Here, at last, you may find a truly inspired takedown of an Eric Cantor whinefest op-ed in the Washington Post. I actually did read the original op-ed, and it clearly describes events occurring in some alternate universe where the "clean CR" the Republicans won't pass doesn't give them 95% of what they wanted in the first place -- and where Barack Obama doesn't bend over backwards to work with Republicans who deserve only to be worked around.
David Sirota reveals our elite overlords' "plot against pensions." Read it all, so you know what to say when some ninny says ZOMG $1.3 TRILLYUNZ IN UNFUNDED PENSIONZ!!! Namely, a) that figure represents a gap over 30 years, so it's actually a much smaller number every year and b) that figure gets even smaller when you put it next to expected revenues. I'd add that the figure gets smaller when you consider how many states, municipalities, and localities America has.
In case you were wondering how/if the "liberal" media had been covering the Trans-Pacific "Partnership" negotiations, FAIR finds an NPR flack actually comparing the nefarious "free" trade deal to a "poker game" with "a pot full of jobs." Actually, the NPR flack is about half-right: the TPP is more like a casino run by the big corporations, where the house always wins! But the "pot full of jobs"? About as likely as the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
Surprise, surprise, the Affordable Care Act actually doesn't hurt small businesses like Republicans claim, but actually helps small businesses. Not just that the employer mandate (which Mr. Obama foolishly put off another year) doesn't actually affect businesses with fewer than 50 employees (meaning most of them!), but that it also keeps insurance corporations from jacking up premiums on small businesses if only one or two employees get sick, which, as you might expect, hurts small businesses more because they don't have the bargaining power of bigger corporations.
FactCheck makes a herculean effort to disprove a John Boehner assertion that the medical device tax has shipped "tens of thousands" of American jobs overseas. Personally I think if it comes out of John Boehner's mouth you should automatically assume it's crap, but at least we learn, through FactCheck's efforts, that Stryker (one of the big medical device corporations) has actually increased its workforce by almost 2,000 since the tax went into effect.
Another day, another right-wing state legislator calling President Obama "de fuhrer" (sic), this time for enforcing the government shutdown of national parks. And of course she doubles down, saying she didn't actually use the word "Hitler" when talking about Mr. Obama (clearly she meant that other "fuhrer"!) and blaming the press for not parsing the meaning of the words "democracy" and "republic" exactly as a right-winger would, and saying it's all Obama's fault anyway, clearly for not capitulating to Republicans 120% of the time. Anybody ever heard of Brenda Barton before? Me neither. Now let's never speak of her again.
Finally, an amateur Biblical scholar claims the Romans invented Jesus to pacify the Jews. And here's a pretty good counterpoint, if you like. I don't suspect that Mr. Atwill's theory, if persuasive (and it's not even very good realpolitik, actually!), would affect the value of Jesus's teachings very much -- would "love thy neighbor" or "help the poor" suddenly become bad ideas?