Fired Up! Missouri points out that the Lafayette County Republican Central Committee is highlighting a new billboard in the state with steps for a "citizens guide to revolution of a corrupt government": It calls for citizens to "starve the beast" and "vote out incumbents" -- and if that doesn't work, "PREPARE FOR WAR."
Look, I'm all for reasonable and rational criticism of our government as the representatives of the people - but at a certain point you have to pull over the crazy train before it goes completely off the tracks.
Also read the Other Diary on this.
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This we have coming in addition to the Psalm 109:8 Shirts on Cafe Press we have stuff like this appearing....
Nevermind the fact that there is no Gun Legislation on the horizon, that the House Health Care Bill practically reverses Roe V Wade and Obama has done literally nothing about DOMA or DADT - still they fear the exact opposite.
And via Huffpo in Colorado we now have this which is accusing Obama of being a Jihadist in support of the Ft. Hood Shootings!
More on this see "President of Jihad" Diary.
As I've written before the hole in the deficit was blasted George W. Bush with his Wars of Choice and the Great Recession of 2008.
First of all, the primary complaint coming from the Tea Parties was the issue of Government Spending, particularly in the wake of the 2008-2009 Deficit. That would be shown in the following chart from OMB in Billions of Dollars (I've added a column showing the difference between these years, item by item, and the percent of increase to the deficit for each item so we can all see exactly where it came from)
Spending 2008 2009 Difference % of Deficit Discretionary Spending Defense 612 726 114 9.84% Non-Defense 508 586 78 6.73% Mandatory Spending Social Security 612 675 63 5.44% Medicare 386 425 39 3.36% Medicaid 201 262 61 5.26% Other 411 429 18 1.55% TARP 260 260 22.43% Recovery Act 267 267 23.04% Interest 253 167 -86 -8.85% Disasters 4 4 0.41% Total Outlays 2983 3801 818 70.58% Taxes Individual 1146 953 -193 -16.65% Corporate 304 175 -129 -11.13% Social Security 658 655 -3 -0.26% Medicare 194 192 -2 -0.17% Unemployment 40 44 4 0.35% Retirement 9 9 0 0.00% Excise 67 66 -1 -0.09% Estate Tax 29 26 -3 -0.26% Customs 28 24 -4 -0.35% Fed Reserve 34 25 -9 -0.78% Other 17 16 -1 -0.09% Total Taxes 2526 2185 -341 -29.42% Deficit -457 -1616 1159
It might seem like a legitimate grievance to point out the U.S. Deficit jumped from $400 Billion to $1.6 Trillion in one year, but the truth clearly shows the primary reason why was - Tax Revenues Went DOWN ALMOST 30%!!! There are two reasons for that, one could be the Tax Cuts Implemented by President Obama in the Recovery Act (except the real impact of this change won't show up until Fiscal Year 2010) and the other is the fact that people lost their jobs (and homes) during the economic down turn - which came to full-blown fruition under President Bush's "starve the people/feed the corporations policy" - that they weren't able to pay taxes the way they did the previous year. They were Broke!
Obama walked into Office with a $1.4 Trillion budget shortfall on DAY ONE. The fact is that the Stimulus Bill actually Cut Taxes for Small Business and the fact that the Banks have actually been paying back the TARP funds - none-the-less these people still rail on!
Wolf Interstate Leasing in Wheat Ridge, Colorado has put up a billboard insinuating that President Obama is somehow tied to Jihadists and the Fort Hood shootings. The billboard features cartoons that show a caricatured President morphing from a suit-wearing politician into a turban-wearing jihadist. The words, "Remember Ft. Hood" appear at the bottom.
Let's not pretend that this type of thing is merely coming from a so-called "Fringe" element - not when the Majority of Republicans believe that Acorn Stole the Election.
The new national poll from Public Policy Polling (D) has an astonishing number about paranoia among the GOP base: Republicans do not think President Obama actually won the 2008 election -- instead, ACORN stole it.
There is a deep seated fear and paranoia at work here. A fear of that which is "Different" - a fear of losing "Their America" - which let's just be frank and admit is, is the "Good White Christian" America. They can not believe or stomach what they see as the oncoming descendency of White/Christian Priviledge and Influence. This is why they have focused laser-like on Obama and in particularly ACORN - because both of them represent the ascendency of the forgotten. The minority becoming the majority and the increasing irrelevance of their own myopic, paranoid concerns.
And of course the number one cheerleader for the Fear Parade is Fox News - who are Trawling For Violence against the President and Government.
Frank Sheaffer on Maddow:
The Truth About ACORN:
As the video points out ACORN has only registered 2 Million people - so exactly how did they cast the 9.5 Million Votes that put Obama over the top against McCain?
Paranoia and Delusion doesn't have to be logical - it's simply exists and continues to feed itself into further and further frenzy. It doesn't matter if Obama succeeds, they will ignore and deride it - if he fails they will Cheer.
They will do whatever it takes, even destroy this nation from the inside - to "Save" it from the future that they fear Obama will bring.Original here