To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Observercast

What GOP Really Means

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BY KAREN WEBB

What if Martha Coakley had posed nude?

I don’t think it would have been kept quiet, but her lack of political savvy is not the problem. The problem is the power hungry Blue Dogs and the incredible amount of money the health industry is willing to pay for the prostitution of the GOP and the Blue Dogs.

However, I think we need a movement similar, but not as obnoxious about denying free speech as the teabaggers.

We are in another Gilded Age, except the last time most of organized religion was on the side of the poor, not the wealthy. After the savings and loan mess we were supposed to believe that deregulating the guys who did it was the way to go. The same thing happened after Enron.

These guys do not need limits or control because they will use their wealth to create jobs and help the rest of us. What they do is demand that the people actually doing the work do it for less than a living wage and less benefits while they rake in the money. If we don’t want to do that, they will have women and children make all the clothing in other countries and pay them pennies.

You might think the prices for the end product would go down, but they don’t because that will eat away at their outrageous profits.

And it isn’t just jeans or cars or anything like that. It is our health at stake. If you have ever dealt with an insurance company over a claim, you will know what I mean. The GOP thinks government bureaucrats will be worse than insurance bureaucrats and they are dead wrong.

A vote isn’t much, but I never have the opportunity to cast a vote to unseat a CEO.

We have one “Democrat” in Congress, Dan Boren, and he is the blue-est of the Blue Dogs. I have been told he has been invited to join the “Family” on C-Street, just like Oklahoma’s two U.S. senators, Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn.

I have seen suggestions of what GOP stands for, but I have a new one. I like Gilded Ostentatious Plutocrats. Unfortunately most of organized religion is on the side of the Plutocrats this time around because the Plutocrats have decided to use religion to make more money for those who don’t need any more money.

I am distressed that they are again going to ask us to trust Wall Street to police itself. To me it is like giving a newly repentant drug addict drugs and your car keys to see if he will do the right thing.

I would trust the drug addict before I would trust any part of the Oklahoma delegation.

The idea that they will allow people to come to events and scream over everyone else and call it Free Speech is unbelievable.

Karen Webb lives in Moore, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.