Art And Response

The Old Republican Walk Out

June 23rd, 2011

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Jun 23, 2011– With only weeks to go before the country hits the debt ceiling, Republican negotiators walked out, throwing doubt on Washington’s ability to reach a deal that would allow the government to keep borrowing and avoid a debt default.

Representative Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said participants had identified trillions of dollars in potential spending cuts but were deadlocked over tax increases sought by Democrats. Republican Senator Jon Kyl also pulled out, according to an aide.

“Regardless of the progress that has been made, the tax issue must be resolved before discussions can continue,” Cantor said in a statement. House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Washington, said Democrats must take tax hikes off the table. “These conversations could continue if they take the tax hikes out of the conversation,” Boehner said.

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Let me get this straight, default could occur if Congress does not act by August 2, pushing the United States back into recession and sending markets plunging around the globe. Republicans refuse to negotiate any deal to raise the debt limit if the Democrats want to rollback the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and/or cut subsidies to the oil companies to help cut the deficit. I don’t doubt for one minute that the Republican leaders are fighting hard out for the well being of the people they represent? The only problem I have is that I’m not one of the top richest 2% that they represent at the expense of the rest of us. I wish the Democrats would fight as hard for the other 98%. They don’t. What the Republican leaders lack as human beings they more than make up for as negotiators. I know. I’ve looked up the word in the dictionary. Negotiate: To try to reach an agreement or compromise by discussion with others. Now if only Cantor would look up the word compromise. Maybe it’s too close to the word communism.

The reason they refuse to negotiate is because they won’t compromise on the Bush tax cuts. It’s not the first Time. Remember just a couple of months ago when they did the same thing with last years budget? They were willing to shut down the whole government unless all our favorite millionaires got to keep their Bush Bucks. They were in such a tuff about it that they refused to vote to give our heroic 9/11 first responders medical coverage until the Bush’s Breaks for Billionaires were firmly in place. You see, the Blue Team insist that the super rich need the Bush tax cuts to create jobs and reduce the deficit. Of course, I’m just an artist, not an economist but it seems to me that since they’ve enjoyed those tax cuts these last ten years our job growth became smaller and our deficit larger.

As far these debt talks are concerned, The Red Team and the Blue Team are basically playing a game of chicken. Once again, the Blue Team is threatening to throw the whole economy under the bus for the benefit of the rich and those who sell the gas for the bus.

A Civil Conservative Candidate?

June 22nd, 2011

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. formally launched his campaign for the White House with a promise of civility in his “high-road” quest for the presidency. Mr. Huntsman, who only weeks ago was President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China, did not run from the distinction of having served the man he seeks to replace in the White House Instead, he framed his candidacy as a throwback to a time when political discourse was less coarse and more policy driven, implicitly slapping at some conservatives who have challenged the legitimacy or patriotism of Mr. Obama.

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As every conservative candidate knows, one must paint President Barack HUSEIN Obama as un-American, socialist, communist or muslim, and use the requisite comparisons to Hitler and or the anti-Christ. Since Jon Huntsman isn’t doing any of those things, I assume he must be using the pre-Karl Rove Republican campaign playbook. Stylistically at least, he certainly stands out among other republican presidential candidates. In advertising, positioning yourself as unique among other brands is referred to as “point of difference.”  This is a difference I for one welcome. With hate and fear mongering being staples in the contemporary conservative setlist, can a reasonable candidate focused on the issues survive the primaries? By trying to win the Republican primary as a “civil conservative candidate” is Jon Huntsman an oxymoron or just a moron? I’m sorry, that wasn’t very civil of me.

Spewing hate and fear and focusing on social issues is what one does when they don’t have any big ideas going forward and their own record is not something that will win the election. The fact that Mr. Huntsman is not relying on that strategy and has served presidents from both parties, makes him more appealing to me and I assume Independents in general. I may find out that I won’t like his positions anymore than I do the rest of the field, but I am more willing to consider them. I don’t know if he’s smart to run this kind of campaign, but I think registered republicans who don’t want Obama to win would be smart to vote for Huntsman in the primary.

Weiner’s Whopper (of a lie)

June 4th, 2011

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After days of denials, a choked-up New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a bulging-underpants photo of himself to a young woman and admitted to “inappropriate” exchanges with six women before and after getting married. He apologized for lying but said he would not resign.

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First, former Rep. Chris Lee, the New York Republican was caught earlier this year sending a shirtless photo to a woman on Craig’s List, and now Weiner is using modern technology for raunch instead of good. Apparently our married, middle aged elected officials think of themselves as rockstars. Of course, from the look of Weiner’s photo it’s more than his ego that’s bloated. The amount of media attention spent on our elected leaders’ sex lives seems disproportionate compared to that devoted to their voting record. Again, looking at Weiner’s photo it’s not the only thing that’s disproportionate. You see that’s the problem. It’s more fun to poke fun at a member of congress’ member than to investigate who he’s really working for and what that means to us. Don’t believe me? Try watching C-Span for more than a half hour.