The “Gifts ” to the poor

Following is a quote from a story in Huffington Post this morning.  I have heard it a number of times from other Republicans.  The assumption  is that these “gifts” cause the affected groups the reason to vote Democratic.  If that were only true.  The poor do not get out and vote in great numbers and many of the recipients do not vote their special interest.  I am amazed at the number of older, white folks, (that includes me) vote for those who want to cut social security and Medicare.

“In each case, they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” he said at the time.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/mitt-romney-2016-114199.html#ixzz3OhsZmeGO

Stirring up a nest of bees

Not an original image, but I do visualize what the invasion of Iraq was like metaphorically.  We stirred up  nest of bees that are now appearing in Europe, Australia, Canada and here at home.  Saddam as bad as he was ….

Keystone Pipeline and Kentucky Senator McConnell

The first order of business for Congress was approving the Keystone Pipeline and senators from coal mining states were right there pushing the bill.  Yet if the pipeline does what these senators say it will do, it will further undermine the use of coal.  Doesn’t that seem odd?  I think the pipeline controversy is just another way of opposing Obama.

Fox And their love for Law Enforcement

I remember so well how Fox News stood up to those ranchers (Bundy et.al.) aiming guns at law enforcement.  And how the same news channel gave precedence to those who called law enforcement officers “jack booted thugs”.  Love the consistency of Fox News and the whole right wing nuts.

You would also think that any government official who can shoot citizens without cause would worry them.  But only I guess if in their imagination  they are some how connected to the White House. It doesn’t seem to occur to them that government overreach can come from the right as well as the left.

Protests vs Voting

Obviously, protesting is an American right.  But so is voting.  I am wondering how many of the protesters voted in the last election.  Total voting was what?  37%?  So, if you really want change, vote dammit.

Energy prices

If we didn’t have the gas mileage requirements because of CAFE standards how much more gasoline would be using? What if we had the same standards of insulation of homes and businesses?  What if we had not demanded more efficient light bulbs?

All this is to point out how better off we are because of those nasty regulations imposed by our government.