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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I Wish Every Voter in America Would Read This One Paragraph Before the Midterm Elections

Posted by on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

And it's even a short paragraph, from Dana Milbank's Washington Post column:

Congress has passed just 56 public laws this year, for a total of 121 since the beginning of 2013. This virtually guarantees the current Congress will be the least productive in history, well behind the “do nothing” Congress of 1948, which passed more than 900 bills. And many of the 121 bills are not exactly weighty (H.R. 1071: “To specify the size of the precious-metal blanks that will be used in the production of the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.”)

The goal of Teabaggy Republicans is to strip the government down to its most basic parts (except for the military, and the parts of government that enforce and protect evangelical Christianity). If they can't accomplish those goals with a Democratic Senate and a Democrat in the White House, they'll do nothing, instead, and let the nation argue itself to death until they can seize all three branches of government and really get to work. As far as plans go, it's a solid one. It's working. And the midterm elections are only going to reward their behavior.


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Max Solomon 1
the gerrymandering after the 2010 census rewards their behavior. but eventually they'll all die off, just like dick cheney and antonin scalia.

it's taking too long though
Posted by Max Solomon on July 2, 2014 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Dick Cheney will never die. They've replaced his heart with a mechanical construct that only needs charging once a year, guaranteeing that as long as Walter Reed has electricity Cheney will live, snarling benignly at friend and foe alike and loving his daughters publicly but not necessarily their wives. Undoubtedly, Scalia will qualify for the same innovative but successful replacement when his own heart finally gives out. Ah, the wonders of modern medicine.
Posted by Calpete on July 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM · Report this
Considering the laws they would have passed if they could have this is probably for the best.
Posted by MikeB on July 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM · Report this
Tea-baggers don't have to do anything. They got the Supreme Court carrying water for them now so even if they grind the legislative branch to a shuddering halt, the judicial branch will keep the reactionary agenda moving forward.
Posted by screed on July 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 5
What 3 said. I think America is afraid of the harm Congress does. And considering their actions tend toward benefitting large corporations I'm not sure I disagree. A D is better than an R in office, but I wouldn't trust either one.

Anyone have a way out of this mess?
Posted by Matt the Engineer on July 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 6

Follow California's lead and utterly crush the Republican Party.

Not that I think the Democrats are sunshine and rainbows, but they actually *govern*.
Posted by keshmeshi on July 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 7
Keep on fuckin’ that chicken, KKKongriss.
Posted by Original Andrew on July 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM · Report this
Throw in that they're counting on this frustration with Congress ("a pox on both their houses") to drive up voter apathy so their votes count even more.
Posted by NotYourStrawMan on July 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 9
@ 5,

The only reason not to support the violent overthrow of the US gummit is that whatever sadistic, psychopathic, screeching, orc-like, Big Mac-sucking, teabag demons replaced it would be a bajillion times worse.

And even that prediction may be absurdly optimistic.
Posted by Original Andrew on July 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 11

Your party is the fascistic one, fuckstick. Once you've been decimated, feel free to revamp yourself into something that isn't a joke. Until then, fuck off.
Posted by keshmeshi on July 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM · Report this
@11 The Republicans will revamp themselves once they start losing elections on a regular basis.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on July 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 13
@6 There are a handful of great D's in office. But it's not the party, it's the system. Money wins elections, and deals are made based on that. It doesn't matter if you replace the entire system with Socialists (and good luck with that), the lobbyists will still find ways of getting their backers special deals.

I'm looking for solutions at the system level, not the number of red or blue badges in Congress.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on July 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 14
Republicans are turning their incoherent, hateful ideology against each other in Mississippi and it's a real pleasure to watch.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM · Report this
Dougsf 15
@5 - I've resigned to agree with this as well. Gridlock seems to be the only form of moderation this backwards congress knows. I certainly don't know what the fix is, but I can tell you I'd like to see our electeds publicly shamed more often for seemingly commonplace shenanigans like campaigning and fundraising instead of doing their jobs, voting on bills they haven't read or don't understand, adding unrelated riders to bills, and .... oh God I've got a lot of typing energy for someone with a cold. Let's just say "etc."

I don't disagree with @6 either. CA has certainly had its political ups and downs, but it's a place where the fringes can still feel somewhat represented while the center still gets the bulk of the heavy lifting, er... lifted.
Posted by Dougsf on July 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM · Report this
@9: We saw that in effect in Mississippi.

"Heeeeeey black people! I know we've been shitheads forever, but you should vote for me because those other guys are way, way worse."
Posted by themightywoozie on July 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM · Report this
@16 kind of like the message democratic party leaders tell the democratic base...
Posted by screed on July 2, 2014 at 4:10 PM · Report this
@12- they've only won a single presidential, i.e. national, election since 1988. Their congressional majority has a 2 million vote deficit on the Dem minority. They are gerrymandering the shit out of the entire country and are happy to do so. Im not holding my breath for their come-to-jesus moment. It came a LOOOONG time ago but instead of changing they just focused on ridding the country of free elections.
Posted by longball on July 2, 2014 at 4:13 PM · Report this
Fnarf 20
It's sad that this observation got posted on the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the greatest piece of legislation in the history of the country: The Civil Rights Act of 1964. Thank you, LBJ. Shame it's all being rolled back now.
Posted by Fnarf on July 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM · Report this
Republicans - the most of them - are proof that evil masquerades as good. They will not change. To their dying breath it's a resurrection of the white male society of the 1950s. Jesus would puke His guts out if He saw how they despise the marginalized and poor!
Posted by pat L on July 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM · Report this
@1 Bush's operatives who got away with murder, thanks to Obama, will be back. The same way that Cheney and co came back from Reagan's Iran-Contra scandal even though it should have been the end of their political careers, at minimum ..
Posted by anon1256 on July 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM · Report this
Fnarf 23
@22, I think you mean "profited hugely from", not "got away with". Murder has made all of those operatives extremely wealthy men.
Posted by Fnarf on July 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM · Report this
The sad thing is that most Americans blame Congress as a whole, not Republicans. So I hope they *don't* read that paragraph. It just makes them think, "Why bother voting when the politicians won't do their jobs?"

I want American voters to read a paragraph listing the laws Democrats would propose next to the laws Republicans would propose. That's a reason to vote.
Posted by crater on July 2, 2014 at 5:45 PM · Report this
I've always been of the opinion that if you let Islamist extremists actually run a region for a little while, as opposed to just fighting insurgencies against occupations and puppet regimes, they'll tend to cultivate hatred of themselves amongst their own people.

Similarly, I suspect as long as the reactionaries of American politics are seen as the political insurgents, they'll be looked upon more favorably then when they start putting their disastrous policies into effect.

If it weren't for the level of misery waiting to be doled out to the least fortunate among us, maybe it'd be good for America to get a little taste of what these loons have in store for us.
Posted by madcap on July 2, 2014 at 5:56 PM · Report this
@12 - C'mon, sunshine, you know better than that. They've been losing elections regularly and what have they done? Gerrymandered the fuck out of half the states in the country so they could hang onto their seats, that's what they've done. And they're trying to gerrymander the ones they missed the first time around, along with gutting the Voting Rights Act by every trick they can think of. Not an ethical soul in the lot of them, sparky.
Posted by Calpete on July 2, 2014 at 6:42 PM · Report this
raindrop 28
Government should be stripped down to its basic parts. Clinton said the era of big government is over, remember?
Posted by raindrop on July 2, 2014 at 7:58 PM · Report this
raindrop 29
However, that's not to say it is not prudent to tax for spend for the most basic parts of government and to implement them with the utmost efficiency and comprehensiveness.
Posted by raindrop on July 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM · Report this
@29 Yeah well unfortunately the Republican party chose to ignore Eisenhower's warning and instead ran with the Reagan plan. i.e. Cut taxes/revenue, ramp up military spending.

G.H.W. Bush, Clinton and the Dems fixed that problem sort of.

Then under G.W. Bush the Republicans doubled down with, cut taxes/revenue even more, start two wars and place them off the books.

Republicans suck at conservative fiscal accounting.

Posted by Machiavelli was framed on July 3, 2014 at 12:30 AM · Report this
GhostDog 31
The part that makes this almost funny to me is that a party that has been traditionally associated with extreme authoritarianism is being held hostage by a bunch of glorified anarcho-capitalists!
Posted by GhostDog on July 3, 2014 at 6:29 AM · Report this
@3, said it best!

I wish every voter would read the effing voting record of the douchetards they continue to reelect, as well as some of the legislation they actually promote and vote for!

Yup, Obama wants to pass the secretive (but not entirely, thanks to WikiLeaks) Trans-Pacific Partnership (along with the TIS, etc.), but in spite of the Teabagger Party, which I despise for numerous reasons, Obama has managed to put a bunch of noble whistleblowers in jail, and grant immunity to both the vile bankster class and Monsanto!

So whatever Paul's point is, it falls by the wayside given the modern context.

(Ferdinand Lundberg, the outstanding investigative journalist who later became an outstanding sociology prof, wrote an excellent philosophical piece in 1958 titled, The Treason of the People, as pertinent today as it was then.)

Yup, Der Stranger loves to applaud Obamacare, or the ACA, but wait and see the outcome over the next few years --- like the VA, it doesn't matter how many are now covered, it matters what type of healthcare they receive, and what the economics surrounding it!

The ACA is simply the backdoor bailout of the private health insurance industry, owned by the banksters, ergo it is a second-tier bankster bailout!
Posted by sgt_doom on July 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM · Report this
@30, would you please read a little history for once in your life (note I did not advise you the more difficult task of locating your vagina!):

Yes, I realize faux crat Thom Hartmann loves to play up Eisenhower as if he were some type of national hero (any general would have filled in his place during WWII) -- recall Eisenhower was one of the three involved with the slaughter of over 100 men, women and children during the Bonus Marchers' forced eviction, without warning, back in the 1900s.

It was Eisenhower's administration which gleefully overthrew democratically elected governments right and left around the planet, all for the American- (and British-)based multinationals (e.g., Iran, Guatemala, etc.).

It was Eisenhowers' administration which appointed Nelson Rockefeller to multiple positions, whereby he compromised and altered US foreign aid organizations (e.g., Ex-Im Bank, AID) so that the monies went to building foreign factories to which they could offshore jobs to.

It was Eisenhowers' administration which planned and created the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba --- the original plan calling for full US military support with the assassination of Fidel Castro --- it was President Kennedy who withdrew and overturned both the assassination and the military support, because the CIA and his joint-chiefs-of-staff assured him a popular uprising would result, which have course never occurred!

Let's cut out all the revisionistic bullcrap about Ike -- both he and his spawn have much to answer for.

Posted by sgt_doom on July 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM · Report this

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