Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Republican Trail of Lies

SPaul note: I personally find it nauseating how Republicans consistently avoid questions or when confronted with facts against their claims, turn the discussion toward saying how Obama is destroying America. I also find it nauseating how they have so conveniently forgotten that it was Republican economic policy that got us into our current mess to begin with. To justify their errant policies or at least, hope to divert our attention from them by depicting Obama as a socialist, illegal immigrant or even a marxist is just plain screwed up. Just so I have this straight...It is alright to lie blatantly, deprive Americans of Healthcare, social services, educational funding, representation by Unions and planned parenthood because you disagree with Obama?

I am sorry but for the past ten years, republicans have done nothing to help We the People but everything for the corporations and their fellow Haves. For the past 2 1/2 years, they have done nothing but try to defame our President and still have DONE NOTHING!!!. And now they want us to trust them and to vote for their version of CHANGE for the better? Really!?! How screwed up IS the Republican party and how stupid do they think We the People are?

They are absolutely being honest about the status quo though; it is not enough for them. They demand favors for the corporations controlling them and their wealthy friends. We little people are not welcome at their feast

Michele Bachmann: Dems need another 'pink slip'

With the threat of a federal government shutdown looming over Washington, Michele Bachmann joined hundreds gathered at an Americans for Prosperity rally outside the Capitol Wednesday with a message for lawmakers: bring it on.

Bachmann joined other leading Hill conservatives in encouraging Republicans not to back down on the spending fight, saying Democrats and the “Harry Reids of the world” are charting America’s course toward “planned bankruptcy.”
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“They’re just marvelous money managers, aren’t they? I think that’s why you gave them a pink slip in November,” Bachmann said. “Maybe they need another pink slip in 2012.”

The latest continuing resolution funding the government is set to expire Friday, with a shutdown next on the menu if no deal is struck. While Democratic leaders have slammed the no-compromise position held by Bachmann and others in the tea party movement, the Minnesota congresswoman and presidential hopeful seemed comfortable holding her ground, reiterating that she will not support the current compromise spending cuts being floated.

Bachmann went as far as to say there’s “no such thing as a government shutdown,” noting the number of government workers who would stay on the job whether or not a deal is reached in time.

“If liberals in the Senate would rather play political games and force a government shutdown instead of accepting a modest down payment on fiscal discipline reform, I say shut it down,” Indiana Rep. Mike Pence said to raucous cheers from the crowd surrounding him.

Other conservative members such as Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), and Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) drew applause from the crowd, most of who carried signs calling for more cuts, a shutdown, or defunding the federal health care law.

Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp said the current budget debate was the fight he and each 87 House Republican freshmen came looking for.

“This debate is not about $33 billion,” he said. “The debate, the real debate, is the future of our nation.

“Status quo is not an option, Mr. President,” Huelskamp added. “We must change the direction of this country.”

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Republicans: Why stop lying on the way to the White House?
Los Angeles Times
by Paul Thornton

As my colleague Dan Turner noted previously, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's worst blunders have less to do with historical trivia than her willingness to propagate outrageous lies, including the myths of President Obama's "death panels" (which she didn't invent but was happy to retell) and that lavish trip to Asia that supposedly cost taxpayers $200 million a day. Bachmann isn't alone among fellow 2012 GOP hopefuls. Separately, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee entertained conspiracy-like theories related to Kenya; Sarah Palin midwifed the "death panels" canard; and Rick Santorum, he of "man-on-dog" infamy, accused the president of supporting infanticide.

Mythomania aside, what do they all have in common? (No, it doesn't involve Fox News' payroll.) According to a new Gallup poll, those five bomb-throwers have the biggest shares of devoted followers among the 2012 GOP field:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leads the field of possible GOP presidential candidates in "positive intensity" among Republicans nationwide with a score of +25 among Republicans who are familiar with him, followed by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with a score of +20. Huckabee is recognized by 87% of Republicans, compared with Bachmann's 52%. A number of other possible Republican presidential candidates trail these two in Positive Intensity Scores, including Sarah Palin, who is the best known of the group.

It's tempting to dismiss the poll as a symptom of early-primary politics, which often favor a party's less centrist elements (Howard Dean, anyone?). John McCain, after all, was the subject of numerous political obituaries before coming back to snag his party's nod. But the hopefuls in the 2012 GOP field have something important in common with McCain: They're running against the incumbent. McCain had always traded heavily on his willingnes to oppose a fellow Republican in the White House, which served him well politically (in the primaries, anyway) when that Republican's poll ratings dipped to Nixonian lows.

The 2012 race shaped up into a contest on the incumbent not long after Obama emptied his boxes in the Oval Office. The Romneys, Pawlentys and other less galvanizing technocrats can try to wait out this wave of GOP populism, but it has been the hyperbole and, yes, lies from the Bachmanns and Palins that have added weight to the president's falling poll numbers. In playing a huge part in weakening the incumbent and boosting the chances of Mitt Romney et al in the general election, the "tea party" favorites have turned themselves into formidable opponents for their more qualified Republican pragmatists to overcome.

With results like these (so far, anyway), why quit fibbing?

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