Tuesday, March 2, 2010
What Do The Republicans Want? They Want To Take Away Everything That You Have, Including Your Freedom.
What do the Republicans want? It's not such a secret. Republicans are pro-business, and anti-people. If a business has to pay taxes, Republicans weep big tears. But if individual working people and their children get sick and die because they cannot afford healthcare, Republicans do not care one bit. A lot of Democratic politicians basically support these Republican policies and have the same attitudes. These are policies that harm this country and harm the people. Anybody who votes Republican should ask your favorite politicians, and they will tell you. What I've said here is true.
1. Republicans want to end Social Security.
2. Republicans want to end Medicare.
3. Republicans want to end minimum wage.
4. Republicans want to end overtime pay.
5. Republicans want to end any restrictions on the number of immigrants they can bring into the country to take Americans' jobs.
6. Republicans want to end public education. If people want their kids to be educated, people will have to send the kids to private religious schools, and pay for it out of their own pockets.
7. Republicans want Americans to live just like in the words of the old Tennessee Ernie Ford song, "16 Tons": "You load 16 tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go. I owe my soul to the company store." In this case, the "company store" would include Walmart, Blue Cross, and the banks. People would work every day and every day would be another day older and deeper in debt, because they will not earn enough to pay for housing, food, medical care, clothing, so they will run a tab, use credit cards, owe more every day of their lives. Their kids will have to pay for their funerals on credit. Born poor and die in debt. Grab a shovel and start digging the hole you're about to fall into.
8. Republicans want to steal every single thing that belongs to our country -- the water, the trees, the parks, the highways, the schools, the hospitals -- and sell them off to the hedge fund criminals who have stolen our money and are hiding it offshore, just waiting to swoop back in and buy everything at a firesale price.
9. The Republicans want to eradicate the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. There is another gun case before the Supreme Court. I expect the Gang of Four will rule that everyone can shoot anyone else, no consequences. Of as much concern, there is a tobacco case going up before the Supreme Court, and I'm actually afraid they might order us all to start smoking again.
10. Republicans want no unemployment compensation, no Cobra. They would prefer that we all become day laborers, standing on a streetcorner hoping to get a days' work, because a desperate workforce is an obedient workforce. Witness the Senator from the Lung Cancer State of Kentucky, Jim Bunning, who is blocking all efforts to provide an extension to unemployment compensation for the tens of millions of Americans who are out of work. You think this guy Bunning is a dick? Certainly he is. But more importantly, he's a Republican. And everything he is doing is consistent with Republican policies.
For example, he loves the tobacco industry, and does not care one bit that it has killed millions of Americans. Here's a statement from Senator Bunning's own website opposing any efforts to have the FDA regulate tobacco: ‘FDA Has No Business On The Family Farm”
Thursday, June 11, 2009
"Whatever the opponents of tobacco say, there is no denying that this bill will place unnecessary mandates and expenses on our farmers in an effort to punish the big tobacco companies. This sweeping legislation would drastically increase the FDA’s regulatory authority outside of the scope of original Congressional intent. It is nothing more than an attempt to eliminate our national tobacco industry.
"In Kentucky, the family farm is the foundation for who we are as a state. For over a century, the family farm in Kentucky has centered around one crop -- tobacco. We are proud of our heritage and proud that tobacco plays a role in our history. ... But at the end of the day, nothing brings as much of a return to the small farmer in Kentucky as tobacco. Its big business for our small farmers. http://bunning.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=NewsCenter.NewsReleases&ContentRecord_id=d0bc73bb-d4c4-9a09-c5c7-1306855a8604&Region_id=&Issue_id=bce6396b-7497-419a-af97-a875654414f4
During Bunning's reelection campaign in 2004, he accused his Democratic opponent of physically assaulting Bunning's wife, leaving her black and blue, and then said the Democrat looked like one of Saddam Hussein's sons. Many people questioned his mental stability, and two newspapers called for him to step down.
When it came time for a debate in that campaign, Bunning refused to appear, instead only agreeing to appear by television, with him inside the Republican national headquarters. Did he have someone whispering the answers into his ear so he wouldn't appear so deranged? No telling, because he also refused to allow any independent person inside the room to monitor the proceedings. He also insisted the debate take place in the middle of the afternoon, and forbade it to be rebroadcast in whole or in part.
Bunning also received a nice campaign donation from that convicted felon Jack Abramoff.
So, is he crazy? Mentally unstable? Arrogant and mean? Yes. But most important, he is is a Republican.