Tuesday, February 15, 2011


OK, you got your extended Bush tax cuts for the rich; you now control the House of Representatives; and you've been Speaker of the House for over a month. In those weeks, you have WASTED TIME on failed social initiatives like H.R. 3, triing to extend the unconstitutional Patriot Act, and trying to repeal the Affordable Health Care for America Act. NOW, WHERE THE HELL ARE THE JOBS YOU SAID WOULD BE CREATED WHEN THE REPUBLICANS GAINED CONTROL, MR. JOHN BOEHNER?

Ho hum. Different day; same old shit. The highly unstable and paranoid Glenn Beck is spouting a new conspiracy theory putting Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood together with socialists and communists; Ann Coulter's out shooting her mouth off about how more reporters should be jailed; Rush Limbaugh is trying to link the President with terrorists; the birthers are still questioning President Obama's citizenship; and congressional Republicans have done not one thing - not one thing - to relieve the nation's unemployment problem.

Not that we expected them to, of course. That confounded party, temporarily strengthened with new blood from the Tea Party sham, is far more interested in more tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy than they are in job creation. So long as big corporations can make ever-increasing profits and the rich get ever increasingly richer, they don't care one bit about the poor working (or non-working) stiff who comprises the overwhelming majority of this country.

Republican priorities are very clear: blame the President for everything, make sure he is not re-elected, hold his programs and agenda hostage by withholding funding for much of it, further deregulate business, tax cut, tax cut, tax cut. They claim to want to reduce the deficit, and they love to accuse the President of adding to that deficit, but they refuse to cut the vastly overbloated defense budget. Instead, they are aiming almost exclusively at entitlement programs. And their insistence on tax cuts for the wealthy belies their so-called concern for the deficit. They will only ADD further to that deficit!

But meanwhile, not one effort has been made toward creating new, good-paying jobs for the American worker.

Republicans are obsessed with power for the sake of having it. They don't really care about the average American. They have no agenda for that group. Conservatives USED to care about the well-being of all the people, but today they just want power to ensure that nothing is done by the government to endanger the ability of the very rich to make even more money. Everyone else can go to hell. That is why so many of them are lining up for a shot at winning the presidency next year. Once again, they will say or do anything to tarnish the current President just so they can recapture that office. But once again, they will fail, just as they did in 2008. By continually reaching out to only a small segment of the population, the very wealthy, they will again be failing to offer anything of substance for the majority of the country, so they will fail. Meanwhile, all the rest of us will be struggling, mainly the ever-shrinking middle class, the unemployed, and the growing amount of poor.

The Republican platform is a broken record of unrealistic and unfulfillable promises based on the dismally failed notion of trickle-down economics. Robert Reich had a piece a few days ago in his blog which stated the Republicans have not had a credible or workable new idea for more than 80 years. He was totally correct. The Reagan, Bush I and Bush II eras, the great conservative reign, all prove the fallacy of the trickle-down theory. All boats do NOT automatically rise with the tide of increased corporate profits and tax cuts for the rich. Instead, the flow has been trickling upward the entire time. It is now starting to gush.

So, at the risk of sounding like a broken record myself, I'll once again ask: Where the hell are the jobs, Mr. Boehner?

I will keep on asking, too!


Gwendolyn H. Barry said...

You know what bothers me Jack? There is NO ACCOUNTABILITY for the likes of Beck (who is fomenting violence at least) nor for the Republicans! It's all fine to shout at the wind for these folks... no substance other than negative progression...
No jobs have been made. Benefits for the most unfortunate have been cut, many of whom we are just loosing unemployment at this time still w/o jobs... it's awful.
Great post, observing what is needing fixing NOW.

TomCat said...

Jack, Boehner has helped create lots of jobs... in Asia.

Jack Jodell said...

It is the great tragedy of our time that lying bastards like Beck and Limbaugh can just spout out bullcrap without being called on the carpet for their lies by a major figure or in a major way. I would LOVE to see a vidtorious class action lawsuit be brought against either, or both, of those irresponsible bigmouths! They abuse free speech, and badly.
So has the majority of Congress. But you and I, and growing numbers of Americans, know that jobs in Asia, Mexico, or anywhere other than here don't count!

Marc McDonald said...

Nice post, Jack.
Yes, indeed: where are the f*cking jobs? And just as important, will the corporate MSM ever hold Boehner and the rest of the Repukes accountable for their promises on jobs?
I suspect not.
The corporate MSM NEVER holds the GOP responsible for anything. So they're free to spout off all kinds of BS and they know the MSM will have amnesia.
Take (please) for example, the GOP's apocalyptic doom-and-gloom predictions over the impact of what Clinton's modest tax hike would bring, back in the early 90s.
Instead of disaster, we wound up with a balanced budget and 8 years of peace and prosperity.
And yet the MSM never went back and held any of the Repukes accountable for anything they said back in the early 90s.
Instead of holding the GOP responsible, the MSM decided to devote 18 months of 24/7 saturation coverage over the "story" of the president having a girlfriend. (Repukes who also had mistresses at the time----like Newt Gingrich----were, of course, exempt from coverage).

Jerilyn said...

Amen to that! The Repubs can't create jobs because they're to busy having affairs and posting shirtless photos to women on craigslist.

Jack Jodell said...

You are so right---our corporatist MSM lets the GOP get by with economic murder and even goes so far as to forward their ridiculous and fraudulent arguments. No such courtesy is extended the President, or even the liberals' economic arguments, though...
HAAA! Let's not forget the time they also have wasted trying to turn this country back into the 1890s socially AND economically!

Darlene said...

The mainstream media are all owned by big corporations. Why else do they give the Republicans a pass and criticize anything the Democrats try to do. They know which side their bread is buttered on.

mud_rake said...

Surely you didn't expect this set of GOPers to actually govern, did you Jack? They don't want to govern; they want to abolish government altogether. That's the plan. Once you get the plan, it all makes perfect sense. Idiocy, but at least it follows some odd strain of thought.

Shut down the damned government!

By the way, did the moron voters back in November actually think that these boobs who they sent back would do something different?

The stupidity is almost more than I can take!

Jack Jodell said...

You've sure gotten that right!
Their refusal to govern, all the while collecting a fat check and great benefits at our expense, is an insult to every single taxpayer! We have GOT to call every one of these arrogant bastards on the carpet!

Wait until you see my next post (tomorrow)---you won't believe it!