Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Bush and the GOP are nothing but whores
A report by the ranking Democrat of the House Rules Committee declares that lobbyists who make up to $650,000 (yeah I read that right) are fucking over Americans while enriching their clients (corporations, go figure). The Republicans gleefully point out that Democrats took more money from lobbyists before they were ousted in 1994 but the Repubs have taken lobbying to a new level (just think Jack Abramoff, bribes, and corruption).
*14.2 million American seniors (including millions of our sickest and most vulnerable seniors) are stuck in a complicated, expensive, and inefficient Medicare prescription drug program because the Republican Congress and the Bush Administration allowed lobbyists from the insurance and pharmaceutical industries to design this program.
*60 million American families who heat their homes with natural gas and 8 million families who heat with heating oil are paying higher bills this winter, even though the Republican Congress recently passed their "national energy plan" into law. Although this plan gives the energy industry billions in new tax breaks and subsidies, it doesn't lower prices for consumers or make our country more energy independent.
*The 150,000 U.S. troops currently deployed in Iraq may not have the equipment they need because of waste, fraud and cronyism by the Republican Congress and the Department of Defense. While Halliburton and other companies with Republican connections get their contracts, our soldiers still don't have the body armor and armored vehicles they need to fight the war.
*750,000 households in the Gulf region are still displaced today, more than 5 months after Hurricane Katrina hit that region, at least in part because the political hacks the Bush Administration put in charge of crucial homeland security functions were not adequately prepared to prepare for or respond to this disaster.
*More than 10 million students and their families will have larger student loans to repay because House Republicans, led by new Majority Leader John Boehner working hand-in-hand with his commercial loan industry allies, cut $12 billion from the student loan program in the recent reconciliation bill and shifted the costs on to students and their families.
EJ Dionne was interviewed by Al Franken yesterday and he talked of the faux populism of the GOP which manifests itself simultaneously as the GOP fucks over those whom they proclaim to support. It's clear from hearing the interview that the American people are so fooled by this that they think that liberals whether they are the intellectual elite or the Hollywood elite look down upon them while conservatives and right-wingers are their best friends. How ignorant can we get? What's the use of George W. Bush going into a Wendy's to talk about his health savings account which only the rich benefit while the poor would get screwed over because they can't afford to put money into those accounts? What's the use of Cheney going to a small Texas paper instead of to the media elite (the New York Times?) when he refuses to disclose what the hell happened in the energy task force meetings which produced an abomination of an energy plan?
What good is denying gays the right to marry when you can't "put food on your families?" What good is banning gay marriage when good jobs are being outsourced and replaced by Bush jobs such as flipping hamburgers and other service jobs? What good is banning gay marriage when social programs and education are being cut so the wealthy can have their fifth tax cut or whatever it is? What good is it when Pell Grants are BEING CUT? At least the queers can't get married, right?
Open your eyes, the GOP Elite doesn't CARE about banning gay marriage other than Brownback or Santorum. They don't care because if they truly were, they would bring up the federal marriage amendment every chance they can get. Don't you get it? They use it to steal the election of 2004, then they say that the amendment is dead in 2005 (non-election year), and now suddenly they're using it again in 2006. Yet you ignorant sheep don't realize that this is a faux populist issue that is designed to cloak what they're doing to the economy by oppressing you so that the "truly-oppressed" (the richest 1% and corporations) can be free to rape our environment and raid our treasury. The War in Iraq? Halliburton is profiting off the deaths of YOUR KIDS even while providing rotten food and putrid water to YOUR KIDS after overcharging the Army.
Bush says he's cutting waste from the budget. Well tell YOUR kids that student loans are a waste. Tell them how cutting $12 billion from the student loan program helps them get through college. Soon, we'll see an America where the only way to go to college is through the military and with the impending wars against Iran and Syria, pray that your son or daughter survives to see that money, because if they die, those promises of $40,000 mean nothing.
Why in the WORLD do we still have tax credits for gas-guzzling SUVs?! It boggles the mind how much people think that Bush is a good steward of the land as he so "eloquently" put it in one of the debates. We need to kick our addiction to Middle East oil and Bush is refusing to completely eliminate this abomination of a tax credit, justifying it with the "small business" line. More faux populism there. Let's help the small businesses while it's really Big Oil who benefits from these gas guzzlers. Tax credit for a hybrid: $3150, Tax credit for a SUV: $25,000, Blowing the oil industry much as Monica did for Bill and knowing you're fucking over the environment: priceless.
You know how they all justify this? Someone on the Mike Malloy board saw it this way and I thought it was brilliant! "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime." See that quote? Right-wingers like to spin this as one that Jesus said, but in reality it's Lao Tzu i believe. So basically they are falsely attributing words to Jesus in order to justify cutting what they call "entitlement programs." Jesus WANTS us to work hard and not rely on the charity of others. So people on welfare or people who don't make enough money to pay for health care should get another job! Why aren't we surprised? After all, the GOP says it owns Jesus and God. Jesus is a Republican. Jesus loves only Republicans. The most important thing is to spread the Gospel, not live it. This makes it a lazy form of Christianity that only says that you have to believe and that is sufficient enough to get into heaven. Good works don't matter because if you believe, you get in. How lazy is that?!
The days of those dime novels of Horatio Alger, you know the rags-to-riches novels that star a destitute boy who through hard work and determination becomes a millionaire, are over. They were never a part of the American dream but we cling onto it and the GOP nurtures this belief by demonizing those who truly need social programs as lazy and shiftless, condemning them for not "earning an honest living" while forgetting that people who work at Walmart do need the government to help pay for their health care. Freepers who oppose tax increases and rolling back the tax cuts to the richest 1% because they hope that they'll join the 1% club are only fooling themselves while they lose social programs and funding to schools that can only help them. It's a shell game and you get fooled everytime because you're concerned that the gays and lesbians will get married and then an unseen force will infilitrate your minds turning you gay and breaking up your marriages. You get fooled because the GOP has successfully shifted blame from their own economic policies to the intellectual elite and the Hollywood elite for all your problems. It's their fault you lost your job. It's their fault that your schools are so damn crappy. It's their fault that you only make the minimum wage. Please people, wake up before it's too late.
That's kind of a Washington attitude, isn't it — we'll decide for you, you can't figure it out yourself. I think a lot of folks here at Wendy's would argue that point of view is just simply backwards and not true.” - Bush at Wendy's touting his health savings accounts.
Now let's ask you some questions and find out who the true elitists are
- How elitist is it for a so-called Man of God to continually use Jesus to justify his helping the numerically least of his brothers and sisters?
- How elitist is it for Cheney to continually stonewall when it comes to disclosing what went on during his energy task force meetings?
- How elitist is implying that only Cheney and the energy executives know what's best for the country and that you don't have to know?
- How elitist is this "Trust us, we know what we're doing, but you don't have to know what we're doing so get along with your lives and pay no attention to the Man behind the screen" line the National Litterbox and his minions throw at us everyday?
- How elitist is that when they project their attitudes in that Wendy's quote to liberals when it is clearly them who say, "we'll decide for you because you're too dumb to figure it out yourself?" How else can you explain them being secretive on everything when it comes to issues such as national security and our energy policy?
- How elitist is it when their policies only affect positively the well-connected, Wall Street, Big Oil, the Military-Industrial-Media-Thinktank complex, the richest 5%?
- Why is Hollywood considered a bastion of elitists while Wall Street isn't?
- Who are the ones who truly look down upon you? Hollywood actors crying out for social justice or those who fool you with a faux populism while screwing you over because they think you're too ignorant or lazy to find out that their populism is a facade?
- So who are the true elitists?