Tea Party nominees are Evangelical nuts with no economic solutions
September 20, 2010

 
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Charlie's AnglosThe Tea Party appears to be scoring some major victories in the Republican Primaries this year, challenging & defeating a series of Republican incumbents across the country… not via mass popular appeal, but thanks to heavy Teanut turnout matched with anemic GOP turnout on Primary Day in races that attracted on average fewer than 19% of all registered voters. Turnout is everything, and the TeaPartiers are motivated this year to get to the polls. Problem is, in an election where “the economic crisis” is THE issue of concern to most voters, the only differences between the Teabaggers and the people they are replacing appears to be their level of Religious zealotry. The Jews have nothing on Conservatives when it comes to believing they are all victims of intolerance and religious bigotry, and the Tea Party is home to their most paranoid.

Currently, there are FIVE Tea Party-backed candidates running for the Senate… ALL of which embrace the MOST extreme (once considered “fringe”) “Pro-Life” position of opposing abortion for ANY reason, including rape or incest (life of the mother?) because “it would interfere with God’s plan”. Early Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle (R-NV) says she would counsel a 15 year old incest victim pregnant with her fathers child to “turn lemons into lemonade” (link below).

The list of “Pro Life. No exceptions” Tea Party candidates for the Senate:

Sharron Angle (R-NV)
Ken Buck (R-CO)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Joe Miller (R-AK)
Christine O’Donnell (R-DE)

 
(Two more victorious Tea Party candidates, Mike Lee [R-UT] and Marco Rubio [F-FL], also “Pro-Life” Republicans, have been silent on the most extreme “No exceptions” position of their fellow Teanuts… though Rubio did “attend” a “Virtual” anti-Roe v Wade march earlier this year.)

“This is the year of ‘Small government Conservatives’ who want government out of our lives, yet who also want the government to monitor every pregnancy to be sure it ends in a live birth, even for 14 year old incest victims.” – Rachel Maddow

You might have noticed, that for all their bluster about being a “cross section of America” and “not a sub-section of the Republican Party”, EVERY SINGLE ONE of the Tea Party’s candidates ran as a Republican. There were no Teabaggers running in any Democratic primaries. Not a one. Likewise, the GOP has been trying to convince people for years now that they (too?) are a “Big Tent” Party that welcomes all people regardless of race, creed or color, into their fold (while alienating blacks, gays, Muslims, Mexicans, and “Non-Believers”). The Tea Party is saying to the GOP: “No, we DON’T want anyone that doesn’t subscribe to our extreme Conservative ideology”, and they are ousting every incumbent Republican that doesn’t think like they do. The GOP’s “Big Tent that never was” has just gotten substantially smaller.

The Tea Party candidates are heavy on religious dogma and light on answers to the very real problems facing Americans today. What is their solution to unemployment? Prayer? Pray these people don’t get elected. If they do, trust me, we’ll ALL be praying. Other than pledging support for the GOP’s “tax cuts for everyone” (without explaining how they’d pay for them), while simultaneously decrying the size of the Deficit, just what ideas do they offer on how to fix the economy? Seriously. From Sarah Palin on down, can you name one single original idea Tea Party candidates bring to the table that aren’t already part of the GOP platform? Think of the Republican incumbents they’ve defeated. What will they do differently than the people they are replacing? Despite unprecedented obstruction, O’Donnell even called her opponent, Mike Castle, “Obama’s favorite Republican”.

From Sharron Angle’s own website. Here is EVERYTHING she has on fixing the economy:

“The fastest way to get the economy moving again is to cut spending, pay back the national debt, and make permanent the Bush Tax Cuts which are due to expire in just a few months. Steps like these would go a long way toward giving the business community the confidence they need to start creating jobs and hiring again.” – Sharron Angle on fixing the economy

What I wouldn’t give to ask Ms. Angle exactly HOW sucking $500 BILLION DOLLARS (remaining unspent Stimulus) out of the economy “would get the economy moving again?” And how do you “pay back the national debt” AND “make permanent the Bush Tax Cuts” at the same time? Bush Sr. called that “voodoo economics” way back in 1980. And like all Republican hypocrites, their sudden concern over the size of the National Debt is heartwarming… or maybe that’s heartburn?

So let’s mosey on over to Ken Buck’s website to see what “unique” ideas HE has for reviving the economy:

“The stimulus bill that was rammed through Congress in February was counterproductive. It was such a bad bill that a new word was coined “porkulus.” Since it passed, both unemployment and the federal deficit have continued to rise. No new jobs, just huge new debt.” – Ken Buck on the economy

…followed by two more tiny paragraphs that simply complain about the size of the deficit and “government control of our Free Market System”. If you’re like me, this is the first you’re hearing of “porkulus“. I think I might have gone with “pork-tastic” or maybe even “pork-u-licious”.

Whether you believe Stimulus spending… which the GOP blocked at every opportunity… actually created or saved any jobs (and it did), I’m still seeing NOT ONE SINGLE SOLUTION for solving the economic crisis. Buck complains on his site about the bailout of the auto industry (which saved tens of thousands of jobs) and the size of the National Debt (with a photo from early 2006 of the Debt Clock at just over $9Trillion when the GOP controlled all three branches of government.) Buck has a page dedicated to “Tax Policy”, which… like his other pages… contains but three tiny paragraphs that could fit on an index card, all to tell us he pledges not to raise taxes.

Rand Paul’s turn. As a “Libertarian”, economic issues should dominate his site, right? Paul has Eighteen “Issues” categories on his website. SO many issues he had to divide them up into three groups of “A-G, H-P, Q-Z”. Number of “Issues” addressing Jobs and the Economy? ZERO. (Swear to God. Check his site if you don’t believe me.)
 

I think you get the picture. And I didn’t deliberately “omit” the sites of Evangelical Teabag candidates that DO address ways to fix the economy, because there are none. I simply went straight down the list. 3 for 3. Not only do they not have any ideas that differ from the people they defeated for their Primary, or different from the GOP in general… THEY HAVE NO IDEAS AT ALL on how to fix the economy! A cursory check of the remaining two sites: “Joe Miller” likewise offers no solutions (of note: during his appearance on Fox “news” Sunday yesterday, Miller channeled Sharron Angle when pushed by host Chris Wallace to defend his claim that “Unemployment benefits are unconstitutional”. Miller’s only answer… while never actually answering the question… was that “We have an entitlement mentality” where the general public “believes the government exists to promote the general welfare.” How foolish of us to think that!) Kudos to “Christine O’Donnell” for being the ONLY Teabagger to even mention the word “Jobs” on their website. And what is her plan? ONE LINE: “[free up businesses] from endless taxes and bureaucratic red tape.” That’s it. Period.

O’Donnell has made a “career” of running for office (and losing) while waging a national campaign against pre-marital sex… which includes saying no to masturbation. Why? Because God said “lust=adultery”, and you can’t mmm-mmm without lusting. Ergo, self-love is Adultery. Someone should also have pointed out to her that you can’t commit “adultery” unless you are MARRIED, which O’Donnell is not and never has been.

So disconnected from reality is O’Donnell, she (now famously) once argued she wouldn’t lie even to the Nazis if asked if she were hiding Jews in her home, trusting that God would provide her “with a way out” of the situation (an offer God apparently did not extend to the Van Dam family.) Think Progress has a disturbingly long list of O’Donnell wingnuttia, including a 2007 claim on “The O’Reilly Factor” that scientists had created “mice with fully functioning human brains.” Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering? Narf! (And now her latest: admitting in 1999 that she dabbled in Witchcraft, and her first date “was on a sacrificial altar with blood all around.”) Remember, these are the same people who warn against reading Harry Potter because the stories “glorify witchcraft”.

You already know about Sharron Angle (R-NV), who has called defeating Harry Reid “a calling from God”. Angle came out in favor of Prohibition (and likely opposes legalized gambling as well on religious grounds) while running to represent the gambling capitol of the world. Angle once campaigned against “black uniforms” for the local high school football team in 1992 because “black is the color of evil”, and has also said that “the clergy should be allowed to “comment on political candidates from the pulpit”, a clear violation of the Separation of Church & State.

On jobs? Angle recently called the unemployed “spoiled” and stated “As your US Senator, I’m not in the business of creating jobs.” Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the U.S.. Not surprising considering how much of the state’s employment depends upon tourism. So it’s only natural they would want to elect a God Warrior that wants to criminalize sin and has stated on-the-record that it’s not the governments’ fault if you can’t find work. (/snark)

As I’m sure you’ve heard many times before: Why would anyone elect people that campaign on how “the government doesn’t do anything right” to represent them in Washington? I heard someone say the other day: “I don’t want a Vegetarian making my hamburger!” Latest polls show Angle at less than 1% point down from Harry Reid.

Folks, it took eight years of Republican mismanagement to get us where we are today. It’s bad enough you expect Democrats to solve it in two, but to even CONSIDER putting these Teabagging idiots with NO SOLUTIONS in their place, just goes to show you just how little attention voters are paying this election season.

In Case You Missed It, Republicans are promising to raise taxes on the Middle Class.

Last week during ABC’s This Week, lead Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee pointed out that Republicans are going around promising that, if they regain control of Congress, they’ll repeal the remainder of The Stimulus while extending the Bush Tax Cuts for the rich, arguing that it is a “bad idea to raise taxes on ANYONE in a Recession”. The problem is, as Goolsbee pointed out, repealing The Stimulus “would raise taxes on 110 million middle class people”. Why? Goolsbee didn’t explain, but I will. Because Obama’s payroll tax cut for the middle class… passed as part of the 2009 Recovery & Reinvestment Actis paid with Stimulus funds. So, while Republicans are arguing “we should not raise taxes on ANYONE in a Recession” to defend extending tax cuts for the rich, their simultaneous call to “repeal The Stimulus”, would in fact raise taxes on the middle-class, ensuring that the ONLY people that would benefit from a Republican recapture of Congress would be “the rich” (and even THAT is questionable).

The Teanuts are big on repealing The Stimulus, complaining of what it’s doing to the Deficit. All the while, arguing in favor of extending the Bush Tax Cuts for the rich regardless of the gigantic hole it would blow in the Deficit. This ranks right up there with the Teanuts coming out “against Net-neutrality” on the grounds it would lead to “increased government control”.

The Republican Party has claimed the mantle of “Family Values” ever since Dan Quayle criticized fictional character Murphy Brown back in 1992. The Religious Right’s influence over the GOP has always been strong, but even the White Christian Peoples Party wasn’t pious enough for some Conservatives. “9/11”, in their minds, was the start of a Holy War (a “Crusade”), which Fearless Leader often described in religious terms. The election of a black man with “a Muslim-sounding name”, born of a Muslim father and who spent several of his early years living in a Muslim country with his mother and Muslim step-father, seems to have pushed the God Warriors over the edge. Feeling betrayed by their own GOP, the Tea Party now consists mainly of religious zealots that have linked the bad economy with Democrats primarily because of it’s black leader with “the Muslim-sounding name”.

Remember Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” Tea Party rally late last August, which turned out to be just one long Evangelical sermon? The Tea Party is a Conservative religious values Party first and foremost. You can’t even follow that up with “who put economic policy second” because… other than parroting the failed policies of the GOP, they have no economic policies of their own.

People this out of touch with reality have no business even voting, let alone forging a political movement that threatens to swing the balance of power in Congress. Get out there and vote, folks.
 


 

This weeks list of reasons to keep Republicans from regaining power:

  1. Just who’s more BSC*? Newly appointed Republican nominee for the Senate from Delaware, Teanut favorite Christine O’Donnell is well on her way to giving another Teanut favorite Sharron Angle (R-NV) a run her money with statements like ‘Too Many People Are Blindly Accepting Evolution As Fact’ and equating masturbation with adultery. Another thing O’Donnell and Angle have in common? Both immediately scrubbed their entire websites of all information the moment they won their nominations. (*Bat Shit Crazy)
  2. I haven’t dared track every Wingnutty thing to come out of the mouth of Sharron Angle (R-NV), and thanks to the folks at ThinkProgress, I don’t have to.
  3. Here’s TP’s already huge (and growing) list of Wingnuttery for the latest Tea Party star, Christine O’Donnell.
  4. Every week (see past two weeks) produces more evidence that if the GOP regains control of Congress, they’ll shut down the government.
  5. Fox Business Channel gets Rep. Paul Ryan to support their own version of Ryan’s own “Contract with America” entitled “The Scorecard”. Among its pledges: “No New Taxes, No New Bureaucrats, Cut Spending, Repeal Obamacare.” Translation: Tax cuts for billionaires, more deregulation, repeal the Stimulus, and allow Health Insurance companies to return to their despicable ways.
  6. For some clarity on the above, a research report from Wall Street’s Moody’s Analytics Inc proves conclusively what we’ve all known: that tax cuts for the rich are NOT stimulative. They just put their savings in the bank (Thanks to Donklephant for the heads-up). And you just read what repealing the Stimulus would do.
  7. In the “sky is blue” department, the former chair of the Florida GOP admits “many within the GOP have racist views” and worries “there is no place for moderates in the Republican Party” today. Mr. Obvious: Line 2.
  8. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell not only wants to extend the Bush Tax Cuts for the Top 2% at a cost of $800B, he now wants to repeal the Estate Tax for the Top 0.25% of households at a cost of $3.9 TRILLION over the next decade, which would also add nearly $1 TRILLION IN INTEREST to the Debt EACH YEAR. And just how does he propose we pay for this astronomical hole he plans to blow in the budget? By “freezing $300B in spending over the next ten years.” Folks, I’m sorry, but these people just aren’t playing with a full deck.
  9. Uber-Libertarian Rand “Civil Right Act was unnecessary” Paul (R-KY), who once threatened to filibuster any Budget that wasn’t balanced, now says he supports extending the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 2% without proffering any spending offsets to pay for it. Conservative “principles” stop at the door of Congress.
  10. Nearly every single GOP Senate candidate is a Global Warming denier. Not surprisingly, all of them Tea Party favorites.

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September 20, 2010 · Admin Mugsy · 2 Comments - Add
Posted in: Economy, Election, Politics, Religion, Right-Wing Insanity

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