Jul 31 2009

From The Duh! Files: America Not Happy With DC’s Failures

Published by at 10:47 am under All General Discussions,The Duh! Files

Let’s see, we had a housing market collapse because of risky liberal schemes that lent money to people who had no business taking on such loans but did line the pockets of a lot of DC insiders. The market collapse caused every home owner in America to lose massive amounts of equity (read – savings), but the liberals deny their own words about the entire mess.

We have had months of growing unemployment, even after a rushed stimulus bill was passed which promised to stem the tide of pink slips. Only to find out the stimulus package wasn’t really meant to stimulate a damn thing until late this year, early next.

And we have had an assault on our health care system which is expensive – not broken. The proposed cure is much worse than the problem of rising costs.

Amidst all this we have racked up mind blowing record deficits this year – all to no avail. It will take decades and generations to pay this wasted money back.

Congress and the Political Industrial Complex (media, lobbyists, insiders, etc)  is apparently shocked that Americans are fed up with this mess?

Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.

 

On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control.

 

“I had felt they would be pointless,” Rep.Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) told POLITICO, referring to his recent decision to suspend the events in his Long Island district. “There is no point in meeting with my constituents and [to] listen to them and have them listen to you if what is basically an unruly mob prevents you from having an intelligent conversation.”

Ah, you can run but you cannot hide. If you refuse to listen we will refuse to vote for you.

18 responses so far

18 Responses to “From The Duh! Files: America Not Happy With DC’s Failures”

  1. Mike M. says:

    Vote? AJ, I’ve been pointing out for the last year that the United States in 2009 is disturbingly similar to France in 1788. An arrogant, out-of-touch, isolated political elite has run the country to the verge of bankruptcy. And the taxpayers have had a bellyfull of it.

    In France, they stormed the Bastille a year later. Had a full-blown revolution. And guilliotined much of the old regime.

    2010 will be an electoral disaster for the Democrats…if they are lucky. If their luck runs out – well, the market for rental guillotines should prove lucrative for a while.

  2. Aitch748 says:

    “There is no point in meeting with my constituents and [to] listen to them and have them listen to you if what is basically an unruly mob prevents you from having an intelligent conversation.”

    Call me cynical, but I wonder just how hard and how often he’s actually tried to have “an intelligent conversation” with his constituents and whether he’s just using people’s being fed up as an excuse to go on ignoring them.

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  4. crosspatch says:

    “If you refuse to listen we will refuse to vote for you.”

    I am not sure about that. People keep sending their critter back to Congress election after election for decade. People seem to love their critter but hate everyone else’s.

    I would love to see some housecleaning at the primary election level. See some incumbents kicked out before they even get to the general election.

  5. Whomever says:

    Say what you will about him, but his wife Michelle is helping: she hired 22 permanent staffers to help with her social life.

    Hillary had three permanent staffers; Jackie had one; Laura Bush had one; and prior to Mamie Eisenhower social help came from the President’s own pocket.

    Michelle also helps in other ways, for she has hairdressers, fashion assistants and so forth who are not permanent staffers but who probably make decent salaries and enjoy flying aboard the plane.

    Furthermore, today on the news I heard that the big companies like CITI, etc. got 45 billion from us taxpayers and then paid out 18 billion in bonuses. A few thousand millionaires got over a million each in bonuses – from us. Well, they also need hairdressers, masseusses, cooks, maids, accountants, lawyers, butlers, gardeners, manicurists and so forth.

    sources?
    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/07/06/what-michelle-obamas-staffers-earn/
    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12652 http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2009/01/more_michelle_obama_staff_appo.html
    http://www.thebigfeedblog.com/2009/07/michelle-obama-has-22-attendants.html
    some of those websites give me the creeps to visit, so I googled the names on the list and, while the website sources might creep you out, those are the folks who attend Michelle.

    As a hard working American, words fail me. Let us eat cake? Will it be taxed?

  6. kathie says:

    Is there some kind of coherent plan in Washington to get this economy back on track, or just feel good give aways until we are so broke we can’t russell up another dollar? Now they want to give TARP money to the “clunker” endeavor. I thought TARP was money that needed to be repaid? Every 5 minutes Washington changes the rules. I guess until every one of their constitutes benefits from something they won’t stop.

  7. [...] AJ Strata says: We have had months of growing unemployment, even after a rushed stimulus bill was passed which promised to stem the tide of pink slips. Only to find out the stimulus package wasn’t really meant to stimulate a damn thing until late this year, early next. [...]

  8. KauaiBoy says:

    And they added an amendment that gives trial lawyers an estimated $1.5 billion by allowing them to deduct costs sooner!!!! They haven’t even mentioned tort reform which would directly reduce costs and immediately—-ask your congress critter about that. They have created another incentive for these cretins to further ruin the health care we currently have. Shakespeare said it best in Henvy VI “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers”. – (Act IV, Scene II).

    I still say once they leave on recess to not allow them back in. Block the stairs of Congress and tell each of the states to send representatives of the people—-1 teacher, 1 doctor, 1 construction worker etc etc. Time to start over.

    And Whomever, it is called a “posse”.

  9. crosspatch says:

    Speaking of trial lawyers, our “Science Czar” believes that trees should be able to sue in court. That should give the layers a lot of business. Will they go for individual trials or class action?

    What a complete bunch of nutters we have in the White House!

    Someone pinch me. This can’t be real.

  10. scaulen says:

    It all comes down to lawyers, it always has it always

  11. scaulen says:

    It all comes down to lawyers, it always has, it always will be the lawyers fault. They need to take an oath like Dr.’s to cause no harm.

  12. WWS says:

    “They need to take an oath like Dr.’s to cause no harm.”

    heh. The problem is, people hire them exactly for the harm they hope they can do to their opponents.

    And the bit about allowing trees to sue was always just frontrunning for environmental groups. Under current law, they don’t have the standing to sue about any old thing they want. But if you allow TREES to sue; well, trees of course can’t, but that change could give your friendly local environazis the all clear to sue anyone anytime a leaf in their yard turns brown. Of course that wouldn’t be lucrative; but suing every corporation in the country and counting on them to settle to stay out of this mess would fund the Sierra Club and Greenpeace for the next 100 years.

    And that’s what this whole thing has always been about.

  13. lurker9876 says:

    I cannot believe that Obama credited the “Cash for Clunkers” program for today’s “positive” numbers.

    I was laughing so hard when he gave his speech today. I thought that they did a poor job of math on the “Cash for Clunkers” and considered this as a sign of poor math in all other bills that they passed and working to pass.

    Gag.

  14. joe six-pack says:

    I am not so certain that we will not see an “Obama bounce” next year. A friend uses this phrase to indicate an upswing in the economy. I AM certain that this was a major part of the plan. If they play the cards right, the spending may help the economy get going faster in the fall of 2010. Democrats can only benifit from it. Lots of if’s in this one, and the timing is tricky.

    I have lots of problems with this, but one of the most important is what the inflation will be like a few years from now. I am worried that it will make the late 1970′s look like a picnic.

  15. lurker9876 says:

    Yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of. And that is exactly what the Dems want…so bad.

    The Republicans in Congress should be very careful in how they react to the “positive” new normals or it will backfire on them.

  16. lurker9876 says:

    The fact that Hillary Clinton is election-ready may focus a repeat of a fight between these two for 2012, which might be a good thing for the Republicans.

    There are a few that I would like to see running for 2012: Ryan, Pence, Hensarling, Armey (of course!), Pawlenty, Coburn.

    Palin VP!

  17. Mike M. says:

    Nope. I think the 2012 Republican nomination is between Palin, Romney, and Jeb Bush.

  18. lurker9876 says:

    I like Romney. But he has two things going against him: his religion and Massachusettscare.