Are Republicans Smoking Too Much Pot?

Republicans Smoking PotSome of the things I hear from the Republican Party are so unbelievable I’m just wondering who can possibly agree with it and if so why? Is there someone out there who can explain this to me, because honestly, for the life of me, I hear what they say and shake my head in wonder at their stupidity. But, maybe they’re not stupid; maybe I just don’t understand them. Certainly possible and I’d like someone out there to point out what I’m missing and explain to me.

For starters:

Republicans want less government and the government to stop deciding how we should live our lives. Right? So why do Republicans want to tell women what they can and can’t do with their bodies and why do Republican women support this? I’m just not getting this, can someone clue me into what seems like such a contradiction?

Why does Rick Santorum ‘throw up’ over separation of church and state? Would he feel the same way if it were the Muslim, Jews, Hindus foisting their religion on the rest of the country and not his evangelical faith?

Financial companies giving loans to people who weren’t qualified caused the entire mortgage fiasco and then those financial loans were bundled and sold to pensions, people and countries (Greece/Spain/Finland) and, when the housing market fell, wiped out all of the above. So, please explain to me why Republicans say we have to ‘get out of the way’ of ‘free market capitalism’ and ‘leave it alone’ and it will ‘take care of itself’.

That unfettered capitalism is what brought the depression/recession about! We’re still suffering the consequences and yet the Republicans are still screaming for more of the same. Is it just that Republicans represent the rich? Please someone, explain this to me.

Republicans believe the rich create jobs for America and thus, taxes on wealthy are bad for the economy. Well, since Reagan (and actually Carter too) we’ve been giving bigger and bigger tax cuts to the wealthy. And what has happened? The rich are richer, the middle class has shrunk and the poverty sector has grown. And, anecdotally, I’ve noticed in the majority of families that both wife and husband must work to support their family, when this was not necessary 30+ years ago.

Seems to me the last time our middle class income was growing and the poverty class was shrinking was after World War II, and possibly more recently with Clinton.

Now I am no fan of Clinton – a child of poverty who forsook the poor and gave us deregulation – but our country seemed to prosper with his policy of, as Republicans call it, ‘Tax and spend’ government. Please, explain why Republicans still buy ‘trickle down economics’ and think taxes on the rich are a bad thing?

Republicans say Obama’s foreign policy is a failure. What part is the failure? Two Bushes and a Clinton were unable to get Osama and his henchmen but Obama got him in three years. Republicans invented/created a war in which we invaded the sovereign nations of Iraq and Afghanistan. These have been the longest ongoing wars in our history. They enriched the purse of Vice-President Chaney with a 10-year no-bid contract for Halliburton as well as many others and yet it’s a mistake for Obama to break that record and get us out?

rob tossbergI say our political system is broken. I’m wondering why anybody concerned about earning a livelihood for their family or concerned about the kind of future we are creating for our children isn’t up in arms. Why are we so politically unengaged?

Rob Tossberg

Published by the LA Progressive on March 15, 2012
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About Rob Tossberg

Rob Tosser has been a commercial print broker on and off since 1995. In 2001 he started R&D Print and Packaging. In 2004 he started the green printing firm "Plan It Green Printing" where they print on compostable plant-based stocks and other not-so-typical papers and label sticker stocks for companies ranging from Museums to Parks to the Food and Beverage Industry, to artists and many non-profits. Here is the link to his company http://planitgreenprinting.com/