The Shutdown – Want to do it Again?

The Shutdown – Want to do it Again?
by
Dave Speck

If you like wasting money and want to throw another $20,000,000,000 of our tax dollars away for another political stunt, then all you have to do is… well… nothing. Do nothing and it will happen again.

The only way to stop this Republican crazy train is to get out there an get involved. Talk to people. I know, it’s hard to talk to someone who has been poisoned by the Conservative media, but you have to get involved. For America’s sake, we have to all get out there and talk to everyone we can. Believe me, most Republicans are as pissed about the Republican political stunt as are the Democrats.

And, if we don’t keep this topic alive, come election day, the Republican voters will forget about how upsetting this is and they’ll be lulled back to sleep by their media. If we don’t keep this alive, then the Republicans will get back in power and they will keep trying this stunt over and over again, 20 billion at a time.

“What,” you say, “it’s only a measly 20 billion dollars.” Yes, that’s about what all this cost this time. That’s roughly $100 a piece. $100 from your taxes and $100 from mine. If they had gotten their way and defaulted on our country’s debt, it would have been in the trillions because our huge debt would become intolerably expensive as our cost to borrow money skyrockets from our bad credit.

And, just think what we could have spent that 20 billion on. Free college tuition. Free health care. We could have even paid it on our national debt. But, no, it was wasted on a juvenile political stunt, and not the first one, and not the last — that is, unless we all get involved and get the crazies out of the Republican party or get the Republicans out of power.

Believe me, America would be better off with a sane Republican party than without any sane challenge to the Democrats.

Why Obama Shouldn’t Bargain

Why Obama Shouldn’t Bargain
Matthew K.

If you’re wondering why Obama isn’t negotiating with the Tea Baggers in the House of Representatives, you haven’t been paying attention.

The budget that the Republicans are holding hostage is the same budget they’ve been holding hostage all along. The negotiations are over. Got that? Remember Boehner saying he got 98% of what he wanted? Remember the last hostage taking when the Tea Party got their sequester that we’re still suffering through? Remember when Obama said, “nothing is off the table?” Remember those times?

That is when we were in negotiations. The budget has since been agreed to, the Tea Baggers got 98% of what they want, and now, they threaten harm to our country and our government and our economy if they can’t extract even more concessions, now, long after the negotiations have been finished.

This is just like someone negotiating to buy your house and then after you’ve agreed on a price, they come back and say, give me more or I’ll burn your house down.

This is not an attempt by the Republicans to negotiate in good faith. This is nothing less than a power grab. They got away with bullying Obama last time and just like a schoolyard bully, they’re sure they can get away with it again.

Obama set an extremely bad precedent by allowing them to bully him last time and now he’s paying the price. And he will continue to pay one ransom after another until he has nothing left to offer or until he stands up straight and looks them in the eyes and says this isn’t how a democracy operates. And, thankfully, it looks like he and America have finally learned our lesson.

Hey Tea Baggers. Negotiations are over. Pay for the things that America has agreed to and quit holding our country hostage.

Why is the US Government Still Shut Down?

Why is the US Government Still Shut Down?
by
Matthew K.

Why haven’t the Republicans in the House put an end to the sequester that is strangling our economy?
Why haven’t they stopped the government shutdown?
What will they do when the debt ceiling needs to be raised to pay for the bills and laws that the Republicans passed?

It should be blatantly obvious to anyone by now that things are going EXACTLY as the Republicans have planned. They are perfectly happy to keep the government out of business. They will be happy when the poor starve and the middle class become the poor and the billionaires own the entire country and our government. That would be a good day for them and their owners.

This isn’t hyperbole. This is real. This is exactly what the rich want. No government oversight. No education for an informed electorate, no funds for the EPA so they can dump their poisons in our lakes and in our air, no taxes to pay for the poor or the retired or the sick. No taxes for Obamacare.

Is any of this good for Americans? Is any of this good for a Democracy? Of course not.

It’s time, today, to start a recall petition of every single Republican who doesn’t stand up to the tea party.

If we don’t make our stand right, now, today, it will be too late to save this country. The wolves have us by the throat and we’re all too busy watching TV to even care. Maybe we get exactly what we deserve.

OR

Maybe we’re starting to wake up. Maybe we’re seeing the insanity of the billionaires and their Tea Party. Maybe we’re getting Mad As Hell and We’re Not Going To Take This Anymore.

Get out in the street. Get out there and start talking to everyone you know. We have to fix this today, for tomorrow will be too late.

Give a Mouse a Cookie

Give a Mouse a Cookie
Dave Speck

Mouse Cookie

What happens if you give a mouse a cookie? Simple!! He’ll demand a glass of milk.

If we give in to the demands of the Tea Party, there is no end to the demands they will force upon America. Our first and only answer must be, not only no, but hell no!

This is still a democracy.

It’s Not a Horse Race

It’s Not a Horse Race

Matthew K.

I read this on today’s news:

Both sides are making it clear today that they take the partial shutdown of the federal government seriously.

House Speaker John Boehner, in calling for talks with the White House, said, “This isn’t some damn game.”

This is such an obvious example of our broken and harmful news media in America. These opening statements in the news article imply that both sides are “serious” but there is no mention of the actual facts.

The Democrats in Congress provided a budget proposal to the Republicans almost six months ago and the Republicans have refused to bring it up for a discussion or a vote. They refused, even though Boehner said he got 98% of everything he wanted. The budget even included the economy-destroying sequester the Republicans want.

So to rephrase this, the Democrats gave the Republican everything they wanted and now the Republicans refuse to accept that and demand even more.

Then the worthless press publishes articles like this implying that somehow the Democrats weren’t being serious before.

This kind of unprofessional, childish news reporting is just as harmful to our country as the corrupt politicians and the tea bagger billionaires who own them.

Hey, news industry. Wake up! You’re poisoning our country.