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Another day….more stupidity…

Well….before I get to the political stuff…I do have to relay one bit of trail weirdness…well…maybe not weirdness but coolness let’s say….there must have been a huge hatch of those little blue butterflies yesterday….there were hundreds of them on the trail and when I went through the swarms they looked just like blue snowflakes blowing in the wind…just the coolest thing…

Okay, now on to the stupidity….there is so much crying on the repub side about deficits that they want try to pass a constitutional amendment to limit the governments ability to respond to slowdowns by codifying the percentage of government spending to an average of the last thirty years….basically saying that they can see the future and know what is going to happen 10, 20, 30 years down the road. They didn’t even see the crash coming in 2008….how can they now believe they are prescient? Just another bunch of stupidity by the party of the know-nothings who are proud of their ignorance and who willfully confuse ideology with good policy and who choose ideology over the needs of the citizens of this country…geez….

A couple of other things….

Well…had to get out on the bike early today to avoid the possibility of heatstroke and I was amazed at all of the people out at 7 in the morning…but I still came back soaked through…might have to be the pattern for the rest of the week since it is so hot out there right now…that’s not what this is about, though…I just love the latest poll that shows that people are starting to tire of the obstructionism of the repubs with 71% feeling that the they are responsible for there not being a budget deal. Now, I just hope the Obama and his guys take this as a reason to stiffen their spines and stop giving away the store.

Then, we have Paul Ryan stating today, in essence, that he is completely willing to crash the economy if the repubs don’t get everything they want…can’t we all agree that this is nonsense and is not how American government works…and we have the Koch brothers to thank for this crap….they will not rest until they own the entire country and use it as their personal plaything….oh, that’s what they are doing now in Wisconsin…how did that work out for you up there?

One last thing….I think we need a “pledge” for the repubs to sign that when elected, they will have to take at least a 100 level economics course that will give them a rudimentary understanding of the economy and that it does work to the theories of Keynes and just because they don’t “believe” in them, it doesn’t make them invalid…I have had just about enough of ignorance that passes for depth with the repubs these days….

A couple of things….and it’s politics…..

Well….Where the heck do the repubs get the people that are running for president on their side? The party of the constitution (as they say it…it’s not true but they say it) is running at lest one person that does not even know what the first amendment is, let alone that it prohibits government interference in religion. But, this past week, we heard Herman Cain…one of the tea party darlings, come out and propose that cities have the power to deny Muslims from building mosques since they are not really religious structures but their purpose is to promote sharia law. And the Christian churches aren’t there to promote biblical law? Just another instance where these folks will distort or ignore the constitution unless it can be used for political gain…don’t they ever get ashamed of this hypocrisy? Oh, obviously not…geez…

The second thing I wanted to talk about is this whole debt ceiling nonsense, again, and the latest proposal from the repubs to give Obama the power to raise it on his own when necessary…and these folks thinks this is a big coup that they will be able to use to hurt Obama in 2012? Man, I can come up with about a dozen attack ads right off the top of my head to go after the repubs with…and if I were Obama, I would say bring it on and let’s get the country’s business done….how dense are these repubs? Playing to their 20 percent tax cutting, tea party base? Good luck with that strategy….

Okay, I’m six short for the month…

Well…I don’t think I’ve been so far behind in numbers here since I started this thing so I guess I’d better get my butt in gear and get a couple more out today….it was a tiny bunny day out on the trail today and I was really amused how they would never just cross the trail in front of me but would cross then run down the trail for a few yards…they are much faster than they look…I was going 15 and they were keeping up….just a bit of trail weirdness…

I did want to get to the nonsense that Bachmann and her ilk are peddling on the campaign trail about the stimulus package…their contention being that the stimulus did not work at all and it was a waste of 700 billion dollars…well, Michele, the stimulus was almost half tax cuts so what you’re saying is that tax cuts don’t work to stimulate the economy, right? So, why are you and the rest of the nut job right continuing to push more and more tax cuts? It just shows that these guys don’t give a damn about the economy except how it can be used to benefit the rich and connected….geez….

A politcal one, finally…

Well…as you know, I’ve been having a problem getting worked up enough lately to put down any political thoughts but today, thanks to Nolan Finley, I have reached the boil over point and need to respond. In today’s column, ole Nolan goes on and on and on about how he thinks that Michigan is going to be in play in the 2012 election and tries to make his case by enumerating how many times that Obama or people in the federal government have visited Michigan over the last two years. He digs himself an even deeper hole by saying that the only reason this has happened is that Obama is using the government and promising help to the people of Michigan is to ensure that he gets re-elected; projecting his warped, right-wing view of government and its purpose on the administration. Nolan, Nolan, Nolan….just because you and your troglodyte brethren in the repub party think the only reason for government is to use it to gain power or reward your rich buddies, does not mean that everyone thinks that way of that it is even true. Could it be that the administration sees a state that is in dire need of help that only the federal government can give? Could it be that Obama and his administration actually care about the citizens of this country that are not rich and connected?

This is the typical repub nonsense that passes for deep political thought these days…..one more thing Nolan, where are the jobs from the Bush tax cuts?

More stimulus nonsense…

Well…I hope you’ve read the latest repub talking point on the stimulus where they are still hammering on stimulus packages as never have been effective in the history of the world and trying to make the point that the stimulus that started to pull us out of the depression should never have been done….as evidenced by the double dip that happened after Roosevelt cut spending while the recovery was still fragile. But the funniest thing I’ve heard lately came from Lindsey Graham, the repub from South Carolina, is the newest talking point that said the only thing that brought us out of the depression was WWII….Lindsey….I have news for you, WWII was the largest stimulus program in the history of the world with huge amounts of deficit spending done by the federal government to build factories and infrastructure that was used to fuel the boom of the 50′s….how stupid can these guys be? I guess you can see it, or hear it whenever they talk…what’s the next talking point repubs? Aren’t you tired of being wrong all of the time?

Thank you Chuck Schumer…

Well….I really do like the fact that “Countdown” is back since it sometimes gives me topics for the day….last night, Sen Chuck Schumer was on and he did something that I have been calling for the dems to do for at least a year now…he said the unthinkable…that the repubs are planning on crashing the economy for political gain and that is what this whole debt ceiling fight is about……I see some heartening signs that the dems are starting to call them on this nonsense not only by sen Schumers remarks, but sen Reid coming out and telling the country that Medicare and Medicaid cuts are off the table period….and they are pushing for the needed tax increases on the rich but coloring them as the patriotic duty of the well off to help the country that has given them so much…I think the tide is starting to turn….I wonder what was put in the water that made the dems grow a backbone? Whatever it is, keep doing it and maybe we can get our country back from the repub thugs….

Debt ceiling nonsense…

Well…I was watching “Countdown” last night and there was a novel postulate from one one of the guests that cited the 14th amendment as preventing this whole debt ceiling conflict that the repubs are pursuing…since the amendment states that it is unconstitutional to not pay the debts of the country….it actually requires the government to pay these debts and any person that prevents that is breaking the law. So, now we have the repub idiots that wave the constitution at all of their enemies saying that they are going to do something unconstitutional by not raising the debt ceiling and forcing the country to default on it’s obligations. Don’t you just love these guys? These shameless shills for the rich and business are showing they are hypocrites again, again, and again….and this latest nonsense just shows they have no morals or integrity and should be sent back to the rocks they crawled out from….

Where are the guts, Obama?

Well…I am getting extremely frustrated with Obama and his continued inaction that is letting the repubs frame this whole debt limit argument….the big question I have to ask is “when do you start fighting for things that the people that voted for you want?” When the polls all show that a large majority of this country does not want any more tax cuts for the rich, they don’t want more cuts to social security or medicare, they don’t want more subsidies for business and the wealthy, why are you still willing to give all this stuff away to just play politics? Call the bluff of these idiots….let them torpedo the world economy…do you think that the wall streeters are going to let the lap-dog repubs crash the economy and hurt them? No more compromise…no more of the repubs getting everything they want and then asking for more, more, more….stand up to these idiots and you can be assured that the rational people in this country will reward you with 4 more years and a lasting dem majority…just get off your butt and stand for something..protect the middle class, protect the poor…it’s the right thing to do and trumps anything else…geez…

Michelle Bachmann is such a hypocite…

Well…just a short little tidbit that came out in the news a couple of days ago about the tea party, government bad, darling Michelle….I know you know her history…that government welfare in the form of the auto bailouts and extended unemployment benefits, etc. are creeping socialism that are going to ruin this country….and then it’s revealed that her husband’s clinic and family farm are the recipients of that very same government welfare in the form of government grants for the clinic and farm subsidies to the tune of over a quarter of a million dollars….I guess it’s okay to take away everyone elses safety net and get elected by the anti government folks and then belly up to the trough to take your “socialist” money. How much more of a hypocrite can anyone be? I’ll have more about this one later…or any one of the others that have cropped up lately…