Archive for February, 2009

Hardball Time

Posted in economics, politics with tags , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by vagabondsaint

So, this Senate stimulus package.

Leading economists say that the cuts made to appease 4 moderate Republicans could very well be disastrous to our economy.  You know, economists?  People who have chosen to spend their lives studying the economy, as opposed to being politicians?

I’m going to say this one more time, to Congressional Democrats and the Obama Administration:

Fuck the Republicans.  You have majorities in the House and the Senate.  You do not need their support.  If they want to filibuster the stimulus package, let them.  That delay will most likely harm our economy further if they choose to do so, but that’s their decision and you can be sure they will suffer the consequences of it.  They can read the reports of the same economists that I have, and if they do so (it’s called research, and I would think it’s what any smart politician would do when confronted with an issue they know little about) and still oppose an expanded stimulus based on party principle, then they’ve proven that they care more about sticking to outmoded, obsolete, foolish economic theories that run contrary to empirical evidence than they do the American people, and they do not deserve consideration, appeasement, or votes.

Basically, run the package Obama wants to run.  Remove these idiotic cuts and use your majorities to steamroll the opposition.  The GOP is a bunch of small, selfish, petty people, clinging to a unrealistic worldview, and they need to suffer the consequences of their ridiculous obstinancy to face reality.  Plow them under now so something better can grow in their place, and stop enabling this childish, foolish behaviour from them.  Please.  Remember, these people celebrated not voting for the stimulus bill in the House.  What kind of bullshit is that?

Oh, and a personal note to former Minnesota Norm Coleman, whose legal challenges of Al Franken’s victory are keeping Franken from being seated in the US Senate:  Listen, dick.  If God wanted you to serve, you’d be serving.  You’re not.  Take the fucking hint, jerkhole.

VS – 2.9.09

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Disappointment, Thy Name Is Democrats

Posted in economics, politics with tags , , , , on February 6, 2009 by vagabondsaint

So, the Senate has announced that they’ve reached a compromise stimulus bill, one with major cuts to spending.  The old bill was roughly 2/3 spending, 1/3 tax cuts; the new Senate total fucking sellout compromise bill is now 58% spending, 42% tax cuts. . .and the education spending, as one person put it, took a “walloping.”

You know, I can understand the desire to make sure the bill will pass, and I definitely understand the urgent need to pass it.  Basically, as that story puts it, the changes were made to secure the votes necessary to make the bill filibuster-proof, and I can even understand the desire for that.  With Minnesota’s newly-elected Democratic Senator Al Franken still not seated due to Norm Coleman’s being a whiny little shit dragging out a legal battle over the election results, the Democrats courted four moderate Republicans and made the changes to appease them.  Understandable.

But still fucked up.

We need more spending for education.  Other developing countries are kicking our asses in educational terms.  Even Seattle is closing several schools this year to help make up a budget shortfall.  But cutting education isn’t, and never is, the answer.  Our children need a good education to be competitive in the global job market.  They need education to get good jobs.  Educated people tend to commit fewer crimes, go on the welfare rolls less often, have fewer unplanned pregnancies, and better private health care; ergo, increased funding for education kills many birds with one stone.  Educated people are, in general, a fincanical boon to their country, not a burden, and spending more on education now would not only save us more than we spent down the roads, it would guarantee more productive, tax-paying members of society down the road.  How could anyone oppose spending money for better, more modern schools?  How could anyone look in the eyes of a child with a thirst for knowledge and say, “Sorry, you don’t get new textbooks this year because we had to compromise to prevent a filibuster”?  Oh wait, I forgot. . .lower education spending is always on the Republican agenda (maybe because more educated people tend to vote Democrat?).

And the Democrats sold them out to appease four Republicans.

I’m pissed, and heartbroken.  Somehow, that message of change that an overwhelming majority of Americans voted for got lost between the White House and the halls of Congress.  We all voted for a change from the old ways, not more of the same old bullshit that got us so fucked up in the first place, and we should not stand for petty politics diluting that change.

Every Republican congressperson and every senator that either necessitated the compromise or sold our children out to pass this bill should be hanging their heads in shame right now.

Thanks for selling out my daughter’s future, you fucking pricks.

VS – 2.6.09

Glengarry Glen ‘Bama

Posted in brilliance, economics, politics with tags , , , , on February 6, 2009 by vagabondsaint

(with apologies to David Mamet)

WASHINGTON, DC – (AP)

Speaking today before a group of GOP Senators and Representatives, President Barack Obama gave his most stinging rebuke of their opposition to his stimulus bill.

The remarks left many Republicans feeling ashamed and remorseful.

“I quit,” said newly-elected RNC Chairman Michael Steele.  “Obama made me realize today that, after my struggles to succeed as a young black man in this country, all I did was join the party that fought hardest to oppress me.”

“What have I done?  May MLK forgive me,” Steele added, collapsing in tears and singing “We Shall Overcome In Spite Of All I’ve Done To Set My Race Back 50 Years”.

Several other prominent Republicans were unable to comment, having curled into the fetal position on the floor and able only to sob quietly to themselves.  Others quite fairly labeled themselves as “enemies of America” and demanded they be shipped immediately to Guantanamo Bay.

“Khalid al-Sheik O’Whatever we’ve got down there. . .I’ve done way more to harm this country than he ever could,” said a visibly shaken John Boehner, as Secret Service agents led him away in leg-irons, at his own request.  “Lock me away, please, I’m a monster.”

Other Republicans, like John McCain (R-AZ) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) simply died of shame on the spot.  They will not be missed.

A full transcript of the President’s remarks is below.

[begin transcript]

Thank you, thank you.  I’ll keep my remarks brief; we all have a lot of work to do.

As you all know, you have all been very fiercely opposed to my stimulus package, unless numerous concessions are made to get the package more in line with traditional Republican values, such as tax cuts, more defense spending, and no money allocated for education, infrastructure repair, or family planning for the poor.

I am her today to tell you this:  piss off.  I’m not changing the stimulus package.  If the American people wanted to keep doing things the same way that got us into this mess in the first place, Ted Stevens and Norm Coleman would still be here, I’d still be in the Senate, and you’d be talking to President McCain today.

You’re not.  You’re talking to me, and I say sod your fucking tax cuts.  They don’t work, they never have worked, and they never will.  You’re a one-trick pony party, and we’re all bored of it.  So go ahead and filibuster the stimulus package in the Senate.  You think we can’t wait you out?  Most of you are old and will run out of breath fairly quickly, so no worries there.  For the rest of you, well, we’ll bring in some hookers, and that’s at least David Vitter out of the way right there.  We got ways to handle y’all, is what I’m saying.  You lost the election.  The American people don’t want to do things your way anymore.  If you filibuster this, or you vote against it, you can go back to your constituents and tell them to your faces why you tried to kill a bill that would have fixed their schools, would have helped drug addicts go to rehab, would have prevented unwanted pregnancies, would have brought improved infrastructure, better environmental protections, and new jobs to their areas.  You can tell them how you fought against a change that would have benefited all Americans, conservatives, liberals, and moderates alike, and you’ll have to do it alone. . .Rush Limbaugh ain’t coming to help you.  Try giving a poor, starving family with no home and too many mouths to feed a Bible and Rush Limbaugh’s latest book, then ask ’em what they think of you.  I suggest running before they answer.

Now, you might be saying under your quivering lips – or maybe that’s just old age – “who is this guy?  Who is this Washington outsider to come here and talk to us like this?  Who does he think he is?  What has he done?  What’s his name?”

Fuck you.

That’s my name.

You know why?

Because I ran a campaign on a message of hope, a promise of change, and with a running mate who sticks his foot in his mouth so often he’s come to love the taste of his own toejam.  You ran a Spanish-American War veteran, partnered with a ditz whose IQ is lower than her bra size. . .and I WON.

THAT’S my name.

[end transcript]

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Please, Obama, let me be your speechwriter? PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE?

VS -2.6.09

The GOP: God, I Hate You All (with frequent cameo appearances by the f-word)

Posted in politics, the complete opposite of brilliance with tags , , , , on February 5, 2009 by vagabondsaint

You know, when a football team loses a game, they re-evaluate their strategies, their tactics, maybe even their footwear.  They train harder and try harder to beat the next team they have to play against.  In essence, they learn the lesson that they were doing something wrong in that game that they lost and it’s time to make some changes and try again.

Not so, the Republican Party.

Since their trouncing in the 2008 elections (you remember that, when John McCain lost by one vote for every year of his age, giving Barack Obama the largest popular-vote victory in American history), the Republicans have not learned.  They’ve not gotten better.  They haven’t learned that maybe the 21st century demands that they moderate themselves a little bit to be more acceptable to mainstream America, that extremism, be it from the left or the right, is swiftly falling out of favour in today’s world.

Not only have they not learned, they’re being just as much a bunch of stupid old white men, scared of change and determined to punish the poor, as they have ever been.  And they apparently perceive their thew newfound status as the minority party means they have to do everything in their power to block whatever the new administration wants to do.  Never mind the desperate need for action right now, they want to be a bunch of penny-ante piquant little bitches about things like, for example, the stimulus bill’s $200 million dollar provision to provide family planning services for poor women, which the Congressional Budget Office figured would save taxpayers about $400 million in unwanted pregnancies and abortions.  Fewer abortions!  Right there!  Isn’t that what Republicans want?  Apparently they don’t want it bad enough to leave a measly $200 million to help poor people in an $800 billion bill!  God forbid we should give a single fucking penny to help poor people!

But wait, say the Republicans, we think the entire stimulus should be composed of tax breaks!  Yes, tax breaks!  The Republican cure-all for financial woes!  After all, Bush’s tax cuts worked so well that they kept the nation out of the worst depression in 70 years, right?

WRONG! SO FUCKING WRONG! If “right” was a steak dinner at a fancy restaurant with American waiters, “tax breaks” would be the equivalent of dumpster-diving behind Taco Bell; that’s how wrong they are!

Here it is, in plain simple English: tax breaks don’t work.  Sure, if people got out and actually spent the money, they might work, but studies and experience show that people tend to keep it, rather than spend it.  You don’t have to take my word for it; there’s evidence all over the place that tax breaks just don’t fucking work.

But that’s the Old Cranky White Guy party for you; they fear change.  They don’t know how to change.   When the American public mandates change by tossing a goodly number out them out of office, they panic and start looking to a hypocritical demagogue that, in a just world, would have overdosed on oxycontin and Big Macs long ago:  Rush Limbaugh.

Rush fucking Limbaugh.  Mr. “We should all support the President in a time of war” is now Mr. “I Hope Obama Fails!”  What a fucking hypocrite!  That “time of war”?  It ain’t over yet, jackass!  Things are worse now than they were when you were such a “support the President” guy, and now you want the President to fail?  Fuck you, you useless bastard!  All you have to do is sit on your ass and host a radio show!  You don’t have to try to keep 300 million people fed, clothed, and happy while dealing with diplomatic crises and being picked apart by every dipshit with an agenda and a laptop!  Rush Limbaugh shouldn’t be on the radio, he should be [EDITOR’S NOTE:  The rest of this paragraph has been censored.  Be happy you missed it.  The stuff in that paragraph would have made Hannibal Lecter lose his cookies.]

And when in the hell did I get an editor?

Note to Republicans:  listening to Rush Limbaugh helped the GOP in the 1990s.  Listening to Rush Limbaugh in the 21st century will only get you even further marginalized, denigrated,  embarassed, and made more of a laughingstock than you already are.  Fucking idiots.

And as for the new RNC chairman, Michael Steele (which sounds like a porn name; sorry, but it does), I think Jon Stewart described him best.  He makes it obvious in that clip that, despite his messages of “change,” he’s going to keep the GOP doing the same stupid shit that fucked us all when they had control of Congress and the White House.  Their main concern right now isn’t fixing the problems they caused; it’s figuring out how to get back into power so they can keep fucking up America.

For fuck’s sake, America, don’t vote for these goddamned fearful idiots anymore.

I’m a bit pissed at the GOP. . .does it show?

VS – 2.6.09