The GOP...what a bunch of morons.

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After watching the Republicans vote, essentially unanimously, to reject the stimulus package...after adding a lot of tax cutting provisions that won't create jobs...I've come to the conclusion that the GOP has a death wish.

Unfortunately, they're willing to take the rest of us with them on their increasingly probable slide into oblivion.

Long term, say 2010, the GOP is going to cease to exist. Lots of folks at our church are losing their jobs...many more are really scared...and rightfully so. People don't care about tax cuts...they care about having enough income to pay their bills and keep their homes and keep their kids in college and so on.

Our deficit, as a percent of our GDP, is higher now than since the waning days of WWII...and our GDP was much smaller then. The Republican admin and Congress have added $500 Billion a year to our deficit since 2003...without so much as a whimper. Now, Boner (yeah...I know Boehner) is screeching like a ruptured duck about the stimulus package and Republicans seem to have rallied around the (in my opinion) moronic ravings of Conservative talk radio hosts like Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck. I wouldn't allow these people to scoop my cat's litter box much less make pronouncements on fiscal policy.

Like it or not...we are in a depression and it's going to get much worse. The pronouncement always follows the data accumulated over time...but the signs are already there.

The old saying about "it's a recession when your neighbor loses his/her job...a depression when it's your job" is going to come to roost quickly...and I hope we will all remind our friends, when they lose their job, that the GOP did it to them. KNOWINGLY!!

Please pardon my rant...but I'm sick of politicians who won't act in the best interests of their nation rather than as they're told to act by their political party.

And now....a little levity...

Five surgeons from big cities are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on. The first surgeon, from New York, says, 'I like to see accountants on my operating table because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."
The second, from Chicago, responds, 'Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded."

The third surgeon, from Dallas, says,'No, I really think librarians are the best, everything inside them is in alphabetical order.'

The fourth surgeon, from Los Angeles says," You know, I like construction workers. Those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over.'

But the fifth surgeon, from Washington, DC shut them all up when he observed: "You're all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the the head and the ass are interchangeable."


Arlen Specter put his career on the line

to help bring Bush's economic disaster under control. I think Snowe and Collins are safe, but Specter will probably get primary opposition because he did what he felt was right. Thanks, Arlen.

Hilarious joke. :D

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Heath Shuler

I hope Heath Shuler put his career on the line too.


Where is the Stimulus money coming from? A printing press?

The Republican admin and Congress have added $500 Billion a year to our deficit since 2003...without so much as a whimper.

That was a DEMOCRATIC Congress the last two year not including the $750 billion TARP and now our $792 BILLION stimulus. And yes I was against the original TARP, I only heard a couple Democrats and a few Republicans against it.

And Beck is mad at Republicans and Democrats, he is not regeistered to vote as either.

I do think Bush and the Congressional Democrats screwed up and I was hoping Obama would not fall into the same trap. I guess he did so we will see. I really hope this works but I have my doubts. The union and left wing special interest group payoffs is disturbing.

Please also remark on the $2 BILLION ACORN Neighborhood revitalization money. And please remark on the massive inflation we will get hit with if the economy heats up too quickly.

ACORN stimulus story is fabricated

That bogus story about ACORN has been repeated by Fox, Rush and the right wing noise machine ad nauseum. It is a fabrication.

If you want factual information on Community Development Block Grants or Neighborhood Stabilization Program go to the NC Dept of Commerce CDBG web page or contact Community Development administrators in NC listed by HUD

For national information go to the CDBG page at HUD

I forgot to add

Hey Stan,

Our country is in dire need and we do not need your childish 3rd grade insults. Learn your history before making personal smears against a very large percentage of the country. So can I call you a moron for being against the much smaller $400 billion stimulus proposed by John McCain? I would be using the same criteria you are.

Show some real guts and use your full and real name so all of us can put a face to the insult. I respect james Protzman for going toe to toe without hiding behind a pseudonymn.


Your comments show you to be an expert in 3rd grade insults. me anything you won't change the

facts. (BTW...until 2007 the R's had 55 seats in the Senate and the Dems had 45 including one independent. Afterwards the Senate had 51 Dems (if again you count two independents) and 49 Republicans. If you understand how the Senate works, that's hardly a majority. It takes 60 votes to make things happen. (The Senate IS part of Congress...) You might also recall Bush had veto power.

My real name is Stan and I'm more than happy to provide my last name...and if you'd like to drop by and take a swing, my address. Guts? I've been around so long I forgot someone might not know my last name. I'm not one to you can un-puff your big hairy GOP chest. Rush and those little chicken-hawk wimps Hannity and Beck are champions of misinformation and haven't had an original idea since their last diaper was changed. Vitter hasn't either and that was likely just last week...depending on his recreational activities. Maybe he was with Rush in the Caribbean?

The GOP hasn't added (to my knowledge) one creative idea to the stimulus package. If they think there's a better way to stimulate our economy (other than tax cuts) I haven't heard it. Personally, I like tax cuts. It just doesn't do anything for those who need help most...and tax cuts don't create many jobs...certainly not in the numbers that will be needed.

Our country in dire straits? OMG! How DID that happen? I guess that doesn't matter? Iraq? Banking Deregulation? CDO's created by greedy financial firms? Insurance companies too stupid to evaluate the risk? NAFTA? (That was a Dem blunder...I'm equal opportunity) Manipulated markets? The FDA governed by GOP political appointees who couldn't spell salmonella?'s an endless litany of failure and stupidity.

Stan Bozarth

I forgot to add........

John McCain is a loser. He's made his career off being a POW. I have a Special Forces friend who can't speak...captive for a year...bayonet holes all over him. Smart guy too...he's just trying to get by.

McCain...he's forgotten what honor and dignity means and he proved it during the debates. I wouldn't take the time to spit in his shoes if his feet were on fire.

Stan Bozarth

I have a friend who is a single mom

and when I make decisions etc about the economy or how things are going, I look to her and her daughter to see how things are working for her.

She does not care about politics or parties. Her biggest problem is finding a job and taking care of her child. She IS on the lowest rung of the economic ladder. Some may argue she is not even on that ladder.

Because she does not have a job, she believes in her heart that she is not worthy of having her daughter. She feels she has failed herself and her child. When she finds a boyfriend she eventually loses him because he just cannot work through the constant negative feelings she has. There is not enough positive reinforcement to counter the negatives she feels. She periodically is worried that her separated husband will try to take the child from her because she is an unfit mother. She lives with that self doubt and fear because deep in the core of her being she feels she is not supporting and doing "enough" for her daughter.

She has never once said it was Bush, Obama, Clinton or any other politicians problem that she does not have a job. She blames herself. She feels it is because of her that her child sometimes (many times) eats a package of Ramen noodles for dinner. I dread the summer time for her girl because the child is not in school receiving the free lunch. What does she eat then? She is currently living with a guy and he is trying to help her, to comfort her, to be there for her, but her self doubts are straining that relationship.

She has confided in me that if she had a job, she would feel much better about herself. She knows much of her problem is she does not have that feeling of self worth that only a job can provide. Her dream is to be self-sufficient and have all the things that provides.

She would not understand how the GOP or any party made her job go away. I doubt she would accept the premise that the GOP purposely did things to make job opportunities for her go away. She cannot fathom that kind of talk. That kind of talk does not help her. All she knows is she cannot find a job because there are no jobs around here. With no job, she feels she has to sponge off her boyfriend or me. I do not look at it that way, I help her when I can, but the economy is hitting me hard also and I cannot help her like I used to. She does not think any less of me for not helping her, she just adds that as another cross to bare. More her fault.

You say we are in a depression, I do not think we have gotten there yet. My friend is in a depression, but most people are not. When many of us get to where she is, then talk about being in a depression.

Whether folks like it or not, we have established ourselves as a country that supports the needy. Those that have a job are going to find that those without a job are going to be looking for help. That is what a depression is going to cause. We have not even officially declared depression. As late as last summer no one would acknowledge we were in a recession. We kept kidding ourselves. My friend could care less what it is called, she has been there for a while now.

This talk about who caused the problem is now moot. Both sides can come up with points of departure that took us to this point. Both sides can show examples of cranial-rectal insertion toward the other. None of that helps the country or my friend.

Party bashing, while fun, is a fart in the wind. Substance is what is needed for this country. My friend wants a job and party bashing is not going to help that. Her daughter needs to know that her mom will not be depressed a lot of the time for reasons she cannot understand nor does she understand how Bush/Obama got her mom to that point. She just wants her mom to be happy so she can feel safe and happy herself.

To each his own

Parm....some of us need to party bash. It is the way we deal with the overwhelming frustration created by not being able to personally do more to help. In a way, I hope it sticks and the party that ruined our economy remains irrelevant so they can't hurt anyone else like your friend. It's important for people to know why we got where we are and that story alone will sound like party bashing. It's important to know so people don't go vote for someone just b/c they think she has great hair. (I actually had an acquaintance say she would support Palin b/c of her style and the way she does her hair.) It's important that people are informed - not so they can lay blame, but so they can vote for the people who will actually help them in the future.

I'm sorry your friend has it so rough.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I understand...Parmea

I was unemployed for a long time after leaving IBM...on a "buyout" and technically a "leave of absence." I finally figured out how to get back into the market...but only after numerous rejections because of my age and excuses that I was over-qualified. It is a debilitating feeling and it takes away one's self esteem. I've seen it happen to others too, and it's happening now with folks in my church.

I'm less interested in affixing blame than in trying to solve the problem. OTOH, this situation didn't just simply happen....and I think those responsible should be clearly painted as the perpetrators of this gigantic failure of principle and conscience. "Trickle down" behind!

My heart goes out to your friend. I'll keep her in my prayers.

Stan Bozarth