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House Republicans – Full of Shit

I am just too disgusted and sick to my stomach by the crap the House Republicans (and four Democrats) passed.  Give me a break!  The cut the things that actually would help this country the most. (clean energy, infrastructure, education and job training)  Do they have any idea that our infrastructure needs a trillion dollar overhaul?  And, let’s not educate or train our people!  What’s the fun in that?  And, don’t even get me started on clean energy.

Where’s the cuts to the subsidies to the corporations that are making record profits?  Oh, no, let’s not make our rich friends unhappy.

Pandering to the Tea Party isn’t going to eventually cost them elections – it’s going to cost us our country.  And, why pass something that will just get vetoed anyway?

It’s a waste of time.  Amazing – it didn’t go far enough, so Michele Bachmann didn’t vote for it.  Way to show just how extreme you are, Bachmann!

Check out this blog post, if you would like to know about how wonderful your life would be if the Tea Party ran it.

I can’t even be bothered with being nice anymore.

Let’s throw Paul Ryan out of office.  It’s time for him to go.

The Tea Party and Condoms…

Too funny not to pass on:

‎”The Tea Party today announced that it’s changing it’s emblem to a CONDOM because it more accurately reflects their political stance. A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of dicks and gives you a sense of security while you are actually being screwed. It just doesn’t get any more accurate!”

A CEO sitting with a Tea Party and Union Members…

My Republican Mother told me this:
A CEO, a tea party member and a union member are sitting at a table with a dozen cookies sitting there. The CEO takes 11 of the cookies and says to the tea party member, “Look out, that union member is trying to take a piece of your cookie.”
If you don’t find this funny, you don’t really understand what’s going on in the country.

The GOP Problem

According to a recent poll, a majority of Americans believe that the GOP should listen to the Tea Party. An overwhelming amount of Republicans (88%), a high number of Independents (46%) and a majority amount of Democrats (51%) respondents believe that the Tea Party ideas should be important to the GOP.

I wonder about that. The poll, according to the article, didn’t ask about which ideas are important, so I wonder just how telling is this poll? How can you answer a blanket statement when the Tea Party ideas differ across the board. For example, Rand Paul is against the Federal Reserve and wants massive cuts to medicare. Are those the Tea Party ideas the poll respondents think the Republican Party should get behind? I’m not sure how Republicans feel about the Federal Reserve, but I am willing to bet that 88% of Republicans do not want cuts to medicare.

Smaller government is ensposed by Tea Party candidates, but what does smaller government actually look like? Ronald Reagan – a Tea Party hero – championed the smaller goverment cause, yet when he left office the government had actually grown.  In fact, at least one of his deregulations blew up in his face.  In 1982, Congress passed and Reagan signed the Garn – St. Germain Depository Institutions Act “easing regulations of savings and loans…leading to the later S&L collapse.”1.  I believe President Reagan learned his lesson. In 1987, he signed the Competitive Equality Banking Act. He publically criticized the act, but I think this was an act. I think Reagan saw with the S&L collapse just why we needed banking regulations in the first place.

I bring this up because I believe that Ronald Reagan possessed something that the Tea Party leaders and candidates seriously lack: common sense. Reagan knew when to compromise and when to stand strong. Reagan would have a good time talking (and, reportedly drinking beer) with Tip O’Neill after the Congressional day was done. I can’t see one of the Tea Party disciples doing the samething and that is their failure and the failure of the GOP. (And, the failure of the Dems, who without Teddy to lead them seem a little loss trying to find their way across the aisle.) Without finding the common ground, without compromising and moving to center, we can probably kiss our great nation goodbye.  To paraphrase another great Republican, Abe Lincoln,  “A nation divided cannot stand.”

I believe if the GOP continues to bend the way of the extremists and, believe me – the Tea Party is full of extremists, they will not only hurt themselves, but they will hurt the nation.  And, then the GOP problem will become our problem.

1 The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street pg. 27

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The GOP Response

Tonight after President Obama’s State of the Union address, Paul Ryan will deliver the Republican response.  I do not have a problem with that.
What I do have a problem with is Michelle Bachmann of MN. What is with this woman? You only need one response.
According to an article on CNN, Rand Paul doesn’t have a problem with this. He sees plenty of room for more than one opinion in the Republican Party. No – and this would be the same for the Democrats – agree on your platform and run with it.
I think what’s happening is there are two Republican parties now. The first is the traditional and the other is the Tea Party. The main GOP is spending a lot of time trying to be everything to everyone and I don’t believe that is a good thing.

Get Sarah Palin’s New Book FREE!

I was checking out a list of book signings and I saw the below ad.  I’ve never heard of Townhall Magazine.  According to its website, it “is the monthly news and opinion journal from the same team of right-thinking reporters, opinion makers, insiders and political leaders conservatives have trusted for 15 years.”  Andrew Breitbart is one of their contributors, if that means anything to you.  The subscription costs $34.95, which is (according to the site) 42% off the cover price.  And, now the ad…

So, here’s my question…Does Townhall Magazine’s giveaway of Sarah Palin’s new book count toward the amount of her books sold? I mean, how many subscriptions will they sell using this promotion? 100? 1,000? 10,000? And, if Townhall Magazine is purchasing them to give them away, how does that translate into the sales figures for Palin’s book? What if they receive one million subscriptions? Does that mean Sarah Palin’s book sales go up by a million?

This is a serious question.  I’m not trying to knock Palin’s book or the magazine, as I have read neither.  I’m just really curious as I have not seen a magazine use a book giveaway in this manner.  Yes, magazines give away books, but they’re usually books produced by the magazine’s own publisher; one example would be Consumer Reports will giving away their buying guide with a paid subscription.   I’ve seen others, but of course while I’m writing this, I can’t think of any.  If you have, please feel free to mention them below.  If you know whether or not this counts as part of her sale totals, please comment that as well.

Oh and if you are just dying to get your hands on a subscription of Townhall Magazine, but you all ready have Palin’s book – they offer other choices, as well.

Happy Reading!

Losers to the Left of Me, Losers to the Right

Will you be watching the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight? According to the NBC website, Christine O’Donnell will be on the show. Why is that? She lost. What can she possibly say? What about her will be so entertaining? Are we going to make the same mistake with Christine O’Donnell that we have made with Sarah Palin?

If Leno wants to talk to a politician, perhaps, he could talk to the man who defeated her, Chris Coons. If he wants to talk to a right-wing or tea party politician, why doesn’t he talk with Rand Paul – who WON his election?

Why indeed.

It is because we are becoming a nation of losers. We actually celebrate the people who lose more than we celebrate the people who win. Last Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers trounced the Dallas Cowboys. And, what did the announcers discuss? The poor Cowboys. Hardly any praise for Green Bay and these guys kept talking about things that weren’t even game related. Worse announcing ever. During the last half, it was almost like they weren’t even watching the game.

And, that brings me back to Sarah Palin. After the Republicans loss in 2008, Palin was touted like some golden girl. We’re still not rid of her two years later. And, history is repeating itself because here comes O’Donnell onto the Tonight Show.

It’s just sad. It would be different if O’Donnell had won or had been someone with a lot of political experience and public recognition and now he wants to talk to her.

I guess it really shouldn’t matter to me, except I fear what is going to happen to our nation as time goes by and we keep celebrating the losers and dummying down everything.

Christine O’Donnell, the US Constitution and a Random thought on Education

Christine O’Donnell – Republican Candidate for US Senate in Delaware – is correct that the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in the Constitution.  The phrase “right to privacy” doesn’t appear in the Constitution either.  Both are concepts based on the First  and the Fourth Amendments, respectively.  Both have been upheld by the Supreme Court.  The Constitution, also, doesn’t say anything about the government not being able to regulate health care.  Yet, many Tea Party Candidates believe the Constitution forbids it.

Back to O’Donnell…

O’Donnell believes that Intelligent Design – the new phrase for creationism – should be taught in our Public Schools.  Chris Coons – her Democratic opponent – disagrees.  I’m with Coons.  I don’t want my grandsons being taught the the world is only 6,000 years old – especially when science disagrees.  If you want your child taught Intelligent Design either teach them yourselves or send them to a private school.  When you talk about my tax dollars being spent, don’t spend it on faith based education.

And, that brings me to a thought about the education in America.

I read a few months ago (I believe in Bloomberg BusinessWeek , but it might’ve been Newsweek or Time ) that America has fallen way behind China and India in Mathematics, Science and Technology in our schools.  I have to wonder why that isn’t part of the debate in Delaware or even Wisconsin?  Why aren’t we working to make our school systems work for our young people?  How is it that people can graduate from high school and barely be able to form a cognitive sentence?  Aren’t we doing something wrong?

I have a dream – maybe a little crazy, but aren’t dreams supposed to be a little crazy? – that someday I could open a high school that centered around Business and Technology.  My dream is to call the school the Forrest Fern Caudle Totsch School of Business and Technology – named for my late grandmother who had been a school teacher before she married my grandmother.  I’d love to see the school teach students the basics: math, English and science.  Then, teach students how to run projects, design software, program computers.  I believe this would place them a head of their counterparts in other Industrialized nations.

An ex-co-worker of mine (from India) said that when her child reached school age, she planned on moving back to India.  She said that the schools in India were far superior to the schools in America.  However; she planned on sending her son back here to America to attend University, because our colleges are far superior to India’s.  I found that to be quite interesting.

But, back to the debate between O’Donnell and Coons; if you read the whole article, you’ll see this line:  “Both candidates suggested that the exchange showed the other didn’t understand the Constitution.”  I guess we still have a long way to go to find common ground.

Is the Tea Party Racist?

People seem to think they are. Just take a look at this cartoon.

Social Security, Medicare and the Tea Party

I’ve been reading that the Tea Party wants smaller government.  And, Republicans want to privatize Social Security.  And, the country wants less government interference in their health care.  Add to this a soaring debt that most Americans want paid down, plus Corporations want to pay less in taxes (even though they’re the lowest since the 1950’s), as do most Americans (even though they’re the lowest since the 1950’s).

Well, I’ve got a plan.  You ready for it…

Let’s get rid of Social Security and Medicare.  Just like that, let’s stop both programs in their tracks.  Now, I know what you’re thinking, we can’t do that — we have thousands of retirees depending on their Social Security checks and their Medicare!  Well, I have a plan.

I say that starting January 1, 2011, no one in this country pays anymore Social Security and Medicare taxes.  Period.  Those people who are 65 and over on 1/1/2011, get to use up the rest of the money in the pot.  Once the last of them die, those of us who aren’t on either program would get an amount of any remainder, based on how much we paid in and how old we are.  I think if you’re 64 on 1/1/2011, you should get back at least as much as you put in.  I don’t think there would be any left, but we should plan just in case.

Then, all of us, would get to keep the approx. 8% we put into Social Security every year.  It would be up to us to figure out how to invest it.  And, our employers who pay another 8% would get to keep that money to use however they wish.  If they choose to put it in our 401ks, well, that would be a bonus and I say no tax on that money for the employee and employer.  If they choose to keep it in the company coffers, well, Corporations work hard for their money and they should get to keep it, but tax it as profit.

If you invest wisely between now and the time you retire, you should have a nice little nest egg.  I mean, you know better how to take care of your money than the government, right?  You’re on time with your bills, you pay your mortgage.  You made a good deal when you purchased your new car, so you must know what you’re doing, right?

But, I don’t believe in Government safety nets.  I’ve really had it with bailouts so, if you don’t invest wisely, well, that’s just too damn bad.  You’re on your own.  Oh, and we should enact a mandatory retirement age of 65.  We can’t have people hanging on to their jobs in order to make ends meet.  We need the next generation to get out there, work and save for their retirement.

So, who’s with me?  Anyone?  Let’s write our Congressmen and Senators and let them know – No More Social Security and Medicare.  Let’s start standing on our own two feet!  Come on, America!  Let’s get together and push this through!

God Bless!

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