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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Get your act together

I'm tired of hearing what the GOP needs to do in order  to start winning national elections again.  I can't get away from it; all the cable channels are talking about it and the Sunday talk shows spend a lot of their time discussing the subject.  You would think that  would give the local yokels a hint.  Instead, they double down and use the most extreme elements in their party to make their case.

A good example of a letter filled with misinformation was printed in today’s letter to the editor that you can see right here. Mr. Allen J. Novosad of Edna is a local right winger who thinks he represents mainstream America. He titled his letter “Irrational voting has put country in trouble” which is based in the truth, but he should have pointed out that the Tea Party was the culprit.

The writer wants the readers to believe that of the 126 million people who voted,  the  65 million people who voted for President Obama were wrong.  You see there were voting for Obama because they were ill informed Democrats who wanted free stuff, and  had other personal reasons that had nothing to do with the betterment of our country because  everyone should know that the GOP are the rightful heirs to that distinction. Oh wait, the voters didn't think so in 2006,2008 and 2012.

Mr. Novosad  evidently thinks that voters have been schooled by the politicians and cannot think for themselves.  I can remember way back in 1974, looking through the Victoria Advocate Sunday Classifieds and noticing that almost all  companies were offering health care benefits.  The company I was working for the time offered healthcare benefits.  Today, you'll find companies  bragging that they will lay off employees before paying for their health Insurance.  One  national pizza chain owner said he would have to raise the price of his (nasty) pizza 15¢ if he had to provide insurance for his employees.  That same pizza owner will probably pay millions of dollars for a 3o second Super Bowl ad. You see Mr. Novosad, back in the seventies tax rates were in the 70% range, so companies reinvested in their employees, and made worthwhile contributions to their community rather than writing out a check to the government.  Wealth distribution in those days was not equated with socialism, and it kept income inequality in check.  A person like you, Allen Novosad, never wonders why the stock market is doing so well, Fortune 500 companies have two trillion dollars in reserve and several are making record profits but benefits to employees are being cut, and their wages have been stagnant for years.

The right wing has been predicting inflation since January 20, 2009.  The writer throws everything into his talking points stew, such as abortion, the rising cost of health insurance, regulations, the Federal Reserve and several other things that are beyond the scope of checks and balances.  It’s as if, the GOP controlled House of Representatives(HR) doesn't have a role to play as the opposition party. The HR makes the tax policies( House Ways & Means) and appropriates the money our government can spend.  When did public schools  stop teaching civics?

Fox News should send their pundits. to a basic economics' class.  Recently there's been a rumor that the treasury might mint a $1 trillion coin send it over to the Fed where they would credit it back to the Treasury in order to avoid the world financial problems that would come by not raising the debt limit.  This artificial notation at the Fed  would not put any new money into circulation; it's merely a trick to avert another trick where the GOP would hold raising the debt limit hostage to more spending cuts. Fox’s financial guru, Neil Cavuto, said the coin would have to weigh tons. No, it doesn’t, in that hypothetical, the platinum coin would not be backed up by the value of platinum.  It's an accounting trick, so we don't have a party jeopardizing the world economy.  Conservatives haven't figured out that money is nothing more than a shared illusion, when it comes the governments.

Perhaps you can take some friendly advice GOP. First, put your first string out there to deliver your message, people like Chris Christie and Jeb Bush instead of the bozos who are hijacking your once great party. According to the latest polls 47% of people identify with the Democrats and 42% with the Republicans, and if you stand a chance of getting any part of the 11% on a more regular basis;your principle should remain, but you need to modify your policies to the times and completely change your rhetoric. Right now, you are doubling down on stupidity like you did when the party denounced the words of Todd Akin, yet the RNC funded his campaign after saying they wouldn’t. Then out of the blue, GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia said that Todd Akin was partly right because” I've delivered lots of babies, and I know about these things. It is true. We tell infertile couples all the time that are having trouble conceiving because of the woman not ovulating, "Just relax. Drink a glass of wine. And don't be so tense and uptight because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate." So he was partially right wasn’t he? But the fact that a woman may have already ovulated 12 hours before she is raped, you’re not going to prevent a pregnancy there by a woman's body shutting anything down because the horse has already left the barn, so to speak. And yet the media took that and tore it apart.” I doubt the party leaders will publicly denounce his fund raising words, but they keep the flames of stupidity going. Finally, you need to see someone for your Obama derangement syndrome because being against everything the president wants to do without a plan of your own further discredits your purpose in governing.


born2Bme said...

I read that article last night and thought you would be on it sometimes today.
The danged election is over. Certain people are still putting offensive political cartoons on FB about President Obama. They need to just get over it. Their side lost and for a very good reason.
If they insist on blaming the ignorant 53%, then they are doomed to repeat their failed attempt. That's fine with me. ;)

born2Bme said...

After giving this a little more thought, I think Mr. Novasad might be partically right, BUT, it was the voters who voted in Reagan and the second Bush, twice each. Now that was irrational, bordering on insane.

Mike said...

I'm getting too prediciable...:-0

i wasn't going to write a blog today but Novasad gave me all the inspiration I needed.

I gree we need to quit spending more than we bring in we can't expect to correct all the mistakes in one term;especially if one party won't admit their part in the mess.

I just got back from the office Depot by the Golden Corraland EA was partly right ;there is parking on the right side but it's all handicap parking...I knew I didn't see anyone parked there but it took EA to make me look at the reason why...:-)

The know-it-all at the VA is telling everyone how it went down but I think there is some unnecassary,cruel ans silly comments aboou the poor woman.

I rememeber when I was in my forties I had not been tested for diabetes yet. I was driving down Rio Grande when I started to shake,sweat,and started becoming delirious but luckily I was close to Citizens ER where they explained that I had real low blood sugar.

Edith Ann said...

Well, at least Garland Ray Kolle, in his letter to the editor, declares gun owners not to be 'do gooders'. Aren't do gooders folks who do good? Everyone else would be, what? The bad guys?

Mike said...

Anytime 20 children get killed and especially the way it happened will definitely  get world wide coverage.This was the tipping point of outrage but it certainly was not an isolated incident.

The founding fathers were weary about the British and not the new government...Even ultra conservative Supreme Court Justice Scalia said it well in the power of the government to regulate guns...The 2nd Amendment is not absolute....Mr. Joelle should read the SCOTUS 2008 ruling that cemented the rights of gun owners.

All the hissy fits are a little premature since Joe Biden will not submit his report before Tuesday and there hasn't been a vote in Congress...No law can pass unless it goes through the GOP controlled House of Representatives... I ask again "when did they stop teaching civics in public school?"

Mike said...

Lol...Kolle said " An armed citizenry of patriots could keep this from happening."..Texas shoud take away his consealed gun permit as Tennessee did when the wing nut James Yeager said he was going to start killing people.

Another case of gun owners being represented by wing nuts.

born2Bme said...

They are going to have to control gun parts too. I heard about this guy that ordered all of the parts and made his own gun at home. How would they combat that?

Mike said...

They could control the bullets...:-)
In reality I think all that stands a chance of passing is the high capacity ammo clips and universal background checks and many NRA members support those measures....I don't believe anyone thinks anything will totally stop the mass murders but we don't have to continue making it easier for them......I heard a person say it's like prohibition and drunk drivers..Get it?

born2Bme said...

There's another article on the VA by Garland Kolle, about gun control. When is the last time gun owners in this country saw army vehicles roaming our roads, or stealth fighters being flown by the ordinary honest, hard-working, law-abiding gun owners in this country?
With their way of thinking, it should be totally alright for anyone with the money to buy those kind of high-tech arms.
I think the NRA always makes the stink they do because their membership always increases by huge numbers and people flock to buy guns and ammo before the liberals take their guns away. *roll eyes*
Lots of money flowing their way.

Mike said...

I'm 100% sure that our government will not confiscate guns and never had any intention to do that....Do they want to ban the 30 round ammo clips and assault weapons? Absolutely but they can't do it without Republican support and under our form of government,they represent our wishes.

Come November 2016 when all the fears of the paranoid never come forth ,they will not apoligize or say they were wrong.

born2Bme said...

Maybe all they need to do is classify them as weapons of mass destruction?

Mike said...

Well we've got to be careful and be like those who equate people getting killed by gun violence to abortion or auto accidents...Then there's one poster who gives a one-sided hypothetical,doesn't include a call to 9/11,just a felon and a mom who should be able to fire 6 shots from her .38 hitting the felon 5 of 6 times as if the felon was unarmed and the police couldn't get there in the time the chase went all the way up to attic...And he thinks the anti-gun crowd are the most ignorant people of all.

born2Bme said...

LOL I was wondering why the mom didn't shoot when the person broke the bathroom door down, or sooner.
Actually, he did prove a point...for the other side. It doesn't take more than what's in a normal gun to defend yourself.

Mike said...

I heard Cory Booker say that more people commit violent offenses using hand guns but there's no one talking about that.

I think the responsible guns owners are being done a disservice when the likes of a tin foil hat radio host like Alex Jones makes a fool of himself on CNN..