ALL HAIL THE AMERICAN TALIBAN
Congratulations tea baggers! You guys are always droning on and on about how much you hate government, hate Obama, hate democrats, and hate anyone who disagrees with you.
But I don't understand why you tea baggers try to act so innocent. Why don't you stand on the Capitol steps and scream your full-throated political opposition? Why don't you try to sway the rest of us?
Instead you blame partisan bickering on Reid or Obama or Pelosi or the media. You point to the President's lack of leadership, but starting the night of his Inauguration you tea baggers did everything possible to block his agenda and destroy his presidency.
And to that 'enlightened' way of thinking burning down Washington is savvy political strategy. Fine, but from now on the tea party should be called the American Taliban.
THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF
Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee (!) says he is deeply disappointed that fellow committee member Elijah Cummings released the full transcript of the interview with the IRS screening manage at the center of the scandal.
He isn’t disappointed because of a security breach or procedural faux pas. He is disappointed because he’s been saying for weeks that based on testimony before the committee, the White House was very likely directing the IRS to target tea bagger applications for tax except status. Rumors spread about a White House enemies list, how it was part of a larger conspiracy to target republicans on behalf of the Democrats.
The transcripts tell a different story. In fact a completely different story having nothing to do with what Issa and the conservative newsy shows have been screaming about for weeks. Nothing.
The agent in question is a self-described conservative republican. He had no communication on the targeting with any senior IRS officials or with anyone in Washington or the Obama administration. He was merely doing his job in reviewing groups seeking tax exemtions.
This is not a difference of a legal opinion or a subjected disagreement. Issa couldn’t find evidence to support his claims so he released selected portions of testimony cherry picked to support his lies.
Too bad we can’t sue for political malpractice. What a waste of tax dollars.
I want my money back.
TEA BAGGERS BELIEVE...
In ideological purity, compromise is weakness, scriptural literalism, denying science, denying facts, mistrusting new information, fearing progress, demonizing education, and hating the United States Government. I could go on but you get the idea. You probably could go on, too.
These are not accusations. These are facts. Some of you don't know the difference but that's not my problem until you get elected to Congress.
HECK OF A WAY TO RUN A RAILROAD
Joneses mumbled, “why is it you never say anything good about hussein obama? It must be he is that incompetent and you cannot think of anything good to say about your messiah.”
I don’t have much to say about our President, good or bad, but he’s light years better than both the GOP candidates he whooped. Light years.
Truth is, I registered conservative in 1970 and identify with the character Will McAvoy on HBO’s ‘The Newsroom.’ A republican who is sick of where conservatives have dragged a once proud political party. The beginning of the end came in 1980. Reagan was running against Jimmy Carter, a devout Christian who actually taught Sunday School at his church. In 1976 over 70% of self-described churchgoers voted for Carter.
Team Reagan struck a deal with Jerry Falwell and his ilk. In exchange for their support he would declare stuff like ‘the year of the Bible,’ and give them national support. Since then it’s been all downhill and today we see the results of that unholy political marriage.
Fundamentalists have hijacked the republican party and tea baggers are now so powerful they threaten the future of the GOP. The war on poverty has become a war on poor people. Intelligence has been replaced with Christian faith, and today republicans only stand for one thing: tax cuts for the rich. They see everything in political terms. They won’t support legislation that will benefit the country because they are afraid it will make the President look good.
What was the first thing GOP communications director Lush Limbaugh said? I HOPE HE FAILS.
Heck of way to run a railroad.
THERE'S A KNIFE FIGHT AT THE GOP CORRAL
Republicans are struggling to determine the future of their Party. Guys like Karl Rove, Chris Christy, and Jeb Bush recognize that candidates who win republican primaries are often considered too looney to win general elections. If it weren't for the ultra-conservatives like Sarah Palin and Jim Demint, Senate republicans would have a majority today.
Lesson learned? Tea-baggers claim republican candidates need to be MORE conservative, more pure in their fundamental beliefs. That's why the GOP is marching proudly toward extinction. Party leaders have repeatedly said they would rather loose elections then their principles.
JUST SAY NO
The symbolism of the limp sword aside, the GOP in the guise of a battle ready crusader is perfect. They attack everything the President proposes and they preferred killing the background checks bill rather than give Obama a political victory. They fight gay rights and immigration and unions, and voter rights and clean air and clean water, and that’s just for starters.
While they excel at accusations, time and time again republicans have shown they just can’t govern. Ronnie "Cut And Run" Reagan ran up a massive budget deficit and George W invaded the wrong country while running up an even bigger deficit than old 'C & R."
Clinton cut the deficit. Under Obama we've seen the biggest deficit reduction in over 60 years.The stock market is up, unemployment is coming down, and the housing market is beginning to bounce back. Republicans aren't trying to create big deficits, but it’s the price they are willing to make YOU PAY to give tax breaks to rich people.
Dick Cheney often quipped, 'Deficits don't matter.'
He was talking about a REPUBLICAN President.
TEA BAGGER AMNESIA
Obama "kind of likes the idea of ordering troops into battle."
You know, because Bush invaded the wrong country? And we're winding another Bush excursion into Afghanistan.
Except for those I guess.
WHAT’S A 501C4?
The IRS defines these groups as ‘civic leagues, social welfare organizations, and local associations of employees. Net earnings have to go to charitable, educational, or recreational activities. They may participate in political activity but their primary purpose must not be supporting particular candidates or contributing to their campaign.
The real scandal is how some of these tea bagger groups achieved their tax-exempt status. Good grief.
One of these tea bagger groups claims their purpose in life is to, “…Build on the foundation of success we used to elect more governors, grab more seats in the House of Representatives and force the Washington establishment to respect the demands of ‘We The People.’”
Sound like a charitable group?
I’m sure there are left-leaning organizations who shouldn’t operate as a 501C4 either, so let’s change the law. Donor lists should not be confidential.
You know the expression, ‘Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean someone isn’t out to get me?’
Sometimes you’re just paranoid, but all 501C4 organizations should be reviewed and their tax status adjusted accordingly.
THINK OF SYRIA AS A GATEWAY DRUG
Arming Syrian rebels is a bad idea. Iranian forces are fighting along side the Syrian Army. Iran is highly motivated to keep Assad in power and have more to lose if his reign collapses.
Nitwits like McCain (Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran) and Graham have been itching for an Iran war for years, and here’s the perfect opportunity to get the ball rolling.
Arming the rebels is step number one. How long before we 'realize' the weapons we sent were insufficient and we need to send more? Next time why not include some military advisors? And a Syrian no-fly zone? What the heck, why not let a few predator drones pitch in?
Does anyone know exactly who the rebels are? Are we giving guns to al-Queda? Hamas?
What's the worse that could happen?
IT'S PUBLIC vs PRIVATE
Everyone seems to be shocked, SHOCKED, to 'discover' the government engaged in surveillance and data mining, but the boys and girls at the NSA are lightyears behind Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Amazon.
I'm not thrilled with the way the 4th Amendment has been shredded over the past seven years, but the NSA was able to stop a plot to place 12 separate bombs on NYC subway cars. We've known all along that the Patriot act allows the government access to our phone calls, emails, and internet. Snowden just detailed some sensitive information for the benefit of nut jobs who rejoice in killing Americans.
I get a kick out of the nitwit brigade complaining that 1) NSA failed to stop the Boston bombing and 2) government has gone too far in violating our privacy.