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5 reasons why the American people can't stand the Republican party

Posted by on May. 15, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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5 reasons why the American people can't stand the Republican party

1. Bush wastes money and American lives-

After the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001, everyone throughout the country felt a variety of emotions. Some were upset, others scared or just plain angry. There isn't a right or wrong answer in how people felt because what happened was so horrific. It's natural to want revenge and that is how George W. Bush and the Republican party were able to get the country into a huge mess while lining their own pockets. Preying on the fear that came with the attacks on 9/11, the Bush administration decided to wage war, but with the wrong country. With his father, George H.W Bush, unable to capture Saddam Hussein in the early 1990s, George W. Bush wanted to finish the job that his father couldn't.

Knowing that Iraq was run by an evil dictator, had plenty of oil and could be a goldmine for companies to rebuild, Bush used the fear that overcame the United States to wage war with a country that had nothing to do with the attacks on that September day. Saddam Hussein was captured less than a year into the invasion of Iraq, but nearly a decade later the United States was still there.

The reason given to the American people for the invasion was that Iraq possessed "weapons of mass destruction," but later Americans were told that Iraq didn't have these weapons and that the United States had received "bad intelligence." Many believe that there were never any weapons in Iraq and that it was an excuse to invade the country. Many companies, such as Dick Cheney's Halliburton, made billions rebuilding in Iraq while others ran off to the bank as well. According to a 2007 reportfrom the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the war in Iraq would cost $1.9 trillion dollars, or about $6,300 for each U.S citizen. Mix that with the thousands of courageous soldiers who lost their lives or became injured and you have a mess that every American should be mad about.

2. GOP Depression-

Today's economic climate is a scary one. Though the unemployment rate has dropped to 7.9%, there is still only one job opening for every four Americans looking for work. As Ronald Reagandropped the top tax rate from 70% to 28% during his eight years in office and deregulated big business and the financial sector, the United States was placed on a path of economic destruction. President Clinton stabilized the economy enough that he was able to hand a surplus to George W. Bush in 2001, but all the reckless actions by Wall Street drove the United States to the brink until a taxpayer bailout of the banks was needed in 2008. They say history repeats itself and that is true in this case.

When the economy took a hard down turn in the 1980s and in 2008, if was because the same economic policies were repeated that caused the Stock Market to crash in 1929. The Great Depression was caused by deregulation and bad tax policies, put in place by three consecutive Republican presidents. Starting with Warren Harding in 1921, through Calvin Coolidge and then Herbert Hoover, the United States fell into an economic depression. It took President Franklin D. Roosevelt, his New Deal and World War 2 to help get the United States back on track. Roosevelt had to deal with Republican opposition in congress and a new war, but after years in office, was able to get the job done.

3. Medicare Part D-

Republicans today seem to hate anything that the government does until they need it. Conservativesscream about programs like Social Security and unemployment benefits, but once they enter retirement or lose their jobs, they're quick to hold on to government assistance. Republicans want to privatize programs like Social Security and Medicare by taking them out of the government and putting them into greedy hands on Wall Street. While conservatives are opposed to these programs now, you don't need to go back too far to find Republicans supporting parts of programs like Medicare.

George Bush signed into law the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (Medicare Part D) which went into effect on January 1, 2006. The program was supposed to subsidize the costs of prescription drugs for those who receive Medicare, but it was never paid for. In the long run, Medicare Part D raised prices, cost taxpayers billions of dollars and while the cost of Medicare Part D has been projected to be less than originally thought, much of the declining cost is due to President Obama's new health care law that was passed in 2010.

4. Sexual Morality?-

The Republican party pounds their chest as the voice of morality, clutching their Bible, fighting back against the LGBT community and abortion and love to bring up that President Clinton cheated on his wife. If people make certain claims, they should learn to look in the mirror first. Former Republican Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich has been married three times and has a dark history of infidelity. While Gingrich was one of the leading voices against President Clinton in the 1990s, he was actually cheating on his own wife. In fact, while his wife was in remission with cancer, Gingrich served her divorce papers.

The list of Republicans who have engaged in sexual affairs is endless. Former Republican mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, Philip Giordano, is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing two underage girls. Republican congressman and anti-gay activist, Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar while Republican legislator, Richard Gardner, admitted to molesting his two daughters. This doesn't mean that Democrats haven't done anything like this in the past, they have, but there's an old saying - "those who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones."

5. Unions aren't the problem!-

Just the word "union" seems to have a negative connotation these days. Conservatives point their finger at unions for every fiscal issue that the country has closing their eyes to the fact that unions are fighting for the middle class. Whether you're a member of a union of not, you must understand what a union is there for. Unions are a collective voice for workers to make sure that their rights are protected. These rights are not limited to, but include safe working conditions, fair pay, health care and other benefits. As executive pay has risen to an all-time high, wages for workers remain stagnant and are at an all-time low. Unions are put together to make sure that those at the top don't hold back the average middle class worker, but Republicans have tried to destroy the voice of the middle class for decades.

From the time Ronald Reagan fired the Air Traffic Controllers on August 5, 1981 to Republicanstrying to push for "right-to-work" laws across the country, the voice of the middle class is starting to become silent. Republicans claim union workers are "lazy" and "greedy," but that is not the case. Are there workers who take advantage of the benefits of being in a union? Of course there are, every system has issues, but the majority are grateful and work hard. If Republicans want to truly be patriotic they should start supporting the middle class, not just the wealthy.

by on May. 15, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on May. 16, 2013 at 7:02 PM
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eye rolling

PinkButterfly66
by Bronze Member on May. 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Sounds about right.  Its sad that their base is working class who depend on social security and medicare after retirement.  Their own party is screwing them and they just don't see past the religious crap of "bringing god back to america" and "saving babies from being murdered" to realize it.  

DSamuels
by Gold Member on May. 16, 2013 at 7:22 PM
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How can that be? We are always told the middle class is the democrat base and the all the reps are rich white guys. 

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Sounds about right.  Its sad that their base is working class who depend on social security and medicare after retirement.  Their own party is screwing them and they just don't see past the religious crap of "bringing god back to america" and "saving babies from being murdered" to realize it.  


Kathy489
by Bronze Member on May. 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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Wow! It's scary that people like this actually vote!

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Sounds about right.  Its sad that their base is working class who depend on social security and medicare after retirement.  Their own party is screwing them and they just don't see past the religious crap of "bringing god back to america" and "saving babies from being murdered" to realize it.  


 

ramita
by Member on May. 16, 2013 at 9:20 PM
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Personally these are not the reasons why I can't stand the republican party. I can't stand the republican party for the same reason I can stand the democratic party, they're (general usage of term mainly pointing at the leaders) not willing to truly hear the other side and actually truly try to find middle ground.
Farmlady09
by Silver Member on May. 16, 2013 at 9:37 PM
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Soooo ~ exactly what is it that 'you' call American republicans ... or ... are they not actually Americans in your world?

Carpy
by Platinum Member on May. 16, 2013 at 9:52 PM
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WOW, the author of this piece has been acknowledged by Rosanne Barr.  How exciting is that?

Carpy
by Platinum Member on May. 16, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Orlando liberal examiner.

parentalrights1
by on May. 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Notice how the conservatives never really retort?
Carpy
by Platinum Member on May. 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM
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You're relatively new her, aren't you? Retorting to a stump gets old.

Quoting parentalrights1:

Notice how the conservatives never really retort?
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