Who does your congressman listen to: Koch brothers, Cantor or you?

Do something you idiots!

It’s the third day of the government shutdown and stock prices are plunging, down nearly 180 points at lunchtime.

Now, I’m not a smart politician like those folks in Washington, all who say they are listening to their constituents and doing what they can to put the government back to work while pointing fingers at, well, at anyone who happens to be near. I’m not part of the rich and powerful who say they know what’s best for me and other Americans, especially those poor furloughed government employees who now have to try and figure out how to put food on the table for their kids and pay the monthly bills while the majority of our elected officials continue to draw their monthly paycheck.

Even Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., a conservative who is about as right-winged as a person can get politically, obviously is totally out of touch with what’s going on because of the shutdown. In a television news interview, Huelskamp told the reporter that the sun has come up, people are going about their business, the stock market hadn’t closed, and everything is just fine.

And then he walked off smiling…probably on the way to the bank to cash his paycheck.

But to my midwestern-way-of-thinking, none of those fools in Washington are thinking about those government employees, the country’s economy, or me. In fact, what these extremists are doing is akin to a terrorist plot to destroy the American government and its economy.

The only time Congress actually did something to earn their pay, was when the Democrats were in control of the House and Senate during President Obama’s first term. Like what they did or not, agree with their methods or not, legislation was passed, by the majority, designed to help lift this country out of its worst economic recession in recent memory. And, like it or not, a law was passed to revamp health care in this country, a law that eventually was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Now, looking back at what Congress has done since the Republicans and its TEA Party faction have taken control of the House, hmmm, lets see, nothing except cause havoc and shutdown the federal government.

But maybe that has been their goal all along.

Earlier this year CNN reported that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2008 on the eve of Obama’s inauguration led a secret meeting where he, and the others in attendance, swore to destroy Obama’s presidency by blocking everything the president tried to accomplish in lock-step, partisan political war. He reiterated that promise in 2009 during a closed, invitation-only meeting in New Mexico sponsored by the famous right-winged Koch brothers, also from Kansas. (Kansas seems to be a fertile garden for growing political nut jobs!)

Since then, Cantor, et al, have made good their diabolical promise, forcing America’s economy to the brink of the fiscal cliff, forcing a politically motivated government shutdown that is going to fiscally hurt thousands of Americans, rip into this country’s fragile recovering economy, and throw wrench into the clog of implementing the Affordable Care Act.

My personal opinion is the Koch brothers, Cantor and all those of ilk-minded political ideologies, are, in a word, racists. I think the inept, lockstep, partisan right-winged policies and political roadblocks being put up in Congress all stem from the fact that President Obama is black and their prejudices keep them awake at night trying to come up with ways to destroy him — even if that means destroying America in the process.

I hope my congressman, Kevin Yoder of the 3rd District, isn’t one of those in lockstep with Cantor and the Koch brothers. I voted for him because I believed he would cast votes and work with Democrats to create legislation that would not only be beneficial to his constituents and Kansas, but would help all Americans to move forward. I would rather read about him skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee than attending private and secret meetings with Cantor and the Koch brothers.

I would hate to think that Yoder is making decisions and casting votes that would cripple America’s economy, that were designed to destroy a presidency, that fiscally devastated individual Americans, and hurt hard-working families.

What about it, Kevin? Whose side are you on; who do you listen to: the Koch brothers, Eric Cantor, or me?

3 Responses

  1. Chuck, please take your medicine, I am starting to worry about you.

    The stock market must correct, the only thing holding it up has been the constant influx of funds from the Federal Reserve. One might say that was dollars stolen from the American public. Now you have investors that may or may not take a hit. If Obama looses it will bounce way ahead of where it was before the loss.

    Set tight… we will see.


    *From:* View From the Midwest [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Thursday, October 03, 2013 12:23 PM *To:* bob@montgomeryandcompany.com *Subject:* [New post] Who does your congressman listen to? Koch brothers, Cantor or you?

    Chuck Kurtz posted: “Do something you idiots! It’s the third day of the government shutdown and stock prices are plunging, down nearly 180 points at lunchtime. Now, I’m not a smart politician like those folks in Washington, all who say they are listening to their constitu”

  2. Okay so we all know from polling (every man, woman, child and invertebrate has been polled it seems) that the public broadly supports the Dems on the gov’t shut down / healthcare circus. And we kinda know that they support the GOP on the debt ceiling issue if they manage to frame the argument as being about “fiscal responsibility” and spending etc.

    So theoretically the first battle should have been settled in the Dems favour and the second one in the GOP’s favour. The war playing out in a 1 – 1 draw.

    Theoretically. Because an interesting thing may very well happen on the way to next month’s circus.

    The budget debacle (in which polling shows the Dems should win the battle for popular opinion) is STILL not resolved and the debt ceiling fight is about to start in earnest.

    Thus it seems that the two battles will now become one MEGA battle (revolving around both issues) in which the winner takes all.

    This could be VERY interesting. Mainly because just as the public supports the Dems on the budget / shut down issue, they broadly support the GOP on the debt ceiling issue. So if the two fights turn into one BIG fight, who will the public end up supporting?

    This battle is turning into a winner-takes-all Super Bowl of political warfare.

    Boehner has made it clear that he wanted to avoid the shut down confrontation (which he knew was a loser in terms of public opinion) in order to save his ammo for the debt ceiling crisis, which is he thinks he can win. And he may kinda sorta get what he wants now as the shut down / ACA fight carries on so long that it merges with the Debt Ceiling fight.

    So who will win this showdown?

    Will the Dem’s be able to make this mega-confrontation all about the gov’t shut down & ACA stuff and win, or will the GOP manage to grab the narrative and make the fight all about the debt ceiling / supposed “fiscal responsibility” and win this gloves-off political cage fight?

    With mid-term elections just round the corner,the stakes couldn’t be higher. The team that wins this mega-fight will triumph in the mid-term elections, and the one that loses this stand-off loses in the mid-terms. Control of the House and Senate will be probably be decided this month.


  3. What do you think of Yoder now that he wrote (with the help of citicorp) a provsion of the Omnibus spending bill that “undoes a rule that prevents big banks from relying on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to bail them out if things go sour when they trade risky assets.” I thought Republicans and tea party people hated the Wall Street bail out. Guess Yoder didn’t.

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