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Saturday, October 1, 2016

My state of Texas seems to have an inordinate share of nincompoops in public office. But it’s only fair that officeholders from other place be considered before deciding which state is the nincompoopiest of all.

Give credit to Pennsylvania, for example, whose GOP governor, Tom Corbett, recently scored big nincompoop points by explaining why his state ranks 49th in job creation.

“Many employers,” the guv grumbled during a radio interview, “say, ‘We’re looking for people, but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test.'” Yes, the old my-constituents-are-a-bunch-of-drug-addicts dodge! That’s world-class nincompoopery. Did I mention that Tom’s voter-approval rating is down to 38 percent?

But compare Corbett to one of the Lone Star State’s congresscritters, Steve Stockman. Steve’s re-election campaign has put out a bumper sticker with this uplifting thought: “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.” Wow — that’s two nincompoopisms in only eight words!

Still, even Steve can’t hold a candle to Rep. Louie Gohmert, the mouth that never shuts. Vice chair of a House homeland security subcommittee, Gohmert recently revealed an astonishing piece of intelligence on the terrorist threat to the U.S. of A. Al Qaeda, he informed the whole world, has set up radical Islamist camps on the “other side” of the Texas-Mexico border.

Really? No. But the Islamist alarmist proceeded to tell us that Mexican drug gangs are teaching al Qaeda infidels how to cross the border into Texas and to help them fit in. Gohmert says the drug cartels are teaching Islamists how to “act like Hispanics.”

Hmmm, wondered many Latinos on “this side,” how does Louie think one would “act” Hispanic? Sing “La Cucaracha,” drive a low-rider, dress up as landscapers? But “think” is not part of Gohmert’s shtick — his mouth operates on its own without any connection to a brain or reality.

But when it comes to having its share of political nincompoops, few states can keep up with Virginia thanks to the plethora of political stunts by Eric Cantor, the prancing political prissy who serves as the GOP’s House majority leader. He’s presently trying to pull a con on all of us under the guise of helping working families.

Apparently, Cantor thinks he’s too slick to get caught in an outright legislative lie — or maybe he thinks we rubes are too dumb to figure out that he’s trying to slick us.

  • idamag

    Prissy, how apropos. The man whose labors have made this country great is always the one under attack for wanting to be paid for those labors.

  • eps62

    Par for the course, help the rich screw the poor.

  • docb

    Of course the weasel is all for CORPORATE PROFIT and against the laborer..Slimy repub bagger thief and rapist of the people!

  • Sand_Cat

    If by “us” you mean the voting public in Virginia, Eric’s got their intelligence pegged just right, at least in his own district. This certainly isn’t the first bit of dishonest and malicious claptrap he’s proposed. If the brains were working as they should, we’d never have heard of him, because he wouldn’t have been elected in the first place.

  • Budjob

    And so,It continues>The assault on the working men and women,the poor,and the elderly.It just never stops.To think I donned a uniform in defense of this countrys principles,only now it seems it was all in vain,for I have determined this country has no principles!

    • herchato

      It’s not the country, we are the country, it’s corporations that have no principles. They’re one and only goal is to drive money to the bottom line. To them the bottom line is not everything it’s the only thing.

  • The goal behind the continuous attacks against organized labor is to roll back the clock and eliminate all the perks American workers enjoy. The reason for their insistence on eliminating benefit packages is to reduce operating costs, increase profits, offer higher dividends, and improve our competitive position. In addition to overtime pay, the GOP is planning to eliminate paid sick leave, bereavement, paid vacations, participation in 401k plans and other benefits except, of course, for the folks at the top who will continue to enjoy their multi-million dollar salaries regardless of performance, their lavish benefit packages, and golden parachutes.

    They are half way there already. Organized labor is becoming increasingly irrelevant, our workforce is willing to accept ridiculously low wages and no benefits, and red states are doing everything they can to rid themselves of Unions to attract business investment and improve their tax base. As usual, our focus is on what is best for us today, rather than what will be best for us as a society two or three decades from now, and we are likely to pay a heavy price for our shortsightedness if we don’t wake up and stop what has been going on since the Reagan days.

  • Unions the people that bought you the weekend,overtime-pay,workemens comp,pensions ,sick days,the 40 hour work week a seat at the bargaining table and much more. Corporations hate them as do most misinformed workers,to their Own peril. The corporate loving pols are slowly pushing through laws to rob the American people the fo the right to collective bargaining. Wake up or we will be working for food just like many of the people in right to work states especially the blue coller work force

    • ObozoMustGo

      Bill… what’s wrong with allowing people to choose NOT to be in a union? Why must it be compulsory in many states? While unions may have served a purpose long ago, like any pendulum, it swings the other way, and this has been caused by the unions themselves taking too much. Outrageous work rules, outrageously excessive pay for menial work, thuggary, extortion, and political payoffs… these are all reasons that the unions have gotten out of control, and they are creating their own demise. Like killing the goose that laid the golden eggs.

      Have a nice day!

      “Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech; which is the Right of every Man, as far as by it, he does not hurt or control the Right of another. And this is the only Check it ought to suffer, and the only bounds it ought to know. This sacred Privilege is also essential to free Governments, that the Security of Property, and the Freedom of Speech always go together; and in those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own. Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Freeness [sic!] of Speech; a Thing terrible to Public Traitors.” — Ben Franklin

      • herchato

        The golden goose is keeping the golden eggs and letting everything else trickle on down.

      • Bozo the people like you deserve the right to work for less and with right to work laws they can.
        Have a nice day
        Bill

        • ObozoMustGo

          uhhhh… in case you have not noticed Bill, union membership has been dropping significantly for decades. Part of this is because they have artificially driven up costs of production in many industries. The other component is an ever growing competitive global landscape where American companies want to get access to foreign markets. Combining high production costs with ever growing strangulation through regulations creates a natural incentive to move production to those local markets in foreign lands and then serve the domestic market with that production. I don’t care how many laws you have forcing unionization, these macro economic forces work against the unions. There is nothing you can do about it. Instead, the only thing we can do about it is to create a business climate that gives companies incentive to stay or come here to set up operations in America. That means that the economics must work. And the only real way that wages rise, union or not, is for more competition for that labor by more companies that need it. Please note that I am not against private business unions. If employees want to be in a union, they should be allowed to. If they don’t want to be, they should not have to be forced to join. That’s fair.

          Final note: I am very strongly against public employee unions, however, because they are money laundering rackets for corrupt politicans to line their pockets by stealing taxpayer dollars to pay lavish benefit plans and salaries only to have that money returned to them in campaign donations. No one represents the taxpayer at the negotiation table. That’s NOT fair.

          Have a great Memorial Day weekend, Bill.

          “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.” – RESIDENT RONALD REAGAN

          • DurdyDawg

            But their competition would be limited to each other while the workers pay scale would be a balanced under pay (no competition there).. Why can’t you understand that? The corporate moguls are salivating to return to a 1930s workforce.. No benefits, low pay and accept it or get out to make room for someone who will. Is that your ideal of the American dream? We have to have someone to advocate for us in business matters because you absolutely can not compete with a gaggle of corporate lawyers.. All of capitalism is corrupt, from the corporations to the unions, the difference is that at least the unions actually creates the trickle down effect.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Yo Dawg! What up? Nothing here. Just a quick check of emails on Memorial Day. All anyone needs to read in your post is “all capitalism is corrup” and know where you stand. You must support socialism like most of the other committed leftist freaks on this site. Too bad. In case you have not noticed, socialism has been a miserable failure anywhere it’s ever been tried on a large scale. Don’t you realize that freedom and capitalism go hand in hand while socialism and tyranny go hand in hand? Don’t you look around you at the abundance of what we have and realize that freedom/capitalism IS the underpinning of our prosperity? Don’t you realize that The Constitution AND The Bill of Rights are the antithesis of socialism? These things are self-evident to anyone that can open their eyes.
            I understand where you guys on the left think like you do, however. You confuse a number of things. Among your confusion are the following beliefs:
            1) Your belief in “equality” is actually a belief in equality of RESULTS, not opportunity.
            2) Your belief in freedom is a belief in freedom FROM responsibility, not freedom WITH individual responsibility.
            3) You believe the ecomic pie is fixed and that for one person to gain, another has to lose.
            4) You confuse government with a free society because you believe in the central authority of government ot coerce people into what you think are “correct behaviors.”
            5) You believe that the faults of mankind can be eliminated or controlled by proper government policy while never acknowledging that those same faults apply to the humans that make up the government and it’s tyrannical beauracracy.
            This is common thinking among the left and is the only reason that such a statement about “all of capitalism is corrupt” could possibly enter your mind. That is diseased thinking. All of it false.
            Have a great Memorial Day, Dawg!
            “We are the land of the free BECAUSE of the brave.” – United States Marines

          • CPAinNewYork

            Why can’t the Bozo understand your point? That’s easy: He doesn’t want to understand anything but his conserltative agenda

  • Budjob

    Unions then,unions now,UNIONS FOREVER!!!!I,from a union family and proud of it.My Dad was an organizer with the United Mine Workers in the 1930’s and I know what he had to endure!!!

  • ObozoMustGo

    Talk about a war on women…. of the 56 MILLION babies that have been murdered in and out of the womb, about 28 MILLION of them have been women. The REAL war on women is happening in the womb.

    Have a nice day!

    “[Our objective is] unlimited sexual gratification without the burden of unwanted children … [Women must have the right] to live … to love … to be lazy … to be an unmarried mother … to create … to destroy… The marriage bed is the most degenerative influence in the social order… The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

    — Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel , Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race . New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

  • Lovefacts

    As Virginian, I wish Cantor could be defeated. The man is a disgrace and without an ounce of compassion or true understanding of the working man or woman. For years, the US was the perfect example of upward mobility. It now ranks well behind the EC. Why? Because labor rights are protected in the EC plus the governments support, through laws and help where needed, working mothers and fathers. Also, the EC actually believes in an educated population.
    In addition, where our 1st Amendment states separation of church and state, religion determines how teachers educate their students and it dominates which laws are passed–unlike in Europe, including Italy. Heck, in Catholic Italy the national health insurance plan allows for abortion–Italians believe it is a private/personal decision, not the governments nor the church’s business.

  • bckrd1

    “Apparently, Cantor thinks he’s too slick to get caught in an outright legislative lie — or maybe he thinks we rubes are too dumb to figure out that he’s trying to slick us.”
    Well Lord knows he has been proven right since he keeps getting elected by these same rubes hasn’t he?

  • DurdyDawg

    Nim Nods! We’ve been electing nim nods into our political system.. My question: Who really is the nim nods..?