Just when a friend of mine got ready to coin the phrase, “that is so Sarah Palin,” along comes a RepubliCANT who cannot memorize the Presidential oath of office (a job that has only been done 43 times before). When preparation and memory fail, “that’s soooooooooooooooooooooo John Roberts!”
Barry has only been in office for a week and already the Republicants are up in arms trying to say how incompetent he is.
The President, hereinafter the Big O (sorry Oscar, but he is bigger), has laid out his plan on how to deal with the last eight years of error and stupidity. The repubs attack saying it is a secret plan. OK, are you ready? The plan is published on the Whitehouse website, among other places. So what is my answer to the attack by the Republicants? “That’s so John Roberts”!
The right wing wingnuts are after the Big O for his elimination of all the unconstitutional rules done by Bush the Lesser in furtherance of his terrorist tactics. The Big O has also started the process of closing Gitmo. By the way, even McCain said Gitmo should be closed; unfortunately, he has had experience being tortured.
Let us look at the Gitmo record. 755 men were imprisoned in conditions in violation of the Geneva Convention. Of that number, half were never found to be involved in any way with either 9-11 or other “terrorist” activities. Of all those tried, only three have been found guilty of anything. One found guilty was charged with everything on the list – but only found guilty of misdemeanor charges.
Now, the Republicants claim that to close Gitmo will make America open to terrorist attack. All of a sudden, the military, the feds and the CIA, which have protected America, have become incompetent? For years, the only claim to fame that the Republicants had on terror was that the “homeland” was safe from outside attack. Now it is all going to hell because Gitmo will be closed?
I got a response. “That is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo John Roberts!”
So here is the question of the day – what does America and its residents need to do to fix itself?
I have a few suggestions. First, repeal every regulation that the Bush/Cheney administration put into place. Do not worry about what it said; just repeal it. The Big O can do better, yes he can!
Second, tell the Republicants that the tax cuts for multimillionaires need to go. Let us do some math. Joe the Plumber makes a $500,000 gross income. He buys all the materials and supplies for the jobs. He has four people working for him. If he pays the four plumbers $50,000 a year, his gross net is now $300,000. OK, now deduct the FICA and other mandatory federal and state taxes he pays for his employees–and himself, take off another $25,000. Take off his cost of doing business, tools, travel, overhead, and so forth, and then deduct all the stuff he bought for the jobs and he will be down to $149,000. Increase in taxes — Zero!
Now, the Big O, he makes more than $250,000 per year. His deductions? Just the Blackberry, so he will pay more taxes.
The argument that the Republicants are putting forward is (ready), Sooooo John Roberts!
Finally, the Republicants say that funding Pell Grants and bike pathways and school buildings will not help the economy. I am a teacher at the University of California. In the fall, enrollment will be cut by 10% due to a crisis here in California. I admit it is my fault; I could not convince enough voters that the Arnold was an idiot. So now, we have a $40 billion deficit (under Gravy it was only $13 billion).
However, if we do Pell Grants, tens of thousands of students can go to college. (Oh, unless they are the wrong color for Repubs?) If we build bike paths, we can get fat kids skinny and help stop dependence on Cheney oil. Finally, if we rebuild the roofs and walls of our rundown schools, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and ordinary laborers will work and I will not have to put pans down to collect the rain in the community college classroom where I also teach. As for the rest of us, go out clean the gutter in your streets, pickup some trash, and stop looking away from the homeless people: you may be there real soon if the Republicants keep stalling the fixit package.
My only regret for today: Connecticut does not permit the recall of US Senators.
Steven J. Ybarra
Steven J. Ybarra JD is a retired civil rights attorney who operates a consultant company in California. He is a member of the California Democratic State Party and is Chair of the Chicano Latino Caucus Voting Rights Committee and a long time political activist.
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