Friday, November 5, 2010

Randi Rhodes: Progress Suspended

It's Friday, ya bastids!
DEVELOPING: Keith Olbermann suspended indefinitely over campaign contributions
The whole rightwing echo chamber is obsessed with the cost of President Obama’s trip to India. Righty radio, Fox News, Drudge… they’re all yelling that the trip is going to cost $200 million per day, a figure evidently plucked from the same tree that grew the death panels notion. And of course Michele Bachmann picked up on it. Because what’s a ridiculous story without a ridiculous spokesman? $200 million per day? This is a presidential trip, not a Tom DeLay golf outing. And what exactly is the point of criticizing the cost of an official trip by the President of the United States? Conservatives didn’t get upset when George Bush traveled to Iraq that Thanksgiving to deliver a plastic turkey. Is Michele Bachmann saying that when the President is visiting a foreign country that suffers frequent terrorist attacks, that that’s the point we should really be pinching pennies? The newly-released jobs report for October shows that the economy actually added 159,000 private sector jobs in October. The big question is how long will it take for the Republicans who were elected in November to claim credit for it. Unfortunately, the latest jobs report came a few days too late to save a lot Democratic members of Congress their jobs. And it’s not just them. Over 2,000 Democratic Congressional staffers will also lose their jobs. Maybe some of these Democratic staffers should apply for jobs as Republican staffers. All they have to do is take all of their knowledge and expertise, and completely forget it all.
One final story to put you in a weekend mood: John Boehner likes his booze. Maybe he wears that fake orange tan to hide the bright red flush from being so stewed all the time. If we had access to what’s flowing through John Boehner’s bloodstream on any given day, we could solve this nation’s energy crisis. Boehner is well known for hitting the bars by 5 or 6 o’clock every day. And by about 7:30, he’s already referring to himself as the “Shpeaker of the Housh.” Have a great weekend. But remember, if you’re driving, stay away from John Boehner.

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Thom's blog
Less than a week for the GOP to completely ignore voters
Only a mere four days after taking back control of the House of Representatives - Republicans are already drunk on power. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed the GOP's agenda over the next two years and it can be summed up in 2 words: Dump Obama. McConnell says that the only way Republicans can succeed in passing legislation to repeal health care reform, end bailouts, and cut spending is to, "put someone in the White House who won't veto any of these things." Keep in mind that a plan to simply repeal health care reform and end bailouts won't do anything to bring down the nation's nearly 10% unemployment rate - So the American people shouldn't expect any real solutions to come out of the House for the next two years. Republicans have already made their choice - politics over policy. And they are not going to budge as indicated by GOP Congressman Mike Pence who said there will be, "no compromise" with Democrats on their legislative agenda. "Are you listening President Obama?!" This statement comes on the heels of a new Reuters poll that said 56% of voters want to see bipartisan consensus on policy making and according to a CBS poll - 78% of Republicans - that's Republicans! - want their party to compromise to get things done. There you have it - it only took less than a week for the GOP to completely ignore voters. As Harry Truman said 1948 when he accepted the Democratic nomination, "the people know that the Democratic Party is the people's party, and the Republican party is the party of special interest, and it always has been and always will be." Something's don't change. And if Obama doesn't start acting like Harry Truman, they never will.
- Thom
(How long do you think it will be before voters turn their back on the Republican Party? Tell us here.)

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