Full Moon Already …? Thom Hartmann Suggests Benghazi Attack Part of Right-Wing Plot

Looks like we have a new leader on the left for proponent of this year’s most delusional conspiracy theory.

Libtalker Thom Hartmann on his radio show yesterday went somewhere you’d otherwise expect to find Occupy squatters reeling from bong hits and railing against the man.

HARTMANN: Call me a conspiracy nut but first came the memo saying that, oh it was leaked actually out of the Romney campaign, that they were going to turn Barack Obama into Jimmy Carter. Now what did that mean? Who was planning that? Who, you know, and then comes out this anti-Muhammad movie, just before 9/11, just in time for 9/11. And then the attacks, you know, in Benghazi in, on 9/11. And then Darrell Issa, you know, who’s got a history as a small-time crook, is trying to politicize this thing. It makes you wonder who funded the movie.

OK — you’re a conspiracy nut.

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Jimmy Carter: I can outdo Obama in Stupidity

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter last week declared the election process in Venezuela is “the best in the world.”

According to the left-leaning news and views site VenezuelaAnalysis.com, Carter also said in the U.S., “We have one of the worst election processes in the world, and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money.”

Venezuela, led by socialist dictator Hugo Chavez since 1999, has often been accused of anything but fair elections, and, according to a Reuters report, the country is ranked by Transparency International as the second-most corrupt nation in the Americas, after Haiti.

Yet in 2004, Venezuela began implementing a voting system involving touch-screen machines that also provide a paper receipt of selections to voters. Apparently, the system has impressed Carter.

During the kickoff of the Annual Conversations at the Carter Center series, the former U.S. president declared, “As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections we’ve monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world.”

The praise was welcomed by Chavez only a couple of weeks before the nation’s elections, where he faces significant competition from challenger Henrique Capriles.

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OBAMA’S ANTI-ROMNEY 2012 AD IS EERILY SIMILAR TO CARTER’S 1980 ANTI-REAGAN AD

The comparisons that are made between Jimmy Carter and Barrack Obama are sometimes forced. However, at times the two presidents seeming to have some similarities: both saw energy prices nearly double in their first terms; trade deficits and unemployment skyrocketed; both presidents fumbled through turmoil in the Middle East and failed to deal with real threats in Iran.

So, how do you campaign on such a record? Carter went negative, really negative. One ad depicted Californians on the street talking about how dangerous their former governor, Ronald Reagan was. One woman even said, “He would have gotten us into a war by this time, Carter hasn’t.” Another man says “Reagan scares me. He really scares me.”

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Flashback: Gallup Had Carter Up 4 Points Over Ronald Reagan in September 1980

Gallup polling today put Obama ahead of Mitt Romney by 4 points after the godless DNC Convention.

Back in 1980 Gallup had Jimmy Carter up over Ronald Reagan by 4 points in mid to late September… And, Carter was up 8 points in October. In fact there was a published Gallup poll showing Carter up six among likely voters in a poll conducted Oct. 24 to 27.

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Dependency Index Shoots Up 23% Under President Obama

The American public’s dependence on the federal government shot up 23% in just two years under President Obama, with 67 million now relying on some federal program, according to a newly released study by the Heritage Foundation.

The conservative think tank’s annual Index of Dependence on Government tracks money spent on housing, health, welfare, education subsidies and other federal programs that were “traditionally provided to needy people by local organizations and families.”

The increase under Obama is the biggest two-year jump since Jimmy Carter was president, the data show.

The rise was driven mainly by increases in housing subsidies, an expansion in Medicaid and changes to the welfare system, along with a sharp rise in food stamps, the study found.

“You can’t get around the fact that policy decisions made over the past two years, on top of those made over the past several decades, are having a large effect on the pace of growth of the index,” said William Beach, who authored the Heritage study.

Dependence on the government has climbed steadily since 1962, when the index stood at 19. By 1980, the index had risen to 100. It stood at 294 in 2010, the last year for which the data are available. The D.C.-based Heritage Foundation has produced the index for nine years.

The report also found that spending on “dependence programs” accounts for more than 70% of the federal budget. That, too, is up dramatically. In 1990, for example, the figure stood at 48.5%, and in 1962 just over a quarter of federal spending went to dependence programs.

At the same time, fewer Americans pay income taxes, the report notes. Almost half (49.5%) didn’t pay income taxes in 2009, the latest year for which the researchers have data. Back in the late 1960s, only 12% of Americans escaped the income tax burden.

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Obama makes history

Barack Obama has officially set another record. No, this one is not a spending record. This one is about his approval ratings. The latest Gallup presidential job approval index shows that Obama’s approval rating has finally passed below that of Jimmy Carter’s. This earns Obama the worst approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history. Way to go Obama. You worked hard for this, and you succeeded! How very proud you must be. But don’t worry, Barry. You’ll still get about 95% of the black vote next year … and the moochers and leaches will stand by as long as you talk about taking money away from the evil high-achievers and give it to them. So … there’s hope. There’s always hope for Democrat. All you have to do is make more and more Americans dependent on the federal government. Come on … why do you think Princess Nancy announced last week that if the takers would put the Democrats back in power they would do for child care what they did for health care. Nanny government.

I wish I could say that Obama’s re-election chances in 2012 are slim, but I just can’t. He is a putrid president, but he’s an awfully good campaigner. Plus, I’m afraid that these poll numbers show an overall frustration with government .. Congress is polling at historic lows as well. This may mean that a lot of folks in the middle simply won’t care, give up and not show up to the polls in November. The ones who will show up and support Obama are those with someone else’s skin in the game – they have government benefits that need protecting and they want these politicians to follow through on their promises to seize more wealth from the evil rich people! This is what will be driving people to the polls to vote for a guy like Obama.

Now get this … this is truly amazing. Obama is running a campaign ad for some website called JoinObama.com. In that ad he says that his reelection is not going to depend on what he does. It will depend on what “you do.” Amazing, isn’t it? Obama telling us that it’s not up to him to do the things that would make Americans want to keep him in office for another four years. It’s up to his supporters to get out there and work for his reelection no matter what.

The Carter-Obama Comparisons Grow

Comparisons between the Obama White House and the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter are increasingly being made—and by Democrats.

Walter Mondale, Mr. Carter’s vice president, told The New Yorker this week that anxious and angry voters in the late 1970s “just turned against us—same as with Obama.” As the polls turned against his administration, Mr. Mondale recalled that Mr. Carter “began to lose confidence in his ability to move the public.” Democrats on Capitol Hill are now saying this is happening to Mr. Obama.

Mr. Mondale says it’s time for the president “to get rid of those teleprompters and connect” with voters. Another of Mr. Obama’s clear errors has been to turn over the drafting of key legislation to the Democratic Congress: “That doesn’t work even when you own Congress,” he said. “You have to ride ’em.”

Mr. Carter himself is heightening comparisons with his own presidency by publishing his White House diaries this week. “I overburdened Congress with an array of controversial and politically costly requests,” he said on Monday. The parallels to Mr. Obama’s experience are clear.

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