"And that's the way it is"....this week.
The annual gathering of CPAC came and went. As GOPer Steve Schmidt said, "CPAC has become the Star Wars Bar Scene." Can't top that visual!
To applause, Rand Paul presented a decades old idea--cut business taxes in half, and a flat 17% tax for everyone. That way, a person making the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour can pay the exact 17% tax rate as Mitt Romney who earns $57,000 per day. That's a winner--as long as your name is Mitt and not Madge, the waitress serving him!
Rick Santorum told CPAC that America is on the path to a French Revolution; a Godless Society without faith is President Obama's New Deal! Here I thought the French Revolution was the poor and downtrodden versus "let them eat cake".
A CPAC attendee in knickers and a 3-corner hat said Rod Portman, who revealed he has a gay son and now supports gay marriage, is "selfish to disregard God". Cheers to Portman for supporting his son; I doubt God objects.
One of the CPAC panel discussion was titled Trump the Race Card: Are you tired of being called a racist when you're not one? Then the invited group of White Nationalists arrived to answer the question.
Donald Trump lamented about why we let millions come here who will vote democrat; why aren't we letting people in from Europe (we do), "I know many who want to come here" but he wouldn't name names. Sure he does, like those private investigators he sent to Hawaii who shall remain nameless and report-less.
Sarah Palin misunderstood CPAC's invitation; she thought it was Amateur Night at the Comedy Club.
For a brief time at CPAC, Marco Rubio offered an honest assessment of how most Americans view the GOP; it sounded as if he were about to reveal something important...but instead declared that the GOP doesn't need a new idea, "we have one--it's called America." Fade to dark, cut the music.
At last Thursday's 90-minute "charm offensive", the GOPers told President Obama to "tone down" his political attacks and "prod democrats" to support controversial medicare changes. Obama acknowledged the point without yielding ground by saying that GOPers criticize and attack him freely and told them, "to quote an old Chicago politician, politics ain't bean bag." Shades of 2011 when the GOPers on the Capitol steps begged President Obama to tell democrats to stop picking on them!!
Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signed tough new gun legislation into law. Cheers to the Governor and the State legislators for their courage, and for starring down Magpul Industries which threatened to move its ammunition plant elsewhere. Perhaps Colorado can ship some courage and moral gumption to the US Congress.
North Dakota is about to pass legislation to ban abortion at 6 weeks, the fetal heartbeat bill--never mind most women do not know they're pregnant at 6 weeks. Pssst, Mr. Priebus, this is the GOPs message, their war on women--add it to the election autopsy.
Boeing's CEO pay was boosted 15% to $21.1 million; base pay remains $1.9 million, the rest is cash bonuses. Wonder if the Boeing workers who helped make the CEO's plan a success got a 15% bonus.
Across from the infamous Westboro Church where a preacher spews hatred and plans protests at military funerals with "God Hates Gays" signs, now sits a newly painted house in the rainbow colors of gay pride--a silent protest for peace and tolerance. Cheers, Mr. Jackson, for the Planting Peace house.
Texas State Senator, Ken Paxton, is proposing to ban Planned Parenthood from providing sex education materials to any Texas school. Paxton and his rabid supporters could not find a single school that distributed any Planned Parenthood materials but, you know, just in case--ban what doesn't exist. Bet Paxton sees Unicorns in his backyard every morning at sunrise!
The NRA opposes an international treaty to restrict Arms Trafficking supported by 150 countries. Oh, great, now the NRA wants to control our foreign policy. Next thing we know, LaPierre and his band of merry Gun Manufacturers will insist we allow sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazine drums to terrorists and drug cartels--oh, wait, that's what LaPierre's Gun Maker anti-gun law stance already allow! Why cut back on crime and terrorists when they have money to buy the goods.
Boehner, Ryan, McConnell and pals should stop crowing about how great the sequester cuts are while flapping in panic about what they deem critical effects of the cuts--White House tours and Easter Egg hunts. They should instead panic and care about the children who will go hungry or the veteran who will be homeless or the Army Depot worker now unemployed.
The Republican National Committee plans to spend $10 million in an outreach to minorities. Of course, minorities must show proof of citizenship and a government Photo ID before the GOPers will talk to them!
President Obama nominated Tom Perez, a Latino, to be Secretary of Labor. Rush Limbaugh called Perez "Hugo Chavez" and Michelle Malkin said Perez would be the Secretary of illegal immigration. It's not the packaging that causes the GOPs Latino problem, Mr. Priebus. Add the bigoted vitriol from the right-wing airways to the autopsy--therein lies the GOPs biggest problem on all issues.
You could set your clock by this. March Madness is here; President Obama selected his picks on ESPN, and within minutes the GOPers in Congress sent out petty, nitpicking tweets thereby proving, once again, that fools rush in.
Rand Paul started out Wednesday supporting a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants but when cornered by a journalist later, Paul did an evasive, backward, double "Mitt Flip". Impressive!
10 years after the Iraq war "shocked and awed" us, Republicans continue to re-write the reasons why the USA pre-emptively invaded a sovereign country and started an unnecessary war. It is obvious that if the GOPers must keep finding new excuses as the old ones are proved to be lies, then they didn't have a legitimate reason for war in the first place!
Israeli President Shimon Perez awarded President Barack Obama, the Presidential Medal of Distinction--Israel's highest civilian medal. President Obama is the first sitting president to receive the medal. Cheers to Israel, PM Perez, and President Obama! That ticked off the right-wing nuts so much that FOX News ignored the breaking news, and instead discussed repealing ObamaCare and ran an ad of a documentary depicting President Obama as an enemy of Israel!
Food for Thought. March 19th at 10:16 PM was the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. "There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know." Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, 2001-2006.
And we wonder why it took us 8 years to get out of a war that was built on lies and cherry-picked intelligence, justified by using fear of "mushroom clouds", and 9/11 as the primary reason to fear; a war that was promised to last a few months at most, a war that Iraqi oil would pay the cost? Never have so many smart people been so disastrously wrong.
Cheers to the 133 House members and 23 Senators who were not wrong and voted NAY. Among them were Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Lincoln Chafee, Robert Byrd, Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Boxer...and in the middle of the country, an Illinois State Senator named Barack Obama gave a speech in which he said Iraq would be a "dumb war"--they got it right. They deserve a big BRAVO because they doubted the lies, they doubted the intelligence, they demanded more answers, they questioned the need to rush into war.