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Dear Republican Members of Congress, and FOX News viewers,
The deficit and the national debt are not the same thing.
Under President George W. Bush you helped take a surplus and turned it into a record setting deficit of $1.85 trillion in his last budget year 2009; yes, 2009 is President Bush’s last budget year, just as 2017 will be President Obama’s last budget year. After five years under President Obama, the federal deficit has been cut in half to $672 billion, no thanks to your efforts to stop any improvement in the American economy.
We have record debt and deficits because you chose to fund two wars without raising taxes; we are still paying for those wars and you cannot lower the deficit, or decrease the debt, on the backs of those who answered the call to go to war; as much as you would like to, you cannot suddenly defund the VA or stop paying benefits for those who served.
You cannot reduce the deficit by refusing to raise the debt ceiling, which you know – or should know if you paid attention in Civics class – will not add one penny to either the federal deficit or the national debt; you cannot reduce the deficit by refusing to pay for bills we’ve already incurred.
For the record, you also cannot reduce the deficit by defunding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) – it is federal law; upheld by the United States Supreme Court and ratified by a majority of American voters in 2012; on top of all this, no matter how many times you vote to defund it (42 times to date) and no matter how much money you waste by holding those votes ($50 million at last count) such an effort will never be passed by the Senate or signed into law by the President.
Finally, saying you will “shut down the government” if Obamacare is not defunded is nothing short of domestic terrorism – FYI; the United States does not negotiate with terrorists, so stop trying to hold our country hostage to your demands; when you get a minute you should also probably look into how well shutting down the government worked out for the last Republican controlled House to do so.
The Majority of the American People
P.S., yes we are the majority; 169 million registered voters – 55 million registered Republicans = 114 million.
Once again a leading member of the Republican Lunatic Tea Party (GOLTP) is demonstrating exactly why they’re continuously getting pummeled on the national level politically; Michigan GOLTP National Committee leader Dave Agema’s defending an article he shared on Facebook suggesting gays and lesbians are responsible for “half the murders in major cities.” Agema’s responded to critics (meaning anyone with half a brain) of the post by declaring the piece was “worth sharing given the debate over gay marriage that is happening in the Supreme Court.”
But wait, Agema’s not finished! He’s also responding to a GOLTP petition calling for a more inclusive party. According to a release from Grand Traverse County Republican precinct delegate Dennis Lennox, Agema joined the thread and posted: “The real issue is the homosexual community is pushing same-sex marriage which will be taught in schools as an alternative lifestyle.”
Another delegate responded: “Our point is that it is one thing to articulate your values but another to be mean about them. Virtuous decorum is symbolic of a principled man of integrity. Let’s keep the smut on the sidelines.”
Not to be corrected, Agema fired back:
“You have misquoted and maligned — exactly what you accused me of but I didn’t. The people of America have the right to know what lays ahead if the Supreme Court rules the wrong way.”
Of course the “wrong way” means any way but the his way.
“You want to change the landscape of our party in a direction that has not be accepted for over 230 years. I’m trying to maintain our platform. You are trying to change it,” he mewed.
Meaning he wants to keep his white male Christian dominated party of hate, bigotry and intolerance just the way it is thank you very much.
Agema then posted, “Ask yourself what is mean? Ask yourself what facts you are willing to accept or whose studies are valid.”
I’m waiting to see a link to the study that was conducted showing 50% of all murders are committed by gays and lesbians, of course it’s probably next to the one stating the other half are committed by angry old white bigoted conservatives.
Lennox and other state party officials have called for Agema’s resignation:
“After trying to hide his ignorance and bigotry for several days, Dave Agema has finally admitted he seeks to promote hate, viciousness and vitriol instead of the Republican Party’s traditional forward-looking message of equal opportunity for all. Dave Agema’s extremism has no place in our Republican Party.”
Well done Mr. Lennox, Agema’s extremism has no place in 21st century America, much less a major political party. He’s a dinosaur; it’s one thing to oppose same sex marriage, it’s another to make stuff up to continue to build on the hype and fear mongering. Today’s Republican unfortunately has become just that, a party built upon a foundation of hate, mistrust and fear.