●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening the gap between rich and poor, which leads to civil disorder.
●Cutting the deficit is the government’s method for taking dollars from the middle class and giving them to the rich.
●Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
●To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The penalty for ignorance is slavery.
This goes under the title, “If it’s important to me, pass it. If it’s not important to me, block it.” Or, “Listen to what I say. Pay no attention to what I do.”
‘A Knife In The Back’: Boehner Faces Bipartisan Fury After Punting Sandy Aid
January 2nd, 2013, Henry Decker
House Speaker John Boehner is facing a bipartisan firestorm over his decision not to vote on Hurricane Sandy relief before the 112th Congress adjourns, creating a new crisis for Republican leadership just hours after the end of the “fiscal cliff.”
On December 28th, a bipartisan coalition of 49 Democrats and 12 Republicans passed a $60 billion aid package through the Senate to provide relief to the states that were devastated by the storm in October. But after dragging their feet on the measure for weeks, on Tuesday night Republican leadership decided that the bill would not be considered until the 113th Congress convenes on Thursday
“This was a disgrace. They are inexcusable,” Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said of Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor last night. King, normally a reliable Republican vote, described the decision not to provide hurricane relief as a “knife in the back,” and warned that Republicans are “going to have to go a long way to get my vote on anything” after the debacle.
King also called on New Yorkers to stop contributing to the Congressional Republicans who have ignored their urgent needs. “These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they’re out raising millions of dollars. They’re in New York all the time filling pockets with money from New Yorkers,” King raged. “I’m saying anyone from New York and New Jersey who contributes one penny to Congressional Republicans is out of their mind.”
Hey, what happened to all those “unaffordable,” “unsustainable,” “time bomb to bankruptcy” arguments favoring reduction of federal spending?
Tea Party-backed Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) concurred with King, calling Boehner and Cantor’s move “a personal betrayal.”
Whaaa – - -even the Tea Party wants to spend another $60 billion (that “b” for billion, not “m” for million)?
Some are wondering if the House GOP’s decision is related to the northeastern states’ reliably Democratic voting record; as Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) said on the floor, “I’d like to think this is not a partisan matter, but I have to wonder what is going on here.” Indeed, House Republicans have never hesitated to approve federal aid for disasters that struck red states; for example, it took less than a month for a Republican Congress to approve $62.3 billion in disaster aid after Hurricane Katrina battered the reliably Republican Gulf Coast.
One cannot believe that the Republicans, the party of religion and family values, the party that staunchly is pro-life and absolutely adores microscopic embryos, would delay helping sick, suffering and destitute Americans of all ages, just because they tend to vote Democrat.
No, tell me it cannot be true.
The other likely explanation for the GOP’s intransigence is Speaker Boehner’s fear of proposing billions in federal spending, just hours after nearly blowing the fiscal cliff deal due to his caucus’ insistence on adding spending cuts to the bill.
If this were Boehner’s calculation, he would be following the advice of right wing Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, who coldly suggested that the speaker could “save face” by leaving Sandy victims to suffer.
Whaaa – - those warm-hearted, pro-gun, pro-execution, pro-”stand your ground” right wingers letting victims (including embryos) suffer and die? Say it isn’t so.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie and New York governor Andrew Cuomo also released a joint statement calling for action, noting that “This failure to come to the aid of Americans following a severe and devastating natural disaster is unprecedented,” and that “The fact that days continue to go by while people suffer, families are out of their homes, and men and women remain jobless and struggling during these harsh winter months is a dereliction of duty.”
Jeez, and you two guys call yourselves Republicans? C’mon, tell your citizens to get some guns and go out and take what they need. Tell ‘em to stop asking Big Government to give ‘em handouts. Next thing you know, they’ll want food stamps and more unemployment insurance! What sloths!
This is the right wing’s opportunity to stand up for what they believe.