I’ve been saying for years that since the election of George W. Bush, the village idiots in our country feel empowered. They had someone to cheer for 8 years, one of their own was in office. The effect of electing all those dimwits is what we have today, Governors who are shifting wealth from the middle class and poor to the richest of the rich and now with Paul Ryan’s hurtful budget, their is no doubt in anyones mind that Republicans ONLY care about the rich. They aren’t even pretending to care about the rest of the people. When you mix that arrogance of power with the underlying bigotry, you end up with a potent, painful mix. They aren’t even doing a very good job of hiding their blatant disregard for women, children, seniors and students who are going to suffer almost all the pain to make sure the wealthy have one more car or can throw a multi-million dollar “MTV Sweet 16 birthday party” for their spoiled kid.
The President is out on the campaign stump, selling his policies and explaining the Republican plan, which of course the Republicans really don’t like. He is busting down their platitudes, their “trickle-down” idiotic thinking and reminding everyone how they got us into this mess and apparently want to make the mess much worse. The President took it to them yesterday in Annandale, Virginia…here are some highlights…(emphasis mine)
For a long time, Washington acted like deficits didn’t matter. A lot of folks promised us a free lunch. So I think everybody needs to recall, we had a surplus back in 2000, 11 short years ago, but then we cut taxes for everybody, including millionaires and billionaires. We fought two wars and we created a new and expensive prescription drug program, and we didn’t pay for any of it.
I don’t remember any screaming from Republicans about deficits when they were giving away HUGE amounts of money, trillions of our tax dollars to people like Warren Buffet, who thinks he and other rich people should pay more, not less. The monumental hypocrisy that they are exhibiting with the help of the beltway media is staggering. More from the President…
We can’t just tell the wealthiest among us, ‘You don’t have to do a thing. You just sit there and relax, and everybody else, we’re going to solve this problem.’ Especially when we know that the only way to pay for these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans is by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more for their health care, or cutting children out of Head Start, or doing away with health insurance for millions of Americans on Medicaid — seniors in nursing homes, or poor children, or middle-class families who may have a disabled child, an autistic child. This is not a trade-off that I’m willing to make. It’s not a trade-off that I think most Americans think is fair, no matter what party you belong to. That’s not who we are as a country. We’re better than that.
As I read those words, it occurred to me how this must look to other civilized countries. Can you just imagine what they are thinking in countries that actually care about the elderly, poor, sick and children. When you speak to people from some of these countries, they always seem confused about why so many people don’t have a concern for their fellow citizens. It’s a callous, disregard for basic human rights and dignity. More President O…
Finally — and I know this is near and dear to your hearts — we’re not going to reduce our deficit by cutting education and eliminating college scholarships. In a world where our students face stiff competition from students from other countries, why would we make it harder for you to compete?
And if I hear one more pundit or fair-weather liberal say, “the President has found his voice again” or ” where has he been” or some other short-sighted, self obsessed comment that implies that the President has somehow lost something that he has re-found. As someone who follows the Whitehouse and the President pretty closely, he hasn’t gone anywhere or changed at all. He has kind of a busy day job with natural disasters, man-made disasters (and I’m not JUST talking about the Republicans), 2 wars and a no-fly zone, unrest all across the middle east, trade deals, leaking privates in the military and of course all the crazy batshit stuff being thrown at him from the clowns in this country…Oh, but why doesn’t he hold my hand and wipe my nose for me.
I love it when the President is in campaign mode, it gives him a reason to get out and beat up Republicans without looking like he is using the bully pulpit for giving beatings. I keep saying it, don’t underestimate this President, you will be sorry…or look foolish at least.
Hat Tip to Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly…