Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Republicans should be drug tested

The latest trend from Republican Governors is mandatory Drug testing for any person receiving welfare and unemployment benefits.  Talk about class warfare!  I guess Lou Reed summed it up best: Give me your hungry, your tired your poor I'll piss on 'em That's what the Statue of Bigotry says.”  It never ceases to amaze me that during tough times people will seek to punish those that we fear and loathe.  Republican governors in Arizona, Florida, and most recently South Carolina are doing just that.  Drug testing welfare recipients only benefits the company that wins the drug testing contract.  Deny them benefits helps society how when they end up in jail for some crime?
Of course South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, the Palmetto State Palinista, recently took the cake when regarding the Savannah River nuclear site, she commented: “[of] everybody they interviewed,  half of them failed a drug test."  Haley went on to explain why she is so stupid by saying I’ve never felt like I had to back up what people tell me. You assume that you’re given good information,” Haley said. “And now I’m learning through you guys that I have to be careful before I say something.”  Did you ever stop and think that asserting that 50% of the employees at a nuclear site is a bit of an exaggeration?  Twit.
But on secondhand, maybe she was right after all.  In the latest Winthrop Poll, 36 percent of Republicans in South Carolina still believe that President Barack Obama was “probably” or “definitely” born in another country while 30% think he is a Muslim.
The Pima County GOP raffled off a Glock and shotgun as part of a fund raiser; this is certainly within their legal rights as protected by the 2nd Amendment.  I only questioned the lack of good taste and consideration as Pima County is the district of Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords and the emotional wounds from the January shooting haven’t healed in that community.  When questioned about the optics, 2nd Amendment Republican/Libertarians jump on the soap box about their rights and that guns don’t kill, people kill.  OK.  But isn’t it funny that these same people got all apoplectic about the thought of an Islamist Center in Manhattan blocks from Ground Zero.  Once again, within the law, but maybe not the best PR move.  When I question those people along these lines, eyes glaze over and all they can do is scream “Obama’s a Socialist”.
Thanks to unqualified candidates such as Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle, we now may face the potential candidacy of birther queen Orly Tait.  Taitz is considering challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year.  Qualifications?  "I think I do have a chance specifically because I do speak Spanish and I speak Hebrew," says Taitz.  Well that and the fact she is a dentist and lawyer.  Sorry, but she sounds more like a candidate for Celebrity Apprentice than US Senate.  Well may be not…
So much for vaunted finance reform as witnessed by the watering down of the Volcker Rule, the ban on proprietary trading by investment banks: The new rules exempt from the proprietary trading ban “positions arising under certain repurchase and reverse repurchase agreements or securities lending transactions and bon fide liquidity management”.  Did Don Rumsfeld write this?  You remember: “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know.”

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