(Disclaimer: I'm not pulling any punches here. Teapublicans plan on destroying America, and I'm going to spend this note both calling them out on their dangerous extremism and on proving that the Democrats are our last hope as a society. Regardless of where your politics lie, I want you to read this over, and if you still disagree with me or any of the dozens of links of evidence I have here, come out in the open about it and tell me why. I expect you to have evidence of your own to back up what you say. And I expect your evidence to come from legitimate sources- i.e. not from FOX News or Andrew Breitbart.)
The Rise of the Teapublicans/The Downfall of the GOP
If nobody has yet coined the phrase "Teapublican," then allow me the honor. I think the word is a lot easier than saying "Tea Partier," or "Republican," since the Tea Party and the Republican Party have become synonymous with one another. Tea Party candidates like Rand Paul and Sharron Angle have seemingly spent the last few months trying to outdo each other in who can be the looniest. Rand Paul believes the president criticizing BP on their handling of the Gulf oil gusher is "un-American," and openly advocates lowering already stagnant and insufficient wages for the middle class, but not for the banksters and oil company executives, of course. In Nevada, Sharron Angle has insinuated that she would be in favor of armed insurrection. Concerning her hard-line stance against abortion, she believes that God always has a plan. And sometimes, God's plan includes rape and incest. Hey, she said it- not me.
Rather than denounce such unpatriotic ideology, DC Republicans are embracing the extremism wholeheartedly. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the ranking Republican on the Energy Committee, apologized to the CEO of BP after President Obama told the company to set aside $20 billion to clean up the mess they created. Shortly after that, the Republican Study Committee, which represents 116 Republicans in Congress, couldn't wait to take BP's side, calling the $20 billion escrow account a "Chicago-style shakedown."
House Republican leader John Boehner has openly said that if Republicans retake Congress and he becomes Speaker of the House, he would raise the retirement age by 5 years, and put Social Security, the most successful social welfare program in the history of this country, in the hands of proven professional thieves like Goldman-Sachs and J.P. Morgan. Rep. Paul Ryan, the ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, has proposed a budget that would ration Medicare for seniors.
Despite all of the GOP fearmongering about health insurance reform, Teapublicans, to borrow their language, have actually fronted policy that would leave health care for ailing seniors in the hands of government bureaucrats. Essentially, the "Don't Kill Grandma" party is proposing that we pull the plug on granny to save money. The Teapublicans propose the outright elimination of social safety nets for the poor so we can continue to give tax cuts to the richest 1% who don't need them, and fund two endless wars on countries that didn't attack us. And yes, the Teapublicans are still against a $350 a week pittance for victims of a recession that their policies effectively created. Rep. Boehner compared the financial crisis that left 8,000,000 Americans without jobs to an ant while explaining his opposition to reigning in the Wall Street fat cats who pillaged our 401Ks and pension.
So what's the alternative?
18 Months of Progressivism
Teapublicans claim these regressive policies are necessary to end Democratic policies they compare to "Armageddon." But is the world really ending under the Democrats' watch? Is the "stop the spending" mantra really sound economic policy, or brainless fluff?
-After a $17 billion bailout of the American auto industry, the Big Three have come back in full swing, and are making good on paying the government back. And despite the tough recession, these companies are now in good enough financial standing to start sharing their profits with their hourly workers.
-Speaking of the car market and the economy, people are buying cars again. A lot more. Almost as much as during the "Cash for Clunkers" program. July car sales are set to either equal or outdo all of the extra business car companies had after the wildly successful 2009 program. Despite what the right-scream media (thanks, Monty) may have told you, there is good news on the horizon for the car manufacturers. They can credit their successes to federal government intervention.
-Speaking of federal intervention in the market, economic advisers to both Republican and Democratic administrations have concluded that despite how bad things are now, they would be infinitely worse had President Obama not immediately taken direct action with stimulus spending. A new study, conducted by a formal Federal Reserve vice chairman and by one of John McCain's economic advisers, finds that without federal action in this recession, there would be 8.5 million less jobs than there are now, that national GDP would 6.5% percent less than current levels and that we would be experiencing deflation instead of mild inflation.
After just 18 months in office, President Obama has already enacted health care reform legislation, which 7 presidents from both parties couldn't do. He has signed into law the most sweeping financial regulations since the New Deal. His Democratic Congress has passed crucial legislation that has kept the economy afloat, despite an endless onslaught of Republican filibusters at every single piece of progressive legislation. The Democrats have already made astronomical progress.
But because the country is in such dire straits, there is still a long, long way to go before we've fully recovered from the havoc wreaked by Republicans. And this new breed of Teapublican, where the radical fringe right-wing has effectively taken over a major political party, seeks to undo not just the recent progress made, but an entire century of Democratic achievements that lifted up the poor and middle class.
The Teapublican Plan for America
If Teapublicans win majorities in the House and Senate, they have openly pledged to-
-Repeal Health Insurance Reform.
-Repeal Wall Street Reform.
-Get rid of Social Security and Medicare.
-Cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans.
-Funnel $35 billion in taxpayer money to Big Oil.
-Protect those responsible for the Gulf oil spill.
-Abolish the Department of Education.
-Abolish the Department of Energy.
-Abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.
-Abolish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
-Abolish the Internal Revenue Service.
-Take away your right to vote for U.S. Senators.
-Give the middle finger to the unemployed.
-Prevent a vote on legislation aimed at making corporate donors to political campaigns identify themselves.
Despite such an anti-American, anti-Democratic ideology, Teapublicans still boast about the majorities they plan to gain in the midterm elections. Through talk radio and FOX News- the echo chambers of hate and fear- misguided Teapublican supporters likely haven't considered the consequences their votes could have this November. In their desperation and ignorance, Teapublican voters have even started to steal campaign slogans from 4chan, a festering pool of porn, gore and racism.
If you support these views and plan to vote for candidates who proudly espouse these principles, just tell me why.
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