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Galindez writes: "Well, it's a reality now, the lunatics are running both branches of Congress. Mitch McConnell has taken the gavel in the Senate. The Republican takeover of the Senate will usher in new committee chairmen expected to push a right-wing extremist agenda."

Congressional leadership? (photo: AP)
Congressional leadership? (photo: AP)

Now Both Branches of Congress Are Run by Lunatics

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

08 January 15


ell, it’s a reality now, the lunatics are running both branches of Congress. Mitch McConnell has taken the gavel in the Senate.

The Republican takeover of the Senate will usher in new committee chairmen expected to push a right-wing extremist agenda.

Lawmakers who are expected to take the helm of major Senate committees include a number of vocal critics of the Obama administration. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), in line to lead the Senate Armed Services Committee, has been critical of the administration’s response to Islamic State militants and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Likely Senate Banking chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has lambasted the Obama administration’s Dodd-Frank financial law and could push to roll back powers at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is expected to take the gavel at the Senate Budget Committee. GOP control of the budget process in the Senate and House, which remains under Republican control, will give the party greater leverage in budget negotiations with President Barack Obama, particularly over the nation’s borrowing authority and government funding levels. Senator Sessions, a conservative, could use the position to lead GOP efforts to use the budget process to target the Affordable Care Act and programs like Social Security and Medicare.

Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who is expected to be the next chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, is a climate change denier and could put pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to cut carbon emissions.

Similarly, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has echoed concerns by House Republicans on the IRS’s targeting of tea-party groups and the Justice Department’s handling of the “Fast and Furious” operation involving gun-running along the Mexican border. As the expected next chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Grassley could revive investigations into those matters while seeking more authority and access to inspectors general who monitor government agencies.

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who could chair the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions panel, has criticized the Obama administration’s frequent use of waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, in line for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, could press the White House to take a stronger stance against Iran in ongoing nuclear-program negotiations, as well as press for a more aggressive response to Russia’s foreign policy goals.

And if all that isn’t bad enough, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will likely take over the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

So who still thinks there is no difference between the Republicans and Democrats?

Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.

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+96 # chapdrum 2015-01-08 15:26
Governance is utterly irrelevant to this party; they are in it solely to game the system. The obligation to take them seriously is an absurd indignity.
+17 # politicfix 2015-01-09 08:31
Yes, the patients are running the asylum. A base that is built on falsity instead of truth will not survive. How many truthful, honest people will be there to rebuild it. Unless selfishness and greed are eliminated there can be no justice for everybody that harms nobody.
+4 # Old4Poor 2015-01-10 12:55
Plus, as with the preceeding two National Elections, the GOP was badly outvoted but through gerrymandering and the way the Senate is elected, 2 per State no matter how many people, they are managing to control it all without popular support.
+68 # REDPILLED 2015-01-08 18:11
The Dems have only themselves to blame. Clinton and Obama abandoned the working class and FDR's legacy for Wall Street and corporate $$$, and people realized this betrayal.
+52 # pamelawy 2015-01-08 20:16
Not that I don't blame Dems for many epic failures, but I put the mess we're in right now smack in the laps of Faux "news" and the 60% of registered voters who don't turn out for elections. Faux "news" lies, misleads and manipulates according to their corporate masters, and is believed unquestioningly by a huge voting block of mouth-breathing , knuckle-dragger s.We have them, and Bush, of course, to blame for all of it!
+32 # geraldom 2015-01-09 00:23
This is not as simple as you make it out to be. Yes, a lot of people who supported the Dems in the past may have stayed home or perhaps voted for a 3rd party candidate because of Obama's massive betrayal of his promise of change from that of the Bush admin that we could believe in but never happened. But, there were other factors that occurred which helped the Republicans to steal control of the Senate and gain more seats in the House.

The Democratic Party made it quite clear to the Republicans that they weren't going to put up much of a fight when it came to the massive suppression of Democratic voters in almost all of the republican-cont rolled states which included more than half of the 50 states.

Hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters throughout the nation who actually wanted to vote were prevented from doing so because their vote was not protected by the USDOJ. It turned out that if these people were allowed to vote, the Republicans would not have won control of the Senate or gained as many seats as they did in the House.

In addition, it was indicated that a large number of e-voting machines were not working correctly, and since the Republicans knew that the Democrats would not demand that these e-voting machines be verified or tested for honesty and accuracy, one doesn't really know who they voted for, at least internal to the machine.

And, last but definitely not least, if you think that things were bad this time, wait and see what happens come 2016.
+13 # bmiluski 2015-01-09 10:56
Unfortunately Geraldom.....I have to agree with you. You think the bush era was bad, wait until these idiots get through with us.
+25 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2015-01-09 00:04
When any politician takes office, needless to say, that politician wants to stay in that office as long as possible. Each politician realizes that that politician runs a store. The stock in that politician's store are votes. That is what they sell and usually to the highest bidder. The politician is financed by the 1 %. The 1 % want a return on their political contribution finance money. Therefore, when legislation is to be voted on, the 1 % get what they want. Did I misunderstand something?

Yet, Republicans dump on women, the worker, minorities, voting rights. And they regain both houses. Only in America.
+24 # geraldom 2015-01-09 09:18
Allow me to make this crystal clear.

Ever since G.W. Bush and the Republican Party stole both the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, and have now taken control of well over 50% of the state governments that make up the 50 states that make up the United States from top to bottom by devious means and, as a result of the massive gerrymandering of these states to favor the Republican Party, the Republicans, for all intents and purposes now control the electoral system in this country. All the rules and laws defining how elections are to take place in these Republican-cont rolled states will further illegally suppress the Democratic vote in these states which will obviously also affect the future makeup of the national government in Washington DC.

The only hope of changing this scenario, legally that is, would be to persuade Republican and independent voters (who voted Republican) to change their votes in future election, but even that solution has been squashed. The Democrats are idiots, and if you think that I sound pissed, I am! After Bush stole the 2000 presidential election, the Republicans with the support of the Democrats passed a Bill called HAVA, the Help America Vote Act, which has completely removed paper ballots counted by humans, not machines, from our horizon and we all must now use fraudulent and corruptible e-voting machines which favor the Republican Party.

What else can I say? We are all screwed!!
+6 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2015-01-09 13:36
Good post. Your ideas are spot on.
+56 # Corvette-Bob 2015-01-08 18:32
l large segment of the Republican Party is intent on dismantling the American government and society which they view as being evil and immoral and leading America down the path to secularism. Two of the matters that motivate them is abortion and gay marriages which shows how American do not follow their moral views. Once America system collapses they wish to establish an America based upon their Christian views. They oppose environment regulations since they believe that God is in control and that ideas like climate change is denying the power of God. As one Congressman stated that the "big bang theory came from the pits of hell." Or Rick Santorum who stated "do not send your children to college, if you do, they will lose their faith." They want to remove the circuit brakers from the financial institutions to let the banks speculate with derivatives using FICA funds with the hope that the financial markets will collapse.
+12 # RCW 2015-01-08 20:29
Corvette-Bob: Thanks for using the qualification of "their Christian views," since theirs are representative of only one branch of Christianity and not the larger whole.
+33 # motamanx 2015-01-08 21:48
If the Republican Christians are so moral, high minded, and God fearing, how come they take so many bribes?
+7 # bmiluski 2015-01-09 11:02
These people C-Bob, are beginning to sound and act like the Christian Church during the Dark Ages.
They are making it prohibitively expensive for the middle class. So that just as in the Dark Ages only the rich could afford an education. After all, ignorance is easier to control.
Their attack on women's rights is right in step with the Christian Church during that time. Using shame and restrictions to keep women in their place.
And subverting any science that does not comply with what they want the general public to believe.
+7 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2015-01-09 17:16
J. Edgar Hoover made a comment in his book "Masters Of Deceit" that struck me and stuck with me. The comment, as best I remember, "advancing math and science (which are critical thinking skills-this is my comment) in our school system will undermine Christianity."
0 # bmiluski 2015-01-12 10:16
Oh Eldon....bravo.
+4 # randrjwr 2015-01-10 11:58
In my opinion, the core value of Christianity is embodied in the following words of Jesus (which I may not be quoting exactly, but pretty close, I think): "Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me." This moral has been totally cast aside by the so-called "Christian Right." Even in the case of their "right to life" posturing, the hypocrisy is clear: they don't give a damn about the welfare of the babies they might save (or their mothers), once they are born. That position is all about controlling women.

As for the attitudes cited by Corvette-Bob, they seem to me to be a mix of ignorance and insanity that is mind-boggling. That such attitudes should drive the efforts of their holders to govern this country is truly frightening. I note from Eldon J. Bloedorn's post that J. Edgar also espoused such ideas, but then we all know he was evilly crazy (but not ignorant or stupid). What ever happened to "separation of church and state?"
+43 # fredboy 2015-01-08 18:52
Yep, bonehead greasers who have sold out their nation and sold their souls to the highest bidders. God bless America, and save us from these rotten bastards.
+46 # reiverpacific 2015-01-08 19:06
Well, if the worst comes to pass -and this lot of howling Banshees could show us the way, the truth and the light -to true Feudalism, my UK/EU Passport is due for renewal; I'm just glad I have a way out.
I'd be sad to leave right now, as I still have some things to accomplish here, in the spirit of giving back -and we love where we live on the rural Oregon coast- but my American wife and I agree that there are limits to what we can stomach.
Sadly, even if the country survives the next two years and no matter how sickened the average American becomes, the likely Presidential candidates that the Democratic Party puts up, are unlikely to push the country back from the right and will accept the reactionary status-quo which'll be the legacy of the coming reign of terror and error
Sanders, Warren and a few others like Jeff Merkley, Al Franken and Allan Grayson will be shut out by the Owner media and slandered by Fixed News.
"O bloody Republicans! Miserable America,
I prophesy the fearfull’st time to thee
That ever wretched age hath looked upon.—
Come, lead us to the edge. Bear them our dread,
They smile at us that shortly shall be dead."
-77 # skylinefirepest 2015-01-08 19:12
Well said about your passport, Reiver, and as far as I'm concerned don't let the door hit you in the ass!
+29 # ericlipps 2015-01-08 19:39
Quoting skylinefirepest:
Well said about your passport, Reiver, and as far as I'm concerned don't let the door hit you in the ass!

And as far as I'm concerned, pest, you chose an appropriate alias.

I know other people who've said similar things about leaving. For that matter, I know conservatives who said similar things after Obama was elected.
+35 # Dave_s Not Here 2015-01-08 20:54
I left fifty-one years ago. I've watched (from a distance) the USA slide further and further into the abyss ever since.
+2 # Old4Poor 2015-01-10 13:00
Dave, where is here now? Just in case the rest of us are also looking for a safe haven.
+15 # tm7devils 2015-01-09 05:21
If it was me, I would let the door hit me in the ass...and be thankful for the added push...
Anybody who can leave this country - and doesn't - is a fool.
+9 # cymricmorty 2015-01-09 08:12
Unless I stumble across a large sum of money, I'm stuck here. I'd leave this sinking ship of fools in a heartbeat. "Murka (rhymes with burka): Love it or leave it" indeed.
+26 # tclose 2015-01-08 20:05
I understand your frustration, but plead with you to consider staying and fight with us to change this in 2016. Your passion would be missed.

Liked your version of the words of the Bard - appropriate.
+28 # maheanuu 2015-01-08 21:14
Quoting reiverpacific:
my UK/EU Passport is due for renewal; I'm just glad I have a way out."

I left my american passport in oregon when I returned home to French Polynesia, I used my French Passport to leave and as I had no desire to ever return to the country of my birth and am 77 years old now, I know that I never will. My only regret is to see what a looney bin the country of my birth has become. I do believe that it is due to the religious movement and the dumbing down of the country that have brought this catastrophe on Americans. Even with the problems that France has, I prefer it over what the USA has become. We just had our 911 and I see the French Government acting as adults and not crushing our freedoms, liberties and freedom of speech. No, I will stay here in France where I belong.
-17 # bmiluski 2015-01-09 11:08
maheanuu......I f this had truly been your country YOU WOULD HAVE STAYED and fought for it.
As it stands, you're nothing but a, coward and a deserter. Ready to moan and groan about the US as long as you don't have to do anything else.
+3 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2015-01-10 21:16
Re:Maheanuu Interesting post. While I'm not fabulously wealthy, certainly not poor, I spoke with a Canadian immigration lawyer. His comment, "yes you have owned rental properties for 36 years, definitely not poor. No criminal record. But, you are in your 70s, not enough wealth. You would be, might be considered a drag on the Canadian health insurance system." I commented,"I have Medicare, I don't need the Canadian health care system." His comment, "still not rich enough. I'm doing you a favor by not accepting your
application money."

Frankly, in the eyes of the enlightened world, the U.S. is considered a terrorist country. I do believe that the U.S. political/milit ary system will be around for a long, long time. Will eventually drain this country of our assets. Do think 9/11 was an "inside" job which lie after lie sucked the American people into another war. OK, in America, I'm resolved that I'm happily stuck with the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers. So, being a football lover, I'm made more happy about staying in the U.S. Sorry sports fans if I did not mention your favorite team(s.)
+22 # davidr 2015-01-08 19:17
"So who still thinks there is no difference between the Republicans and Democrats?"

A: Goldman Sachs.

This is the real problem. The parties are highly differentiated, more so than ever before. But a certain type of donor is completely non-differentiating.

It is easy, and wrong, to say "they're all the same." They aren't … exactly. But they are too easily commoditized by our campaign finance system.

Voters still have plenty of policy positions to choose among — worthy & valid choices on reproductive rights, environmental regulation, immigration, race, education, etc., etc., etc. And we can pretty much make those choices in accordance with party affiliation (the parties are really, really different). But that doesn't mean that Goldman Sachs should get first choice.
+35 # ericlipps 2015-01-08 19:35
Welcome to the Monkey House, where conservatives who don't believe "man came from monkeys" are now positioned to fling poop at President Obama for the next two years.
+11 # bmiluski 2015-01-09 11:09
What do you mean ericlipps....Th ey've been flinging poop for the last 6 years....Bengaz i anyone?
+39 # cymricmorty 2015-01-08 19:51
The rest of the world thinks we're idiots because of these ignorant, hypocritical freaks. (Never mind the fact they get elected...)
+28 # motamanx 2015-01-08 21:57
Yes, Cym, that is the scary part: they do get elected. Perhaps because of several issues that need fixing: Citizens United, Gerrymandering, term limits, lobbyists, Diebold paperless voting machines, and Faux news.
+32 # Ken Halt 2015-01-08 20:03
The title would be more accurate if the word "saboteurs" was substituted for "lunatics". These anti-federalist s don't believe in democratic gov't and have done their best to destroy effective rule by "We The People". They aren't crazy, they're sly like foxes and just as predatory, and unfortunately have been quite successful in destroying the Commons and the voice of the common man in governance. I keep wondering how bad it has to get before politicians such as those mentioned in this article are forced from office.
+11 # reiverpacific 2015-01-08 20:27
Quoting tclose:
I understand your frustration, but plead with you to consider staying and fight with us to change this in 2016. Your passion would be missed.

Liked your version of the words of the Bard - appropriate.

I don't engage with the Pestilential Sky fire, as all it's is capable of is redneck rhetoric and personal insults.
These people who want everybody who doesn't agree with them to leave "Their" country, are well represented by the current cheating, lying, scorched-earth, foreheads villainous low sociopaths who can only be elected by critically-para lyzed conformists who buy into their faux-patriotism , "Real Americanism" and American exceptionalism, taking the road most traveled and being led willingly like sacrificial sheep and goats to the slaughter as they are in the Muslim Idul-Fitri.
It would never occur to such as these, that those of us who fight the Empire actually care more about this country -and by natural extension, the rest of the world- than all their "Yassah-Boss -whatevah you say boss" incurious sleepwalkers through their own history.
Their ilk never sparked one flame of progress through human history -but followed the ruling or usurping powerful obediently, no matter how patently evil or corrupt.
"The ball no question makes of "Ayes" or "Noes"
But Right or Left as strikes the Player goes;
And He who toss'd thee down into the Field
He knows about it all -He knows-HE knows!
+6 # RCW 2015-01-08 20:39
Ken: Do you expect that to happen before we use rig-proof ballot boxes and a truly informed and motivated electorate?
+2 # Old4Poor 2015-01-10 13:08
We must also change how we are represented. Dems outvoted the GOP by Millions in the past three National Elections and yet managed to loss control.

We need one woman (or man), one vote.

Wyoming which has such a small population they only have one Rep has two Senators, the same as California. The GOP who dominate Wyoming then can counter the Dems from the West Coast even though they are far fewer in number.
+27 # geraldom 2015-01-08 20:58
They're not lunatics. They are simply evil cold-hearted SOBs without a conscience or a soul who could care less as to how many people have to suffer and/or die in this country as a result of their unending need for more power and their greedy support of corporations and the NRA.
+13 # Rockster 2015-01-09 03:10
I agree with geraldom that the people at the top of the heap are not lunatics but are living arrogant selfish and hateful lives. It's the idiots who are Never going to be let into the club but lust after a wisp of superiority who Are acting crazy. Those are the ones who get the Repugs elected. How to reach their hearts minds and Votes is the question . They act irrationally out of primitive feelings of fear, lust, appetites etc. it used to be assumed that education was the answer but it doesn't look too good on that front either.
+9 # MidwestFuzzyFace 2015-01-09 08:14
Let us all take a deep breath and remember that we only get what we deserve. Republican control of the legislative branch will provide the 99% with just cause to rise up, if not in a revolutionary sense (we have no stomach for the hard fight) then at least as voters, which will result in another Obama-esque flourish bringing more of the S-O-S as in "same ol' s___". Until this country (both poor and middle class alike) wakes up to the reality of the 1%'s rape we are fated to live our lives swimming upstream against the sewage Wall Street flushes down upon us.
+5 # lobdillj 2015-01-09 09:42
To convince me there is a difference between the two parties the Dems will have to force Obama to finally close Guantanamo, indict Bush & Cheney at a minimum for war crimes and lying to start a war, fire all Wall Streeters in the administration, prosecute Wall Street for criminal fraud, rescind all of Bush's executive orders, stop drone warfare, get K Street off of Capitol Hill, stop TPP, stop participating in all "free trade" agreements ...and whatever else big money is getting their way through political contributions.
+1 # Old4Poor 2015-01-10 13:09
Look at the Supreme Court and tell me there is no difference.
0 # A_Har 2015-01-10 19:21
The "difference" is a head fake.
+3 # mmcmanus 2015-01-09 11:36
The names Goring, Hess, Goebbels, Himmler, Bormann, Mengele, Eichmann and Hitler are easily interchangeable with Cruz and the other republican politicians mentioned in the article.
+1 # Robbee 2015-01-09 11:53
the final challenge of democracy is all those pesky workers with all their pesky needs - jobs, healthcare, well, all those pesky things humans need in order to live

cut them out of the equation and we get paradise, no one to dig into deep pockets, no taxes, no need for services, no, wait! who will pay for our military to protect our deep pockets and to lure others into our deep pockets web? maybe we better keep a few workers around?
+3 # Buddha 2015-01-09 12:54
"So who still thinks there is no difference between the Republicans and Democrats?"

IT depends on the topic under discussion. Yes, you pointed to things there are differences. If the topic is neoliberal tax/trade policy that facilitates offshoring and further exacerbation of the income/wealth disparity, indeed, both parties are bought and paid for. Obama is still pushing the TPP and its brethren "free trade" Corporatocracy handouts.
0 # Old4Poor 2015-01-10 13:12
I do not just THINK, I KNOW there are vast differences between the two parties. Again, Supreme Court.

If I wait around for a perfect candidate I would never vote.
+1 # thekidde 2015-01-09 13:10
This is a blessing in disguise as now the true nature of Republican idiocy will bloom and then wither by its own preponderance of anti-American rhetoric and foolish proposals that will illustrate their ignorance of positive, productive governance.
+2 # Pikewich 2015-01-10 19:33
"So who still thinks there is no difference between the Republicans and Democrats?"

Right. Which is worse, dumb or dumber?

What the hell difference does it make between republican lite (dumb, sold out) and republican (dumber totally sold out)?

Well, things go to hell faster under republican (dumber sold out totally) than republican lite...


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