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September 29, 2011

GOP hearts of stone

As a lifelong Democrat, I find the tea party Republicans to be a paradox. They wrap themselves in the flag and thump the Bible, but in my opinion, have distorted views of both.

Christ was an advocate for the poor and less fortunate. He was an inclusive person concerned for all. I don’t see the GOP presidential hopefuls reaching out to blacks, Hispanics, immigrants, seniors, women, or gays or advocating for the poor, the homeless, the disabled or the hungry. They seem to believe that the “have-nots” of the world got there by their own shortcomings and thus are deserving of their fate. If Jesus were alive today, I strongly doubt that he would share this viewpoint.

The Republican candidates all say they’re for freedom. But the freedom they espouse is for corporations and business to be free to do whatever they desire — pollute the environment, outlaw collective bargaining, abolish the minimum wage, limit workplace safety regulations, do away with consumer protections and perhaps most importantly, pay low, low taxes.

One of the tea party favorites is to have a “spine of titanium.” Sadly, though, they all strike me as having hearts of stone.

Chris Brethwaite
Kansas City

Comments

John S

The "useful idiots" staging the "Occupy Wall St.) rally in NYC were arrested by the hundreds for blocking a bridge. The "useful idiot" in charge said "they were grabbing arms and arresting people, there were kids up there".

Weeeell, dipstick, what do you ecpect? You were blocking a bridge which police, fire, and ambulance crews need to be able to cross to save a life.

Shows you how much these "useful idiots" care about human life, doesn't it? Talk about "hearts of stone! They would let people die so they copuld continue their protest against ...... what?

They are all being directed by Van Jones, Barack Obama's former "Green Jobs Czar", a commie, a 9/11 truther and lifelong street agitator.

Message from Van Jones:

Wall Street has long been the home of the biggest threat to American democracy. Now it has become home to what may be our best hope for rescuing it.

For everyone who loves this country, for everyone whose heart is breaking for the growing ranks of the poor, for everyone who is seething at the unopposed demolition of America's working and middle class: the time has come to get off the fence.

A new generation has gone to the scene of the crimes committed against our future. The time has come for all people of good will to give our full-throated backing to the young people of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

So this Wednesday, we're joining with MoveOn, and labor and community groups in New York for a massive march down to the Occupy Wall Street encampment. And for those who can't make it to New York, we're also holding a huge online "Virtual March on Wall Street" in solidarity with the brave protesters in New York.


Click here to sign up for Wednesday's Virtual March and we'll send all the details.

Occupations are springing up all over the country as well. You can see if there's one near you by clicking here:

http://www.occupytogether.org/

Our movement was born after Madison, Wisconsin, to stand up for middle and working class families. We've engaged 130,000 people to crowd-source our own jobs agenda—the Contract for the American Dream. In August, tens of thousands of us demonstrated for jobs in rallies across the nation. And this week in Washington, D.C., we host our first national gathering: the Take Back The American Dream conference.

The cccupation of Wall Street—and the occupations throughout the country—are expressions of the same spirit and dynamic. And these particular demonstrations, perhaps uniquely, contain the spark to grow into a movement that can be transformative. They are the first, small step in the creation of a movement that can restore American democracy, and renew the American Dream.

Now is our time to choose. Will we keep rewarding those whose financial manipulations have brought us to ruin? Or will we stand with those whose democratic innovations are breathing life into our finest ideals? Both groups are within blocks of each other in downtown Manhattan.

For the past 30 years, the country has stood behind the titans on Wall Street and their values. We listened when they said that their banks were too big too fail. Today, there is only one thing that's too big to fail: the dreams of this new generation, finding its voice in Liberty Park. All of America should now stand with them.

Thank you for being a part of, and believing in, this movement.

–Van, Natalie, Billy, Jim, Ian, Somer, and the rest of the Rebuild the Dream team

P.S. I had a wonderful opportunity to talk about the American Dream Movement on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday. You can see a clip and share it on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=271913736162194

LawyerInTraining

John S, you're talking about the big dumb beast such as yourself who can't even defend his talking point positions, right?

ggbridge

$10 bucks says Obama gets on money before Reagan. You heard it here first.

John S

STY -
They just don't understand how large and furious the beast is that they have awakened.

Smarter Than You

So Obama wants to cripple charitable donations and ensure that current entitlements fail from lack of funding but it's Republicans that have a "heart of stone?"

November 2012 can't come soon enough for America to correct "Our Biggest American Mistake Alltime!"

parkay5050

Christ encouraged private citizens, charities, and churches to take care of the sick, poor, and homeless. Not federal government. Not government redistribution of wealth, a Marxist concept.
Take another look at your Bible.

whispering_to_kc

Social Security vs. Ponzi scheme ...

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2011/10/social-security-versus-ponzi/

How do you know when a TeaBagger/GOPer isn't telling the truth? When his lips are moving.

Hearts of stone, indeed.

LawyerInTraining

Not worked up John, just trying to give you the chance to man up and answer the questions, or at least let everyone know the issues that have you vexed (that means confused).

It appears that, as usual, you're unable to defend your points - no surprise there.

John S

Just a quick thought LIT; did you invent the whisperer to make yourself look good? The differences are narrowing. You should work on that.

John S

Seek help LIT. If you are so worked up that you need to repost on my comment twice you really do need the help.

On the other hand; while you are at your keyboard the folks outdoors are probably safer!

whispering_to_kc

"... On every job I ever had I interviewed, wages were negotiated in the interview ..."

Wages aren't anymore negotiated for in the interview than vacation days or sick leave are. You dicker over wages after the offer.

whispering_to_kc

Amazon warehouse jobs ...

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-29/amazon-workers-rediscover-the-hard-lessons-of-grapes-of-wrath-ezra-klein.html

The article: "“Look,” the young man says, “s’pose you got a job an’ work, an’ there’s just one fella wants the job. You got to pay im what he asts. But s’pose they’s a hunderd men. S’pose they’s a hunderd men wants that job. S’pose them men got kids, an’ them kids is hungry. S’pose a lousy dime’ll buy a box of mush for them kids. S’pose a nickel will buy at leas’ somepin for them kids. An’ you got a hunderd men. Jus’ offer ‘em a nickel -- why they’ll kill each other fightin’ for that nickel.”"

Then, scan the reader comments and pay particular attention to those obviously GOP.

The GOP don't have "hearts of stone", they're sociopathic lunatics.

LawyerInTraining

Given what you've been able to see here, people of Kansas City, I hope you've realized that anything posted by John S deserves an EXTREMELY critical eye. He attempts to pass off opinion or false science as fact, and then lies to discredit those who call him out. I'm more than happy to provide further explanation as required.

LawyerInTraining

B Ker...I agree, the sky is blue. Any other falsehoods you'd like to attempt?

B Ker

LIT, your being ignored because you are a blowhard. Why even try? You'd dispute that the sky is blue. How about finding a hobby, you must have too much time on your hands.

LawyerInTraining

Refute them John S, if you can. My bet is that you are intellectually incapable.

"1. Pollute the environment: If you are talking about CO2 it has not been proven that CO2 is a pollutant."
Flat out ridiculous. Just because you can get a couple of whack-job's to support your opinion most certainly doesn't make it right. Although let's flip this around to show everyone just how unreasonable you are. What HAS been proven to be a pollutant to you John?

"2. Outlaw collective bargaining: We want all men to be free to choose whether they wish to belong to a union or not belong."
I've got news for you braniac. Closed shops (requiring Union membership) have been illegal for some time now. Under current law everyone is free to join or not join a union as they see fit. However, if you outlaw collective bargaining you take away their freedom to join as they see fit. So it appears you really don't know what you stand for here (surprise surprise).

"3.Abolish the minimum wage: Most of us are working class people. We want the market to determine what a specific combination of knowledege, skill and willingness to work is worth."
Uh, you realize that the minimum wage helps you "working class people", right? It's simply a floor at which wages start. Pull out the floor and everything would drop. So basically you're saying you're good with your wages dropping?

"4.Limit workplace safety regulations: Since most of us are working class people we certainly want to feel safe in our workplaces."
You realize that logical, sane, non-idiot people would feel LESS safe with fewer workplace safety regulations, right? Odds are the reg requiring some sort of safety plastic over the big noisy blade only came about because someone lost life or limb to it - why would any sane person want to repeal that?

"5. Do away with consumer protections: We are all consumers just as you are."
Your justification for this has no relation to your position whatsoever. That's like me saying 'Get rid of the speed limit: I'm a driver too.'"

"6.Pay low, low taxes: Our Constitution gives our Federal government certain enumerated powers. We want the government to be funded so it can perform the tasks which it is charged with performing."
Go ahead and post some of the violations John. Let's see how your knowledge stacks up to reality.

John S

You don't pay attention do you gg? I have said several times on this forum that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. Where were you when I said that so many times?

I rely on science for my info. If it hadn't been for science I would have been dead at age 6 so I respect it.

We all know that Al Gore is the chief advocate of MMGW/CC. You didn't come by your stated beliefs by yourself. You are a camp follower and you know nothing.

Liberalism, progressivism, Nazism, socialism,communism always follows a predictable pattern. They all start out with a conclusion and work backwards to find factoids to prove their pre-conceived conclusions. They never start out with an open mind to examine facts and reach a conclusion based on the facts.

Scenario: You're poor, you have educated yourself, but have poor work habits, dress habits, punctuality, and manners and can't find a job. Instead of examining the facts about yourself you blame society for not rewarding you with a well paying job with great benefits and then claim that you can't find a job because rich people have too much money. I say bull crap!

B Ker

Hey gg. I believe in evolution and don't believe in AGW. Wanna know why. One is supported by science and observation, the other is not.

When CC quits having to lie about temperatures over the last 10 years increasing when the data shows it is not, and that water levels of the ocean are rising, when the data shows it is not then I'll believe in CC. When a real model can be created that replicates the upper atmosphere and not flawed computer models that don't model real world conditions, then I'll believe in CC. When the IPCC starts to due real peer reviews and makes sure that the melting ice in the Himalaya's is not based off a bogus paper, then I'll believe in CC.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but you like to make fun the creationists. I see nothing about CC to prove it has anything to do with science. Science id repeatable and verifiable.

Oh and ...

http://climatedepot.com/a/12797/Exclusive-Nobel-PrizeWinning-Physicist-Who-Endorsed-Obama-Dissents-Resigns-from-American-Physical-Society-Over-Groups-Promotion-of-ManMade-Global-Warming

your concensus is an illusion

http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=595F6F41-802A-23AD-4BC4-B364B623ADA3

just like AGW

"A sucker is born every minute"

B Ker

When we were just dropped from AAA to AA what happened to the stock market? Who was affected the most? If we continue spending what happens next. (Hint more of the same, rating gets dropped, who gets hurt most).

So since the Libs are in favor of spending money we don't have; and at levels we have never seen before; and they knowingly do it when facts show that the credit rating will fall and poor will be hurt the most, then who are the heartless ones?

 
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