- Michele Bachmann: On Meet the Press this weekend she talked about how she was “hopeful” the government shutdown would be avoided, stating “Well, I’m hopeful, I don’t think anyone wants to see the government shutdown.” However, like most GOP clowns, she opposed a bill to extend funding because it didn’t remove funding for Planned Parenthood. Message: It’s my way or no way and I am trying to appease the Tea Party and Moderates to hold on to my seat. (source)
- John McCain: “I would also point out that if you’d emptied that house there, if you’d left a computer there or an iPad or an iPhone, those are built in the United States of America.” Message: I am a fossil who refuses to admit almost nothing is made in the US any more. (source)
- Sylvia Allen and Arizona: State Representative Sylvia Allen wants to give Jan Brewer permission to create her own personal army at any time and for what ever reason she wants. Message: We really don’t like Mexicans. (source)
- Governor John Kasich: Removes two opposing GOP members to pass SB5 through committee for House vote. Message: What you want doesn’t matter. (source)
- Governor Scott Walker:Reducing Medicaid while increasing funeral funding for poor, blackmailing dems to come home by threatening layoffs, and being childish. Message: You need to come home and pass my bill the longer you stay gone the longer people have to look at it and the less chance it will be passed. Also; I am a cry baby. (source)
- John “jobs” Boehner: Helped create the Job and Recovery Killing Act of 2011 (HR1), seems to think that jobs can be found in the anatomy of females and in the gay community, and wants to cut Social Security and Medicare. Message: I’m clueless and I have no intention of creating jobs. (source)
- Fred Upton and Jim Inhofe:”So let’s dispel a myth: air quality and public health will not be harmed or affected in any way by efforts to slow and then stop EPA’s expansive global warming agenda under the Clean Air Act. . . . . So we can stop the EPA from imposing cap and tax and the Clean Air Act will continue to make our families and communities healthier places. So let’s listen to the facts: this issue is not about air quality and public health, it’s about jobs.” Message: Right now Koch Industries (among others) is giving up an obscene amount of money and that money is more important than your health. (source)
- Representative Austin Scott: “They told him essentially that if he wanted to argue with them that they’d fine him $30,000 per house; those are Gestapo tactics.” Message: Landlords should have the right to poison you and your children with lead paint. We know you secretly love it.
- The Orange County Hate Brigade: Representative Gary Miller said to the crowd of anti-Muslims “I’m proud of you, I’m proud of what you’re doing.” Representative Ed Royce said to the same crowd “multiculturalism has paralyzed too many of our citizens to make the critical judgment we need to make to prosper as a society.” Message: Yes we are racist, but we are still going to deny it. (source)
- Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly: She didn’t want be out done by the fascist racist representatives at the Orange County “Patriotic Rally”. Her statement to the crowd and the attendees of the Muslim fundraiser; “[The fundraiser] is pure, unadulterated evil. I don’t even care if you think I’m crazy anymore. I have a beautiful daughter, I have a beautiful 19 year old son who is a United States marines. As a matter of fact, I know quite a few marines who will be willing to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise.” Message: I am a terrible person and an unapologetic proud racist. (source)
So, this is an interesting disgusting and disturbing revelation that I can only see and believe is a purge of the poor.
As In These Times’s Lindsay Beyerstein notes, this new provision in the budget is coupled with another policy which seems darkly ironic when seen alongside these Medicaid cuts. The Walker budget “recommends increasing payments to counties to cover the costs of burying Wisconsinites who die destitute” — one of the few major increases in spending to be found in the document. Indeed, on page 248 of the governor’s Health and Human Services budget, Walker recommends an “increase” in “funeral and cemetery aids”.
What are you doing, Scott Walker? What exactly is going on on that pea brain of yours?!
I thought the idea was to try to keep people alive not say “Hey, its okay we’ll pay for it when you die”.
I realize that the GOP has always kept the “bootstraps survival of the fittest” mentality to an extent, but this screams Spencer’s complete misunderstanding of Darwin’s evolution theories that came to be known as social Darwinism to me and the forced reemergence of it is disturbing and disgusting.
This is not a concept that did any good for society unless of course you were a privileged white male class and it was used to oppress women, people of color, the poor and many many many immigrants because they could just dismiss their turmoil as being lazy, stupid, or “genetically inferior” to themselves. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
The problem with this is that the turmoil of the lower-class and minorities (today and yesterday) were a result of social oppression and not a result of laziness, intelligence, or genetics. While the right-wing can attempt to feverishly deny that these people are somehow defective and less than human (as well as deny that they are racist, classiest, and sexist); it simply isn’t the case.
Spencer was incorrect and many people suffered for his “theory” for a very long time. There should be absolutely no desire to return to that in this society or any other.
- Two On Wisconsin: Holding onto Benefits and a War on Wisconsin Women, Decade Long Project Edition. (rortybomb.wordpress.com)
- Budget would make benefits cuts to Medicaid, W-2, Wisconsin Shares – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (news.google.com)
- Walker’s plan would hurt Wisconsin schools (capitolhillblue.com)
Alright, who let him out? What an embarrassment this man is to the state of Ohio!
Today I came across a post on Think Progress in relation to the protests not only in Wisconsin, but Ohio and several other states as well. This is what he had to say about them:
Governors are trying to find ways to balance their budgets, which they’re required to do. In some of these states you’ve got collective bargaining laws that are so weighted in favor of the public employees that there’s almost no bargaining. We’ve given them a machine gun and put it right at the heads of the local officials and they really have their hands tied. And I think what you’re seeing in these states is they’re trying to bring some balance to these negotiations that when you look at the pay of public employees today and you look at their retirement benefits they are way out of line with many other working Americans. So all of these Governors are going to have big challenges and it’s not just going to be the Governors. You’re going to see every political jurisdiction in America grapple with what do we need to do as opposed to what do we want to do. All of them are going to go through a very difficult period.
-Head desk- Okay, John. Let’s work from the bottom up. How about you give up your cushy government run health care services since, you know, it is way out of line with almost all Americans working or not? If we can’t have good affordable insurance at the expense of tax payers either should you. It is the same concept as here. These people work hard, they teach our children, they keep the streets safe and they keep our houses from burning down. Not to mention that they are all also TAX PAYERS.
Machine gun? I wasn’t aware that people protesting to protect their rights and the fact that a large majority of the population supports these rights was the same as threatening some ones life with a gun. Oh, oh, that’s right it isn’t. What you are trying to do, sir, is vilify teachers, fire fighters, and police officers in one of the most disgusting displays of disrespect for the right to free speech that I have ever seen come out of the GOP. You ought to be ashamed, sir, and you ought to resign for contributing to the climate of hate that is modern politics. Enough is enough and you are way out of line.
Lastly, it isn’t necessary to union-bust to balance the budget, they’ve already agreed to the pay and pension cuts in Wisconsin so it at this point has nothing to do with anything else than politics. Also, doesn’t that kind of prove you wrong, Mr. Boehner? You want them broken up because they support democrats; let’s stop pretending that this is about money when it clearly isn’t.
Furthermore, there are other ways to balance the budget that don’t involve attacking working class individuals and cutting necessary programs for the poor. You’ve all created this budget crisis on a state level and a national level by cutting taxes for the top money makers, by refusing to close tax loopholes, and by refusing to go after companies who evade taxes.
It is time to raise taxes on the top percentiles and on big business, to close these loopholes, and to go after these companies that are evading taxes. It is the “fiscally conservative” thing to do, but yet you’re actions are yet again that “fiscal conservatism” is just a joke and you aren’t serious about a balance budget; you’re just interested in attacking the middle class, the poor, women and single parents (who are mostly women).
Update: Cox has deleted his blog. Cached version can be found here.
Update 2: Jeff Cox has been fired.
File this under how social media misuse can cost you a good career.
As Mother Jones reported early this morning, this nice little tweet was posted by Jeff Cox, a Deputy Attorney General in Indiana an advocated the use of deadly force against people who are doing nothing more than exercising their right to peaceful assembly; a crowd that quite possibly contains children.
Keeping it classy once again, right wing? But, wait there is more!
According to further investigation it seems that Mr. Cox has a problem using proper internet etiquette and:
- compares the SEIU to Hitler’s Sturmabteilung.
- says Obama is an “incompetent and treasonous” enemy of the nation.
- calls environmentalists “enviro-Nazis” and compares them to terrorist Osama bin Laden.
- compares ex-Labor Secretary Robert Reich and Service Employees International Union members to Nazi “brownshirts” (on several occasions apparently).
- and stating that the Indiana teen who was brutalized by police “was a thug who deserved to be beat up“.
- his Afghanistan policy is to “ANNIHILATE! KILL! KILL!“
And just to be doubly sure that this was the same man, early Sunday, MJ contacted Mr. Cox for verification on the comments. His statement:
“For ‘context?’ Or to silence me? All my comments on twitter & my blog are my own and no one else’s. And I can defend them all.
“[Y]ou will probably try to demonize me, but that comes with the territory.”
Attempts at further comments and clarification went unanswered according to the articles author.
Well, it seems that Jeff Cox will get his chance to “defend” his comments. Brian Corbin, the spokesman for the Indiana AG stated that the statements made by Mr. Cox were “inflammatory and they will be brought up for immediate review. We do not condone any comments that would threaten or imply violence or intimidation toward anyone.”
While, I can relate to the frustration on either side of this; this kind of behavior isn’t helping your cause. If MJ was really out to “demonize” you; you certainly gave them a good bit of help. Violence and comparing people to Nazi’s is offensive, irrational and only serves to create a climate of hate.
Furthermore, the real Nazi’s, and by real Nazi’s I mean people whom are self proclaimed Nazi’s just so there is no mistake, tend to rally for the causes of the right as the right wing demonstrates animosity towards minorities. Nazism its self is right-wing.
Mr. Cox, we await your defense or more probable in this case, your resignation.