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Ohio Diary #10: Racist, Do Nothing Ohio Congressional Lawmakers Play Key Role in Debt Talks

That was the headline in my local city newspaper.  Well, not exactly, it actually read “Ohio lawmakers play a key role in debt talks.” I thought it would be better to tell the truth about them, racist and do nothing.  And I forgot sexist, woman hating elephant dung.

My newspaper gave a brief description or synopsis of their role in the debt talks.  Like most newspapers, they didn’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.  Actually, it said nothing.  There was no real reporting.  No truth test, no questions; absolutely nothing.

So in the interest of the truth, in the interest of really exposing these three lawmakers[?], I will do it for them.

John Boehner was the first subject in the article.  The paper said:

Within the next week or so, Boehner must broker a deal with the White House that can pass the House.

Boehner is doing nothing.  He is a robot for the teapublicans.   The coward will not tell them the truth.  He simply doesn’t know how.  His theory is to keep them happy so he can remain the speaker.  If he would only speak.  On July 12, John Boehner claimed talks to raise the $14.3 trillion national debt ceiling hung on whether or not President Obama did his job.

This debt ceiling increase is his problem.

That is just what Boehner said.  Boehner’s statement is a lie.  It has no basis in fact or reality.  On that same day, Jay Powell, former U.S. Treasury undersecretary in the Bush [the father] Administration said:

In our system of government, Congress decides how much to spend and what to spend it on and orders the executive branch to do just that…The executive branch has no independent role to decide which of Congress’ laws to obey and which not.

So in fact, the President, this one, the next one, cannot raise the debt ceiling. That is exactly true, he can after default for the good of the Republic, use the Fourteenth Amendment and raise the debt ceiling, but only after default.  Congress must appropriate money that the President can then spend.   John Boehner has lost control of his party.  Boehner should come down from his cross and do what is best for America.  But he doesn’t want a deal anymore than any other Republican.

Steve Austria:  He happens to be my representative.  I say that sarcastically.  I have been on conference calls, attended constituent meetings, and if you are a Democrat, you basically are not allowed to speak.  You can’t ask questions.  You get ignored.  He like all his fellow dung carriers, wants no tax increases.  He said he was against the cap, cut and balance pledge.  Still, when the vote took place on Tuesday, he voted for it, just like the good baby elephant that he is. He has no original ideas, he has offered nothing.  You can’t say much about him, because there isn’t much to him.

Jim Jordan:  He is chairman of the Republican Study Committee, they are the group that wrote and insisted on severe cuts in all things.  His bill was the Cut, cap and balance, {HR 2506].  He, unlike many of his caucus members, does not predicts disaster  August 2 come and go without action. He predicts a glitch.  A glitch.  Then he said:

The real hurdles would come later when entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security crash.

He doesn’t want to raise taxes,.  He and his partners, will tell you tax cuts will magically grow America out of the debt crisis, create jobs and grown the economy.  He believes that more than his friends.  I want him to tell me why ten years of Bush tax rates have coincided with the miserable economy, worst since the Depression and the biggest rise in deficits in United States History?

All these years, he and the GOP have been telling us they are your only hope for a balanced budget. When Republicans in the White House 2001, they doubled the national debt, and turned Bill Clinton’s $155 billion surplus into a trillion-dollar deficit.  To hear them talk, it was the Democrats.

Republicans wast to keep Wall Street happy.  That needs no explanation.

They have supported and encouraged legislation against women’s rights, civil rights, the poor, children and the middle class. They feel that women are servants and have no place in public life.  In fact, they believe that women should have no life of their own.  Deprive them of their rights and they can do nothing without our consent.

They won’t make a deal on the debt issue, because they won’t give President Obama anything.  They won’t even talk.  Not to Obama and obviously not to each other.  If you’re not white you don’t belong in the White House.  They still insist he is an immigrant, an illegal immigrant.  Hence no immigration reform. Hence the attack on all “Muslims”, run by Rep. Peter King.

They don’t want to tell you the truth.  Maybe, they don’t know what the truth might be, or they just like being racist, sexist, lazy, do nothing rich white people’s representatives.

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Pledge to America: Broken Promises

Does anyone really remember the promises of the “Pledge to America?”

An arrogant and out-of-touch government of sell appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.

Rising joblessness, crushing debt and a polarizing political environment are fraying bonds among our people and blurring our sense of National purpose.

Pledge to advance policies of greater liberty, wider opportunity, a robust defense and national economic prosperity.

It would seem that Republicans are describing themselves.

Consider this:  Republicans promised aid in job creation.  But that is not what they have done.  In the house they pulled legislation that would extend the Trade Assistance Adjustment Program.  The reason…..”Our country can neither afford this program, nor should government be in the business of providing such a benefit.”  The extension was pulled because of a Wall Street Journal backed group, Club for Growth.  Murdock and Fox at work again.

Consider this: Voted to repeal Affordable Health Care Act.  Now, this is really interesting, since they want to deny the American people, the very insurance program that they themselves have, including their staffs.  Will they give up their insurance plans? If they do, will they take the same insurance plan that in some lifetime, plan to present.  Lawmakers are given an average of $700-a-month in taxpayer money for their health insurance. Congressional staff members are given the same taxpayer-subsidized, government regulated health plans available to members.  Unlike, lawmakers, their staffs are often middle-class American who not independently wealthy and need regular coverage in case they get sick. Lawmakers and their staff work tirelessly and ruthlessly to repeal health reform, thus denying coverage to 30 million Americans. But help insurance companies continue life-threatening abuses to their customers. Members that want to repeal the Act believe their staff should be “free to choose” quality government care.  That is the Affordable Care Act.  They don’t want us to have, but they certainly will take it.It is hypocrisy.  There is a fundamental tension between the GOPs naysaying on health care reform and their willingness to accept federally subsidized private insurance – just as in the health care law.  Write your senator and representative and ask him if is he willing to give up his tax-payer subsidized health insurance and for his staff.  I did.  I asked Rep. Steve Austria, and he will not answer.  He and his staff want their Affordable Care Act insurance.

Consider this:  There are a number of states that want to nullify the Affordable Care Act.  By doing so they risk the future and existing Medicaid programs in their states  Since Medicaid is a voluntary program, these state could lose their matching funds.  Which would lead states to make drastic cuts in education, police and other items.  Think of it, refusing matching funds for Medicaid, health insurance coverage for hundreds of thousand people in these states.  Cutting services and safety is so much better.  Republicans and neoconservatives always think of their people.  That is what they promised.

In the Senate the TAA extension was pulled due to conservative backlash against government “getting too involved in the economy.”  Senator Brown had the courage to state the obvious. Offended by the GOP hypocrisy in enjoying tax-payer benefits while refusing aid those who need help.

Brown…For Seators who want to repeal heal care, for senators who want to strip any assistance..it’s basically turning our backs and saying to workers: “sorry about NAFTA , sorry about [permanent normal trade relations], sorry about these agreements I know you lost your jobs because of those, sorry about losing your health insurance, sorry about not having any job training money, and oh by the way, if your house is foreclosed on, that’s too damn bad too. Madam president, I don’t get this. I don’t understand why people in this body can’t help those citizens who don’t dress like this everyday, who don’t make $170,000 a year, who don’t have really good health insurance provided by taxpayers. Why, madam president, are we turning our backs on them?

Their plan is to cut everything and anything that would benefit the people, while they keep all those things for themselves and their staff.

Republicans and neoconservatives believe that Robber Barons were capitalists.  In fact they are at it again.