It’s Official: Republicans Lied
The Frank Luntz-inspired “bailout” mantra, applied to the Democrats’ financial reform proposal by Republicans like Mitch McConnell, can now officially be called a “lie.”
PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter has rated as FALSE McConnell’s (and by extension Luntz’s and all Republicans’) comments that “new financial regulations under consideration in the Senate” “will lead to endless taxpayer bailouts of Wall Street banks.“
…we base our ruling primarily on the legislation. It clearly states that the intention is to liquidate failing companies, not bail them out.
Mr. Luntz, no doubt, will generate other ways to sabotage the efforts to reform Wall Street, but let’s hope the Democrats will not bend on this one.
Aloha To Your Campaign Donations
Another example of how in-touch Republicans are with reality, not to mention with “regular folks,” the GOP filed FEC reports indicating that its semi-annual meeting, held in January in Waikiki, cost Republican donors a mere $340,000. According to the National Journal‘s Hotline On Call:
The $340K documented in FEC filings does not include airfare for each staffer, which could amount to tens of thousands more.
I wonder how far 340 grand would go here in Republican Southwest Missouri? Heck, with that kind of money invested in local Republican politics, the party would never have to worry about competition from Democrats. Oh, wait—there’s no competition from the Democrats now around these parts, so Aloha! to all you Republican donors!
Let Me See Your Papers, Comrade!
Arizona Republicans have finally figured out a way to deal with illegal immigration: make racial profiling a state law. According to CNN:
Under the bill, police would be required to question anyone they suspect of being undocumented.
You have to love the way Tea Party Republicans interpret our Constitution, which they claim Obama is trashing.
Sadly, John McCain, who once championed sensible immigration reform, seems to have lost not only his soul, but his sense. Here is an exchange he had with Bill-O:
O’REILLY: Now, next week, the governor is going to sign, we believe, a very stringent state law that gives the police in Arizona very, very broad authority to question people. And a lot of people say it’s going to be racial profiling. You’re going to look for Hispanics, question them, to see if they’re here legally or not. And it’s just not fair. And you say why?
MCCAIN: I say that the federal responsibilities have not been fulfilled. Therefore, the states are acting — the state of Arizona is acting and doing what they feel they need to do in light of the fact that the federal government is not fulfilling its fundamental responsibility to secure our borders. Our borders must be secure.
O’REILLY: But what about the racial profiling? You know that’s going to happen has to happen.
MCCAIN: I hope — I would be very sorry that if some of that happens. And I regret it, but I also regret the — really, it’s not just the murder of Robert Krantz. It’s the people whose homes and property are being violated. It’s the drive-by that — the drivers of cars with illegals in it that are intentionally causing accidents on the freeway. Look, our border is not secured. Our citizens are not safe.
Don’t ask me, I don’t know where you go to get both your integrity and your sanity back.
Go Ahead, Make My Day And Say You’re Gay!
Finally, at a South Carolina Tea Party (where else?), we have a Republican struggling with decorum, but finally giving in to bigotry. From HuffPo:
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-“amnesty,” anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to “come out of that log cabin closet.”
Mr. Gheen said he “thought long and hard” about bringing up the rumors about Sen. Graham’s alleged homosexuality, but finally he just couldn’t help but call him on it.
You see, because Lindsey Graham doesn’t want to act like Arizona Republicans on the immigration issue (he favors a more sensible approach, something like the old John McCain’s), he must be motivated by something else. Mr. Gheen said:
Sometimes I wonder what it would take to sell their own country out like that, and there’s one thing it could be that I’m gonna put out in the open here today… Senator Graham, you need to come forward and tell people about your alternative lifestyle and your homosexuality.
When they say this about fellow Republicans, no wonder they don’t blink at calling President Obama a Marxist.