ihatepeacocks: Oh Republicans, you were so close to 2 full weeks, so close.
ihatepeacocks: Oh Republicans, you were so close to 2 full weeks, so close.
Now I realize that many if not most of the anti-union protesters bussed into Madison yesterday to ‘counter-protest’ on behalf of Gov. Walker were from K Street and were paid operatives of Freedom Works or Americans For Prosperity or other similar groups (just Google “I stand with Walker” or “counter protests in Madison” and they all show up).
But if there were any “real” Mr and Mrs Billy Bobs who squeezed themselves inside the doors of the Tea Party buses, wearing ALL their flag apparel, intending to wave their misspelled signs around Madison for free — then, quite frankly, those people have finally revealed that they aren’t coming out of that coma anytime soon.
Haven’t teabaggers claimed (since Obama was sworn in as POTUS) that they want LESS government? Yet there they were in Madison, SUPPORTING A GOVERNOR, SUPPORTING THE GOVERNMENT, angrily protesting their fellow citizens who are members of labor unions and who are attempting to uphold their rights of negotiation. Teabaggers protesting union members who won’t take the blame for a deficit that Gov. Walker spent their state into, on special interests, in less than 2 months.
Corporate interests like Koch Industries couldn’t hope for better Useful Idiots than these Fox-News-watching, Palin-and-Beck-loving, not-racists-but-where’s-the-birth-certificate-screaming “patriots” who can be counted on to protest and campaign and vote against their own interests each and every time. It’s Pavlovian.
Or as Rush would say, thousands of ’parasites‘ came out of the woodwork.
“Today in America, unions have a secure place in our industrial life. Only a handful of reactionaries harbor the ugly thought of breaking unions and depriving working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice. I have no use for those – regardless of their political party – who hold some vain and foolish dream of spinning the clock back to days when organized labor was huddled, almost as a hapless mass. Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice.” — President Dwight Eisenhower
“I must tell those who fail to report for duty this morning, they are in violation of the law, and if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated.” – Ronald Reagan fires most of the 13,000 air traffic controllers who went on strike, 08/05/1981.
“All the parasites of government are now coming out of the woodwork — and that’s exactly what they are, parasites.” – Rush Limbaugh on 02/17/2011, referring to union members protesting in Wisconsin.
Rachel Maddow uses John Boehner’s own words to demonstrate what a clueless buffoon he is.
Boehner wants to raise the social security retirement age to 70 for those who have at least 20 years left before retirement. It’s a “step that needs to be taken.” Why? To fund the wars.
Rachel Maddow, John Boehner, GOP, Republicans, retirement age, video
Rundown of Louisiana and Bobby Jindal oil spill failures, via Jed Lewison:
- The state’s oil spill coordinator’s office has had its budget slashed by 50% over the last decade.
- Last year, Jindal cut funding from the state’s oil spill research program.
- The state’s oil spill contingency plan’s include “pages of blank charts that are supposed to detail available supplies of equipment like oil-skimming vessels.” A plan for a worst-case scenario was labeled “to be developed.”
- Before Jindal decided to attack the Federal response, state officials signed off on all Coast Guard response plans.
- Jindal, who raged at the Federal government for not having enough boom, requested three times as much boom as the state’s plan had called for — and 50% more boom than existed in the entire nation.
More Jindal FAIL:
Seems to me that on the Sarah Palin stupid meter, with Palin being a “10,” Jindal is averaging a high 8. What do you think?
Here’s Nevada Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle, saying that the unemployed are “spoiled.”
The GOP sure is raising up quite a crop of canny politicians this year.
JD Hayworth, the “true” conservative (i.e. teabagger) running against “Maverick” McCain in AZ, was a celebrity endorser of “free” government grant money in 2007. TPM has the video: Take a look.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell asked a U.S. judge to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico within 30 days to avoid “turning an environmental disaster into an economic catastrophe.”
So yeah. Jindal wants new oil rigs now. No need to take a second look at necessary safety precautions. Just GO! GO! GO!
When asked yesterday on ABC’s This Week about Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) accusation that the White House engaged in a “shakedown” of BP, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel noted the remark was “not a political gaffe,” but rather a statement based on “prepared remarks.” He linked Barton’s comments to the GOP’s “larger philosophy,” saying it “is an approach to what they see. They see the aggrieved party here is BP, not the fisherman. And remember, this is not just one person.”
Conservative pundit Sarah Palin quickly blasted Emanuel’s comments on Twitter:
Regarding Joe Barton’s apology to BP this week, this morning White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told Jake Tapper on ABC’s This Week:
“That is an approach — they see the aggrieved party here as BP, not the fishermen. Remember, this is not just one person. Rand Paul running for Senate in Kentucky. What did he say?
He said, the way BP was being treated was un-American. Other members of the Republican leadership have come to the defense of BP and attacked the administration for forcing them to set up an escrow account and fund it to the level of $20 billion. These aren’t political gaffes,” Emanuel continued.
“I think what Joe Barton did is remind the American people, in case they forgot, this is how Republicans would govern,” he said.
*BP 114 = 114 members of the Republican Study Committee opposed to the president’s $20-billion escrow fund for oil spill victims.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Wednesday warned the Obama administration against using oil giant BP as a ‘permanent ATM card’ and more broadly alleged there are increasing federal efforts to “take over private industry.”…
Bachmann said on the CNN program “John King, USA” that BP must pay for damages, but added, “We don’t want these payouts to become political.”
“We don’t think it’s a good idea for the federal government to see private industry as essentially a piggy bank for the federal government,” she said.
NYDailyNews: Barton is also one of Big Oil’s biggest boosters and once touted off-shore drilling as so advanced it can function around the clock “without so much as losing a gum wrapper over the side of the platform.”
Before his election to Congress, Barton was an executive with ARCO, which was later acquired by BP.
He has taken $1.4 million in campaign contributions from the industry since 1989, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
“I apologize for using the term ‘shakedown’ with regard to yesterday’s actions at the White House in my opening statement this morning, and I retract my apology to BP. As I told my colleagues yesterday and said again this morning, BP should bear the full financial responsibility for the accident on their lease in the Gulf of Mexico. BP should fully compensate those families and businesses that have been hurt by this accident. BP and the federal government need to stop the leak, clean up the damage, and take whatever steps necessary to prevent a similar accident in the future.
“I regret the impact that my statement this morning implied that BP should not pay for the consequences of their decisions and actions in this incident.”
You know the $20 billion dollar fund that BP agreed to finance, to pay for damages resulting from their oil disaster on the Gulf? Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) apologized to BP this morning, saying the fund was a “$20 billion shakedown.”
“I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) during a hearing on Thursday morning with BP’s CEO Tony Hayward. “I think it is a tragedy in the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown — in this case a $20 billion shakedown — with the attorney general of the United States, who is legitimately conducting a criminal investigation and has every right to do so to protect the American people, participating in what amounts to a $20 billion slush fund that’s unprecedented in our nation’s history, which has no legal standing, which I think sets a terrible precedent for our nation’s future.”
“I’m only speaking for myself. I’m not speaking for anyone else, but I apologize,” Barton added. “I do not want to live in a county where anytime a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, [it is] subject to some sort of political pressure that, again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown.”
…Several members of the GOP have rushed to distance themselves from Barton’s comments, with Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) actually calling for Barton to resign his committee post.
Nate Silver finds that Anadarko Petroleum has given nearly $150,000 to Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) – $56,500 in PAC donations and another $90,000 in individual contributions.
It turns out Anadarko is also BP’s partner on the site where the massive oil leak occurred, and according to Dow Jones, has already been invoiced by BP for its share of the clean up costs.
Bob Cesca: Damn you, President Obama, for not calling the Dutch to build a dyke at the bottom of the ocean.
For the record, the government did accept the assistance of foreign countries, including skimmers and boom from Mexico, three sets of Koseq sweeping arms from the Dutch, and eight Norwegian skimming systems. Palin is whining that the administration didn’t do what the administration has already done.
Ah, yes. The “old proverbial” can’t even get a phone call back.