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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: Uninformed, Ignorant, Or Just A Big Cantor Fan?

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GOP Congressman Eric Cantor this morning appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and told host Joe Scarborough, co-host Mika Brzezinski, and John Heilemann and Mike Barnicle several falsehoods — which Scarborough, as a journalist, has a duty to know are falsehoods, and correct the record for his viewers.

Rep. Cantor falsely claimed that raising taxes on the rich will not fix the deficit. “I don’t care if you raise taxes 100% on the wealthy. You’re not going to fix the deficit problem.”

False.

In, “Ten Numbers the Rich Would Like Fudged,” Paul Buchheit at Common Dreams notes:

“Only THREE PERCENT of the very rich are entrepreneurs,” “An amount equal to ONE-HALF the GDP is held untaxed overseas by rich Americans,” “Corporations stopped paying HALF OF THEIR TAXES after the recession,” and, yes, “Tax deductions for the rich could pay off 100 PERCENT of the deficit.”

So, Cantor’s wrong. And Scarborough’s not practicing journalism.

“We fix this problem by getting a handle on entitlement spending,” Cantor also stated.

Scarborugh challenged neither statement.

Scarborough didn’t even bring up defense spending, despite the fact that defense cuts are not only part of the “fiscal cliff,” but they amount to $711 billion annually.

“When I go to the constituents that have elected me, it is not about that pledge. It’s really about trying to solve problems,” Rep. Cantor said. “Boehner went to the White House ten days ago and said Republicans are willing to put revenues on the table . . ..  And we said we’re willing to do that to fix problems, to respond to the electorate that re-elected this President.”

The “electorate that re-elected this president” wants taxes raised on the wealthy. period. Doubt it? John Nichols at The Nation today doesn’t. In “A Mandate to Raise Taxes on the Rich? Election Numbers Say ‘Yes’,” Nichols writes that ‘Obama has a 4.2 million popular vote lead over Romney, for a 50.79 percent to 47.48 percent margin. The margin is likely to grow over the next several weeks.”

Yes, let’s repeat that last fact: Barack Obama did not just receive a higher raw vote total than Reagan—as is to be expected with an expanding electorate. Barack Obama has earned a higher percentage of the vote than Reagan—50.79 for Obama this year to 50.75 for Reagan in 1980.

Add on the fact that Obama will win the Electoral College by 332-206, an overwhelming margin, and that he carried all but one of the swing states identified by both parties, and that his party picked up two seats in the Senate and that it continues to displace Tea Party Republicans (such as Florida’s Allen West) in the House, and the question of whether Obama won the minimal mandate to tinker with tax rates for the very wealthy should be settled.

Yes, if George Bush had any kind of mandate in 2004, if Bill Clinton had any kind of mandate in 1996, if Ronald Reagan had any kind of mandate in 1980, then Barack Obama has some kind of mandate in 2012. And anyone who paid attention to the messages of the 2012 campaign—from Obama’s explicit declarations that he would ask the rich to “pay a little bit more” to Romney and Ryan’s “makers versus takers” meme—knows that a referendum was held on whether to hike taxes for millionaires and billionaires. And a lot more voters said “yes” than said “no.”

Did Scarborough blink, or mention any of this?

Nope.

Scarborough even had the gall to frame the issue by asking Cantor how President Obama can force Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to meet the GOP half way on entitlement reform, because Cantor claims that entitlements are the big problem.

Wrong.

Cantor claims that getting rid of Obamacare will improve the deficit.

False.

Cantor proceded to spin this tale:

“I was in Missoula, Montana during the campaign and I met a gentlemen who had taken a job as a cook in an airport restaurant, and he told me, ‘Please fix this problem, because I want to get back to my profession,’ which was construction in the real estate industry. He said, ‘Please, we need more jobs. I need to go back to where my skill set is best used.'”

“If there is a small business person out there in Montana, if you’re saying you’re going to raise taxes, that will be less money in his pocket to hire this gentleman away from being a cook and back to the profession he wants, so he can make the kind of money he’s looking to make,” Cantor claimed.

But as America now knows, the Congressional Research Service was forced to squash “an economic report that found no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth, a central tenet of conservative economic theory, after Senate Republicans raised concerns about the paper’s findings and wording,” the New York Times reported November 1.

Any mention of this from Joe Scarborough, or any of the other journalists sitting at the table?

No.

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‘Just Shoot Them’: Trump Told Top US General to ‘Crack Skulls’ and ‘Beat the F’ Out of Civil Rights Protestors: New Book

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President Donald Trump told America’s highest-ranking general and top law enforcement officials to “shoot” civil rights protestors in Seattle and Portland, “crack their skulls,” and “beat the f–k” out of them, according to a new book by a Wall Street Journal reporter.

“The President would highlight videos that showed law enforcement getting physical with protesters and tell his administration he wanted to see more of that behavior,” CNN reports, citing excerpts from Michael Bender’s book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.”

“That’s how you’re supposed to handle these people,” Trump told his top law enforcement and military officials, according to Bender. “Crack their skulls!”

Trump also told his team that he wanted the military to go in and “beat the f–k out” of the civil rights protesters, Bender writes.

“Just shoot them,” Trump said on multiple occasions inside the Oval Office, according to the excerpts.

But Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley (photo, right) refused, Bender reveals, with Milley and Attorney General Bill Barr often finding themselves the only ones willing to push back against the president.

General Milley, who made headlines Wednesday after delivering a stunning lecture on critical race theory and “wokeness” to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who was not pleased by it, also pushed back against Trump senior advisor, white supremacist Stephen Miller.

During one Oval Office debate, senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller chimed in, equating the scenes unfolding on his television to those in a third-world country and claiming major American cities had been turned into war zones.

“These cities are burning,” Miller warned, according to the excerpts.

The comment infuriated Milley, who viewed Miller as not only wrong but out of his lane, Bender writes, noting the Army general who had commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan spun around in his seat and pointed a finger directly at Miller.

“Shut the f–k up, Stephen,” Milley snapped, according to the excerpts.

Read the entire report at CNN.

 

Image of President Trump and General Milley: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr

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‘No Time to Waste’: DeSantis Blasted for Going on Fox News as Biden and Miami Mayor Urge Him to Request State of Emergency

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Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis is taking time to pose for the cameras and talk to Fox News in the wake of the stunning partial building collapse that more than 12 hours later has left 99 people missing, and feared dead.

DeSantis reportedly added an interview with far right Fox News host Mark Levin to his calendar for Thursday.

President Joe Biden during a news conference announcing a bipartisan agreement on, appropriately, an infrastructure bill on-camera Thursday afternoon urged the Florida Republican governor to ask for a declaration of a state of emergency, but DeSantis has yet to do so – nor has he declared a state of emergency himself for the Surfside disaster. President Biden appears to have ordered FEMA to Florida to assess the situation, which is the most they are allowed to do until the governor acts.

Also urging DeSantis to request a state of emergency declaration is Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, who says “there is no time to waste.”

Apparently DeSantis believes there is, and many are blasting the likely 2024 GOP presidential hopeful.

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Watch: MSNBC’s Joy Reid Takes Down Architect of the Critical Race Theory Culture War in Epic Debate

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MSNBC host Joy Reid took on Christopher Rufo, the think-tank “scholar” who claimed to be an expert on race because he works as a “scholar” at a conservative think tank. Speaking Wednesday, Reid got him to confess that he’s neither an expert in race nor in law, which is where the idea of critical race theory is generally taught.

Rufo claimed that Reid was attacking him on air, which she corrected, saying that she was doing nothing more than reading the quote from his own documents.

Reid began by asking at what point “critical race theory” was invented, and he didn’t know, saying sometime in the 1980s or 1990s. Reid cited the Harvard University paper in which it was first mentioned in 1981 by Professor Derrick Bell, who died in 2011.

She cited Rufo’s “documentary” on critical race theory that cites professors or professorial types who he admits are academics who he claims are replacing equality with equity, which is a conservative charge Reid said she’s been hearing since she was in high school. “To ending individual property rights and even to committing reverse genocide or calling for reverse genocide.”

Rufo said that it wasn’t true, which is when Reid said she would play the clip if Rufo allowed her to do it, but he wouldn’t. He said that the term is counter genocide, a genocide perpetrated in retaliation to another genocide.

Rufo claims in his talking points that the father of critical race theory was Ibram X. Kendi, who told Reid that he wasn’t a critical race theorist.

“I admire critical race theory but I don’t identify as a critical race theorist. I’m not a legal scholar, so I wasn’t trained on critical race theory,” Kendi said. “I’m a historian and Chris would know that if he actually read my work or understood that critical race theory is taught in law schools. I didn’t attend law school.”

Rufo began to complain that Reid was citing things and not letting him answer, but she explained she wanted to go through her list of disputes.

Rufo claimed that he wasn’t a political operative, but Reid rolled a video of Rufo speaking at the Claremont Institute on May 18 in which he called critical race theory a political “cudgel,” meaning a giant political weapon. He went on to supplement his point by quoting Barbara Applebaum, who he said was a critical race theorist. She’s, in fact, listed as being trained in philosophy and education and “her research is heavily influenced by feminist ethics, feminist philosophy, and critical race theory.”

He also quoted American author Robin DiAngelo who did her thesis on whiteness in racial dialogues. She also is an education professor, not a critical theorist, according to her website.

“There are these very pathetic and very angry graduate students who try to fight me on these highly technical haggle interpretations,” said Rufo. “I don’t have time for this. Like I don’t give a sh*t.”

Reid noted that there again explains that critical race theory isn’t something being taught in kindergarten, it’s a graduate-level conversation among academics.

His argument fell apart from there.

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