Sen. John McInsane always wanted to "Bombiran". It's satisfying he will never be able to pull the trigger!
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) fired up the audience Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference with an anecdote about what he called the heartlessness of giving out free school lunches -- but it turns out that "moving" story never really happened.
Ryan used a story about a young boy choosing a lovingly made brown bag lunch over a free school meal, relayed to him by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson, to illustrate that Democrats offer Americans a "full stomach and an empty soul."
But when Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler looked into that tale, he gave it "four pinocchios" because Anderson presented it out of context.
Kessler found Anderson told the story at a 2013 congressional hearing that Ryan chaired, and claimed she had spoken to the boy herself. Kessler notes her story closely paralleled an exchange from a book called "An Invisible Thread," in which an executive offers to either give a young, homeless panhandler money to eat for the week or else make lunch for him each day. The boy insists on having his lunch made for him in a brown-paper bag, because that means "somebody cares" about him.
A spokesman for Anderson told Kessler that the secretary "misspoke" and was actually describing a television interview she had seen with Maurice Mazcyk, the boy described in the book. Kessler further noted that school lunch is not brought up in the book, which means Anderson inserted the program into the anecdote.
The author of "An Invisible Thread," Laurie Schroff, spoke with the Huffington Post about Ryan's CPAC remarks and the origins of Anderson's anecdote. She asserted that her book was not "political" and disagreed with Ryan's "full stomach and an empty soul" comment.
The only untrue part was the part that really mattered - the free lunch did NOT come from the Government as Ryan falsely stated!
I agree that a national, single payer health system would work better than the present system. Hoever, I'm not willing to make a perfect system the enemy of the new, improved one represented by the ACA.
Any Rethug idiot can criticize Rmoney and McInsane.
It takes a very special type of extreme idiot to take on 90 year old Bobdole!
Only a wing nut could mention the IRS and "road tax" in the same sentence.
Wingnuts love fossil fuels so much, they certainly deserve coal bins in their basements!
Cash for Clunkers was an outstanding success.
Now we learn that the Affordable Care Act contributed to the addition of 175,000 new jobs to the U.S. economy in January.
Thank you, President Obama!
President Obama's 2010 health law was responsible for about three-quarters of a surprising January rise in U.S. consumer spending and American income growth, according to calculations by the Wall Street Journal. The economy added 175,000 new jobs in January in spite of the terrible winter weather in most parts of the country.
While not exceptional, the gains were significant: a 0.4 percent rise in consumer spending ($45.2 billion) and a 0.3 percent rise in personal incomes (up $43.9 billion), according to new figures released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The growth came in spite of the expiration of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed and all that horrible winter weather.
So what exactly did the Obamacare rollout do to cause such a rise? For one, it expanded the Medicaid program, a critical and highly controversial aspect of the law, by adding up to a $19 billion in benefits in January. On top of that, health care enrollees additionally received another near $15 billion in the form of tax credits as a result of the rollout, according to the BEA.
Together the two changes have freed up many Americans to spend money that would have gone towards health care premiums on goods and services instead.
The benefits of the Obamacare rollout thus far also appear to throw cold water on the idea that the law will hamper the economy -- especially when considering last January. Back then, both consumer spending and personal incomes had their worst month in years and fell by several percentage points after the battle in Congress over the so-called "fiscal cliff" ended with recession-era payroll tax cuts not being extended.
Overall, that tax hike resulted in a $700 per worker tax increase on average, according to the Tax Policy Center. Who's killing the economy again?
According to House rules, Cummings was entitled to speak for 5 minutes. Issa cut him off after a few seconds with the flimsy excuse that Cummings did not ask a question yet.
If any Democrat ever pulled a cheap stunt like issa's, Faux News and the entire RW scandal apparatus would have been outraged in a massive uproar.
Why is your outrage so misplaced, rightwingding hypocrites?