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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Political Grandstanding 201


Teapublicans Now Agree to Tax Cuts

Just like the political grandstanding during the debt ceiling "negotiations" the teabaggers/teapublicans/GOP held out for as long as possible to hurt as many people as possible - they'll hold hostage a working American's $50.00 per week tax reduction to protect a millionaire's $600,000 tax cut - which costs our treasury 12 million dollars an hour. Please join me in saying, screw you, teabaggers/teapublicans/GOP! Your horrendous reign of terror over the American people will soon be over! C'mon Nov 2012!


Merry Christmas From The Teapublicans

Speaker cuts off C-SPAN cameras when Dems attempt to bring vote on payroll tax cut.

John Boehner Cutting off CSPAN TV

During a quick pro-forma session of the House yesterday morning, Republicans rebuffed a Democratic attempt to force an up-or-down vote on the Senate-passed payroll tax holiday extension, which Republicans have thus far refused to allow. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA), who was serving as the speaker pro-temp, ignored shouts of “Mr. Speaker!” from Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), quickly adjourning the House.

Hoyer continued talking undeterred, saying, “You’re walking away, just as so many Republicans have walked away from middle-class taxpayers [and] the unemployed.” “We regret, Mr. Speaker, that you have walked off the platform without addressing this issue of critical importance to this country,” Hoyer added.

Moments later, the mic appeared to cut out. A few seconds after that, the video feed switched away from the House floor to a still image of the Capitol Dome. It appears someone in House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) office cut the feed, as C-SPAN tweeted afterwards: “C-SPAN has no control over the U.S. House TV cameras – the Speaker of the House does.”

With so much at stake - (160 million tax payers to get an increase in payroll taxes) this is not the time for Boehner and his radical band of banshees to be playing high stakes poker.

House Republicans may have taken their war on the middle class one step too far with their unfathomable opposition to extending the Obama payroll tax cut. And for a group that usually has a concise message, they’re flailing at their explanations.

For the last three years, the Republicans’ message has been clear and concise — tax cuts will solve all of our problems. Deficit? Cut taxes. Recession? Cut taxes. War expenses? Cut taxes. They support tax cuts for the wealthy, tax cuts for corporations (they’re people too!) tax cuts for Big Oil. They support tax cuts for basically anything.

Except, apparently, middle-class families. If the House Republicans have their way, taxes will go up for 160 million Americans on Jan. 1. That’s a serious lump of coal for Americans struggling to find work and make ends meet.

Merry Christmas from the teabaggers

One House Republican referred to the political brinksmanship as “high-stakes poker.” That’s a great metaphor if not for the fact the House Republicans are playing their games with our money. If only we all could play such high-stakes games with other people’s money.

The Democrats’ message is clear: We won’t raise taxes on 160 million Americans when they can least afford it. They know it’s a bad idea to punish the American people with a tax increase for Christmas to pay for Washington’s dysfunction.

The GOP message is also clear: tax cuts for every special interest, but not for the American people. When working Americans unwrap their first pay stubs for 2012 and find they’re paying higher taxes, that’ll be a tough message to sell.

Over and over readers we send you these messages, which depicts a far right radical regime - hoping that you see the picture crystal clear. With a country so strapped in every aspect of its functionality, this is not the time for radical teapublican gamesmanship, nor is it a time for far right teabagging extremism.

We write these blogs so that you may get as angry as we do over this mentality of screw the poor, the working poor, and the middle class. The next step is up to you readers, your voice, your letters, and your vote are the only tools that can turn this inherent ideology to where it belongs. For if you fail to make your voice heard loud and clear, then you deserve all the misery laid upon you via the far right extreme machine.

Chris Matthews once compared the far right wing of the Republican Party to the Khmer Rouge, the genocidal Cambodian communist party led by Pol Pot.

I tend agree with Chris Mathews analogy on the extreme regime - Mathews is host of MSNBC' Hardball whom says:
"The Republican Party is under assault from its far right," Matthews said. "I don't think I can remember either party being under assault by its extremes. I mean, there seems to be a new sort of purity test that unless you're far right, you're not a Republican, and this sort of tea party testing they're doing now."

Matthews called the party's pull from the far right "frightening" in comparing it to the Cambodian regime.

"So what's going on out there in the Republican Party is kind of frightening," he said, "almost Cambodia reeducation camp going on in that party, where they're going around to people, sort of switching their minds around saying, 'If you're not far right, you're not right enough.' And I think that it's really - there's going to be a lot of extreme language on the Republican side. And maybe, it will be a circular firing squad when this is all over."

I guess that about says it all! While it's an extreme depiction, its the reality of teapublican ideology circa 2012.

America has to work for everybody, not just the nitwits of the radical right.

Roger West