Archive for August 10th, 2010

The difficulty of being a slightly sane Republican.

Aug 10, 2010 in Clueless Conservatives, Crazy Tea Party People

Don’t adjust your monitor:

It was the middle of a tough primary contest, and Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) had convened a small meeting with donors who had contributed thousands of dollars to his previous campaigns. But this year, as Inglis faced a challenge from tea party-backed Republican candidates claiming Inglis wasn’t sufficiently conservative, these donors hadn’t ponied up. Inglis’ task: Get them back on the team. “They were upset with me,” Inglis recalls. “They are all Glenn Beck watchers.” About 90 minutes into the meeting, as he remembers it, “They say, ‘Bob, what don’t you get? Barack Obama is a socialist, communist Marxist who wants to destroy the American economy so he can take over as dictator. Health care is part of that. And he wants to open up the Mexican border and turn [the US] into a Muslim nation.'” Inglis didn’t know how to respond.

It used to be that if you said George W. Bush was an idiot who invaded Iraq on false premises you were accused of Bush Derangement Syndrome.

Some days, I tell ya…

Anyway, it’s a good tale of another conservative hitting a roadblock of frustration with the stupid and crazy that is today’s GOP base. Should be happening to Dana over at CPST any day now…

-hw

This is how you do it, cont.

Aug 10, 2010 in Economy, Outstanding Democrats

The House passed a bill Tuesday afternoon providing $26.1 billion to cash-strapped state governments, and preventing roughly 161,000 teachers and 158,000 public works employees from being laid off. The vote was 247-161.

And from the loyal opposition:

Republicans derided the measure as a transparent handout to teachers’ unions, a key Democratic political constituency, and argued that it will be no more successful at restoring the nation’s economic health than was the massive stimulus package President Obama signed soon after taking office last January.

“This is a bailout. This is another bailout. . . . Let’s not do this!” yelled Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.). “We’re facing almost a $1.5 trillion budget deficit. America, please, please, wake up. And remember in November.”

In a midafternoon vote, the House approved the measure 247 to 161, with most Republicans voting no. The Senate had already signed off on the package.

Keeping teachers in classrooms, health care workers in clinics, and other folks serving the public interest employed couldn’t have merit on its own, could it?

With the start of school just a few weeks away, most school systems were not counting on increased federal aid this summer as they set their staffing plans in motion. Across the country, class sizes have been on the rise, school bus routes have been cut and a plethora of programs, including summer school, arts and physical education and health and counseling services, have been cut back. Some school systems even trimmed the length of the school year to make ends meet.

Nobody could genuinely believe this bill would be one of the best uses of federal funds in the past two years. Right?

Congrats to the Democrats for a real win. Now appoint Elizabeth Warren and let’s have some fun campaigning in September and October…

-hw

This is high drama.

Aug 10, 2010 in We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

If we’re going to have tabloid stories pass for journalism, I say this one has all the drama of any Oscar nominated movie. Next, a beautiful woman man has to find this guy and teach him optimism through a combination of sex and good advice.

-hw

p.s. Yes, this post has a secret librul agenda. Nah, I’m just kidding. It’s a blatant one. But seriously, I just felt this guy’s plight. Who can’t relate to this?