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The U.S. Government Has Hurt The Economy In 11 Of The Past 12 Quarters

Austerity is slowing financial recovery.

The U.S. economy has just gone through some big, big changes. Big, good changes! But one thing has not changed: federal government spending, which can't ever stop being the giant turd in the economy's punch bowl.

U.S. gross domestic product grew at a shockingly large 4 percent annualized rate in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on Wednesday. That was a wild swing from a shockingly bad 2.1 percent GDP collapse in the first quarter.

Everything was up in the quarter -- consumer spending, business spending, housing, imports, exports, hooray. One thing was not, however, up: federal government spending. That fell for the 7th quarter in a row. Federal spending has cut into GDP for 11 of the past 12 quarters, in fact. Here is how that looks in chart form:


GOP policies and ideas do not work!

Progressives want the FCC to reclassify broadband companies as public utilities

Progressives want the FCC to reclassify broadband companies as public utilities, forcing them to treat every website equally. Republican leaders have promised to fight that step in Congress.


David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, said in a statement that Reid's letter "makes it clear that the Senate Democrats will defend" the FCC, even if it decides to reclassify cable companies as utilities under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

Harry Reid Says He Has The FCC's Back On Net Neutrality


Are Republicans Backed By China? House Republicans Block Critical 'Make It In America' Bill

Last week one more example of Republican obstruction occurred blockage of an important "Make It In America" bill and one more time not a single corporate media outlet reported it.

The House Republican leadership last Tuesday blocked a bill to secure for American companies critical minerals used in the production of energy-efficient products, renewable energy systems, electronics and other technologies. The result is companies and the Defense Department continue to be forced to turn to China to make or obtain critical electronics components.


Tell this to your favorite Tea Party supporter!

Why does the GOP keep saying President Obama is not American? They have nothing else!

The question remains: why do Republicans come back, over and over, to this kind of thing, to peddling a cocktail of fear mixed with hate? They've got nothing else. They can't sell their right-wing policies as actually working because there's no data to back that up. They can't even sell their policies as logical because, well, they aren't.

So what can Republicans do? Get people afraid. Afraid of "them," the brown president and the brown hordes at the border. In reality the people at the border are refugees and children. To Republicans, that doesn't matter and it certainly doesn't inspire compassion. Steve King's anti-immigration ally Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has been harping about the supposed "diseases" these children are carrying.

This is all about fear, about making people afraid of what America is becoming, of what America already is. Republicans are counting on the fact that fear makes people do stupid things. Like voting Republican.


Andrea Mitchell Allows IAVA's Tarantino To Blame Bernie Sanders For Obstruction On VA Bill


MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell Reports, July 25, 2014. The IAVA's Tom Tarantino blames Sen. Sanders rather than House Republicans for obstructing the VA bill that passed through the Senate almost unanimously . Read more here...


Feds Failing To Act On Antibiotic Resistance Despite Grave Threat, Health Advocates Warn

Public health advocates are fuming over a new court ruling that they say could hasten the coming of the next pandemic.

In a 2-1 decision released Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration need not consider banning the use of antibiotics in healthy food-producing animals.

"We believe that this decision allows dangerous practices known to threaten human health to continue," said Avinash Kar, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. "Adding antibiotics to farm animals' feed, day after day, is not what we should be doing. It's not what the doctor ordered and it should not be allowed."

In March 2012, a federal court ruled that the FDA must act on scientific knowledge that the overuse of antibiotics in animals raised for food has contributed to the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. That decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by the NRDC concerning findings made by the FDA back in 1977. Feeding livestock low doses of penicillin and most tetracyclines, the agency had concluded, might pose a risk to human health. The FDA never acted on or retracted those findings.


Two Republican Judges Gut Obamacare, Threatening Health Care For Millions

It's just not Republican if it's not punitive!

Two Republican judges on the D.C. Circuit Court have ruled that the equivalent of a typo is enough to strip health care subsidies from up to five million people, dealing what would be a death blow to the Affordable Care Act if the decision is allowed to stand. The one Democrat on the panel dissented.


No! The two political parties are not the same!

Hospitals In Medicaid Opt-Out States Are Beginning To Face Money Problems

Medical providers in states opting out of the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may soon experience increased financial trouble, even as the mostly Republican governors continue to spurn federal funding for people lacking health insurance.


CA Voters Afforded Opportunity This November To Weigh-In on 'Corporate Personhood'

California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown has permitted SB 1272, an advisory measure entitled the Overturn Citizens United Act, to appear on the state's November 2014 ballot.

The measure not only calls upon Congress to "propose an amendment...to the United States Constitution" to overturn the infamous Citizens United decision and its progeny, but "to make clear that the rights protected by the United States Constitution are the rights of natural persons only."

According to state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), the author of SB 1272, the measure is intended to send "a message to Congress" that we "should not equate money with free speech and corporations are not people."


Austerity Is Poisoning The Economy

Austerity is like a bad tattoo: It's going to be with us, causing misery, for years to come.

The broad spending cuts that were the fruits of the Republican Congress' budget obsession of the past few years have already cost the U.S. economy $351 billion in lost economic activity, according to a new study by the Center for American Progress. This austerity will cost a total of $633 billion by the year 2020, according to the study.

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