John Boehner on CBS August 1, 2011 speaking about the result of debt ceiling negotiations with President Obama "When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted. I'm pretty happy." That's Republican "compromise", more accurately described as blackmail. They were threatening to refuse to pay the debt they largely created and drive the United States into default, perhaps even creating another Depression, merely in order to embarrass a Constitutionally elected President and deny him reelection.
These people are not interested in governing, they want to rule, mainly to benefit a small minority. They are a danger to the Republic, a cancer on the body politic, enemies of democracy. They thwart the will of the majority when they lose elections and rob them blind when they win.
How long do we have to give tax breaks to "job creators" who don't create jobs? Thirty years isn't enough time to figure out that it’s not happening? Is there any evidence that links low taxes, not to mention conservative policies in general, with economic prosperity for all? Besides the wishful thinking of mindless ideologues, that is.
A compelling case can be made that we are in the mess today largely because of Republican dismantling of financial regulations that kept greedy bankers at bay, because of Republicans starting two wars without paying for them and because of Republicans lowering taxes, especially on greedy bankers and war profiteers. Yet there are actually people who believe that more of these policies will get us out of the mess we are in!
If you find yourself in a hole you don't want to be in, you might want to stop digging. But that takes a modicum of intelligence, as well as honesty, to figure out. Not much of those coming from the Republicans these days. Or from this columnist.
I'm going to ask Santa to bring conservative and JohnRoss as brain and a heart. They need them.
Walden and JonRoss: That's right. Insults, invectives and baseless generalizations. It's all you got. Must be miserable being you.
Drew, another hilarious column. People should be impressed that you have the self confidence to be able to make such a fool of yourself in public. You even got Walden's approval and it is obvious what a smart and model citizen he is because he wears a suit and tie to Whole Foods and lacks a social conscience. (How did he get in, by the way, I hear you have to show a Socialist ID in order to be able to shop there.) You do have to admit, though, that all those tree hugging, anti capitalist hippies exercised admirable restraint by allowing him to walk out unscathed to his SUV parked in the "low emission vehicle" spot. I can only imagine the bravery it took to park there and make such an eloquent and righteous statement. I can hardly wait for your next Epistle to the Ignorant and the Bigoted and see what crawls out from under the rocks.
For fact susceptible readers: "Medicare delivers health care more efficiently than private insurers. Medicare’s public accountability and bargaining power give it the ability to drive system change and control skyrocketing health care costs, while profit-driven private insurers have offered no solution."
See the reasons for this statement at: http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2011/09/20/medicare-is-more-efficient-than-private-insurance/
Who cares about Drew's views? He's still beating the dead horse of conservative policies that over the last 30 years have given us a very small, very wealthy plutocracy, run the middle class into the ground and waged two unnecessary wars. All the time running up huge budget deficits and increasing the national debt by lowering taxes so "job creators" can do their magic. So where are the jobs? Where is the prosperous middle class? Lowering taxes hasn't done anyone, except a very few, any good. So lowering them more is really going to work this time? The views of anyone who keeps his eyes (and mind) closed isn't worth a bucket of warm spit. Give it a rest, Drew. Get a socially useful job, inciting the ignorant and the deluded really doesn't help.
So, Timbo, you and your "conservative" friends believe it is more important that Corker keep his promise to Norquist, a fiscal know-nothing individual who has lots of campaign money to dole out, than to keep his pledge to uphold the Constitution? There is a term for that and it's not conservatism. Where do you get this quaint idea that low taxes mean economic prosperity for all? There is no historical evidence for that. And don't worry about Corker's wealth. His "solution" to our economic problems ensure that he will not be affected adversely. You? I'm not so sure.
Corker did not promise Tennesseans that he would not increase taxes. He promised that to another “conservative” know nothing, Grover Norquist. Johnson ideological pathology won’t even let him get that straight, he entirely misses the point that Corker’s first responsibility is to the Constitution, not to a private individual with lots of campaign funds to spend.
Apparently Johnson is living in some alternate universe where wishful thinking and fantasy hold sway and the past does not exist. He and his fellow travelers’ continual bleating about “economy butchering taxes.” have gotten very tiresome. If Johnson wants his readers to take him for more than the apologist for the plutocrats that his screeds proclaim him to be he should cite evidence that support his claims. Fact based opinions don’t seem to be part of his job description. Has he been hired just to incite and inflame the ignorant, the bigoted, and the selfish? He’s certainly doing that. Promoting a reasoned counter to the left? Not so much.
“Mouths foaming like a pack of rabid dogs.” Must have been looking in a mirror when he wrote that.
Joneses, are you sure President Obama (you should learn how to spell his name) didn't lie about 68% of his promises, or could it have been only 63%? But the best part of your always hilarious posts is the sequence "You and all the obastard supporters are stupid and/or pathetic." Written right after you claim "you miserable liberals continue to prove to us your lack of intelligence and how much hate and intolerance you have towards others." You should have looked into that mirror before you broke it. Better still, go see a shrink and ask her what "projection" means.
That’s absolutely right, Timbo. A mandate occurs when you get a minority of the popular vote and a majority of the Supreme Court vote. Your Speaker Boehner won his seat without any opposition. Another sign of a mandate! Ignore the fact that the composition of the House is more a reflection of state Republican gerrymandering and conservative court decisions. How could the Democrats have gained 2 and possibly add 5 more seats in the House? How about the Senate? No gerrymandering there. 2 seats won by Democrats and 2 lost by Republicans. Maybe that was the Devil’s work. Or perhaps it was a result of Joneses insightful explanation of President Obama’s reelection. It was a result of all those stupid, gullible and ignorant people who couldn’t follow and accept Romney’s frequent changes of views and positions and his insistence on policies that have never worked.
Why couldn’t we all be as smart as you two? What a really great country we’d have then.