Sunday, April 30, 2017

APRIL 2017 BONEHEAD ABSURDITY OF THE MONTH

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1. Donald Trump. The Donald allegedly told Tea Party groups at the White House that if the GOP health care plan dies, he will let Obamacare fail and let Democrats take the blame. So the Donald would allow our healthcare system to fail, destroying the lives of millions and millions of Americans, because he can’t get his way. What a baby! This should be a huge story.
 
Trump is like an attack dog. Whether its enemy Democrats, the enemy press, the enemy former President, the enemy healthcare system, or anyone else who speaks ill of him or his policies, he’s quick to move in for a kill. God help us.
 

2. Pennsylvania Republican State Sen. Scott Wagner. The Republican Party is loaded with climate change skeptics and outright deniers that the globe is even warming and that humans are the cause. Don’t count Senator Wagner among these doubters. He believes the earth is indeed warming and he knows the reason.
 
As the keynote speaker for a natural gas advocacy event in Harrisburg, PA., the gubernatorial hopeful wanted everyone to know that while he is no scientist, he understands what’s going on.
 
“I haven’t been in a science class in a long time, but the earth moves closer to the sun every year–you know the rotation of the earth,” Wagner said. “We’re moving closer to the sun.” He went on to say: “We have more people. You know, humans have warm bodies. So is heat coming off? Things are changing, but I think we are, as a society, doing the best we can.”
 
Got that folks? Climate change and global warming is happening because the earth is moving closer to the sun and there are more people with bodies at 98 degrees. And I thought Senator “snowball” Inhofe was braindead.
 
3. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. As the administration quickly approaches a disastrous, historically unpopular 100 days mark, America’s most racist Keebler elf has a pretty offensive plan to salvage Donald Trump’s failing presidential campaign promise to build a “big, beautiful” wall along the entirety of the southern border and have Mexico pay for it, and it’s exactly what someone named Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III would brainstorm:
 
“We're going to get paid for it one way or the other," Sessions said on ABC's This Week. "I know there's $4 billion a year in excess payments, according to the Department of the Treasury's own inspector general several years ago, that are going to payments to people — tax credits that they shouldn't get.”
 
"Now, these are mostly Mexicans," he continued. "And those kind of things add up — $4 billion a year for 10 years is $40 billion. There are a lot of ways we can find money to help pay for this."
 
Not only is this goblin racist as all hell, he has no clue what he’s talking about. First of all, the report he cites makes no mention of Mexicans, or any other nationality for that matter. According to the most recent data from Pew, Mexicans make up about half of the undocumented immigrant population in the U.S. But to Sessions and his white nationalist buddies, all undocumented immigrants are Mexicans. And if they’re all Mexicans, they must love their public benefits. Which brings up the second matter:
 
Sessions appears to be referencing a 2011 audit report Trump also cited while campaigning. As Politifact  explains, the report said that in 2011, $4.2 billion in child tax credits was paid to people filing income taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) instead of a Social Security number. Some of these filers are illegal immigrants, but many are legal foreign workers, and the audit did not say how many are Mexican.
 
"The vast majority of that $4.2 billion, the filer may be undocumented, but you have to have a child to receive it," said Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. "And the children are overwhelmingly U.S. citizens."
 
“The people who benefit from the child tax credit are American children,” Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) said in 2011. “The people who claim the tax credit are their working parents. The child tax credit requires a child’s Social Security number. The benefits go to the United States citizen children.”
 
Of course, in Donald Trump’s eyes, the U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrants, especially the brown ones, aren’t real Americans. Pretty disgusting stuff from a guy with an immigrant mom.
 
4. Religious Right Activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire. On his “Pass the Salt Live” webcast this morning, Daubenmire blamed the women who work at Fox News for titillating men with the way they sit and dress into sexually harassing them.
 
“Have you seen how the women on Fox News dress?” he asked. “Are they trying to titillate you at all? They dress like that and if you say something to them, you are harassing them. Titillation, right? That’s a big setup, man. That’s the biggest setup. I wonder if Anderson Cooper has propositioned any boys he has had on his show. How come we don’t hear anything about that? Huh? There is something evil going on.” And, he added:
 
“Your turn on right now ‘Fox and Friends,'” he continued, “and I guarantee you there is some leg-crosser sitting right there on the couch showing all flesh—probably doesn’t have sleeves on, probably showing as much flesh as she’s legally allowed to show—and then they get mad when you sexually harass them or say something in the workplace.”
 
Sadly this king of sexist thinking is all too prevalent in right-wing male circles. Clearly the top dogs at Fox News have no problem with showing a little skin as long as it helps ratings. So what if boys will be boys?
 
5. Former President-hopeful Pat Buchanan. Buchanan appeared on “Breitbart News Daily” to discuss his views on President Trump, who has embraced many of Buchanan’s political views, despite calling Buchanan “a neo-Nazi” in the past. While reminiscing about Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew’s attacks on the mainstream media (remember “nattering nabobs of negativism?”), Buchanan said that conservative outlets like Fox News helped pave the way for the recent political success of nationalist ideas. And yet, he remains pessimistic about the future of Western civilization.
 
“The West itself is being colonized and invaded by folks from its former colonies who are changing the character of Western civilization and frankly who disregard many of the traditions and things that we have built,” he said.
 
Buchanan believes Trump is the right man to stem the de-civilizing invasion. He only wishes European nations had a similar will. Maybe he’ll get his wish with Marine Le Pen. Who would have thunk that right-wing extremists like Pat Buchanan would become mainstream in the Republican Party?
 
6. Representative Warren Davidson (R-OH). Davidson held a town hall over the weekend and his jaw-dropping comments were indicative of Paul Ryan’s heartless Republican agenda. An Ohio mother stepped to the microphone to explain her son works in the service industry and was not able get insurance before the Affordable Care Act. He was able to get insurance because of the Medicaid expansion and she wanted to know why he was so eager to take away affordable insurance from people like her son. Rep. Davidson’s answer? Quit being entitled and get a better job. His words:
 
“OK, I don’t know anything about your son, but as you described him, his skills are focused in an industry that doesn’t have the kind of options that you want him to have for health care. So, I don’t believe that these taxpayers here are entitled [sic] to give that to him. I believe he’s got the opportunity to go earn those health benefits.
 
In fact, according to the National Restaurant Association, there are an estimated 14.7 million Americans in the restaurant service industry, accounting for 10% of the total U.S. work force. Contrary to popular Republican beliefs, these jobs are not filled with teenagers and many or most do not provide basic health care insurance. The same can be said for the retail industry, with companies like Walmart costing American taxpayers $6.2 billion per year in public assistance for their employees.
 
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And the winner is:

With so many sick racist and sexist choices, it’s a tough month to pick a winner. Because Sessions has been a previous winner, and deserves certified bonehead status, I’m choosing State Senator Scott Wagner as the April winner. He did Trump-voting Pennsylvania proud.

















































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