Corporate Purchases Not Public Servants

  Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) said, “There’s only one race here, it’s the American race.”  I guess Native Americans will be glad to hear they are getting their nation back.

  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) recently launched into a vicious tirade against individuals from Latin America. He claimed individuals from a “violent civilization” would create a more violent environment. He also said a lot of the children of undocumented immigrants were drug mules.

  Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) used the word” wetbacks” to describe Hispanics. This while the GOP is trying to gain the Latino vote.

  Referring to Africa-Americans reaction to George Zimmerman being found not guilty of shooting Trayvon Martin Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) told African-Americans to “get over it.”

  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) discussed the history of civil rights and discrimination during his April speech at Howard University.  He has made many statements in the recent past that he opposes the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) told an audience of business leaders that “radical Islamists” are taking Spanish lessons. The reason they are doing this: “We don’t have any fear of Hispanics coming into the country.”

  Former Arkansas governor and former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said, “So the Muslims will go to the mosque, and they will have their day of prayer, and they come out of there like uncorked animals — throwing rocks and burning cars.”

  Arizona State Rep. Bob Thorpe endorsed the antics of a Missouri State Fair clown who wore a President Obama mask while running from a bull, and accused Attorney General Eric Holder of being soft on crime because of his race.

  Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) has extended a Texas welcome to the rodeo clown.

  Arizona Republicans Sen. Jeff Flake, Sen. John McCain, and Rep. Paul Gosar all voted against emergency relief funding after SuperStorm Sandy ravaged New Jersey and New York area earlier this year. Now, following an Arizona wildfire, the same trio is vocally complaining that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is not doing enough to aid their state.

  Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) is so confident that the courts will let Texas Republicans get away with rigging elections that he openly brags about his fellow Republicans’ efforts to do so in an official court filing. According to a brief Abbott filed earlier this month, “In 2011, both houses of the Texas Legislature were controlled by large Republican majorities, and their redistricting decisions were designed to increase the Republican Party’s electoral prospects at the expense of the Democrats.”

  South Carolina State Sen. Lee Bright (R) announced that he will mount a 2014 primary challenge to U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R). He considers conservative Graham as being too liberal. Bright believes women should be subservient to men, both in the church and in the home. He has tried to ban public funding for abortions in cases of rape and incest. He has opposed funding for rape and crisis centers. He has sought for South Carolina to create its own currency. He has attacked President Obama on the national debt and considers himself a “fiscal and social conservative.” Bright’s trucking company called; On Time Trucking is facing tax liens and foreclosure.

  North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law the nation’s worst voter suppression law. It will prohibit certain kinds of voter registration drives, which register students, low-income and minority’s voters, who tend to vote for Democrats. Before North Carolina Gov. McCrory was elected, he promised not to enact any new restrictions on abortion. The governor now signed SB 353 the most restrictive access to safe and legal abortions the state has ever seen. The new abortion restrictions — which were tacked onto an unrelated safety measure about motorcycles. He eliminated unemployment benefits for 70,000 people and gave corporations $345 million in tax breaks.

  Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) have been agreeing with constituents at town hall meetings that President Obama was born in Kenya (folks who believe this are called, birthers). Farenthold said if given the opportunity, House Republicans would “impeach the president tomorrow.”

  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, has become a national figure by advising other states on how to implement anti-immigrant and voter suppression measures,

  Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) is a birther also. She wants to unconstitutionally enact a state law that would go against federal laws. The laws she wants would weaken federal laws protecting miner’s safety.

  Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) opposed any kind of financial or Wall Street reform because he says white collar crime on Wall Street doesn’t exist.

   Former (R-PA) Senator Rick Santorum says the term “middle class” is “Marxism talk.”

 

  Rep. Steven Fincher (R-TN), slammed food aid as “other people’s money……yet he received $3.48 million in farm subsidies from the U.S. government.

  

  Congressman Mark Mullin (R-OK), blasted a couple at a grocery store for using food stamps. He has collected $370,000 in stimulus money for his plumbing company.

  

  I note that this list is all Republicans but I’m not about to let Democrats off the hook.

  

  I know a lot of Democrats love Newark N.J. Mayor Cory Booker.  He after all exposed his predecessor Mayor James for the corrupt crook he was. Since becoming Mayor Booker has used the office to enrich himself just like Mayor James did. He has been getting 100’s of thousands of dollars in corporate speaking fees. The Washington Post exposed that he had a secret $100 million deal with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerman which was designed to help Zuckerman and other donors to circumvent New Jersey’s public and remake (Newark) public schools in the way these donors wanted. Wall Street just spent lots of money helping him win the Democrat primary in New Jersey for U.S. Senate.

  

  The Department of Labor wants to set new standards requiring investments advisers to act in the best interest of their clients, instead of the best interest of the advisers. A financial lobbyist drafted a letter opposing new protections for millions of American’s retirement accounts. Thirty-two liberal Democrat congressmen signed that letter. Those 32 include 28 out of 43 members of the Black Caucus. Now 10 Democrat Senators have also signed the letter. In recent years these Democrats have received 10’s of thousands of dollars in contributions from the securities and investment industry. Republicans will introduce a bill in the fall to weaken the Department of Labor’s power to protect retirement investments.

  

  These politicians that say stupid and racist things don’t represent the American public. These politicians that take corporate lobbyists money aren’t public servants they are corporate purchases.

  

  We liberals get accused of wanting big government. It is not that we want big government; hell we can see that these politicians are not really our “representatives.” We think government can help many situations and it will when the government truly represents the people. I trust the informed public not the politicians. We need to go after corruption and implement campaign finance reform. Let’s start small by getting informed and calling “bullshit” when politicians spew it.

 

  A case in point, at a town hall held by Florida Republican Rep. Daniel Webster. The voters that attended were well informed on the fine points of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” When Webster recited misleading claims that the law’s consumer protections are being dismantled by the Obama administration, his informed constituents called him out. The crowd literally called out “Bullshit!” as Webster spoke. An event official interrupted asked the audience to be respectful and give Webster a chance to speak. One audience member replied, “Well, tell him to stop lying.”

  Webster’s encounter came one week after his colleague, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-TX), was confronted by constituents calling Obamacare their best avenue for getting better healthcare.  

Marcel Cartier: “Revolution”

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The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy, that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

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