After watching the debates and keeping up with Republican policies over the years I’ve noticed a major disconnect between what the things they say they stand for and the things they do.
The first thing that comes to mind is this myth that Republicans support the troops. They support the troops with ribbons and words but not with legislation. The reality is they are for cutting veterans benefits and programs meant to help our service men and women get better educational opportunities in post military life. They support troops as long as they are on the battle field but they don’t want to support them if they come back wounded physically or mentally.
Republicans are fond of promoting an image of President Obama as a gun-wielding, whip-snapping commander imposing his will and placing ropes around business, all in the name of impeding progress. This, however, is far from the truth.
Bloomberg News analyzed regulations imposed under the Obama and Bush administrations, and found that Bush, at this point in his presidency, had actually invoked more regulations than the current president.
Which begs the question: Where were these people when Bush was in office?
Thirty-three months into his presidency, President Obama has signed off on 613 federal regulations, roughly 5 percent less than former president Bush, who had approved 643 new rules at this point.
A few moments during the Republican Tea Party a weeks ago were more than a little disturbing. First was the amount of applause Governor Rick Perry received when it was pointed out he oversaw a record number of executions.
The second came when Rep. Ron Paul was asked a hypothetical health care question.
When did killing people, even those who arguably deserve it, become something worthy of applause? What makes it more disturbing is the fact that at least one of the people executed on Governor Perry’s watch was proven innocent before he was executed.
Rather than pardon or postpone the execution, Governor Perry went out of his way to make sure
Cameron Todd Willingham was executed as scheduled. Perry turned a blind eye to the new evidence to boost the death toll in an effort to look tough on crime. Perry, however, wasn’t the only one in Texas responsible for what should be a crime. Read more
The image of rural America in the public psyche conjures up scenes of the new frontier: pastoral scenes, expansive farmland, tight-knit communities, and unlimited potential. Despite these idyllic stereotypes, people in rural America actually face greater material hardships and greater barriers to opportunity than people living in metro areas. Rural Americans work as many hours but earn far less and are more reliant on Social Security and the safety net to meet basic needs. Putting it plainly, compared to residents of metro areas, they have less education, poorer health, and are less likely to have access to decent affordable housing, public transportation, and quality medical care they can afford.
Just when you thought you’d seen it all. Apparently, Florida Republican Alan West is not a fan of strong women. The reason? Well, they’re responsible for the increase in the deficit for starters. The other reason is they “neuter” American males.
Across the country Republican governors and lawmakers are doing their part in the long term GOP education plan, “Just Say No to Education,” by cutting the education budget for already under funded schools.
In Florida, Governor Rick Scott wants to decrease the education budget by 15 percent which has led to one school district canceling its athletics programs for next year. Florida, however, isn’t the only state trying to race to the bottom of education standards in the country as Texas is planning on cutting $10 billion or so from their education budget
The GOP made it known they intended on launching a full-fledged ass-scratching-waste-of-time-and-taxpayer-money investigation of the various “scandals” within the Obama administration, most of which had been promoted by Faux News over the past couple of years and ultimately proven to be false.
Hey, why not? They did it in the mid-90s with the Clinton Administration. The only alternative to bogus investigations is governing, and we all know the GOP can’t do that (see George W. Bush administration).
“Moving Bush’s memoir to the crime section is childish. That would be a Lee Atwater prank. Grow up.” Those are the words of film critic Roger Ebert, who by the way is also a strong George Bush critic. I respect Ebert tremendously; not only for his work over the years but for his resolve dealing with his personal struggles, losing the ability to speak, etc.
However, I have to respectfully disagree with him here. Moving George Bush’s memoir, “Decision Points,” to the crime section at your local bookstore may be childish, but dammit, it’s the right thing to do.
There’s not much going on in the political world to laugh about these days. Democrats appear primed to lose control of the House, as well as some seats in the Senate. The economy still sucks. And ABC News has picked Andrew Breitbart to headline its election night coverage. Oh joy. What a wonderful world.
But you should still take time to laugh at the situation. It’s so pathetic, it can be nothing but comical.
“It is not enough to be abstinent with other people, you also have to be be abstinent alone. The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery, so you can’t masturbate without lust.”
“I have Daddy issues.”
“Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”
“The NFL should return to the days of segregation. If they let me buy the Rams, I’ll make it a point to only sign white players.”
Could Hillary Clinton finally break through that glass ceiling she cracked in 2008? A recent Gallup poll shows that only 52 percent of Democrats would support President Obama in his re-election bid if Clinton were to challenge him for the Democratic nomination. Thirty-seven percent said they would definitely support Clinton, rather than Obama. Ten percent had “no opinion.”
Although the likelihood of Clinton leaving her Cabinet position and running against her boss is unlikely, anything is possible, particularly if the President continues to compromise and cater to the need of Republicans.