The Watering Hole, Wednesday, August 5th, 2015: What’s My Line/Lie?

A ThinkProgress thread from yesterday list the following eleven lies expected to be trotted out during tomorrow’s Republican 2016 Presidential Candidate debate:

“[Obamacare] has failed to accomplish its prime objective: Containing health care costs.”
(Piyush “Bobby” Jindal)

“We need a president who will finally act to secure the border after decades of failed leadership in Washington, D.C.” (Rick Perry)

“Planned Parenthood is possibly selling the body parts of the babies it has aborted.” (Ted Cruz)

“The satellite data demonstrate that there has been no significant warming whatsoever for 17 years.”
(Cruz, Trump, Scott Walker)

“Our biggest threat [in this country] is radical Islamic terrorism.”
(Walker, Jindal)

“Obama’s plan should be called the Costly Power Plan because it will cost hard-working Americans jobs and raise their energy rates.” (Walker)

“[Common Core is] a scheme to drive education curriculum from Washington, D.C.” (Jindal, Cruz, Huckabee)

“This is not a good deal, but a recipe for disaster and the first fateful step toward a frenzied nuclear arms race in the Middle East.” (Ben Carson, Chris Christie)

“Instead of a safety net to cushion our occasional falls, they have built a spider web that traps people in perpetual dependence.”
(JE Bush, Carson)

“It’s sad to see the Democrats take a horrific crime and try to use it as an excuse, not to go after people with serious mental illness or people who are repeat felons or criminals, but instead try to use it as an excuse to take away Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.” (Cruz, Perry)

“Instead of fighting over the minimum wage, why don’t we focus on solutions that help every American earn his or her maximum wage.”
(Huckabee, Bush, Christie)

I expect that there will be a whole lot more bullshit, dog-whistle, chest-beating, wink-wink lines from this gaggle. What other talking-point lines do YOU expect to hear from each of them?

This is our daily Open Thread–have fun!

26 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, August 5th, 2015: What’s My Line/Lie?

  1. Donald Trump is a psycho con man with a shrunken amygdala.

    Why does Donald Trump want to be the next President of The United States?

    A person should ask why.

    Just for the sake of argument, let’s take insanity to the next level and pretend that The Donald has actually become President of the United States.

    Here are but a few examples:

    1) He no longer has to hire personal security for the rest of his life. The Secret Service will be his new security team from the day he enters office until the day he dies. He can now fire his security firm and use the one that has the latest and greatest equipment at our expense.
    2) He will get insider information to the sweet sweet deals that he cannot access in his present situation. Billionaire or not, those trade deal doors are closed to him.
    3) The ability to penetrate real estate deals and contracts in the Middle East that were out of bounds to him previously. You thought Halliburton was bad? Just wait.
    4) His operating costs are now outsourced to the American tax payer. Meaning, all of his transportation, lodging, vacation, meals, entertaining, all living expenses are now on the shoulders of We the People
    5) He gets a spiffy new jet and an entourage of hand picked toadies to grovel at his every whim.
    6) He will get to fire people on a scale that has never been seen before on any episode of the apprentice. He will publicly humiliate anyone that he suspects of undermining him.
    7) He can speculate on which states are the least profitable and sell them to The FSSR or China.
    8) He can yell at press conferences and no one can tell him to shut up or turn off his microphone.
    9) He gets free prime time TV spots that he would have to pay for if he were not President.
    10) After he is done being President, he will never ever go away. He will not retire to his bathroom and start painting creepy pictures.
    11) His cabinet would consist of like minded psychopaths and his appointments to Federal agencies would be equally terrifying.
    12) Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un share many sociopathic traits. Let’s start with bad choices in hair stylists.

  2. Whenever I see a Republican presidential candidate, I think of the big lie spoken by Fredo Corleone to his brother Michael in Godfather II, and I wait breathlessly to hear the line repeated by every candidate in every debate:

    I’m smart! I’m not dumb like everybody says!

  3. More on yesterday’s massive cell phone outage, that according to CNN, Fox, and MSNBC etc, didn’t happen, since I’ve yet to see 10 seconds of coverage on any one of them.

    AT&T says wireless phone service restored for Southeast after massive outage

    The outages were concentrated in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and North Georgia, though each carrier’s outage footprint differed slightly from the others.

    In previous wireless service outages of this magnitude affecting multiple carriers, the culprit has been carriers’ shared backhaul architecture, which ties the cellular networks together and in some cases is operated by a third party.

    Sprint said the issue appeared to be caused by a “local exchange provider,” and that the company’s network team Tuesday night was working with the provider to restore service.

    “Local exchange provider” is an industry term to denote a local telephone company. However, it remains unclear how an outage at a single telephone company could take down service for all major carriers across a major swath of the U.S., and a handful of short statements released by carriers on Tuesday evening did little to shed light on the cause of the massive outage.

  4. Obama is really throwing down the gauntlet to the Republican candidates on the Iran Deal. This is going to preemptively change their debate prep on the subject.

    • I liked the way he discredited the Iraq war cheerleaders, by saying that the same people are saying the same things about Iran. Also, how we shouldn’t have listened to them then, and we shouldn’t listen to them now.

  5. They have detained a suspect near Camp Shelby in Mississippi, who has allegedly been shooting (hunting out of season?) there.

  6. ““Instead of fighting over the minimum wage, why don’t we focus on solutions that help every American earn his or her maximum wage.” (Huckabee, Bush, Christie)”
    Oh. You mean like eradicating institutional racism in America? Or reverting back to the good ole’ Eisenhower days of the 90% tax bracket?
    Go for it.

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