Another Anti-American Vulture Capitalist

Listen to this anti-American contributor at Fox News commenting on Walmart’s plan to have more products that are made in America:

This whole notion of buy-American is actually un-American.

How does a greedy, corporate vulture get to the point where they hate American workers so much that they believe American-made products are un-American? Its simply because so many in the working class receive a living wage, which cuts into the vulture’s corporate profits and their multi-million dollar bonuses. They’re destroying America and brainwashing working-class Republicans into thinking they don’t deserve a decent wage, and they still manage to get their votes. THAT’s un-American.

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Plantation Syndrome – The Idea that its Preferrable to be Led by a Powerful White Man

putthewhitebackinthewhitehouseSusie Madrak over at Crooks and Liars wrote a piece on an article written by Kevin Jackson and reposted by Joe Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber”. Wurzelbacher’s post, or actually Jackson’s post entitled “America Needs a White Republican President” is just as disgusting as it sounds. Sadly, its written by an African American man who, I’m guessing, longs to be loved and accepted by the racists in the radical right. This kind of post will surely earn him points with the likes of Joe (who falsely claimed he was) the Plumber, Ted Cruz,  Sarah Palin and the rest of the teabag elite. However, the real meaning behind the article is the claim by the racist, radical right of being the victim of false racism charges by the left.

First off, Joe doesn’t know the basics of blogging etiquette. The article should have been attributed to the actual author first and the content should be placed in a blockquote. The way Joe wrote the post it appears to visitors that Joe wrote the article, himself, until you get to the very end. Many readers don’t read an entire post, so taking credit may have been his intention.

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But the transparent attempt by the racist, radical right to deflect racism charges away from their clearly racist activities is something straight out of the Karl Rove playbook; transferring your weaknesses to your opponent. We’ve all seen it in conservative blogs and heard it on Fox News and AM hate radio – the disingenuous cries of foul when the left exposes their racist nonsense. Its part straw-man argument to say that they are being called racists for simply criticizing the president. They will never name a source because there has never been an instance of that RacistObamaPic27happening. However, their clearly racist actions have been well documented. We have a running post here at All Things Democrat entitled “Not Racist?” that displays the overtly racist images, tweets and quotes by the racist, radical right. Some of those images are displayed in this post. We also post a regular series entitled “Stupid Conservative Quotes” that almost always includes racist quotes by right-wingers, like this one from a U.S Attorney General after the Zimmerman verdict:

How are you fixed for Skittles and Arizona watermelon fruitcocktail (and maybe a bottle of Robitussin, too) in your neighborhood? I am fresh out of “purple drank.” So, I may come by for a visit. In a rainstorm. In the middle of the night. In a hoodie. Don’t get upset or anything if you see me looking in your window … kay?

Here’s another beauty that made the rounds after Hurricane Sandy:

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And then there’s this behavior at the RNC convention:

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RacistObamaPic10Browse our Not Racist? post or the Stupid Conservative Quotes series and you’ll find many more examples of this clearly racist behavior by the radical right. Right-wingers have no response to these images or the actions of their fellow racists. In fact, they refuse to address the racism in their party. Instead, Jackson creates another narrative about how blacks have criticized white presidents so its not racist for whites to criticize a black president. Again, no one has ever called a right-winger racist for simply criticizing our black president. We call them racists because of their racist actions.

RacistObamaPic48Jackson also attempts to convince blacks that its in their interests to support white, Republican presidential candidates because of a positive statistic from the Reagan years. There should be a name for this, the idea that its preferable to be led by a powerful white man than a black man … “plantation syndrome”? So forget all of their racist actions, forget the way racist, right-wingers treat you, just be thankful that under Reagan they provided blacks with more low-wage, no benefits jobs. Be thankful that they still want to eliminate the minimum wage because it would create more sub-minimum wage opportunities for young black men, as one conservative explained, because that’s what they think you’re worth – less than minimum wage.

RacistObamaPic1Some in the radical right even claim that the Democratic Party is a plantation that has trapped African Americans into poverty. African Americans are just as intelligent as anyone else, even though the radical right would have you believe they have a lower IQ than whites. They are free to align with any political party. The obvious fact is that the Democratic Party supports legislation that helps the entire working class, including African Americans, while the Republican Party sticks to the widely discredited theory of “trickle-down” economics. If you give rich folks all the breaks, they may buy a sports car from Italy, a vacation home in the Cayman Islands, and invest some in a factory that, if you’re very lucky, has not yet exported all of their jobs to China and will provide you with a low-wage, no benefits job. Doesn’t that make you want to support another white, Republican presidential candidate, like Romney?

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Obama Holds Position, Republicans “Mystified” And Another Party Line Vote

Talks between congressional Republicans and the White House have broken down. Speaker John Boehner and his flock are not taking this well.

Speaker John A. Boehner told House Republicans on Saturday that the White House has rejected their compromise proposal to lift the nation’s debt ceiling and possibly reopen the government, while blaming President Obama for failing to negotiate in good faith.

Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said that Boehner (R-Ohio) told his rank-and-file in a closed-door meeting that, in retrospect, it was “obvious” that Obama “had no intention of negotiating with us in good faith.”

Asked to characterize the mood of his party members as they left the meeting, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) said, “People are incredulously mystified.”

For more than a year President Obama has been telling anyone who would listen that he would not negotiate on the debt limit or under the threat of a government shutdown. Now Republicans are “incredulously mystified” that Obama is doing what he told them he would do?

Republicans are used to taking hostages and then having Democrats wheedle all over themselves giving concessions in order to free the hostages. That cycle is being broken, and Republicans are just mystified by the new state of affairs.

Congressional Democrats and the White House need to stop talking with congressional Republicans until this is resolved. Just talking gives the impression that a deal can be reached, and the only deal that is acceptable at this point is for the debt ceiling to be raised and the government funded, no strings attached. It is not the Democrats fault that Republicans followed the radicals over the cliffs edge. Republicans got themselves into this mess and any sort of concession to open the government and raise the debt ceiling only lets them off the hook while encouraging future hostage taking.

Besides, at this point, what is it Democrats would get out of any short term deal? Reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling for six weeks in exchange for concessions by Democrats is precisely backwards. Democrats should be demanding concessions by Republicans in order to get out of the mess they find themselves in. How about a stimulus package, raise the cap on social security taxable income and movement on the immigration bill stalled in congress in order to allow the Republicans to extricate themselves from the mess they created?

Looking at senate action, a proposal to extend the debt ceiling for a year was approved with a vote of 53 for to 45 against. That… somehow means the measure actually failed because for anything to pass through the senate these days requires 60 votes. The vote was split down party lines.

Another way to look at a straight party vote in the senate on extending the debt ceiling is that Republicans have maintained rock solid party unity when the votes are counted. They lose a pebble now and then but what difference does that make? They are fighting like caged rabid Mongolian weaseltigers amongst themselves in public but entertaining as that may be, what difference does that exchange of hot air between Republican factions really make? When the chips are down and the votes are counted, they remain united.

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Ted Cruz Unskews (The Polls)

Today brings us the newest iteration in the long running saga of Republicans refusing to accept obvious reality. From convincing themselves that Romney was on the way to an easy victory in the 2012 election to a myriad of ideological battles against basic science (like how rape does not cause pregnancy or evolution is from hell) conservatives seem particularly effective at convincing themselves that reality is wrongality, and wrongality is reality. 

The WSJ/NBC poll (in case you may have forgotten, the Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch) that dropped like a metaphorical bunker buster on the entrenched Republican position is not all it is cracked up to be… if you ask Senator Ted Cruz.  Cruz took a page from the conservative poll deniers of 2012 to explain how the WSJ/NBC poll got it wrong.

“If you seek out liberal Obama supporters and ask them their views, they’re going to tell you they’re liberal Obama supporters. That’s not reflective of where this country is,” Cruz told NBC News in an interview at the Capitol.

Cruz also asserted that the poll’s findings were undercut by the fact that nearly 20 percent of the poll’s sample were government employees — and therefore, according to Cruz, inclined to oppose the shutdown and support President Barack Obama.

“I’ll note that that poll was very heavily weighted with an awful lot of Democrats with an awful lot of Obama supporters and 20 percent of the people polled were government workers,” Cruz said.

Of course Cruz is just lying about 20 percent of respondents being government workers:

20 percent said someone in their household was a government worker (either local, state, or federal). But the NBC/WSJ pollsters say that such a result is consistent with other polls and statistical data. (After all, military personnel and teachers would be considered government workers.)

Cruz had the delusion that his scheme to defund Obamacare by shutting down the government would kill it once and for all. Why should we be surprised that he is having delusions about how the American people are responding to the shutdown? For that matter following years of sustained delusion by conservatives on various issues, why would we be surprised that another conservative is having another delusion?

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Why Is The White House Even Talking To Congressional Republicans?

Thursday’s release of the NBC/WSJ poll showing that Republicans are taking a solid beating on the government shutdown led to much consternation on the right.  The Koch brothers sent a letter to congress advising that they wanted no part of the mess and the business community at large started making noise that this entire ordeal is just no good for the economy. 

As this all came to light yesterday, the White House (apparently) decided to do exactly what the president has said he would not do for the last year:  Negotiate with Republicans on reopening the government and extending the debt limit.

Why would the administration choose to negotiate with victory at hand.   Why would they let the Republicans claim any sort of victory, even if it is just to save face, at the moment it is most evident that the White House strategy of not negotiating is the winning strategy?

Hopefully the conversation between the administration and congressional Republicans  is going roughly like this: 

Republicans:  ‘We propose that the government reopen and the debt limit be extended in return for lifting the medical device tax, and chained cpi on Social Security.

Democrats:  That proposal will not open the government and extend the debt ceiling with no strings attached so that is not acceptable. 

Republicans:  Ok… how about we agree to a short term debt limit extension for a promise to talk about this or that issue as we negotiate funding the government? 

Democrats:  That also anticipates adding conditions to extend the debt limit, and does not address government funding at all, so no.

Republicans:  New proposal.  We will fund the government and extend the debt ceiling if you agree to talk about this or that issue? 

Democrats:  Once again, you appear to be adding strings to open the government and extend the debt limit, so we cannot accept.  I’m afraid the best you can do is declare victory based upon the fact that we are talking right now in order to proceed to raise the debt limit and fund the government based upon that alone.

Republicans:  Fine… how about if we agree to both reopen the government and extend the debt limit if the president admits that he was born in Ken-

Interjection from Democrats:  Ah ah ah…  just from the way that sentence was going it would appear that you wanted to add some sort of weird qualifier in order to move forward.  Again, that simply will not happen.’

If the Obama administration gives any concessions in order to extend the debt limit or open the government, and we find ourselves in the same predicament whenever the next deadline approaches,  I for one will be sorely disappointed.  But… who knows, maybe the beating the Republicans have taken this round will be enough for them to not want to go through this again in 6 weeks, or a year or whenever.

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GOP Governors that Strongly Support Obamacare

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer shocked the nation and pissed-off the radical right last June when she decided it was wise to accept the Obamacare Medicaid expansion funds.

Jan BrewerThe bottom line is we need that money in our economy to save rural hospitals and jobs in the rural areas. It’s all about jobs and getting back federal dollars that our taxpayers have paid to the federal government, to bring them home.

Now Brewer is telling Republicans to stop trying to defund Obamacare.

johnkasichAnd the Republican Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, a strong proponent of the ACA, can’t get his party to go along with Medicaid expansion so he may force it through by Executive Order.

Why can’t more Republicans get past their irrational hatred of the President and do what’s right for their citizens (I know, their donors are demanding that they oppose it)? As Obama said, once they see the benefits, they’ll probably call it something else and take credit for it. Like the “Arizona Health Initiative”.

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Republicans Compromise on Towel Service

palin halloween costumeHas Fox News ever been critical of the Republican Party? They have now. In a recent clip from Greta Van Sustern, the Republicans were identified as people unconcerned with the average American, and totally focused on themselves.
The story revealed that the Republicans have deemed their swimming pool, basketball courts, sauna and steam room as “essential items”. Taxpayers are still paying for maintenance and cleaning of these work-out areas. The GOP has compromised by forfeiting the towel service.

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Just to review, let’s consider what is considered to be “essential” in the way of government services. “Essential activities” are defined as those services designed to protect life and property or services essential to the national security interest.”

For example “non-essential” services include :
 The National Institutes of Health will stop accepting new patients for clinical research and stop answering hotline calls about medical questions.
 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will stop its seasonal flu program and have a “significantly reduced capacity to respond to outbreak investigations.”
 The Department of Housing and Urban Development will not be able to provide local housing authorities with additional money for housing vouchers.
 The Department of Homeland Security will no longer operate its E-Verify program, which means that businesses will not be able to check on the legal immigration status of prospective employees during the shutdown.
 The Justice Department will suspend many civil cases for as long as the government is shut down.
 The National Park Service will close more than 400 national parks and museums, including Yosemite National Park in California, Alcatraz in San Francisco, and the Statue of Liberty in New York.
 The Environmental Protection Agency will close down almost entirely during a shutdown, save for operations around Superfund sites.
 Many of the Labor Department’s regulatory offices will close, including the Wage and Hour Division and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (The Mine Safety and Health Administration will, however, stay open.)
 The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which oversees the vast U.S. derivatives market, will largely shut down.
 The Social Security Administration won’t have enough employees to do things like help recipients replace their benefit cards or schedule new hearings for disability cases.
 The Veterans Benefits Administration will be unable to process education and rehabilitation benefits. The Board of Veterans’ Appeals will be unable to hold hearings. What’s more, if the shutdown lasts for more than two or three weeks, the Department of Veterans Affairs has said that it may not have enough money to pay disability claims and pension payments. That could affect some 3.6 million veterans.
 The Department of Agriculture will cut off support for the Women, Infants and Children program, which helps pregnant women and new moms buy healthy food and provides nutritional information and health care referrals. The program reaches some 9 million Americans.

How can the GOP reconcile paying themselves salary, and continuing to charge the American people for use of their exercise facilities, which the deem to be “essential services”, but 9 million women and children are unable to buy healthy food?

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No wonder the Republican Party has fallen to an all-time low approval ratings. Now only 24% of Americans have a favorable view of Republicans, which is the very lowest level since the poll was started. A whopping 70% of Americans recognize that Republicans are putting politics ahead of what is best for the country. Gallup Polls confirm these declining numbers, finding that only 28% of Americans still have a favorable view of Republicans. That is the lowest rating since Gallup started asking questions 21 years ago!

Even when they get their towels back, it’s doubtful whether they can clean up the mess they’ve created.

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European View of the U.S. Government Shutdown

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House Republican Grinches to Steal Christmas with Debt Crisis Extension

Not only are Republicans anti-American, now they’re anti-business.

They could care less about the people and businesses they are hurting with their irresponsible government shutdown and threats to default on our debt. But now their master plan to get beyond the debt default crisis (while leaving the government shutdown in place to continue their quest to defund Obamacare) is to extend the debt ceiling until November 22nd. That’s frick’n perfect. House Republicans can’t take the heat and don’t want to deal with this now, so lets move all of this instability in the markets and drop-off in consumer confidence to the most important time of the year for many businesses, the Christmas shopping season!

REPUBLICANS ARE DUMBASSES !!!

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Sarah Palin to Campaign for Koch Brother Operative

koch brothers oneWhen people heard Sarah Palin had endorsed Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate,

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it was not surprising if you knew that Lonegan’s opponent was an African American candidate.
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If you knew that Rand Paul and the witty Rick Perry had endorsed Lonegan too, you probably wouldn’t be surprised. Palin is so passionate about this Senate race in New Jersey, that she has now announced that she will travel to New Jersey to campaign for Lonegan.

Lonegan is anti-choice, anti-immigration, anti-LGBT rights , and an outspoken opponent of the science behind climate change. Palin has specifically cited his“prior experience as a small business owner and entrepreneur that encouraged him to lead with conservative principles.”

Lonegan has confirmed that he favors elimination of three branches of government, but he remembered the names of all three…the Department of Education, Department of Commerce, and the EPA. Maybe that’s what Rick Perry found appealing about Lonegan…he could remember all three.

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Lonegan has suggested that it is not the pollution of New Jersey’s water that causes people not to swim, but dead bodies floating in the water.

It is however Lonegan’s employment by the Koch Brother’s that is the most frightening part of his background. From 2007 to 2013, Lonegan worked for the Koch brothers through their tax-exempt group Americans for Prosperity.That organization worked to fight “unnecessary barriers to entrepreneurship.”

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In keeping with the Koch brothers position on various issues, Lonegan, a two-time loser for the position of New Jersey governor, has promoted his ideasthat:
1. Climate science is “silly hysteria.”
2. There should be no “amnesty” for undocumented workers, even though he has hired them himself.
3. He has demanded a boycott of McDonald’s after posting an ad in Spanish. Thus he opposes all languages, other than English, from even being spoken in America.
4. His campaign tweeted a racist “map” of Newark.

However it is his six year history as an employee for the Koch brothers that is the most frightening part of his background. The many bad acts of the Koch Brothers could fill several volumes. Just a few representative samples of their wrongdoings includes:
1. Koch fired its own employee who was charged with investigation into illegal bribes made by its Koch-Glitsch affiliate in France. Koch’s own investigators substantiated the truth of the findings of Egorova-Farines, but she was fired for reporting something unfavorable to the company.
2. Fred Koch was adviser to the founter of the John Birch Society which fought against civil rights .
3. When David Koch ran on the Libertarian ticket for Vice President he pledged to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve System, welfare, minimum wage and Federal agencies including the Department of Energy, the FBI, and the CIA.
4. Koch has been found to have been involved in making bribes to win business in Africa, India, and the Middle East. They have sold millions of dollars of petrochemical equipment to Iran, a sponsor of global terrorism. In spite of a U.S. ban on trade with Iran, the Koch Brothers made the sales through foreign subsidiaries, lied to regulators and avoided EPA regulations, which resulted in five criminal convictions.
5. From 1999 through 2003, Koch Industries was assessed more than $400 million in fines, penalties and judgments. In December 1999, a civil jury found that Koch Industries had taken oil it didn’t pay for from federal land by failing to accurately report the amount of crude it was extracting. Koch paid a $25 million settlement to the U.S. Phil Dubose, a Koch employee who testified against the company said he and his colleagues were shown by their managers how to steal and cheat — using techniques they called the Koch Method.
6. In 1999, a Texas jury imposed a $296 million verdict on a Koch pipeline unit — the largest compensatory damages judgment in a wrongful death case against a corporation in U.S. history. It was the company’s negligence that caused a butane gas pipeline to rupture and explode, killing two teens.

7. Sally Barnes-Soliz, reported that when she worked for Koch, her bosses and a company lawyer at the Koch refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, asked her to falsify data for a report to the state on uncontrolled emissions of benzene, a known cause of cancer. Barnes-Soliz, who testified to a federal grand jury, says she refused to alter the numbers.
“They didn’t know what to do with me,” she says. “They were really kind of baffled that I had ethics.”
Koch’s refinery unit pleaded guilty in 2001 to a federal felony charge of lying to regulators and paid $20 million in fines and penalties.
Corporate Cultures.

To describe the behavior of the Koch brothers as “lawless” is an understatement.

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It is a former employee of the lawless Koch brothers that Sarah Palin feels so passionately about that she plans to travel to New Jersey to attempt to help him become a part of the dysfunction in Washington. For me, I’ve seen enough of the destructive and outrageous behavior of people like Ted Cruz that Sarah Palin supports. I’ve made a contribution to the campaign of Mr. Booker. If you are so inclined, here is his web site.

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It’s Americans Who Will Fall the Farthest and Hardest, If We Fail to Raise the Debt Ceiling

Former Governor Sarah Palin speaks at a Tea Party rally  - ManchesterAs we endure the 9th day of the government shutdown, the debt ceiling debate is looming even larger. John Boehner has specifically tied the Republican position on the government shut down to the issue of raising the debt ceiling. The Speaker of the House has specifically said that Republican lawmakers would not agree to raising the debt ceiling unless it includes measures to rein in public spending. Ted Cruz has previous made his position clear that he is more than willing for the government to default on its obligations, advocating going over the fiscal cliff.

palin and cruzChina, the largest outside creditor of America, has voiced its concerns about the October 17th deadline. If Congress doesn’t agree to raise the debt ceiling by October 17th, the country will be left with only $30 Billion dollars to meet its obligations of roughly $60 Billion dollars per day.

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Japan is the second largest country holding US debt obligations, and they have voiced similar concerns. Together, China and Japan, hold more than $2.4 Trillion dollars in U.S. Treasuries. If we default on our obligations it would inevitably destabilize the global markets.

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“A shift in asset allocation by China, Japan or other major holders of U.S. Treasuries could push up U.S. interest rates and cause swings in global currency markets. “If a default on U.S. debt occurs, there will be a huge impact on markets,” said Yuichi Kodama, chief economist at Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co. in Tokyo. “In the long run, some nations could review the allocation of their foreign reserves and shift to a better-balanced portfolio.”
“A U.S. default could “seriously damage the global economy.”

While Americans may not be so concerned about default by the United States on our debt owed to China and Japan, the default by the government would be catastrophic for Americans. Foreign governments hold about 46% of the U.S. debt, amounting to around $4.5 Tillion dollars. China alone owns more than $1.2 trillion. However individual Americans hold about $959 Billion dollars of the debt, which is more than the amount of debt held by Japan which is $912 Billion, and $347 held by the United Kingdom.
So for a minute ignore the decline in the U.S. credit rating that would inevitably follow a default caused by the failure to increase the debt limit. Simply consider the individual Americans who invested in government bonds, thinking that the full faith and credit of America meant something. If we default on our debts, by failing to raise the debt ceiling, we would be defaulting on our second largest creditor, the American people. Thus when Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz advocate defaulting on our debts it is critical to remember that the people they don’t want to pay include Americans who hold $959 Billion Dollars of that debt.

It was December of 2012 that Palin advocated going over the cliff and defaulting on our debt,…which includes debt owed to American citizens. Surely Americans realize now that Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and politicians who advocate not raising the debt ceiling are advocating defaulting on, among others, the American people? Sarah Palin quit her job as Governor of Alaska, so she obviously no longer feels responsible to anyone in America. Ted Cruz is a Senator and Texans elected him to represent our interests. I wonder how many Texas Republicans, who voted for him, hold U.S. Treasury Bonds?

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Today’s Stupid Conservative Quotes

Why does Arizona produce all of the f*cking morons? Heatstroke is a real possibility.

Brenda Barton, from the Arizona House, had this to say about the President:

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Is that a turban on her head? Secret Muslim?

“Barton said Obama is leading America down a slippery slope away from a constitutional democracy toward an imperial dictatorship and the people of America should be aware. She said murdering millions of Jews, gypsies and gays wasn’t the only thing that happened in Nazi Germany, and America under Obama is looking a lot like the early days of Germany under Hitler.”

“’It’s not just the death camps. (Hitler) started in the communities, with national health care and gun control. You better read your history. Germany started with national health care and gun control before any of that other stuff happened. And Hitler was elected by a majority of people,’ she said.

That last dig is the radical right’s pathetic attempt to deal with their humiliating defeat in 2012 by demonizing the President and the majority of Americans who voted for Obama over that sleazy, vulture capitalist Mittens Romney.  By a whopping 8 million votes, I might add. And they were not only beaten for the presidency, but in the Congress, as well. After this Republican shutdown and threats to default on our debt, Democrats have a real chance of taking over the House and increasing our majority in the Senate.

And that shit about Hitler starting national health care and gun control – you know who else started national health care and gun control? Canada. You know, our friends to the north. Not exactly the source of Nazi facism. Unless this dumbshit Barton thinks Canada is a Nazi state, which is entirely possible because, as I mentioned earlier, she’s from Arizona.

View the Stupid Conservative Quotes series.

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