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pushme-fuckyou Here's the latest 4-part GOP plan to be even more evil:

(1) They vote to pass a 2012 budget that raises the statutory debt by $2.4 trillion dollars. (Blame the Bush tax cuts, two unpaid for wars, Medicare Part D and a honkin' big dose of Wall Street bail-outs. Or check the chart.)

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(2) They then propose a bill that increases the statutory debt limit by $2.4 trillion dollars. So far so good.

(3) They then vote their own bill down on the House floor.

(4) They then go on Fox News and bellow that the bill would have passed if Medicare and Social Security cuts had been included in the bill. Yeah, right.

This was what is known as a "symbolic vote", one meant to afford Republican's sound bites to wax indignant with on Fox & Friends to mask their utter failure with the Paul Ryan's "Screw Medicare" bill up and until the elections next November.

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high school yearbookThis may seem odd but it occurred to me today that the oldest thing I own, apart from a modest collection of family photos, is my high school yearbook. This is especially peculiar as I don't maintain contact with anyone in it. I might as well have kept a shoe-horn, circa 1973, up on the bookshelf.

The second oldest thing I own is a towel. It's a long story... and a boring one.

These facts are a melancholy reflection of our consumer-driven society in that we continually strain to replace the old with the new, often as rapidly as possible, erasing our links to our past one-by-one until we're left with nothing but a wide-screen plasma TV and a spray of old Playboys slowly decomposing 'tween the bedsprings.

So, fellows codgers, I'd be interested in knowing what consumer item you've been able to ward from destruction lo these many decades. And by that I mean items you have purchased with your own hard-earned drachmas and yet still own. Feel free to add them to the Comments between venomous screeds from Libertarians glorifying the miraculous wisdom of Saint Ron Paul.

=Lefty=

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john boehnerFebruary 10, 2011: "We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner.

The following is a list of accomplishments of the GOP, in chronological order as of 2-10-2011. So far none have resulted in one new job being created in America.

(1) Attempted curtailing of abortion rights.
(2) Attempted defunding of Planned Parenthood.
(3) Attempted defunding of NPR.
(4) Investigating Muslims.
(5) Declaring English as America's Official Language.
(6) Reaffirming "In God We Trust". Yawn.
(7) Challenging AARP's tax-exempt status.
(8) Approved defunct funding for failed religious schools.
(9) Attempt to destroy Medicaid.
(10) Attempt to destroy Planned Parenthood
(11) Shutting down the government
(12) Attempt to destroy the EPA.
(13) Attempting to eliminate financial counseling.
(14) Passed a House budget that gives $4 trillion in tax cuts to the rich.
(15) Spend $500,000 to discriminate against gays.
(16) Continued toadying for the rich.
(17) Pretending the deficit is to blame for slow job growth.
(18) De-funded SETI. (ARGH!!!!!!!)
(19) Tried to kill Chrysler two years ago... which is now going to pay back all its government loans.
(20) The Judicial Branch of the GOP, the Supreme Court, votes 5-4 to deny consumer class-action suits.
(21) Redefining rape. Yes, redefining rape.
(22) Pushing for spending caps tied to GDP. Bad idea.
(23) Claimed credit for dropping oil prices because they passed a bill.
(24) Refuse to reduce oil subsidies.
(25) Stood helplessly and watched as Senator John Ensign made Bill Clinton look like a Carmelite nun.
(26) Attempt to retool Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare-killing bill.
(27) Prevented the raising of the federal debt limit. Let the catastrophic job loss begin.
(28) Watches Rome burn with their Wall Street pals.
(29) Filibustered bill to repeal oil subsidies.
(30) Rejected Goodwin Liu for judge simply because Mr. Obama nominated him.
(31) Abortion. Abortion. Abortion. As in "restrictions".
(32) Spent five hours debating NPR, five minutes debating Afghanistan.
(33) GOP releases their jobs plan. Hilarity ensues.
(34) Continue to hold the debt limit hostage in order to make more money for billionaires.
(35) Brought to the House floor a bill specifically blaming President Obama's 2012 budget for raising the statutory debt limit by $2.4 trillion dollars, a budget the Republican-led Congress earlier passed.

Nope. No job creation here. Seriously. Not a fucking employment sausage. Move along. Move along.

I'll keep adding to this list until the Republican House does something to create jobs. I unhappily predict this is gonna be one lonnnnng list. After all, you don't get rid of a sitting president by helping the economy.

BTw, this list is getting damend lengthy, so much so that I'm going to give it its own page, if not its own web site, quite soon. Stay tuned.

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Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? Charles Krauthammer claims that the 2009 economic stimulus failed. Sorry, Charlie.

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