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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Republican Pledge to America — more like “Bend Over, America!”

The public — the gullible ones anyway — has been waiting for weeks, for what? For this shit???

Everything in this simple-minded “pledge” falls into one of three categories:

1. Nonspecific feelgood phrases that mean absolutely nothing;

2. Somewhat specific proposals that give no indication — zero! — of where the money will come from.

And the third category: Things that Obama has already done — or tried to do but was blocked by Republicans — which have now been re-worded and presented as a new, “Republican” idea.

For example, the table on this page shows seven features of that dreaded Freedom-killing Obamacare. That’s in the left-hand column. In the right column is the Republican “replacement” for each item. In all seven cases, the “replacement” is the exact same fuckin’ thing as what they’re “replacing.”

For example, that wicked Obamacare prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Republican free-enterprisers have deleted that, and changed it to: “We will make it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition.”

[sigh]

Anyway, check out the table. Talk about “funny but not ha ha.”

Just how stupid do the Republicans think their “base” is? Oh. Nevermind.

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13 Comments:

Blogger Dave Splash said...

And naturally, no explanation of how the $140 billion in deficit reduction would be made up by repealing the dreaded "Obamacare."

Who is dumb enough to buy this stuff? Oh, wait...

September 23, 2010 at 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

You cannot overestimate the stupidity of the Rushpubliscum voter. If you try, you will be surprised.

September 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

How stupid do they think their base is? They know how stupid it is.

I read this "Puuuuuuledge" this morning and almost upchucked my breakfast. Total, unadulterated, bullshit.

Collective amnesia is going on in this country.

September 23, 2010 at 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Wolfe Tone said...

...and they aren't even offering America a reach-around!

September 23, 2010 at 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when they fell for the Gingrich "contract with America" in which they promised term limits. They rammed the law through and the Supreme Court told them what every American school kid who stayed awake in his civics class could have told them: You need a constitutional amendment.

So they got to protect their power by keeping the longest serving members of Government and they got to blame the Courts as well.

Erik

September 23, 2010 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

First the Contract against America now it's the Plague on America.
But keep your hands on your wallets folks because they want to privatize everything including: Social Security, Medicare, and all health care.
And the extreme hypocrisy today when they rah rah about small business then vote against a small business relief bill (the very same day).

September 23, 2010 at 11:18 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Tom, you're excellent headline says it all.

These clods are obviously counting on the American public's incredibly short memory. What would be helpful is for SNL to do a skit on the original Contract on America — and exactly how much of it The Wrecking Crew passed when it had control of Congress in the 1990s, and then, how much of it Congress passed in Bush-GOP-occupied Washington in this decade.

Or, zero and zilch.

The public should have a good belly laugh at what a sham the first rendition was, and when the Orange Blossom Special and his lockstep-marching clowns bring up the latest one, people should just laugh and walk away.

September 24, 2010 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I can't believe you didn't mention the brown M&Ms.

September 24, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

GOP Speak Dictionary

Vaseline: Veinerschleider

September 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Their Pledge to Corporatocracy is right up there with their famous budget with no numbers.

Can Americans be so stupid and gullible to fall for it? They re-elected George W. Bush...

September 24, 2010 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

From Common Dreams:

I Pledge Allegiance to the Rich
And the United States of Wall Street
And to the Plutocracy for which it stands
One Nation, under Greed
Extremely Divisible
With Wealth Reserved for the Few

--Karen Dolan

September 24, 2010 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dave: Nah, they only talk about the deficit when it's a convenient soundbite.

JR: I don't try any more.

jadedj: It's either collective amnesia or collective stupidity, or both.

Wolfe Tone: LOL.

Erik: Yup, that was pretty shrewd. Pass a law that they didn't really want, knowing the SCOTUS would overturn it, and then they could fall back on their favorite soundbites about "unelected judges legislating from the bench."

Demeur: I'm surprised the public still can't see through their transparent gimmicks. Using small businesses, veterans, jobs, etc. as photo ops while stabbing everybody in the back -- it keeps working because so many people keep falling for it.

SW: I hope SNL will do some skits about this. They reach a wide mainstream non-political audience, so this might have some impact.

Randal: Brown M&Ms -- that does it, I'm trashing this hotel room.

TC: "Veinerschleider" LOL. They're gonna need tons of it for these next 2 years.

Dave: If there was a truth-in-labeling law for the Pledge of Allegiance, that's what it would say.

September 24, 2010 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

If the win the election, the people's vienerschlieder allotment will be cut as excessive federal spending. ;-)

September 25, 2010 at 8:34 AM  

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