Voices In Their Head

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Is there not an ounce of sanity left anywhere in the Republican party?

Barely 36 hours after the caustic New Year’s Day vote, Boehner faced a coup attempt from a clutch of renegade conservatives. The cabal quickly fell apart when several Republicans, after a night of prayer, said God told them to spare the speaker. Still, Boehner came within a few votes of failing to secure his speakership on the initial vote, an outcome that would have forced a second ballot for the first time in nearly a century.

Right. Despite the 1.5 million children around the world who die of starvation each year or the 33 percent of the world’s population considered to be starving or the 2,000 children in the U.S. who die each year from neglect and abuse…or the countless other ills that cause pain and suffering in our world, Republican’s god still has time to advise wingnuts on who should lead them in Congress. Wonderful.

American politics has regressed to the point where one of the two major political parties is now making key administrative and policy decisions based on voices they hear in their heads. There is nothing shocking about a crazy or two in any political party. It’s to be expected, I imagine. But what is there to do when the majority of politicians in a party – as well as the media that supports them – are outright loons?

What Americans and the world have been witnessing over the last many years is the end of the Republican party as a viable governing entity. It’s hard to imagine any scenario under which a majority of Americans would hand the presidency to this bunch of deranged individuals.

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Buffoons, Souls and a New Year

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Jon Huntsman still remains one of the few remaining rational Republicans out there willing to call out the emperor for wearing no clothes.

“The party right now is a holding company that’s devoid of a soul and it will be filled up with ideas over time and leaders will take their proper place. We can’t be known as a party that’s fear-based and doesn’t believe in math.”

With the fiscal cliff deadline a few hours away, it appears that Republicans are ending the year in the same manner they started each of the last four – creating needless crisis after crisis as they cater to the ridiculous and irresponsible elements of their party. Unfortunately, Huntsman’s words will fall on deaf ears as the GOP is determined to carry their vaudeville act into the new year.

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I couldn’t end the year without posting for an entire week. I’d like to say I’ve been relaxing and enjoying the break away from politics and blogging but the truth is I’ve been ill for the last while. Not a great way to end the year but, hey, it is what it is. I’ll soon recover and regular programming will continue on this site.

Here’s wishing each and every one of you a wonderful, prosperous and healthy New Year. Thank you for supporting this site as you do and I look forward to another year of illustrations and sharing political thought with all of you.

Be safe.

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Midterms: The Day After

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Hey, it could have been a lot worse.  If not for a few teabagger candidates, Republicans might have won the Senate too.  And be glad you’ll never have to hear the phrases Senator Sharron Angle or Governor Carl Paladino. On the other hand, Senator Rand Paul and Speaker John Boehner will take some getting used to. All in all, the following blogger has what I believe is the right take on what the election results mean.

Let’s keep this in perspective. This is not a seismic shift to the Republican agenda. This was a protest vote—a message to Democrats that said, “We don’t think you delivered our ponies fast enough, so we’re going to make you feel our pain the only way we know how: by reminding you that there’s another team out there.”

But this does not mean Americans are in love with Republicans, or even that they like them…they don’t. Democrats are still more popular than Republicans. Democratic policies are still more popular than Republican policies when we explain them…it’s just that the average American doesn’t have the time or inclination to be explained to. So on we search for ways to slap our brand on a bumper sticker. (“We’re less worse than Republicans” didn’t cut it this time.)

And do remember that Dems still control the Senate and occupy the Oval Office.  Not an insignificant matter.

What you have in front of you are two years of Republican obstructionism, two years of Republicans trying to dismantle the health care bill, two years of Republicans trying to convert recent financial regulation provisions into financial deregulation and two years of Darrell Issa handing out a ridiculous number of subpoenas as a means to dig out the dirt on Dems.

The President has the veto but Repubs now control the purse springs.  End result: two long years of endless government gridlock and unprecedented divisiveness that will make Clinton’s Lewinsky years look like a walk in the park .

Hang on to your seats.  The Age of Teabagging is upon us.

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Boehner Changes Mind on Tax Cuts

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Well, well, this is interesting.

The leading Republican in the House, and a vocal proponent of allowing an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, including the wealthiest 3% of earners, objected to charges by President Obama that Republicans are holding tax breaks for the bottom 97% of earners hostage unless the wealthiest also get an extension.

In a pre-taped interview to appear on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner said that, if approving a bill to extend breaks for middle class income Americans were “the only option,” he would support it.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated extending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans would cost $700 billion over the next decade.

So why the change in game plan?

a) Republicans are on the wrong side of public opinion on this one.  When you’re holding up tax cuts for 97% of Americans, there is no way to spin it in your favor.

b) There are a number of cowardly Dems calling for extending the tax cuts for the rich so Republicans might be hoping that if they play along and it still fails to get through Congress, Democrats will pick up the blame.

c) Too much time at the tanning salon fried a few more brain cells causing Boehner to temporarily forget the ‘Party of No’ mantra.

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Republican’s America = Your Worst Nightmare

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What do you have to look forward to when Republicans finally do take over the reins of government?   This.  And it ain’t pretty.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) believes that a “political rebellion” akin to the American revolution of 1776 is brewing, that the Social Security retirement age should be raised to 70, and that the Wall Street reform bill currently moving through Congress is comparable to “killing an ant with a nuclear weapon.”

In an explosive interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the GOP leader also charged that Democrats are “snuffing out the America that I grew up in.” He added, “Right now, we’ve got more Americans engaged in their government than at any time in our history. There’s a political rebellion brewing, and I don’t think we’ve seen anything like it since 1776.”

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Ensuring there’s enough money to pay for the war will require reforming the country’s entitlement system, Boehner said. He said he’d favor increasing the Social Security retirement age to 70 for people who have at least 20 years until retirement, tying cost-of-living increases to the consumer price index rather than wage inflation and limiting payments to those who need them.

“We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we’re broke,” Boehner said. “If you have substantial non-Social Security income while you’re retired, why are we paying you at a time when we’re broke? We just need to be honest with people.

Honest?  The hypocrisy is astounding.  Cut down on Social Security but extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich is what this guy is saying.  Why is it that honesty is something which the middle class and poor need to deal with but the rich are exempt?  The same people who didn’t give a damn for deficit spending during the eight years of insanity and abuse under Bush have now made this their number one priority.  And they’re asking to be taken seriously.  Really?

Why not get the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan, wars which cannot be won under any conditions, and then they would not have to worry about finding funds to pay for them?  Is the trillion already spent on those two pointless wars not enough?

Imagine a Sarah Palin White House with Boehner and McConnell in charge of the House and Senate respectively and know that there is no terrorist organization in existence which could be more destructive to America than what these fools are capable of doing.

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