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Month: May 2011 (page 1 of 2)

Palin and Romney Top GOP Contenders for President

According to CNN, a Gallup Poll, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney are the GOP’s top contenders for the Presidency.  Palin must be letting this go to her head because she’s going to rev up a bus and go on tour of the nation.  Here’s one thing with which Palin and I agree.  The best years of our nation are stretched out in front of us.  Here’s where we differ, if Sarah Palin is elected President, those days may never come.

According to the Poll, Romney has garnered “17 percent of Republicans and GOP leaning independents”, Palin has 15.  Quite frankly, people, that’s nothing to write home about.  15%?  Peanuts.  17% – not enough.  Besides, the position isn’t for President of the Republicans.  It is President of the United States.  Romney barely has a chance and Palin should save the bus fair.

Paul Ryan’s Budget Cuts

$58 billion dollars.  That’s it.  For the remaining 7 months of the year, the grand total of his cuts amounts to $58 billion dollars.  All of it is coming from Non-Security Discretionary spending.  We’re going back to the spending of 2008.  Woo Hoo!  Gonna be good for the country.

Except, it’s not.

You see the Republicans got their tax cut extension for the one group in America who can afford it:  the rich.  Do you have any idea how much money that is?  No?  Well, let me tell you.  Giving a tax cut to the people who 1) caused the economic mess and 2) haven’t been hiring and 3) treat their employees like chattel in a bad economy, because – well, where the heck are you going to go?  has cost the country’s coffers $139 billion.

So, we gave a tax cut to the rich and powerful, but those who need the assistance will end up losing. Does that make sense?

I understand we have to cut our budget, but when the economy is just starting to improve – now is not the time to do so. The rich can afford to pay their taxes. If you’ve ever read Paul Ryan’s Roadmap for America, you’ll see that he considers a single person earning $50,000 per year rich enough to pay 25% of their hard-earned salary to the Federal Government. If you’re married, you get to earn $100,000. But, people who earn $379,000, can’t afford 39%? Excuse me?

Considering, with the dismantling of medicare and the underfunding of Social Security, that I won’t ever take Federal money, I find it really disgusting that Ryan is going after the single middle class so hard. The Republicans don’t or won’t support gay marriage, but they sure love to take our money at tax time, don’t they?

Just my little rant for the day…

Republican Candidates

I’m just going to say it now, I’m voting for President Obama in 2012.  There isn’t ONE viable Republican Candidate out there who could possibly make me believe for one tiny little second that they would be good for this country.

I thought, perhaps, Newt Gingrich.  Alas, the man let me down.  He attacked Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan – which honestly I don’t have an opinion on, yet – and then he lost his nerve and his cajones and APOLOGIZED after being attacked by the far and not so far right for being honest.  The man gave an honest answer to a question and then backed away from it, which sucks because Gingrich is a centralist and now he doesn’t stand a chance.  <sigh> Here are two of your Republican 2012 Candidates.

Michele Bachmann – Bachmann wouldn’t know the truth if it bit her on her ass and stayed there.  She is the new Sarah Palin – someone pretty that just distorts the truth.  Unfortunately, people who like her don’t bother to go and check to see if she’s telling the truth.  Want an example? According to both FactCheck.org and Politifact.com, “on Saturday, March 26th, 2011 in a speech at the Conservative Principles PAC Conference”, Bachmann said the following:

“One. That’s the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office.”

And, she’s wrong. She’s not just wrong by a little, like she said one and there was really 3 or 4. That I would call a mistake. She’s off by at least 199. That’s a lie. A baldfaced lie made to get her followers all up in arms and mad at President Obama.  Why wouldn’t you want to get your followers all up in arms about something Obama really did that burned your butt?  Nope, Bachmann relies on lies and distorted truth to get her point across.  I know there are smart women in the Republican Party, so why don’t one of them run?

Tim Pawlenty – Pawlenty just announced this past weekend.  Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about him.  So, I did what I always do and I started looking him up on the Internet, find out who his was (former Governor of our neighbor to the north Minnesota) and where he stands. I found a video on CNN.com where Pawlenty is speaking to CPAC.  I’d like to see the whole video, but I’m sure I can find it somewhere.  But, here’s the part that bugs the hell out of me:

“Our freedom is the very air we breathe and make no mistake, the policies of the left encroach everyday on the very freedom that has made this country great. We will never ever ever stop fighting for our freedom.”

Now, I understand that Pawlenty was speaking to a conservative group, so he’s going to lean very far to the right. However; over the last thirty years, (maybe more) the Republican Party has spent more time taking away your rights then they have spent protecting them. Just a couple of examples:

  • They have made it harder and harder to get an abortion. Perhaps you agree with that, but I’m sure if you do, you’ve never been in a spot to need one.
  • The Patroit Act – no comment needed
  • Um, Gay Marriage anyone?
  • Oh, and isn’t it the Republican Governors who are taking away worker’s rights.

Put it anyway you like, but it isn’t the Democrats encroaching on my life. It’s the Republicans.

I’ll review a couple more Republican Candidates soon. It’s gonna be one LONG year until the election.

No Aid for FEMA without Cuts

According to a Huffington Post article I just read, “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said that Congress would not approve funds for disaster relief without budget cuts elsewhere. “If there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental,” he said.”

Basically, he’s holding back funding for the people who can least afford to not receive assistance.  No help in Missouri or in Mississippi that were hard hit by tornadoes and flooding.  Here’s what I don’t see him saying:  Let’s reduce the amount of money in oil subsidies in order to pay for aid for the victims.  Let’s reduce aid to Pakistan, as one commented recommended, or Israel.  Nope, nothing there.

What do they want to cut?  According to the article, they want “a $1.5 billion cut from a loan program to encourage the production of fuel-efficient vehicles.”

Is that wise?  Cutting a program that will eventually assist all of us?  Also, cutting a program where the people actually pay the money back?  Surely, there is something else you could cut.

Oh, yeah, these are Republicans and they don’t know how to make cuts that DON’T hurt America and Americans.  Silly me, I forgot.

 

Two Great Ideas

I was over at a friend’s house and I saw an episode of “Inspector America“.  One portion of the show dealt with the new straw that is being built into Lake Mead in Las Vegas.  I don’t know if you’re aware, but Lake Mead has lost more than 150 feet in the last ten or so years.  Las Vegas is running out of water.  Then, in a later segment, Host Timothy Galarnky visited the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility.  This facility is taking sewer waste and turning it into drinkable water.  Really.  Mr. Galarnky didn’t believe it himself, but he ran some tests and the water that came out the other end was safer to drink than the bottle water we purchase in the store.

Then, I was watching “In Wisconsin” on PBS and there was a segment about Barron County, WI.  They’re turning trash into energy.  First, the plant recycles what can be recycled.  Then, it uses magnets to remove the medal from trash.  Then, it burns the trash and turns that trash into energy.  The facility is called a Waste to Energy.  Whatever energy is not being used by the plant goes out onto the grid.  Think about that.  The people in Barron County pay less for energy because 25 years ago someone had the good sense to build a waste to energy plant.

So, here’s what I got from watching both of these shows, where we fail in this country is that we don’t see a good idea and expand on it.  If a politician wants to get MY vote in the next election, then she (or he) will support creating facilities like the Water Recycling and the waste to energy closer to my home.  We could use these ideas all over the country.  Why aren’t we doing more?

Oh, yeah, making these changes cost money and we’re out of money.  But, we’re finding money to finance two wars and we’re finding the ability to discuss tax breaks for the rich.  Granted these facilities aren’t going to pay for themselves overnight, but they are good investments in our future.

Goodbye Christian Friends…

Since the world is ending today and Christians everywhere will be taken up in the Rapture, I think this song is appropriate. This is how I feel about “losing” all my Christian friends…

This is Skeeter Davis – Gonna Get Along Without You Now, get it?

Bill Maher’s Rule for Skinheads…

I totally agree…

Gingrich says Sorry to Paul Ryan

This is going to be quick.  Here’s the article.  This is crap.  One of the few things I like about Gingrich is the fact that he usually speaks his mind.  When did we become a nation of “I’m sorry”.  Stop freaking apologizing.  Guess what?  I’m not saying I’m sorry about a political opinion.  Gingrich doesn’t like Ryan’s Medicare plan.  Get over it.

What a bunch of pussies!  Yes, you read that right.  We’re becoming a bunch of political pussies.  If you have an opinion, at least have the freaking balls to stand by it.  If people don’t like it, tough shit.  We whine about how our politicians lie to us.  Well, they do that because we jump down their throats when they tell the truth.  So, they lie and tell us that the check’s in the mail, they love us and they promise not to cum in our mouths and we, excuse the pun, swallow it.  Then, we get mad when the truth of how they really feel comes out.

Good Lord, people!  Get a freaking grip!

 

Walker Won’t Defend Domestic Partnerships

Can you imagine the Governor of your state coming out and actually telling people that the few rights your relationship enjoys are unconstitutional?  Of course not, don’t be silly.  That could never happen.

If you’re straight, that is.

Governor Walker doesn’t want to defend Wisconsin’s Domestic Partnership law.  Well, it isn’t his job nor the job of Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to NOT defend a law that was passed by the Wisconsin state legislature.  It is their freaking jobs.  Van Hollen should lose his for refusing to defend the law.  This isn’t about his own personal beliefs.  This is about upholding a state law.

Where do these two jackasses get off not defending the law?

Both of them should lose their jobs.  I pay taxes for to pay their salaries and I expect my money’s worth.

And, I’m not getting it.

And, you know what?  I think marriage for straight people is unconstitutional.  I don’t think the government should be allowed to choose who can and cannot get married.  I think if not every relationship is acknowledged – then NO relationship should be.  Marriage is a religious decision and it should never have been afforded civil rights in the first place.

Equality for all or equality for none.

Which is it going to be?

Recall Walker.

Woman is losing kids because she has breast cancer

Have you heard about this?  No, then read the story here.  This is an outrage.  The woman has not done anything wrong as a mother – which should be the only concern the judge has.  Women with drug addictions and rotten boyfriends get to keep their kids, but these children are going to miss out on months with their mother.  These could be her last months.  This is outrageous!

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