Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Good grief!  Have the Republicans in Congress completely lost their bloody minds?  On Friday, the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that has been the source of much haggling for months finally passed in the House.  It would not have passed this time either, had it not been for 13 Republicans who stepped up to the plate and put the best interests of the people ahead of the Republican Party.

  • Don Bacon of Nebraska
  • Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
  • Andrew Garbarino of New York
  • Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
  • John Katko of New York
  • Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
  • Nicole Malliotakis of New York
  • David McKinley of West Virginia
  • Tom Reed of New York
  • Chris Smith of New Jersey
  • Fred Upton of Michigan
  • Jeff van Drew of New Jersey
  • Don Young of Alaska

Filosofa gives a huge thumbs-up to these 13 men and women!  👍

But then came the repercussions from the circus show otherwise known as the GOP, or the Republican Party.  A sampling …

  • “I can’t believe Republicans just gave the Democrats their socialism bill” — Matt Gaetz  👎
  • “That 13 House Republicans provided the votes needed to pass this is absurd” — Chip Roy  👎
  • “Vote for this infrastructure bill and I will primary the hell out of you” — Madison Cawthorn  👎
  • Says ol’ Margie Greene … any Republican who voted for the bill would be “a traitor to our party, a traitor to their voters and a traitor to our donors.” After the vote, she accused the 13 of having voted to “pass Joe Biden’s Communist takeover of America” and tweeted the phone numbers to their congressional offices.  👎👎

It becomes obvious that either a) these people have no idea what ‘infrastructure’ is, or b) they don’t care if people are killed on crumbling roadways and bridges, if the people of this nation have clean, safe, drinking water, and more.  My best guess is the latter explanation … the Republican Party no longer gives a damn about their constituents or about the people who pay their salaries … they care only about their own power and wealth.

Six Democrats voted against the bill, but you don’t hear other Democrats deriding them and calling them names.  Just goes to show the difference in the level of maturity, don’t you think?

A number of Republicans are either leaving the party or deciding not to run again next year because they are ashamed of what the party has become and no longer wish to be associated with it.  While I fully understand their logic and cannot argue to the contrary, perhaps it would be better for the country if those few who still have a conscience stayed in the party and tried to make a difference.  We’ll never know.

The Republican Party has become something that would make the Founding Fathers roll over in their graves.  The only way they will change is if the most radical of them are voted out of office.  There was a time when I thought the vast majority of people in this country were too smart to fall for some of the crap the GOP is dishing out, but today I’m not so sure.

37 thoughts on “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

  1. I’ve read about this Abit. These republicans seem very similar to conservative government. Always put them above what’s best for the many. Glad you’re back but don’t overdo it!

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  2. Thank you for sharing and glad that you are on the road to recovery and on the mend!.. unfortunately it seems that the Republicans agenda is to prevent President Biden from succeeding, no matter the cost… elements of the Republican party appear to be closed minded and trying to deny any change or compromise even though change and compromise may be good for the country as a whole… “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”. (Isaac Asimov)… 🙂

    Continue to get better, enjoy each and every day and until we meet again…
    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    (Irish Saying)

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  4. Jill, it is so great to see your words online! I hope you are moving forward more in your recovery. As for this subject, which is more mundane next to your health, I have been calling the thirteen GOP Senators thanking them for putting the country’s interests ahead of their party’s. This bill is not only three months over due, it is about ten years overdue. It will help America and Americans.

    And, Rep. Gaetz comment is not surprisingly laced with hyper-partisan rhetoric. The bipartisan bill passed the Senate 69 to 30, including a vote in favor from Mitch McConnell. I could hardly see Mr. McConnell voting for something as labeled by Mr. Gaetz. So, getting thirteen Republican votes is only surprising as it so few. I would have hoped more than thirteen would have shown some politcal courage.

    I also left a message with my GOP representative, you did not vote for it. I thanked him for being a part of a Congress that passed, but shared my disappointment that he voted along party lines. I applauded to him in a message, my thanks to the thirteen Republicans who did. As an independent and former Republican (and Democrat), I am long tired of the sophomoric tribal party BS that prevents things from getting done.


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  5. I can’t believe Tom Reed voted for it. He’s a real piece of work. He must have gotten a shit-load of calls, emails & letters to sign on to this. We need new roads & bridges here in WNY in the worst way.

    Glad to see a post from you!

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  6. Welcome back! It’s so good to see you again, and it was kind of the politicians to continue putting on their shitshow for you to write about on your return. I hope you’re feeling much better but do please take things easy, to borrow a phrase.

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    • Thanks so much, Clive! Not back yet … I still have a long road, I am told, to being recovered. But, I missed you guys and I’m going to try to write a bit, for I really miss writing, too. Indeed, it was good of them to continue their shitshow and I have a feeling they’ll even be dialing it up a few notches in the coming year so that I won’t run out of fodder for ye olde blog!

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      • It’s good to know that they have a plan to help you recover, even if it’s going to take a while. It will be good to see you taking gentle steps along that road, when you feel up to it. You have a lot of support here and we’re all backing you. Take care.

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  7. “It becomes obvious that either a) these people have no idea what ‘infrastructure’ is, or b) they don’t care if people are killed on crumbling roadways and bridges, if the people of this nation have clean, safe, drinking water, and more.”
    Why not both, lol

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  8. Welcome Home, your family has been longing for your return!! In the September 2004 book, “America (The Book) : A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction”, Jon Stewart wrote : “If the presidency is the head of the American body politic, Congress is its gastrointestinal tract. Its vast and convoluted inner workings may be mysterious and unpleasant, but in the end they excrete a great deal of material whose successful passage is crucial to our nation’s survival.” It is nice to see that there is at least a narrow passage through the obvious GOP blockage of that tract! Thank-you!

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    • Thank you for the warm welcome, dear friend! I’m not exactly back, just missed you all and will try to write as I can (and when something stirs my ire to the point of heartburn!) Yes, it’s good to see that something is still moving, albeit far too little and far too late.

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  9. It’s like this in the country wher I’m currently living in too, the government passes the laws that aren’t beneficial to the citizens, importing the nuclear contaminated foods from Japan, the pork with ractopamine from U.S., despite how we the people voted, against, all of these matters that are, closely related to our, health, the government just does, what it wants to do, disregarding the people’s, opinions, and what’s worse is that the followers of the political party, are all, blind, still folloewing that leader who is, blindest of them all.

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