Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Alan Grayson's Candor & Honesty Irks GOP Obstructionists... Again


Goal ThermometerI know the difference between angry and mad. And when it comes to outspoken Orlando freshman Alan Grayson, Republicans are both. He's been the bane of their-- and their big donors'-- existence on the House Financial Services Committee, where he's been working effectively to put a crimp in a status quo that has presided over a concentration of wealth in this country that leaves the top 1% with more assets than the "bottom" 90%. Grayson came to Congress promising to be a tribune for working Florida families. What drives Republicans mad is that he has been exactly that.

Yesterday he was up on the floor of Congress calling out the GOP on their health care obstructionism. (See video above.) And did they flip out! GOP morning shill, Joe Scarborough, had reactionary sidekicks Pat Buchanan and Mika Brzezinski, comparing Grayson's well-reasoned and factual assault on Republican Party well-coordinated anti-working family obstructionism with the disgraceful outburst from secessionist lunatic Joe Wilson (R-SC). Some of the most extremist partisans among the obstructionist caucus took Grayson's criticism personally-- which makes sense. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), whose ProgressivePunch voting score since President Obama was elected is a big fat zero-- extreme even for the fringe Republicans-- demanded an apology. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), another goose-egg extremist-- with unanswered questions about a gay Republican triple homicide in Orlando involving one of his now dead lovers-- was up early twittering away and demanding Speaker Pelosi call a vote to reprimand him.

The NRCC has a childish site an intern or Patrick McHenry put up that demands Grayson agologize. Grayson is laughing at them.
"I stand by what I said," Grayson told reporters on Wednesday.

"I didn't violate any House rules. I didn't do anything inappropriate," he said. "I'm not under any pressure at all."

...Asked if he was worried about his re-election in an Orlando-based swing district, Grayson said his chances of winning are better.

"It improves them," he said. "People like elected officials with guts who say what they mean."

The GOP leadership got Price to withdraw his motion.

If Grayson made one mistake, it was blaming only Republicans for the way Congress is treating American families in the health care debate. Sure, every single Republican is catering to the special interests who line their pockets and fill their campaign coffers. But perhaps Grayson should have found a way of mentioning that it isn't just 100% of Republicans-- who, by the way, have often said that the Democratic plans for reform will kill granny, etc-- but that there are also a significant number of corrupt, bribe besotted Democrats-- from Max Baucus and Blanche Lincoln to most of the Blue Dog caucus-- who also are trampling on the aspirations of working people in our country. Elijah Cummings stood up for Grayson to the vampiric Mika this morning. Georgia goofball Tom Price is introducing some kind of cockamamie resolution to condemn him.

Today might be a great time to donate to Alan Grayson's campaign fund. Aside from being one of Congress' absolute best members, let's keep in mind that the real reason Republicans do want people to die is because the funeral industry is a big source of funds for the GOP! Of all the current sitting senators who have gotten money from the funeral industry, McCain is #1, Alexander Lamar is #2 and Lindsey Graham is #3. Over in the House, Republican leaders Mike Pence (IN), Roy Blunt (MO), David Dreier (CA) are among the top recipients. And yes, Blackburn and McHenry have both taken money from the funeral industry. Grayson hasn't. Let's get Grayson's back.

UPDATE: Apology? Not to Republicans

Today Grayson apologized, not to the Republicans but for them... to the dead and their families. Watch him putting Wolf Blitzer in his place. Not just footdragging-- knuckledragging! Alan is so amazing. Watch this and think about donating.

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At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually he was sort of wrong. He should correct his statement to something along the lines of, "Republicans want you to die only after they have squeezed every penny out of you." Its just more accurate.

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As the 9/12 Tea Party looks into the events of 9/11 they have many questions concerning the Official Story.
They know not to trust the Government & Media.
Only the guilty fear inquiry.

An ill wind comes arising
Across the cities of the plain
There's no swimming in the heavy water
No singing in the acid rain
Red alert
Red alert

At 7:02 PM, Anonymous Ida Jurie said...

Grayson actually said what he really thinks. In Congress, that is revolutionary. So is the fact that he has a pulse and is familiar with the concept of honesty. What a dangerous and delightful man!

At 1:27 PM, Blogger Writewingnut said...

"Republicans once you get sick want you to die quickly" infers all republicans and there are millions of us? Did I want to see my grandparents die when they got sick or my mom and dad?
Democrats can have their smug smiles and pat each other on the back and whisper to each other that we "gotcha". But we "gotcha" The libral side is showing how mean spirited they can be.

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Smug Man! said...

Republicans controlled Washington for most of the last 30 years while the health care situation steadily got worse and worse. Yet they did nothing. Republican voters did nothing but put forth candidates and voted for candidates that did nothing to avert the crisis, at best, and make it worse at worst. Their attitude has been 30+ years of "Let them eat cake". Now they whine and say that we aren't being fair. I guess they find it tough when someone reveals them for what they are.


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