Required Readings: Timeless Questions

If you’re not reading these “required Readings” you’re really missing out on some great readings.

“Is the Republican Party over?”

“Why Are we In Afghanistan?”

“Dude, can’t we buy more accurate missiles?”

“Why is Pakistan ignoring the Taliban?”


Quote of the Day: Republicans to Republicans “we’re boned”

From Congressman Pat McHenry (R) on the stupidity of the Republican party:

The most urgent question is the meaning of economic conservatism. Representative Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, a conservative who keeps a bust of Reagan on his desk, surprised me by declaring that the Reagan era is over. “Marginal tax rates are the lowest they’ve been in generations, and all we can talk about is tax cuts,” he said. “The people’s desires have changed, but we’re still stuck in our old issue set.”

See, I’m not the only one who thinks that the Republican are full of it.

The Paranoia That is The Republican Party

I am absolutely committed to working with Congress and the auto companies to meet one goal: the United States of America will lead the world in building the next generation of clean cars.

President Obama
March 30th Press Conference

When I read this I interpret it to mean that President Obama wants American car manufacturers to create cleaner cars.

When Jonolan reads this he interprets it:

This simple statement shows that Obama and his Liberals are interested in far more than a financial restructuring of the Big-Three; they want control over the industry and are willing to our tax dollars and legislation in order to get it.

Yeah, exactly.

And therein lies the problem with being a republican. Its requires you to be really really stupid sometimes.

The funny thing about conservative politics is that a large amount of it is pretty much based on a completely irrational fear. Its probably as close as you can get to schizophrenia without requiring medication.

When I worked for republicans in 2006 I was amazed at how much your standard rank and file republicans were frozen with fear over what they perceived to be a “secret liberal agenda”

Liberals want to raise our taxes! Take our guns! and Increase the size of the government! OH NOEZ!!!!!!!!

Of course I found this funny because as a liberal I’ve never once woke up in the morning and asked myself “Hmmm how can I increase the size of the government today?” (I’m not really a liberal but to republicans every democrat is a Michael Moore-Ted Kennedy love child)

Now you would think that as a liberal, I could provide pretty good insight as to what happens during our “secret meetings”. Nope, not according to conservatism which posses the ability to know the heart of a liberal better than a liberal. You know, kind of like how The Shadow knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Except in this case it wouldn’t be the shadow who is dark and thus has no place in the Republican party.

David Brooks: Spending Freeze is Insane

Say what you will about David Brooks, but as far as conservatives go, he at least keeps it real sometimes. Wade through all of his crap and you occasionally get nuggets of truth like this:

The problem with them and the problem with Limbaugh in terms of intellectual philosophy is they are stuck with Reagan. They are stuck with the idea that government is always the problem. A lot of Republicans up in Capitol Hill right now are calling for a spending freeze in a middle of a recession/depression. That is insane. But they are thinking the way they thought in 1982, if we can only think that way again, that is just insane.

Bulls eye. You might hate the plans democrats are pushing for right now, but the conservative “alternatives” are quite frankly, pretty fucking retarded. A between a $6 trillion tax cut and a freeze on spending, its pretty clear republicans are more worried about their ideology than the problems facing Americans.

One last point. Brooks is dead on with his point about conservative policies always being driven by the idea that government is the problem.

Compare this to the democrats willingness to search for the best solution, whether public or private, and you get a clear perspective on the difference between the governing styles of the two parties. While Reagan derided the government at every turn, often pushing dangerous deregulation, IE the housing market, Clinton capped off his growth of the private sector with the proclamation that “the era of big government is over.” Hence, why the ultimate republican litmus test for good policies is whether or not it aligns with their conservative ideology.

Idealism Over People: What The Health Care Debate Tells Us About Conservative Priorities

Via Politico

…McConnell suggested there were areas in which Republicans won’t compromise, particularly the creation of a new public insurance program to compete with private insurers.

“Forcing free market plans to compete with these government-run programs would create an unlevel playing field and inevitably doom true competition,” the letter stated. […]

McConnell’s letter was signed by Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Orrin Hatch of Utah.

Is anyone really surprised? In a free market economy that Republicans allegedly promote, the market would be open to whoever provided the best product or service. But as Bill Kristol pointed out in his famous 1994 health care memo, universal health care is dangerous to the conservative agenda because it would actually work, thus proving that the Government can provide better commodities than the private sector in many important cases.

The problem with McConnell’s rejection of free market competition, that socialist bastard, is that it undermines the entire foundation of the Republican party. Small government, because the private sector can do it better. You might recognize this meme from the debates you have with your Republican friends when they argue against critical social programs. “It’s not that I’m against helping the poor, I just think the private sector can do it better.” Nope, they don’t. This is merely a convent argument they use which allows them to sidestep the horrible moral implications of their beliefs. That having a small government is the most important end, even if millions and millions of people are harmed in the process.

NOTE: If Conservatives think the private sector would provide better service than a public insurer, then shouldn’t they be encouraging competition between the two?

NOTE II: David Sirota totally agrees with me.

Keeping My Money Doesn’t Count As Keeping Your Own

One of the biggest myths Republicans like to propagate is that the government takes too much of “their money”. Thus their talking point claims that “Democrats” won’t let you keep your own money. However, Gail Collins nails the hypocrisy inherent within this statement:

Louisiana has gotten $130 billion in post-Katrina aid. How is it that the stars of the Republican austerity movement come from the states that suck up the most federal money? Taxpayers in New York send way more to Washington than they get back so more can go to places like Alaska and Louisiana. Which is fine, as long as we don’t have to hear their governors bragging about how the folks who elected them want to keep their tax money to themselves. Of course they do! That’s because they’re living off ours.

As much as Republicans like to talk about “keeping their own money” they’re more than willing to suck up federal dollars which originate from the paychecks of taxpayers in other states.

Speaking of hypocrisy, how can Bobby Jindal, the governor of a state ravished by natural disasters complain about funding to natural disaster research.