Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Republicans Trash and Cash Strategy

I was speaking briefly yesterday with an elderly fellow about our soured economy and he said "Boy, some change we got", which was meant to be a bite at President Obama. It isn't like he voted for him, or ever liked him at all.

The narrative many follow now is that everything was hunky dory until Jan. 2009 when Obama was sworn into office, neatly avoiding all reality, ignoring the crisis craziness about our tanking economy in 2008 when Republican candidate for prez John McCain held a press conference saying the presidential debate should be canceled so politicos could rally in Washington for an emergency meeting (which never really happened). But now, of course, all changes enacted to stop the battering of our economy are horrible, evil failures from an evil Marxist dictator.

Republicans hunt out cameras like they're supermodels, trash all policy plans from Democrats in Congress and from President Obama's administration, then run home, checks in hand from those same policies, and claim success for saving jobs. And not just a few of them - the list is long and part of the public record.

Rep. Phil Roe here in East Tennessee did it too.

And Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander did the same, as they arrived to cheer the re-opening of a Tennessee auto plant, thanks to a plan they called evil.

The crowd of employees booed them.

At a ceremony to celebrate the news on Friday, Tennessee politicians flocked to get a piece of the happy action, including Republican Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, along with Rep. Marsha Blackburn -- all three of whom voted against the auto bailout. The UAW employees in attendance booed lustily, saving their strongest scorn for Corker, who made no friends in union ranks two years ago when he argued that no federal aid should go to American car companies until and unless worker wages and benefits were reduced to levels "competitive" with foreign labor.

GM's employees did end up taking a hit in the managed bankruptcy organized by the Obama administration. But it wasn't as brutal a blow as southern Republicans representing work-for-hire states like Tennessee would have preferred. And since it was a Democratic administration that ultimately came to the rescue of the auto industry, the auto-bailout immediately had to be dubbed "a major power grab." Socialism! Or Fascism! Whatever -- it was bad, bad, bad!"


  1. Yeah, well Marsha Blackburn did vote for the First BailOut:
    Economic Stimulus. H.R. 5140, the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, passed 385-35 on January 29, 2008 (Roll Call 25). It would provide about $150 billion in economic stimulus, including $101.1 billion in direct payments of rebate checks (typically $600) to most taxpayers in 2008 and temporary tax breaks for businesses. Creating money out of thin air and then spending the newly created money cannot improve the economy, at least not in the long term. (If it could, why not create even more money for rebates and make every American a millionaire?) The stimulus has no offset and thus increases the federal deficit by the amount of the stimulus because the government must borrow the rebate money. A realistic long-term stimulus can only be achieved by lowering taxes through less government and by reducing regulatory burdens. Marsha Blackburn voted FOR this bill.
    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    She is no conservative.
    See her unconstitutional votes at :

  2. Blackburn and Alexander have been in Washington for decades allowing all the infrastructure and policy needs to be ignored - until they need an attack ad for re-election. one hell of a shell game. at our expense.

  3. "Republicans hunt out cameras like they're supermodels"

    Or attention whores, as the case may be.


    I can only assume that by stating the Marsha Blackburn "is not a conservative" you mean "is not a fiscal conservative".

    Nobody cares about that. Those who fancy themselves "fiscal conservatives" are the ones who took a trillion dollar surplus and turned it into a trillion dollar deficit.
    There is no such thing as a "fiscal conservative" in the US gubberment. Taking food from the mouths of the people is not fiscal conservatism. Nor is taking health care from them. It's social irresponsibility.

    Therefor, "Fiscal Conservative" is equal to "American Hater".

    Reducing taxes is good though. Exactly what President Obama has done and is doing. I'm a small businessman. I paid less taxes by 16% during the last fiscal year and it was also the best sales year in the eight years we've been in business.

    Everything is getting better with each passing day. All, absolutely all the indicators reflect that fact. So does the Right Wing's efforts to take credit locally for the stimulus they claim to hate.

    Ever wonder why a Green like myself votes Democratic? Because Republicans are the biggest hypocrites on earth. That's why.

  4. Anonymous12:35 AM

    Obama swept into office like a messiah and the old guard thinks they must fight with him about everything to prevent reelection. If Obama would have raised his hand and asked to use the restroom the Republicans would have told him that this was not an appropriate time.