Cognitive Dissonance

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Boehner: Clean Continuing Resolution Is 'Not Going To Happen'

tl;dr: Republicans will shoot the hostage, and they want us to be okay with that. 

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Boehner Moves Closer To Threatening Government Shutdown Over Obamacare

Seriously? The 40+ symbolic votes to repeal it — at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $1.75 million each time — just weren’t enough. And now, in hopes of attaching it to a must pass bill, conservative Republicans are squealing with delight at imaging the blame they can place on Democrats for either voting to shut down the government by voting against a repeal. However, others are speculating that it’s Boehner caving to the tea party caucus and kicking the can to the Senate, where it has no chance of passing.

Either way, it’s more of the same — the House is playing chicken with a government shutdown that has very real consequences. On the 37th repeal vote, Boehner justified it by stating, ““We’ve got 70 new members who have not had an opportunity to vote on the President’s health care bill.” By that logic, there’s over 300 members of the House who didn’t get a chance to vote on the original Civil Rights Act of 1964. Is he going to hold a vote on that?

Actually, don’t answer that. I don’t want to give them any ideas. This is not a party of ideas or solutions. This is a party given to tantrums and hostage taking. 

Meanwhile, as House Republicans prepare to set another million bucks or so on fire vote on the Obamacare repeal yet again, millions of Americans are losing income and vital services daily because of the sequester they pushed for and quickly disowned.

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There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. Natural disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night.

Last night, politics was placed before oaths to serve our citizens. For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch.

Last night, the House of Representatives failed that most basic test of public service, and they did so with callous indifference to the suffering of the people of my state. Sixty-six days and counting — shame on you. Shame on Congress. Despite my anger and disappointment, my hope is that the good people in Congress — and there are good people in Congress — will prevail upon their colleagues to finally, finally put aside the politics and help our people now.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) reacting to Rep. John Boehner’s refusal to allow a vote on an aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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Boehner: Romney’s Wealth Won’t Hurt Him Because ‘The American People Don’t Want To Vote For A Loser’

I do believe he just called anyone who’s not successful a loser. Exactly what is your definition of success? Those in the top 20%? The top 1%? Those not benefiting from government programs?

If the last point is the case, I’d like to introduce John Boehner to one of the biggest welfare queens in existence:

Meet Willard Mitt “Mittens” Romney. He’s used government programs and loopholes to reduce his taxes for years.

But that’s okay, right? Because at least he’s NOT POOR! What losers. Side note: You just know Boehner spells it “loosers” </sarcasm>

In summary:

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Rep. John Boehner explains the 2012 GOP

In December 2010, Rep. John Boehner sat down with Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes to discuss his new speakership and the future of the GOP. Then Stahl asked about compromise. The following exchange occurred:

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: We have to govern, that’s what we were elected to do.

LESLEY STAHL: But governing means compromising.

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: It means working together.

LESLEY STAHL: It also means compromising.

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: It means finding common ground.

LESLEY STAHL: Ok, is that compromising?

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: Let me be clear I am not going to compromise on my principles, nor am I going to compromise the will of the American people.

LESLEY STAHL: You’re saying “I want common ground but I’m not going to compromise.” I don’t understand that, I really don’t.

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: When you say the word compromise, a lot of Americans look up and go, “oh, oh, they’re going to sell me out.” And so finding common ground, I think, makes more sense.

LESLEY STAHL: [Your] goal had been to get all the Bush tax cuts made permanent. So you did compromise.

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: We found common ground.

LESLEY STAHL: Why won’t you say— you’re afraid of the word!

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: I reject the word.

John Boehner won’t say the word and you can’t make him. To today’s GOP, everything is a last stand and to give an inch is to give in completely. 

This is the oddest election season, and I believe it will go further down the rabbit hole before it ends.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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The tweets of the night, courtesy of New England Patriots Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco.

If you’re Ochocinco, and you have trouble sleeping, one option is to watch The State of the Union Address and tweet. Hilarity ensues! 

I might root for the Patriots just for this in the Super Bowl. Oh, and he’s right. Speaker Boehner seemed like a particularly angry tangerine tonight.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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The internet is abuzz with the news that Shery Lanford Smith, chairwoman of the Sumter Tea Party, posted this joke about the First Family:

Seems pretty awful, right? Well, using the Your Openbook website, you can find two things:

  1. This joke is spreading like wildfire, thanks to viral copy/paste nature of such statuses. Cancer, anti-child abuse, political jokes - all these message diffuse fairly quickly.
  2. The joke is much more heavily distributed towards the Obamas; however, the joke is also tweaked towards Rep. John Boehner, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann, etc.

Click on the photoset to flip through several examples I found in a cursory, two-minute search. As you can see, it’s not hard to find other examples of the joke, and in one instance, a “helpful” Facebook friend corrects it back to the version about the Obamas. 

So does Shery Lanford Smith deserve criticism? Yes - it’s a disgusting, unfunny joke. But perhaps let’s criticize her as a person in a position of responsibility who is representing her party in this manner, versus a single, isolated racist xenophobe (as I’ve seen) or something similar. She isn’t the only one who posted it, but that does not make it any less wrong or offensive. In fact, it’s more offensive when political party leaders post things like this joke, and when sentiments like this go viral.

Let’s also criticize sharing stupid jokes and email forwards like this lemming-style, not just because the statement itself is completely distasteful, but also because you never know who’s going to see it and judge you accordingly. 

Hint: Before you share something so publicly with your name attached, think about how your grandmother, your boss, your first grade teacher and your worst enemy would evaluate such information and possibly even use it against you. Take it one step further - if it were on the five and ten o’clock news, would you be okay with that?

Wanna post a picture of yourself in a bikini doing a kegstand in Cabo on Spring Break? Great, but imagine the parents of your future elementary school students looking at the same pic. Invariably, people will Google you, and like it or not, they will judge you. Google “David Vitter" for an example of the internet’s stubborn inability to forget past transgressions. I’m not going to go into how wrong it is PERIOD to post racist, sexist, xenophobic, misogynistic, etc. jokes… because it’s just plain wrong.

Let’s remember the internet is forever. I did these folks a favor by not using their names and photos in the post here because they are literally one of thousands of examples I found of this very same copy/pasted BS. When you see a status that says “If you agree, re-post” or something similar, imagine yourself saying it to each person on your list of friends, possibly their friends, and maybe the internet at large. So don’t be a lemming and risk being the example. You might get named and shamed. Be a decent human being on the internet and odds are you won’t wind up like Sherry Lanford Smith up there.

Now re-blog if you agree.

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With lawmakers still at an impasse over increasing the debt ceiling, a special team of 40 eighth-grade civics teachers was air-dropped into Washington earlier today in a last-ditch effort to teach congressional leaders how the government’s legislative process works. ‘We started them off with the basics, like the difference between a senator and a representative, and then moved on to more complex concepts, like what a resolution is,’ Bozeman, MT social studies teacher Heidi Rossmiller told reporters as all 535 members of Congress copied down the definition of ‘checks and balances’ from a whiteboard in the House chamber. ‘It’s been a bit of an uphill battle, since most of them seemed to have no real sense of how or why a bill is passed, and Sen. [Harry] Reid [D-NV] had to come up to me during a break and ask, ‘Ms. Rossmiller, what happens if Congress can’t reach a compromise?’ But hopefully it will all start to sink in soon.’ At press time, an unruly House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had noisily stormed out of a lecture on bipartisan cooperation, claiming it was ‘too hard.’
The Onion, "Emergency Team Of 8th-Grade Civics Teachers Dispatched To Washington"

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