Monday, October 11, 2010

The Extremes of the GOP

On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) called for a nationwide moratorium on foreclosures, saying “it’s absolutely imperative that we keep people in their homes.”

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) disagreed strongly, however, saying he was “just perplexed” at Wasserman Schultz’s answer, and that “people have to take responsibility for themselves.”

CANTOR: I’m just perplexed to that answer, Bret… what we’re seeing if you do that, if you impose a moratorium on foreclosures what you are telling people and institutions that lend money is they do not have the protection to take the risk they need to, to extend credit for people will get a mortgage. You’ll shut down the housing industry if that is the case[...]

What we’re talking about, Debbie, you have 10 percent, if that, of the population who are now in a foreclosure situation or in a mortgage that they have been unable to meet the obligations… Now, come on, people have to take responsibility for themselves. We need to get the housing industry going again. We don’t need government intervening in every step of every aspect of this economy.

Watch it:

Cantor has been willing to accept many extreme positions of fellow GOP candidates, until now.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) finally revealed just how extreme a GOP candidate needs to be in order to be rejected by their party leadership. Reacting to Ohio GOP Congressional candidate Rich Iott’s membership in a Nazi reenactment group that “salute[s]” Nazi sympathizers who viewed the Third Reich as “the protector of personal freedom and their very way of life,” Cantor expressly repudiated Iott’s candidacy in an exchange with Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL):

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: You have one candidate in Ohio who actually thinks it’s a good bonding experience to reenact Nazi battles with his son. [...]

CANTOR: Now Debbie went and launched into her attacks as to some of the reports about some of the candidates that are running, particularly the one in Ohio having to do with a Nazi reenactment. She knows that I would absolutely repudiate that and do not support an individual that would do something like that.

WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ: Well you haven’t.

CANTOR: I’m doing it right here.

Watch it:

Lest there be any confusion about what positions GOP candidates are allowed to embrace, ThinkProgress is happy to provide this handy chart explaining which stances the GOP does and does not view as too extreme:

GOP chart

Hey California: Carly Fiorina is a Job Killer

The good folks at Brave New Films have just produced a new set of short videos revealing the real Carly Fiorina, the former HP exec hoping for a Senate seat. “Carly Fiorina’s politics are more aligned with the Tea Party and Sarah Palin than with every day Californians,” BNF says. “As former Hewlett-Packard CEO, she is responsible for the loss of 30k jobs in California and is now running against Sen. Barbara Boxer.”

One of the latest takedowns of Fiorina from BNF airs the concerns of former HP employees who were among the 30,000 that she laid off. While Fiorina is running on a platform of creating jobs and trying to save California from budget woes, her track record at HP says otherwise. Watch below and see more at Brave New Films.

Via Brave New Films
Carly Fiorina often touts her business experience while she was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard but leaves out a very important part of her track-record.

During Fiorina's tenure, she laid off 30,000 workers and shipped their jobs overseas to India and China.

Tell your friends about Carly's job killing record! Carly laid off 30,000 workers during her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard but expects voters to believe that she can create jobs. In these tough economic times, California needs a leader that will bring jobs to the state, not ship them overseas because the labor is cheaper.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Candidates NOT to Elect in 2010

Here are 12 of the absolutely
least deserving candidates for high office.

Since 2005, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), has compiled a list of the dirtiest, most corrupt critters to scurry across the halls of Congress. The annual report shines some light on the double-dealing and back-scratching of some shady characters, and its release generally gets good play among political reporters.

But 2010 is the year of the upstart, insurgent candidacies — with dozens of “outsiders” on the scene dedicated to “cleaning up Washington,” “taking our country back,” etc. It’s the year of the Tea Parties, and no incumbent is safe. So it’s entirely appropriate that CREW should release a new list this year, one that looks not at the worst sitting members of Congress but at the dirtiest candidates — the people most likely to rank among the most corrupt in Congress if they go on to win their elections.
CREW recognizes that with 2,300 people running for federal office this year, our list is by no means complete. In fact, we may not even have found the worst! Now we need your help: which truly terrible candidates did we miss?

Submit your nominees to CREW and we’ll see if they rank among 2010’s most crooked candidates.
Corrupt politicians can be found in all political parties. But the above list of 12, breaks down in favor of the Republicans in terms of dirtiest politicians - 8 Republicans, 2 Democrats & 2 Independents.

Here's a politician who will fit into the category of extreme and unusual candidates.
Rich Iott, the Tea Party-supported GOP nominee for Congress in Ohio's 9th District, is part of a group that likes to don German Waffen SS uniforms and participate Nazi re-enactments.
Think before you VOTE!!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fantasy, Falsehoods and Delusions

It has been quite a year in politics especially with the emergence of the Tea Party. The Tea Party now has several candidates on the ballots of many states in key political positions. To find out what some of the Tea Party's movers and shakers are saying, here are the "Top 10 Craziest Tea Party Quotes of All Time."
Remember that old show, “Children say the darndest things?” In this political climate, largely fueled by the tea party movement and a host of “not-ready-for-prime-time” hopefuls for elected office, that show could easily be revamped.

1.) "It is not enough to be abstinent with other people, you also have to be abstinent alone. The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery, so you can't masturbate without lust," Christine O'Donnell, Republican candidate for Senate

O'Donnell is the tea party-backed candidate seeking to replace Vice President Joe Biden in Delaware. She made the above statements on one of many appearances on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect. She also stated on that show that she had dabbled in witchcraft before turning to Christianity. Since then, O'Donnell has basically gone radio silent refusing all media appearances other than Fox News.

2.) "Gay marriage is probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, thirty years. I am not understating that,” Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

Bachmann said that back in 2004 while on the stump to deny gay marriage in her homestate of Minnesota. Back then, she was a State Senator. Bachmann was elected by the good people of Minnesota to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. Since then, she has continued on her narrow-minded tirade, claiming that "Democrats in Congress" needed to be investigated for being un-American and that all Congress should do -- once the Republicans reclaim the majority -- is send out subpoena after subpoena and investigate the Obama administration.
3.) "He has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity.” Rep.Trent Franks on Obama

Franks is an Arizona Congressman and said that last week during a conservative "values" forum. He also shortly later demanded that President Obama provide his birth certificate. When he was grilled by the media for making such an outlandish statement, his spokespeople claimed Franks was referring to "unborn" humanity and was speaking about Obama's stance on abortion. Yeah, right.
4.) "The exact phrase 'separation of Church and State' came out of Adolph Hitler's mouth, that's where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State, ask them why they’re Nazis.” Glen Urquhart

He's another tea party-backed candidate up in Delaware. He falsely claims "separation of church and state" was not in President Thomas Jefferson's 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association. He said that last April. This guy also compared abortion to slavery. He's a real gem.

5.) "I have been in the situation of counseling young girls... who have had very at risk, difficult pregnancies. And my counsel was to look for some alternatives, which they did. And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade,” tea party-backed candidate Sharron Angle on abortion and why it should be illegal even in the case of rape or incest.

This woman also believes we should get rid of the Veteran's Administration and said essentially that big government equates Godlessness, because Americans then look to the government to provide from them as opposed to God. Sad thing is, she's tied with Sen. Harry Reid down in Nevada.
6.) “These are beautiful properties with basketball courts, bathroom facilities, toilet facilities. Many young people would love to get the hell out of the cities,” Carl Paladino, New York State te party-backed candidate for Governor. He was describing his idea to transform prisons into dorms for welfare recipients.

Paladino has a knack for making headlines for being, well unhinged. He threatened the life of a reporter while on camera. He also sent out a bunch of racist and pornographic emails to hundreds of political and media contacts. He's running against New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
7.) "You'd have to strike any laws against beastiality, if you’re oriented toward corpses, toward children, there are kinds of perversions,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert on why there should not be hate crime legislation.

This Texas Republican said that back in May. He's also the same guy who claims that immigrant infants pose a risk to national security as they will one day create terrorist cells.

8.) "The greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession or even another terrorist attack. The greatest threat to America is a liberal media bias,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican.

He said that back in June to Fox News. But if the media is so liberal, then what is Fox News? What is NewsCorp?
9.) "I hope that's not where we're going, but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out." -- Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle.

That is the second entry by Angle, because she's just that crazy. She said that back in June. She also told Fox News the media should only report the news political candidates want them to report.
10.) “We took the Bible and prayer out of public schools, and now we're having weekly shootings practically. We had the 60s sexual revolution, and now people are dying of AIDS." — Christine O'Donnell, during a 1998 appearance on Bill Maher's 'Politically Incorrect.

That is a second entry for O'Donnell because she too is just that crazy. And here's a third because in fact she's crazier.

"Well, I don't think that the Obama administration knows what's Jesus, what belongs to Jesus and what belongs to them. That's my big gripe. Apparently, he doesn't know. But then, that's because he's not a Christian. He's Muslim," O'Donnell said last November.

"It's a proven fact he's Muslim. He wasn't born in this country. He was born in Kenya. There are people who know it, people who know where the birth certificate is. It's locked up and our government can't get a hold of it. He's a illegitimate president, in my estimation."

Nice, huh? How much do you have to really despise this country to elect this class of idiots into office?

It is time to stop laughing and to really evaluate the true impact of voting into political office people whose positions are based on fantasy, falsehoods and delusions.