I’d Ask Romney and Perry: Would Your Parents Approve What You Just Did?

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    (Good question! – promoted by lowkell)

    Have you heard the one about Mitt and Rick twisting Obama’s words. Obama said that “We have been a little lazy,” with “we” being the U.S. government and the “lazy” being about complacency in not selling the U.S. as a place to do business?

    Clear enough, what Obama was saying.

    But these two major Republican candidates for the presidency decided to pounce on this quote and tell the electorate that their president has called the American people lazy. Perry even made an ad out of it.

    I would love a chance to ask each of these two Men Who Would Be President, “Did you grow up with a mother? Would she approve of what you’re doing? And how about a father? Did he have any standards about honesty and fair play?”

    If we knew nothing else about these two ambitious men, this little gambit of theirs alone would be enough to tell us they were unworthy of the office.

    Shameless. That’s what they show themselves to be. And it’s our job to be offended.

    We’ve had altogether too much shamelessness in American politics in these times. And altogether too little pure, down-home being offended.

    “At long last, have you no decency?” That line, from almost sixty years ago, has a lot of good miles left in it yet.

    Andy Schmookler is running for Congress in the 6th Congressional District of Virginia, challenging the incumbent Congressman, Bob Goodlatte. An award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, Andy moved with his family to Shenandoah County in 1992. He is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.  

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      Bill O’Reilly: “[Y]ou gotta look people in the eye and tell ’em they’re irresponsible and lazy….Because that’s what poverty is, ladies and gentlemen. In this country, you can succeed if you get educated and work hard. Period. Period.

      And here’s Newt Gingrich in all his “brilliance” (in reality, the guy’s a blowhard, full of sound and fury signifying absolutely nothing):

      In an email to supporters yesterday, Newt Gingrich blamed Democrats for high unemployment and argued that “the extension of unemployment benefits has given people a perverse incentive to stay on unemployment rather than accept a job.” Gingrich cynically warns that Democrats are making jobless Americans “get so used to being unproductive that they are willing to accept welfare indefinitely instead of taking a job.” Gingrich is just the latest in a long line of Republicans to attack the unemployed for political gain. In reality, unemployment checks average about $300 per week, and cherry-picked anecdotes about “indefinite welfare” ignore the real source of high unemployment: a severe economic crisis brought about by Republican mismanagement.

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    • Tom DeLay says people are unemployed because they want to be.

    • Washington Monthly: “Easiest way to understand anything the GOP says is projection. They always accuse Obama and the Dems of what they themselves believe or do. That, plus the demonization of the other, explains a great deal of the rhetoric. The ,motivation is always money and power.”