Posts tagged ‘george w bush’

November 11, 2012

A Liberal’s Advice to the Republican Party

As a liberal, I believe that our country is better served when we have two parties who are willing to compromise on things that will make things better for the country. We aren’t best serve when only one voice or ideal prevails.

So here is my advice:

The Economy

Let go of your trickle down economic theory. It hasn’t worked. No matter how much you want to deny that republicans have had a lot to do with the shape of our economy, starting with Reaganonics, you will eventually have to open your eyes. Democratic economic policy has not been perfect, but President Bush had 8 years to change anything about the Clinton years that he felt didn’t work. Instead he lowered taxes during wartime. That has never happened in the history of the United States. That is not fiscal responsibility. If you want people to take conservatives seriously when it comes to being a fiscal conservative, this means you have to BE a fiscally responsible conservative. This means that, while you are talking about cutting programs to the poor and working class, you HAVE to talk about cutting programs to the rich. You can’t have this kind of hypocrisy hanging over your head or people won’t believe you when you say that you are fiscally conservative and won’t see any point in voting for you. If you say you are for small government, be a small government party. Big business subsidies/corporate welfare has to be cut as well.

Social Issues

You need to let go of the social issues. Independents won’t vote for you if you continue to scare them with people like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. There are just not enough Christian fundamentalists left to make up for the people who you lose when you start talking about “legitimate rape,” abortion and denying gay rights. I am not saying vote for programs that you disagree with. I am saying drop the issue. No more talking about repealing Roe vs Wade and no more obstructing gay marriage. You and your leaders can just not show up for the votes if that’s what needs to happen. Not regulating who one marries, and what women do with their body is very much in line with the ideals of “small government.”

Diversity

You party has to figure out a way to be more inclusive. Being inclusive does not mean getting a handful of minorities and pushing them out in front anytime someone asks you where all of the black/Asian/Latino people are. Being inclusive means recognizing the challenges that these demographics face and addressing them. Make them feel welcome in your party. Talk to them. Stop ignoring them.

Note: If the first thing you thought about when you read the above is, “You mean tell them they will get free stuff,” you still don’t get it and your party is doomed.

Be Nice

Finally, stop demonizing the electorate. If someone has to apply for food stamps because they lost their job and/or cannot find work, or receive welfare because they are so far below the poverty line they have no other options, it doesn’t necessarily make them a bad person. People who are actually compassionate, and know how to empathize, don’t like to hear people who are down on their luck being lambasted. They can put themselves into their shoes and imagine what it would be like if they lost their job and had no way to feed their children. This is called empathy.  The fact of the matter is that only 4% of the country receives welfare and 15% receive food stamps. 50% of the country voted for President Obama. People weren’t voting for “free stuff,” because 50% of the country doesn’t receive “free stuff.” Romney himself pointed to these programs as being in place for poor people when he was saying that he doesn’t worry about them. (Bad move, by the way.)

I know the odds of republicans actually taking this advice is slim to none, but I just wanted to put that out there because I don’t think that all TRUE conservative ideals are bad. They are just buried beneath all of the bullshit that the conservative media distracts the public with. And today, the new fear is that the democrats want to get rid of term limits in order for President Obama to have a 3rd term. This is something that will N E V E R happen because liberals wouldn’t go for it, neither would democrats. Sadly,the right is already scaring its base with this. I beg you conservatives, don’t let them do this to you. Reject it and demand better. The future of your party depends on it.

 

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September 6, 2012

Republican Envy

The poor, bald, republican talking head on MSNBC (I don’t know his name) said last night, “I wish that our guys had someone who could do that… but, we don’t…” Awww. Poor guy!

 

What President Clinton did last night, and what the majority of the democrats who have given speeches at the DNC have done, requires HEART and SOUL. Two qualities completely lacking in the republican party. They stood up there, with their smug-filled smirks and entitled attitudes, mocking democrats, mocking the president, but that’s all they have. You can’t run a campaign on hate! Hate is DRAINING on the heart, it’s DRAINING on the soul.
Republicans can hardly muster up any excitement for their presidential candidate, (speakers at the DNC mentioned President Obama more in ONE NIGHT than the republicans mentioned Romney during their ENTIRE convention) and they definitely can’t gather around their previous president. If the way republicans have done things in the past works so well, they would have been able to trot out GWB & Co – but did they? Nope. Instead it’s, “Let’s pretend that they don’t exist – maybe people will forget.” Maybe their devout base is willing to overlook the fact that their policies haven’t worked – If they did would we be in this mess? But, the rest of us don’t have that mental defect. We DO remember and we WILL be voting OBAMA/Biden 2012!

September 13, 2009

Census Report Shows Bush Economic Legacy Is Failure On Every Measurement

Thursday’s annual Census Bureau report on income, poverty and access to health care-the Bureau’s principal report card on the well-being of average Americans-closes the books on the economic record of George W. Bush.
It’s not a record many Republicans are likely to point to with pride.
On every major measurement, the Census Bureau report shows that the country lost ground during Bush’s two terms. While Bush was in office, the median household income declined, poverty increased, childhood poverty increased even more, and the number of Americans without health insurance spiked. By contrast, the country’s condition improved on each of those measures during Bill Clinton’s two terms, often substantially.

Read the rest of the article.

Let’s see. The economy IMPROVED under a democratic president… The economy TANKED under a republican president. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Where  are all those “fiscally responsible” republicans that you Teabaggers are ACHING to put back into power?

Facts are such a pesky little thing, aren’t they?

September 12, 2009

Read My Lips: No Pubic Option!

Republican Teabaggers, in all of their intellectual dexterity, descended on the US Capitol today. A crowd numbering 5,000 or 2 million people (I’m sure official numbers are due shortly) came from near and far wielding well written and thought provoking placards meant to make a strong, unified statement!

The classiest of such placards stated:

Such a touching display of human decency. Keep it classy, Teabaggers.

Well what can I say, really? The TB’s are fed up and are putting their foot down!

No wasteful spending.

No fiscal irresponsibility.

No Gov’ment hands on their gov’ment Medicare.

NO PUBIC OPTION!

No Siree! Not on their watch!

If only they weren’t a day late and a trillion dollars short.

Now, as an American, I can understand how it’s difficult to know when it is the right and wrong time to make a stand. Especially when Fox News hasn’t spelled it out for you by way of ominous music, misleading/untruthful headlines and big scary looking pictures of mean people who don’t look like you. If only Glenn Beck had been on FN those 8 years that Bush was president. Maybe things would be different!

At any rate, that’s the past. This here is about the future of these United States of America!

Just say no to Obamas Pubic Option!!!

Just say no to Obama's Pubic Option!!!

Now, while today is the first time I’ve heard about this so called “Pubic Option” that Obama insists on cramming down our throats, I personally don’t see the problem with free bikini waxes. Especially if it is followed by a free Teabagging session! That said, I am a reasonable person. So, for the betterment of this great nation, I am willing to side with the republicans on this one. No Pubic Option!

There! A compromise with the Republican Party: Yes We Can!

All joking, snarkiness and sarcasm aside, I am simply amused by this movement that the republican party has embarked on.  At the same time, I’m forced to ponder… Just where was this anger and outrage when the Bush Administration happen to lose billions of dollars in Iraq? When I say “lose” I don’t mean that they placed a bad bet on a Super Bowl game. I mean that they have no clue where it is!  It’s just somewhere in the abyss… That abyss, of course, may start with an H and end with an N, but hey, now is not the time for speculation!

Furthermore, where was this outrage when the deficit began to grow under Bush/Chaney, helped along by huge tax cuts given to the wealthiest people in the country?  Now, I know that Dick Chaney said that Reagan proved deficits don’t matter, but how is this theory working for the average American today? Better yet, if Reagan proved that deficits indeed don’t matter – what’s the problem with, theoretically, increasing the deficit in a way that will help Americans when we need it most? Are we really concerned with the wealthy more than we are concerned with the middle and lower class in this country? Or was Chaney saying whatever he needed to say to get people on the side of fiscal irresponsibility?

Not to mention, years and years before the financial crisis came to a head last year, economists warned that we were headed for trouble. Big trouble. Yet, the Bush Administration, and their republican controlled congress, stayed the course. They did not stray from their ultimate objective. An objective that had nothing to do with me, you, our grandparents, nor our grandchildren. An objective that lined the pockets of Big Oil, Big Pharmaceuticals, and Big Business in general.

I can still remember quite well, republicans brushing off any mention of wasteful and irresponsible spending in regards to the war and the Bush administration as a whole.  When, in June of 2007 the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report that stated the US Government was committed to spending $1.1 trillion with companies holding government contracts, there was not one peep out of these so-called fiscal responsible TB’s.

More than $200 billion in taxpayer money was spent on projects for which only one or a handful of companies submitted bids, the committee found.

That figure has more than tripled since 2000, according to the report, and now comprises more than half of all government spending outside of entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Teabaggers, can you spell “Disingenuous Hypocrite?” Probably not.

A picture is worth a trillion words:

THANK YOU FOX!

THANK YOU FOX!

God bless Amercia, indeed.