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The Reverend's 2011 Pictorial Review

By The Reverend Published: December 30, 2011

December 13, 2010....what a difference a year makes.

Last December was when Republicans claimed $800 billion in tax cut extensions didn't need to be paid for. This December, Republicans in the House went down to the wire insisting that payroll tax cuts totaling $120 billion over 12 months had to be paid for.

Valentine's Day, 2011

February is when the new GOP Speaker, John Boehner, responding to a question about huge numbers of federal job losses predicted by cutting $59 billion from the 2011 budget, said "so be it." The Republican TEA House campaigned in 2010 on "jobs, jobs, jobs".....yet never proposed any jobs legislation and when the House Leader was asked about the job losses predicted as a result of cutting federal government spending....Boehner responded "so be it."

May, 2011

My pup turned 16 this year....which means in human years she's like 800 years old, or something. And talking about old, May was when the neanderthal, Alan Simpson, former GOP senator from Wyoming went in front of cameras mouthing off about American geezers cashing their Social Security checks and rushing to Denny's in their Cadillacs for the senior citizen breakfast. It's the month when WAPO columnist Robert Samuelson told us that Social Security wasn't meant to finance geezers extra cable channels. May was the month when supply siders went after Social Security and Medicare. An exercise in compassionate conservatism, no doubt.

August is snapping turtle egg hatch time. A big snapping turtle lays eggs every year in one of our flower beds. One tiny turtle found it's way into the garage.

August was also the month when fantasy overcame reality with S&P downgrading U.S. debt for the first time in our history. S&P's downgrade immediately prompted investors to buy even more Treasuries...sending important 10 year Treasury yields to historic lows. The rating agency which completely blew the call on the mortgage meltdown in 2007 was at least consistent. They also blew the debt downgrade. Putzes.

October is birthday month at The Reverend household. Yes, the cake was delicious. One of my daughters made this chocolate cake with raspberry filling and gargantuan raspberries on the top.

October was the month when the Ohio Tea Party was alerted of the danger to Republicans if SB5, Kasich's union-busting bill, was rejected at the ballot box. You may remember the e-mail from Mr. Zawistowski, TEA Party executive director. Zawistowski confessed to members that SB5 was all about damaging union funding for Democratic candidates....a sentiment The Reverend alerted readers to in the spring of 2009...that's right, 2009.

Halloween. Thought you might like this one.

November. Election day.....and TEA Party signs at The Reverend's precinct.

Thanksgiving.

November was the month when overweight, courage-in-a-can wielding rent-a-cops calmly sprayed toxic pepper down the throats of non-violent protesters associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Police state storm troopers in many cities coordinated their attacks on Occupiers, shredding tents and dumpstering Occupiers belongings....I guess, in a marvelous and poignant display of how free Americans are.

Christmas, 2011

That picture is a reminder of just how silly the U.S. Congress acted in 2011. House TEAs made it impossible to accomplish much of anything, resulting in congressional approval numbers around 10%. Yes, the House acted laughably....and deserve all the mockery and derision they received.

And finally.....

The Reverend and the young fighter in the picture above are prepared to duke it out with our conservative opponents once again this year.

Happy New Year to everyone. Here's to a prosperous and productive 2012. And in the immortal words of Angus Young of AC/DC...."have a drink on me."

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