By Jack Jodell, Feb. 15, 2012
I have ten big questions for conservative Republicans in Congress, the statehouses, their presidential hopefuls, and their apologists in the mainstream media. I seriously doubt that any of them will be able to provide a truthful answer to these,and I will be amazed if they ever do so, but I will still ask these questions now anyway.
First, WHERE ARE ALL THE JOBS YOU SAID YOU WOULD CREATE? After all, it was YOUR insistence on Wall Street deregulation that got us into the economic mess which caused millions of jobs to be lost in the first place. You promised that if the Republicans regained control of the House in 2010, your first priority would be “jobs, jobs, jobs.” You promised that if the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy were first adopted and then renewed that millions of good-paying new jobs would result. You have opposed President Obama’s every attempt to create new jobs, yet in spite of all that, he has shown a steady 22 momth increase in private sector jobs. HE has succeeded in getting these jobs created, while YOU have done absolutely NOTHING. You have produced not even ONE jobs bill in the past 13 months, and you haven’t even tried. Instead, you have attempted to pass numerous wedge-issue bills, NONE of which have created jobs, and you have focused on further tax breaks for billionaires who don’t need them while trying to get hurting elderly, working, and unemployed Americans to live with less in their wholly necessary entitlement programs. So again, I ask: WHERE THE HELL ARE ALL THE JOBS YOU PROMISED?
Second, WHY DO YOU INSULT VOTERS WITH BALD-FACED LIES ABOUT HOW YOU’VE BEEN A “JOBS CREATOR” WHEN YOUR PAST RECORD PROVES OTHERWISE? The whole world knows how you were all supportive of exporting good-paying American jobs and plants out of the country, and a number of you were actively engaged in doing so! Since when does this qualify you for the title of an American “jobs creator”?
Third, WHY DO YOU CONTINUALLY TRY TO DEMONIZE SEGMENTS OF OUR SOCIETY, SUCH AS GAYS, AND TRY TO INSTILL FEAR IN THE REST OF THE POPULATION ABOUT THEM? If you were in fact genuinely interested in promoting harmony and were sincere in your aim of getting government off of people’s backs, why do you continually use wedge-issues as you do to achieve only discord and state-sponsored denial of people’s basic rights?
Fourth, IF YOU ARE GENUINELY CONCERNED ABOUT THE NATIONAL DEBT, WHY DO YOU NOT SUPPORT A TAX INCREASE FOR THE WEALTHIEST MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY? At a time when 2/3 of the country, a landslide-sized majority, approve such an action, why is it that you have refused to even consider ANY tax increases at all? Also, why do you insist that balancing the budget be done overwhelmingly on the backs of the poor and elderly through cuts to Medicare and Medicaid instead? After all, the wealthy have enjoyed massive tax savings for the past 11 years and have failed to reinvest in this country. Why should they not be the first ones called upon to sacrifice, rather than being allowed to skate by freely?
Fifth, WHY DO YOU GIVE MASSIVE TAX BREAKS TO CORPORATIONS WHO DON’T USE THEM TO REINVEST IN THIS COUNTRY BUT CHOP VITAL AID TO SOCIAL SERVICES AND EDUCATION INSTEAD? You know the majority of these tax savings won’t go toward job creation, and that the only way for this country to compete, prosper, and lead globally in the future is for it to have a thoroughly educated, well-trained work force. Why then do you repeatedly reward huge, profitable corporations at the expense of schools and needed services?
Sixth, WHEN WILL YOU JOIN THE 99% AND GET MONEY THE HELL OUT OF POLITICS? Why do you constantly court big money and try to stamp out labor unions, the only real resource for economic leverage working people have? Why do you repeatedly attend secretive, sneaky, under-the-table meetings sponsored by multi-millionaires like the Koch brothers, whose motives are suspect at best, and who hate government to begin with? When will you agree to campaigns based on honest presentations and discussions of ISSUES, as opposed to relying on crooked SuperPACS to produce lying, negative ads for you about your opponent?
Seventh, WHEN WILL YOU STOP TRYING TO DISENFRANCHISE VOTERS YOU THINK MAY VOTE AGAINST YOU? You know full well that incidences of voter fraud are so small as to be statistically insignificant, yet you press for strict voter ID laws, which would adversely affect the ability of the poor, the elderly, minorities, and students to vote due to their inability to purchase often expensive state-issued ID cards. Not so coincidentally, the large majority of these voters would normally be DEMOCRATIC voters. Would you rather have honest elections, or is attaining power your only real concern here? Regrettably, the answer is blatantly obvious…
Eighth, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO DROP THIS NONSENSE ABOUT “CLASS WARFARE”? Lawrence O’Donnell is exactly right when he says that, when you have no defense for establishing a tax code overwhelmingly favoring the rich, you have to come up with a LIE, class warfare, to use against those who oppose it. As if outsourcing good-paying American jobs to much cheaper slave labor markets, destroying labor unions, and cutting or holding down wages and benefits at the same time labor has vastly increased its productivity are NOT blatant examples of aggressive class warfare on YOUR part? Give us a big break, you LIARS, and stop trying to scare the electorate with untruths about class warfare every time working people stick up for their own economic interests by calling for FAIRNESS and a true VOICE in the marketplace!
Ninth, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO STOP FEEDING US FAIRY TALES ABOUT THE WONDERS OF OUR SUPPOSED-”FREE ENTERPRISE” SYSTEM? We all know this very defective economic system we live in is only “free” for those who set the wages and prices, and that everyday workers and farmers are at the mercy of those who control the purse strings. Any leverage working people once had has disappeared with the destruction of labor unions and the rollback of moderating government regulations. The very fact that millions of citizens have literally taken to the streets to protest ever-growing income disparity proves what a glaring FAILURE this corrupted “free enterprise” system has become, as do the millions of foreclosures and the millions of unemployed as well! “Free trade” has become a synonym for lowered wages and exploitation of the very many by the very, very few. Why, then, do you continue to extol its supposed virtues as you do?
Tenth, and last, WHEN THE HELL WILL YOU RIGHT-WING MEDIA PLAYERS STOP CARRYING WATER FOR THE EXPLOITATION-HAPPY 1%? How long before YOU, RUSH LIMBAUGH, and YOU, SEAN HANNITY, and YOU, MICHAEL SAVAGE, and YOU, LOU DOBBS, and YOU, BILL O’REILLY, and YOU, MICHELLE MALKIN, and YOU, GRETCHEN CARLSON, and YOU, GLENN BECK, continue spewing forth lies and distortions and hatred just to serve your corporate masters? Have you no decency or conscience AT ALL?