Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alger can’t get facts straight

From page A5 | November 06, 2013 | 9 Comments


In a recent attempt at rebutting my claim that the Teahadist Party is undemocratic and a creature of resurgent neo-fascism not seen since the heydays of the John Birch Society, George Alger uses “facts” from the Rush Limbaugh-Ann Coulter playbook. He claims that under Tip O’Neill’s reign as speaker, there were 12 government shutdowns (up from seven that many other right-wing bloviators claim).

The numbers bandied about by Alger or Limbaugh do not matter: They’re all false. I was a fed working in Washington during those years and neither I, nor anyone else whom I polled, can recall any shutdown, or even hearing of one. Chris Matthews, MSNBC host and author of “Tip and the Gipper,” was Tip O’Neill’s chief of staff at the time and in a position to know the facts (a dangerous concept to Teahadists). He has qualified the “shutdown” claims of the Right as “hogwash.” Matthews said there are often technical delays in putting together, and publishing, Continuing Resolutions but none ever lasted more than a few minutes or hours, at most. None was ever caused for political reasons. The only real “shutdowns” were the two caused by Gingrich. Shutdowns are an exclusive Republican tactic that no grown-up would consider borrowing.

The principal difference between then and now is obvious. Then, when Tip O’Neill was speaker, we had reasonable, and disciplined, people in charge who understood the importance of their individual roles in the running of the country and how vital it is to keep the cogs of government operating. Let us not forget that the Teahadist temper tantrum has cost the country $28 billion so far. I was in Washington during the shutdown and most restaurants, souvenir vendors, travel agents, tourist guides and sightseeing buses, etc. were shuttered and some will never re-open. Not to speak of the thousands of disappointed foreign tourists who now believe that we are a banana republic. Thank you, Teahadists.

Mr. Alger is fond of claiming that President Obama keeps violating laws, thereby giving Teahadists an excuse for disobeying laws they do not like. The Constitution that Mr. Alger is fond of citing gives a remedy for presidents who violate the law — ask Nixon. Why not ask Teahadist extraordinaire Tom McClintock to initiate impeachment proceedings? It probably won’t happen because McClintock knows that he would embarrass himself by showing how little support the Teahadist Party has.


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Discussion | 9 comments

  • Phil VeerkampOctober 30, 2013 - 8:55 pm

    Ok, John. Winter is coming on. How long has it been since you wintered in Timbuktu?

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  • Charlie BrownNovember 06, 2013 - 10:39 am

    Wasn't Clinton impeached? Even though I agree with the concept, I don't remember that he went anywhere, so what's the point?

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  • Dink LaneNovember 06, 2013 - 11:08 am

    Hey John -- Virginia's tea party darling, Ken Cuccinelli (Who supported the 'Shut Down" and double downed on "No Obamacare") -- LOST.... in a state he could have won ........ New Jersey's pragmatic Chris Christie (Who slammed the GOP for shutting down the government, and implemented Obamacare) -- WON........ More than 80% of the USA does NOT want the "Tea-party" Crazies agenda.... I think El Dorado County has more than their fair share of the 20% ........ Do they realize that when the GOP tried to impeach Clinton..... His approval ratings went UP???..... These "Teahadist" don't know they lost..... which says a lot about them...

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  • PatriceNovember 06, 2013 - 11:33 am

    Oh, they know they lost in 2008, 2012 and now. Their MO is: we don't like the outcome, so we will just ignore it and keep on the same path. The path away from any real solutions that would serve the majority.

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  • EvelynNovember 07, 2013 - 8:56 am

    Patrice: What are the "real solutions that would serve the majority"?

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  • Olddawg retireeNovember 07, 2013 - 8:36 am

    All things considered over the past 5 years, i would rather be a 'Teahadist' instead of a Dumocrap.

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  • James E.November 07, 2013 - 8:38 am

    OldDawg Retireee. As long as you are happy.

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  • JohnNovember 07, 2013 - 2:23 pm

    Phil: I was last in Timbuktu in January 1967 (on a long week end to get away from Ouagadougou). Unfortunately, the Jihadists (ideological kins of our own Teahadists) have taken over the town at night while the French army controls it during the day. So...I ain't going back

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  • Dee#1November 07, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    OldDawg Retiree, Teahadist is just a reflection of the fear and hate that the Leftist have for people of principle fighting for limited government, individual freedom and minimal regulation. But I am with you.

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