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The Top 8 Dumbest Things about the Republican Party

May 1, 2009

This feature is part one of a two-part series centered on the two major political parties in the United States.  For The 8 Dumbest Things about the Democratic Party, click here.

Is the Republican party going to be ok?

Is the Republican party going to be ok?

8.  Republicans believe that The War on Drugs can be solved if we throw everyone into prison.

Republicans get to take credit for the first recorded usage of the term “War on Drugs.”  It was used by Richard Nixon in 1969 as a way to fire up the base of the party against the counter-culture hippies that despised the Vietnam War.

Thanks to the War on Drugs, our prisons are overfilled.  The cost is so high to run some of these prisons that they have to be sold to private companies.  The legislature of California actually considered selling San Quentin prison this year because of the terrible financial shape that the state is in.

And drug cartels love the illegality of drugs more than Republicans do.  Drug demand in the United States will continue and the cartels increasingly find clever ways of evading the DEA.  In fact, cartels are now building semi-submergable vessels that can avoid RADAR and infra-red in Costa Rica.  They pack these boats with up to seven tons of cocaine and park it on a deserted beach in the United States. If they can get seven tons of cocaine to the coast of the United States without being detected, they can get seven tons of anything into our country.

Legalize drugs.  Pull the rug out from under the black market.  Levy taxes on the drugs and use that money to educate kids and help addicts get help.  This is exactly what happened during prohibition.  Legalizing drugs will help to stop the violence and the kidnappings in Mexico and in the southwest.

7.  Republicans demonize higher education.

From discounting professors in their “ivory towers” to laughing in the face of modern economic theory, Republicans love to rally their base on the premise of their shared mediocrity.  Ann Coulter believes that American teachers are “inculcating students in the precepts of the Socialist Party of America—as understood by retarded people.” (link)

There are intellectuals in the party, but you’ll find few conservatives that know them by name.  For every David Brooks, there is a Carrie Prejean.  For every George Will, there is a Joe the Plumber.

This isn’t to say that there are plenty of idiots in the Democratic Party as well.  The difference is that Janeane Garafalo doesn’t get microphone time at the Democratic Convention, while Joe the Plumber, a moron, is viewed as some everyman harbinger of truth in the Republican Party.  The problem with this outlook is that it eventually permeates into the politicians themselves.  The Palin phenomenon.  A folksy former sportscaster that bounced around from college to college without any sense of history or moder political theory is voted into the governorship of Alaska.  Same thing happened with Michelle Bachmann.

The hard right tarnishes the image of the Republican Party just like the Taliban tarnishes the image of Islam.

6.  Republicans believe that corporations are more trustworthy than the government.

Let’s get this out of the way quickly.  The government has done some shitty thingsBut they have also done plenty of good things.   Let’s look at the current financial crisis as a microcosm for the shittyness of government versus the shittyness of corporations.

The government allowed for corporations to create the derivatives market as well as offer subprime mortgages to people that couldn’t afford them.  That’s shitty.

The corporations took these allowances and had a field day.  Not only did they offer subprimes to the people that couldn’t pay them, but they bundled the mortgages into a security and bet on the outcome of the security.

Johnny thinks Group A of subprime mortgage holders will only pay back 40% of the loan while Philp believes that Group A will pay back 80%.  Johnny decides to bet $32,000 on the outcome even though he only has $1,000 in the bank.  Philip bets $28,000 even though he only has $900.  Group A only pays back 40%.  Johnny wins.  Now how the fuck is Philip supposed to pay him?

5.  Republicans believe that the government doesn’t belong in your pocketbook, but it does belong in your ovaries and in your bedroom.

It seems that every time the Republican party is asked about fiscal policy, the only two words on their lips are “tax cuts.”  We’re in a war?  We Need Tax Relief.  We’re in an economic booming period?  More tax cuts.  We’re in a recession?  Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.

People used to be offended if one was yellow and one was dark brown.

People used to be offended if one was yellow and one was dark brown.

Republicans believe that the best judge for whether you should carry your child is the federal government.  In fact, they believe that your Church should have no say in the matter.  They believe that a marriage between gay people somehow infringe on their rights.  There are going to be gay people that your children are going to be exposed to whether they are allowed to marry or not.  What difference does a certificate matter to you?

4.  Republicans believe that the Second Amendment of the Constitution is the only important one.

Not a peep came from the Republican party when George W. Bush all but suspended the Fourth Amendment with the warrantless wiretapping program.  Hell, even after he left office and we discovered that John Yoo had readied an additional memo that would have limited the First Amendment, there was no significant backlash at the Drudge Report and Red State.

But when anyone says that you probably shouldn’t be able to carry an assault weapon capable of shooting 30 times in 10 seconds, Republicans go apeshit.

Here is my compromise.  You can buy any gun you want.  However, that gun is only allowed to fire three bullets before you reload.  Gun manufacturers must make it so that a reload takes more than thirty seconds.  Military and police guns do not have to follow these regulations.

Many Republicans will say that that inhibits their ability to protect their family in case the government comes to get them.  But that’s idiotic.  The government has nuclear weapons, genius.  If they want a police state, then they’re going to get one.  Until then, three shots is all you get.

3.  Republicans say they reject big government when they are out of power, but balloon government when they are in power.

I don’t know how much longer Republicans will fall for this nonsense.  During the reigns of Reagan, Bush, and W. Bush, government grew on a massive scale.  Hell, George W. Bush added the entire Department of Homeland Security.  Government spending went through the roof with all three GOP presidents.  None of them ever balanced a budget or saw a surplus.

fiscal-conservative

It wasn’t until Bill Clinton balanced the budget late in his second term that many Americans finally realized that “fiscal responsiblity” did not belong on the Republican party platform.  Of course, the minute W took office, he squandared the surplus by adding significant tax cuts for the wealthy.  Most republicans don’t realize that the government has to PAY for tax cuts.  It is a signficant loss in revenue.  I’ll allow you to argue supply-side economic theory when a Republican balances the budget.  Until then, Bill Clinton’s “socialistic” 3% tax hike for wealthy people balanced it just fine.

2.  Republicans have shitty sources.

I don’t give a damn what some politician “believes” about global warming or Evolution.  If I want to hear about global warming, I’ll talk to chemists, geologists, and climatologists.  If I want to hear about Evolution, I’ll talk to a biological anthropologist or primatologist. There is no “big science” lobby.  These people do not get paid anywhere close to the bullshit experts from the oil lobbying firms.  They are scientists whose reputation is contingent upon their adherence to the scientific method.

Many, many scientists would like nothing more than to disprove global warming or Evolution.  They would be instant celebrities in the scientific world and they would be written about in textbooks for centuries.    But that doesn’t happen.

1. The people that vote for Republicans

On April 15, 2009 an estimated 189,000 people across the United States participated in Tax Day Tea Parties.  While simultaneously calling for an increase in defense spending, tea partiers were enraged at the 3% increase in taxes for people who make over a quarter of a million dollars a year.  Only 5% of working families in the United States will see a tax hike.

But don’t tell that to the teabaggers.

Sure, you get freedom of speech.  You just dont get to dictate policy when your guys lost.

Sure, you get freedom of speech. You just don't get to dictate policy when your guys lost.

If you asked them, taxes were through the roof on everything.  Even though the protests were sponsored by Fox News as well as two of the biggest lobbying firms in Washington, the majority of tea-party goers swallowed the kool-aid that this was a grassroots movement.

To be fair, the most vocal people on Fox and CPAC do not represent Republican voters collectively.  After all, the most moderate candidate in the Republican primaries John McCain won the 2008 Presidential nomination.  I suppose the proof of where the party is headed won’t be known until 2012.  If a Jindal, Palin, Romney, or Gingrich is selected, then they’re going in the wrong direction.  But if Jon Huntsman Jr.  is able to secure the nod, we may see a more reasonable, more intelligent Republican party.

All that and I didn’t even mention getting us into crazy wars, justifying torture, and the annual gay sex scandals.

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Jim Cramer sees jump in stock market, declares Depression over

April 4, 2009

Fuck you Jim Cramer.  A blip in the stock market just means that we may have found a way out of this clusterfuck.  Did we close down the derivatives market?  Surely we at least made subprime lending illegal, right?  Did we assign value to the toxic assets?  How about forbid 30 to 1 leverage?  Or criminalize naked default swaps?  No?  We haven’t?  Then shut the fuck up.

How long before you have to apologize for this?

I ate a ham sandwich for lunch.

I ate a ham sandwich for lunch.

RWP Rating: Unusual

Full Story: Business and Media Institute

The Top 8 Dumbest Things about the Democratic Party

April 3, 2009

This feature is part one of a two-part series centered on the two major political parties in the United States.  The 8 Dumbest Things about the Republican Party is available here.

Without further ado, let’s whip this donkey into shape.

Me, checking on the health of the Democratic Party

Me, checking on the health of the Democratic Party

8.  Democrats feel guilty about everything.

To these Democrats, the tragedy of Darfur is the fault of the global imperialism of American companies, gang members just need a stern talking-to, and all military personell are brainwashed by the overlords of the Military Industrial Complex.  All cultural practices are permissible as long as they do not include hunting and fishing in the United States.  Female circumcision and honor killings are morally sound as long as no white people are doing it.

7.  Democrats believe we should save every endangered species on the planet.

Recently, Barack Obama became the fourth president that has committed to saving the Spotted Owl in Oregon.  And while many environmentalist organizations applaud his effort, we also need to realize that species go extinct all the time.  Not only that, but where are we going to put all the windmills that will be needed to secure our energy future?  If we can preserve parks, then that’s great.  But democrats seem to think we can save every species on Earth while still securing the energy needed to run their hybrid Prius.

Blue boobies

Blue boobies.

6.  Democrats believe that they have a monopoly on rational thought.

Rethuglicans.  You see it in the comment sections every single day on The Huffington Post.  Everything the Republicans suggest is immediately wrong and stupid.  These Democrats can’t actually explain the alternate Republican budget proposal, nor can they tell you why global warming is occurring, they just know that if you question any of it, then you’re an idiot.

I’m not questioning the science of global warming.  However, scientists still haven’t even fully grasped what gravity is, much less the intricacies of the warming planet.  Both sides need to question and both sides need to listen to one another.

5.  Democrats believe we can win the War on Drugs by educating the American public.

“Who wants to learn how to use recreational drugs?” Ms. Snodgrass asks her fourth grade class.  “Well, today we are going to learn that you can get high from inhaling the fumes from the rubber cement that I keep in my desk.  But that it’s very bad for you health and you should never, ever do it.”

You know what else parents tell kids?  That candy will rot their teeth and that television will turn their brains to mush.  Guess what?  It doesn’t work.  Kids love candy and TV and when they get older, they may develop a penchant for stogies and hash.  Some people, in life, will become drug abusers.  It’s time we let people have a little responsibility to do what they want with their life.

I D.A.R.E. you to do these drugs.

I D.A.R.E. you to do these drugs.

4.  Democrats exploit blue collar workers.

This is most aggravating during any kind of Democratic primary.  They would have you believe that all Democratic politicians came from nothing and then magically became successful politicians.  Let’s take John Edwards for example.  Edwards almost said the phrase “son of a mill worker” more than John Kerry mentioned his service in Vietnam during the 2004 elections.  Just because your dad was a blue collar worker, doesn’t mean you are “of the people.”  It just means that you had to sink to chasing ambulances in order to buy your first mansion.

Fast forward to 2009.  Democrats control the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.  They are losing the message war on the Employee Free Choice Act, and they are doing it by not strongly objecting to the lies that surround the bill.  Claire McCaskill said in early March that she does not believe that they have the 60 votes that they will need.  If they grew a pair and told everyone in the country that the EFCA does not get rid of secret elections, then I think we could actually get somewhere with it.  I just have a funny feeling that there are a few Democratic Senators that do not want the bill to pass because…


3.  Democrats pretend to avoid special interest groups in Washington.

Barack Obama made several early campaign promises of being free from the strings of lobbyists.  Within weeks he passed a law that made it illegal for lobbyists to receive starring roles in the Presidential Cabinet…and then he broke the law 48 hours later.

During the campaign, Obama claimed that he didn’t take any money from oil companies or from Washington lobbyists.  The first claim is misleading and the second is only half true.  It has been illegal for candidates to take any money directly from corporations since 1907, but Obama did take about $213,000 from oil company workers and their spouses.  It is true that Obama did not take any money from Federally Registered Lobbyists, but he did take money from people who work at lobbying firms, as well as their spouses.  (Source: FactCheck.org)

A group of Republicans or Democrats protests the other partys politician.

A group of Republicans or Democrats protests the other party's politicians.

2.  Democrats whine about everything and are afraid to do what they say.

When Democrats are out of power, they pound their chests for the rights of the little guy, for immediate withdrawal from Iraq, and against corporate cronyism in the Republican party.  But when they get into power, things change.  All of the sudden, several members of Congress are rethinking their position on the Employee Free Choice Act.  All of the sudden, we can’t leave Iraq until 2011.  All of the sudden, the CEOs have to stay because they are the only people on the planet that can save us from the economic clusterfuck.

1.  The people who vote for the Democrats.

This one hurts.  And I, just like you, have cringed when I walk into the voting booth.  But we’ve got to accept responsibility for the shitty politicians that we’ve given ourselves.

My main problem with the electorate at large is that they view politicians as blank canvases on which they can project their personal ideals.  A successful politician need only offend the least number of people in order to win an election.  When was the last time you vote For someone more than you voted Against the opposition?

Pundits in the media hurt the electorate more than we can bear.  By smearing 24-hour gossip-athons into our collective face, the media actually convinces us that we do care about the wolves in Alaska, or the pastors in Chicago, or the knocked up teenage daughter.  But if we lived next to the Palins/Obamas/McCains/Bidens it wouldn’t be an issue.  We’ve glorified our politicians right out of their basic humanity.

But I’d hate to leave you on a downer…

Let me tell you a story about a different kind of Democrat.  Harry Braun ran for President of the United States in 2004.  Braun had big ideas for America, which included building a fleet of 1 million windships.

Two windships

Two windships

This may sound like batshit loony tunes Daily-Show-ready material right now.  But let Braun explain his idea:

The Windship systems were developed by William Heronemus, an engineering professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Heronemus graduated from both the U.S. Naval Academy and MIT, and then served as a naval engineer and architect until his retirement in 1965. Note the tugboat at the base of the Windship that is delivering the crew that will live and work in the submerged spherical hulls. Given that each Windship will have a crew of approximately 10 people, the one million windships that will make the U.S. energy independent of all fossil and nuclear fuels will employ 10 million people in high-quality jobs. The hulls will also contain the electrolytic hydrogen production systems that will make hydrogen from the seawater with the electricity generated by the mast of wind turbines. (Braunforpresident.com)

I like it.  It’s radical and I actually believe him.  It may cost a couple trillion dollars to construct the windships, but at least he is facing the energy crisis head-on.  Imagine the freedom of not having to rely on the whim of the Saudis in order to heat your home and put gas in your car.  We wouldn’t have to ruin our mountain landscapes with mine waste and we sure as shit wouldn’t have to fight in a war for resources.  Our energy plan would be completely sustainable into the foreseeable future.

The media quickly dismissed Braun as a “fringe” candidate.  Maybe it’s just me, but he’s speaking more sanity than I’ve heard from a politician in a long time.

-JL

Lovable strippers to be Co-CEOs of Bank of America

April 1, 2009

Randi Newton and Katie Haverton, former Wall Streeters by day and strippers by night, have accepted President Obama’s request to act as Co-CEOs of the troubled Bank of America.  Kenneth Lewis will step down, receiving a $28 million golden parachute.

Barb Wire was tough, but fair.

Barb Wire was tough, but fair.

Newton and Haverton know the Wall Street game well.  “I have experience as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley,” Newton reads from her resumé, “And I’ve got a shitload of street cred.”  Newton contends that Bank of America has become troubled because they lost vision of the people on the ground.  “I think they need to listen to more hip hop,” Newton says.  “I learned a lot by the songs they used to play at Rick’s Cabaret.”

Former real estate agent Katie Haverton will focus primarily on the company’s troubled CDO market.  “In my heyday, I sold a buttload of subprime mortgages.  I know how they work and what we can do, to get people to pay them.”  Haverton remains closely knit with the security staff Flash Dancers, the club she used to dance at in Midtown.  “I don’t think the police or the state needs to get involved with these mortgages.  If the people can’t pay them, I know who to call.”

Newton still remains loyal to her club, but won’t have time to strip anymore.  “I’ve got a lot of work on my plate now,” she says.  But when asked if she will ever dance again, Newton remains steadfast, “There will be reunion shows.  Don’t mark your calendars quite yet, but you’ll be seeing these titties again before the next election.”

RWP Rating: Crazy!

Source: Midtown Harlot

Real News of the Day: Sarkozy threatens to walk out of G20 Summit

March 31, 2009

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France threatened to “leave an empty seat” at the G20 Summit if acceptable regulations of the United States financial market were not furnished by President Barack Obama.   French Minister of Finance Christine Lagarde said, “President Sarkozy was very clear on that front, he said if the deliverables are not there, I won’t sign the communique.  It means walking away. I think he’s very determined.”

Sarkozy has a hot wife.

Sarkozy has a hot wife.

This may be that test that Joe Biden referred to before the November election.  Sarkozy is apparently unsatisfied with the way blame has been assessed in the global economic crisis.  He believes that the United States should accept the lion’s share of the blame.

Additionally, Sarkozy demands that the United States impose stricter regulations on its financial markets.  This will include everything from banks to hedge funds.   According to Lagarde, the United States and the United Kingdom want to opt for stimulus packages rather than international regulatory agencies.  The French government, in particular, wants to examine offshore tax havens and the effects they are having on the global economy.

Paul Krugman can only do so much with his lambasting of current fiscal policy.  At the end of the day, he is just a man with a bit of a higher soapbox than the rest of us.  No real power.  But it’s reassuring to see someone like Sarkozy, who does have international respect and power, demand that the United States stop its stupid financial games.  Then again, this reeks of political grandstanding.  It reminds me of officials that demanded that human rights laws be added to NAFTA but then didn’t impose any repercussions for violating them.

We’ll find out soon enough.

RWP Rating: Strange

Full Story: Telegraph

Former Wall Streeters are now spinning around the stripper pole

March 30, 2009

Some might say that strippers lack moral clarity.  But these days, many more would say that the purest of moral depravity is saturated in the asphalt of Wall Street.  But to people who need money to pay for an apartment in Manhattan, typical morality is a luxury they can ill afford.

Showgirls, a groundbreaking film.

Showgirls, a cinematic marvel.

Wall Street has faced a lot of layoffs in the last year.  From Lehman Brothers to Merrill Lynch, the nation’s leading financial institutions can’t put up the big numbers any more.  But have no fear.  Rick’s Cabaret, a strip club in New York City, can put up more important numbers.  36DDs.

That’s right.  At least three (the NY Post says “scores” by I think they’re full of shit) former employees at Wall Street mega-firms are financing their six figure lives by showing some good old fashioned T n’ A.   Randi Newton, a former financial analyst at Morgan Stanley, Katie Haverton, a former real estate broker, and Beth, a former something or other on Wall Street (article doesn’t say), now strip in the clubs of Manhattan.

Newton claims that incidents of sexual harassment have actually diminished since she began working at Rick’s.  Now an independent contractor, Newton says that she is able to make nearly $160,000/year in tips alone.

Haverton has seen similar good fortune.  “With dancing, the money is instant. Now that I make better money as a stripper than as a real-estate agent, I’m going to buy my own apartment.”

I find it oddly amusing that the Strip Club industry is unfazed by the economic crisis.  You’d think that as people tighten their belts, they’d find much cheaper ways of gawking at the body of a naked woman.

RWP Rating: Strange

FULL STORY: NY POST

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.

Republican Governor of Nevada demands pay increases for staff

March 25, 2009

While furloughs and layoffs continue to wreak havoc on an unstable economy, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons recently proposed pay increases for his staff.  Despite obvious opposition from constituents and political rivals, the Governor’s Chief of Staff defended the raises saying “If you look at this historically, in context, you can see that the governor’s office is reducing, we’re cutting back, and we’re spending a lot less than we did in previous years.”

Dude, those are singles.

Dude, those are singles.

So just because it’s less of a raise than previous years, the residents of Hooker Valley…er…I mean, Nevada have to swallow the cost in taxes?  Nevada unemployment is now sitting very unpretty at 10.1%, double what it was in February of 2008.

I hate stupid political posturing, but at least be crafty and hide it from the Nevada House floor.  Just create a bullshit job for your wife in the administration, funnel all of the cash for the raises into an account and disperse them at your will.

This is basic civics, Gibbons.

RWP Rating: 3/5 Strange

FULL STORY: Nevadaappeal.com

Idaho is preparing for war, martial law

March 25, 2009

I knew Idaho was a red state, but this is ridiculous.  The Idaho state legislature just passed a law that ensures that if martial law were to be enacted by the federal or state government, then citizens would never have to forfeit their right to bear arms.   Representative Pete Nielson, a sponsor of the bill, cited the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as one of the reasons why this bill is needed.  “Even in those instances, we should have the right to keep our Second Amendment right and keep our arms and ammunition.”

A potato famine would devastate local militias.

A potato famine would devastate local militias.

What is disconcerting about this situation is that states now have to reinforce federal amendments.  After the Bush Administration danced gleefully on the corpse of the Fourth Amendment, the people have a point in ensuring the Constitution is upheld.

That being said, this is bad news for the economy.  Now that Obama is president, gun manufacturers are enjoying an unprecedented leap in sales from the assorted crazies that believe everything the NRA tells them.   And there are tons of those loonies in Idaho.  You’d think that the Idaho representation would lend a kind ear to the gun lobby.  Now that the state government has ensured Second Amendment rights, the stockpilers may take a breather.

RWP Rating: 4/5 Bizarre

FULL STORY: http://www.idahostatesman.com/1306/story/708872.html

Arizona legislature outsources duties to idiot public

March 24, 2009

The Arizona state legislature is full of Republicans that absolutely refuse to raise taxes.  The state will enjoy a $500 million budget deficit in 2010 and they are shit out of ideas.  Apparently screaming “tax cuts” whenever any financial issue arises, produces less green than a hash dealer with a meth habit.

A Republican sells fertilizer to make up for shortfall.

A Republican sells fertilizer to make up for shortfall.

Rather than entertain the idea of raising any of several taxes, the Republican party in Arizona would rather just pass the buck to the public.  They are now publicly asking for any new ideas from Arizona Residents to cover the 2010 shortfall.

This is the dumbest fucking idea I’ve ever heard.  The people elected these morons because they felt like they fairly represented their district.  In fact, I’d be shocked if half the responses they get aren’t direct links to tubgirl and lemon party.  Another 20% will be marijuana legalization pleas that will almost certainly be laughed right out of any serious political discussion.

When I hire a plumber to fix my john, he sure as shit better not ask for advice on which compound to use when affixing water pipes.

This is petty populist bullshit.  Do the job you were elected to do.

RWP Rating: 3/5 Strange

FULL STORY: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2009/03/24/20090324politics-insider0324.html