The people don’t approve of the budget fight shutdown threat, but GOP leadership has the scape goat staked out and ready for sacrifice

April 7, 2011 at 3:21 PM (Fiscally Loons, Loon Liars Pants on Fire, Musing on loon behavior, Politics)

Naive Tea Party Pols are about to learn a very hard lesson. Boo hoo for them, the fools!

The radical  freshmen all think they are changing/leading the party. That kind of cheerful enthusiasm is kinda cute, but not especially healthy. The GOP leadership has already laid track to send the tea party to oblivion for the whole budget  mess.

The ‘budget impasse’ is nothing but a GOP campaign strategy.

They have nothing  to run on except contrived emotional hot button ‘issues’.  The GOP has already come out and said Job One for the GOP majority in the House was to assure the defeat of Obama in 2012. They aren’t governing, they are campaigning and they already admitted as much.

The economy still sucks, but it is a bit less sucky which might make some folks think Obama isn’t so bad.

Obama is making slow headway, and the GOP will risk tanking the itty bitty movement toward recovery to keep him from a modicum of success. Too bad about the collateral damage to Americans.

What does a shutdown accomplish?

Nothing really. It doesn’t save money, it costs money. It doesn’t cure stupid. It doesn’t give anyone sweeter breath, whiter whites, or make life like we pretend the 50s were really Happy Days. Father still won’t magically know best and Mom will not go back to doing housework all pimped out in crinolines, taffeta, and pearls. The kids not will suddenly get great grades and be overwhelmed into angelic behavior by simple pearls of  parental wisdom.

Nah-ah. It won’t cure baldness, bunions, or  change the fact that the majority of American voters did, indeed, put the black guy in the White House, either.

Really, what does a shutdown accomplish?

Aside from the obvious, that no one will be on the other end of the line when you call for some government service you have become accustomed to, here is some of what a shutdown will do:

Furloughed federal workers will be NOT paying taxes for the time they are forced to take off.  But the government’s bills will keep coming in, even with the shortfall in revenue when those federal workers not getting paid will also not be paying taxes like they do when allowed to show up for work.

Furloughed federal workers will NOT be much inclined to be open their wallets on Main Street, save for the very basic essentials like milk and bread.  Main Street businesses will still have bills coming in, but less business to help them meet their obligations.

Government backed home loans won’t get done. That will hurt.

Payments for programs that family farms rely on to help fund projects which are good for the farms and good for the environment will not get made. That will hurt.

The troops will not get their pay on time. That not only hurts, it is an unforgivable breach of the social contract between America and those who risk it all to protect America.

If the budget really mattered to the GOP, the deficit would not go up so much during GOP administrations in the Oval Office and GOP majorities on the Hill.

If the deficit really mattered to the GOP, they would make sure the Hoarder Class and hugely profitable corporations pay their fair share in taxes and they would close a lot of loopholes. Oh, and they would end those damned wars that only benefit the Military Industrial Complex.

If  ‘support the troops’ was anything buy a slogan to play on emotions, the GOP would not be seriously toying with the idea of holding up the troops’ paychecks as a campaign tactic.  What a moral abomination, sending our troops into harm’s way so some corporations can reap huge profits, and access to oil, then play fast and loose with those troops’ pay checks.

The people are not pleased.  But it’s all good for the GOP. In rovian fashion, they will blame it all on those tea party loony freshmen legislators.  It’s all their fault. Yep. The REAL GOP is all about being grown ups ‘n stuff. It’s those irresponsible, inexperienced newbies on the Hill causing all this ruckus.

Of course, the tea party movement is a concoction of the real powers that be in the traditional GOP. And the tea party pols who got themselves swept into office were fools who thought they could change anything and get themselves writ into history books. Ego stew is a nasty brew, but it makes for crowd pleasin’ party food. But the party never lasts as long as the ‘guests of honor’ assumed it would and pretty soon they find themselves standing outside the prom with stains on their pretty clothes.

That the GOP has set the teaparty fools up as the fall guys is just S.O.P. They pander to a radical group for an election cycle or three, then when their overreach is too evident to ignore, they blame the group they pandered to for making them do it.

The tea bagging fools should have noticed how the GOP exploited then discarded the Christian Right. They don’t learn from history. The REAL GOP is a very small, very elite group that pretends to be all folksy while they are wooing, screwing, and undoing the people they trick into voting for them.

~attila the blond

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Dear Denny…

April 6, 2011 at 1:37 PM (Fiscally Loons, Good Resouce For Loon Watchers, Participating is Patriotic, Politics)

Got an email asking me to  contact my Congressman regarding cutting Department of Defense budget instead of increasing it, as the GOP wants to do, while they are cutting the budget for everything else and creating some real hardships for a lot of good, productive Americans.

USA Action/True Majority http://act.truemajorityaction.org makes it easy to be a part of the voice that doesn’t come from the paid propagandists or the bought-and-paid-for politicians the Hoarder Class hired to make Americans think it’s a good thing to be bent over and, um fleeced.   Not a bad mailing list to sign up for; they remind you to take your mad and do something useful with it. Better than just stewing about things until your potatoes get all burned up and the smoke alarm goes off.

If you want to send a message to your congressman about this budget, here is an easy method:

Click the link, or copy and paste it in your brower’s address bar.

http://act.truemajorityaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=202

You’ll get to a page where you put in your zip code and it brings up contact to  your congressman. It opens a message that you can add to. I added to mine, as Denny Rehberg just isn’t serving me, or the interests of my state and I am damned well calling him on it.  Again.

The robo form text is in blue in the quote of my missive to Denny below. You can just sign and send as it is, backspace it out if you don’t like the message and put it in your own words, or you can keep it and embellish with your own ruffles and flourishes, like I just did. My additions are in red, because, frankly, I am seeing red about the GOP trashing of America and hurting the majority of us while funneling more to those who already have most. I am seeing red at their attacks on necessary programs under the banner of the need to cut the deficit while they don’t actually do anything which  will really cut the deficit.

The House GOP’s proposed budget is upside down. It cuts important health care programs we need and increases spending in areas we do not, notably the military.

Please reject Rep. Ryan’s proposal and instead look first to the Pentagon for cuts. Stop being a blind partisan follower; that’s what got ya piled up on those rocks after that drinkin and boatin evening. Be a leader. Do what is right, not what the hoarder class and their hired hands in the GOP leadership tell ya to do. Get some gumption! Show me your head is more than just a place to hang that fancy hat you think fools me into thinkin’ you’re a hard working Montana rancher. That hat never shows sweat stains, Denny. Use your head, not that hat!

If the deficit is so critical, close the tax loopholes that allow companies like GE to turn BILLIONS in profits without paying taxes. Raise the capital gains tax, 15% is too low for the hoarder class who made fortunes on the infrastructure paid for by all of us and the labors of the average American worker! Raise the tax rates on the top 1%! And end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan!

Those wars are only making more enemies for America, they are not making us safer and we all know it!

Stop chanting that we have to cut government spending while winking and giving a pass to that which costs us the most. Stop blaming the people with the least for the problems created to assure people with the most get even more!

We are watching, Denny, and so far, we have yet to see you take a bold stand for THE PEOPLE of Montana. Not all of us have FOX News/Noise in our ears and Koch tea in our eyes. When Japan got hit by the devastating events of last month, were you out there trying to make sure the people of Japan had food and the producers of Montana had buyers for grain and meat? No, you were too busy cuddling with tea bagging fools and Michele Bachmann, trying to raise funds for your senate run! Yeah, we noticed that. So, bigger and better for Denny is more important that hungry people and floundering producers who could be helping feed a nation in need?

War is OK but help for the most at risk is too costly? That is NOT a family value we can live with! Low taxes for the hoarder class DO NOT create jobs. Trickle down is a myth. People are dying so military contractors can make more and more money?

If the budget needs to be cut and deficit reduced, cut DOD and raise taxes on those who have hoarded so much already and have prospered in this economy where the bulk of good, decent, hard working Americans have already suffered so much and facing more still. Really, students, the elderly poor, working poor, and what’s left of the middle class has to keep tightening their belts while DOD contractors keep getting richer and not paying taxes? Really, Denny? No, it isn’t necessary and it isn’t right!

And please note my location. That, along with my words should tell you the jig is up on this business of saying what ya think we wanna hear while runnin’ with a herd that is dead set against our best interests. If somebody in my deep red ‘hood can see through the GOP budget dog and pony show, you know it isn’t playing like ya hoped!

We are watching. Do right by us.

 

~ attila the blond

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Federal Budget is in bad shape so they give $$ to Big Oil

March 1, 2011 at 6:08 PM (Fiscally Loons, Loon News, Politics)

At this point, words fail me.

The GOP big birds on the Hill in D.C. are slashing programs millions of tax paying Americans rely on but voted, in lockstep, to continue federal corporate welfare subsidies to Big Oil.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/03/01/house-gop-oil-subsidies/

Democrats offered a motion to recommit that would have stripped the five largest oil companies of taxpayer subsidies, saving tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer funds.  The motion failed on a vote of 176-249, with all Republicans voting against (approximately a dozen Democrats joined the GOP).

Help an old woman out here. Weren’t the big oil companies turning big profits, or did I just dream that? What the duck?

Legislative Loons at the top hate Americans but they loves them fat cats. It isn’t free market capitalism when the taxpayers are paying for some of it and the companies they are funding are dodging taxes.

attila the blond

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