The year started with uncertainty. The economy still staggering along, the presidential nomination for the GOP still up in the air, the war on Unions and Women playing out daily as the days and months went by, all while the future of the Affordable Care Act all hanging in the balance. It was easy to see that 2012 would be a pivotal year in American politics from the beginning. That the outcome of the election, both for the Presidency and Congress, would shape our future in ways an election had never done in America before. What wasn’t clear was how the American people would vote, what would be the driving factors, and what the outcome would be.
We did vote. We voted for investment over austerity. Still, here we are facing a manufactured fiscal cliff and another battle over the debt ceiling with a tea-party minority holding the GOP in the House hostage, and the rest of the country with it. We voted, but Congress didn’t get the message. No, Republicans in Congress got the message, they simply don’t care to heed it. They have no desire to fix the economic inequality that has devastated our economy. They have no motivation to find a compromise because they view compromise as a weakness. What they desire, what motivates them, is the decimation of our government. They aim to bankrupt and delegitimize it. Their only goal is to break the backbone of our government, the middle class, and the various social safety nets, that have been hard fought for by Democrats and Republicans alike, since the New Deal.
Lets get one thing straight. The debt ceiling has nothing to do with spending, but everything to do with paying back the money that’s already been spent. Our Constitution gives the spending power to Congress, not the President. The Constitution also charges Congress with the responsibility to pay for the debt the country incurs. The GOP knows this. The fact that they would use such a potentially crushing tactic to get the cuts in Social Security and Medicare that they want is beyond shameful, it’s treasonous. They’re nothing less than economic terrorists. There is no other way to define holding the full faith and credit of the United States of America hostage.
They refuse to raise taxes. It seems that no one told them that allowing a temporary tax cut to expire isn’t actually raising taxes, but that’s beside the point. They look at our $16 trillion deficit and grin. Sure, they tell us that the debt is the problem. They love to tell you it’s President Obama’s debt even, but what they don’t tell you is what’s really driving the debt up, and the majority of it is unfunded temporary tax cuts that were set to expire two years ago. If the deficit is the biggest problem, as they’d have you believe, the temporary tax cuts would have expired on schedule. But they’re still here, dragging America deeper and deeper in debt. For 12 years now, America has been spending money we don’t have, as our debt rises, to give money to people who don’t need it. Talk about wasteful spending.
Speaking of spending, we’re doing a lot of it. And sure, there are cuts that should be made as well as cutting out waste and fraud, but the GOP doesn’t offer that. They want social programs cut. From earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare, to entitlements like education and infrastructure, to social welfare programs like housing and food. And here’s the kicker; they don’t want to cut these programs to pay for the debt, they want to cut them in order to grant deeper tax cuts for the wealthy. They aren’t deficit hawks, they’re crooks.
You know, when President Obama was first elected we all expected “hope and change.” It is, after all, what the American people voted for. What wasn’t known then was the rise of the tea party. Sure, it was there, it was even almost rational, but it morphed. Hijacked would be a better word. Few could have known what was coming, I know I didn’t. So, there wasn’t a lot of hope and change, well, not the kind that was voted in anyway save but the ACA (which is bigger and better than most realize) there hasn’t been much progress. That’s actually a good thing when put into perspective.
President Obama has managed to keep the middle class alive. Struggling, but alive. He’s been able to /mostly/ stop the foamy mouthed tea party from decimating this country, from turning it into a free for all with no moral compass. From sending women’s Rights back to the 50’s. From ending the social accomplishments, of both The Republican and Democratic Parties, that have been put in place since the New Deal. From turning our environment over to those who care only for profit.
When it comes down to it, America elected a Champion when we needed a Guardian.
I, for one, am grateful he’s been able to be the Guardian President that America needs.
Well, folks, here it is. The LEFT Show’s Election Night show. Yeah, about that …
It’s … well, a total mess. No kidding. It took this long just to make it listenable. That aside, however, it’s pretty funny, we have some special guests, kind of, A LOT of us getting stood up, and some drunken guests, and a lot of cheering voices and other things.
It’s worth a listen, as it’s the shortest episode in The LEFT Show’s history. Seriously.
Oh, and Jason forgot to do a Bat Sh@t Crazy … so … there’s that.
LISTEN IN, MEAT PUPPETS!
Happy Henry Sinclair Day! We at The LEFT Show celebrate NO genocidal maniacs, Spanish or otherwise. JC Carter, Forrest and JM Bell welcome special guest Robert Easton to the Defenestrate Media Studio, to comment on the news of the week, and give pithy, smarty pants quips to the room.
First on the agenda, JM Bell, gets all the famous attention with Mark Crockett and his law firm coming on the attack, because Mark Crockett is a silly, silly man who thinks not about the future and The Utah Democrats are charged with racism, but, it’s just a reporter being a total bonehead.
The GOP War on Women mascot, Rep. Todd Akin LOVES legislated misogyny, by the way.
ROMNEY WATCH 2012 - We break down our reaction to the first Presidential Debate, and report of the Romney Campaign admitting that Romney will lie, about everything, to win, and the GOP conspiracies on polling and unemployment.
Plan some time on Thursday, Jason Williams has a Bat Sh@t Cray Extravaganza you WILL NOT WANT TO MISS!
All this and more ….
JM Bell and Forrest are joined by Bob Henline, columnist for Q-Salt Lake to, finally, get this done!
First, we spend a few minutes with the handsome, talented, and insightful Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters to talk about the danger of Nickleback and how you can best protect your children and family from this, the most dangerous, Canadian menace.
Rep. Steve King (R-Shitwit) is back with another addition to his greatest hits album, namely immigrants; and the GOPpers are now pitching life imprisonment for victims of rape in this week’s The GOP War on Women.
Speaking of dangerous Canadians … it looks like the new conservative government up in Canadia isn’t waiting for Uncle Sam to lead the way, they’re going to war with Iran all by themselves, and The LEFT Show’s POTUS Protective Association has two different examples of why Obama is better than the other guy.
Jason took the week off with Jake and Jon, something about a Princess Cruise and friends of Toto. I think.
All this and SCARLET JOHANSSON make me want to be a better voter!
This episode of The LEFT Show is a doozy of its type – Jake, JC, Forrest and Jeff gather in mourning as we lose George Soros to the perils of “traditional marriage,” but we get over it pretty quick with tales of manly prowess and making fun of Rep. Paul Ryan.
We look back at the Bush Administration’s report warning of a rise in Right Wing Violence and Extremism, and the how the GOP got mad at Obama for it … like they do with nearly everything Bush did that didn’t work, or that they don’t like.
Actress Elizabeth Banks drops into the studio to discuss the Presidential election*, The Westboro Babtists get attacked by ZOMBIES! and Chris Hayes tells us about the GOP Plan to violate the rights of millions of Americans at the Voting Booth.
Jason, bless him, is back with a TOP SECRET and super-intelligent Bat Sh@t Crazy.
* No, she doesn’t
I was locked in my studio all day, with friends, recording The LEFT Show and HOLD 322, complaining and chest thumping over the news of week, blissfully ignorant of what had happened in Wisconsin. I had the gang out of the house by 9:00pm, fed the kids, and was getting ready to sit down and watch the NASA JPL feed for the Curiosity landing on Mars. I was ready, giddy, and excited – it was the same feeling I used to get as a kid when I’d watch the shuttle launches (I am a NASA groupie).
I didn’t know anything about Wisconsin. I had stuffed Aurora, CO into the back of my head. I was ready for the next step of (the robotic division of) the Human race into the beyond. I was fed, my kids were abed, my day’s work was done, and I went to my office to sit down and watch history.
Some terrorist had opened fire at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin and killed a bunch of innocent people.
The Curiosity Rover landed on Mars.
From the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin to the surface of Mars … what a strange species we are. The ugliest actions from a member of the human race to our, that same race; same species – highest and furthest achievement so far – in the same day. The duality … duplicity … the extreme of human behavior is a fuel to my headache tonight. I’m going to go to bed and see if, overnight, just maybe, humanity has tried, in some small way, to unf**k itself so that we can do more of this cool stuff, and have less of the evil, deranged stuff.