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Crazy About Joe

Friday, Feb. 06, 2009 4:00 AM

One has to figure that the GOP is not only out of good ideas, they're desperate for anything remotely resembling a good idea, as the latest consultant to the party is none other than Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher.

This is a man who couldn't be arsed to get his contractor's license, and who wouldn't know socialism if it bit him in the nuts ... but who nonetheless became a media sensation for parroting one of the dumbest talking points in recent history.

When John Thain is sitting in the Tenderloin in rags, and I'm pissing away millions of dollars on an office remodel (admittedly, my home office is only 9' square, but I'm sure I'll manage), then maybe, just maybe there's some merit to this socialism nonsense.

Hint to the GOP: If you want to be relevant, you need to have your facts straight.

But as long as y'all listen to prize chumps like Glenn Beck, I'm not going to hold my breath.

Beck's latest rant - he's now on 'fairly imbalanced' FOX News - is that Obama isn't going to stop at socialism. Why, the fact that he signed the SCHIP legislation is proof that he's going to turn America into a Communist state.

Wait, that can't be right, because Bill O'Reilly insists the New York Times, George Soros, and a flood of immigrants want to turn America into a one-party state (i.e., goodbye GOP).

O'Reilly points to California as a one-time bastion of Republican power - Reagan, Nixon, Wilson - and how the Democrats now have a lock on the state. (Right, Bill - we're a Democratic stronghold that has a Republican governor and passes garbage like Proposition 8.)

Best wishes to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous growth from her pancreas.

President Obama finally cut through the bipartisan bullshit, stating that we simply cannot afford to continue the failed policies of 'tax cuts, tax cuts' and expect to recover from the current recession.

It's about fragging time, Mr. President.

Let's be clear - tax cuts are linked to the 'government is bad' chorus the GOP likes to sing. Less money to government, in theory, means smaller government and less regulation. We've seen where that got us.

But, ultimately, with a still-rising deficit (the bulk of which is the bill for George W. Bush's foreign policy and the first bailout bill that entailed Henry Paulson running down Wall Street and throwing cash at his buddies in the financial sector), a tax cut is cutting the paycheck we give the government to function.

If you were in debt, do you think you could balance the books if you took a pay cut?

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