The soulless, sellout GOP must either reform itself or die

Thom plus logo The Republican coronavirus relief negotiating position, over the past six months, tells you everything you need to know about why the modern GOP is so corrupt it needs to be rebuilt from the ground up or die.

First, Democrats in the House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, with $3 trillion for unemployed Americans, small businesses, and state and local governments. Republicans said that was too much money for average Americans, and refused to even hold a vote in the Senate.

Mitch McConnell refused to even hold a debate on the HEROES Act for months, so Democrats in the House of Representatives gave them a compromise $2 trillion bill with a lot less money for unemployed people, but Republicans again said it was too much money for average Americans.

Finally, this month, Mitch McConnell laid his cards on the table. If unemployed Americans were going to get even one penny out of the Republican Party, they had to do something for the billionaires and corporations who fund the GOP. He needed bragging rights for his donors.

First, McConnell demanded that employers who force workers into situations where they get Covid, and executives who ran betting pools on which employees would die first, should be entirely exempt from lawsuits by families of dead employees.

Democrats, thankfully, said no.

But Americans are in a lot of pain right now, and repeated Republican efforts to prevent average Americans from getting any benefits at all were starting to hurt the chances for Purdue and Loeffler in the coming Georgia runoff election.

So the latest offer from Republicans is that they will give unemployed Americans and local governments 1/3 of what Democrats originally passed, in exchange for bringing back the "three martini lunch."

The "3 martini lunch" really has nothing to do with martinis: it's about the ability of very wealthy corporate executives to have taxpayers subsidize 100% of the cost of their meals in ultra-fancy restaurants like the ones in the Trump Hotels.

Business executives can only deduct 50% of some meals from their taxes, and are limited to "reasonable" meal costs. McConnell wants to lift the caps, so they can again treat themselves to $600 bottles of wine, like lobbyists regularly and famously bought for Speaker Paul Ryan.

But, again, they're only doing this compromise now because they're worried about the Georgia election. If Republicans hold the Senate, and VP Harris doesn't use her constitutional power as President of the Senate, this will probably be the last effort McConnell will allow.

From openly supporting Nazis and the Klan, to pushing trillions in tax breaks for billionaires, to trying to end corporate liability for dead and injured employees, to giving executives super high-end meals subsidized by taxpayers, Republicans have told us who they are.

Now, with Trump openly plotting a military coup in the White House, Republicans remain silent and complicit. Over 300,000 Americans are dead because of this complicity, and we continue to lose a 9/11's worth of Americans every day.

The GOP stands for death, disease, poverty, bigotry, violence, a police state, and stealing wealth from working-class Americans to give to billionaires and corporations who fund their campaigns. It's become the Party of soulless sellouts, and must either reform itself or die.



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Robertcd 3 years 26 weeks ago

This is exactly what I would say too. The republican is a fully criminal org now. This part needs to be made extinct. But sadly those same criminals would just re-surface in another form. It is sadly part of the human condition. This has been going on for centruries.

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Riverplunge 3 years 26 weeks ago

Yes. The Republican Party needs to be rebuilt from the ground up..

Starting with all NEW, SINCERE, UN-GREEDY 1970 style, Republicans.

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Rob Lukacs 3 years 26 weeks ago

Republicans have always been this way. Its just more out in the open now. You cant reform shit when it was always shit.

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napaeric 3 years 26 weeks ago

The Republicans have become entirely corrupt. Unfortunately the Democrates have had to match some tactics to compete. They are both taking wealthy and corporate money for their campaigns because that is now the way to win elections. Money is behind all this election bidding war. The rich have the money and until they decide it is in their best interest to back democrates instead of republicans we will continue with this un-american way of electing our representatives.

Education would help, but how can you educate the masses when a corrupt government is in charge of education. Fortunately Thom and a few other voices are shouting into the wind and some of us hear. And some pass on the word to others so they can hear the truth. It is sort of an underground movement of educated people vs. the shouting match of right wing radio and Fox opinion "news".

More people are waking up. It is not over yet. We can still keep The USA. It will take us some time and some work. But it can be done.

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alis volat 3 years 26 weeks ago

As Thom said they have told us who they are, and as Maya Angelou said when someone tells you who they are believe them. I think it is really hard for us on the left to wrap our heads around what has been going on over this long period Thom talks about. They are our neighbors, co-workers and relatives, and they seem to be nice, at least to us. Therein lies the problem; one tends to be nice back. Time for no more nice guy on our part. We have to demand they treat everybody equally; social justice has have priority over being nice to or trying to preserve our relationship with the right.

The far right kicked in the doors at the state capitol in Salem yesterday. They sprayed the police with chemicals. The Republicans are leaving lives just as wrecked by their policies, lies, and failure to face the future. They think Trump is playing with our heads when he lies; they find it funny. Methinks the joke has been on them, and they are the ones being toyed with. When you play, you pay.

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SueN 3 years 26 weeks ago

We seem to be getting a lot of spam for viagra lately. I wonder if it is because COVID-19 can give men ED. If so, the spammers would be better off peddling their wares on right wing sites, since they are "real men" who don't wear masks and go to superspreader events.

Legend 3 years 25 weeks ago

I wish that I could insert an Emoji for SueN's post.

Seems that Jim Jordon wants to encourage Trump to not give up the White House. General Flynn wants Marshall Law. Real Patriots.

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deepspace 3 years 25 weeks ago

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deepspace 3 years 25 weeks ago

alis volat #5:

We on the "left" are actually smack dab in the middle of the mainstream majority.

"Dozens of polls show that, on almost every issue, the country is nearly two-thirds progressive."

from: Three Americas: We can't agree on anything - op-ed in The Hill yesterday by Cenk Uygur

Legend 3 years 25 weeks ago


rostasi 3 years 25 weeks ago

*martial* (tenth time)

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vetinla 3 years 25 weeks ago

There will always be a party that works mainly for the wealthy, no matter the name they go by. The challenge is to find people with the character to regulate them thru Gov.

Good luck with that.

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