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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Reichert’s AARP Nonsense

Congressman Dave Reichert has been given the lead in the GOP revenge attack on the AARP.  The Republicans simply can’t tolerate an organization that might help senior citizens or –more pointedly– support Democratic candidates and health care reform.

I sent this letter to Congressman Dave Reichert today. 

I read today’s Seattle Times article about your campaign against AARP.  I have three words for you: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.  How does this partisan attack against an organization trying to help retirees do anything for the economy? It’s another distraction and a waste of your time.

Your criticism of AARP is ridiculous.  AARP benefits from health care reform the same way insurance and pharmaceutical companies do.  Are you going to investigate them as well?  Health care reform passed: get over it.  Do something to help the thousands of unemployed people in your district.

Borders: More Corporate Greed

Poor Borders has been unable to figure out a way to survive the evolution from printed books to ebooks.  I shopped at Borders when it was just a single little store in downtown Ann Arbor and I’m sad they may go out of business.  Of course in their bankruptcy filing the Borders executives who were unable to figure out how to survive in the new world of digital publishing want some $8 billion in bonuses for their lack of insight. BTW, Borders employees haven’t had a pay raise in four years.  It looks like the executives are following the pattern established by the banks who mismanaged the world into the Great Recession and reaped massive bonuses as a reward for their incompetence.

 

The G.O.P. Attack on Democracy

It’s a scary time in America.  The most conservative elements of the Republican Party have moved on three fronts to fundamentally alter our way of life in frightening ways.  Led by Wisconsin, the GOP is continuing its campaign to literally make labor unions illegal.  We also learned this week of plans in several states to prohibit college students from voting.  And then there was Senator Peter King’s hearing questioning why more Americans aren’t informing on their friends and neighbors.

Who could imagine such attacks on the work of people like John L. Lewis, Cesar Chavez and  Martin Luther King, Jr.?  Or that only forty years after its ratification, we would see efforts to circumvent the 26th Amendment?

Even George Will Knows Huckabee is Nutso

I don’t often agree with conservative pundit George Will.  However, in his Sunday Washington Post commentary on the recent bizarre statements about President Obama’s childhood years from misters Huckabee and Gingrich, the always articulate Will observes:

“… the Republican winnowing process is far advanced. But the nominee may emerge much diminished by involvement in a process cluttered with careless, delusional, egomaniacal, spotlight-chasing candidates to whom the sensible American majority would never entrust a lemonade stand, much less nuclear weapons. 

GOP is All about Jobs and the Deficit? Ahhh, Not So Much

Last fall the Republicans campaigned on job creation and deficit reduction.  These are issues the American People wanted addressed.  In a July 2010 Pew Research Center poll 80% of respondents said it was very important for Congress to pass legislation to address the job situation followed by deficit reduction at 71%.  Instead the Party of No has focused on anti-abortion legislation, trying to overturn the Health Care law, and defunding National Public Radio.  Oh and there’s the big debate about compostable spoons in the House dining room.

So now that all those critical issues are taken care of, Speaker Boehner is turning his energies to forcing the Justice Department to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts. I guess those 13 million unemployed folks will just have to wait a few more months while the GOP attends to the needs of their homophobic constituents first.

“This is nothing more than a distraction from our most pressing challenges” such as creating jobs and reducing the federal deficit.    —Nancy Pelosi


Huckabee Clarifies his Comments on Single Moms… With more Misinformation

Well, it’s official: Mike Huckabee is a pathological liar.  On his political action committee web site the ex-governor issued additional comments to clarify his statement about Natalie Portman and single moms.  And lo and behold he just repeats the same misinformation that he set forth earlier in the week:

“My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death.”

As I noted earlier all of this is pure nonsense, far from any “statistical reality.”

Gov. Huckabee–The Fantasies Continue

Mike Huckabee‘s march through the strange world of conservative talk radio continued in an interview with Michael Medved where the Bible-thumping ex-governor offered his profoundly inaccurate thoughts about single mothers. Commenting on actress Natalie Portman, Mr. Huckabee said:

“Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care.”

Once again, the fallen-away governor let’s his personal judgments obscure the facts. Only about one-quarter of single mothers live in poverty and receive any form of government assistance. Nearly 80% are employed. And single moms have the same educational levels as married mothers.

So the stupendously uninformed Mr. Huckabee is wrong, wrong and wrong.  Let us pray that this nut-case doesn’t become president.

Huckabee Delusions Part II

Governor Huckabee just can’t stop himself from manufacturing an alternate universe to fit his hyper-conservative views.  In an interview with radio talk show host Bryan Fischer, the governor opined that Mr. Obama “has a different worldview and I think it’s, in part, molded out of a very different experience. Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings and, you know, our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas.”

This goofball can’t speak a single sentence without making something up.  Most of us did not grow up “going to Boy Scouts.”  Whatever virtues the Scouts may impart to young men, membership in Scouting has been declining for the last thirty years and has never topped 20% of eligible males at its peak.  So at least 80% of U.S. were never Boy Scouts.  And the President was never a student in any madrassas.

NFL vs. Teachers

What a perversion of priorities?  While governors are busy blaming state employees for decades of mismanagement by pension fund managers, NFL players with an average salary of $1.8 million are threatening to strike if they don’t get a bigger share of owners’ profits.  How is it that it’s OK for some of the wealthiest people in the country to unionize and bargain collectively but folks who touch our lives every day like teachers, refuse workers, bus drivers, firemen, etc., should settle for whatever some fat cat politicians decide to give them?

Presidential Wannabe Huckabee: Stunningly Uninformed or Just Lying?

Huckabee talking about Pres. Obama

Did you know that GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was born the love-child of Imelda Marcos and Mao Zedong and has an irrepressible shoe fetish?  Not really, of course. I just made it up.  Just like Mr. Huckabee manufactured the childhood background of President Obama in an interview with radio station WOR.

“One thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American,” Huckabee said….

“If you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather,” Huckabee added.

None of this of course is remotely true. The President grew up in Hawaii, didn’t set foot in Kenya until he was 20 years old, and barely knew his father.

But in the true Republican spirit of things, if you don’t know or like the facts, make stuff up.  And this nutcase wants to be President!