Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Why are Republicans in Congress Against a Balanced Approach Versus Sequester?

Are Republicans so hard headed in their stance against Obama on Sequester that they have no idea that the American people are fed up with their obstructionism?

Congressional Republicans in the Senate cannot get it through their heads that 90% of American people want background checks for all sales at gun shows to preclude terrorist/felons buying weapons.  They also want tougher laws on drug trafficking.  Guess I should not be shocked that today's hard, hard, hard, hard right (to quote Joe Scarborugh) members of Congress don't care what the American people think about sequester if they voted against background checks.  

Why not get with the President and replace Sequester with a balanced approach?   That's a pipe dream that is not going to happen because it is the President's idea.  Some of the racist Republicans will not go along with any idea the President has come up with preferring to allow our economy to tank and people lose benefits.  Despicable is actually too nice of word to describe a lot of today's hard right Republican office holders.  

Watch the video and ask yourself why the Republican Party is so loathe to compromise with the President as his ideas are good common sense?

This is hard for me to even think because I was a Republican for so many years, but I think the GOP in Congress is permeated with a bunch of neanderthal racists in the hip pockets of major donors.  How else can you reason some of the dumb statements Fox News and Republicans make against the President? According to the website Right Off A Cliff, 95% of what the far right says about Obama is false with most of it coming From Fox news which the hard right members of Congress repeat day after day.  Here are some examples:
Obama has been the biggest spending President in history!  FALSE.  Year to year spending increases have been less than 1%.  They’re also at their lowest rate of year to year increases since Eisenhower. 
Obama has spent more than all other Presidents in history!  FALSE. On January 20, 2009 our national debt was $10.6 trillion, today it’s $16.7 trillion—for a $6.1 trillion increase.  For the mathematically challenged, $6.1 trillion is less than $10.6 trillion.  This also doesn’t factor in the money spent in 2009, which gets tagged to President Obama, was actually passed by Bush.  *This also doesn’t take into account much of the cost of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars had not been put on our books by the Bush administration. 
Obama is a Muslim!  FALSE. You’re an idiot and I’m not even going to explain why. 
Obama isn’t an American!  FALSE.  See above. 
Obama is a Communist/Socialist/Fascist!  FALSE.  They’re all different—it’s impossible to be all 3.  Then with stocks setting new records, having their best 10 day stretch since 1996, and increasing by more than 100% since their lows in 2009…he would be the worst Communist, Socialist or Fascist that has ever existed. 
Obama is always on vacation!  FALSE.  President Obama took 131 vacation days in his first 4 years in office.  That puts him on pace for 262 days during 8 years in the White House.  By contrast Bush took 1,020 days (including a 5-week vacation–the longest by any President in nearly 4 decades), and Reagan took 484 days.  Once again for the mathematically challenged, Obama is on pace to take fewer vacations than both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. 
The economy has gotten worse under Obama!  FALSE.  Are you insane, have selective memory or both?  In February 2009, we lost  651K jobs.  In February 2013, we added 236K jobs.  Again, for the mathematically challenged, that’s a positive shift of 887K jobs from our losses in February 2009 to our gains in February 2013. 
I’ve seen the rebuttal to these numbers, so I’ll squash it right now before moving on:
Those jobs numbers are a lie!  No, they’re from the same source which Republicans have used to saddle Obama’s job losses (from his first year in office… and only his first year).  So you can’t use a source to support your argument, then ignore that very same source when it no longer supports what you want to believe. 
Unemployment is at record highs!  FALSE.  Unemployment hit a high during November 2009 of 10%, it’s now at 7.7%. 
I can already hear the Republican rebuttal to this one as well, “But that doesn’t include the people who have stopped looking for work!”  I hate to burst your bubble, but the unemployment rate never includes those who have given up looking for work.  This isn’t a shift in what defines our unemployment rate, this is how it has been calculated for quite some time.
Read some fun History lessons at to get the facts not the spin Fox News and the hard right put out as news.

Some members of Congress did a good job of hiding they were hard right over the years.  Many of us never would have supported them or worked for their campaigns if we knew they were hard right zealots against minorities, women, veterans, and education for starters..  I have had enough of the hard right to last a lifetime from some websites so never would have supported some of these Republican office holders that are now part of the hard right run by the Koch Brothers.  

When are people going to finally wake up and realize that conservative talk radio, Fox News, and the hard right is not supported by the vast majority of the American people?  Guess they didn't learn a thing from 2012 or Mark Sanford wouldn't have gotten the nomination in SC.  RNC should be prepared for a shock in 2014 as more and more Republicans tell GOP candidates to go jump refusing to work or donate to them.

Would be gone from the GOP if Independents could vote for candidates in the primary, but not giving up my primary vote.  

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