27 January, 2009

Republican Party: Stupid and Evil. Republican Party: Stupid and Evil. Republican Party: Stupid and Evil...

Whoda thunk it'd be so easy to put a screeching halt to the Cons?
Neuroscientists have demonstrated that repeatedly pairing one word or idea with another leads to changes in both the connections among neurons in the brain that represent those ideas and the readiness of those neurons to fire together, so that even those of us on the left do not realize that concepts like "bureaucracy" and "waste" are triggered unconsciously in our brains when someone mentions government.
All right, everybody, repeat after me:

Republican Party: Stupid and Evil. Republican Party: Stupid and Evil. Republican Party: Stupid and Evil...

Seriously, what else can you conclude about this bunch of assclowns? Since they can't restrict birth control for everyone, they're willing to just force unwanted pregnancies on poor women:
House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared on "Meet the Press" yesterday, complaining about a proposed stimulus package. He noted, in particular, a proposal to spend "over $200 million for contraceptives." He asked, "How will this fix an ailing economy?"

Apparently, the contraceptives proposal has become quite an issue for conservatives. It was the lead story on Drudge this morning, far-right blogs are all worked up, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was quizzed on the spending on ABC yesterday.


As you might have guessed, it's not quite as scandalous as conservatives would have you believe.

[T]he family-planning program that Pelosi supports expanding in the stimulus bill was created in 1972 under the leadership of Republican president Richard Nixon.

What's being proposed is an expansion in the number of states that can use Medicaid money, with a federal match, to help low-income women prevent unwanted pregnancies. Of the 26 states that already have Medicaid waivers for family planning, eight are led by Republican governors (AL, FL, MS, SC, CA, LA, MN and RI -- a ninth, MO, had a GOP governor until this past November). If this policy is truly a taxpayer gift to "the abortion industry," as John Boehner and House Republicans claim, where are the GOP governors promising to end the program in their states?

They're lying little shits:
In staking out their opposition to the economic recovery package, conservatives have been peddling a variety of myths. One of their favorites is that taxpayers will pay $275,000 for every new job:

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH): All told, the plan would spend a whopping $275,000 in taxpayer dollars for every new job it aims to create, saddling each and every household with $6,700 in additional debt.


As Scott Lilly pointed out, the actual cost per job is closer to $50,000, without taking into account the “substantial number of additional jobs [created] beyond 2012.” And even if the conservatives’ number was anywhere close to accurate, their proposed job creation program — tax cuts — would cost more than three times as much per job. As Christian Weller and John Halpin found, “even under the most optimistic assumptions about the relationship between tax cuts and jobs,” President Bush’s 2001 tax cut cost $871,000 for every job created.
(That's just rich, innit? You don't hear them screaming over the fact that Bush's "job creation" plan cost nearly four fucking times as much as even their made-up number for the current stimulus. Sniveling little shitheads.)

They don't live up to their own double standards:

I remember when Alberto Gonzales' confirmation hearings were underway, conservatives like Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves to decry the racism of those liberals who dared oppose him.

Now the shoe's on the other foot. Even though most of Barack Obama's nominations have sailed through confirmation hearings and votes with alacrity, there's one notable exception -- Hilda Solis, Obama's pick as Labor Secretary:

The confirmation of Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, as President Barack Obama's Labor secretary has been delayed because of Republican objections.

Democrats have announced that a Republican senator is using a parliamentary procedure to delay Solis' confirmation, the Washington paper Congress Daily reported Friday.

And they think they should get a free pass for war crimes:
Chris Wallace frames the following question on torture as to whether anyone at a lower level should be prosecuted as opposed to anyone in the Bush administration who ordered the torture. McCain follows right along with Wallace in his answer and only talks about those at the lower level in the CIA who followed the orders and not those they were taking orders from, and says we need to "move on".
(That's rich, John. I'll remember that if I ever end up in trouble with the law. "I was just following orders, just like the Nazis, Officer. Seriously, I think we just need to move on here.")

And this is all from just three blogs on one single fucking day. I haven't mentioned the relentless horrors of the last eight years. I shouldn't have to, now, should I?

If anyone takes a lesson away from this mess, it should be this: Cons should never, ever in a billion zillion years be allowed to run anything more important than a bake sale, and that only if it's raising money for the high school football team's jockstrap fund. We sure as shit wouldn't want to let these lying, thieving, torturing sons of bitches near a fundraiser for someone suffering from cancer. That would be as wrong as letting them get their grubby hands all over our government again.

So, my darlings, let's put neuroscience to work for the greater good of this country. Repeat after me:

Republican Party: Stupid and Evil. Republican Party: Stupid and Evil. Republican Party: Stupid and Evil...

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