Yesterday, Rachel Maddow pulled together the words of six Republicans. Democrats should run ads using these Republicans’ own words and behavior against them and their GOP/TeaParty colleagues. Then Americans will see who the national GOP really is.
Increasingly, the national GOP (and its congressional and gubernatorial “leaders”) show themselves as the Party of contempt for most Americans, the party of kicking people when they are down, the party of apologizing to BP, the party of throwing (more) money at the already well-heeled, the greedy 1%. In the above video, six different GOP candidates or congresspersons rip into the unemployed.
While there are six applicants for every single job, the GOP blames the 5/6 who won’t be able to find a job among the paltry number of jobs available, even as our economy inches out of the depths of 2007-8. Here is the GOP Hall of Shame (below the fold):
• Sharon Angle
• John Kyl
• Steve King
• Dean Heller
• Orin Hatch
• Andre Bauer
Here are just a few examples from the video: Angle says the unemployed are spoiled. Heller thinks the unemployed are hobos. Orin Hatch says the unemployed are druggies. Andre Bauer of SC says the unemployed are like stray animals. This appalling rhetoric is the ultimate in class warfare. Despite all their frequent chants of “class warfare,” it is the GOP which continues to wage its war against ordinary Americans.
And so not surprisingly, yesterday, Senate Republicans and Democrat Ben Nelson would not extend unemployment benefits. Now, as a result, 1.2 million more Americans will lose their unemployment benefits right away. That’s despite the fact, that, as Rachel pointed out, unemployment benefits are one of the very most stimulative things to jump start the economy, or keep it improving.
The GOP greed- and deregulation-led 2007 economic collapse has brought us the worst economy since the Great Depression. Yet the GOP doesn’t want anything except the very thing which would cripple the economy even further, massive spending cuts from the very programs which help people in crisis. And the GOP wants you to blame the unemployed, not greedy Wall Streeters, not the corporations who downsized them, or the Republicans, but the people.