Here's The Rope Boys
If You Give Them Enough Rope....They WILL Hang Themselves!
My friend Bob is a Republican. He has a Ph.D. in Mathematics and he teaches college students mathematics. Without Bob, I never would have graduated from college, because I would have failed the one algebra class I needed to graduate. So Bob is proof that not all Republicans are complete dunderheads!
I have often contended that if Republicans were smart, they would be Democrats. Another one of my favorite disparaging remarks about the political right is that, like all stupid people, if you give them enough rope they will, in fact, hang themselves!
But even I never considered that before the Republicans even take control of the House of Representatives in January 2011 that they would already be putting the noose around their collective fat cat head!
There were two things in today's news that made me shake my head and wonder what planet the Republican leaders live on. The first, and admittedly the one that inspired me to write this hub, came courtesy of an early Christmas gift from Senator John Kyl of the great state of Arizona.
Senator Kyl was speaking on a bill before Congress that would provide $8 billion to help fund healthcare costs of the first responders who risked their lives in the World Trade Center, following the 2001 September 11 attack.
Time was, when there was a good ol' boy from Texas in the White House, you could not find a Republican in either house of congress who would not do back flips to do something to help those great American Patriots who were on the front line of the War on Terror before it was even known as the War on Terror.
Now, when we have thousands of first responders who have become ill because of carcinogens to which they were exposed while sifting through the rubble at Ground Zero trying to find survivors of the greatest terrorist attack on American soil in the history of history, we have the likes of Senator Kyle questioning why the Federal Government should be paying the bills of such public servants. Leave it to the (liberal) state of New York (that we can't hope to win in 2012) to pay for the bills. It's a state issue! It's a local issue! Don't bother us with this! We've gotta catch a plane to get home before Christmas!
Give me a damned break!
I was in day two of a brand new job I had when the planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the cornfield in Pennsylvania. I remember very poignantly the outpouring of support that came from all corners of the United States. Cleaning up Ground Zero was a much bigger job than the city of New York could be asked to tackle. I know groups of firefighters who left their homes in New England and drove to New York asking what they could do to help. I know there had to be firefighters who came from all of these great 50 states, and I am sure as I write this that there must be public servants from around America whose health has suffered because of the contaminants they inhaled following this attack.
So Senator Kyl, are you really simply a dunderhead or are you one of the most tight-fisted Scrooges ever to serve in the Senate? Here's your rope Senator! Make sure it's secured good and tight, just like you.
Civil Rights Integration Wasn't So Bad
Gov. Haley Barbour, of that bastion of liberalism known as Mississippi, wants to be the next President of the United States. Problem is, there's a black man in the White House, so if you want to appear to be mainstream, you have to try to look, well, mainstream. So Gov. Barbour is clearly trying to position himself in the center, at least on the race issue, in hopes that he might appear to be a palatable alternative in the general election.
A few months ago, I remember hearing Gov. Barbour talking about how the desegregation of Mississippi wasn't all that painful, as he, himself, had been part of a desegregated high school. Well, turns out Gov. Barbour misspoke on that point, as the high school he attended was not desegregated until years after he graduated. Maybe it just felt like it was desegregated.
Now, this is the gist of the report I heard on MSNBC earlier, as Gov. Barbour attempts to rewrite history by saying that his recollection of the desegregation of the south wasn't all that bad.
Wasn't all that bad? Maybe for a good ol' boy from Mississippi, the civil rights era might not have been all that bad. I'm sure Martin Luther King would disagree Gov. Barbour!
So Haley, here's your rope. You won't have to tighten it much, since you've got so much flab under that dunderhead of yours!