Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Liberal, liberal, liberal

Liberal this; and liberal that. Liberal, liberal, liberal.

I am so sick of watching pundit shows, and every time some Republican whackjob throws up the word liberal at his Democratic counterpart, the person who is supposed to be speaking for me, truth, social justice, economic integrity, and the liberal way of life, leaves the stench of its tattered symbol besmirched by some Neanderthal.

Speak up and defend our honorable history, for crying out loud.

Last night, David Gregory was filling in for Chris Matthews at "
Hardball." Democratic Congressman Marty Meehan of Massachusetts and Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee were guests.

To hear Blackburn's talking points, price gouging is all liberals fault. As prices at the pump "increase by the hour," and oil companies continue to make record profits to the tune of over $1.1 trillion, it's those pesky environmentalist that refuse to let oil companies drill who are responsible.

The cross interviews started out reasonably enough. Meehan told the audience that Republicans in Congress have rewarded the gas and oil industry with every imaginable tax break; and oil companies should be held accountable through taxes on their windfall profits.

Blackburn's response was some more giveaways from the federal government and laying the entire blame for the mess at the feet of environmentalist extremists; and Democrats like Meehan who refused to go along with the Republican House version of the Gas Act.

When Meehan objected and pointed out the numerous hidden tax breaks in the House bill; and how the president needs to lead by calling on his oil and gas industry friends to stop gouging the public, Blackburn snapped, "Oh yea, I tell you...liberal double talk is easy!"

"It is easy. They create a problem and then they want to tell you how they're going to go and solve the problem. What we've seen as I said earlier 30 years of environmental extremist energy policy. We let the environmentalist extremist, EPA and OSHA, folks like that, shut down the ability to put in new refineries.
So you see, it's liberals who created the problem with their pro-environment laws; and liberals who now profess to know how to fix it. But only the GOP has all the answers, don't you know.

Yep, more drilling on federal lands; no royalty payments to the government; more tax giveaways; energy bills drawn up the industry; and some lame crapola about conserving energy by turning off your lights before you leave home. That's how you fix the problem!

And how do you hold the industry accountable?!?

According to conservative Blackburn and conservative free market dogma, you let oil and gas bigwigs rape the land. Let them drill in Alaska and every other place in the country, without of course, paying a dime to our government.

Well, how about the next time some idiot Republican hurls the "liberal" label, a progressive respond with a caricature of what conservatives stand for; a sea of rubber stamps lined up with special interests against a sea of liberal Democrats standing up with consumers and the general public interest.

You're gonna love this.

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Holy shit, thanks for the heads-up!
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