Yes. Yes. I feel that strongly about it. If we can get the necessary support and it comes to my desk I’ll sign it. That’s all I can do. I will sign it.
Herman Cain, responding to Christian Broadcast Network’s David Brody when asked if he would support a Constitutional amendment that would trump Roe v. Wade.
Only problem is, the President has no role in the Constitutional amendment process.
I have no trouble understanding what they’re complaining about. They’re complaining about the fact that Wall Street wrecked the economy three years ago and nobody’s held responsible for that. Not a single person has been indicted or convicted for destroying 20% of our national net worth accumulated over the course of two centuries. They’re upset about the fact that Wall Street has iron control over the economic policies of this country and that one party is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Street and the other party caters to them as well. That’s the real truth of the matter.
If I am the spokesman for all of the people who think that we should not have 24 million people in this country who can’t find a full-time job, that we should not have 50 million people in this country who can’t see a doctor when they’re sick, that we shouldn’t have 47 million people in this country who need government help in order to feed themselves, and we shouldn’t have 15 million families that owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home — okay, I’ll be that spokesman.
Herman Cain Says Blame Yourself (and Liberals)
- Herman Cain in October 2011: Don't blame Wall Street. Don't blame the big banks. If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself! It is not a person's fault because they succeeded, it is a person's fault if they failed.
- Jon Stewart: Oh that's interesting. So people should not scapegoat anybody just because they did not attain the American dream.
- Herman Cain in October 2010: The American dream is under attack because our government has been hijacked by the liberals in Washington D.C.
- Jon Stewart: Wait I thought you blame yourself... You don't blame big business, you blame yourself and liberals.
You can’t tackle the jobs problem, the budget problem, the tax problem or America rising without tackling the first problem: money in politics. It is corrupt. It is institutionally corrupt. They spend their time getting big checks from big special interests. It’s the special interests, Jon, that write the tax code. You can’t read it, it doesn’t work for America, it hurts jobs, we give them away, they’re being stolen by unfair trade and nobody does anything. You know why? Corporations have never made more money than they are right now. They wrote the tax code, and they really don’t give a damn about the rest of America.
Since 1992, the I.R.S. has compiled data from the returns of the 400 Americans reporting the largest income. In 1992, the top 400 had aggregate taxable income of $16.9 billion and paid federal taxes of 29.2 percent on that sum. In 2008, the aggregate income of the highest 400 had soared to $90.9 billion — a staggering $227.4 million on average — but the rate paid had fallen to 21.5 percent. […]
I know well many of the mega-rich and, by and large, they are very decent people. They love America and appreciate the opportunity this country has given them. Many have joined the Giving Pledge, promising to give most of their wealth to philanthropy. Most wouldn’t mind being told to pay more in taxes as well, particularly when so many of their fellow citizens are truly suffering.
First of all, let’s clarify what the NASA budget is. Do you realize that the $850 billion dollar bailout, that sum of money is greater than the entire 50-year running budget of NASA?
And so when someone says, “We don’t have enough money for this space probe,” I’m asking, no, it’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that the distribution of money that you’re spending is warped in some way that you are removing the only thing that gives people something to dream about tomorrow.
You remember the 60s and 70s. You didn’t have to go more than a week before there’s an article in Life magazine, “The Home of Tomorrow,” “The City of Tomorrow,” “Transportation of Tomorrow”. All of that ended in the 1970s. After we stopped going to the Moon, it all ended. We stopped dreaming.
And so I worry that the decision that Congress makes doesn’t factor in the consequences of those decisions on tomorrow. Tomorrow’s gone. They’re playing for the quarterly report, they’re playing for the next election cycle, and that is motgaging the actual future of this nation, and the rest of the world is going to pass us by.
Could You Quantify That Answer?
- Stephen K. Bannon (Filmmaker, Tea Party): The federal government takes too much tax revenue today.
- Bill Maher: From them?! The rich pay, like, as much as the poor. This is like… 18%
- Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist): But wait, I have to ask. What do you mean by "too much"? Could you quantify that answer?
- Maher: You can't really say they take too much from the rich. The rich, in the last 30 years, have … come on, we know all the statistics.
- Joan Walsh (Salon.com): … have sucked up the top 1%
- Tyson: So they drive a Bentley instead of a Rolls? What is the "too much" tax that you're refer -- I just don't know. I don't know. I'm just asking.
- Maher: I'm just saying I would be so much more sympathetic if I understood why a party that's supposed to be a populist party is always doing the bidding of billionaires who don't need the money wouldn't notice. Would not notice it missing. And it could solve so much.
- Bannon: We think that people, if they keep their own money and re-invest it, it's a much more efficient way to run things.
You are beating up on President Obama just constantly, and it just is incredible to me that you don’t pay attention to the idea that the country was facing (a) potential depression, and you had a president that stepped in, offered leadership that pulled us off the brink, Sean. …You are having a tantrum. In fact, you’re mad at other Republicans — you say, why is the Wall Street Journal, why is the Weekly Standard, why are other Republicans saying to the Tea Party people, ‘You have gone over the line?’ You’re encouraging this kind of behavior, Sean!
…You hate the stimulus spending. You say ‘that contributed to the high rate of (joblessness) under the spineless Obama!’ I’ve heard your rap. But what I’m saying to you, Sean, is do you realize 40 percent of (stimulus) spending was on tax breaks for people? Tax breaks? …In other words, President Obama tried to spend some money, cut taxes for everybody in the country — as I said, 40 percent of the stimulus spending — and all you can do is say ‘Well, it didn’t exactly work as predicted!’ as opposed to saying ‘He tried something instead of just simply obstructing,’ which is what the Republicans have been doing all along.
Margaret Hoover vs. Bill Maher & Eliot Spitzer on the Deficit
- Eliot Spitzer: Let's be real about this. Bill Clinton had a budget *surplus*. George Bush gave us the deficit, gave us the recession, gave us the deregulatory craziness that lead us over the cliff. The Tea Party is the tail wagging the dog, it is the inmates running the asylum, it's people that don't know history, economics, politics, sociology, science. It is insane! I'm glad you said I'm an old school Democrat; I believe in science, facts, and in responsible capitalism. That's where I am.
- Margaret Hoover: Let's be honest about what really happened. Yeah, there was no deficit. You're right, when George Bush took office. And George Bush raised the deficit. Debt, spending, deficits, that happened. And then it got *doubled* in three years by Barack Obama, and so here's the reality. The Tea Party came to town -
- Bill Maher: That's not the reality.
- Spitzer: Hey can we talk about what caused the deficit. No.
- Hoover: The debt doubled.
- Maher: No.
- Spitzer: Here's what cause the deficit.
- Hoover: The debt doubled.
- Spitzer: Margaret, hold it a second.
- Maher: No it didn't.
- Spitzer: Facts...
- Hoover: And the reality is...
- Maher: No.
- Spitzer: Yeah?
- Hoover: That if the Tea Party hadn't come to town, the Senate would've had a few speeches on the floor and the debt limit would've been raised.
- Spitzer: Facts are stubborn things.
- Matthew Kibbe: We changed the conversation.
- Spitzer: Yeah, now it's insane!
- Hoover: The conversation now is about stopping spending.
- Spitzer: Now it's an insane conversation!
- Hoover: It's about your daughter's fiscal future, my fiscal future, his fiscal future.
- Maher: Did the debt double since Obama?
- Hoover: Yes.
- Spitzer: Not because of the President.
- Hoover: Are you kidding?!
- Spitzer: Here's what caused the deficit. Four factors, can you listen to this?
- Maher: The debt is 14 trillion?
- Kibbe: Yeah, 14 and a half.
- Spitzer: It's not doubled.
- Maher: And it was 7 under...?
- Hoover: Yes, it was 7.8 and we're about to go to 16.2.
- Spitzer: Hold on one second, facts are stubborn things.
- Hoover: So he's admitted that I'm right now.
- Spitzer: No. Two wars caused it, the Bush tax cut caused it.
- Hoover: The stimulus!
- Spitzer: Please, stop one minute. The recession, that the consequence of the regulatory craziness, and then the stimulus that worked. The auto industry --
- Hoover: That worked?
- Spitzer: Of course it did! The auto industry is back folks!
- Hoover: The 9.2 unemployment stimulus?
- Maher: The stimulus is seven percent of the deficit.
- Spitzer: That's right. Bill is exactly right.
- Maher: The stimulus is seven percent.
- Hoover: And the budget - look, Barack Obama's budget--
- Maher: Seven percent.
- Hoover: Barack Obama's --
- Maher: Not even double digits, and why did we need a stimulus?
- Hoover: The debt has doubled.
- Spitzer: But Margaret, you're not looking at causative factors. You're being so simplistic as to be silly.
- Hoover: No, no, no. But Eliot, let's be honest. That couldn't be more patronizing to the woman at the table.
- Spitzer: No, no. We're talking facts.
- Hoover: We're talking about numbers, actually.
- Spitzer: Yeah, we are, that's exactly right.
- Hoover: We're talking about debt that has doubled since Barack Obama's been in office. That is a number. That is a fact. We can all go Google it.
- Maher: It's not a fact, it's not the right number.
- Hoover: No, no, but it is.
- Maher: And also you count 2009, which is Bush's budget. Okay? The reason why that they had to spend some money - and again, 7% of the big problem - the reason they had to was because the last guy had drove the economy into a ditch. […] This is the problem: t he democrats get blamed by the vast majority of the American public for an ineffectual stimulus bill, and the common conventional wisdom is that that stimulus bill was spending way too much money. Actually, half of it, almost half of it was Republican tax cuts.
- Spitzer: That's actually right.
- Hoover: It was actually a third.
- Maher: It wasn't big enough.
- Hoover: It was a third more tax cuts.
- Maher: Okay, but in a 15 trillion dollar economy, or whatever it is, it was not nearly enough to do the job. So this is my problem with the Democrats: they constantly sign on to shit that isn't their idea. This is what Obama's doing now. I no longer understand this man. And I liked him, and I voted for him. I just don't understand this man anymore. When he caved on "revenues," I thought this was the line in the sand. I thought he would understand that, "You know what, my reputation is not good already as a negotiator, I've said from the beginning, I'm not going to cave, we need some revenues to fix this." When he caved on that, I mean, they own him!