With all the wackadoos that the GOP and Tea Party have put into the House and Senate, it's quite evident that intelligence is not one of the qualifying requirements. When you hear the gibberish and claptrap ideas that come out of many of them, you really have to wonder if they still ask the prices at the Dollar Store.
These idiots (my apologies for the non-PC use of the word) only need only open their mouths to prove the point. There's the not getting pregnant in a real rape situation, the fetuses masturbate story, the earth is only about 5000 years old, defaulting on the debt ceiling won't hurt anything, there's no such thing as climate change. Now we can add another totally dick-wad Cretan to the Wackadoo Hall of Shame.
His name is Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and he was one of the 144 House Republicans who voted against bipartisan legislation to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
Mick had his reasons though. And he wasn't keeping them to himself. He saw something in this bill to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling that evidently everyone else missed. It was a piece of "pork" that was added onto the bill. No, not the Kentucky Dam or the payment to the the widow of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. Those were something he could live with.
Here's the one that turned him away: "the 'Lord's Resistance Army' received special funds."
Funding the Lord's Resistance Army? Did you see that anywhere? I didn't. Do you know who the Lord's Resistance Army is? The LRA as they are known, is a Ugandan rebel group led by warlord Joseph Kony. The group's trademark is kidnapping children and turning them into fighters or sex slaves.
Congressman Mulvaney, could you possibly be so ignorant as to actually think that was among the pork issues in this U.S. Government funding bill? That's strike one.
The money you were confusing with going to the LRA actually goes TO the U. S. Defense Department for continuing to assist African forces as they pursue Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, accused of atrocities.
So that's strike two.
Finally, when you issue a retraction through a surrogate, take a close look at who's speaking for you -- The Huffington Post reports:
...that the LRA reference was the result of a "typo" she (Mulvaney communications director) had made and had nothing to do with the congressman's position (which has since been expunged from his official website).
The Mulvaney Communications Director is named, Stephanie Faile. And boy, did she ever fail(e) you!
That, Mr. congressman, is strike three.
Drastic cuts, sequestration, firing public workers by the hundreds of thousands, slashing programs that keep people healthy and alive, closing schools, suppressing stimulus plans when we need them most, and ignoring the opportunity to rebuild a crumbling infrastructure are all wrongheaded policies that progressives have been trying our best to reverse.
Europe is rethinking their own approach to cutting and starving their way out of their economic problems and ending up on "a dead-end street." It's about time.
Prodded by Germany and its insistence on fiscal virtue, governments elsewhere have fired workers, chopped welfare benefits and shelved big-ticket projects, turning the continent into what some call one giant "Austerity-land."...The punishing spending cuts have stifled consumer demand and economic growth, not spurred it. [...]
Public patience with continued belt-tightening is wearing thin as misery increases and as officials repeatedly push their predictions of economic recovery further into the future. [...]
The pressure may finally be starting to tell. Recently there have been signs that the region's leaders, most notably in Berlin and at European Union headquarters in Brussels, are rethinking their dogmatic pursuit of spending cutbacks and balanced budgets. [...]
Advocates of a more nuanced policy note that U.S. economic performance has easily outpaced Europe's and that Japan is witnessing a comeback. [...]
[S]o many countries cutting so much so fast, they contend, has turned out to be an act of collective kneecapping that has crippled the entire region. [...]
More pro-growth policies — investment in big infrastructure projects, for example — could jump-start faltering economies and help countries make the revenue they need to pay down their debts, analysts say...
That, however, would require a farsightedness and cooperative policymaking that critics say has been sorely lacking.
Take note, Republicans. Or is that asking too much? As I wrote in a 2011 post, GOP jackasses, foresight is not exactly their strong suit.