We already know that the Republicans don’t care for facts or evidence or logic or critical thinking (all of which give them serious migraines), but it has become increasingly evident that reality escapes them too (or that they have escaped reality).
Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, commenting on the union busting tactics of the new Republican governor of that state, noted “…he’s getting, you know, riots. It’s like Cairo has moved to Madison these days.”
No, Paulie, those are legal, peaceful demonstrations of dissent. Nobody has come close to rioting.
And it’s all bogus anyway:
Furthermore, this broadside comes less than a month after the state’s fiscal bureau — the Wisconsin equivalent of the Congressional Budget Office — concluded that Wisconsin isn’t even in need of austerity measures, and could conclude the fiscal year with a surplus. In fact, they say that the current budget shortfall is a direct result of tax cut policies Walker enacted in his first days in office.
Good Republican strategy: slash taxes to cripple government and then blame the workers so you can crush them for the benefit of your rich corporate golfing buddies.
Over in Montana State Representative Joe Reed introduced a bill declaring that climate change is “beneficial to the welfare and business climate of Montana.” The bill further says:
…global warming is a natural occurrence and human activity has not accelerated it, and that reasonable amounts of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere have no verifiable impacts on the environment.
These guys won’t believe anything bad about carbon dioxide until their children choke to death on it or on its effects.
And then there’s the Fright Queen of The North, Michele Bachmann, interviewed by George Stephanopoulos, spewing the Republican party echo about Barack Obama’s birth certificate:
Stephanopoulos: Do you believe it?
Bachmann: When the president makes his statements I think they need to stand for their own.
Stephanopoulos: But he has said it very clearly, I’m just asking if you believe it.
Bachmann: Well I think we should take the president at his word.
Then say he’s an American citizen, you mealy-mouthed, ugly witch!
A list of Republican crackerjack toys would not be complete without some cracked thought from one of the most amoral, corrupt minds in America, Karl Rove:
In Karl Rove’s mind, the White House is really the one to blame for the continued birther hysteria. "This is the White House strategy, they love this," he said. "Look, the President could come out and say ‘Here are the documents,’ but they are happy to have this controversy continue."
Yeah, Karl, the White House created Orly Taitz and the whole Republican birther apparat just to keep jerks like you and Mad Beck and Hacksaw Hannity and Lardbrain Limbaugh blithering inanities and lies day after day.
And finally (for today anyway) we have Johnny “Cash” Boehner defending Republican plans to throw more working people out of their jobs:
"I don’t want anyone to lose their job, whether they’re a federal employee or not," Boehner said. "But come on! We’re broke! We’ve got to make tough decisions."
Before House appropriators unveiled their spending legislation, I checked in with other Republicans about the job impact of various proposed spending cuts, and for the most part they dodged the empirical question. The private sector would swoop in to catch people whose jobs were eliminated, they contended.
Other economists estimate that the spending cuts, as proposed, would cost almost 1 million people their jobs — both in and out of government.
Did you catch that about the private sector? Memo to the Republicans: The goddam private sector isn’t fucking hiring, you brain dead, arrogant, treasonous bastards!
And these are supposed to be the smart Republicans, the leaders, the future of America.
Yo! Check, please!