June 14, 2012 By Jack Jodell
Worse than ever, the reactionary Tea Party-contaminated Republicans have been emboldened by kindred spirit Scott Walker’s recent victory in Wisconsin, even though it was mainly huge amounts of billionaire cash that had propped him up. However, Walker is not the only one of these deceitful Teapublicans who, upon winning their office, very quickly began unleashing their ideologically twisted agenda in a sneaky way…
No, boys and girls, that’s not Superman’s arch-enemy Lex Luthor, although this Teapublican zealot does bear an uncanny resemblance. It’s Florida governor Rick Scott, and he also enjoys arrogantly skirting around the law just like Luthor does. He has been very busy of late trying to disinfranchise potential Democratic voters in advance of this year’s presidential election. He has claimed there are 180,000 voters on his state’s voting rolls who should be purged at once for alleged ineligibility due to non-citizenship status. The fact that this would eliminate a highly legitimate 91 year old decorated World War II veteran from voting this fall, as well as many other legitimate voters (most of whom are black or Hispanic) means nothing to this crazed far-right ideologue. He wants his purges to continue, and without any interference from the federal government, dammit! Unfortunately for Scott, however, neither a federal judge nor the U,S, Department of Justice agree with his interepretation of federal power, so both have ordered him to cease this purge immediately. Even a number of his Republican county election supervisors are stalling in carrying out his wishes, claiming that the governor has gone too far. Scott has refused to comment any further on the matter, although some purged names have been properly restored. He has instead filed a lawsuit against the Dept. of Homeland Security in an effort to obtain more names he can purge. He has also begun an harassment scheme whereby Florida businesses which employ union workers will not be eligible for a tax break package he has devised. That Scott, an obvious 1%er with an estimated net worth well in excess of $100 million, should be so anti-union and anti-federal government is not surprising. After all, he was once CEO of a health care corporation which was later raided by the FBI and IRS, found guilty on 14 different felony counts of fraud, and paid more than $600 million in fines. Lex Luthor would be proud – - this guy is definitely a slippery character who must be watched like a hawk!
Don’t let his fatherly image fool you, folks – Michigan governor Rick Snyder is also one of those far-right extremists who is anti-worker and anti-democracy as well. Immediately upon capturing his state’s governorship in the Tea Party debacle of 2010, Snyder set out to “reform” the state by attacking its unions financially. He and his Teapublican allies in Michigan rammed through laws banning all districts from collecting union dues through payroll deduction. The laws also prohibited university graduate research assistants from unionizing, even though University of Michigan regents had previously granted these assistants the right to begin union formation!
Even worse, however, is the way he and his rabid Teapublicans have implemented the use of “Energency Financial Managers.” These hand-picked “experts” have been given dictatorial power to dismantle entire city governments and dictate how and where local resources should be allocated and spent. That’s right, folks: in Snyder’s Michigan, his hand-picked goons can ignore previously elected officials of local municipalities, forcibly sell off their public property to private contractors or corporations, and the local populace has no say in the matter whatsoever. This is perfectly logical behavior for an economic bully venture capitalist like Rick Snyder – after all, he donated $6.1 MILLION of his own money to win the election, and obviously now views his state as his own private property, to be sold to whomever may be bidding the highest. This was a very dangerous and anti-democracy move on his part, and this overreaching zealot must be watched and legally challenged constantly until he can be removed from office!
The third Teapublican governor who bears watching is Maine’s defiant extremist Paul LePage. This poor excuse for a public servant has no compassion whatsoever and little regard at all for working people and the downtrodden. He showed his contempt for labor by swiftly removing a decades-old mural depicting Maine’s labor history from Maine’s Department of Labor building, and then renamed a number of its conference rooms so they would no longer bear the names of great figures in American labor history. He refused to meet with NAACP representatives, and told a reporter to tell them that they could “kiss my butt”. He has denounced disability benefits and Medicaid as forms of “welfare” and proposed a draconian budget which would cut more than 5,000 senior citizens with disabilities from the state Medicaid rolls. While complaining about his state’s budget shortfall, he claimed there were more Maine residents receiving benefits than paying taxes. So what did he do? Aside from attempting to cut those benefits, he also proposed sweeping new, huge tax cuts for the state’s wealthiest citizens. He wasn’t able to chop taxes for the wealthy quite as much as he would have liked, however – even his legislature would not have approved. His feigned concern for the Maine taxpayer didn’t stop him from hiring his own 22 year old daughter as an assistant Chief of Staff, an entry-level position which pays $41.000 a year plus benefits! Who the hell does this guy think he is, anyway? It would behoove Maine voters in the next gubernatorial election to tell LePage to kiss THEIR butts!
These are just 3 examples of many why voters must NOT elect any more Tea Party, reactionary Republicans to political office! For, in each case, they immediately begin to implement a most anti-democracy agenda. Like killer bees invading a neighboring hive, they forcibly push their own agenda, totally devoid of any opposing input or attempt to compromise. It is, quite simply, only THEIR way which matters, and to hell with anybody else! For those who have already won election, they must NOT be re-elected and should instead be forcibly retired. Because in America, NO official must be allowed to ramrod his or her personal agenda into law through the use of deceitful, anti-democracy methods!