Today's Note From a Madman
Wednesday, February 2, 2005
The State of the Union Address
"Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Else to Lose"
The "Purple-Finger" Award
goes to the Republican
Party. They all took their index fingers out of their ears (I was thinking a
little lower) long enough to put them in some ink wells to show solidarity with the people of Iraq.
Can anyone say lead poisoning?
During "G"lobal "W"arming Bush's State of the Union address on February 2, 2005, he said my budget will, "Cut the deficit in
half by 2009." How is that going to happen when, in year one the deficit went up?
Additionally, GW said that there will be more money available for Pell Grants.
What wasn't said was that 84,000 less students will qualify.
When GW touted his "Clear Skies Act," even the Republicans didn't applaud.
They didn't believe it either.
Is this the code for "The Opaque Skies Act?"
A simpler Tax Code means = lower taxes for the rich, higher for us.
GW spoke of jobs that Americans will not take.
Just how does he know what job an American will or won't take? Has GW ever had a REAL JOB?
GW said definitively that Social Security is on its way toward "bankruptcy."
He oughta know. GW has bankrupted enough companies in his life to be an expert!
"13 years from now, in 2018, Social Security will be taking out more than it takes in." By 2042, the entire system will be bankrupt.
That brought jeers from the congress.
By the way, it's "Personal Accounts:, not "Private Accounts." Or is it "Pirate Accounts"?
Did anyone but me see Vice President Dick "Go F*ck Yourself" Cheney's smirk as he sat behind "G"lobal "W"arming Bush?
"Choice" and "Ownership"
When did these become four-letter words?
It was also good to see Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT) catching a few "z-z-z-z's". He must really need it.
"The CULTURE of LIFE"
A new way of saying "No new Stem Cell research."
You! The kid in the wheelchair! Too bad!
Hey blind guy! As Chris Rock says, "here's your cane and your dog."
"Every (judicial) nominee deserves an up and down vote."
Fillibuster or "Killibuster"?
"People on trial for their lives must have competent lawyers by their side."
Then can we kill 'em, GW?
"Our nation, working with allies and friends..."
We still got some?
"We will stay on the offensive until the fight is won."
Or, at least until all the Iraqi oil is gone.
"We must continue to support our military and give them the tools for victory."
Then a screen shot of Don Rumsfeld.
Did anybody hear the name Osama bin-Laden tonight?
In the coming years, we will add to that story (of adding to liberty)."
Does that mean "We have not yet begun to invade?"
Code: SYRIA=BAD; FREEDOM=GOOD
"I say to the people of Iran, as you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you."
Just like his daddy did in 1991 for the Iraqi people?
"In any nation, casting you vote is an act of civic responsibility,"
"Freedom in Iraq will make it safer in America for generations to come."
"No artificial timetable for leaving Iraq, because that will embolden our enemies."
Like the other timetables did.
I didn't keep count, but how many times did GW use the work FREEDOM more than once in the same sentence?
And the last word of the night was?
Those Sensitive Republicans
You would think the Republicans would be happy with controlling Congress and the Presidency. Yet, some Republicans appear determined to silence all dissent from the Democrats. I simply can't understand such a desire to railroad an agenda through Congress.
The RNC launched a belligerent attack against Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid - even resorting to petty name calling. Both leaders made very good speeches that clearly defined Democratic principles for reforming Social Security and ideas on exit strategy for Iraq. Their speeches hardly merited such bitter attacks.
No one likes a sore winner. Yet, that is exactly how the Republicans have acted since the election of 2004. The President immediately pronounced a mandate though his margin of victory was slim. On issues of substance such as Social Security reform, the majority of Americans trust the Democrats more. They should be allowed to speak without being demeaned.
Can we work in the spirit of bipartisanship? Thus far, I am doubtful. The Republicans are the majority and they are pushing an extreme ideology. They should remember that our government works best when compromises can be made.
Who is Glen Beck?
So I'm listening to Right Wing Radio (or as Elmer Fudd might say, WHITE WING WADIO) and this guy Glen Beck, the host of the show decides he wants to talk about the soldiers and their Death Benefits, or lack thereof. Now we all feel the same way. If a soldier is killed in action, training or in any other manner while performing in the line of duty, his or her family should be taken care of.
Now it's good that Mr. Beck decided this as his topic. The problem is he knew nothing about it. Callers were calling in telling him what the rules are now. AND THEY WERE WRONG!
What makes Glen Beck different from all the other "WHITE WINGERS?" He, at least, ADMITTED his IGNORANCE.
Even the breaths of fresh air on the Right stink.
By the way, here's the Death Benefit (like "Death" could have a "Benefit") as it stands today, according to the DoD:
"The current survivor's death gratuity payment, which is tax-free, is about $12,420. Survivors of servicemembers killed in war operations also can now receive $250,000 in maximum SGLI coverage, if they'd elected to do so (for an extra $20 a month, like Rumsfeld couldn't front them the money, those cheap bastards).
"DoD and Senate proposals would increase the death gratuity payment to $100,000, and boost maximum SGLI coverage to $400,000. The Pentagon would pay the premiums for the extra $150,000 in SGLI coverage when participating servicemembers are deployed in a combat zone.
"A plan under discussion, if approved by Congress and the president, would be retroactive to Oct. 7, 2001, the day Operation Enduring Freedom began in Afghanistan."
Now here's the way it oughta be:
Anyone killed while a member of the United States Armed Forces ought to have a "Death Benefit" that takes care of their family in the short run and helps them prepare for the long haul. $100,000 and a scholarship fund to a public college for the spouse and children would be nice.
Why should they get this benefit?
Because, by volunteering, they did a selfless act and their families ought to be taken care of for it. These volunteers work for a poverty level salary while standing in harm's way to protect us and our families.
Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO) was ousted today as chairman of the House Ethics Committee (it's almost a contradiction in terms). It seems that if someone has the temerity to actually do his or her job in the lower house of congress, he puts his career, and maybe his life on the line.
With the members of his own party at the helm, what is Tom Delay (R-TX) afraid of? Could it be an honest Republican?
Rep. Hefley, come on over to the light side. The pay isn't as good, but you might feel better about yourself.
night, the House Dems
talked for a hour about
Bush's social security
The next Repub
up pulled the "wounded Repub
act" - where they act shocked and appalled by
the other side's partisian behavior. Oh yeah right.
have a new trick - bang on the war drum while telling you isn't it great that
Iraq voted. I'll get excited when they
bring our troops home
and stop burning money in Iraq.
Meanwhile, the Repubs have been meeting with Bush and Rove to strategize for their Social Security pillage. They are pouring in 100 million dollars in a concentrated advertising campaign. They even enlisted business to shill for them.
But, the Repubs have the gall to accuse the Democrats of being unduly partisan - what hypocrisy!
A QUOTE RIGHT ON THE MONEY
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth
has a chance to get its pants on.
-Sir Winston Churchill (Thanks to Pat Thompson)
It must be getting really crowded on the other side of the World. Hey... isn't that where Iraq is?
Good News Everybody
President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush's Medicare Drug Plan could bankrupt elderly people who make just over $11,000 per year.
The good news is that it will cover VIAGRA! (V|a6ra, as it's seen iN SPAM Emails).
How did we not see this one coming?
The drug companies want to make sure their money-makers stay that way.
Don't it make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?
STUPID QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Because he developed Prostate Cancer."
Governor George Pataki (R-NY), Hardball with Chris
Matthews on why Rudy Giuliani dropped out of the race for the US Senate Seat
from New York against Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
And here I was thinking it was because he was cheating on his wife and dropped out due to shame.
Oh wait, I forgot. The Right Wingers have no shame.
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