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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

State of the Union (Bad) and State of the Reps (Worse)

Last night the President did that State of the Union thingy..

Didn't watch a second of it but if like any other speech by any other leader, he said this and that and there was lots of applause.  People standing up then sitting down then standing up then applauding and going Arff! Arrff! Arfff!

Oh sorry.. those are seals..
Actually sorry to the seals.  Didn't mean to smear them in a negative light..

Then he finished and the politically incompetent GIP (Grand Impotent Party) in all likelihood had someone no one has ever heard of give the official response i.e. babbling ramblings while the vast majority of viewers turned off their TVs...

And that was that..

BTW, wonder why we're so mean to the Republicans?
Headlines like the following from Politico:

GOP Ready to Surrender on Debt Ceiling -- "House Republicans are getting ready to surrender: There will be no serious fight over the debt limit.

The most senior figures in the House Republican Conference are privately acknowledging that they will almost certainly have to pass what’s called a clean debt ceiling increase in the next few months, abandoning the central fight that has defined their three-year majority."

Long story short, the In-Bed-With-Wall Street party doesn't have the courage (outside of the Tea Party faction) to dig their heels in, force a default and play hardball with the President

Too much fear the precious market will go down and worse for them, they may not get re-elected in November..
Makes one wonder why even bother running for office at all??

Oh yes...  The bribes, kickbacks, the inflated ego and those interns..

The political landscape in 2014 is succinctly put as follows..  The Democrats are really economically the equivalent of Republicans in the early 1980s and the 'GIP' Party today is like a boat without a paddle.

Misdirected, leaderless and clueless..

For example take food stamps..
Currently 1 in 7 Americans receive food stamps monthly to survive.

According to AP:

"In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps - a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients...

By education, about 28 percent of food stamp households are headed by a person with at least some college training, up from 8 percent in 1980. "

The government spends $80 billion a month (which sounds like a lot but is still $5 billion less monthly than the Fed's indefinite QE to enrich the market)
And to show how utterly clueless and arrogant Congressional Republicans are, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is leading a 'GIP' charge to fight for $4 billion-a-year reduction to an anti-poverty program that they say promotes dependency and abuse.

They're sorta right about dependence in one respect..

Oh those darn human beings.. They eat a morning meal then dare to seek to eat another one only a few hours later then another a few hours after that!

And that's why a terrible President like Obama is so beloved and able to finish as a two-termer..
~ Obama with his grandparents

He offers "Hope" , smiles and free stuff while the Opposition Party climbs up upon itself like something from 'Lord of the Flies' to see who can do the most cost cutting on taxes and social programs that benefit those they assume don't vote for them anyways..

All the while, the 'GIP' continually vote to expand Defense spending.

Every potential candidate the Republicans put out there for the 2012 election were horrible choices and in some cases, really bad people..

And the ultimate 'GIP' nominee was a Wall Street insider/billionaire..  The "Perfect" candidate to attract the middle and working classes...

Yeah right..
~ Obama with his free-spirited Mama

If the 'GIP' ever hope to win any election of importance outside of a predominately Red state voting block, it needs to dramatically change its message and do so pronto!

They need to make the attempt.. to Pretend to sincerely care about more than the filthy rich and the corporations..

They need to learn what true-blue Compassionate Conservatism is beyond the empty slogan used by Bush during the 2000 election.

That means the everyday person.. both those struggling to make it and those struggling to hold on to the little they have..  These people have Value and deserve better -- they Deserve representation
~ "Uhh don't worry Mr Boehner.. Uhh.. there's plenty of Kleenex in the other room if you need it.. Uhhh.. I got you covered.."

Many Republicans actively and openly embrace the Christian faith and constantly court the evangelical and devout followers to vote their party..

Then of course betray them..

It's time as a political party to stop the hypocrisy and begin putting policies into motion that represent the principles of their Faith which they supposedly espouse for votes.

And we are not talking about anything in conflict with laws deliniating separation of church and state. We are talking about an economic baptism.

People of faith used to wear bracelets that said "W.W.J.D" (What would Jesus Do?)
Perhaps if the Republicans ran their party with that mantra in mind, they'd wouldn't be so categorically despised by many and better yet, would start to win some elections of significance again..

Of course they'd have to start by going after the money changers.. the banks.. the professional Investor..  the corps..  But then that's the point..  To change from a party of poison to a party of promise...

And the changes have to come from within themselves.

Until then you're looking at a bleak political and by extension, economic landscape and no real sign of improvement even in 2016.