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GOP Trying To Rebuild Baby Tossed Out With The Bathwater

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Baby with the bathwater

In their ill-conceived zeal to  repeal, or disable the Affordable Care Act, the Republicans made some missteps. They forgot to calculate what would be getting tossed or defunded if the government shut down. It's the baby with the bathwater syndrome.

Now just passing a clean CR would rectify all of that, but delusional John Boehner (who one commentator said during the shutdown, the pronunciation of his name would return to how it's spelled) has forgone that option. It would make him look weak. Really John. You, Mr. Crybaby look weak. I just can't see how that's possible.

So the plan to save face after putting over 800,000 people out of work was to rebuild the baby who got tossed. First the GOP started with national parks, or actually they started slowly. Just the WWII veterans memorial part who Fox News reported, via Tucker Carlson, as costing nothing. As I wrote on an earlier post, he must assume that the maintenance and security at the monument are freebies, all done by volunteers.

Frankenstein

Anyway, from there, the House Republicans took to more of the Dr. Frankenstein experiment. They added legs and other extremities with their passage of bills funding all National parks, NIH, Head Start, WIC (Women, Infants & Children) nutritional program, Cancer research, Veterans benefits, NSA, and Disaster (FEMA) relief.

Oh, and let's not forget the big one, the torso for this monster baby, funding back-pay for all government officials who were put on furlough. This big body part would be kind of the torso. That got a 100% support from the House. Unfortunately, guaranteeing to pay employees their full restitution without their doing the work isn't  meeting such a staunch support in the Senate. Gangrene or tissue rejection has already begun on that one, according to senior physician, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

This is resulting in the desired small government baby actually becoming a larger, oversize doll.

Large doll

Piecemeal rebuilding is not the same as just using the simple clean CR. Now we're stuck. The odds 'n ends parts aren't being synchronized and working because some of the vital organs, like the heart, liver and a brain still aren't installed.

So while the Republican, change that, the Tea Party-led medical team continues to try to stitch the government monster back together, time is wasting, big business who supports them is being hurt and losing money, the public is turning away from the Republicans and looking for a new set of doctors, the Democrats. With the right Democratic medical team, led by Chief Resident in Charge, President Obama, the patient may survive.

But this is going to involve more than taking two aspirins and calling the POTUS in the morning. It requires the Speaker to call for a vote on a clean continuing resolution and the prognosis is good that the baby patient will survive. Kids are resilient.  We won't get to know for sure until there's a vote, but if it doesn't come soon, this baby is history.

Basically, if there's no clean CR, which most of the House Democratic doctors and a small portion of GOP'ers think would be the best prescription right now, the baby will look like this:

Frankestein baby

Or, Dr. Boehner can go the clean route and have this:

Ken Doll 2

 

I don't know about you, but I prefer the clean CR and the doll immediately above.

Calling Dr. Boehner, Dr. Cruz, Dr. Lee. Code red. Bring a crash cart to the ER. The patient is waiting.

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Repubs to La. -- Don't Worry About Hurricane Karen, Gov. Shutdown No Problem

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What, me worry

But Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) tweeted Friday there was "no negative impact trickling down from the government shutdown."

Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) echoed that sentiment, telling National Review that he did not "think that many of my constituents even know that there is a shutdown — or even care."

Well, that's saying a lot about your constituency. Don't they have newspapers, radio or television down in the Gulf coast area? Or is it you, Rep. Fleming, who's unaware of the shutdown? You voted for it and continue to do so. You voted to shut down FEMA which annually makes loans available to your storm-ravaged area. You don't you think your people are paying attention? Ask the Katrina survivors? You might just be surprised when you run for re-election in 2014. Be worried if they come up to you and say you're doing a heck of a job, Brownie.

Perhaps the reason these two Louisiana elected officials aren't worrying about the safety of their folks back home facing a possible Hurricane Karen is because of responsible, Democratic action, not their Republican party's. The disaster-relief safety net (FEMA), despite all of GOP game playing with governmental funding has been covered, along with Louisiana's collective derrieres.

THE HILL:

The White House announced Friday it had recalled and deployed federal liaisons to emergency operation centers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. It also recalled staff from furlough to a supply distribution center in Atlanta and activated its national response coordination center in Washington.

Of course, Mr. Vitter and Mr. Fleming, there's no problem. The Obama White House, not your Republicans fixed it. Somehow that got lost in the messages sent out by you two. I'm sure you'll be correcting that... soon. But no rush. According to Congressman Fleming's words, the folks back home don't even know what's going on, or care.

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Video- President Obama Speaks on the Tornadoes and Severe Weather in Oklahoma

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Video- President's Weekly Address: Recovering and Rebuilding after the Storm

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Bonus Cartoon of the Day- Romney Relief

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TuhWEET! Chrysler executive to Donald Trump: "You are full of sh**!"

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Our buddy Cliff Schecter tweeted this:

Ralph Gilles' (@RalphGilles) Twitter bio reads: "Vice President Product Design Chrysler LLC, CEO SRT & SRT Motorsport. Love how cool cars bring great people together."

And Ralph Gilles, Chrysler exec, tweeted this in response to a tweet by Donald Trump that you can see below:

Gilles called out Willard's BullshMitt, right out in the open for all to see.

Is this really where Team Romney wants to go? Apparently lying is much, much more important to them than running a campaign based on integrity and honesty...  and sadly, way too many Americans are willing to vote for someone they can't trust or believe on an hourly basis.

To those voters, see: Romney, Fake "storm relief event" and so much more.

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"The more one has, the higher the duty one has to give back." Oh, and "Jobs are actually being created."

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UPDATE: Regretfully, the video has become unavailable, but some quotes from it are right here:

"You're only as poor as the person next to you is rich."

"The more one has, the higher the duty one has to give back."

[In America] jobs are actually being created. ... Banks are lending again."

"We see the wheels of commerce turning again..."

A friend just shared this video with me, and it's worth passing along. The speaker is George Logothetis, a Greek shipping magnate; it's a family business.

He discusses austerity and the U.S. economy. Now imagine how austerity in this country would have affected the sequence of events during and after Hurricane Sandy. Imagine if Mitt Romney had gotten his way and FEMA were privatized, or if he is *shudder* elected and pushes for cutting FEMA. What Logothetis says about Greece applies to the United States too.

This influential, international Greek businessman is speaking out against the establishments of Europe and the United States who would support more austerity economics, which should make us all think twice (if not three or four times) about Simpson Bowles.

And he talks about how immigrants coming here to the U.S., as he did, are the ones who fuel economic growth.

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