Tag: Republicans

Politics: The New Republican Platform (And my response!)

Found this over on Joe.My.God.

(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill;

I suppose government adequate to meet the needs of the people and perhaps a lower national debt. But that’s where my similarities with the Republicans end. I want to see taxes back at the levels they were at in the 1950’s. You know, when people making more than $300K a year paid a fairly high bracket, and corporations paid quite a lot more in taxes than the roughly 9% to 15% they pay now.

I’d also like to mention that if we ended the debacle in Iraq and Afghanistan we’d save a fucking bundle. Especially with the latter. If you understand anything about the Pashtun tribes, you understand that Afghanistan is essentially undergoing a civil war that has been going on for the better part of the last few centuries.

And Iraq, we need another bully puppet there. Saddam Hussein knew how to keep his party in check. That’s what we need so Shi’a, Sunni and even Kurd can learn how to live with one another again.

Once that’s accomplished lets pay off the national debt, and then with the surpluses available let us re-invest in infrastructure (Rebuilding highways perhaps, with lanes set out for rapid transit systems?) or maybe rebuilding all the schools in the nation, or providing health care to every U.S. citizen, from cradle to grave.

(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run health care;

See the last part of my above answer. I support not just a single payer system, but a nationalized system like they have in the UK. Anything left to a ‘market-based’ approach simply means that the market will charge all that can be borne by the customer and provide as cheap a service as they can in order to maximize profit. Profit in health care should be anathema, particularly the extreme cases of profit over care.

(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;

Here is what I’d support. I’d support dumping huge sums of money into wind, solar, tidal and whatever alternative energy systems we can come up with. I’d also support the R&D into electric vehicles that have ranges in the 300 mile, with < 15 minute recharge times. It's happening already, but would happen a lot faster if we put a little money into it.

I guess you could almost say I agree with this particular point. Cap and trade is bullshit. Lets move ourselves toward a Type 1 Kardashev society.

(4) We support workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check;

This one confuses me a bit because I’m not well versed in labor issues. In essence though the Republican party is pretty much anti-union so I guess I’d have to support card check.

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;

This point is purely bovine effluvia. I say if they’re here, working and paying taxes they stay here.

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;

I oppose this on so many levels. See the last part of my answer to their first platform plank.

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;

I support diplomacy with Iran, and as far as North Korea, we need to put the pressure on China, Japan and South Korea to settle that little cluster fuck.

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;

And I support abolishing said act. It is unconstitutional on the very face of it and violates my rights to equal protection under the law.

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and

Yes, the lives of the vulnerable. Who are they anyway? The way I see it, the very young, the very old and the disabled. I’d extend it to those between very young and very old too.

But do they not realize that health care is already rationed? It’s a default state of the system as it exists even now. As for denial of health care, they really should talk to their buddies in the insurance industry because by far they’ve been the grinchiest of all.

Now the fun part, abortion. I say this, until we get a reasonable sex education program into schools (One that starts around 5th grade, and repeats again in 8th and 10th) we keep access to abortion free, open and legal for all. Otherwise I neither care, nor do I think it is my right to tell a woman if she can or cannot get an abortion. It’s her choice, not mine.

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership.

And I support the right the arm bears. But seriously, yeah I’m kind of gun nut when it comes to this.

So I do find a small amount of agreement with their 10 planks. But I don’t think I’d ever call myself a Republican.

NY Times analysis of the Stimulus Battle

This is priceless. I’ve pretty much been saying that Obama is offering the olive branch to Republicans because he knows they’re going to burn the branch instead of compromise to maybe appear a bit more enlightened to the country.

One quote from the Op-Ed is this:

This quote from the 8th paragraph pretty much jibes with what I’ve been talking about lately.

Having checked the box on attempted bipartisanship, Obama can now move in for the kill.

I’m lead to recall this image, of the Eagle clutching in one set of talons an olive branch, and in the other a cluster of arrows.

U.S. Eagle
U.S. Eagle

Now that the Republicans have sent back the olive branch as a burning bush, they’re about to suffer the flaming arrows of defeat.

Here’s the last paragraph of the article. It gives me great hope.

Republicans will also be judged by the voters. If they want to obstruct and filibuster while the economy is in free fall, the president should call their bluff and let them go at it. In the first four years after F.D.R. took over from Hoover, the already decimated ranks of Republicans in Congress fell from 36 to 16 in the Senate and from 117 to 88 in the House. The G.O.P. is so insistent that the New Deal was a mirage it may well have convinced itself that its own sorry record back then didn’t happen either.

Do I see a pattern repeating? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Republicans think that by blocking Obama’s initiatives they’ll make themselves out to be the party of sanity and reason.

The reality of it is that by using such obstructionist tactics they’ll demonstrate to the people of this country that the Republican party really is out of touch with reality.

Even at the state levels the Republicans are really pissing people off. I know that here in RI Governor Don Caricieri (R) isn’t the most popular guy. I can pretty much guarantee his successor won’t be a Republican though I have to be honest I’m not much impressed by the candidates I know of on the Democratic side.

And I estimate that it will take anywhere from ten to thirty years for the Republican party to get back on track. That’s about how long it took for the party to be hijacked by the lunatic fringe. It’ll take about that long for it to emerge. I realize my range is a bit broad so I’ll say 15 years. That’s a mighty long time in the political wilderness. Enough time to replace almost the entire Supreme Court.

And in other news, that Republican darling Ken Starr is now promising Obama that he’ll have opposition to Supreme Court nominations because of Obama opposing Bush nominees.

Honestly it’s like watching kids on a playground when it comes to the Republican party.

Here we can watch Senator Lindsey Graham go into minor hysterics against Barbara Boxers opinion of his method as theatrical.

Yep, the wingnut brigage is still in control of the Republican party. Good luck with all that.

The Republican Fiscal Conservative Myth

I’d first direct your attention to this graph which shows spending under the various presidents. One clear trend is that under George W. Bush we see profligate spending that dwarfs even that of Ronald Reagan which is saying something.

Spending Graph

In that spending is the cost of Iraq and Afghanistan. And tell me, why are we still in Afghanistan if we can’t find Osama Bin Laden? I’d lay odds that Bin Laden is living the good life somewhere. His only requirement is to release an audio tape of his threats to keep things lively.

If you’ve read this blog you know what I’d like to do. Just take $100 Billion of the military budget and put it into energy research. That’s all.

But we’ve had seven plus years of the neocon agenda and it should be pretty clear to everyone that it wasn’t in our best interest. Sure there are those thick headed individuals like the letter to the editor writer who insists that Bush is doing a good job. I keep wondering how long he’s had his own head up his ass because it’s impossible not to have heard anything about how badly the Iraq war is going.

But in the end, we do better with Democratic leadership than we do with Republican.

Old Horse Face Is At It Again

Greaty greasy gonads of a non-existent deity! Does Ann Coulter feel that she has to put down those who don’t agree with her at every opportunity?

She was engaged to speak at Indiana University.
During the speech she called one heckler “gay boy”, while at other moments of protest she derided those who came to protest.

The “gay boy” comment was uncalled for. The student simply asked her if we should just dispense with the niceties and go for a full blown dictatorship, to which she responded “You don’t want the Republicans in power, does that mean you want a dictatorship, gay boy?”

And of course the College Republicans had to defend the comment with “”I think the guy could have been more respectful to her,” he said. “I mean, we already know that she was going to be controversial and she was just saying what people were thinking. If you are going to talk like you are gay, then Ann Coulter is going to call you gay. Of course, she said it in a spiteful tone, but it was expected.”

I could go on and on about this bitch. But I’ll let you read further.