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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Keeping us hooked on oil is anything but in the "American interest." It's in the special interests. It's in the GOP interests. But it's not in America's interest. So on the one hand we have the Saudis, Fox News, big oil and the Republican party. And on the other hand we have the American people, the environment, future generations and clean energy. Just so we know where we stand....
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) on racial profiling: "We have to stop this inane political correctness that’s going on. Political correctness won’t save any lives..."
...but pointless racism that plays well with the Republican base will cost them. Alienating, marginalizing and scaring all Muslims will create more terrorists than Broun's racist public policy could ever catch. Or perhaps he means we should harass all white Republican men wearing camo hats because of Tim McVeigh? On second thought perhaps it's not such a bad idea.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday: “The only people in Washington, DC who have voted to cut Medicare have been the Democrats when they voted to cut $500 billion in Medicare during Obamacare.”To be fair the Republican party didn't vote cuts to medicare, they voted to get rid of it. While the Democrats continue to try and reduce costs by eliminating handouts to insurance companies and big pharma, Republican strategy has turned to third grade taunts and outright lying.
Friday, May 27, 2011
We wouldn't go so far as to say Republicans deserve to get cancer - that's just bad form. But it's certainly true that if their industrial polluter cronies give it to them, they brought it on themselves. And of course it's a shame when people who do actually vote to protect the environment and public health fall victim to GOP public policy and get sick. We would all live in a cleaner, safer, more healty world if people just stopped voting Republican.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Mitt Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom on the auto industry bailouts today: “Mitt Romney had the idea first, you have to acknowledge that. He was advocating for a course of action that eventually the Obama administration adopted.”
So the economic, fiscal, and regulatory policy Romney advocates crashed the economy and as a result Obama had to come in with policies to try and fix it. Romney said this fix would be a disaster. And now, after it's worked, Romney's lying about what he said. He's obviously not competent or honest enough to be president.
Great. In GOP world we can only save our citizens from disaster by giving them lung cancer. God forbid we stop giving billions of dollars in tax breaks to oil companies though. Can't have that.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
"40′s” is a slang name for 40oz malt liquor bottles. But Obama drank from a pint glass (not a bottle) of beer that doesn’t come in 40oz bottles. Why did Bolling say Obama was “chugging 40′s”? As even some of Bolling’s Facebook commenter note, it’s an eyebrow-raising choice of words, given the beverage’s long-time association with African American stereotypes.
Smokin blunts and slappin ho's the whole way no doubt.
The take away here isn't really that this Republican is a racist. Everybody knows the party of the confederate flag and the southern strategy has plenty of those. It's that he obviously knows this kind of thing plays well within the party. If you're voting GOP and you're not a racist tool, you would do well to consider that.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Constituent: I want to know who serves cancer care to people with preexisting conditions who are uninsurable in a private marketplace because they're interested in profits.
Dan Webster (R-Koch Industries): Thank you for that question and I’ll answer it....first of all, that I believe there is a need to have preexisting conditions covered. I’ve said that. So I’m not trying to eliminate that at all, and that would be the answer to your question. All I’m saying is, left to the community and the states and having partnerships will free us from this. We can’t afford it. We can either do it on borrowed money and run our country into the ground and then no one gets coverage because we won’t have a country.What we can't afford is Republicans. If these people don't stop deliberately destroying the tax base by cutting or eliminating taxes for the super rich and the corporations, we won't have a country. If they don't stop outsourcing and exporting the middle class to help their CEO constituency, we won't have a country. If they keep lying and cheating to get the nation stuck in trillion dollar wars, we won't have a country. Providing access to affordable heath care doesn't threaten the United States. GOP public policy does. That's what the evidence shows.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Whatever. For 50 years the Republican party has been a haven for racists and bigots. They only pimp Israel to try and peel away some of the Jewish vote and pander to radical Christians who want to keep Jerusalem away from the Muslims before Jesus returns and sends them both to hell.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
No Republican should be allowed to say we can't afford this or that. They've spent the last 30 years deliberately destroying the tax base though tax cuts and outsourcing and now they're crying crocodile tears. It's like pouring out the pitcher and then saying we'll have to go thirsty because there's just not enough water to go around. The only way to restore this country is to rebuild the tax base and bring back the middle class. The only way to do that is to get Republicans out of government.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
RNC Chairman Reis Priebus speaking about Latino outreach on MSNBC Wednesday: If we continue to talk about creating good jobs in this country, and continue to show that Barack Obama has actually been an absolute failure when it comes to jobs – except for, obviously promoting the, you know, securing his own job – I think we do very well in that community. And when it comes to jobs, when it comes to spending, the deficit, the debt, and keeping more money in people’s pockets, the Republican Party is the right party.
Right. Except all the evidence says exactly the opposite. And they're equally bad in comparison on the deficit and the national debt. The Republican party might be the right party if you're looking for job growth in China and India, but here at home they're a God-damn-national-disaster.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Putting aside the longstanding moral cesspool that is Republican Party vote suppression, claiming to fix problems that don't exist shows them to be untrustworthy and of low character.
That's good. But if we're talking medicare there's a more relevant example of Republican corruption and lack of fiscal responsibility. In order to take care of big pharma they're sticking it to the American people by refusing to let the government negotiate better drug prices for Medicare. No conversation about spending should be without it.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
This idea that Obama only got Bin Ladin because he was doing what Bush/Cheney did is ridiculous. Bush/Cheney's national security policy consisted mostly of lying and cheating to invade countries that posed no threat to the United States. Obama used proven counter terrorism methods to target and eliminate a real threat. Not even close to the same thing.
Wait. Stop right there. The economic meltdown we were in when Obama took over had nothing to do with Bush. It was a result of Republican party public policy. Their policy has not changed. And neither will the result if we let it come into effect again.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
If we could get past the fact these men want to force women who have been raped, who have been a victim of incest, who are way too young or poor or in ill health to have a baby - to have a baby, we could then consider the brutal irony of being a big fan of fetuses but dead set against any kind of public policy that would give most of these kinds of kids a chance.