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Warning: Political Rant!!

Are they really this stupid?  Is that even possible?  Does Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota not realize that in rehabilitating ATV and recreational trails in national monuments and parks we are creating necessary work for people who have no jobs?  Does Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas not understand that in renovating government buildings and schools we are, again, creating jobs?  Does Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona (who really ought to know better) not understand that the purchase of new government vehicles provided for in the stimulus package is actually a program to replace gas guzzlers with hybrids?  Does he not get the fact that the cars would be American-made, that the purchase would help out our ailing auto industry, and that, yes, again, this might stimulate the hiring of workers in manufacturing positions?

Are Congressional Republicans truly so stupid that they don't understand the purpose of the stimulus bill?!  Is some of it make-work, jobs created for the sake of creating jobs?  Absolutely!  That's the point.  600,000 people lost jobs LAST MONTH!  Well over 3 million have lost jobs in the past year.  They don't care that the jobs created by the stimulus package might not be exactly the kind of jobs the GOP had in mind.  It's work.  It's a paycheck.  It's a chance to feed hungry kids, pay a utility bill, or meet a mortgage deadline.

Do Congressional Republicans not understand that they lost the election in November?  Barack Obama received 53% of the vote; he beat McCain in the electoral college 365 to 173.  He beat John McCain by 9 million votes.  Democrats in Congress increased their majorities in both houses.  This happened because people rejected eight years of disastrous economic policy, because people realized that massive tax cuts for the wealthy and an economy based on a "Don't Ask, Don't Look" approach to deregulation doesn't work.  For eight long years the Republicans ran this country, squandering a budget surplus and running up the largest deficits in history.  And now suddenly John McCain and John Thune and Sam Brownback are the apostles of fiscal discipline?  I don't think so.

More to the point, do the Democrats not realize that they won???!!!  The Republicans are peddling retreads from the Bush years:  tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts, and nothing for the working poor.  Yes, support for the stimulus bill has slipped, but it's still above 50%.  Memo to Harry Reid:  Grow some balls you emasculated little twit!! If the Republicans won't support the bill, insist on a vote anyway.  If they threaten a filibuster, LET THEM FILIBUSTER!!  Let them go on C-SPAN and CNN and MSNBC and the rest, on the same day that the Labor Department released the worst jobs report in decades, and tie the Senate in knots so that they don't have to pass a stimulus bill that creates jobs.  Let them explain that to the American people.  Can you say permanent minority party?

To the Democrats:  Govern for Chrissake!!  You won the freakin' election; now act like it!

To the Republicans:  Lend a hand or get out of the way!  But don't fuck around with my life so that you can score cheap political points!

There, I feel better now....

Comments

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jer_bear711
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Wow. But more than that: Amen.

I wish every registered Democrat--or even just those who donated to the DNC or a Democratic campaign last year--could vote for Senate Majority Leader. Reid would be out on his sorry little ass in an instant. Let someone from a true blue state be Majority Leader, so they don't have to worry about angering the wingnuts back home. Daschle's defeat was a major trophy for the Republicans in '04. It would never happen to Schumer or Mikulski or Boxer or Durbin. All of them have more steel in their nail clippings than Reid has in his entire body, mind, and soul.
davidbcoe
Feb. 7th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
I think leaving it to the rank and file to vote for majority leader (and Speaker, for that matter) is a great idea. Thanks for the comment, Jeri. Looking forward to seeing you at ConCarolinas and being about to rant about this stuff over beers.
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arhyalon
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
The weird thing about a friend's list is that your post is right next to a post that is calling for the opposite reaction. Kinda funny. ;-)
davidbcoe
Feb. 7th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I can see the humor in that, I suppose. But right now I'm not feeling terribly charitable toward the other side...
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kmarkhoover
Feb. 7th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
We won, but Reid and Pelosi still act as if we lost
I just went fucking ballistic on this on my own blog. I feel your pain, brother.

Barack Obama will be a wonderful president as long as he isn't stabbed in the back by Reid and Pelosi. You know how Republicans are going to act. You can always plan for that. But you expect your own party to have your back.

That's laughable given how Reid and Pelosi act.

davidbcoe
Feb. 7th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Re: We won, but Reid and Pelosi still act as if we lost
Thanks for the comment, my friend. I'll be stoppin gby your blog in a moment....
hedwig_snowy
Feb. 7th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Harry Reid: Would have to buy some as you can't grow back what you never had.

Should have called it a jobs bill from the start.

If the GOP hates this so much, make them filibuster it. Have John McCain trolling around the Senate floor at 4 am in his $5k pajamas and make them whine and oppose a jobs bill. This ain't Mr Smith Goes to Washington....

And what is with the media and putting on GOP distortion/truth-contortionists 3-1 over Dems? And where are the house Dems that voted for it? They should be on every show all the way from Lehrer to Sesame Street...even O'Reilly (who is slightly less informed than Big Bird) and touting this!

The scoop is that calls to Congress were running 100-1 against. That's what propaganda will do for you. Even if someone is losing their house and job, if the party leaders say the Lord wants them to jump, they'll jump. Pathetic.

Cathartic ain't it?
davidbcoe
Feb. 7th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Yeah. Sounds now like they've agreed to something, but it's not going to be enough, and we're going to be doing this again in six months.

Edited at 2009-02-07 02:03 am (UTC)
crazywritergirl
Feb. 7th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Yup, we were separated at birth. I was ranting over breakfast and supper over these very topics. Is there something in the air in D.C. that causes this kind of terminal stupidity?
davidbcoe
Feb. 7th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
If only it were terminal. At least then we'd get some turnover....
scbutler
Feb. 7th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Don't forget that Obama is trying to heal as well as run things. And he's got conservative Dems to deal with as well. Looks like they just passed something, which is what I'm guessing Obama was gunning for all along. Since we don't have a parliamentary system (for which I'm thankful), you have to give and take to get things done in Congress. It's always imperfect, but usually an imperfection of moderation rather than extremes.

And this is only the beginning, I'm sure.
davidbcoe
Feb. 7th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
Absolutely, Sam. Obama has to be the healer, the bipartisan voice. Which is why it's up to his party's Congressional leadership to be strong. That's the part that's not working out so well...
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markwise
Feb. 7th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
I believe the Republican's argument is that yes, those things create jobs; but they create jobs a year/two years down the road. We are in need of something more direct and more immediate. Also, there are things tacked to this bill that are great things to support (school lunch program etc) but have nothing to do with economic stimulus. Things like that should be voted upon seperate from an emergency economic stimulus bill.
davidbcoe
Feb. 7th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
You may very well be right, Mark. That could be the argument. But it doesn't wash. Short of direct cash payments to people, there is no way to reach people quickly with this sort of thing. Tax cuts take longer to reach the public, are more likely to be squirreled away in savings, and have been shown by multiple studies to be far less efficient from a stimulative standpoint when measured in terms of dollars "spent" (from a budget standpoint tax cuts are spending, too -- just of a different kind) versus dollars actually infused into the economy. Some of these jobs programs were chosen (like trail rehab and gov't building renovations) exactly because they ARE shovel-ready, as oppsed to larger infrastructure projects which may be more necessary, but are also more planning intensive.

Thanks for the comment. I figured I'd be hearing from you eventually. ;)

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sizztheseed
Feb. 7th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
IT'S OK, IT'S OK, just breathe gently. In, Out. In. Out. Better? Good.

Don't worry. This is just the denial stage. Soon the impunity will drain out of their toxic little GOP systems and they'll suffer the cold sweats and convulsions of life in the wilderness....
davidbcoe
Feb. 7th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
One can only hope. I'm of the opinion (as I wrote to Sam above) that you strike when you can. The Repugs might move on to the next stage, as you say. Or they might see how weak Reid and Pelosi are and grow bolder, stronger. I guess we'll see. Thanks for the comment, Sizz. Love the image.
jp_davis
Feb. 8th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Word.
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