The site NineInchNews.com reported this weekend that Republicans, as they prepare for the 40th vote to repeal Obamacare, have finally decided to offer their alternative – Jamba Juice.
From the Nine Inch News story:
When asked what makes this time different, [Speaker Of the House John] Boehner said, “the last 39 times, we didn’t have an alternative for the 40 million uninsured Americans. Now we do. We are offering each and every uninsured person a Jamba Juice coupon.”
This brilliant move by Republicans to attempt to gain popular support for their repeal of the Affordable Care Act overshadows other recent ideas offered by libertarian leaning Republicans to return power to citizens and eliminate wasteful and job killing regulations. Below is a brief list of some of those proposals.
- The “Personal Air Pollution Reduction Act,” currently being considered by the House Environment Committee, would replace clean air regulations with discounts on surplus military gas masks. “I think the House is going in the right direction with this,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). “This bill addresses both the outrageous demand from the tree huggers that everyone have non-polluted air to breath, as well as the concern of some that we are spending too much on defense. We’ll be able to get rid of the extra gas masks that the Syrian rebels didn’t want, as well as put some money back in the government coffers.”
- The “Household Energy Modernization Act,” which would provide tax credits to homeowners willing to take on disposal of nuclear waste in their homes. Outgoing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said, “A little radiation never hurt anybody. I like to expose myself to radiation once a week or so. And the warm glow from the nuclear waste is much better than those ‘pigtail’ light bulbs Obama wants everyone to buy.”
- The “Airline Regulation Enhancement Act,” proposed after the Asiana Airlines crash. “That crash was obviously caused by overregulation,” said Georgia Congressman and pilot Paul Broun. “We’re proposing saving taxpayer dollars by requiring fewer aircraft inspections, as long as airlines replace the inspections with free $1 million life insurance policies for all passengers.”
- Along those same lines, the House Aviation Subcommittee is currently working on the “Airline Passenger Protection Act.” This act will permit any airline passenger over the age of 10 to carry a handgun on any domestic flight. The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre observed, “Box cutters. The twin towers were taken down with box cutters. Think of all the lives that could have been saved on that terrible day if only the passengers on those four flights had been armed.”
- Also in the works is the “Old Age Security Act,” planned as a replacement for Social Security. “Social Security is going broke,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). “We’ve had some great ideas proposed to replace it, but right now we’re leaning towards allowing seniors to opt out of receiving cash in favor of what we call ‘Senior Citizen Self-Sufficiency Kits.’” According to sources, those kits would include pencils and apples, as well as a Sharpie marker and a piece of cardboard for creating a sign, and coupons for discounts on the senior’s choice of Friskie’s or Nine Lives.
And finally there’s the proposal that has employers like Walmart the most excited:
- The “Bringing Chinese Jobs To America Act.” This bill would repatriate jobs that have been outsourced over the years, giving companies tax breaks for bringing those jobs back into the U.S. It will also allow companies that choose to participate to require their workers to live in dormitories on the factory site, and pay them less than the minimum wage. Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney weighed in, saying “This is terrific. It’s about time America figured out how to do things like China! The workers will live where they work, so housing and housing costs won’t be an issue. I would advise companies to follow the Chinese lead and put up a razor wire fence on the property, because just like in China this will be so popular that they will need to do something to keep all the job seekers out.”
So who says that today’s Republican party doesn’t have any good or new ideas to reduce spending and burdensome regulations and create jobs? As Speaker Boehner observed, “I wake up every morning and try to think of new and better ways to do a job on the American people.”
This post is a bit personal. About a month ago I was diagnosed with melanoma. As you might expect, I immediately began to look for information about the disease, its prognosis, treatment options, etc. As I sorted through the various websites such as the American Cancer Society I found a lot of pages with a lot of good information about what was coming for me over the next weeks and months.
I’m going to try and reinvigorate this site in the very near future. Please check back soon…..
Greetings LeftOfLiberal land!
You might be wondering where the posts have gone in recent days. If you follow me on Facebook you already know…I am writing for DailyNewsFinder, a new site started by Sarah Wood, who posts as “Opinionated Democrat” on Facebook. That’s a paying gig, and so far I have not realized any income from this site, so I have to follow the money. I’ll be sharing some of what I post there on this site as well, but most of the time you can find my posts over there.
Thanks for reading. This represents a shift in priorities, not an abandonment of this site.
Greetings from Sussex County Delaware! We have the distinction of being the most conservative county in Delaware, and the only one of Delaware’s three counties where a majority voted against President Obama and Vice President Biden (our Delaware native son) in both of the last two elections. But despite some of the negatives about living in the land of silly right wing rednecks who think that Delaware is a southern state, there are some positives. We have great beaches, for example. Rehoboth Beach is a popular summer spot for vacationers from the Washington D.C. area, and it’s also a hot destination for gays in the mid-Atlantic region. But one of the coolest things that happens in Sussex County takes place each election year, two days after the election: Return Day.
Once again, thanks to our archaic way of selecting the president by voting for a slate of electors whom we assume will vote the way the majority wants them to, our presidential election comes down to just a handful of “swing” states. Let’s take a look:
Here it is, my choice for the worst member of the current congress: Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Cantor represents Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which stretches from the north side of Richmond towards the northwest and the West Virginia border. He served as Republican whip before the GOP regained control of the House in the 2010 elections, when he was promoted to Majority Leader when John Boehner became Speaker of the House. I don’t have a lot of videos of Cantor making crazy statements like I offered for most of the others on this list because he is in general much more subtle than the rest of them, and far more dangerous.
Some of you are asking “why is Allen West above Michele Bachmann on this list?” Others are asking “Why isn’t Allen West #1?” I’ll answer question #2 first. It’s because the person I have picked for #1 on the list is much more powerful and influential than West, and possibly more evil. West is ahead of Bachmann because his venom and inflammatory statements are much worse than hers. In some ways Bachmann is even a sympathetic figure–being a foster mother to a large number of children, for example. From everything I have read about him, Allen West has absolutely zero redeeming characteristics.
Barack Obama took office as president at one of the most precarious times in the country’s history. The economy was in free fall, losing 750,000 jobs a month. The stock market had tanked. The entire American auto industry was threatening to go under, taking thousands of jobs in related industries with it. People were seeing the value of their houses plummet and their IRA’s were collapsing with the stock market. In addition to these domestic concerns, Americans were still fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, and international terrorism remained a constant threat.
Fast forward to 2012. The economy is adding jobs, albeit at a slower pace than most would prefer, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is over 13,000, General Motors is once again the #1 auto manufacturer in the world, housing prices have stabilized, and retirement accounts have rebounded. The American combat role in Iraq has ended, and American involvement in Afghanistan will be ending within the next few years. Osama bin Laden is dead, a number of other top al Qaeda leaders have met the same fate, and the country has not been hit by any large scale terrorist attacks over the past four years.
What? you say. Michele Bachmann only made number three on this list? Yes, in my estimation that is about where she belongs. There may not be many crazier members of congress, but remember that I compiled this list based on a combination of craziness and power/influence, and while Bachmann is the definition of “batshit crazy” I’m not sure that she really has that much influence in the Republican party.
Bachmann represents Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, which forms a semi-circle north of Minneapolis and runs northwest up the I-94 corridor towards St. Cloud.