"As a result of [gerrymandering], U.S. congressional elections are among the most uncompetitive in the world. In 2000, a whopping 98 percent of congressional seats were held by incumbents. That makes congressional races roughly as competitive (and fair) as rigged dictatorial elections."
— 5 Ways U.S. Democracy Is More Rigged Than You Think (via cracked)
"This is all about stopping a law that increases taxes on rich people and reduces subsidies to private insurers in Medicare in order to help low-income Americans buy health insurance. That’s it. That’s why the Republican Party might shut down the government and default on the debt."
— Ezra Klein: Don’t forget what the shutdown really is about (via kateoplis)
"You may be wondering why, for Bengazi, Congress has held 9 full hearings including one closed hearing, why Ambassador Pickering and Admiral Mullen issued a full accountability report chastising the state department for their systemic failures, and why Benghazi has generally emerged as a rallying cry for the President’s opponents when, during the Bush administration, there 54 attacks on diplomatic targets that killed 13 Americans yet garnered only 3 hearings on embassy security total and zero outrage on Fox News. So why is this attack so different from Republicans?"
— Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, asking a question I think we all know that answer to.
"It’s a question I’ve never even thought about."
Ohio Representative Jim Buchy when asked “What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?”
Isn’t this a problem? Isn’t this a basic, fundamental problem? The guy is working to make abortion as restrictive as possible but he’s never even considered why a person might want an abortion? Does so little thought actually go in to law-making in this country?