THEY SAID WHAT?

Politicians are notorious for saying outrageous things, making wild unsubstantiated claims or taking a position that defies logic.

Perhaps one more element of proof of climate change is the proliferation of heated exclamations that far exceed the tortured bounds of of permissible exaggerated rhetoric during the silly season, i.e. the 2012 election campaign.

Exhibit A is Maine Governor Paul LePage, already on the nutso seeking radar for telling the NCAAP to “kiss his butt” in 2011. Now it is not unreasonable to differ with the NAACP. Charges of racism on LePage’s part are weak as his son was adopted from Jamaica. It simply is impolitic to reject the NAACP in those terms.

At the Maine republican convention this past Sunday

LePage called on the state legislature to pass structural changes to welfare, saying, “Maine’s welfare program is cannibalizing the rest of state government. To all you able-bodied people out there: Get off the couch and get yourself a job.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/paul-lepage-maine-unemployed-couch-job_n_1496514.html

Mr. Governor, you, sir, are an ass.

Next appearing on our list, as he does most enumerations of political wrongheadedness, is The Mittster…er…Mitt Romney, the putative GOP nominee for President. (By the way, I wonder if putative is derived from puta, Spanish slang for—well you look it up.)

It is common knowledge that the American auto industry has been in the doldrums, in fact near extinction at one point. During the darkest days, back in 2008, Romney authored an op-ed piece for the New York Times titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”

He felt that the Detroit Big 3, Ford, Chrysler and GM, should simply go the bankruptcy route rather than depend on a government bailout. Such a bailout was favored by both Presidents Bush and Obama and accomplished through a restructuring in Bankruptcy Court with the aid of federal government loans in 2009 for GM and Chrysler.

Both those automakers (as well as Ford on its own) have recovered sufficiently for the bailout to be considered a success. Meanwhile Romney in 2009 was still giving interviews where he opposed such a plan and has campaigned for the Presidency while frequently criticizing the bailout.

This is what he said in his op-ed:

IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

And he concluded his piece with this:

In a managed bankruptcy, the federal government would propel newly competitive and viable automakers, rather than seal their fate with a bailout check.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/opinion/19romney.html?_r=1

Now, despite his opposition to the very manner of assistance provided by the government, Romney says this:

During an interview with WEWS-TV in Cleveland following a campaign stop, Romney said his views helped save the industry.

“I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy,” Romney said. “And finally, when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet. So I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/mitt-romney-auto-industry_n_1498520.html

Isn’t that like Neville Chamberlain claiming credit for Britain and the Allies finally quashing the Nazi war machine?

From the outrageous and potentially dangerous subcategory comes this from the Green County, Virginia Republicans. This GOP unit publishes a monthly newsletter.

Among articles denouncing a University of Virginia initiative to implement a living wage for employees of the institution, questioning if Obama is “America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President?” and an op-ed slamming the GOP establishment with generous use of capital letters, RightWingWatch picks out a column from the newsletter’s editor, Ponch McPhee.

In it, McPhee urges readers to encourage other conservatives to vote in November. He goes on to warn that the consequences of not defeating Obama, a so-called “ideologue unlike anything world history has ever witnessed or recognized,” would be dire.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/greene-county-virginia-gop-obama-revolution_n_1501510.html

Pretty typical political demagoguery, especially as practiced by the right. But McPhee added this:

“[W]e shall not have any coarse [sic] but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November,” McPhee writes. “This Republic cannot survive for 4 more years underneath this political socialist ideologue.”

And the Secret Service looked into remarks from Ted Nugent? McPhee should be visited by them and the FBI and any other agency that is concerned with our nation’s security.

Finally comes an entry in the “I’ll quote Abe Lincoln as representative of my position no matter how asinine the comparison” subcategory.

In the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday Richard Mourdock defeated incumbent Senator Richard Lugar.

The newly minted Republican Senate nominee in Indiana, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, recently compared the divide over tax policy to the climate before the Civil War — and cast poorer Americans in the role of those who oppose freedom.

He likened the situation to what Lincoln spoke of in his memorable “house divided” speech.

“What he meant by that was that slavery was either going to be totally eliminated from the United States or it was no longer just going to be restricted to the Southern states, it was going to go everywhere,” Mourdock said. He then elaborated on how tax policy leaves America in that same precarious state now, with Americans on the bottom half of the economic ladder pitted against those on the top.

“I am here to suggest to you that we are in a house divided. You know this past April, when our federal taxes were paid, 47 percent — 47 percent — of all American households paid no income tax,” Mourdock said. His figure was accurate, although critics of that statistic note that it doesn’t include payroll taxes or state, local, property and sales tax.

“In fact, half of that 47 percent almost, actually got tax money back from the government that they never paid -– because a few years ago we revised the welfare program to make it part of the tax code,” Mourdock said. “When 47 percent are paying no income taxes — they do pay Social Security — but they are not paying income taxes, and 53 percent are carrying the load, we are a house divided.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/richard-mourdock-tax-debates-abraham-lincoln-slavery_n_1503308.html

Of course while the 47% of non-income taxpayers is attacked, the fact is that that demographic is skewed towards the old. You know, Social Security recipients and retirees who may have sheltered their retirement income from taxes. Real parasites for sure.

There were two men named Richard running for this nomination. But the fellow who won has proven himself to be the real Dick.

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