Sunday, January 1, 2012

President Obama and Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

Mitt and the gang at Bain

Willard Mitt Romney,
Man of the People

"Here's looking at you kid."

We're back from our Christmas break now... back from visiting Santa down at the South Pole. Sure is cold down there, and I couldn't find Santa for some reason... the wily old bastard.
Lots of penguins.
Should of just went to freaking Santa's Village in Santa Cruz (they named the town after him it seems). It's certainly a lot closer... and warmer. No penguins though.
And as far as politics in America at the moment, all anyone is talking about is Tuesday's Iowa Caucus, which I couldn't care less about. The Republicans are getting so much free, uninterrupted publicity these days simply because there are no Democratic primaries this year since we already have the White House. And because they're having sooooo many freaking debates. But it doesn't matter at all. No matter who the Republicans finally nominate they won't stand a chance against Obama because the Republicans are running on ideology and make believe rooted in some parallel Republican/Tea Bagger universe, whereas Obama is running in a fact based, real world, problem solving mode, and most of the people in this country know it.
Here's just one example of what the Republicans have stored up in their mighty arsenal of attacks toward President Obama. Mitt (Mitt) Romney, the probable Republican nominee, stated last Thursday that Obama was out of touch with the average American, just as the French queen Marie Antoinette was toward her subjects.
"When the president's characterization of our economy was, 'It could be worse,' it reminded me of Marie Antoinette: 'Let them eat cake,'" Romney said.
What Mitt was trying to infer was that Obama is an elitist, while he himself was just an average Joe who was truly able to feel the pain of the average American citizen in these difficult times.
And here we have a rebuttal by the Daily Kos which reiterates what press people in the White House have said about the comment: This is the same Mitt Romney who is worth an estimated $250 million but refuses to release his tax returns because they almost certainly show he pays a much lower share of his income to Uncle Sam than most middle class families [or possibly doesn't pay any income tax at all]. That would also be the same Mitt Romney who nevertheless declared himself part of the "80 to 90 percent us" who are middle class. This is the same Mitt Romney who despite his retirement from Bain Capital 13 years ago continues to make millions annually from his old employer, a firm which the Los Angeles Times rightly concluded, "often maximized profits in part by firing workers." This is the same Mitt Romney who proudly declared that "corporations are people my friend," but insisted "I don't think we hurt the poor" by cutting programs like Medicaid. This is the same Mitt Romney who's advice to struggling American homeowners is "don't try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom, allow investors to buy homes, put renters in them, fix the homes up and let it turn around and come back up." This is the same Mitt Romney who has five sons, none of which has elected to serve their country by joining the military during a time of war (Why? Because rich kids don't do those kind of things. They're above that... and they might get hurt. Oh yeah, Mitt didn't serve either... another chicken hawk running for President (to fully disclose, Obama didn't serve, but I'll give him a little slack due to the fact that he just ended the war in Iraq)) because his sons had made different career choices in life, but he did mention a niece whose husband had been called up by the National Guard. "One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping to get me elected," he said back in 2007. Wow, thanks boys! We sure appreciate your great sacrifice for the nation.
"It is actually laughable that the 'Quarter-Billion-Dollar Man' would call President Obama out of touch -- and use the example of a French monarch to make the point," DNC spokeswoman Melanie Roussell said in a statement to The Huffington Post on Thursday evening. "This is the same guy who joked that he was 'unemployed,' offered a $10,000 bet as casually as one might buy a cup of coffee, and said 'corporations are people.' He's also the same person who, as a former corporate buyout specialist for Bain Capital, made his fortune firing thousands of workers, cutting benefits, bankrupting American companies and outsourcing jobs overseas... Laughable."
Obama campaign Press Secretary Ben LaBolt quickly followed suit, tweeting out a link to a video of Mitt Romney speaking French for an introduction of the volunteers at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
This is the same Mitt Romney who doesn't even know there is not one shred of evidence that indicates that Marie Antoinette ever made that statement... the poor ignorant bastard.
Who is Romney telling this crap to? The Republican base of course, and/or Tea Baggers, who eat it up like cotton candy. They don't care if it's not true, because it's exactly what they want to hear... facts be damned. Ideology is paramount to them. They will believe they're right about everything... all of the time... in their deluded little minds, no matter how many times it can be proven again and again that their precious ideas are just... wrong. Their world view is based on fantasy, like the United States is a Christian nation for example, and all of its citizens should adhere to Christian principles, when that is clearly not the case. 60% to 76% of the population identify themselves as Christians (51% as Protestants and 25% as Catholic, who battle each other), which leaves a whopping quarter of the country exercising some other religion, or none at all. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," our founding fathers wrote in the First Amendment to the Constitution, and they did that for a reason, to establish the fact that they did not intend for the United States to be closely affiliated with any one religion. The Republicans, the religious right, the Tea Baggers don't like that so for them it doesn't exist, and they go on merrily believing that this is a Christian country. Candidates like Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum, if elected to the presidency, would surely do everything in their power to make that true.
Republican fiscal policy is wrong, which has been proven, unfortunately, time and again in the real world. This is the party that cut taxes during a time of unnecessary war which they started, and who deregulated Wall Street to the point it became a casino which precipitated the global financial crisis we're still trying to deal with, and here are the Republican presidential candidates, hoping the American people can't remember that far back and vote them back into power so they can start their disastrous policies all over again! It absolutely amazing!
Sadly a lot of Americans can't remember that far back which is why the Republicans own the House of Representatives now. And those Americans who voted for them deserve exactly what their getting from their Congress... a great big heaping plate of steaming nothing! This is the worst session of Congress possibly in its entire history, and I'm not the only one who's saying that. Congress people are saying that as well, and they should know. No progress on jobs has been achieved. They blocked the Presidents efforts for a job program. Of course nothings been done toward making healthcare more accessible, or ease the home foreclosure crisis, or anything else for that matter. Why? Because the Republicans believe that the less they do the worse Obama will look, which will give them back the Presidency this year. But the American people are smarter than that, or at least the majority of them are. The approval rating of Congress, which now stands at around 11 to 12% proves that, as does the country's reaction to the House Republicans refusing to pass the payroll tax break extension as soon as they got it the week before last. America is watching them, and keeping them in mind.
So with this kind of weaponry going for the Republicans I don't even expect it to be a very exciting election year, despite the media's constant attempt to make the race appear close. That's good for their ratings, but way bad for the country.
This is what Rick Joyce predicts will happen in the 2012 Presidential and Congressional election. I believe Barack Obama will return for a second term, and it will be interesting to see what he does, or tries to do as a lame duck. I believe the Republicans will gain the majority in the Senate... I hope they don't, but the math says they probably will. And I believe the Democrats will regain the House of Representatives. John Boehner and the rest of his boys and girls have done such an awful job I just can't see them keeping it.
And what's up for the 2016 elections? What do the Republicans look forward to in regaining the White House? A 73 year old Joe Biden and a 68 year old Hillary Rodham Clinton, that's what. Yeah they'll be a little older, but Ron Paul is running for President right now just fine, and doing pretty well for a 76 year old Libertarian who wants to destroy the government. Who can the Republicans hope to put against either of these two and win. That fat bastard thug from New Jersey? Unlikely. Jeb Bush? There's too much Bush in his name for him to win. Marco "My parents fled from Castro" Rubio? Maybe, but he'll lose to Biden or Clinton if the economy is still improving, as would budgetman Paul Ryan.
No, I see the White House remaining in safe hands for the foreseeable future, which makes me happy. For myself, my family and friends, and the country.
And if Biden and Clinton decline to run we still have a slew of respectable and popular Senators, Representatives, and Governors who I'd put against any Republican any day.
Maybe Al Franken will run. I'd sure vote for him, and it would sure piss of Bill O'Reilly, which I'm alway for.
But we'll win, despite all of the dirty election fraud tricks, lies, and corporate money.
Because we have truth, facts, and beauty on our side. The Republicans have false ideas, greed, and psychopathology on theirs.
We shall see.

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