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Republicans Fight for The Oppressed … Oil Co’s and DOD

Those poor poor fuckers … the Oil Companies.  The Republicans have again saved them from ‘losing’ $4.4 Billion a year.   You can argue about their profits, their overseas taxes, rising gas prices, but at the heart of it they are being SUBSIDIZED.  Yes, we would be paying more for gas at the pump if the subsidies go away … but we are already paying for it in the form of the the money the subsidies add to the debt, they’re already taking it out of our pockets.  This is one of the most brazen examples of the republicans plutocratic bent.

The other little tidbit I liked was this interview with Paul Ryan.  He is arguing that he is giving the military a larger budget than the generals are asking for because he knows better than them what they need.  Arrogant prick.

ROBERTS: Why did the committee choose to go against the advice of the generals?

RYAN: We don’t think the generals are giving us their true advice. We don’t think the generals believe that their budget is really the right budget. I believe that the president’s budget by virtue of the fact that when he released his budget number of about $500 billion, the number was announced at the same time they announced the beginning of their strategy review of the Pentagon’s budget. So what we get from the Pentagon is more of a budget driven strategy, not a strategy driven budget.

So … fuck the poor, fuck the middle class, fuck infrastructure, fuck education, for we mush save corporate America.  And make no mistake, aside from their sheer hawkishness, Republican support of the DOD is also a proxy for supporting their corporate buddies like Halliburton and Lockheed.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Economy, Politics

 

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Time to Kill the “Defense Spending” Holy Cow

As you all know now, the Republicans are trying to weasel out of the Debt Ceiling Deal of which they were architects.  The Supercommittee failed both stunningly and predictably, triggering ‘sequestration’ which is just a fancy word for mandatory cuts.  As part of this sequestration both non-military discretionary and military spending are to suffer equal reductions in spending of $600B each over the next 10 years.  But the Republicans are now screaming, “we will hollow out the military, we can not let this go forward!”.  In the Senate there was introduced the “Down Payment to Protect National Security Act of 2012″ which, according to Senator Rubio’s website:

Senator Rubio joined Senators Kyl, McCain, Graham, Cornyn, and Ayotte in introducing The Down Payment to Protect National Security Act, legislation which overrides the automatic, across-the-board cuts to our nation’s defense capabilities, which are scheduled to take effect in 2013 unless Congress acts. Instead of making severe cuts to the Department of Defense that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has warned would be “devastating to the defense budget” and would “weaken our national defense,” This bill replaces the scheduled cuts by reducing the federal workforce and extending the current pay freeze for federal workers. By doing so, the legislation ensures the debt reduction targets laid out in the Budget Control Act are still on track to be met –without endangering our national security at a time when threats both at home and abroad remain very real.

This pretty much dead on arrival,  So the House is now putting up the Ryan Budget version 2.0, the major upgrade from 1.0 being the focusing of the ‘message’ on no military cuts as opposed to the evisceration of Medicare (which is still there).  The military is protected from cuts by savaging domestic programs.

Now my question to the GOP is, “Are you fucking kidding me ?!?!”  The Defense Department budget accounts for 20% of federal spending on paper.  If you include other security and military functions under the umbrella of defense spending you are looking at 25-30% of our budget, depending on how you count things such as Homeland Security (not to mention the US accounts for ~40% of worldwide military spending).  In the last ten years military spending has amounted to well over  6 trillion dollars … 6 … TRILLION. Yet, noooooooo, cutting this is off of the table.  It is just fine, however, to recoup all these missing savings on the backs of seniors, the poor, our transportation infrastructure, our educational infrastructure, etc.

Man oh man was Eisenhower sadly prescient ..

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Economy, Politics, Rant

 

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Reasons Why The Extreme Right are A**holes

Just deluged with so many examples this morning, I had to share

  • Here’s Rick Santorum On abortion after rape – “make the best of a bad situation”Vodpod videos no longer available.

 

Hal Rounds, the Fayette County attorney and spokesman for the group, said during a recent news conference that there has been “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.”

No Hal, it’s not made up, it’s documented fact.  What is this new right wing chic about not being able to point out faults with anything they admire. Criticizing Mittens about Bain’s “Vulture Capitalism” is an attack on capitalism itself.  Criticizing the founders of the country for owning slaves or exterminating the indians is an assault on our origins.

“The thing we need to focus on about the founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn’t existed, to everybody — not all equally instantly — and it was their progress that we need to look at”

No one is saying they didn’t do great things, but they DID have faults.  Slavery was wrong.  You can wrap it up in whatever “social structure” argument you like, it was wrong.  It is this absolutism that is driving me batty.  Everyone and everything has to either be saintly or demonic, nothing in between.

 

 

  • Republican members of congress have made a video appeal (beg actaully) to Obama to not let the $500B in defense cuts outlined in the debt-ceiling/super-comittee nonsense (ya know, the nonsense that was THEIR idea) come to pass. Our dense budget is as big as the next 16 countries combined you morons.  Defense and Security spending account for almost a third of our budget for god’s sake
 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Politics

 

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