Monday, September 30, 2013

Remember the Gang of Six?

I do remember that the crafting of the Affordable Care Act involved both Republicans and Democrats (although, as it turns out, at least some of the Republicans were only there to sabotage the thing) but I rarely remember the particulars. This seems like a good place to start. This article in The Washington Monthly discusses Mike Enzi's admission that he took part in the bipartisan committee only because he had a good chance of making the bill worse. Here's the link: The Washington Monthly:

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Yet Another Republican Uses a Racial Slur

So there's this guy in Maine, a Republican, who's running for local office. And he decided to say something about President Obama on his Facebook page. Again. This time, he said "Shoot the nigger." Sorry for those who are offended by words, but I'm not going to insert the asterisks that decency demands, because this man is anything but decent, and what he has to say is anything but decent.

This is what it has come to. We have a bi-racial man in the White House, and the Usual Suspects have gone nuts. But now they have the backing of the Republican News Network and it's OK to be openly and blatantly racist. Because, you know... Obama!

Obama is a Nazi. Obama is a Socialist. Obama is a Muslim. Obama is coming for your guns, is going to kill your grandmother, is going to take all your money and give it to his black friends.

Listen, I get that a very large percentage of the American population consists of idiots. Those are, in fact, the very people the Republican party depends on. That's sad, but it's life. It's the way the curve works. For every person smarter than average, there's a person who's dumber than average. But the primary difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans live to exploit the less intelligent, while the Democrats try to protect them from those who would exploit them.

But I digress. Back to that moron in Maine, the guy who thinks that the term "nigger" isn't a racial slur. Why is he mad at President Obama? Because he's worried that under the Affordable Healthcare Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare," his wife is going to lose her benefits. Never mind that this is exactly the opposite of what will happen Never mind that this is precisely the kind of thing that ACA.. excuse me, Obama care... was designed to prevent. The moron in Maine gets all of his information from the likes of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck and WorldNetDaily, and he doesn't have the wherewithal to check things out for himself.

There was a time when the media of this country -- television media, primarily -- would enlighten the public about things like this. But those days are long gone, dead at the hands of the cable news networks and talk radio and the Internet, dead at the hands of endlessly recycled chain mail purporting to "prove" that the President is a secret Kenyan Socialist Muslim who intends to round people up and put them in FEMA camps.

No, there's nothing I can do about this. I can write about it in a blog that no one will read. I can patiently correct friends and family when they parrot something they've heard on the Republican News Network, but that just doesn't do any good. I can, I suppose, console myself with the thought that this is nothing new. It was "yellow journalism" that created the Spanish-American war, banned Cannabis, and defeated Upton Sinclair in his run for Governor of California. These things have always been with us and probably always will be and, ultimately, will be our undoing. Humans have existed for a mere blink of an eye in the lifespan of this planet, far less time than any of the dinosaurs, and will probably fade from the planet in short order, leaving naught but our crumbling structures.

And who will be to blame when this ultimately happens?

Obama, of course!

 Sabattus man says ‘shoot’ posting wasn’t a threat against Obama, defends using racial slur — Lewiston-Auburn — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine:

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fox News, Explained

Your Daily Show Moment of Zen Truth

"I get that Fox opposes the Syria peace plan because its modus operandi is to foment dissent in the form of a relentless, irrational contrarianism to Barack Obama and all things Democratic to advance its ultimate objective of creating a deliberately misinformed body politic whose fear, anger, mistrust and discontent is the manna upon which it sustains its parasitic, succubus like existence, BUT... sorry, I blacked out for a second I was saying something?" 

 - Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, 9.10.13

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Another Republican Welfare Hog Hates Poor People

Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) wants to make it harder for people who have fallen upon hard times to receive the meager assistance (SNAP) known as food stamps. Stephen Fincher, who has no qualms about collecting $3.5 million -- yes, million -- in welfare from the very same Department of Agriculture that also administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Sadly, welfare given to agri-business giants like Mr. Fincher, doesn't carry a negative connotation. Mr. Fincher pocketed $70,000 last year in farm subsidies, quite possibly for doing nothing at all. Seventy. Thousand. Dollars. And he wants to cut $20 billion from the food stamp program because... well, we don't really know, other than the normal Republican belief that government funds should only be directed to the pockets of those who are wealthy enough to lobby for them.

The average monthly SNAP benefit in Tennessee is $132. It would take 530 months -- 44 years -- for a food stamp recipient in Tennessee to collect $70,000 in benefits.

And again, Congressman Fincher got $70,000 in taxpayer money, a direct payment, for not growing cotton.

The wrong Republican to talk about food stamps - The Maddow Blog:

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