It’s been a while since I last blogged on here, and a lot of stuff has happened in my life, including moving from Cape Cod to Northeast Arkansas. More about that in another blog, but Hello! and thanks for taking the time to read my blog. If you’re not familiar with me, I’ve been a registered Independent voter my whole life, and have voted on both sides of the Political isle. However, I am proud of the fact that I have never, ever, voted for any Bush for any reason.
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to keep up with what goes on politically in our country, because whether you take an interest in politics or not, it affects all of us. I don’t align myself with any party, I’m interested only in what I feel is best for our people and our country. I have had an interest in this my whole life (I’m 49 years old this year) and remember all way back to President Johnson. When the Watergate Scandal erupted, I remember coming home from Jr. High school, and, instead of going outside to play with my friends, I turned on my cassette recorder, and watched and recorded the hearings on National TV, listening to them again at night, up in my room. But so much has changed since then, and, no, i’m not stuck in the past. I believe that things must continue to improve and move forward. Our elected government, and I mean the House, and more particularly the Senate, is in terrible shape, and it’s their own blind-sided narcissism that has gotten them to this point. I speak mostly of the Republican Party, and they have been the poster boys for obstructionist, fear-based manipulation of the worst kind. The fact that they twist, spin, and flat-out lie to the American public, while being supported by the likes of Fox” News”, which in turn gives us sewer-mouthed, ranting-racist liars like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. I can’t believe how many people actually believe the filth and racist stuff that gets put out there continually by these purveyors of fear and smear. It’s all I can do to keep my blood pressure from going through the roof, listening to such trash. But I need to keep reminding myself that there are, hopefully, many more like-minded people such as myself, who know and understand what the right-wing extremists are all about, and we need to keep fighting the good fight, proving their lies and spin are wrong, and calling them out for exactly what they are, fear-based liars who want to bring this country backward to the days when white men ruled the country, and minorities were just that, minorities who had no real say in anything. The moderate-Republicans have been forced out by Tea-Party and other right-wing fringe groups. Others have been forced to drink the Kool-Aid if they wish to keep their jobs. A perfect example would be John McCain. Because of his extremist challenger, J.D. Hayworth, he has flip-flopped around more times on issues than a fish pulled from the water and dropped on the ground. Fortunately for Mr. McCain, he may squeak by, due to J.D.’s stupidity. In 2007, he videotaped an appearance as a paid spokesperson for Florida-based National Grants Conferences, telling people how they could get “free money” grants from the Federal Government. In addition, this company had been given an “F” Rating from the BBB. Hayworth was rightly called out for his poor lack of judgement and integrity, which I hope remind Arizonan’s that perhaps he is not the best candidate for them.
Having said that, I get to the crux of my Headline- “Republicans Running on Fiscal Responsibility?–Please Do!! Now, anyone with any sense at all should realize that is complete nonsense. When you look back at the Administrations of our Presidents going back to Jimmy Carter, here’s what you’ll find in regards to how well Democrats versus Republicans have increased our National Debt :
Jimmy Carter – Democrat- 42% ;
Ronald Reagan- Republican- a Whopping 189%- Yes, this no error, from 994 Billion to 2.8 Trillion!!
George H.W. Bush- Republican- 55%
Bill Clinton- Democrat- 36%- AND left us with a $200 Billion Dollar Surplus!!
George W. Bush- Republican- a Whopping 89%!! AND he took our $200 Billion-Dollar surplus and gave us a 3.8 Trillion Dollar Deficit.
And, let’s not forget all the wonderful presents this President left us with: 2 Wars, put totally on Uncle-Sam’s Credit Card that you and I pay for. Thousands of our finest men and woman killed, many more wounded and in distress; The Bush Tax cuts in 2001 & 2003 that went directly to the top 2% of the Wealthiest Americans and were defecit-spent, NOT paid for; 9/11 happened on HIS WATCH!! You have to put this on him. He and his administrations inattention to National Security matters allowed this to happen–There are NO excuses for this lapse in security, which caused the deaths of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans. People who simply got up that morning, and boarded Airplanes, or went to work. As if all of that weren’t enough, we got broadsided with the worst economic disaster in 80 years, with millions of lost jobs, the highest unemployment in modern times, which was compounded with the Real Estate crash. Wall St nearly imploded, The Auto industry fell into shambles. Our Government then had to prop all these Industries up to keep us from all going over the cliff, resulting in even more massive spending. I’m just mentioning the tip of the iceberg here, folks. But I find it fascinating, that during George Bushes 8 years, the Republicans never once worried about being fiscally responsible. How is it that they feel they have been good stewards of our economy, and so have earned the right to be in the majority?? How is it possible that people could have such short memories?
Now, after they got their asses whipped during the election of 2008, all of a sudden their deficit-hawks?? It was Okay then but not now?? How is that possible??
Clearly, now that the Republicans are in the minority, and rightly so, they have adopted a policy of turning the Democrats, and President Obama into the bad guys. According to them, everything was going along swimmingly until Jan 20, 2009. I’m sorry, but I hold George Bush and his entire inept administration completely responsible for the terrible predicament we find ourselves in. I also have to blame the American people, at least the ones who were foolish enough, or who were just plain tricked or scared into voting for George Bush not once, but twice. When he was re-elected in 2004, I said to anyone who would listen, that the American people would get what they deserved by electing this arrogant buffoon, and that we were in big trouble. Boy, I wish I had been wrong on that, but I wasn’t.
So, our friends the Deficit-Hawk Republicans now want to stop all deficit spending, especially when it comes to extending unemployment benefits to the millions of Americans who lost their jobs, and many more who lost everything, because it would cost 34 Billion Dollars. Nope, we’re not helping anyone out no matter how protracted this economic depression has become. Even though it was our Republican President and his inept leadership that created this mess. Tough-shit for you, just like Jim Bunning-Republican-KY, was heard to say. Really, do you need another reason to believe that the Republicans couldn’t give a rats-ass about what happens to you and your family? They stuck it to us lazy, good-for-nothing lay-abouts. After all, the unemployed are lazy, and don’t really want to work. There are jobs out there, but we won’t take them. Did you read Ben Stein’s article, where he basically says that, except for a few instances, the unemployed are lazy, stupid people who were weeded-out for being “dead-wood” for their employers, and simply don’t know how to do a day’s work? But, when it comes to their rich friends, hey, no problem.
What do I mean by that?
In one example, what I mean is this, the Republicans want to extend the Bush Tax cuts permanently for the Wealthy, to the tune of about $678 Billion Dollars.
Yup, you heard it right. $678 Billion Dollars in tax cuts for the rich, paid for by all the rest of us lazy lay-abouts. Over the course of 10 years, it’s about a $2.3 Trillion-Dollar hit. Then they had the balls to say they wouldn’t cost anything!! Yup, this tax is free!! Why? because the rich people will spend this money on creating jobs. But a Republican President, George H.W. Bush even gave this type of tax-break scheme a name–Voodoo Economics. In April, 1980, as a Presidential Candidate, he called out Ronald Reagan’s fallacy that tax-cuts for the wealthy, paid for by the rest of us, would expand growth and pay for themselves. He rightly claimed that this was nothing more than Voodoo Economics, and would actually exacerbate the deficit, and create no jobs or help the middle-class in any way. But Reagan was elected, and enacted his “trickle-down economics”. Remember that? Here’s a President who increased our national debt by 189%, and spent more money than all the other Presidents before him combined, but made schools all across the country classify ketchup as a vegetable dish in children’s school lunches, instead of giving them an actual serving of vegetables. Guess we were unable to afford both ICBM’s and vegetables. George W. Bush’s own father knew that was bullshit. Given the fact that ol Georgie was too arrogant to listen to anybody, it’s no surprise he ignored what his father had said 20 years earlier. Look, anyone out there who is delusional enough to believe this lie should have a frontal lobotomy. What a pathetic bunch of assholes.
Republicans have also called for the elimination of the Estate and Gifts Tax, enacted as part of the 1916 Revenue Act, which they are now calling the “Death Tax” (much like their use of the phrase death panels in the healthcare debate, designed to frighten you). This was originally spearheaded by Republican Theodore Roosevelt back in 1906, who was well aware of the inequities of the rich and powerful over everyone else. Yes, our deficit-hawk friends, who really care about us, want us lazy middle-class layabouts to absorb another $1.1 Trillion in debt, so they can take care of their rich, well-connected friends. For example, according to Bernie Sanders, Democrat- VT-, The Walton family, who owns Wal-Mart, are worth about $86 Billion Dollars. If they did not have to pay an Estate Tax, they would get a $32.7 Billion Dollar Tax break.
So, apparently the Republicans have no problem with giving one very wealthy family a $32 Billion Dollar tax break, but No, Tough-Shit for the 2 million unemployed families who need a continuance of unemployement benefits to feed and house themselves and their families. We can’t spend $34 Billion for them.
Do you see what I’m getting at here? The sheer hipocrasy of the Republicans?
I hope they continue to be Deficit-Hawks. As a matter of fact, I’d like to see them pledge, on paper and in front the American people, that they will refuse to spend a single dime if it’s not paid for.
Of course, both Wars, Defense spending, and a entire host of programs will have to be stopped Immediately!!
I’m cautiously optimistic that enough good people in this country will not be lied and scared into voting to give the same folks who got us into this mess another shot at things. Then again, they did give 2 terms to Mr. Bush.
Maybe I am a little scared. You should be, too. We need to be relentless in getting the message out there, namely that Republicans have no moral standing when it comes to being fiscally responsible. We need to get people motivated and fired up. The American people should be outraged at the despicable treatment of the middle-class by nearly the entire Republican Party, who use the guise of being for the regular-guy while actually being in the pockets of Mr. Big, as in, Big- Oil, Big- Business, Big- Insurance, etc. The Democrats have not been forceful enough, and need to get out there, to show the American people all the good works they have done on their behalf. They need to continually push their message that Government is not against them, that this is their Government, the people’s Government, not some huge big-brother machine out to get them and take their liberties away. The Republicans have never, ever been for smaller government. They have had many years as the majority in power and did nothing to prove that to be true. Their level of hipocrasy is just incredible. Democrats need to be continually on the attack with proof. They can succeed by simply hanging the Republicans with their own words and actions. Calling out liars and extremists, whether it’s racist Tea-Party members, idiots and agitators like Andrew Breitbart, or right-wing cheerleaders Fox News.
The Republicans are trying to convince fool you that they are fiscally conservative. In a nutshell, They’d have you believe that shit is colored orange, just like the sky. Good Luck with that one.
Well, I’ve said enough for now, although this is something I could continue to write about for hours on end. I’m so fuckin pissed off at these guys it isn’t funny. I hate liars and fear-mongers.
Is this really where we want to be in the year 2010?