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GOP to public: here’s "THE CHANGE YOU DESERVE!!!"

2 Pennies. Once the punchline of the joke “What and 98 cents will buy you a cup of generic coffee out of a vending machine?”–now the new official slogan of the Grand Old Party.

From NYT The Caucus blog by Carl Hulse:

It looks like Republicans will counter the Democratic push for change from the years of the Bush administration with their own pledge to deliver, drum roll please, “the change you deserve.” The first element of the party agenda developed over the past few months by the leadership and select party members will focus on family issues.

“Through our “Change You Deserve” message and through our “American Families Agenda,” House Republicans will continue our efforts to speak directly to an American public looking for leaders who will offer real solutions for the challenges they confront every day,” said the memo prepared for lawmakers.

(emphasis mine)

It gets better. It seems the slogan is already is use for an anti depression pill called Effexor XR, making the GOP guilty of patent infringement, or at the very least being unoriginal. From Jason Linkins at Huffington Post after a tip by Bluestem:

What the GOP doesn’t seem to realize, because they are idiots, is that “the change you deserve” is the registered advertising slogan of Effexor XR, a drug that many of you might have started taking as a result of all the…you know — terrorism. (Hat tip to Bluestem for catching this gem.)

Effexor, also known as Venlafaxine, is approved for the treatment “of depression, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder in adults.” Its common side effects are very much in keeping with the world the House Republicans have striven to build: nausea, apathy, constipation, fatigue, vertigo, sexual dysfunction, sweating, memory loss, and – and I swear I am not making this up – “electric shock-like sensations also called ‘brain zaps.'”

Its less common side effects are equally awesome in their appropriateness.

And when the Food And Drug Administration reviewed the ad copy that included the tagline, “The change you deserve,” it took issue with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures Effexor, saying that the company made “unsubstantiated superiority claims.” Sounds like the GOP have picked an ironically accurate tagline for their efforts!

It’s like the MasterCard commercial: One caplet of Effexor XR (with your free market health insurance policy): $7.95*. GOP plagiarized but ironically accurate slogan: PRICELESS.

*Just a guess on my part, not to be taken seriously

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Bush/McCain Trivia Challenge has a new trivia quiz/advert about McCain and Bush similarities. All stuff most everybody who’s been paying attention knows, but it might be fun to email to your friends, coworkers or family members who haven’t.

I just took The Bush-McCain Challenge — an online quiz to see if you can tell the difference between George W. Bush and John McCain. Check it out, and see if you can do any better than I did!

and here’s a nice Bush=McCain=Bush=4 more years of the same video from Progressive Video USA.

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Thom Hartmann on Hillary’s Supporters, The "Race Chasm", and Slavery

From The Thom Hartmann Program on Air America:

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Dean Baker on Hillary and Bear Sterns and gas tax holidays

Oh no, more from that “elitist” economist Dean Baker again. This guy makes too much sense. Ignore him Hillary, voodoo economics and gas tax holidays are the way to go.

From TMPCafe:

Yesterday on one of the Sunday morning talk shows Clinton said: “When the federal government, through the Fed and Treasury, gave $30 billion in a bailout to Bear Stearns, I didn’t hear anybody jump in and say, ‘That’s not going according to the market, that’s rewarding irresponsible behavior.'”

I feel personally insulted and so should everyone connected with TPMCafe. As you all know, that is exactly what I have been screaming at the top of my lungs. In fact, I’ve said this so many times, that many of you are sick of hearing it.

And I didn’t just say it at TPMCafe. I also said it at The American Prospect, Truthout, the Guardian, and Common Dreams. In fact, I’ve also said this in such prominent news outlets as the Lehrer News Hour and The New York Times.

Apparently Senator Clinton didn’t hear me. She also didn’t hear my solution, which is certainly not a silly cut in the gas tax which will primarily benefit the oil industry.

I would instead like to see a solution that actually hits the people with money and actually helps the people without money. So, if we give the Wall Street investment banks taxpayer dollars, the deal is that they must have full transparency with the Fed, restrictions on leverage, reserve requirements, and caps on executive compensation.

How does $2 million a year sound? That’s total compensation, including wages, bonuses, stock options, life insurance policies, private use of corporate jets, private use of beach homes, private use of luxury condos etc. (We’ll let the big boys average out compensation over their tenure.) If the executives don’t like the deal, they don’t have to take it. Then they will just have to explain to their shareholders why they cost them all their equity by letting their bank fail because they wouldn’t take the deal from the Fed.

Of yeah, and how about a modest financial transactions tax also? That will slow down the speculation and raise some big bucks (@ $150 billion a year or 5 percent of the budget) for things we need like health care, child care, and preventing global warming.

So, that the deal. Can you hear me (an economist) saying these things Senator Clinton?

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