Monday, August 20, 2012

Romney, Ryan, and Akin, oh my!

These things I’ve read trouble me:

A quote: "I'm as pro-life as a person gets," Ryan told The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, in 2010.

And an article:

Akin and Ryan were the original co-sponsors of the controversial bill H.R. 3, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which initially included language which changed the definition of “rape” to “forcible rape,” until public pressure forced the bill’s supporters to remove that unacceptable and narrow definition. As I wrote previously, Paul Ryan is not just anti-choice; his anti-choice views are extreme and just plain bad for all women.

Linking Ryan to Akin and the idea that there is such a thing as “legitimate rape” based on pseudo-science and folklore is something that needs to be done before the upcoming election. While Team Romney attempted to create distance with Akin, saying that both Romney and Ryan “disagree” with his statements, there was nothing in their statement that said they condemn his remarks as hurtful to victims. There was also nothing in Team Romney’s statement that pointed out that what Akin said about pregnancies resulting from rape being rare is just flat-out wrong.

Wait? What? What year is it? 2012? Yup, but guess what happened in 2011? Todd Akin and Paul Ryan cosponsored H.R. 3! 3! Third bill on the calendar year for congress... they could not wait to go full bore into a war on women. Don't take my word for it. Search the record, look at what is going on in our country in 2012.

It's not even close to funny anymore.  C’mon, we all got a good chuckle out of the Republican Primary, right? And then we got Romney. Go ahead and admit it. You chuckled a little. But then he picked Paul Ryan as his running mate. And yet, he still is at 44% in the current polls. How can these two misogynists have so many supporters? It is incredible. I stare in disbelief at my computer screen and TV almost daily. I thought the Republican Primary was funny. But don’t think this is funny anymore.

We are less than 80 days away from the election and 44% of voters are agreeing with these two knuckle dragging Neanderthals. How is that so? This is not funny anymore. There is indeed a Republican War on Women. Please wake up America. These guys will set us back 50 years...

Wow… What a nightmare it must be to be a woman today. I am saddened by the lengths at which Republicans will go to ... I don’t know... what the hell are they doing?

I've been registered as a Republican since Reagan! I was embarrassed by George Bush Jr., but this primary season was the last straw. It did not really matter what party I had as my registration. I could vote in the Primary for the weakest candidate and laugh. Except, when I went to vote in the Primary and the poll worker called out my party designation... I felt shame. I am no longer a registered Republican. The last three years of racism and misogyny have shamed me out of the party.

In Pennsylvania 750,000 voters could be disenfranchised and unable to vote because of the GOP. That is the margin President Obama won by in 2008. That feels like cheating. In several states... wait... Ohio too. They tried to change early voting rules. Florida? The news cycles are dizzying. There are now new voting rules in state after state. There is an assault on Planned Parenthood. And it is so much more.

Somehow “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" has turned into "Jobs, Jobs, J-abortion". Do not think for a minute that they don't have a chance. They do.

 44% of likely voters support them. It is scary...

Who is voting for these guys?

I am embarrassed as a man for the ignorance that has been allowed to fester and grow in this country during the last decade. I remember being vaguely aware of the E.R.A. and confused as to why it was an issue. I was a small child and wondered why my mom was not considered an equal. I barely knew the words that grown-ups were discussing on the TV. I scoffed as a young man when Nancy Reagan told us to "Just Say No." But for some reason, I joined the Republican Party.

I was weary of the Christian Coalition but believed in the Separation of Church and State; but my mind cannot believe how they have recreated themselves as a Tea Party Juggernaut. And who really trusted Newt Gingrich when he was speaker of the house. But I hoped that fiscal responsibility would save the day. It does in my own personal life but these Republicans lied. They are neither for Fiscal responsibility nor for Freedom.

Freedom is about choices. And ever since President Obama was elected I have seen some of the ugliest hate, racism, and ignorance I’ve had the misfortune of witnessing. I knew it was out there, but I chose not to see it. I shrugged it off as a few bad apples. But now there are just too many bad apples to ignore.

Paul Ryan may not be racist, but his view of what choices women should be allowed to make certainly make him sexist. Paul Ryan co-sponsored a federal Personhood Amendment. Amendment. He wanted to change the constitution in order to overturn Roe vs. Wade. This guy voted to defund Planned Parenthood and Mitt Romney has said he too wants to defund it. Paul Ryan opposes all abortions, except when the life of the mother is at risk. And, he wants the same ultrasound thing that other states have forced upon their women. If men got pregnant, this would not be a requirement.

This is a scary year. How is it so? Why are we going backward in time?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Romney Ryan Road to Ruin

I've paid into Social Security/Medicare/FICA for 20+ years... been working since my teens. I didn't expect much to be left after the Baby Boomers got done with Social Security. But I figured they couldn't mess things up too bad.

Sure, they were the cool kids who partied with me because I was precocious; but I never thought they were all that bright. I was hoping they would not take away medicare too. The fact that it is someone from the X generation doing this to us is astonishing and unsurprising. They are on the cusp of being told they are wonderful but did not get stars for wiping their buts or graduate from every grade school class they ever matriculated through.

Ryan is looking for his gold star for doing poo poo in the toilet.

Saying I'm pissed is an understatement. If Ryan gets in do I get all my FICA contributions back? No... this putz just leaves everyone under 55 hanging out to dry. We won't have Social security or Medicare.

And... The most disgusting thing about Paul Ryan is he is planning to dismantle the very thing that made his success possible. He got Social Security benefits and rode them into Congress. Now he wants to make sure no one else can be helped by the very same programs he used to succeed.

What a disingenuous and pathetic hypocrite.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Romney Hood picks the Sheriff of Nottingham

Romney Hood picks Sheriff of Nottingham as his running mate:

Let's hope Americans realize that Class Warfare is real and the winning side just picked their champions. We need to stop Plutocrats from extracting more wealth from the Working Class.






Friday, August 3, 2012

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Can we get rid of the intractable partisan politicians and find a bipartisan group of politicians who will pledge to do what is best for American Workers? We need politicians who offer us a solution to the American Jobs Act.

We all agree that public infrastructure needs maintenance and buttressing. How much better would we all be with a wider and more robust broadband solution? Our roads and bridges need repair. We need to invest in wind, solar and other renewable energy sources. We need education support for American citizens to fill the jobs of the future.

Jobs, jobs, jobs.

Where are the jobs? The jobs are in manufacturing. We have to import solar and wind components because we do not have the manufacturing processes in place to meet the demand of new technology. We need to educate our people to be able to build the futures infrastructure. It is time to abandon ideological canards and move forward with the progress of America.

We can do anything we put our heart and souls into. We were the first on the moon. We should be the first in technological breakthroughs in renewable energy. We were the first to implement the internet. We need to be the first to bring that technology to its next evolution. We need to educate our citizens in the trades of technology.

We need to invest in our future. The late 1920’s and early 1930’s saw our country convulse in a spasm of deprivation. And we built ourselves out of that chasm to become the greatest economy in the world. We are that kind of country. Now we need those kinds of politicians. Do not vote for any politician who won’t tear up his signed pledge to Grover Norquist. Who is Grover Norquist anyway?

Why is a pledge to Grover Norquist more important than the Oath of Office?

To our politicians we need to say: “Bring us solutions, or go home! We do not need your ideological heresy. We need jobs! And, we need the jobs now!”