Archive for August 1, 2012
We won’t even ask the question. The answer is no, there is no limit to GOP right-winger stupidity. Did you hear what Steve King said last week? Now, according to District 4′s representative in the U.S. Congress, the birth announcement of the President in the Honolulu newspapers could have been telegraphed from Kenya (all part of the socialist plot to make sure the infant ended up in the White House half a century later). Just to show how reality based he is though, King acknowledges the unlikelihood of getting this idea to fly before November.
“We went down into the Library of Congress and we found a microfiche there of two newspapers in Hawaii each of which had published the birth of Barack Obama. It would have been awfully hard to fraudulently file the birth notice of Barack Obama being born in Hawaii and get that into our public libraries and that microfiche they keep of all the newspapers published. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some other explanations on how they might’ve announced that by telegram from Kenya. The list goes on. But drilling into that now, even if we could get a definitive answer and even if it turned out that Barack Obama was conclusively not born in America, I don’t think we could get that case sold between now and November.”
President Obama supports tax breaks for wind energy.
You do the math.
Marcos Moulitsas posted about it yesterday.
Iowa is quite competitive this year. [Click here to see the trendlines on DailyKos]. So in an election where marginal parochial issues may make a difference, it’s surprising that ethanol isn’t center stage. It’s wind power.
The lines are now drawn on a political hot button in Iowa: a lucrative tax break for wind energy.
Mitt Romney is against it, President Barack Obama favors it — opposing stances that could have political and economic implications in Iowa, which has more wind energy jobs than any other state in the nation.
And it’s not just Democrats attacking Romney for his position.
Top GOP leaders in Iowa — including Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and the entire congressional delegation — champion the tax break as a vital economic development tool.
Monday evening, U.S. Rep. Tom Latham said the position Team Romney laid out “shows a lack of full understanding of how important the wind energy tax credit is for Iowa and our nation. It’s the wrong decision.” Latham called for Romney to re-evaluate.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said Monday he considers the tax credit he authored to be a tremendous success, but he has been talking with wind backers “about options that include a multi-year phase-out along with tax reform.”