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February 10, 2009

Congressional Republicans Are Insane Whiners

The Genius Albert Einstein said, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity.”  He also said, Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”  From these two simple quotes, it seems to me that the Republicans in Congress are insane – functional, but insane nonetheless – and mediocre in their efforts to help America.

Having watched much of the shenanigans and high drama from John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) it seems to me that much of the Republican leadership are self-absorbed pompous old men.  When questioned by various talking heads about what specifically they dislike about the Economic Stimulus Plan they all pretty much say something similar to ‘this bill isn’t bipartisan and Republicans didn’t have any input’.   It is obvious that these simplistic sound bites are planned and the Republicans actually spent time in meetings coming up with this as a strategy.  They sound like a bunch of kids on the playground who were not picked to be on anyone’s team so they’re pissed because they feel as if they’ve been scorned.

First of all President Obama did invite them into the process from the beginning and the only suggestions the Republicans had were ‘more tax cuts for the rich’.  The Stimulus DOES include over 35% of ‘tax cuts’ for businesses but that doesn’t seem to be good enough for the Republicans.  They want tax cuts that benefit the rich — period.  They want things to remain the same so that they can continue to get perks from businesses and special interest groups. They have tried this same old method time and time again and it has failed time and time again and yet they want to do the same thing today and apparently they expect a different result — insanity.

President Obama has reached out to Republicans consistently since he was elected and many of them feel that even in the midst of an economic crisis that is affecting even people in their own constituency the best thing to do is snub President Obama’s efforts to meet with them, talk with them and reach some agreement on ideas.  I understand that it’s the Republicans’ prerogative to look small minded and sullen but it illustrates that they are more focused on getting their own way and meeting their own needs — not serving the needs of the greater American population.  With less tax cuts for the rich there will be less money to buy off Republicans and less money give them money under the table to put in their pockets.  The Republicans provide evidence that their uncooperativeness is a part of a cabaret act that they have rehearsed and have taken on the road via TV Shows by continuing to be dogmatic in their assertion that the bill is providing relief to Americans who do not pay taxes – making it seem that the bill is written solely to help welfare recipients.  That is ludicrous and deceptive.   There is nothing shameful about this bill benefiting people who are not paying taxes.  These are Americans who use to pay taxes, Americans who want to be working but have lost their jobs because of this economic crisis and are now collecting unemployment or may have already lost their unemployment benefits.  It is dishonest to imply that these millions and millions of Americans are glad to be home collecting unemployment and not pay taxes.  It is downright unkind, malicious and shameful to snicker and sneer and say that people who have worked for 10, 20, 30 and 40 years but have now lost their jobs because of the economic climate shouldn’t get some tax breaks that will help them get back on their feet.  It is absolutely nasty of the Republicans to imply such a thing!

It seems to me that if the Republicans want to be part of the team that helps to rebuild America by helping to create and implement plans that will help get Americans out of this deep dismal economic hole and create and save jobs they simply have to extend their hands and walk across the aisle.  But they are not being honorable; they choose to be self-serving, whiney, whimpering old goats!

I urge you to contact your Senators and Congresspersons from both Houses and encourage them to get together, make the necessary revisions and get this stimulus plan passed for the greater good of all Americans!

Contact Congress:       http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/

Contact Senate:           http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Disclaimer: It was not my intension to insult goats by putting them in the same category as congressional republicans.

 

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February 6, 2009

Economic Stimulus Plan – President Obama Is Fired Up and Ready To…!

President Barack Obama is fired up!!!  On Thursday he said that “the scale and the scope” of his economic plan is right, turning up the heat on critics he said were hawking “phony arguments” and “false theories of the past” to chip away at the bill’s programs.

“Don’t come to the table with the same tired arguments and worn ideas that helped to create this crisis,” the president said at the House Democrats’ annual retreat in Williamsburg.

“We’re not going to get relief by turning back to the very same policies that, for the last eight years, doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin,” he said. “We can’t embrace the losing formula that says only tax cuts will work for every problem we face, that ignores critical challenges like our addiction to foreign oil, or the soaring cost of health care, or failing schools and crumbling bridges and roads and levees.”

“I don’t care whether you’re driving a hybrid or an SUV — if you’re headed for a cliff, you’ve got to change direction.”

President Obama said he valued “the constructive criticism and healthy debate that’s taking place around this package,” but added that speedy passage of the bill was essential.

“We’re not moving quickly because we’re trying to jam something down people’s throats,” he said. “We’re moving quickly because if we don’t, the economy’s going to keep getting worse.”

Obama rejected calls for more tax cuts and significant slashing of the bill’s more than $800 billion price tag, and said complaints the package was a spending bill rather than a stimulus bill were off base.

“What do you think a stimulus bill is?” he said. “That’s the point.”

To critics who argue that the government shouldn’t be spending billions with a large and growing deficit, Obama said, “I found this national debt doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office.”

The American people called for change in November, he said, “and that’s what we’re going to deliver.”

“They did not send us here to get bogged down with the same old delay, the same old distractions, the same talking points, the same cable chatter,” he said. “They did not vote for the false theories of the past, and they didn’t vote for phony arguments and petty politics, and they did not vote for the status quo.”

Obama told his fellow Democrats that they have “the capacity to do great things” on behalf of the American people, “but we are going to have to do it by not thinking about ourselves.”

“It starts with this economic recovery plan, and soon, we will take on big issues like addressing the foreclosure problem, passing a budget, tackling our fiscal problems, fixing our financial regulation and securing our country.”

“If we do not move swiftly to sign [the act] into law, an economy that is already in crisis will be faced with catastrophe,” he said. “This is not my assessment. This is not Nancy Pelosi’s assessment. This is the assessment of the best economists in the country. This is the assessment of some of the former advisers of some of the same folks who are making these criticisms right now.”

“This is not a game,” he said. “This is not a contest for who’s in power and who’s up and who’s down.”

“It’s time to set aside the gamesmanship in this town and get something done.”

February 2, 2009

Economic Stimulus Plan – President Obama Needs ‘YOUR’ Help Today

Later this week, the Senate will vote on President Obama’s economic stimulus plan which includes historic investments in green jobs, health care, and education to get our economy back on track.

But right now, the stimulus doesn’t have the votes to pass. Republicans and conservative Democrats are teaming up to strip out items that will help the average American — college loan assistance, health research, tax cuts for poor folks — in favor of more tax cuts for corporations. These republicans and conservative democrats promise to block the plan if they don’t get their way.  

President Obama’s plan isn’t perfect but it will:

  • Create millions of green jobs to double our clean energy production in three years which will in turn create more jobs
  • Create affordable health care for the unemployed which will take make you and I stop paying for very, very expensive emergency  room visits
  • Creates the biggest investment in education since World War II.  This will help prevent hundreds of thousands of teachers from being laid off and stop thousands of schools from closing.  If teachers are laid off and schools close where will your children go to get an education?  What will you do with them during the day?

“But what we can’t do is let very modest differences get in the way of the overall package moving forward swiftly,” he said, adding that he hopes a bill can be passed “in the next couple of weeks so we can put America back to work and start digging ourselves out of this deep hole that we’re in.” President Obama 2/2/ 09

This is OUR government and President Obama needs our help today or tomorrow at the latest. 

We need to make sure our Senators and Congresspersons know that we want this plan passed sooner not later.  We have to make them know that they are standing in the way of America becoming economically healthy and we need to let them know that we not going to take their foolishness – we will vote them out in 2010!!!

Please call your senators and ask them to support President Obama’s economic stimulus plan because it will save or create 3 million jobs. Make sure you know the name of your two Senators then call the Capitol Operator at (202) 224-3121and ask to be transferred to your Senators.

You can also select your state and both your Senators office number will pop up and you can call you Senator directly in his/her office by going to:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Desperate times call for desperate solutions.  Please call your Senator today. 

Please pass this on and thanks for all you do for our country!

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