Seriously, has anyone figured out what the Republicans have ever done to help the average American Family? you know, the rest of us? At least within the last 40 years?

We now have Mitt Romney, who is giving Mormons a bad name, saying that we should respect him because he is wealthy. Sure sounds like Calvinism -- the belief that God rewards the righteous by giving them lots of money! He is wealthy and lives in the lap of luxury -- and on top of this we should respect him for his wealth? Oh, poor, poor Mitt! He needs softer beds than we do, and he loves his kids more than we love ours! What a crock!

I do not think that this is the kind of thing that an avowedly spiritual person should be saying. That because he is rich, among other things, by bending the rules of taxation (Baine Capital hired lobbyists to ensure their taxes wouldn't go up), we should respect him. Really? Someone who made a lot of money by lying to the government and misrepresenting the actions of Baine Capital? (At least at one point, the government was forced to pay millions to pick up the costs of pension funds, pick up other costs as well.) Someone who won't release his taxes for the last ten years? And he wants to run the country? That is just laughable.

But to dig into the question more, what exactly have Republicans done in the last 40 years that has benefited the average person? Seriously? I mean, we had Ike with the National Highway Project and Nixon with OSHA, and several other programs -- including environmental protection, but since then, it's been money and greed for them all the way. And the poor and needy take the hindmost! "I'm okay, Jack! I've got mine -- the heck with you!"

So perhaps I'm exaggerating here, but please correct me -- what law has made it through the House of Representatives, the Senate, sponsored by Republicans that has helped the average person?

And today we hear from Romney that a rapacious, greedy person, who has worked to enrich himself, herself, etc., is worth more than the average teacher, firefighter, parent? Who has less money but who is playing by the rules and who is helping those around them?

What kind of metric is this? And what voters really are likely to believe this?

Certainly over the last 30 years people are increasingly conditioned to believe that they might just "strike it rich"--with the lottery winning or some sort of incredibly low probability event. Thom talks about how our view of wealth has shifted over the years, from the Honeymooners with their one room flat to the fabulous mantions of Dallas, with millionaires giving orders to others.

But this kind of "casino wealth" (let me name it that) is certainly nothing that can help bring the average person up, that can help pay for average families in average cities, that can make this country great again. People who believe that are simply out of touch with the real world, with their neighbors (unless their neighbors are multimillionaires too), or perhaps they know that average people can too easily be taken advantage of, and they are more than willing to do the shearing.

So seriously, has anyone figured out what the Republicans have done over the last 30 years to help the average person?

Let's restate -- they want to raise the costs for kids going to school, eliminate health programs, send our jobs overseas, cut corporate taxes, not worry about the environment, raise taxes on the poorest citizens, cut food stamps, etc., etc.

I do think that they believe that the more miserable they make the rest of us feel, they more successful they will be in the elections and elsewhere. They believe that if we are truly miserable, we will not go to the polls to vote for our values. So they think they can ramp up the misery, increase our fear and hatred of the very circumstances they have helped bring about through record filibusters, voter suppression efforts, saber rattling with Iran, etc.

Or am I wrong?

I'd love to wear a costume for a week that says, "I am Barack Obama! He says and believes the things I believe and want to say!"

Or am I wrong?

Yours,

Caleb (who lived 8 years in Olaa, Hawaii, where the caller called from to Thom's show today -- Now Olaa is generally called Keau because Olaa meant "grave yard" in Hawaiian, and when much of the town burned down several decades ago, it was renamed -- but still a most lovely place with the nicest of people!)

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mauiman58 2 years 25 weeks ago
#1

The Republicans have lowered tax rates and fought the fight to get the gvernment out of your business. The Republicans have taught Americans to take care of themselves and not rely on the goverment for every little thing. Not everyone appreciates that kind of "tough love" but if you have ever raised a child you will know that it is necessary.

Now we are stuck with three programs that simply cannot go on in their present form (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid). They are just too expensive, and there is no way we can pay for them going forward. Yet the Democrats have given so many Americans such a sense of entitlement that any mention of cutting these programs at all is greated with howls of protest from the left. And story after story about how Grandma will freeze to death because her Social Security check has been cut $10 a month. This madness has got to stop, and there is simply no way the Democrats have the guts to do it.

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Bush_Wacker 2 years 25 weeks ago
#2

LMAO. Way to go Maui. It's ok to cut granny's income by ten bucks when she can't afford to eat right as it is but keep your grimy hands off the billionair's wallet or even the upper middle class man's wallet. That's just not fair to make those who will never need a helping hand to share a little more. Leave them poor billionair's alone!!! Kill off granny, she's dragging down the economy! LOL

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Caleb 2 years 25 weeks ago
#3

Mauiman --

My father and grandmother were born on Maui -- I think neither of them would embrace the directions you offer -- Tough love? During Ike and earlier we had progressive taxes on the richest Americans but have largely done away with them now. Prorgessive taxation built the middle class, with the hugely rich paying a lot more in taxes than the average schlub. And they should -- because, as Teddy Roosevelt said, they make more use of the commons than does the average person -- their workforce is trained by the public systems, they take their goods to market on roads maintained by the common people working together, etc.

The Republicans want a draconian LIbertarian philosophy that every Repbulican 30 years ago knew was crazy. Crazy too is ignoring the impact we have on the global environment, on making it less possible for our kids to go to school, etc.

Republicans now want to intrude on women's right to choose -- and are finding ways to curtain contraception. They want to force schools to teach things other than evolution, etc.

These Republicans are crazier than a three-dollar bill!

If people don't want to be part of the government-supported system, then perhaps it is time for them to leave the country, because most Americans want to raise taxes on the richest Americans, want to cut the military, want to cut costs for college and help the environment -- I mean, it's not even close!

A country for anti-government people to consider is probably Somalia, or another country with dysfunctional government.

Why should incredibly well-off people not contribute their fair share? To give until it helps?

Yours,

Caleb (Whose father graduated from Lahaina Luna High School on Maui)

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Katshores 2 years 25 weeks ago
#4

well, my thoughts are quite simple. The Republicans have given us tax cuts which helps everyone; the people not to be depended on Uncle Sam for everything. If we work hard and limit what we want we can go far. Here is one way. I have my bank where I do business all the time. They dont offer any online banking or a debt card. I have to travel a distance to my bank. So if I really want an item I have to my babk and pull money out of my savings to get it but I have to think about it long and hard if I really want it and most times I dont need it. Heck I dont pay the lotto. Why? Do I feel buying a ticket that surpose will help the schools will actually help them? Finally if you feel you have trouble now with health care wait until its fully in effect. Ask the Veterans who go to the VA Hospital. Do they like waiting for care? 9 out of 10 of them dont like it.

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DdC 2 years 25 weeks ago
#5

mauiman58 I See, The Brainwashed Never Wonder...

"Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
I'm the only person standing between
Richard Nixon and the White House."
~ John F. Kennedy

450 Stupid Things Republicans Have Said

That's just disgusting mauiman58. You dismiss Americans trampled by republican puppetry serving the multinationals and world banks. Traitors. Murderers and thieves. To even glimpse a thought otherwise proves it is possible to enslave a people voluntarily. You relish big brother telling you what is proper. You dare not walk in liberty out of fear. Maybe keep your nose out of peoples bedrooms and living rooms and stop bombing women and children over lies to make money bombing women and children. Or make money caging people. Or bailing out banks and making Madison Ave wealthy every election. To actually believe the hogwash you daydream out loud over would be terribly sad if you weren't a confessed GOPer. If you were kidnapped by GOPervs and forced to watch sean handjob or oreally. Maybe go onto the streets scoring Rush some Oxycontin. Faithful follower of John Birthers and the Dick Armey of Tom Delay liars and cheats. Back to the master liar Tricky Dick Nexxon. Filth. Scum. That is the Neocons that stole the party of lincoln that naive little mynahbirds spread as easily as they do beauty salon gossip. You spit on the spirit of America. GOPervs have raped Liberty, Pillaged Justice and Ransacked and shackled most of the Constitution and all ya got to show are your cheap words. Trouble with passing judgement from your ivory tower is when the pitchforks and torches get fed up. About now. Long way down, and quick. You started selling the country with Nixon, under Ike as he spoke against the Military Industrial Complex the Dick was shunned. Reagan selling Pebble Beach to the Japanese. Tried selling ketchup as a vegetable. Begging for the rich as you walk around the homeless grumbling. Disgusting. No Sadness at all for you. I feel you deserve everything you are going to get. Karma's a bitch. Typical utopian starry eyed and proud to cut out the band aids while continuing the lacerations. No regard for the actual Americans of which I don't consider republicans. Now tell me if this isn't a foreign terrorist or just a republican USA! Qaeda.

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media_muse 2 years 25 weeks ago
#6

Nothing

Nothing but

nonsense they republicans have given us.

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kaesshst 25 weeks 4 days ago
#8

Hi Everyone

Here is a list a friend sent to me which obviously he cut and pasted.

Would love to hear arguments/thoughts on this list

What republicans have done

1) Emancipation Proclamation (1863): The first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, issued an order freeing all slaves in the confederacy.2) End of the Civil War (1865): Abe Lincoln guides the north to victory in the Civil War and reunites the nation.3) Women's right to vote (1872): Republicans Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton write the text of the 19th Amendment, which is introduced by Republican Senator Aaron A. Sargent of California. The Amendment was finally ratified in 1920.'4) Victory in the Spanish American War (1898): Republican William McKinley achieves victory in the Spanish American War and forces Spain to give up its claim on Cuba.5) Construction of the Panama Canal (1904): Under Republican Teddy Roosevelt, America takes control of the Panama Canal and builds it into one of the most crucial locations in world shipping.6) First woman elected to U.S. House of Representatives (1916):"Jeannette Rankin, Republican from Montana, becomes the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives."7) Construction of the Hoover Dam (1928): Calvin Coolidge signed a law allowing the construction of the Hoover Dam to begin.8) Jessie Owens wins four gold medals in the Olympics (1936): Republican Jessie Owens humiliated Hitler by winning 4 gold medals in the Berlin Olympics. Owens said he "was treated marvelous by everyone. Anything any of the American athletes, including myself, wanted they got for us. My biggest thrill was when theAmerican flag was raised after my victory in the 100 meters."FDR responded to Owens legendary victory by refusing to invite him to the White House, prompting Owens to say, "Hitler didn't snub me – it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram." Truman also ignored Owens, but when Republican Dwight Eisenhower became President, he made him "Ambassador of Sports."9) Jackie Robinson becomes the first black American to play in the Major Leagues (1947): Republican Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Republican Branch Rickey, brought him up to the major leagues.10) The Interstate Highway System (1956): Republican Dwight Eisenhower begins construction of the Interstate highway system.11) Desegregating schools (1957): Dwight Eisenhower "deployed the 82nd Airborne Division to desegregate Little Rock’s government schools over the strenuous resistance of Governor Orval Faubus (D., Ark.)."12) The First Asian-American U.S. Senator (1959): The first Asian-American senator, Republican Hiram Fong, is elected in Hawaii.13) Civil Rights Act of 1960: "Eisenhower signs the GOP’s 1960 Civil Rights Act after it survived a five-day, five-hour filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats."14) The Reagan tax cuts (1981): Republican Ronald Reagan revitalized the listless U.S. economy with tax cuts that created a massive surge of jobs, economic growth, and prosperity.15) Collapse of the Soviet Union (1991): Ronald Reagan's tireless work against the Soviet Union finally paid off as it formally dissolved in 1991, while his former Vice-President, George H.W. Bush was in office.16) The Gulf War (1991): George H.W. Bush formed a coalition that forced Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.17) Welfare reform (1996): After Clinton vetoed two previous versions of welfare reform, Republicans sent it back to him a third time and he finally reluctantly agreed to fulfill has campaign promise and sign the bill.18) A Republican Congress balances the budget (1998-2001): Republicans in Congress forced an unenthusiastic Bill Clinton to balance the budget in his second term.19) Retaliation in Afghanistan (2001): After the 9/11 attacks, Republican George W. Bush retaliated by driving the Taliban and their allies in Al-Qaeda from power. He then helped establish democracy in the country. Whether the nation will remain a democracy or how the war will be viewed by future generations is still unknown at this point.20) Condi Rice becomes Secretary of State (2005): George W. Bush selected Condi Rice to be his Secretary of State. She was the first black woman ever to hold that position.

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