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I blame Howard Taft!!!
Author: Raine    Date: 07/12/2010 12:46:35

While we are all a buzz about the insanity that is Michelle Bachmann, Sharon Angle, Rand Paul, I think it's time to go back to Georgia-- and Representative Paul Broun. This weekend, he informed us that he would like to revoke the 16th and the 17 amendments. Why you ask? It's socialist.

Yes, Income taxes and electing Senators are the very things that set the nation on the road to socialism. It's Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson's fault.
BROUN: Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson started this process of socializing America, and they did it with the, Woodrow Wilson, particularly, pushes the 16th amendment that taxes income directly, and the 17th amendment that allows the direct elect of US senators, because the US senators intially were supposed to represent the states. [...] I’d like to see the 16th amendment and the 17th amendment to be repealed finally, and that’s going to be a long process.
You may recall that prior to the implementation of the 17th Amendment, US senators were elected by a state legislature. Basically, Mr. Broun is calling for more government control over elections. I find this to be an interesting stand to take during a time when many on the right are screaming for smaller government. I suppose in Broun's mind this means more states rights. This could be why he thinks repealing the 16th amendment would work. While he is screaming for smaller government, I believe he is forgetting that we would need to MORE amendments to repeal number 16 and 17. That would mean MORE intrusive governance instead of the less that Broun is calling for. It's ironic, actually. I wonder how his own Senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson feel about this.

It's amazing to me that we on the left have basically been told we can't blame the previous occupant of the White House anymore, but the Republicans are allowed to blame President's (from their own party ) that haven't been in office for nearly a century. Jon stewart had it wrong, when he said this:

Everything that happened under George W. Bush, even 8 years into his presidency was somehow President Clinton's Fault.
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The GOP -- and its media wing, Fox News actually doesn't blame Clinton for everything, they blame Roosevelt and Wilson too. While we are at it, it should be noted that it was actually Howard Taft who proposed the income tax that led to the passing of the 16th amendment. Everyone, it seems is part of the conspiracy to make this a socialist nation.

The modern day GOP (1980-present) is never EVER to be blamed for anything. They Actually have solutions. The catch is that all of them go backwards. That not conservatism -- that's regressionism.

and
Raine

Broun Bonus Click: The BP Oil Spill was an inside job by the Obama administration.


39 comments (Latest Comment: 07/12/2010 20:34:46 by livingonli)
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Comment by starling310 on 07/12/2010 13:06:36
Okay....wait....so Momma has a broken foot and is BACK IN LA? Wow. Ya go away while the World Cup is on and all hell breaks loose!

Comment by wickedpam on 07/12/2010 13:07:35
Morning

Comment by wickedpam on 07/12/2010 13:09:22
Quote by starling310:

Okay....wait....so Momma has a broken foot and is BACK IN LA? Wow. Ya go away while the World Cup is on and all hell breaks loose!






yep, she broke her foot right before she moved back.



Good to see ya

Comment by starling310 on 07/12/2010 13:10:20
What made her move back?

Comment by wickedpam on 07/12/2010 13:18:11
not sure - I think NY was too much for her and the dogs

Comment by Raine on 07/12/2010 13:23:22
Quote by wickedpam:

not sure - I think NY was too much for her and the dogs




I really don't think she liked it very much.



Comment by Raine on 07/12/2010 13:23:49
Hola ling darling!

Comment by wickedpam on 07/12/2010 13:24:15
Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

not sure - I think NY was too much for her and the dogs




I really don't think she liked it very much.







I got that impression too

Comment by TriSec on 07/12/2010 13:24:30
Morning, folks.



I have apologized for this previously, but I will say it again.



On behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I hereby apologize for Nathaniel Banks.





At the opening of the Thirty-Fourth Congress, men from several parties opposed to slavery's spread gradually united in supporting Banks for speaker, and after the longest and one of the most bitter speakership contests ever, lasting, from December 3, 1855 to February 2, 1856, he was chosen on the 133rd ballot. This has been called the first national victory of the Republican party.





I yield the floor to the gentleman from Jacksonville; this is one of those "invented in Massachusetts, and you all can thank us" items that we are not so proud of.





Comment by starling310 on 07/12/2010 13:28:31
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

not sure - I think NY was too much for her and the dogs




I really don't think she liked it very much.







I got that impression too




Me three.



Hello all!



Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/12/2010 13:37:55
Good morning, bloggers!!



Raine, thank you for an interesting blog that shows that the GOP is grasping at straws.

Comment by Raine on 07/12/2010 13:50:19
Hi Will!



How are you doing today?

Comment by Raine on 07/12/2010 13:53:23
I think the biggest danger is from voter complacency come November-- it is REALLY important to remember that MORE dems voted in Kentucky than Repubs.

Comment by Raine on 07/12/2010 13:53:47
same with Louisiana --



Dems cannot stay at home.

Comment by BobR on 07/12/2010 14:27:25
Quote by Raine:

I think the biggest danger is from voter complacency come November-- it is REALLY important to remember that MORE dems voted in Kentucky than Repubs.


EJ Dionne's column today said similar things. The challenge is getting the voters inspired. However, the Republicans have the same kind of problems...

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/12/2010 14:50:42
Quote by Raine:

Hi Will!



How are you doing today?




Okay.



I spent most of the last week doing yard work and housework for a party here on Saturday. So, I am back to working on a revamp of my resumes and some networking.



I also plan to talk to a few friends on plans to do stuff soon. Also, I will bug the people at the Indiana Department of Education on what a letter sent to me means and how much I need to pay for a teaching license. (I am still checking on teaching on both sides of the Illinois-Indiana border, but I am mostly focusing on publishing -- the teacher jobs don't seem to be around this year.)

Comment by livingonli on 07/12/2010 15:25:46
Good morning everyone.





Maybe the new GOP motto should be, "We're nuts."

Comment by wickedpam on 07/12/2010 15:30:55
fabulous

Comment by TriSec on 07/12/2010 15:55:12






Comment by clintster on 07/12/2010 15:57:21
Comment by Raine on 07/12/2010 16:03:05
So Thom or Ed?





or some soft 70's grooves??

Comment by Raine on 07/12/2010 16:03:46
Quote by clintster:

Sad news... Harvey Pekar is dead.
Oh damn.







Comment by wickedpam on 07/12/2010 16:08:14
Quote by Raine:

So Thom or Ed?





or some soft 70's grooves??






Thom just pisses me off lately and Ed is meh really - I'm going with a local radio guys podcast for an hour then I find some things on hulu, fancast or youtube to listen too while I'm working

Comment by Raine on 07/12/2010 16:11:25
Quote by BobR:

Quote by Raine:

I think the biggest danger is from voter complacency come November-- it is REALLY important to remember that MORE dems voted in Kentucky than Repubs.


EJ Dionne's column today said similar things. The challenge is getting the voters inspired. However, the Republicans have the same kind of problems...
I hope this helps.
In an effort to replicate the tea party's success, 170 liberal and civil rights groups are forming a coalition that they hope will match the movement's political energy and influence. They promise to "counter the tea party narrative" and help the progressive movement find its voice again after 18 months of foundering.



The large-scale attempt at liberal unity, dubbed "One Nation," will try to revive themes that energized the progressive grass roots two years ago. In a repurposing of Barack Obama's former campaign slogan, organizers are demanding "all the change" they voted for -- a poke at the White House.



But the liberal groups have long had a kind of sibling rivalry, jostling over competing agendas and seeking to influence some of the same lawmakers. In forming the coalition, the groups struggled to settle on a name. Even now, two of the major players disagree about who came up with the idea of holding a march this fall.




We have far too many things trying to divide us now. this seems hopeful.



Comment by Raine on 07/12/2010 16:13:25
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

So Thom or Ed?





or some soft 70's grooves??






Thom just pisses me off lately and Ed is meh really - I'm going with a local radio guys podcast for an hour then I find some things on hulu, fancast or youtube to listen too while I'm working
I know what you mean.



I may just turn on some tunes.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/12/2010 16:16:12
Perhaps what we really need are some major social movements. It seems to be the only thing that gets the politicians listening.

Comment by Raine on 07/12/2010 16:17:38
See -- I just heard Thom say that Obama is appointing "conservadems" --- And I know I may be creating a strawman about this...



Think progress just posted this about 20 minutes ago:



Obama has a higher rate of appointing women and minorities to the courts than any of his predecessors.



It makes me very frustrated that the opposite of progressive seems to make someone a conservadem lately. That is just a false frame.







Comment by Raine on 07/12/2010 16:19:29
Quote by Will in Chicago:

Perhaps what we really need are some major social movements. It seems to be the only thing that gets the politicians listening.




Like what? It seems like we have some pretty big ones going on right now, no?





Comment by livingonli on 07/12/2010 16:22:55
I have to be at work at 1:30 today,

Comment by wickedpam on 07/12/2010 16:31:07
sounds like its going to be a long day Liv

Comment by livingonli on 07/12/2010 16:55:53
It already feels that way and I'm not at work yet.

Comment by wickedpam on 07/12/2010 17:01:17
oh no - well lets just look to the positive and not dwell on the negative

Comment by BobR on 07/12/2010 18:12:41
Sen Kyl fails economics 101



You need to offset increased spending with increased taxes. But you don't need to cut spending when giving tax breaks to rich people?

Comment by BobR on 07/12/2010 18:13:49
Comment by Scoopster on 07/12/2010 18:14:07
Afternoon all.. ugh seems like it's been a case of the Mondees all around eh?



I walked into Dunkin' this morning to get a nosh and my debit card was missing.. turns out I left it in the ATM on Saturday.

Comment by Scoopster on 07/12/2010 19:59:46
Anyone been watching the live feeds fro the oil spill over the past few days? It's gotten really busy as they install all the new equipment for the split pipe thingy..





Comment by TriSec on 07/12/2010 20:00:48






In other news, he still remains a total tool.





Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/12/2010 20:30:45
Quote by Raine:

Quote by Will in Chicago:

Perhaps what we really need are some major social movements. It seems to be the only thing that gets the politicians listening.




Like what? It seems like we have some pretty big ones going on right now, no?









Perhaps trying to get the various movements working more closely together. For example, it sometimes seems that we have labor over here, environmentalists over there, and the LGBT community over somewhere else. In the end, I suspect that we have a lot more in common and can achieve more by working together.

Comment by livingonli on 07/12/2010 20:34:46
We definitely need a united movement. It's strange since my facebook friends in politics run form moderate liberals to radical leftists and it often seems the differences are the tactics and what degree to support or oppose Obama. But look at the mess we would really be in if we had McCain/Palin right now.