‘Faux’ news. In fact, they have been a Yuge disappointment to us. We get our information from everywhere and we get it from the school of hard knocks.Isn’t that a concept? BTW, Praise the Lord!

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      1. bobnstuff January 8, 2016

        At the time of the American Revolution 17% of American attended church, and half them supported England.

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        1. FireBaron January 9, 2016

          One reason for the relatively low attendance was the distance that many people had to travel to go from where they lived to the nearest house of worship. For example, in New York, there were only three Anglican (Episcopal) churches between Kingston and the settlements toward Niagara Falls and the border with Canada. Also, many states prohibited Slaves from attending church services, which also counts towards that 83% of non-attenders. Add to that the percentage of non-attenders in large cities (Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Williamsburg, Charleston, Baltimore) was fairly high,, even as today.

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          1. bobnstuff January 9, 2016

            Sound good but not true, there were no church’s because no one cared. In the late 1790’s my family move to Western Pa. For twenty seven years the church meet in my great great grand fathers living room until they built the church, which is still standing and being used today. Even though most people farmed they still live close enough to others that they could help when needed. If you don’t believe me go into any small town and find the oldest church, there will be a grave yard that dates it’s history and you will find that their were churches close enough that the buried there dead there. Religion was not that important to our country in 1776

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      2. BillP January 8, 2016

        No that would be you!

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      3. charleo1 January 8, 2016

        last since the Eisenhower Administration, when Khrushchev started
        pounding his Brogan on the table at the UN, and promised he’d bury all of us! But the thing that’s changed about their religion, is back then, it wasn’t at all political.

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        1. Charles Winter January 8, 2016

          From what I’ve read, most of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention did want an established church, they just couldn’t agree on which one. There were established churches in several states well into the 19th Century, including in Massachusetts.

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          1. charleo1 January 8, 2016

            I imagine given their history, some found it hard to conceive of a secular form of governance on one hand, that still allowed for the protections against tyranny, and government oppression they sought to enshrine for themselves on the other. The Puritans of the day, so I’ve read, sounded much like a bunch of little Trumps. Convulsing about all those “heretics” moving into the new world like rats, and ruining their perfect culture with all their blatant sinning!
            So yes, settling on a religion that could be agreed upon to be vested with the power of the State to make common law governing all other, would present quite a dilemma to forming a government of, by, and for all the people.

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          2. FireBaron January 9, 2016

            Consider this, gents – Connecticut and Massachusetts required membership in the Congregational Church to hold office. Virginia required membership in the Anglican Church to hold office. Catholics were specifically banned from holding office in Maryland. Amusingly enough, their lead representative to the Continental Congress that voted on Independence was a Catholic. Ironically, the Baptists who founded Rhode Island made sure that all residents had equal rights. One of the official letters written by George Washington, as President, was one to the congregation of a Newport, RI, Synagogue ensuring that they, like all citizens of our then new nation, would be free to worship as they chose.

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          3. charleo1 January 9, 2016

            An excellent example of why I so love the comment section! As it demonstrates despite the amazing amounts of ignorance that often saturates conversations from top to bottom. In that great expanse known as, “The People.” When they are allowed to speak, there remains a wellspring of knowledge, and in that, perspective, and wisdom, and indeed, hope for all that’s right to prevail. Thanks for a terrific post!

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          4. idamag January 10, 2016

            Perhaps you should read the minutes of the Continental Congress, also.

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          5. idamag January 10, 2016

            I am not sure what you are reading, but I suggest you start by reading the minutes of the Continental Congress. What you’ve been reading is a bunch of nonsensical propaganda.

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        2. FireBaron January 9, 2016

          charleo1, you win! You got insulted by schmo before I did! I applaud you, my friend! You are now my hero!

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      4. stcroixcarp January 8, 2016

        Can you make a list of all those “elites” in Washington? Do you mean the elites in the republican controlled congress? The elites on Wall Street? The CEO elites? The lobbyist elites? The Supreme court elites?

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        1. FireBaron January 9, 2016

          I think it’s the elites on K Street that pay the Republicans in Congress.

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      5. ray January 8, 2016

        your a fraud schmo.

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        1. FireBaron January 9, 2016

          Hey, you are insulting frauds by comparing schmo with them!

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        2. idamag January 10, 2016

          His parents were nazis that escaped to this country when we were indiscriminately letting them in.

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      6. Mr Corrections January 9, 2016

        You’re a “rebel who thinks out of the box”, and to prove it you’ll insult & threaten anyone that thinks differently to you. God help the Republican who deviates from Accepted Doctrine – they’ll be called a RINO and primaried by a screeching lunatic in an incorrectly worn tricorne within minutes.

        The contradictions between your self-image and your actions are absolutely fascinating; I’m glad you lack any form of introspection and were able to post that for me without ever even coming close to realising.

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        1. FireBaron January 9, 2016

          And I remember when the folks currently referred to as RINO were considered the mainstream Republicans. But that was before the petulant children with their incessant temper tantrums took over.

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      7. Robert Eckert January 9, 2016

        “You do remember those proud patriots who fought in the War of Independence don’t you? That’s how Conservatives think.” No, the Conservatives (Tories) of that time were fighting for the other side.

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    2. Irishgrammy January 8, 2016

      Great post Charleo1. Agree completely. There is absolutely nothing “Christian” about the religious right of today, NOTHING! As I have said before, I know atheists that have more Christian charity than almost every Bible Thumper I know!

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    3. Michael Ross January 8, 2016

      The only mistake here is thinking that Christian Evangelicals are clueless and trusting. This is not the case. On the contrary, most Evangelicals are perfectly well aware that both the preachers they listen to and the politicians in their pockets are rotten to the core. They just deliberately ignore it in the hopes that nobody will find out, or point out, all the many ways in which they are rotten to the core too.

      Evangelicals, plain and simple, are not interested in actually PRACTICING their religion. They are interested only in having someone they can feel morally superior to in their default state of existence.

      And every single time someone from the Evangelical populace has been raised up to celebrity status by the Evangelical leadership, they’ve turned out to be a massive creep and/or hypocrite too.

      Take it away Bill!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47NWmhalMD8

      This is why gay marriage is so important to Evangelicals: Because, of all the things listed as offensive in the Bible, having gay sex is one of the few things that most of them have never been tempted to try.

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      1. ray January 8, 2016

        John Oliver had great take on that by start his own fake church. people sent him money and other things,just by asking.

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    4. FireBaron January 9, 2016

      And one of the most gullible, clueless, trusting individuals on the planet was our former President, George W. Bush. He allowed himself to be led around by the nose by Karl Rove for over 10 years, and by Uncle “Richard” Cheney for eight!

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      1. charleo1 January 9, 2016

        I believe the truth is, George Jr. was simply outclassed by these Machiavellian Neocons. I’ll guarantee you Cheney, brought on as the story goes, at the advice of Papa Bush to find a suitable running mate for George. Easily weaseled his way into keeping the spot for himself, and of course, insisted on bringing his old pal Rummy along to help manage the witless Chief Executive. And before long, the entire Neocon cabal was working on the agenda. And a clueless George for his part, was absolutely in raptured bless with the trappings of the office. And drunk with the prospect of finally showing the Old Man, he was the success Papa had told him so many times he’d never be. What could possibly
        go wrong?

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        1. idamag January 10, 2016

          Praise the Lord and pass the plate.

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  2. joe schmo January 8, 2016

    Hey, no problem. You can stand behind the ‘Caviar Elites’ in Washington if you want. They don’t give a crap about you and me. But we have a right to protest just like you do. It’s our First Amendment right. Only difference is you don’t like it much.

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    1. stcroixcarp January 8, 2016

      Caviar Elites? Who eats more caviar than Donny Trump? Do you really think any of those GOP boys (or girl) care a pickled fig about you? But go ahead and drink the GOP boxed whine, it is you right.

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      1. Michael Ross January 8, 2016

        The Tea Party’s little whore is hoping we all forget that Trump, on his yearly season-long blowjob clumsily disguised as a reality TV show, once rewarded a winning team by sending them to a restaurant that exclusively served caviar.

        America’s far-right does not value, above all else, freedom, patriotism, religion, guns, or even money. Above all else, the far-right values hypocrisy.

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    2. KDJ54 January 8, 2016

      The First Amendment gives you the right to believe whatever
      you want, it does not give you or the government the right to make me believe
      in any sort of god or religion. That’s
      the way it was when the country was founded and that’s the way they intended
      for our society to remain (it wasn’t until the Eisenhower administration that
      we got the “In God we Trust” on our money and the reference to god in the
      Pledge). If you want a country run by
      religious principles move to Saudi Arabia, Iran, or join ISIS you should find
      it more to your liking-no gay people, no gay marriage, stoning for adulterous
      women, women with limited rights, severe punishments for sinners. If fact, if you want, we can start a “Fund me”
      account to cover your expenses.

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    3. Mr Corrections January 9, 2016

      You must have misread – this column is about how stupid & crazy you are, not about stopping you protesting.

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      1. FireBaron January 9, 2016

        Schmo can’t help it. I actually think he is really Otto Grief posting under a different name.

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      2. idamag January 10, 2016

        Shhh, don’t tell him he is crazy, just like his WWII hero, he doesn’t know it.

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  3. Grannysmovin January 8, 2016

    5. Crying Truthers: Consider the source – plastic people acting badly at being journalists.
    4. Mike Huckabee: Your poll numbers tell you what your people think of you.
    3. Bryan Fischer: Another snake oil salesman gets rich off of selling fear, anger, hate, intolerance and bigotry.
    2. Roy Moore¨ Judge? In my opinion, I believe this judge is guilty of Judicial Misconduct. A judge is expected to be an impartial expert in the law and to keep any court proceedings fair and legal. Legislating his religious beliefs is to me, not conducting himself in a fair and non-bias manner.
    1. Marco Rubio: Just as his competition Cruz they want to rule as a Theocracy – goodbye religious freedom if they are elected.

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    1. FireBaron January 9, 2016

      Granny, one of the big things about the snake oil salesman known as Roy Moore is his office is elected. All he has to do is convince the poor white folks (many of whom would not survive without welfare, medicaid, SSI, etc.) that he will lead them to the promised land if only the elect him and allow him to ban all federal regulations and laws in the Great State of Alabama (also the home of the first Confederate States of America capital).

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    2. mike January 9, 2016

      As to your #4 should have read Obama. Your poll numbers tell you what your people think of you.

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      1. Grannysmovin January 9, 2016

        The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 46% approval rating for Obama. Congress approval is what about 13% and what is Huckabee’s National numbers 3%. He still thought higher of than Congress and all your candidates.

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        1. mike January 9, 2016

          Keep trying!!! RCP shows all polls and he is in negative in all. Even Rasmussen poll, which by the way is in the negative and has historically given him higher ratings than other polls shows his Presidential Approval Index at a -18.
          And yet in December 2010, congress controlled by dems, its approval rating was 13%.

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          1. Grannysmovin January 9, 2016

            http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll as of Friday, January 08, 2016
            Typical – always putting the car in reverse.

            I know you live in the land of denial

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          2. mike January 9, 2016

            Now granny keep movin and google the RCP site and see the overall numbers. All negative. While you’re there check out his ratings on foreign policy. Even bigger negatives.
            What you gave me just verified my post. Didn’t you see the -18 on the first page of Rasmussen for yesterday?? Only you would believe 46% approval is a good number. They were negative, duh!!! He is a liar and a loser. Unfortunately for USA and World he is hurting us all with his dithering and lack of leadership.

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          3. Grannysmovin January 9, 2016

            7 years in yes I do think his approval number is better than today’s Congress and the candidates they are just Republican voters, we will see how they poll nationally when your party picks a candidate. Obama’s numbers don’t matter he already has the job and is not running. You suffer from the same hatred as most of your party who thrives on fear, anger, hatred, bigotry and intolerance. Have a nice weekend.

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          4. mike January 9, 2016

            And you are as delusional to the real world that Obama has produced.
            Just remember Hillary’s numbers are negative. Majority of Women don’t trust her, each day as more emails are revealed makes her less trustworthy.
            No hatred towards Obama just glad i don’t have to live with the fact I voted for him. Obamacare failing much like his legacy. A liar from day one.
            Have a nice weekend to you also.

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          5. idamag January 10, 2016

            Congress is at 11%

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  4. @HawaiianTater January 8, 2016

    As if I needed a reminder of why I moved from Alabama to Hawai’i… Judge Roy Moore.

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    1. ray January 8, 2016

      you lucky soul.

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    2. idamag January 10, 2016

      How did you ever stand living there at all?

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      1. @HawaiianTater January 10, 2016

        Didn’t have a choice. I’m from there. As soon as I was old enough to leave, I did.

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  5. Otto Greif January 8, 2016

    Obama has never said a word about Omar Thornton’s victims.

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    1. JPHALL January 8, 2016

      Why should he? He hasn’t mentioned dozens of mass shootings. He only has so much time to give to any one incident. Besides he has idiots like you to pick and choose between those he has missed while also missing the point. Too many guns, too many sick or lost people!

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    2. Mr Corrections January 9, 2016

      oh no!

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  6. Charles Winter January 8, 2016

    Actually, Huckabee may be on to something. How else to explain that the GOP, from 2003 to 2007, was in control of both Houses of Congress, the White House, and the Supreme Court but passed not one bill banning abortion. They didn’t want to give up the issue.

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  7. stsintl January 8, 2016

    It seems the Party of Lincoln and Eisenhower has deteriorated to the extent that they oppose everything this President says or has tried to accomplish. They were quick to blame him when gasoline prices were high. But not a whisper that they are so low now. Right after he was elected in 2008, the leader of the Senate, Mitch Mcconnell, says that his main task is to make sure Obama is a one-time President. Why is there so much hatred against a sitting President here, and lack of respect for the Office of the Presidency? Is it because he is the first Non-White President?

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    1. mike January 9, 2016

      Your ignorance is showing. McConnell said it October 2010 not “right after” as you claim.
      Hatred??? NO!!! But the majority that oppose him see an incompetant leader, who has lied many times to the American people on numberous subject, latest being ISIS “contained”, don’t forget Obamacare lies that made “Obama Liar of the Year” by WP. Race plans a role to some but the vast majority find him a corrupt and weak leader. Look at the polls, all negative on direction of country, job performance on economy and foreign policy.

      He is a ditherer to the nth degree.

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      1. stsintl January 9, 2016

        You are ignorant. Look up the data on job growth since GWB presidency. Unemployment is 5%; lowest since the turn of the century.

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        1. mike January 9, 2016

          From your reply you admit you were wrong about McConnell, right?? And Obama wasn’t called liar of the year in 2013, right???
          Your job numbers mean literally nothing to the millions without jobs or underemployed. The vast majority of new jobs have been part time under Obama. Simple question, if US population increased 19 million since 2007 and BLS says we need 8.9 million more jobs to reach same level of employment as “07” but yet only a net increase of 4.7 million jobs. Where are the other 4 million?How can you try and brag about U3 #’s when they are nothing but fluff.
          So name me one country that are relations are better now than when Obama took office. Just one!!
          Live in the past with Bush but your guy is a loser and history will reflect it.

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        2. idamag January 10, 2016

          FYI: During the war criminal years in 2009 unemployment was 9%. It is now 5%

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      2. jointerjohn January 9, 2016

        The first sentence of your post is incongruent and the second and third sentences indicate semi-literacy. Here’s some advice for you, multiple question marks and multiple exclamation points indicate frustration but they neither supplant nor enhance articulation.
        Unemployment is low, economic growth is healthy, inflation is down, and national security is stable without a billion dollars per month spent waging a Bush family/Dick Cheney Oil War. Now you can hate President Obama all you want, but embarrassing yourself before the world by being an uneducated dumbass will only elevate his image as an intellectual! Can you possible understand that?

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        1. mike January 9, 2016

          Thanks for the good laugh.

          Did McConnell or did he not make the statement in October 2010??

          My advice for you is to get your head out of your a$$ and accept the truth.

          Unemployment is low, baloney!! Trying to use U3 numbers just shows how far up Obama’s a$$ you are. Anyone with an ounce of honesty knows the vast majority of those jobs are part-time. Try using some real honest numbers like U6. I know you can explain why the U3 2007 unemployment numbers and the lastest U3 unemployment numbers can be the about same when U.S, population grew by 19 million during that period and the BLS said 8.7 million more people are seeking employment but yet by BLS figures show only about 4.8 millions jobs were added under Obama. What happened to the other 4+million?? Economic growth healthy, say that to all the people not working.
          Families are not better off, why the 26% approval rate on direction of country. Reich expects the “econony to sputter 2016 because not enough demand for good and services.”
          The biggest threat in 2016 is not a recession—which can’t be ruled out, but is not likely; it is further damage to the American dream. The president will continue “executive action”; we just can’t be sure how much burdensome red tape will result.
          Our national security is far from stable. In fact, it is far worse under this weak and incompetent president.

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        2. idamag January 10, 2016

          My take, exactly. That is why I don’t even bother to read his posts.

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          1. Independent1 January 12, 2016

            Ditto!! Why would anyone waste time reading posts from a total illiterate?

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    2. plc97477 January 10, 2016

      That wasn’t even the only thing mcconnell said he was going to do that he didn’t do. He has proven to be pretty worthless.

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    3. idamag January 10, 2016

      They have hijacked the party of Lincoln. It is no longer that party.

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  8. idamag January 10, 2016

    You talk about crazy. Of course the radical right would not understand empathy. There were a few fascists that claimed Sandy Hook didn’t happen. Huckabee and Fischer, both: If the ancient Christians were like you, my sympathy is with the Romans. Roy Moore, You are proof we need a strong Federal Government. Rubio, you would probably be like a lot of self-satisfied religious nuts. When we need quick thinking and action, you’d be busy praying about it. There is a time for action and a time for praying.

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  9. idamag January 10, 2016

    Since there seems to be some confusion as to what religion our Founders wanted I thought I would share their thoughts with you:
    “During the almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. More or less in all places pride or indolence in the clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity; In fact, superstition, bigotry and persecution.” – James Madison , General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    “Question with boldness, even the existence of a God. For if there is one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr (1787)

    “Perfection is not an original feature in any religion, but is always the strongly marked feature of every religion always assumes its original benignity.” – Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man

    “Congress has no right to make any religious establishment.” – Roger Sherman, Congress (1789)

    “The way to see by faith is to shut your eyes to reason.” Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richards Almanac.

    “I contemplate with sovereign relevance, that the whole American People build a wall of separation of church and state.” Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists (1802)

    “Our civil rights have no dependence on religious opinion any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson on a bill to establish religious freedome (1779)

    “The Christian establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption, all of which facilitate the execution of mischievous projects.” James Madison, letter to William Bradford (1774)

    “Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are abused by the differences in sentiments of religion,appear to be the most inveterate and distressing and ought to be deprecated. George Washington, letter to Edward Newanham (October 20, 1792)

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