The DC Folly Trolley – 07/07/12

Right wing extremists continue to purge the economy with their deficit reduction hysteria. If you look at their record, it’s easy to see that “fiscal conservative” is an oxymoron and they are nothing less than a gaggle of financial fuck ups.

President Ronald Reagan and Vice President Geo...

President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush at the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President               Deficit

Ronald Reagan      $200 Billion

George Bush I       $300 Billion

Bill Clinton             Zero – ($200 Billion Surplus).

George Bush II      $482 Billion

Reagan and the two Bushes claimed to be fiscal conservatives. Half the country believes that these Republican presidents were indeed fiscal conservatives. Half the country is stupid. There is simply no other word for such profound ignorance. Nor is there an excuse for it.

Republican propagandists are well aware of this pervasive stupidity and exploit it to advance the agenda of their benefactors – the very richest of the rich.

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The United States is the richest country in the history of mankind. It is said to be deeply in debt. If so, where did all the money go.

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I was educated in Catholic schools and the nuns would tell that if we went to Hell we would be forced to commit the sin that condemned us to the eternal fires over and over, again and again. It was about that time that I intensified my effort to get laid as often as I could by as many girls who would “cooperate.”

Sadly, there weren’t that many. So I guess I’ll have to settle for being forced to gorge myself on beer and pizza when I reach that place of ultimate global warming. And maybe I can order up an occasional scotch and water. Of course, I’ll have to drink it without ice.

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When I was younger I would pray to Jesus to hold off on the rain when my family and I went on vacation. Believe it not, my prayers were usually answered. It wasn’t until sometime later that I realized I was praying in the midst of a long term drought.

So Jesus didn’t answer my prayers after all. He also didn’t answer the prayers of so many Christian farmers whose crops perished in the fierce heat from lack of water.

Moreover, I always returned home with a goddam sunburn with discomfort that lasted for days.

Now I look upon those sleepless skin scorched nights as good training for when I pass on the my final “reward.”

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If you caught the article by Richard Eskow in The Smirking Chimp, you’ll learn that Republicans, in addition to their war on women and the all out assault to destroy the economy, have come up with several ways to drive a wedge between the country and senior citizens.

According to the right winger whose ideas Eskow reviews, the elderly are causing poverty among children. One Ezekiel Emanuel pulls no propaganda punches when he states that seniors living on easy street off of Social Security are stealing food from the mouths of children.

His remarks are about as stupid as any issued by all Republicans in order to intensify their war on the classes. He believes the vast redistribution of wealth that has occurred in this country for a generation gushes up from the poor to seniors. How silly can a brilliant man get? Pretty silly.

So greedy geezers living near or below the poverty line themselves are causing poverty among children.

A guy as smart as this Emanuel knows better. He believes richer seniors should give up a portion of their benefits to alleviate poverty. But his views represent nothing more than a sneak attack on Social Security, Medicare and the so-called “greedy geezers” of Alan Simpson notoriety. The outcome of his ideas would, without question, lead to reductions in the safety net for the vast majority of retired persons and an increase in the difficulties many seniors already face, while it do little to relieve hunger among children. The reason is that there are too few wealthy seniors to make any difference at all To make a difference, the vast majority of seniors would have to forego a sizable portion of their benefits.

In effect, his words do a great deal to drive a wedge between the classes and to advance the Republican war on the middle class.

Emanuel, by the way, is the brother of right winger Rahm Emanuel.

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/richard-eskow/44108/the-younger-games-phony-age-war-strikes-again-and-again-and-again

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Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

One of my all time favorites when I was a kid. Always thought she would be a great Scarlett O’Hara in a GWTW remake. She was terrific in Love With The Proper Stranger with Steve McQueen.

She received three Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe award. And deserved others for the roles she played in so many outstanding films.  Here’s a partial list:

Rebel Without a Cause

Splendor in the Grass

Gypsy

West Side Story

Marjorie Morningstar

Miracle On 34th Street

Natalie Wood appeared in 56 movies before her sudden death in what appeared to be a drowning accident.  

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Here is what happens when CEOs deny health care to Americans:

CEO                                                           COMPENSATION 2011
David Cordani, CIGNA                       $19.0 million ($52,054 per day).
Stephen Hemsley, United Health     $13.3 million ($36,458 per day).
Angela Braly, WellPoint (BCBS)      $13.2 million ($36,164 per day).
Allen Wise, Coventry                           $12.2 million ($35,342 per day).
Mark Bertolini, Aetna                          $10.5 million ($28,767 per day).
Michael McCallister, Humana         $ 7.3 million ($20,000 per day).
Average income for all occupations in 2011 is $34,053.

Source: Physicians For A National Health Program.

Nobody can earn the kind of money these CEOs make. They can do it only by denying as much care as possible to their policy holders and by paying off a truly corrupt government – one that enables such unscrupulous behavior. Only in America.

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I swear, all Republicans have shit eating grins.  They must practice.

Justice Roberts your allies are mean

Behind your back they’re starting to scheme

The target of pique

They call you a freak

Yet once you were their geek supreme.

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In North Carolina there are four seasons: Almost summer, summer, still summer and summer’s coming. Recent weather bears out that statement.

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It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.” Adam Smith, the father of capitalism.

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This is really getting boring but here I go. Mighty Mitt flip-flopped. After the Supreme Court decided in favor of Robamneycare, our fearless crusader spoke of the mandate as a fee, just as he referred to the mandate he signed in Massachusetts requiring all residents of the state to buy health insurance.

Apparently, Mighty Mitt’s Republican payola pals* got to him and demanded that he refer to the fee as a tax.(this because, as you may recall, Chief Justice John Roberts based his majority decision on the government’s taxing power). So today the fee became a tax. Simple, huh. Just tell Mitt what his views are, prop him up in front of a microphone and, voila, out of his mouth come the designated words.

Better start minding your Ps and Qs, Mitt. Wouldn’t want to upset your payola pals now, would we?

*Payola pal, also known in Follyland, DC parlance as a “campaign contributor.”

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New York state senator and Republican Marty Golden has scheduled a class for July 24th on Teaching the GOP to Stop Acting Like Flaming Assholes.

Talk about a mission impossible, this guy’s set himself up for a galactic fail.

Actually, that’s not what the course is about. That was just my suggestion.

The course this flaming asshole State Senator has scheduled is an etiquette class to teach women how to act like a Republican believes women should behave in public.

Gee, ladies, how did you get so lucky?

The course will teach the fair sex to “sit, stand and walk like a model” as well as “posture, deportment and the feminine presence.”

Poor fella. He had to cancel the class because of protests from several women’s groups.

I wonder if Golden’s class included a demand that women walk at least five feet behind their husbands as a show of spousal respect and male superiority. Hey, the guy is a Republican. And the GOP is a little “funny” about these women things.

N.Y. Sen. Marty Golden cancels feminine etiquette class after outrage – CBS News

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