This page is dedicated to answering those lovable, forwarded pieces of political spam that abound this time of year.
I especially like those that ask me what I think, then dare me to say.
I especially like those.
I received this one in mid September, 2012. The original is in bold, my responses underneath. I have not edited the original for formatting, grammar or spelling.
Someone please tell me what the HELL’s wrong withall the people that run this country!!!!!!
Both Republicans & Democrats
Well, it’s like this. The last couple of election cycles, a fringe element in pointy hats, financed by the political Right, was able to buy enough air time to convince working people that anybody who was working in Washington at running the Country had to go. As a result, we sent a bunch of good, experienced people home, both Democrats and Republicans, many of them All Stars who not only knew what they were doing but were doing it very well. In their place we sent those who had never done the job. They are worse than rookies, because they were totally unversed and untrained.
It isn’t smart to choose a rookie brain surgeon who has never held a scalpel, and none of us would choose for our favorite team to start a freshman quarterback who has never been into a game. Yet we did just that with Congress. We have the government we voted for. They did little to nothing but say “No”.
We should vote better next time, think more and listen to the TV less.
We’re “broke” & can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans,
Orphans, Homeless etc.,???????????
Actually, we aren’t ‘broke’, and we can and do help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans and Children. The fact that the Republicans want to cut it all out for ideological and political reasons doesn’t mean that we can’t do it. Don’t believe their lies, check out the facts (from someone who is beholden to fact checking). It’s not that hard.
In the last years we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , Pakistan , Lybia , Egypt and Turkey , And Japan
Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!
Yes, and two wars that soaked up billions of dollars and took thousands of lives, for no good reason and with no plan to cover the cost. Smarter people than we tell us that foreign aid is a good investment in finance, in trade, and in peace. Hawks just say that we have to keep the Russians and Chinese from doing it.
Our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed income’ receive no aid
nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour
Hundreds of Billions
of $$$$$$’s and Tons of Food
to Foreign Countries!
We have hundreds of adoptable
children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.
Yeah… this one is really not true. First, the ‘fixed income’ our seniors live on is ‘aid’. It wouldn’t be there if the Democrats hadn’t fought to make it law (they were called Communists for it), and wouldn’t be there now if Democrats didn’t keep fighting to keep it (they’re called Socialists for it). Don’t forget that Reagan called it (Social Security) the biggest threat to Democracy in the world… just because it’s a social program that helps people who he, and his successors, think should just help themselves.
Seniors do get tax breaks. Seniors get drug breaks. Seniors get healthcare breaks. Seniors get transportation breaks. I’m not saying they couldn’t be better, but it’s just false to say they don’t exist at all.
And as for breaks, know who gets better breaks than Seniors? Oil companies. Drug companies. Billionaires. All worth billions, and they get better breaks than our Seniors. The President wants to change that, and he’s called a Socialist and criticized for ‘class warfare’. Personally, I think the Seniors who helped build this country deserve better breaks than the corporations that take advantage of it.
As for adoption, parents still choose their kids in America, not the government. Blame those wealthy enough to afford to adopt foreign kids for passing over the kids born here, not the government.
AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without ‘needed’ meds, and mentally ill without treatment -etc,etc.
I agree, there’s absolutely no excuse for this in a civilized country. Other countries have figured it out, we’re way behind the curve on this one. I hate it when we’re not #1! Unfortunately, the GOP in Congress does everything it can to cut what funds do go to help women and children with nutrition and healthcare and education, to help the poor with food and shelter and basic healthcare, to help the mentally ill. It was President Reagan that let loose the mentally ill from treatment. Many are still waiting for their meds to trickle down. The rest didn’t make it.
Any Illegal alien gets the best medical treatment available (frankly NOT TRUE), can sign up for food stamps and housing (well, can sign up anyway, doesn’t mean that they get them) go to the community center for help with transportation. . . .etc etc.
Aren’t community centers for people who live in the community? Or do I need to start ‘carrying my papers’ here in Florida too?
We send aid to Saudi Arabia, who hold us hostage with oil and they build mosques with our money!
Ok, we suck up to the Saudi’s for oil. I don’t like that either. That’s why I vote to get off oil and use other energy sources. Unfortunately, I don’t have as much money as the Koch brothers.
And I don’t get your point about mosques, I guess because we drive to Church and Temple and our Mosques with their gas. Seems like an even trade to me.
They have a ‘Bsenefit’ for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.
We’re a compassionate, mostly charitable people who know that next time it could be us. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s human in every sense of the word. What is wrong… is promising aid and having Tea Party Congressmen hold it up so that it never gets there. I was taught that a promise was your word, and people should be able to stand on your word. America especially should be able to stand on it’s word. Shame on those guys.
Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave ‘US’ the same support they give to other countries.
The government gives us much more than we give away. Unless, of course, you think that you built the roads and interstates, and schools and libraries, and fund the military and police and fire departments all by yourself. And if you do think that, Bless your heart, you must be one of those people Mr Reagan let out.
Sad isn’t it?
99% of people won’t have the
guts to forward this.
I’m one of the 1% — I Just Did
That part about guts is weak and untrue. Most people won’t pass this on because they see it for what it is… tripe.
GOD BLESS AMERICA IN GOD WE TRUST
Don’t forget e pluribus unum!
Better To Remain Silent And Be Thought A Fool Than To Speak And Remove All Doubt
This one threw me… first you say ‘Please tell me’ and then dare everybody to speak up, and then you say it’s better not to.
Nah, I disagree… it’s always better to speak up in a civil sort of way. Even (especially) if we disagree.