My daughter was home sick today and so she got to watch her father yell at the TV screen this morning as I watched lie after lie after lie after lie come from my screen.
To be fair, there was a woman from CBS with a clear liberal view asking questions and a couple of Republican newbies who seemed genuine and interested in making politics work in Washington.
But darn, they’re dumb, or missing the point or just plain lying. Aaaaarrrrrrggggghhhh! It makes my blood boil.
So, here’s my response to their “view”:
1) I don’t EVER want to hear about the budget deficit without somebody on the Republican side admitting that THEIR man destroyed a surplus through a war that he couldn’t justify, simply because he felt like having one. Until they take responsibility for getting us in this mess, I don’t want to hear that I’m supposed to trust them and their financial plans. They have to EARN my trust by taking responsibility for their own actions and explaining how they’re going to fix the mess they made.
2) A question came from the audience, “since the government employs 20% of the labor force, how can you cut government without increasing unemployment?”. First off, nobody answered the question, which I’d never even thought about before. Secondly, I’m sick of people saying that “government doesn’t create jobs”.If someone is employed, by definition, they have a job! If they work for the government, the government has created a job! It may not be a “sustainable” job, but it does help people and they pay taxes and use the economic system just like people in factories do, so government can create jobs, and does.
3) I don’t want to hear how by cutting people’s $400 per month welfare checks we’re going to save the economy and balance the deficit, without asking people who make millions to help do the same. By simple math, you have to save a lot of $100.00 bills to make up for a million dollar corporate tax break or a tax break for the wealthiest 1%. The rich need to get over themselves and pay their fair share!
4) Preventing someone else from doing something is NOT the same as doing something yourself. If you are not going to compromise, don’t tell me you’re interested in moving things forward.
5) Something is changing in the world of economics. Big companies make big profits … and keep them. They don’t reinvest and they don’t create jobs with their money. They want more for less from their employees, they want to mechanize, and they would rather do anything but hire someone with benefits. Trickle down economics is — in actuality — a lie because nothing is trickling down. Demanding that we use old formulations of how things work when they don’t work that way is just blowing smoke and the Republicans I saw today were demanding just that! Enough already! Unbridled capitalism doesn’t work any more than unbridled communism does. The excesses put forth by ANY system need to be controlled. The people I saw this morning want to control excesses where there aren’t any and free up people who already have too much freedom! Again, enough already!
6) You can’t say you are against government spending and then ask for disaster relief or educational funding or money from the Feds for building roads. You can’t say you’re against earmarks and earmark tax breaks for corporations. If you really don’t want government, don’t ask for it. If you say “People aren’t allowed to have needs and shouldn’t expect help”, then states shouldn’t either. You can’t have it both ways.
I could scream for hours, but that’s as much ranting as I want to do today…
Editor’s additional note: My friend Becky was in a tornado in the South recently and apparently has had problems with FEMA. If the government is going to be of help, they should do it better. Also, of course, Becky isn’t complaining about getting government assistance. Whether her state is not is another question.