Posts Tagged ‘John Boehner’

Republican Congress members attending Tax Day Tea Parties

April 15, 2009

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Never missing an opportunity for some fake populism, several Republican Congress members are planning to attend Tea Parties today.  No Democrats are currently slated to show.

Dont get screwed by the IRS.  Vote for the people who invented the offshore tax haven.

Don't get screwed by the IRS. Vote for the people who invented the offshore tax haven.

House minority leader John Boehner (R-OH) will attend a Tea Party in Bakersville, CA.  Apparently he needs to work on his killer tan.  House Budget Committee Chair and writer of the idiotic alternate Republican budget Paul Ryan will attend a Tea Party in Madison, WI.  Madison, known for it’s hippies, gays, atheists, environmentalists, feminists, stoners, and out-of-control Halloween parties will let out a proverbial fart in his general direction.

Former Speaker of the House and newly baptized Newt Gingrich will head up to New York for an event.  No word yet on when he will be divorcing his third wife.  We’re pulling for sometime next Thursday immediately after she is diagnosed with incurable and heavily-mutated tuberculosis.  That seems to be his style.

RWP Rating: Unusual

Full Story: The Hill

Links to the Twitter accounts of politicians

March 28, 2009

Claire McCaskill (D-MO) just had Ben & Jerry’s ice cream with her daughters.  If you actually cared about that kind of thing, then start a Twitter account because I hear the dilemma of tomorrow is tuna fish vs. ham sandwich.  117 members of our illustrious congress have joined Twitter  since the site blew up in 2008.  79 Republicans and 38 Democrats.

Political twits love their Twitter.

Political twits love their Twitter.

Eric Cantor (R-VA) took the whole month of February off.  Cantor did not eat, drink, or sleep during the month, nor did he attend any congressional meetings.  If they didn’t tweet it, it didn’t happen. Barack Obama did too.

Other Twitters who tweet:

Joe Biden

John McCain

Chuck Grassley

Jim DeMint

James Inhofe

Chris Dodd

John Boehner

Luke Puckett

John Cornyn

Bob Latta

Jeff Flake

Neil Abercrombie

Gresham Barrett

John Shimkus

Michael C. Burgess

Roy Blunt

John Culberson

Pete Hoekstra

John Boozman

Thad McCotter

Tom Price

Dan Burton

Rob Wittman

Randy Kuhl

Keith Ellison

Randy Forbes

Tom Latham

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Kendrick B. Meek

Candice Miller

George Miller

Denny Rehberg

Tim Ryan

Mark Udall

Tom Udall

Joe Wilson

John Yarmuth
So who is going to be the first idiot to get screwed over by their own Twitter account?  I’m looking at you, Eric Cantor.  Let us know if you have any more to add to the list.

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FULL STORY: Shreveport Times

Real News of the Day: Republicans’ alternate budget proposal

March 26, 2009

I’m convinced that the Republicans are hellbent on making this country succumb to one party rule.  Republicans used to have real ideas for improving the country.   Eisenhower championed the Interstate Highway System, George H.W. Bush had the gall to call Reagan’s tax plan voodoo economics, and Ron Paul can still be taken somewhat seriously in modern economic debate.

But this alternate Republican tax plan is abysmal.

Incredibly appropriate.

Incredibly appropriate.

What happened today:  Senate minority leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) convinced House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) that they needed to get behind a Republican alternate budget proposal.   Representative Mike Pence (R-Indiana) apparently conceived the plan during the last few weeks.  The congressmen held a press conference today and it was absolutely disastrous.

But what really happened: Mike Pence apparently acted like a college student that worked on a 20 page essay for weeks and then, hours before it was due, decided to forget about all the hard work and just slap together a 1 page summary.  All details were cut.   A simple pie chart at the bottom isn’t labeled and isn’t specific.  No, for that part I don’t even need to fall into the world of symbolism.  We have obtained the single chart from the alternate proposal.

Yes, this is it.

Yes, this is it.

What the alternate Budget contained: Two words.  Tax Cuts.  Yes, while criticizing Obama for increasing the federal deficit, these Republicans have the audacity to submit an alternate budget that would cease a huge amount of revenue.   Under the alternate tax plan, the tax rate for the wealthiest Americans would be slashed from 35% to 25%.  Those making under $100,000 will pay just 10% in taxes.  The alternate budget contained no cuts to federal programs.

Why it’s fucking irresponsible:  We have a HUGE federal deficit.  If we reduce revenue for the federal government we have less money to pay for the wars and the economic disaster.   That being said, we have to spend more right now.  I know it sounds stupid, but if the government stops spending right now, our economy will be shot to shit faster than a cheetah shot out of a cannon.  Examine the Paradox of Thrift for additional information.

Aftermath:  Reporters started asking questions.  Lots of them.  Involving specific numbers and details.  John Boehner was left bumbling about how they’ll have more details next week.  But they were the ones that called the press conference in the first place!  If you aren’t ready until next week, then hold the conference then.  Eric Cantor left in the middle of the conference.  Probably to catch another concert while pretending to be legitimate opposition.

This sucks for the American people.  We need real opposition in our government that holds the controlling party accountable for their decisions.  If all they come up with is a bunch of nonsense that completely contradicts their contention that Obama is going to drive us into more debt, then I have to assume that it’s all political posturing.  They are in no way interested in improving the country.  They are interested in playing politics.  And they can’t even get that right.