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Op-Ed – What’s Wrong With The Republican Party – Don’t Blame Ted Cruz

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Ted Cruz is the result not the cause.

So who to blame for a possible Government shutdown. What caused us to get to this point?

How about the ‘main stream media’.

When people like Chuck Todd tell us that ‘it’s not the media’s job’ to correct the misinformation and disinformation on Obamacare, that’s a very good time to place blame.

It IS the media’s job to report….the truth.

But ‘we the people’ have allowed and accepted that out media – that which we rely on to inform us – has changed from ‘news’ to ‘for profit news’.

Ted Cruz didn’t cause the media to change so we can credit and blame people like Chuck Todd for telling us the truth by not believing they have to report the truth.

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How about FOX and Conservative Talk Radio?

FOX, Rush, Glenn, Hannity all are making barrels full of money by latching onto Ted’s message of defunding Obamacare.

Now all of them also have the same moral values as Chuck Todd regarding what used to be a very respected field – journalism.

But to make those barrels of money, they have to excite, enrage and daily push weak minded people into just accepting rather then questioning.

Something they have become experts at.

But Ted Cruz didn’t force FOX, Rush, Glenn, Hannity and the rest of Conservative Talk Radio into promoting defunding Obamacare.

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The House voted 230 – 189 to fund the Government through December 15th with a CR. Almost strictly along party lines.

Did Ted Cruz ‘force’ the Republicans into voting for this?

No.

In fact many Republican House members after the vote decried Ted Cruz for promoting defunding Obamacare and thereby possibly causing a Government shutdown.

Which begs the question why are Republicans voting for something they don’t want to happen?

But regardless…Ted Cruz didn’t ‘force’ the Republican House members to vote for this.

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A combination of a largely apathetic American public, a ‘main stream’ media that is guided by profit not truth, a Conservative media that profits from so keeps exciting a Conservative ‘base’ and Republican legislators too weak to stand up to ‘peer’ pressure.

Ted Cruz is just the latest result of a political  party that has bowed to a small minority that hates government rather then do the hard work of governing – compromising.

So either Republicans can come to the table and be adults and join in governing this Nation or wait for the next Ted Cruz to blame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Day in a Picture

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The Music of the Millenniums – Don’t Turn On The Lights I don’t Wanna See

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Sunday Picks – Week 3 – Monday Morning Quarter Backing on a Tuesday

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Green Bay, Minnesota, Giants!, Atlanta, San Fran ALL LOSE??!!??

Mama said there’d be days like this…

Now. How is it possible that Green Bay, Minnesota, The Giants, Atlanta and San Fran ALL lost?

2 maybe 3 but all 5 of those teams in the same week?

Oh well. Take the 50% and move on……

Huge HUGE thumping of San Fran by Indy. Will others see it or will San Fran makes the needed changes?

And Manning?

Man on a mission.

Week 1
13 – 3
__________= 13 – 3 = 81%
Week 2
10 – 6
__________= 23 – 9 = 71%
Week 3
8 – 8
__________=31 – 17 = 64%

Week 3
THU, SEP 19
26……….to.16
Kansas City at Philadelphia – Pick – KC – Win

SUN, SEP 22
30……..to.34
Green Bay at Cincinnati – Pick – Green Bay – Loss

7………to.31
St. Louis at Dallas – Pick – Dallas – Win

17……..to.20
San Diego at Tennessee – Pick – San Diego – Loss

31……..to.27
Cleveland at Minnesota – Pick – Minnesota – Loss

3………to.23
Tampa Bay at New England – New England – Win

7…….to.31
Arizona at New Orleans – Pick New Orleans – Win

27……to.20
Detroit at Washington – Washington – Loss

0………to.38
NY Giants at Carolina – Pick – NYGiants – Loss

9…….to.30
Houston at Baltimore – Pick – Baltimore – Win

23……to.27
Atlanta at Miami – Pick – Atlanta – Loss

20……to.27
Buffalo at NY Jets – Pick – NYJets – Win

27………..to.7
Indianapolis at San Frano – Pick – San Fran – Loss
Unless Indy saw what the Hawks did.
And they did.

17………..to.45
Jacksonville at Seattle – Pick – Seattle – Win

40……to.23
Chicago at Pittsburgh – Pick – Pittsburgh – Loss
MON, SEP 23
21……to.37
Oakland at Denver – Pick Denver – Win

A letter to the Republican Members of Congress (and FOX News viewers)…

Now will the Republicans continue to cater to a minority within their Party….or actually decide to govern?

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Dear Republican Members of Congress, and FOX News viewers,

The deficit and the national debt are not the same thing.

Under President George W. Bush you helped take a surplus and turned it into a record setting deficit of $1.85 trillion in his last budget year 2009; yes, 2009 is President Bush’s last budget year, just as 2017 will be President Obama’s last budget year. After five years under President Obama, the federal deficit has been cut in half to $672 billion, no thanks to your efforts to stop any improvement in the American economy.

We have record debt and deficits because you chose to fund two wars without raising taxes; we are still paying for those wars and you cannot lower the deficit, or decrease the debt, on the backs of those who answered the call to go to war; as much as you would like to, you cannot…

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teabagger Alert!! – ‘Most Americans against defunding Obamacare: Survey’

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Remember….EVERY……SINGLE…..REPUBLICAN…..IN…..THE…..HOUSE….VOTED……TO…..DEFUND…….OBAMACARE.

EVERY…..REPUBLICAN.

Just who do they represent?

The teabaggers.

‘A solid majority of Americans oppose defunding the new health care law if it means shutting down the government and defaulting on debt’.

The CNBC All-America Economic Survey of 800 people across the country conducted by Hart-McInturff, finds that, in general, Americans oppose defunding Obamacare by a plurality of 44 percent to 38 percent’.

‘Opposition to defunding increases sharply when the issue of shutting down the government and defaulting is included’.

‘In that case, Americans oppose defunding 59 percent to 19 percent, with 18 percent of respondents unsure’.

‘The final 4 percent is a group of people who want to defund Obamacare, but become unsure when asked if they still hold that view if it means shutting down the government’.

‘The Republican-party-led House voted 230-189 on Friday to adopt a short-term government spending bill that would eliminate all funding for the new health care law. The measure could lead to a government shutdown in less than two weeks. The poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent, was conducted Monday through Thursday of last week’.
From : http://www.cnbc.com/id/101053976

‘Afghanistan War Veteran Slams Republicans For Cutting Food Stamps In Epic Letter’

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‘It turns out 5,000 military families will lose critical food assistance via the Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) because of the callousness and ignorance of the 217 Republicans who decided that food stamp recipient are lazy ingrates who don’t deserve to eat’.

‘In response to the GOP, an Afghanistan war veteran named Jason penned a letter on September 19th to those very conservative politicians condemning their action and explained that the vote to kill food stamps is a vote against the military families the GOP has long claimed to hold in high regard. Here is that letter’:

“My name is Jason. I turned 35 less than a week ago. My first job was maintenance work at a public pool when I was 17. I worked 40 hours a week while I was in college. I’ve never gone longer than six months without employment in my life and I just spent the last three years in the military, one of which consisted of a combat tour of Afghanistan”.

“Oh, and I’m now on food stamps. Since June, as a matter of fact”.

“Why am I on food stamps”?

“The same reason everyone on food stamps is on food stamps: because I would very much enjoy not starving”.

“I mean, if that’s okay with you”:

“Mr. or Mrs. Republican congressman”.

“Mr. or Mrs. Conservative commentator”.

“Mr. or Mrs. “welfare queen” letter-to-the-editor author”.

“Mr. or Mrs. “fiscal conservative, reason-based” libertarian”.

“I do apologize for burdening you on the checkout line with real-life images of American-style poverty. I know you probably believe the only true starving people in the world have flies buzzing around their eyes while they wallow away, near-lifeless in gutters”.

“Hate to burst the bubble, but those people don’t live in this country”.

“I do. And millions like me. Millions of people in poverty who fall into three categories”.

“Let’s call them the “lucky” category, since conservatives seem to think people on welfare have hit some sort of jackpot”:

“Those living paycheck to paycheck? They’re a little lucky”.

“Those living unemployment check to unemployment check? They’re a little luckier”.

“Those living 2nd of the month to 2nd of the month? Ding! We’ve hit the jackpot”!

“The 2nd of the month being the time when funds gets electronically deposited onto the EBT card, [at least in NY] for those who’ve never been fortunate enough to hit that $175/month Powerball”.

“I fall into the latter two categories. But I’ve known people recently — soldiers in the Army — who were in the first and third. They were off fighting in Afghanistan while their wives were at home, buying food at the on-post commissary with food stamps”.

“And nobody bats an eye there, because it’s not uncommon in the military”.

“It’s not uncommon — nor is it shameful. It might be shameful how little service-members are paid, but that’s a separate issue”.

“The fact remains anyone at a certain income level can find it difficult from time to time to pay for everything. And when you’re poor you learn to make sacrifices. Food shouldn’t be one of them”.

“The whole concept is un-American. People living here, in the greatest country on Earth, with the most abundant resources, should be forced to go hungry because of the intellectual notion of fiscal conservatism and the ideological notion of self-reliance”.

“Are you fucking kidding me”?

“I didn’t risk my life in Afghanistan so I could come back and watch people go hungry in America. I certainly didn’t risk it so I could come back and go hungry”.

“Anyone who genuinely supports cutting food stamps is not an intellectual or an ideologue — they’re a bully”.

“And nobody likes a bully. Except other bullies”.

“It’s time for regular Americans to stand up to these bullies. Not cower in the corner, ashamed of needing help. Because if there’s one thing life has taught me, it’s that you never know when you’ll be the one in need”.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/09/24/afghanistan-war-veteran-slams-republicans-for-cutting-food-stamps-in-epic-letter/

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