teabaggery

Around the time that George W. Bush was appointed president, I began to change my view of Republicanism.  Whereas I have never agreed with overarching Republican policy objectives, there was a time when I at least regarded conservatives as serious people with serious arguments they brought to bear.

But it began to occur to me with the ascendency of a barefaced buffoon to the apex of right-wing politics that maybe conservatism was not just a political disposition.  And as George W. Bush’s corporate-Jesus coalition evolved into a throng that could call Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry its own, Republicanism completed its transition from political ideology into psychological disorder.

As right-wingers have taught us, any predisposition that is simply hard-wired into one’s brain (like sexual orientation, for example), can be cured on bended knee.  So if right-wingers pray hard enough, they should succeed in overcoming their own primitive reflexes and supplanting them with more evolved and sophisticated human behaviors.

They are not public schools, they are government schools. They are owned by, staffed by, operated by and forced upon us by the government.

And, ladies and gentlemen, it is 100 years of government education that led us to the point that a man like Barack Obama could be sworn in as president of the United States.

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Hate radio whackjob Neal Boortz, speaking at Unity Rally 2012 in Tampa, a sideshow to the RNC circus. 

The Republican party needs its voters ignorant and scared, that’s why they hate education. And God forbid, a poor black kid can achieve something by studying hard and going to public school, and grow up to be President of the United States. If there is one reason I despise these tea party “patriots,” it’s because of this assault on education and teachers. 

Tea Party freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who has spent months lecturing President Obama and Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes $117,437 in child support to his ex-wife and three children. Laura Walsh has asked a judge to suspend his driver’s license until he pays his child support. Despite loaning his own campaign $35,000— and paying himself back at least $14,200 for the loans — Walsh claims he failed to make the payments because he “had no money.”

Walsh has been a prominent voice in the debt ceiling showdown in recent weeks, making television appearances almost every day to denounce President Obama’s “reckless spending,” which he says has “bankrupted this country.”

“I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!” Walsh says in one video. But today, when confronted in a CNN interview about his failure to support his own children, Walsh not only refused to acknowledge his hypocrisy but insisted that being a deadbeat dad meant he understood the plight of average Americans.

Walsh also rejected the congressional health insurance plan for his family on principle, much to the chagrin of his current wife, Helene, who had a preexisting condition and needed surgery while the couple was uninsured. But Walsh apparently thinks he can have it both ways - claiming his own indebtedness and failure to care for his family’s needs allows him to understand average Americans, while railing against Washington for irresponsibly racking up deficits. As he put it in a recent interview, “Thank God congressmen like me are here!”

Um…

But at least he’s a consistent douchebag! No wonder he was okay with the US not paying its obligations - he’s familiar with that.

Raise your hand if you’re shocked!

According to the poll, nearly one in four Americans sympathize with the Confederacy more than with the Union. That number grows to nearly four-in-ten among white Southerners. Among Tea Party members, 26 percent sympathize with the Confederacy more than the Union, and that number grows to 28 percent among Republicans.

The poll comes at a time when Republicans and Tea Partiers are rehashing the battles that both led to and came out of the Civil War. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and others have come out in support of nullification laws. In both Texas and Tennessee, lawmakers have floated the possibility of secession. And across the country, Republicans have attempted to revoke the 14th Amendment guarantee of birthright citizenship. And, of course, there was Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-GA) reference to the “Great War of Yankee Aggression” on the House floor.

According to Arizona Capitol Reports (subscription-only newsletter), Jesse Kelly is so antsy to challenge her again, that he requested a legal inquiry as to whether he could run again if Giffords lost her seat:

Attorney Lee Miller, who serves as legal counsel for the Arizona Republican Party, told our reporter Kelly’s campaign contacted him earlier this week to find out how the seat would be filled if Giffords couldn’t serve.

This is the same guy that held the M-16 shoot/fundraiser “targeting” her seat “for victory.” Keep it fucking classy, Tea Party.

Congress currently has a 10% approval rating, apparently that is lower than the approval rating of colonoscopies. Which actually makes sense because the more you think about it, both Congress and colonoscopies deal with assholes, but the American public can at least acknowledge that colonoscopies serve a practical function. Also, colonoscopies exist to make assholes better; Congress just seems to make them worse.
—  John Oliver, on The Bugle podcast

They know it’s the only way they can enrage the teabaggers even more than they already are so that there’s massive turnout in November voting against their own interests once again. This talking point must be pushed back aggressively and immediately before the misinformation becomes fact in right wing world.  

This penalty only applies if a person chooses NOT to have health insurance and makes more than ~$80k so that they get no subsidies. There is also a 0.9% tax increase on $250k+ taxable income.  That’s it. Estimated to be $2.7 billion/year for the next 10 years, hardly massive.