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One of John McCain's bestest buddies, Phil Gramm, called Americans "whiners" not long ago. Look who's whining now.
John Boehner, R-OH, Eric Cantor, R-VA, and Roy Blunt, R-MO stood in front of microphones yesterday and told Americans that the reason Republicans let the country down by not voting for a bailout of Wall Street was because Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, talked mean.
Nancy Pelosi dared to include in her talk in the House that George W. Bush's policies over the last 8 years have contributed to the current financial meltdown. Though Pelosi made a true enough statement....Boehner, Cantor and Blunt's Republicans in the House simply couldn't tolerate Pelosi's sacrilege. So those House Republicans decided to punish the country for Pelosi's sin.....they voted down the bailout package.
The DOW plunged almost 800 points soon after.
It may be true that powerful monied interests are attempting to pull a fast one with the bailout package proposal. It just may be that blackmail is being attempted here. Wall Street may be telling Americans that if they don't get what they want in a bailout, they'll crash the stock market, creating a severe ripple effect on 401K's, pensions, credit availability, etc. Wall Street sell orders may be the murder weapon pointed at the economic future of most Americans. The ransom note might say, "Bail us out and we'll let the rest of you go. If you don't bail us out, we'll shoot to kill everybody's economic future." Could be, I suppose.
One thing is for sure.....according to Boehner, Cantor, Putnam and Blunt, all Republicans,......the bill would have passed except for Nancy Pelosi's insulting, partisan, witchy words. Here's what Pelosi said that was so, so offensive to virgin GOP House ears...."$700 billion, a staggering number, but only a part of the cost of the failed Bush economic policies."
Ever-so-tender-GOP sensibilities were bruised by those mean old Pelosi words. How much is a minority political party supposed to endure? John Boehner, an embarassment from Ohio, said this about the GOP's utter failure...."I do believe we could have gotten there today, had it not been for this partisan speech that the Speaker gave. Speaker had to give a partisan voice that poisoned our conference."
Paraphrasing...."We know Americans will lose a bunch of money in their pensions, 401K's and IRA's....but Nancy 'poisoned our conference', dammit. We didn't want to have to punish the country ....but there was no choice....she 'poisoned' the process. We had to punish the nation...but it wasn't our fault...it was the Speaker's fault...she's so insensitive to our feelings."
This is the great Republican Party unity Mighty Mouse McCain swooped in to rally....remember? Maverick would save the day by suspending his campaign, or something, rushing to D.C., and then banging GOP heads together to gain a consensus to meet what could be a serious economic threat. The bailout bill failed in the House yesterday and 2/3rds of House Republicans voted against it. Quite a display of leadership from ole' Mighty Mouse, huh?
Just when you think the worst president in American history and his band of merry Republican supporters in Congress can't possibly stoop any lower....they dig even deeper, covering themselves up in the process.
Just when you think John McCain is nothing but an integrity-free, dishonorable, liar.....the GOP nominee digs even deeper, covering himself up with pre-mature boastings about saving the day after the day turned out to be a total failure.
Yes, Democrats have their failings.....but Democrats can't even begin to come close to the utter embarassment caused by these Keystone Kop Republicans yesterday.
They're a pitiful bunch of failed whiners....America deserves better.
Update: Here's a bit of exposed cynicism from the GOP...
"The Republican National Committee's new advertisement critical of the the Wall Street "bailout" was produced and sent to television stations in key states before the package failed, officials at two stations said."
Second Update: Here's McCain promising more stunts....if they're necessary...
Update Three: Here's that oh-so-liberal writer David Brooks...
"House Republicans led the way and will get most of the blame. It has been interesting to watch them on their single-minded mission to destroy the Republican Party. Not long ago, they led an anti-immigration crusade that drove away Hispanic support. Then, too, they listened to the loudest and angriest voices in their party, oblivious to the complicated anxieties that lurk in most American minds.
Now they have once again confused talk radio with reality." Link
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