The Republican Party, aka GOP, has a large number of highly UNqualified and horrible people in its ranks today. Margie Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Ted Cruz, Paul Gosar, Louie Gohmert, J.D. Vance, Mehmet Oz, Doug Mastriano, to name just a few who are better suited to working in a circus than in politics. Or is there even a difference anymore? But these people are pests, more than anything. That’s not to say they aren’t dangerous, for they are. They have voices that are far too loud, far too obnoxious, and that seems to be what Republican voters care about today. But the bigger dangers are those ‘leaders’ within the party, those whose power to affect what happens is greater than the rest. Today, I want to talk about one such creature, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
McCarthy represents California’s 23rd district, the most heavily Republican district in the state, and has done so since 2013. Before that, he spent six years are the U.S. House representative for the 22nd district which, due to redistricting, is largely the same district he represents today. McCarthy, unlike Herschel Walker, Mehmet Oz, Margie Greene and so many others is not stupid, but rather cold and calculating. McCarthy and many others believe that if the Republicans seize a majority in the House of Representatives next year, he will be made Speaker of the House, which would give him considerably more power than he has today, although contrary to what he seems to believe, it would not give him unlimited power. And, there is a possibility that the party would name someone else to be Speaker, though that is up for debate.
I follow McCarthy on Twitter for the sole reason that he is a significant influence and I want to know his thoughts, his plans. And frankly, I’m not liking what I’m hearing. Take this tweet, for example …
“Think about this → Inflation is so high that if you’ve had a constant salary for the last year, it’s like you’ve worked more than a month without pay. This is what Washington Democrats took from you. This is the Pelosi Pay Cut.”
He fails to mention that Congress has stymied and blocked an increase in the federal minimum wage rate for over a decade, and therefore the $7.25 a minimum wage worker earns is worth $5.28 today. That equates to $10,982.40 per year. THIS, more than anything, is why people are struggling. His claim about working more than a month without pay is, as my friend Brosephus calls it, bovine fecal matter, or bullshit.
Nearly every single one of McCarthy’s tweets is a put-down of Democrats or of President Biden … he presents no new ideas, no platform … his only ideas are to fault the Democrats for anything and everything, blame the President for whatever he sees wrong with the country, and swear to get ‘revenge’. But let’s take a look … sift through the bovine fecal matter and see what, exactly, McCarthy (and others) plan to do if the Republicans should gain a majority in either or both chambers of Congress next year.
Here are a few of his ‘ideas’ …
- Under Nancy Pelosi, the House of Representatives hasn’t held a single hearing on the origins of COVID-19. That’ll change next year when Republicans are in charge.
- When Republicans take control, we’ll use the gavel to get answers. Republicans will investigate Hunter Biden’s shady business dealings. Republicans will hold China accountable for COVID19. Republicans will secure the border.
- Gas prices are high because the Biden administration has made it harder to produce oil here at home. And now he is sending our emergency reserves to other countries like China. This is reckless and won’t solve the problem. We must produce more U.S. energy to lower prices.
- This gas crisis was entirely predictable and preventable. But Democrats caved to the radical extremists in their party and doubled down on policies that hurt you. A Republican House majority will STOP the madness and put America FIRST.
So … he’s going to waste time and resources investigating the origins of Covid which, it is my understanding, has already been done, but apparently not to his satisfaction. And he’s going to also waste time and resources investigating Hunter Biden … oh for Pete’s sake, let’s put Hunter Biden to bed! Hunter is not the president and what he did or did not do is NOT a matter for Congress to investigate!
Gas prices … gas prices … gas prices! It’s a selling point for the Republicans, because it affects everyone and affects the poorest the most. However, gas prices are high because the oil industry used the supply chain issues as an excuse to raise their prices far more than their cost increased, which has given the oil companies record profits this year! And while I might not have any problem with his idea of making the U.S. more energy self-sufficient, unfortunately McCarthy’s idea has nothing to do with renewable energy … nope, he is talking about oil and gas, further destruction of our already devastated environment. Why? Well, for one thing, he has already raised over $20 million in donations this year, much of it from the oil and gas industry. Oh yes, he has a vested interest in pandering to those who are robbing the people of this nation blind! And in some convoluted thought process, he also said, “We care about the environment, but we care about jobs more.” Um … people won’t need the jobs before long if we don’t tend to the environment NOW!
McCarthy spoke at the America First Summit that headlined the former guy last week … here is part of what he said …
“I believe in this next election, this is a 50-year election. Never before are we going to feel this type of opportunity in a year of redistricting. We can lock in a conservative majority for the decade.”
There … he said it out loud … they have gerrymandered themselves into a position where they will dominate for the next 10 years. I shudder at the very thought of it.
And his latest rant is in regard to the Inflation Reduction Act, which you’d think he would support, since all he does is whine about inflation, but nope. He is falsely telling people it will raise their taxes … his goal obviously being to rile the masses … but the only ones who will see a tax increase are large corporations who are making billions and paying very minimal taxes. Don’t you think it’s about damn time for the wealthy to start paying their share??? They’re robbing us at the grocery store, the gas station, and everywhere else, so … when do they start contributing to this nation that has been so good to them? But, again, McCarthy looks to the source of his donations, his own wealth, and bends over.
McCarthy is only one of the many Republicans who would turn this nation into something ugly for the majority of us, but he is one with more power than most, and like most of the Republicans in Congress today, he has no conscience, no values, no integrity. That’s a lethal combination, my friends. And that is why we cannot afford to let the Republicans gain a majority in either the House or the Senate. This may well be the most important election of our lifetime.