Feckless from Mass & Other GOP Stupidities

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Mitt Romney is already moving to the “center” to attract independent voters.  Yep, it’s time for yet another Pink Flamingo I TOLD YOU SO! Frankly, The Pink Flamingo thinks he is just liberal and doesn’t give a rip about conservatives. Along this line, Ron Paul, the other day, stated that he thought Romney would be “marginally” better than Obama. Talk about damning with faint praise!

“…“Romney is starting to shift to the center. He knows he needs to get independent voters in November, and if he doesn’t he’s going to lose,” said Darrell West, vice president and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution.

Campaign aides, wary of the flip-flopper label that plagued Romney during the 2008 campaign, dispute that he has reversed any of his positions since the fierce battles of Iowa, South Carolina and Ohio.

“Here’s the situation they find themselves in. Policy is politics, and they have much ground to make up among first- and second-time voters, Hispanics, working-class whites, working-class women. They have to move away from the policy positions they felt they had to take to secure the 2008 nomination and the even more extreme positions they took to win the 2012 nomination,” said John Weaver, a political consultant who worked on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns….”

The Pink Flamingo is not quite sure if we are dealing with arrogance on the part of the Romney campaign or abject arrogance.  I’m not quite sure.  Then again he could either be tone deaf or clueless.

Raw Story

“…But according to Arthur J. Gonzalez, a former federal judge in U.S. bankruptcy court, G.M. and Chrysler only survived because they went into a managed bankruptcy strengthened by the government bailouts that were approved by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

“One thing is clear, without government support in one fashion or another, there were no sources of funding,” Gonzalez told ABC News earlier this year.

Obama campaign co-chair Ted Strickland on Monday responded by claiming that Romney was trying to “fool” voters with “dishonesty.”

“Mitt Romney may think he can fool the American people by hiding his belief that we should ‘let Detroit go bankrupt,’ but the American people won’t let him,” Strickland said. “His comments today that he will ‘take a lot of credit that the [auto] industry has come back’ are a new low in dishonesty, even for him. Mitt Romney seems to think Americans will just forget the past and his very vocal and clear opposition to the successful auto rescue.”…”

 

Then again, it looks like Michele Bachmann is one of the few who is actually facing “reality”.

“…“No, he cannot beat Obama because his policy is the basis for Obamacare,” Bachmann said. “The signature issue of Obama is Obamacare. You can’t have a candidate who has given the blueprint for Obamacare. It’s too identical. It’s not going to happen. We have to have a candidate, a bold distinct candidate in the likeness of Ronald Reagan.”…”

The differences between the GOP and Mitt Romney are starting to emerge. The frightening thing about all of this is the party platform. Will it reflect real Republican values, or Romney’s liberal ones.

Why one earth would someone vote for a person who constantly repeats alleged facts and figures that are completely incorrect?

“…Although Romney’s specious statistics were designed to scare women into thinking that the Obama administration has somehow vaporized huge numbers of women’s jobs while leaving men virtually unscathed, that’s hardly the reality. Of all the jobs lost since 2007, only 39.7 percent were held by women; more than 60 percent were held by men. The recession has been terrible for everyone, and it hit women’s jobs somewhat later than it hit men’s jobs, but it’s not as if anyone escaped unscathed……”

Or – what about this?

“...Romney talked about what government departments he might eliminate and expanded on his possible tax policies. But what stands out to me most is his explicit statement of what seems to be his campaign strategy — remaining as vague as possible about what policies he’ll actually pursue. “I’m going to take a lot of departments in Washington, and agencies, and combine them. Some eliminate, but I’m probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go.”…”

TPM

We are so screwed.  Then – when you add the following…..
The Pink Flamingo defines a stupid individual as someone who is unwilling to learn either learn from their mistakes, or change tactics, positions, etc. when they know it is going to substantially hurt them. Republicans in the House and Senate are just that – stupid.

They remind me of the cliches of westerns. The slow, lumbering, kindhearted, well-meaning lummox, is not dumb, but is slow to react. The fast, lean, quick thinking grafter runs rings around him. It’s rather like a Fox or Coyote against an Elephant. They just don’t have wit to react and make changes necessary to prosper and survive. It’s another “I’m with Stupid” moment.

Take Paul Ryan, please. The man has made himself into a laughing-stock pandering to the Randians. Conservatives have made fools of themselves, sticking up for him. I see, though, that they will only support him – so far.

The Hill

Yep, how stupid can you be?

The Hill

And, that dear readers, is why the GOP gets slammed in the “war on women”. Sorry, but how stupid can you be?

Yes, there is a salary difference and gender inequity. How do I know – well, just ask me. I’ve been there and done that. If I knew “then” when I knew now, I would have taken the store where I worked to the cleaners. Unfortunately, then, women were given no choice in the matter. We took what we were given, and were forced to allow the dimwit (utterly useless) male, brought in to supervise the ‘girls’ in our department to supervise our “work”. It didn’t matter that he knew nothing. All that mattered was that he was hired to supervise (he had no experience) women who had worked in the same department for a decade. He also received more pay. He had a family, you know, and his wife was pregnant. We did his work and he received the higher salary.

Sorry, but I agree with this.

“…”Romney’s going to be on defense on the Paycheck Fairness Act,” said a senior Democratic aide.

“Women are making 70 cents on a dollar of what a man is making. This will resonate with females across the spectrum. If Republicans to a person are coming down against it, it will be at their political peril,” the aide said.

A spokeswoman for Romney’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

The bill would prohibit employer discrimination for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing the wages of another employee.

It would expand the definition of wage discrimination by allowing employees to compare the pay of male colleagues not only within the same office but also with colleagues in other local offices. A female employee could allege wage discrimination if she is paid less than a male working the same job for the same employer across town.

Not a single Republican voted to advance the legislation when Reid brought it to the floor during the 2010 lame duck session, after Republicans scored a huge electoral victory but Democrats still controlled the House and Senate….”

So, the Dems play it like this…

“…Romney and Paul are the vulture capitalist twins. Romney made his fortune that way. The man with the Swiss bank account and the elevator for his cars who rides with his dog on his roof was responsible for big layoffs in pursuit of vulture profits. The man who put his name on corrupted newsletters that included talk of race wars and proudly champions his admiration for the atheist Ayn Rand would decimate and destroy programs that help women and workers while advocating his brand of vulture capitalism.

Neither Romney nor Paul takes responsibility for the consequences of their actions. They oppose pay equity proposals for women, a major component of their war against women. They oppose new programs to create jobs, a major component of their war against workers. Their party champions firing teachers, police, librarians and firefighters, which is another attack on workers. Meanwhile, Romney and Paul both champion the crony capitalist abuse of earmarks.

Watch the Romney people try to Etch a Sketch and deny that Romney was a world-class champion of earmarks! Watch the Ron Paul people squirm like worms on a hot brick to justify Paul’s support of earmarks….”

Stupid is as stupid does. Austerity doesn’t work. It’s that simple. It fails. One of the reasons it fails is because there is no lack of wisdom or reason to it. That isn’t stopping Paul Ryan and his bunch of merry Randians from making like I’m with Stupid, over budget cuts.

The Hill

“…“We shouldn’t be taking more from hardworking Americans to fix Washington’s mistakes,” Ryan said in a statement. “Instead, we should be solving the problem with structural reforms to our entitlement programs to make them strong and sustainable.” Democrats said the party-line vote showed Republicans were more interested in protecting tax breaks for oil companies than in funding programs that help the poor and needy.

“It is no wonder commentators are calling Republicans reverse-Robin Hoods,” said Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), who offered a motion that would have replaced cuts to Medicaid and children’s health insurance with cuts to oil and gas subsidies. …”

The Pink Flamingo saw something recently that just said it all about the House budget debacle. The headline read something like this: The Day After French & Greek Governments Fall, House GOP Presents It’s Budget. We all know it was designed to make the Randians in the House look bad, but they really don’t need any help. They’re doing quite well on their own, thank you very much.

Are Republicans so stupid they can’t see what happened in France? Unfortunately, the less on is yes, they are. The idea of austerity is nice. Quit spending so damn much money. That’s a laudable idea. The problem is the fact that when it comes to “austerity” in this country, it’s all about Rand and her vile ideas, and not about rational discourse.

The real problem is the fact that Tom Coburn should be in charge of budget cutting, not Paul Ryan.

“...Austerity is out, growth is in. That’s the general but uncertain message of two critical elections featuring one of Europe’s biggest and one of its smallest economies. The shift could even play out in the U.S. presidential race, where the same fiscal choices are on display.

The outcomes in France and Greece were foretold in polls and street protests. Voters wanted no more cuts in pensions, salaries and public employee rosters. Frugal government spending had driven up jobless rates to record levels. Leaders in Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands have been voted out.

The idea – less spending to attract investment – was never fully implemented. Greece, the poster child with its deluxe public sector and generous benefits, signed pledges to cut its budget by billions.

Likewise, France, the continent’s second biggest economy, gave up too. Ousted President Nicholas Sarkozy, a showy and shrill cheerleader for austerity, made things worse by his own missteps. In the final days of campaigning, he got nowhere with an appeal for the far-right, anti-immigrant vote….”

Eugene Robinson wrote:

“…Economic austerity is a dangerous, self-defeating intellectual fad. Perhaps I should say that’s what it was, given Sunday’s election results in Europe. Perhaps I should also say good riddance.

Voters in France, Greece and even Germany — a hotbed of the austerity cult — told their political leaders, in no uncertain terms, that boosting economic growth is more important than cutting government spending. Here in the United States, I hope that Democrats, at least, were paying attention; I fear that the addled ideologues who control the Republican Party will never get the message…..

Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on a common policy of budget cuts and partial “reform” — a euphemism for “dismantling” — of the welfare state. This, they decided, was the way to return Europe to prosperity and save the European Union’s common currency, the euro, from collapse.

But on Sunday, even Merkel got a message from voters: Her party was punished in local elections in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, where it appeared that a center-left, anti-austerity coalition would end up in control.

Also on Sunday, voters in Greece tried their best to say no to austerity. For them, sadly, it’s probably too late. The fiscal and debt crises there were so acute that the Greeks, from the start, have had only painful choices….”

Yes, we need to cut spending. We need a balanced budget. We need to get our house in order, but Tom Coburn’s ideas are a heck of a lot more rational than Paul Ryan’s.

We are so very screwed….!

 

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