We’re not racists

President Barack Obama and the First Lady Mich...

President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama dancing at the “Obama Home States Inaugural Gala.” The event took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When they insult President and Michelle Obama or disrespect the office of President, Republicans insist they are not racists. It is because Barack and Michelle are Democrats, not because they are black. When Republicans act to restrict voting rights, it is not because they are against blacks or women or gays or youth or unions or Latinos, it is because those groups tend to vote Democratic. When Republicans vote to restrict reproductive rights, it is not because they are warring on women, it is because they are pro-life. If men could bear children, then Republicans would restrict their reproductive rights too.

Natural and unnatural disasters

Australia

Australia (Photo credit: Kenny Teo (zoompict))

What is an unnatural disaster? It is a natural disaster made much worse by the actions or lack thereof of conservatives in government.

Case in point, the fires near Sydney, Australia, in New South Wales state. It is spring Down Under during a prolonged drought and not yet the summer and fall high season for wildfires. The thinking person’s response would be to increase fire preparedness. Is that what the conservative government of NSW did? No, they cut the fire prevention budget for no good reason. The Great Recession in Australia is over, defeated several years ago by the traditional Keynesian remedy of adequate stimulus by the national government. Something that hasn’t happened here because the GOP are punishing us for electing Barack Obama in 2008 and re-electing him in 2012.

Another case in point, the destruction of New Orleans in 2005 by Katrina. We are now 8 years after that event and New Orleans still has not recovered. George W. Bush knew that the levees needed to be strengthened and he did nothing for 4.5 years, spending money on dredging a seldom used canal rather than budgeting for levee maintenance in New Orleans. Conservatives tend to be penny-wise and pound-foolish when it comes to government spending for the common good. Today, they decry the national debt when they should be stimulating the economy to increase economic activity and increase tax receipts. But that would redound to President Obama’s credit and they cannot abide that.

Pity the Billionaire

English: President Barack Obama meets with Pre...

English: President Barack Obama meets with President Clinton in the Oval Office 4/21/09 Français : Le président Barack Obama recevant l’ancien président Bill Clinton dans le bureau ovale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pity the Billionaire, The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right by Thomas Frank.

It is Frank’s contention that Barack Obama would have gotten better results in his first term if he had followed the FDR model instead of the Bill Clinton model.

“Moneyed interests understand that with no second FDR, no incorruptible new cop on the financial beat, no return to the rules that once made banking boring but safe, they have nothing to fear from us, and may do as they please. This is the real  tragedy of the Great Recession.”

Scalp hunters

Official portrait of United States Health and ...

Official portrait of United States Health and Human Services Secretary . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The scalp hunters in the GOP failed to capture President Obama’s scalp in the effort to repeal, defund, or delay the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Now as a consolation prize, they seek the resignation/firing of the person in charge of implementing Obamacare, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. If they fail again, whose scalp will they covet next?

The Benghazi network

Benghazi at dawn

Benghazi at dawn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now that the phony debt ceiling crisis is over, FOX, the Benghazi network 24/7, has gone back to its reporting of phony Obama scandals. They are concentrating on Benghazi for the moment, but I am sure that they will resurrect the phony IRS scandal too. Thus far, no one at FOX has thought to connect all the phony scandals in one narrative. It may be stretching things too far, but really nothing is too far for FOX. They might falsely claim that Solyndra was a CIA false front, approved by the IRS, and used to funnel money and guns to drug dealers in Operation Fast and Furious and arms to terrorists in Libya.