Banana republic

As the US moves ever closer to becoming a banana republic (with great concentrations of wealth in a few hands), the principal difference between a true banana republic and the US is that we do not grow any bananas. For their support of the 1% and the Koch brothers, I propose that we start labeling the GOP Banana Republicans. Truth in labeling.


I have two gripes, one new and one old. The new gripe is that videos start to play on Facebook without my clicking the play button. It is then necessary to search out the offending video and click pause. The old gripe is Huffington Post where the screen keeps redrawing as I try to scroll down to the content. It does that three or four times and is very annoying.

Ted Cruz, FIFO

Ted Cruz, First In, First Out. Ted is announcing his candidacy as I write. Too bad he doesn’t know where the camera is. FIFO, or First In First Out is an accounting practice of valuing inventory by what sells first was purchased first. I suspect that FIFO Ted Cruz will be the first to announce and the first to drop out. Students at Liberty University where Cruz spoke today had to attend or pay a $10.00 fine. I would pay any (within reason) amount not to have to listen to him.

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“Trillion Dollar Fraudsters”: We’re Looking At An Enormous, Destructive Republican Con Job, And You Should Be Very, Very Angry

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By now it’s a Republican Party tradition: Every year the party produces a budget that allegedly slashes deficits, but which turns out to contain a trillion-dollar “magic asterisk” — a line that promises huge spending cuts and/or revenue increases, but without explaining where the money is supposed to come from.

But the just-released budgets from the House and Senate majorities break new ground. Each contains not one but two trillion-dollar magic asterisks: one on spending, one on revenue. And that’s actually an understatement. If either budget were to become law, it would leave the federal government several trillion dollars deeper in debt than claimed, and that’s just in the first decade.

You might be tempted to shrug this off, since these budgets will not, in fact, become law. Or you might say that this is what all politicians do. But it isn’t. The modern G.O.P.’s raw fiscal dishonesty…

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