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Gayle in MD
06-12-2012, 11:44 AM
Was the Republican Party Always This Greedy?
June 7, 2012
Brad Bannon

I have a keen interest in military strategy and tactics. Probably because I'm a political strategist and tactician. Wednesday night, I watched a documentary on the Military History Channel about the Battle of Leyte Gulf in World War II. The unselfish actions of U.S. sailors there prevented a military disaster and demonstrated what was great about the Greatest Generation.

General Douglas MacArthur had just landed his invasion force in the Philippines in October of 1944. A large Japanese naval fleet, including the biggest battleship in the world, the Yamato, was bearing down on Leyte Gulf to destroy our invasion forces on the beach. The only American naval force available to stop the attack was a small task force of destroyers and escort carriers called Taffy 3 (Task Force 3).

The large Japanese force dwarfed and outgunned Taffy 3 but the Americans blunted the attack by sending three destroyers up against big Japanese battleships. The small destroyer force was able to slow down the larger Japanese fleet long enough for the main American fleet to ride to the rescue and save the day. In the process, the Japanese sunk all three of the destroyers and hundreds of brave, young American sailors went down with their ships. But the selfless dedication of the men in Taffy 3 saved MacArthur's invasion force from total destruction.

[See a collection of political cartoons on the Republican Party.]

There's a world of difference between the selfless sacrifice of Taffy 3 and the Republican Party. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center shows that only four of 10 Republicans believe that government has a responsibility to help people who can't help themselves. In contrast, six out of every 10 independents and three out of every four Democrats believe that government should step up to help down-on-their-luck Americans. Republicans weren't always this selfish. In 1987, six in 10 Republicans wanted government to work for the common good.

The GOP slogan for campaign 2012 should be "Every man for himself" or "Women and children last." Republicans of course, make exceptions for their sugar daddies. If you're a banker or a billionaire you can count on a lot of help from Republicans in power. If you're unwed mother in need of prenatal medical care or a poor hungry kid in need of a school lunch, you can forget about any help from the GOP Mean Machine.

[See a collection of political cartoons on healthcare.]

The Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan budget clearly illustrates the party's fiscal philosophy. The GOP budget cuts aid for prenatal care, school lunches, and child healthcare. The Republican proposal is careful, however, to protect tax breaks for the 1 percent. The best example of the cruelty in the GOP budget is that it cuts federal aid to help seniors pay for home heating oil while it maintains $4 billion dollars a year in federal tax freebies for the oil companies. If you have filled your tank recently you know big oil doesn't really need the money.

My political philosophy comes from Hubert Humphrey, who said, "The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those in the shadow of life, the needy and the handicapped."

If my belief in these words makes me a bleeding heart liberal, let me bleed.



http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/brad...ays-this-greedy (http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/brad-bannon/2012/06/07/was-the-republican-party-always-this-greedy)



The House of Representatives Is the Scariest Circus on Earth
May 22, 2012

Jamie Stiehm

A comment in The Nation published in the Gilded Age noted a circus clown telling people the best days of the circus were over. We've noticed the same thing lately, bemoaning a scarcity of clown talent at the circus. What's to be done? One reason given, then and now: Fewer youths are running away from home to join the circus.

However, in our new gilded day and age, they are running away to join a sinister kind of circus. It's called the People's House of Representatives. It has lots of new clown faces to show the peopleómore than 80 are House Republican freshmen, and they've got plenty of tricks to play on you. Washington can barely look at their high wire antics.

[See a collection of the latest political cartoons.]

The ringmaster is House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican if there ever was one. Boehner has just one problem: He can't control the new crowd of clowns at the circus. This is not business as usual, but a case of holding the Capitol captive. So we go again, with the House Republican leadership's threat of refusing to raise the debt limit, all over again. Haven't we seen this show before? Like, suddenly last summer. Boehner is trying to lead the elephant stampede he sees coming. Good luck with that.

[Both Sides of the Aisle Unconvinced By Boehner's Debt Speech]

All the real action is in the House. The Senate is just a sideshow. There the scary circus clowns have other work to do. They have pranced and dodged around the Senate's version of the Violence Against Women Act and the highway (surface transportation) bill. (What congressman in his right mind doesn't love a highway bill?)

Ah, but this circus is not like any other. The new angry clowns hate the circus itself. They want to tear and burn it down and have the greatest show on Earth open at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.


http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/Jami...representatives (http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/Jamie-Stiehm/2012/05/22/on-circus-clowns-and-the-house-of-representatives)







Seldom, even in Shakespeare, does a "a very good hater" of his own people become the top public man. (Another English poet, Samuel Johnson, spoke that useful phrase.)

Sid_Vicious
06-12-2012, 12:35 PM
It is a matter of good against evil Gayle. The Dems, by nature, work to help average people. The Pigs are just the opposite. The system is broken. sid

DiabloViejo
06-12-2012, 02:45 PM
<span style='font-size: 14pt'><span style="color: #000066">Quote from the article: "My political philosophy comes from Hubert Humphrey, who said, "The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those in the shadow of life, the needy and the handicapped."

If my belief in these words makes me a bleeding heart liberal, let me bleed."</span></span>

YES!! To all my like minded friends..be proud to be LIBERAL.

I detest the use of the term "progressive" in reference to Liberals. When did being liberal become something shameful? Liberals in America have much, much to be proud of!

So screw the fascists, the libertarians, the bigots, the homophobes, the anti science right wing Christian Taliban, the Republicans...and anybody who supports any of them!

We LIBERALS have work to do. It's time to take off the gloves, ditch the Marquis of Queensbury rules, and fight the good fight.

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Gayle in MD
06-12-2012, 02:50 PM
<span style='font-size: 20pt'>Yes We Can! </span>