‘According to a Quinnipiac poll released Friday, a majority of Americans believe that the Republican party bears responsibility for the gridlock that is paralyzing Washington, D.C’.
‘The poll finds that 51 percent of voters say that there is gridlock because Republicans are determined to block any Obama administration initiative, while just 35 percent say that the blame lies with President Obama lacking the skills to convince congressional leaders to work together’.
‘When asked which party bears the blame for Washington gridlock, 23 percent say Republicans’.
’10 percent say Democrats’,
‘And 64 percent say both parties deserve equal blame’.
‘Similarly, 68 percent of voters say that congressional Republicans are doing “too little” to compromise across the aisle’.
‘Compared to 53 percent who say the same about President Obama’.
‘Even within the Republican Party, voters are clearly frustrated with nonstop obstruction’.
‘The poll finds that 49 percent of Republicans think their party is doing too little to work with President Obama on important issues’.
‘With 14 percent saying that Republicans are doing too much’.
‘And 32 percent saying that the GOP’s level of compromise is “about right.”
‘House Republicans have been the laughingstock of the nation since the GOP/Tea Party took control of the House of Representatives back in 2010, but what one House Democrat did to embarrass them this week will make them even more so’.
‘Democratic Representative Mark Takano of California was elected to the House in 2012’.
‘Before election night, he had been an English teacher for 24 years. So perhaps it was a matter of fate or plain old bad luck that Republicans would do something that would allow Takano to use his experience as a former teacher to thoroughly embarrass themselves’.
‘In response to the major immigration reform bill passed by the US Senate, members of the House GOP decided to write a letter to Speaker John Boehner to decry the bill and convince him not to bring it up for a vote’.
‘Republicans circulated copies of their letter around the chamber in an effort to gather signatures of endorsement. But Mark Takano had a very different and brilliantly hilarious idea. He would grade their letter, complete with red ink, as a veteran teacher and post it on his tumblr page for all to see’.
‘First, Takano praises Republicans for writing a strong thesis’.
‘Unfortunately, it just gets worse from that first praise-worthy sentence’.
‘Takano chides Republicans for sounding like they support the Senate version of the immigration bill’.
‘He corrects the GOP claim that the bill is “1,000 pages” long by noting that it is actually “286 based on word count.”
‘He also corrects their claim that Americans can’t find out what’s in the bill by noting that it can be found online (PDF)’.
‘Then he calls them out for not having evidence of their claims, and for focusing more on procedure than actually addressing the policy’.
‘Finally, Takano slams Republicans for not saying anything about the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country’.
I love the photo Addicting Info had in their article…..(GRINS!)
‘Way to go, Congress! Three weeks ago, the GOP-led House of Representatives approved a bill providing millions in farm subsidies, while removing food stamps from the farm bill package entirely’.
‘Then, on July 11th, they actually went ahead and passed this travesty of a bill even though it disproportionately penalizes people in their own states’!
‘Believe it or not, “red” states are the real welfare states, and the states most dependent on food stamps are all run by Republicans’.
‘Meanwhile, here in “blue” America, we’re covering our ears against a heavy, clangorous din as millions of jaws drop to the floor’.
‘How do these conservatives keep getting away with this crap? Maybe it has something to do with all the vile myths and outright lies churned out by the right wing propaganda machine — oops, I mean, ‘media’ — on a daily basis’.
‘That’s why this video from Media Matters for America is such an eye-opener’.
‘After watching this montage of casually callous, ignorant, and appalling statements from Rush Limbaugh and the talking heads at Fox News, you’ll have a better idea of why folks from high-poverty states — like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Maine, and Arkansas — keep voting for these conservative meanies’.
1. ‘If you need food stamps, you’re a loser and it’s your fault’.
“The image we have of poor people as starving and living in squalor really is not accurate. Many of them have things, what they lack is the richness of spirit.”
– Stuart Varney
2. ‘Liberal politicians promote food stamps so people will become dependent on welfare, and vote for them’.
“Re-elect Obama, food stamps for everyone.”
– Laura Ingraham
3. ‘People on food stamps aren’t really poor, and don’t really need help’.
“They’re all gonna have a phone, a TV set, a car, and 120 free minutes, and food stamps.”
– Rush Limbaugh
4. ‘We don’t have hunger in America, because so many Americans are clinically obese’.
“Sixteen MILLION children face a summer of hunger. Now, Michelle Obama told us they’re all so fat and out of shape and overweight that a summer off from government eating might be just the ticket.”
– Rush Limbaugh
“Poor people in America have an obesity problem. And yet, we give more people food stamps.”
– Geraldo Rivera
5. ‘Maybe some of these food stamps recipients need to go on a diet’.
“I should try it, because, do you know how fabulous I’d look? I’d be SO SKINNY!”
– ‘Andrea Tantaros’s giddy thoughts on taking the food stamps challenge and spending only $130 per month on food’.
6. ‘People on food stamps are welfare cheats’.
“Remember that lottery guy? Still getting food stamps! Come on!”
– Gerry Willis
7. ‘Who needs food stamps when you can go dumpster diving’?
“There’s always the neighborhood dumpster. Now you might find competition with homeless people there, but there are videos produced to show you how to healthfully dive and survive until school starts back up in August.”
– Rush Limbaugh