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The GOP’s Debt Ceiling Dilemma

Debt Ceiling Dopes

The Republicans have truly painted themselves into a corner with regard to their refusal to raise the debt ceiling.  Their demand that the ceiling may only be raised along with substantial entitlement cuts but without any tax increases for the wealthy or the closing of tax loopholes for corporations, is unrealistic. Unfortunately for the GOP, the American public has seen through the charade.

CNN reports that a Quinnipiac University survey indicates that two-thirds of the public say an agreement to raise the debt limit should include tax hikes for wealthy Americans and corporations, not just spending cuts. According to the poll, almost half of voters say congressional Republicans would be mainly responsible if there’s no agreement, with 34 percent saying the Obama administration would be most at blame. By a 49 to 33 percent margin, independent voters would blame the GOP more than the administration. Additionally, a Gallup poll released Wednesday reveals that 73% of Americans believe that some sort of tax increase should be included with raising the debt ceiling. These polls indicate that the Republican Party is out of step with the majority of Americans.

The entrenched Republicans understand their unpopular position but most can do nothing to extricate themselves from it. The reason for their dilemma is that most every member of the GOP. has signed a no-tax-hike pledge. A whopping 235 House members and 41 senators, almost all of them Republicans, signed a pledge written by Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, in which they promised not to raise taxes for any reason whatsoever. Consequently, they face being called liars if they do the right thing and abide by the wishes of Americans to include increased tax revenues in a debt ceiling bill.

Republicans do not want to anger their small but radically conservative base by breaking their pledge, so their new tactic is to try to fool the American public into believing that an American credit default would not be disastrous. Everyday we hear some Tea Party backed Republican proclaim that things would pretty much carry on as normal if the nation defaults. Even Presidential candidates Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann are echoing that fallacy.

The reality however, is that a national credit default would cause untold damage to our frail economy. Interest rates would likely soar as the value of the dollar plummets. Our debt obligations would also increase drastically as the result of higher interest rates on our national debt. Our nation would also be faced with the difficult decision of deciding between paying our creditors or meeting our obligations to Social Security recipients and military families. A truly bad situation.

To put things in better perspective, the aptly-named Perspectives.com offers this wonderful list of “The 10 Things The GOP Does Not Want You To Know About The Debt“:

  1. Republican Leaders Agree U.S. Default Would Be a “Financial Disaster”
  2. Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt
  3. George W. Bush Doubled the National Debt
  4. Republicans Voted Seven Times to Raise Debt Ceiling for President Bush
  5. Federal Taxes Are Now at a 60 Year Low
  6. Bush Tax Cuts Didn’t Pay for Themselves or Spur “Job Creators”
  7. Ryan Budget Delivers Another Tax Cut Windfall for Wealthy
  8. Ryan Budget Will Require Raising Debt Ceiling – Repeatedly
  9. Tax Cuts Drive the Next Decade of Debt
  10. $3 Trillion Tab for Unfunded Wars Remains Unpaid

Sometimes the facts and the truth can prove to be painful. In this case they are truly painful to the Republican Party.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s very topical song parody.

Welcome To My Nightmare song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKpEoRlcHfA

WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE

(sung to the Alice Cooper song “Welcome To My Nightmare”)

Welcome to my nightmare
You ain’t seen nothin’ like it
I think you’re gonna feel
Something’s wrong

A cerebral vacation
Republicans need sedation
Their mouths will be filled with foam
Before too long

Welcome to my nightmare, ohh

Welcome to my breakdown
Does Eric Cantor scare you?
That’s just the way they are
In Red State towns

They sweat and laugh and scream there
Mann Coulter’s their wet dream there
He really makes them feel
Right at home, there

Welcome to my breakdown, ohh
You’re welcome to my nightmare, yeah

(hypocrisy break)

Welcome to my nightmare
You know I just don’t like it
G.O.P. makes me feel
I don’t belong

They lie and shout and scream there
And Palin is their queen there
They all giggle and squeal
At her throne, there

Welcome to my nightmare, ohh
Welcome to my breakdown
Yeah!

(great instrumental fade out)

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Trump/Palin 2012 – “You’re Fired/I Quit”

The American public has spoken loud and clear. They do not want either Sarah Palin or Donald Trump as president. The most recent Quinnipiac University poll reveals that the vast majority of American voters believe that both the former ex-quitting half-term Governor of Alaska and the bankrupt billionaire are unacceptable candidates for the highest of elected offices.

A whopping 58% of those polled said they would never vote for Palin or Trump. Ouch! That is going to leave a mark. Peter Brown, the Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute believes that both reality television hosts have done a disservice to themselves in the manner in which they portray themselves to the public. He said, “Sarah Palin and Donald Trump suffer from the reality that, as our mothers told us, ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression.’”

The breakdown of the poll is as follows. A staggering 91% of Democrats said they would never vote for Sarah Palin along with 58% of Independents and 24% of Republicans who agreed. The numbers were not much better for Trump. A full 81% of Democrats said they would never vote for him along with 58% of Independents and 32% of Republicans who shared that sentiment.

These poor numbers for Palin and Trump are not surprising in light of  the fact that each of them possesses little to no political acumen. This has been demonstrated multiple times by Palin in her gaffe-filled televised interviews and by Trump by means of his “birther” obsession. Additionally, each of their most recent public appearances has only added to the public perception that they are pitiable non-factors in the serious world of politics. Donald Trump was made a laughingstock by President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and Sarah Palin was photographed in a food-stained outfit and giant clown shoes at the same event.

 

Americans have decided that neither Palin nor Trump are presidential material. But what of the other potential GOP hopefuls? The Quinnipiac poll revealed that Massachusett’s Mitt Romney and Arkansas’ Mike Huckabee are in the best shape. The aforementioned Brown also stated that some of the other potential candidates such as Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels may appeal to voters with the passage of time. He said, “Many of the relative unknowns could have large upsides if they can get out their messages, since they will not have to erase a bad first impression. It is always easier to make a good first impression than to change an existing negative one.”

The initial negative impression will prove to be the downfall of Caribou Barbie and The Donald. Misery loves company, so perhaps Palin and Trump should consider running as a team under the banner of the Tea Party. The bumper stickers could read: “Trump/Palin – You’re Fired/I Quit”!

CONRATULATIONS TO THOSE PESKY BOSTON BRUINS FOR THEIR GAME 3 WIN OVER THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS LAST NIGHT! HERE’S HOPING WE CAN GET OUT THE BROOMS ON FRIDAY!

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

“I Got You Babe” song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylGrQVL774k

I GOT YOU BABE

 (sung to the Sonny and Cher song “I Got You Babe”)

[Palin:] They say we’re dumb and we don’t know,
But there’s no doubt that we have lots of dough.
[Trump:] Well, they make fun of my hairdo,
But Sarah P., they call you “Caribou”

[Trump:]  Babe
[Both:] I got you babe. I got you babe

[Palin:]  Those “death panels” I did invent,
You went bankrupt and barely had one cent.
[Trump:]  I guess that’s so, we’ve both been caught,
And now its clear we really don’t know squat.

[Trump:]  Babe
[Both:] I got you babe. I got you babe

[Trump:]  You are the yang to my ying,
You be queen and I’ll be king.
[Palin:]  They say I’m mad, you’re a clown,
That I cannot tell a verb from a noun.

[Palin:]  They all now say that you were wrong,
That “birther” thing will be your last swan-song
[Trump:]  Don’t fret for me, I will be fine,
But you’re show was dumped, you’re not on prime-time

[Trump:]  Babe
[Both:] I got you babe. I got you babe

[Trump:]  You write crib-notes on your hand
[Palin:]  You got Gary Busey canned
[Trump:]  You thought you were “mavericky”
[Palin:]  You cheat like Dick Dastardly
[Trump:]  Your kids run wild every night
[Palin:]  You can’t even keep a wife
[Trump:]  The First Dude is sure to go
[Palin:]  I love to watch your ego grow

[Both:]  I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe

Americans Say Palin Is Not “HOT”

If you still own one of those bumper stickers or t-shirts which proclaims: “Coldest State. Hottest Governor”, you might want to throw it away. A recent survey indicates that the saying is no longer true. We have known since she “went with the flow” like “a dead fish” back on July 3, 2009 that Sarah Palin is no longer a governor. Now we also know that she is no longer “hot”.

CNN reports that Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie nabbed the “hottest politician” title among those in the GOP, according to a new national Quinnipiac University survey. Sarah Palin on the other hand, registered third from the bottom out of 23 politicians. She finished “hotter” than only Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. It is more than obvious that these results do not bode well for the former ex-quitting Governor of Alaska if she intends to run for President. Heck, even former laughing-stock President George W. Bush finished higher than Palin.

The Quinnipiac University poll asked voters to rate leaders from 0 to 100 degrees on a “feeling thermometer,” with the highest numbers reflecting the warmest feelings. The mean scores and the percent who said they did not know enough about the people to rate them are:

Michelle Obama                  60.1 degrees      4 percent
President Clinton               59.2              2
Christopher Christie            57                55
President Obama                 56.5              0
Rudolph Giuliani                52.3              13
Mike Huckabee                   51.8              22
John Boehner                    51.1              41
Mitt Romney                     50.4              23
Tim Pawlenty                    48.2              67
Jon Huntsman                    47.9              84
Ron Paul                        46.3              34
Michael Bloomberg               46                35
Michelle Bachman                45.6              55
Mitch McConnell                 45.2              48
Mitch Daniels                   45.1              78
Donald Trump                    45                5
Rick Santorum                   43.9              63
President George W. Bush        43.9              0
Haley Barbour                   43.5              65
Newt Gingrich                   42.7              17
Sarah Palin                     38.2              4
Harry Reid                      34.8              37
Nancy Pelosi                    32.9              15

It is becoming more apparent as each day passes, that Sarah Palin is fast becoming yesterday’s news. Now that her Presidential aspirations have been quashed, she should concentrate solely on trying to hold onto that cushy and lucrative Fox News position. Inasmuch as her failure of a reality television show has been canceled, the Fox gig is all that she has left to keep her in the public’s eye.

In honor of the troops, please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody also, too!

“I Am Woman” song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D5KMUIqV-4

I AM PALIN

(sung to the Helen Reddy song “I Am Woman”)

I am Palin that’s for sure
I can’t wait for my next book tour
And you know that “Joe the Plumber” is my friend
Yes, I’ve heard it all before
I dress and act just like a whore
And I’m sure to be a DC Town has-been

Oh yes, I’m unwise
And I border on insane
All my words are lies,
Whenever I campaign
If I have to,
I will do anything
Always wrong (wrong)
And I am miserable (she’s miserable)
I am Palin

Todd my husband might forsake me
He’s been getting rubdowns lately
That ass Frank Bailey has turned into a mole
Bristol loves me now no longer
Arizona’s where she wanders
And I’m sinking ever-lower in the polls

Oh yes, I’m unwise
And I border on insane
All my words are lies,
Whenever I campaign
If I have to,
I will do anything
Always wrong (wrong)
And I am miserable (she’s miserable)
I am Palin

I once had a TV show
Was the Queen of Eskimos
I displayed my ignorance across the land
Fighting for those embryos
The right to choose, I do oppose
I know that cuz I wrote it on my hand

Oh yes, I’m unwise
And I border on insane
All my words are lies,
Whenever I campaign
If I have to,
I will do anything
Always wrong (wrong)
And I am miserable (she’s miserable)
I am Palin

Oh, I am Palin
I’m always visible
A ding-dong

I am Palin
I’m always visible
A ding-dong
I am Palin