Wednesday, March 3, 2010


"I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends...that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." - Adlai E. Stevenson, speaking many decades ago -

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Republicans lied during the 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and '00s, and they are still lying today. Rachel Maddow did a superb job last night of exposing Republican lies and hypocrisy on her MSNBC TV show. She illustrated 21 separate cases where Republicans, when they were in the majority, had passed bills via reconciliation. She pointed out how Republican Senators now decrying the use of reconciliation, notably John McCain, Lamar Alexander, Orrin Hatch, and Charles Grassley, had each supported the action and she outlined their votes. She also cited examples of them being in support of certain provisions of the new health care reform bill until the Pr4esident came out in support of the same provision, at which point these Republicans all took an opposing stance. She showed how Republicans not only lie, but also contradict themselves. They are obsessed with playing politics, not shaping policy beneficial to all of us. They are engaged in obstruction, not good governance. For these reasons, they do not deserve to gain or maintain public office!

Independent voters, this post is directed primarily at you. Over the past few days you got a very good look at what conservative Republicans are like, and why they should not be elected or re-elected to Congress this fall. The fact of the matter is that they do not care about average people who are struggling in the terrible economy that THEY created under the Geoirge W. Bush administration and which still plagues us today. The proof you got just this week was how ultra-conservative Kentucky Republican Senator Jim Bunning single-handedly filibustered and held up a bill which would have extended unemployment benefits to 200,000 people whose unemployment had run out. His action also caused the layoff of 2,000 other federal workers, and it was totally unnecessary and irresponsibly cold-hearted. Millionaire Bunning, like most of his conservative Republican counterparts, obviously understands nothing about how pressed millions of his fellow citizens are at this time, nor, apparently, do they care. Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl even went so far as to suggest those on unemployment are merely sitting on their fat asses collecting checks and enjoying themselves. He is evidently unaware that unemployment amounts to only about half of what a normal paycheck would bring in, or that with loss of job often comes loss of health insurance too. It was a stunningly revealing and typically cold-hearted remark from conservative Republicans who care nothing about about average people just like YOU! Independents: if you are rightfully upset with the state of this country today, don't be fooled by the continual barrage of conservative Republican lies. Don't blame the progressives and Democrats for the slow rate of economic recovery - they've been sabotaged and obstructed by corporatist, conservative Republicans from the very start. THEY didn't ruin this economy; corporatist, conservative Republicans did. THEY have been working since January 20, 2009 to create jobs and extend unemployment benefits to those whose jobs have been lost; conservative Republicans have opposed them and stonewalled every step of the way. THEY have pushed for universal medical coverage and regulations on greedy insurance companies; conservative Republicans have fought them on this, too, and told wild lies designed to protect the insurance companies and defeat health care reform since day one.

So do not make the horrible mistake this fall of electing more of these lying, obstructionist Republicans to Congress. These Republicans are uncompromising and are not looking out for your best interests at all. If they were, they wouldn't vote as a bloc against health care coverage for all. They wouldn't vote as a bloc against plans which put people to work. And remember: it's not just their leaders stonewalling and voting against your needs as they do: it's ALL of them. So, come November, remember this and know beyond any doubt that
EVERY REPUBLICAN MUST GO! Remember most of all: Every single obstructionist

conservative Republican you elect to office gets a salary of $174,000 that YOU are paying for! All the more reason not to elect or re-elect any Republicans this fall! EVERY REPUBLICAN MUST GO!


mud_rake said...

Well, if the TeaParty loons are not happy with 'Washington' these days, then you are right, Jack, everyone must go!

Jack Jodell said...

Timid, cowardly, Republican-Lite Blue Dog Democrats can take a hike, too!

TRUTH 101 said...

Hypocritical bastards is what they are. They take their 170 G plus a year salaries then rail against government. And 30% of America buys into their garbage. And sadly, enough independents get caught up in republican doublespeak to put them over the top in far too many, as you say Jack, one is too many, elections.

Why would anyone in good sense hire someone who hates their company. Yet republicans that hate government and try to sabotage it's effective service to America at every opportunity keep getting elected.

TomCat said...

Jack, I guess I don't qualify, because with me, you're preaching to the choir. I use both of those graphics often.

Max's Dad said...

Oh the thought of a sweepout of the Republican garbage would be so sweet. Not going to happen but we can dream.

Jack Jodell said...

My sentiments exactly. I mean, it's one thing to get your throat cut, but why hand your attacker the knife? It defies logic.
We sing great harmony together in that choir, and you, my friend, are always on key! :-)
Max's Dad,
We'll never eliminate these scourges of fairness and reason altogether. But if we can freeze or even reduce their number and power, it will go a long way toward finally enacting some much needed and long overdue pieces of progressive legislation.

mud_rake said...

Truth 101 @ And 30% of America buys into their garbage.

Would these be those who are propagandized 24/7 by right-wing media?

Think, if you will, what the code word GOVERNMENT actually stands for. When Beck, Hannity, Savage and Limbaugh chide 'the government' which group of society is most represented by the term, 'the government?'

Did you say blacks?


Suzan said...

Thanks for running my favorite political quote.

And they will not stop lying.

And they must be stopped.

Or we will be.


P.S. How about maintaining a list of candidates who really represent the people for the next election?

I can foresee many of the blogs being reduced to taking this action out of self defense alone.

Not a bad use of the ethernet.

Jack Jodell said...

They are indeed ignorant racists!
I love the idea of spotlighting the relatively thin list of representatives and even Senators who really do look out for the best interests of their constituents and who aren't all bought out. I don't know if you ever saw it, but a little under a year ago, I did a six part installment which listed every single congressperson, state by state and district by district, and what occupation he or she had prior to being elected representative or senator. I posted my summarized findings in my May 30, 2009 "Time For REAL Representation (Part VI). 37.24% were or had been attorneys; 5.21% had been bankers/insurance/investment brokers; 3.72% had been farmers or ranchers; 3.72% had been college professors; 3.54& had been small business owners; 3.2% had been physicians or surgeons, and so on. There were no cooks, custodians, mechanics---virtually all had come from positions of upper income, and only a tiny, tiny handful had eked out a living at $30-$40 K a year or below, which is where the overwhelming majority of our population sits at. These people don't even know what "average" citizens NEED! So when we find the rare Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Boxer, or Anthony Wiener, it is a find to revel in, and these people should be spotlighted and celebrated!

Suzan said...

Hi Jack,

No. I must have tuned in late.

Sounds great!

When are you gonna do it again?

We should enlist the strength of the intertubes!

I'll bet lost of folks will volunteer to do some research.

Great minds, etc. . . .

Jack Jodell said...

There have only been a few retirements, etc. since last year, so I thought I'd wait until after the 2010 mid-terms to find the newbies and retotal. Maybe in April or May of 2011...
But your idea of spotlighting the small number of really GOOD Congresspersons who ARE earning their paycheck is a spectacular one, and I thank you for it! :-)

Suzan said...

But I have another idea - fancy that.

Let's make a list of dims and thugs that we could replace with good people.

Yes, it will take a couple of two-year terms, but won't it be a very worthwhile goal?

We have a ton of people who've finally decided that we MUST get rid of Richard Burr here in NC.

Before the Obama obstacle, no one thought they could do a thing about him here.

Check out how many have already announced!



Jack Jodell said...

Hey, Suzan, I like that idea too---a kind of Blue Dog hit list! But if they're replaced by conservative Republicans, what have we gained? We need a massive influx of progressive candidates!

Jack Jodell said...

Regarding Burr: no kidding---he has GOT to go! I would recommend campaigning/contributing (ugh!) to his GOP Primary challenger. If a GOP rift develops, that might open the door for a progressive to win. It's a dirty business, but sometimes remembering that old adage of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" sometimes pays dividends...

TomCat said...

Thanks, Jack. It's good to be appreciated. I have run out of new ways to agree with your comments at PP.

Holte Ender said...

It was good you singled out independents to get the message you are sending, if there is an average turnout in November, they will be the deciders.

Jack Jodell said...

Thank YOU, TomCat, and I'll keep visiting nonetheless.
Holte Ender,
Independents will definitely decide how things will sort out. We on the left cannot let our disappointments turn into lethargy, or there will be a power grab by conservatives we definitely do not want or beed! We cannot sleep, and we must fight on and definitely vote!