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Tea Party Testimony

October 18, 2013

Tea Party Testimony
Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives by House stenographer Dianne Reidy on Wednesday, October 16, 2013:

“Do not be deceived. God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand. He will not be mocked, He will not be mocked, (don’t touch me!) He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here, is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. Had it been… it would not have been… No. it would not have been… the Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons… and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.”

– “Stenographer snaps, rants on House floor,” CNN

Discussion:

“The funny thing is the House stenographer was only like the 137th craziest person in the room.” — Dan Amira, via Twitter

 “But who knows, maybe she just saw something that didn’t seem right and mounting frustration and tensions brought it out of her.” — Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Fox News

“The ‘Holy Spirit’ made her do it: Stenographer Dianne Reidy offers Godly excuse for bizarre House of Representatives rant,” Michael Sheridan, New York Daily News

“House Stenographer Outburst Recalls Masonic Conspiracy Theories Past And Present,” Roxanne Palmer, International Business Times

“Famous Freemasons: Founding Fathers and Patriots,” U.S. News

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Price of the Tea Party Tantrum

October 17, 2013

Price of the Tea Party Tantrum

The Tea Party Republicans in Congress shut down the United States Government for over two weeks. They did it to protest … something. In the end, it gained them … nothing. Federal employees will be paid retroactively, but government contractors and retailers serving public employees and their families had no business this month. Of course, the salaries of cranky congressmen continued uninterrupted.

The shutdown is over, at least for now, but what has this Republican hissy fit cost America? The total tab won’t be complete for another couple of months, but Standard & Poor’s puts the loss to the economy at $24 billion, $1.6 billion a day.

More:

“Gridlock Has Cost U.S. Billions, and the Meter Is Still Running,” Annie Lowery, Nathaniel Popper, and Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times

“Was the Point Republicans Made in the Shutdown Worth the Price?’ Gerald F. Seib, Wall Street Journal

“What You Can Get For The Price Of A Shutdown,” Bryce Covert, Think Progress

“House Republicans Hold Hearing on Why Their Shutdown Shut Things Down,” Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

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Bachmann Sees the End Times

October 9, 2013

Bachmann Sees the End Times

Congress-creature Michele Bachmann, the Republican representing the 6th District of Minnesota, the Planet Mars, the Tea Party Caucus, and the voice of the Lord, warns that The End Is Near:

“ … President Obama waived a ban on arming terrorists in order to allow weapons to go to the Syrian opposition. … US taxpayers are now paying to give arms to terrorists including Al Qaeda.”

“Now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times … we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history.”

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Government Shutdown Explained

October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown Explained

The United States Government has been shut down by the Republican members of the House of Representatives. This chart explains it all.

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GOP Extortionists Take Americans Hostage

October 1, 2013

GOP Extortionists Take Americans Hostage

“Obama Says No Talks While GOP ‘Threatening To Harm Women and Children,’”  Noah Rayman, TIME Magazine blog

“Obama: GOP tactics hold middle class ‘hostage,’” David Jackson, USA Today

“Five Reasons Not To Hold Obamacare Hostage In The Government Shutdown,” Carolyn McClanahan, Forbes

“Republicans Aren’t Hostage Takers, They’re Political Terrorists,” Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast

“Carney: Republicans are ‘irresponsible and reckless,’ using ‘threat and extortion,’” Jennifer Epstein, Politico

“Stocks drop amid fears of federal government shutdown,” Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times

“The GOP flunks Hostage Taking 101,” Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post

“The GOP’s Suicide Squeeze,” John Dickerson, Slate

“GOP’s ‘Mass psychosis’ holds country hostage, says Dem congressman,” Jessica Taylor, MSNBC

“Dumbest extortion attempt ever: Republican scheme’s perverse logic,” Brian Beutler, Salon

“The Anti-Obamacare Hostage Taking Will Damage Future Policymaking,” Keith Humphreys, Washington Monthly blog

“Governing by Blackmail,” Nicholas Kristoff, New York Times

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Pending Tea Party Putsch Poleaxes Paychecks

September 29, 2013

Pending Tea Party Putsch Poleaxes Paychecks

“A federal shutdown would be bad news for some corners of Main Street. That’s because the federal government relies more and more on a wide network of private-sector contractors for goods and services that total as much as $300 billion a year. If Congress fails to pass a budget deal by next Tuesday, millions of people whose jobs depend on the government operating may not be paid.”

—”How government shutdown would hurt Main Street,” Jennifer Liberto, CNN Money

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Ted Cruz & Ham

September 27, 2013

Ted Cruz & Ham

During his recent Fauxlibuster against affordable health care, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) read Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham in the Senate Chamber. Too bad he doesn’t understand the story, says Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

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GOP Monomania: ‘Kill Obamacare!’

September 22, 2013

GOP Monomania: 'Obamacare!'
The Republican majority in the House of Representatives has voted to shut down the federal government unless the Affordable Health Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is shut down. Since they took over the House in 2011, Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare 42 times, roughly once every 24 days. Who says this is an unproductive Congress?

The GOP’s Tea Party legislative strategy is simple: Extortion. Its political philosophy is best summed up by Marlon Brando:

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Congress Is 0n Vacation. Like It Is All Year Long.

August 9, 2013

Congress Is On Vacation. Like It Is All Year Long

The 113th Congress is taking a five-week recess after the exhausting labor of passing 22 bills in eight months, the smallest number in history. Of course, Congress only spends three days a week in DC even when it’s in session, spending the other four back home collecting campaign funds for the next election, a practice euphemistically called “meeting with constituents.”

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GOP Food Fight: ‘Starve the Poor’

July 29, 2013

GOP Food Fight: 'Starve the Poor'

Congressional Republicans want to starve food stamp deadbeats while rewarding hard-working American farmers with a Farm Bill. That’s a noble story, but it has a few holes in it. Most “farmer” recipients of those rewards are Agribiz millionaires, and the ‘help’ they get is ‘insurance’ for artificially high prices and big profits. And those SNAP ‘deadbeats’? Most are elderly, children, or disabled; the rest are the working poor who need help to get adequate nutrition because GOP politicians routinely defeat Living Wage bills.  Further irony: Many of those low-wage workers are in the food industry. These facts don’t alter Republican plans to bring back the Victorian workhouse.

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