Archive for July 28th, 2011

More lectures on fiscal responsibility from deadbeats.

Jul 28, 2011 in Politics

Unlike others who have built up an industry out of it I don’t like to go into psychological speculation about my ideological foes. Ann Coulter has made millions selling books to readers looking for equal servings of self validation and simple explanations to questions like “Why doesn’t everyone just shut up and agree with what I say?” and “conservative” blogs are famous for their obtuse escapades into bullshit psychoanalytic territory. For instance, I recently read on a plankton level blog that liberals are dysfunctional because they didn’t spend enough time sipping lemonade under their grandmother’s willow tree as children. What? That doesn’t sound reasonable to you? Stop it! You’re only laughing because you’re jealous you didn’t think of it first! And so on and so forth.

I am more interested in the disparity between what people say and what they do and since I follow politics there are plenty of opportunities to point and grimace. Some even provide a little “a-ha!” moment where even I can’t help but draw a simple correlation between a persons politics and their personal life. Take this gentleman for example:

Freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, a tax-bashing Tea Party champion who sharply lectures President Barack Obama and other Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife and three children, according to documents his ex-wife filed in their divorce case in December.

“I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!” Walsh says directly into the camera in his viral video lecturing Obama on the need to get the nation’s finances in order.

I know it’s bad manners to point out the difference between a Republican’s actions and words and their defenders would even dare to argue that it’s irrelevant (or even rude) but is it so much to ask that moralizing, finger-wagging, fiscal conservatives pay their bills on time and uphold their obligations to their own flesh and blood?

-m “shrill” g

We’re glad Jon Stewart watches FOX news so we don’t have to.

Jul 28, 2011 in Politics

-hw

The permissive parenting style.

Jul 28, 2011 in Politics

Michael Tomasky has earned some love from me, so I respect even more this incisive skewering of Obama’s “adult in the room” approach. It doesn’t exonerate the snot-nosed brats in the GOP, but adults who let the brats drink whiskey and burn down the house don’t get free passes either.

-hw