Under President Bush Republicans Voted 19 Times For Debt Ceiling Increase

Wish I could say this was surprising:

After pushing the government to brink of shutdown last week, Republican Congressional leaders are now preparing to push America to the edge of default by refusing to increase the nation’s debt limit without first getting Democrats to concede to large spending cuts.

But while the four Republicans in Congressional leadership positions are attempting to hold the increase hostage now, they combined to vote for a debt limit increase 19 times during the presidency of George W. Bush. In doing so, they increased the debt limit by nearly $4 trillion.


Can any Republicans out there seriously say with a straight face that the House GOP has the country’s best interest in mind? If John Boehner and Eric Cantor were real public officials with a real grownup sense of responsibility that usually accompanies those in office, then the debt ceiling would be raised without negotiations. After all protecting the economy from economic collapse is…really important.

But of course, Cantor and Boehner aren’t grownups and have no grownup sense of responsibility.  They ask for a ridiculously high amount of tax cuts, while agreeing to a  disproportionally  low amount of revenue increases. And then when the President finally agrees to that…NOPE! Not good enough!


The Republican Jobs Program That Doesn’t Address Jobs

The House GOP just released their “jobs program”  proposal and …weeeelp it’s exactly what you’d expect:

“House Republicans…offered a proposal that would lower the top tax rate on individual and corporate income to 25 percent from 35 percent. The plan would also strengthen patent protections against some lawsuits, require congressional approval of significant new regulations, increase domestic oil protection and promote the party’s effort to make large cuts in government spending.

Yeah…really  great fucking plan. In case you haven’t checked the scoreboard lately the Republican solution to health care, unemployment, and pretty much any problem that’s ever existed in the past 200 years is…you guessed it, cutting taxes.

Apparently the Civil War could have been avoided had the North just lowered the corporate tax on plantations. Also the Confederacy only defended slavery as a means to keep taxes low on “the blacks.” Remember, slaves have no taxable income.

Politics Over People: The Republicans Playing Deadly Game on Health Care Reform

This is your modern day Republican party:

Conservative leaders will push delay any vote on health care reform until after the August recess to capitalize on what they say is a growing tide of opposition to reform measures, they said on a conference call with “tea party” participants today.

“I can almost guarantee you this thing won’t pass before August, and if we can hold it back until we go home for a month’s break in August,” members of Congress will hear from “outraged” constituents, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint said on the call, which was organized by the group Conservatives for Patients Rights.

“Senators and Congressmen will come back in September afraid to vote against the American people,” DeMint predicted, adding that “this health care issue Is D-Day for freedom in America.”

“If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,” he said.

Republicans delay health care reform meanwhile sick people die, children go without necessary treatment, and small businesses continue to crumble under the weight of rapidly growing health care costs. I wish this was hyperbole but sadly its a grim reality.

But I wish I could say that I’m surprised by the GOP’s usage of obscure political tricks to block health care reform. Despite popular support from the majority of Americans and their concession during last year’s election that health care reform was important, Conservatives are sticking to their bread and butter…not small government and free markets, no they don’t actually support those. I’m talking about shady tactics used to delay, hold, and filibuster any legislation looking to  address the need of the average American. (Instead of the special interests who pour millions dollars into Republican campaign coffers.)

Of course, a lot of people would will probably respond with some prepacked conservative talking point about how “socialized medicine” is horrible or the high costs of the democratic plan.  But that misses the point. Aside from the obvious facts those rhetorical musings  get wrong, democrats aren’t proposing a socialized health care reform and their plan is deficit neutral, the real focus of Republican’s demagoguery should be on the conservative alternative.

…oh wait… there isn’t one.

And therein lies the real problem with the Republican party’s strategy. It isn’t their policies or, and I emphasize, alleged support of  “conservative” principles. The problem is the fact that the Republican strategy on health care reform, like many other important issues, is to to avoid the issue altogether. In other words: 1) admit that the issue needs to be solved while emphasizing that it needs to be done “right” 2)  attack the proposals being offered by democrats 3) Demagogue, delay, and filibuster proposed bill in order to kill it 4) High five each other and pound their chests once the bill is killed and the issue has been tabled for future considerations, ie never.

That might be a good way of accomplishing short term political gains but its an even better way of sitting around and watching as American society crumbles.

The Hilarity of Republican Talking Points: Fuck Your Life (FYL

One of my Republican friends, who actually works for the Republican party, posted this Gallup poll headline on his facebook wall: “

But here’s my question: Why would you ever publicize a poll that says Americans think Democrats are too liberal but then later states Americans believe that Democrats are “about right”, as in correct, with their ideology? Or to put it simply Americans believe that a very liberal Democratic party is much more preferable than the Republican party.
Fuck Your Life (FYL)

Conservative Hypocrisy on Spending and Earmarks

Hypocrisy like whoa:

Here is a list of the Senate’s 10 biggest earmark hogs, based on dollar amounts in the spending bill:

1. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.: $474 million
2. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.: $391 million
3. Mary Landrieu, D-La.: $332 million
4. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa: $292 million
5. David Vitter, R-La.: $249 million
6. Christopher Bond, R-Mo.: $248 million
7. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.: $235 million
8. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii: $225 million
9. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.: $219 million
10. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa: $199 million

But it gets better. Vitter and Grassley, like other Republicans who added earmarks to the bill, wind up voting against it because…it had earmarks.

And Republicans wonder why no one takes them seriously.

The simple solution would be to make it a rule that only politicians that vote for bills are allowed to add/keep earmarks. There’s no reason someone who voted against a bill should be able to vote against it. Republicans can’t take political credit for objecting to government spending while still gaining the benefits from the subsequent spending.

RNC Chairman Says Abortion is “Individual Choice”

I don’t think Michael Steele has ever found a foot he didn’t want to put in his mouth:

GQ: Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?

STEELE: Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice.

GQYou do?

STEELE: Yeah. Absolutely.

Who says GQ magazine isn’t relevant anymore? If Steele keeps this up, he’s going to give Bill Richardson a run for his title of human gaffe machine.