GOP madness: Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas

The shutdown is the fault of the Republican Party. Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas supports the legislation that led to the shutdown. Because of the shutdown that Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Dickwad) supports, federal monuments nationwide are closed to visitors.

That includes the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

So since it’s closed TO EVERYONE, what does Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Teabag) do?

Because of Rep. Randy Neugebauer, federal employees who have to work won’t get paid until the shutdown is over. That includes the park ranger Rep. Randy Neugebauer (GOP-Scumsucker) is yelling at for enforcing a shutdown that Rep. Randy Neugebauer and his party created.

Oh yeah, and when Rep. Randy Neugebauer voted for the shutdown, he made sure that people like Rep. Randy Neugebauer would keep getting their paychecks during the shutdown.

Did I mention this bottom feeder’s name is Rep. Randy Neugebauer? Something for Texans to remember when they vote for congressmen in 2014.

If the government shuts down, who’s to blame?

It appears we’re at the verge of a government shutdown. Of course, we can blame Congress, but let’s be clear (via Crooks and Liars):

The blame for any government shutdown should factually be laid at the feet of the Republicans. Factually.

It is a fact that Republicans spent their money and effort during the break stirring up support to hold the budget and even the debt ceiling hostage to stop the implementation of the Affordable care Act.

It is a fact that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, led by Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, passed a short-term continuing resolution to fund government at current levels while stripping funding away from the Affordable Care Act.

It is a fact that Republicans, and Republicans alone have said over and over again that they are committed to destroying the Affordable Care Act and are willing to not only shut down the government, but hold the debt ceiling hostage in order to do such a thing.

These are not theoretical. They are hard, cold, provable facts. How can it possibly be that over 50 percent of those polled would hold both sides responsible?

No room at the asylum

John Boehner

An embarrassed orange

There was supposed to be a vote in the U.S. House by now on the Republican budget/deficit plan. This morning, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Tanning booth) said the vote on his plan would be at 6 p.m. Then the GOP said the vote would take place at 7. It’s now 9:20 and nothing has happened.

Considering the face that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Slot machine) said that Boehner’s plan would be immediately voted down if it got to the Senate, you’d think that the House procedure would be a no brainer … the Republicans pass Boehner’s plan, the Senate rejects it, and then the Republicans get to mouth off on how Democrats want to waste your money and have no concern for the debt the country is in. Seems like a great propaganda opportunity. The Republicans have the majority in the House. This should be over by now. And there’s no reason to stay up all night to find out what happens.

But at this minute, Boehner doesn’t have enough Republican votes to get his own bill passed. Which means he has no control over his delegation. Which shows that the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

And Obama wants to reach a compromise with these guys?

Speaking of lunatics:

Michele Bachmann refuses to answer reporters’ questions about her husband’s “gay cure” therapy and declares him and their business off limits to press.

Bachmann (R-Flat Earth) is seeking the GOP nomination, and she’s saying that asking about her family-run business (which tries to “cure” gay people) and asking about her husband (who runs the clinic and tells clients to “pray the gay away”) is out of bounds. Apparently that means asking whether her clinic receives federal funds is also out of bounds. Let’s not even get into the idea of intruding into people’s lives, wasting government money and denying Americans their civil rights.

But Bachmann is making a point that attacks on family members should be out of bounds. Sort of:

But Bachmann has a very different take when it comes to other candidates’ spouses: She’s repeatedly attacked Michelle Obama in the harshest terms and specifically challenged the press to join in on her condemnations….

More recently Bachmann took to Laura Ingraham’s radio show to condemn the First Lady’s initiative to promote breastfeeding as an effort to enact a “nanny state” and said Obama’s agenda was “very consistent with where the hard left is coming from.” Moreover, she mused that the media was failing to address the issue out of a bias towards the White House.

I’m old enough to remember when Republicans were sane. Seems like a lifetime ago.

UPDATE: It’s worse than expected. Boehner didn’t have the votes so they put the vote off at least a day. Instead they voted on whether to rename a post office in Hawaii. The tea baggers really do want to destroy the country.

Who’s taking care of the House?

Rachel Maddow a couple of nights ago put together a very interesting hypothesis: John Boehner is bad at his job.

She goes through his performance as Speaker of the House this past month (that’s how long he’s had the job) and finds constant failure:

Two things:

1) She has a strong argument. The House is a mess. Boehner not only isn’t good at herding cats, which is what the job entails, he isn’t even good at giving the impression that he can get himself organized. And as Maddow says, when the President Bush the First and family mock you on national TV, you’re in trouble.

2) Nancy Pelosi was one of the best Speakers of the House that America has ever had. When you consider the discipline she put on that body, and her ability to get extremely controversial measures to the floor for a vote … AND WIN … you realize that’s the reality of effective government.

The current management of the House of Representatives is a disaster. Boehner isn’t going to turn it around soon. People aren’t aware of it now, but in a month, the House has to pass legislation that’s going to keep the government operating. Chances are, the Republicans, who control the House, are going to fail. The government is going to shut down. People are going to be extremely pissed.

When the dust settles, place your bets on Nancy Pelosi being the one to get the government operating again.

John Boehner will be somewhere crying.