texshelters

A Reason to Vote for Democrats this Fall, or Screw the Congress

In Current Events, Election Politics on October 15, 2010 at 18:04

The progressive Democrats in Congress are the only bulwark against President Obama passing even more conservative legislation. You may laugh, and hopefully you will, but I and a few others said in the summer and fall of 2009 that Obama didn’t have the political courage to back up his rhetoric with action. Now, it has come to pass.

Remember when dearly beloved Bill Clinton had to deal with a Republican House in 1994 when Newt’s Republican revolution took over the house. That was when Clinton was able to push Welfare to Work in 1996, with the help of the new Republicans. The idea of “accountability” in the Welfare to Work is very Republican and deluded. The thought was that people won’t look for work if you don’t force them and that we should cut slackers off if they can’t find a job after a finite period. How’s that working for the long term jobless now?

In the same way, a Republican house will now free up Obama to push his conservative policies. These include:

1.  More charter schools, merit pay, and more testing. That will of course mean more spending on testing and more millions for test makers like McGraw-Hill.

2. Green energy, what green energy? Unless there is big oil money to make with green energy, green jobs won’t appear under Obama with a Conservative John Boehner led House.

3. Don’t ask; don’t tell? Gay folks can go to hell. Rhyming aside, I’m with Dan Savage when he said that he wasn’t sure Obama really wanted to end “don’t ask; don’t tell” and have full rights for homosexuals in the military. Without a house urging him on, Obama will be even less inclined to end the policy put in place by…Bill Clinton.

4. Freeze on social spending. I can feel a chill coming over me.

5. Militarize the Mexican border. In Arizona’s 8th Congressional district we have two choices: A Republican who wants to get rid of social security and militarize the border, and a Democrat who wants to keep social security and militarize the border. If we had more parties, I wouldn’t have to make such and onerous choice.

6. Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. Without a crazy Democratic run House discussing resolutions against war (I’m talking to you Dennis Kucinich), Obama won’t have to deal with uppity progressives who should just “buck up” and “stop whining” anyway.

7. Keep on spying, keep on bombing, keep on detaining, and keep up the renditions and hit squads. Yes, to Obama’s defense, he never said he would stop the hit squads. None of these things will change and there will be no House opposition to them.

8. An “Insurance Company Protection Act” that would protect health insurance companies from future attempts to pass universal health care. Yes, you heard it here first.

9. Offshore oil drilling in California. Even if Jerry “moon beam” Brown is elected as Governor, there will be a big push by the Obama administration to hand out exploratory leases for oil drilling in California. Bye, bye to California’s beach tourism.

10. Net neutrality will be a goner. Obama doesn’t really care about it, in fact, I bet Obama and Biden would love to get rid of net neutrality to shut up those “professional liberals”.

11. Wow, the withdrawal from Iraq really wasn’t? And that deadline for leaving Afghanistan just went away. Can’t anger the military contractor donors now, can we?

12. Republicans will “Acorn” moveon.org by creating a phony scandal, thus forcing them to shut down. And Obama will shrug because moveon.org didn’t really help him get elected anyway.

13. In 2012, Obama will join the Republican Party and renounce himself as a Nigerian Hitler Stalinist Witch Doctor.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

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  1. I write poetry. A theme of my poetry is – has been – this: We’re fucked.

    What you said. All of it. In one form or another, it’s in my poetry, just as it’s in your prose.

    We’re fucked.

    It’s a cop-out response, but it’s all I’ve got. Pink Floyd’s hammers are marching and they’re gonna smash every last piece-of-shit human until there are no more of us. And every other species will laugh and dance with relief.

    epoh tihs

    • Leeza,

      Can I find the poem on MySpace? I want to see it.

      We do seem to be creating our own suffering and hiring people to do it for us.

      Peace,
      Tex Shelters

  2. Notice how I’ve gone from militant to existentialist nihilist?

  3. Got to Love the Billion dollar contract to Xe…when we can’t afford a Cola for Social Social Security.

    During Bush we cut Services in Medicare but the costs went up, because we implemented ‘Managed Care.” Obama has been more of the same.

  4. I really don’t care for many of the Dems we have to choose from, but I sure as hell don’t want the alternative.

    Considering the Neocon leanings of many Democrat congresscritters, I sometimes think we’d be better off replacing all of them with chia pets. But only if we get to replace the Republicans with them too. 🙂

  5. America has always been a center right nation much to the disbelief of progressives. I would also say most of America leans Libertarian as long as their share of the “handout pie’ isn’t being cut. You know those that say keep your hands off my Medicare.

    • Jake,

      Yes, people don’t want handouts for others, but for themselves it’s okay.

      Well, there are some studies that show certain commonly held liberal beliefs, freedom of religion and free speech, to be quite popular. And the conservative belief now called and held by liberals is conservation of the environment. By what scale do you rate the US as center right. Trial by jury? Other nations like Iran and Saudi ARabia, much more conservative states, have no such thing. How about protection against unlawful search and seizure. Is that a right or left belief of just common sense?

      I would say there are some popular “liberal” ideas and some popular “conservative” ideas and that it’s really hard to gage.

      I will give you one thing. Our politicians are mostly center right, and that include Obama. So why are people trying to paint him as a socialist?

      Peace,
      Tex Shelters

      • Tex I lean Libertarian on most issues so I’m not the one to ask about Conservative. That said I find most self proclaimed Conservatives and Liberals to be disingenuous. I’m for far greater freedoms than either side is willing to grant me. As far as the environment goes I’m a sportsman, hunter and fisherman therefore I’m a environmentalist out of necessity since I rely on the land to feed my family.

        • Jake,

          A man Teddy Roosevelt would love.

          Most politicians are certainly disingenuous, claiming one thing, and doing the other. Obama is just the latest presidential example. Non politicians who are tied up in the game are more real indeed.

          Peace,
          Tex Shelters

  6. I’m not laughing, Tex. With the possible exception of #13, I think all the rest has happened or will shortly. We have entered the age where the government is OFFICIALLY only an affiliate of the corporatacracy. For decades I have thought that it matters not in the slightest whether the Dems or the Pubs are “in control”. I was temporarily diverted by an irrational hope for…hope. But it cannot be. We. Are. Done.

    • Temy,

      Well, I threw #13 in there to say, “enough is enough, stop shooting yourself and your base in the foot”.

      Yes, much of this has transpired, some of it was prediction, and #13 was just for fun.

      Thanks!

      Peace,
      Tex Shelters

  7. I don’t get why so many people oppose “hand-outs”. Of course I want mine and I want everyone else to have them too if they want. If you really don’t want, cool, more for me. Alas, most only see “hand-outs” for poor people, which is a tiny drop in the ocean compared to the handouts to the rich.

  8. Temy,

    Exactly. The book “Take the Rich off Welfare” is a good source for the wealthy on welfare.

    Peace,
    Tex Shelters

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