August 17th, 2011

RatItsAPity

Time To Bash Michele Bachmann AGAIN?!? Didn't I Already Do That?!?

So, Iowa had its straw poll, and Michele Bachmann won.  She just barely edged out Ron Paul.  Not much of a victory.  Still, allow me to congratulate her by pointing at her and laughing.  There are two bits to laugh at here, one PR debacle, and one photo op gone horribly horribly wrong.  Let's start with the former.

Last Thursday was a televised debate between the then-crop of Republican candidates.  During the debate, Bachmann said that women should be "submissive" to their husbands.  In 2006, Bachmann said her husband had told her to get a post-doctorate degree in tax law. "Tax law? I hate taxes.  Why should I go into something like that? But the lord says, be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.'"

Yikes.

Remember the group Bachmann is courting here.  She opposes gay marriage (and her husband is one of those pray-away-the-gay morons).  She opposes porn.  She is going for a group whose definition of societal roles is stuck in the 1950's.  So of course, she's going to say that.

Bachmann held a press conference to redefine what she meant.  She told CBS News' Norah O'Donnell on Sunday that, to her, "submission means respect, mutual respect."  To me, the word "asshole" means an intelligent, wise person.  Bachmann, you're an asshole.

O'Donnell asked if maybe Bachmann should have used a different word.

BACHMANN:  You know, I guess it depends on what word people are used to, but respect is really what it means.

O'DONNELL:  Do you think submissive means subservient?

BACHMANN:  Not to us.  To us it means respect. We respect each other, we listen to each other, we love each other and that is what it means."

I have to admit, this is news to me.  It's not in my thesaurus at all.

Well, this leads me to the second thing.  A lot of sexual metaphors are based on dominance and submission.  Oral sex is fraught with it, as one person services the other, being completely submissive.  So, here's an opportunistic photo of Bachmann having a corn dog at the Iowa state fair.



Jesus.  And she was bitching about the Newsweek cover making her look psycho.  Like she needs the help.  The pic is funny enough, but when you see the guy in the display on the lower left, this has got to be the lulziest political photo since "Mission Accomplished."
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Welcome To The Presidential Race, Rick Perry. Hope You Survive The Experience

Lose a candidate, get a new one free.

Tim Pawlenty finished third in the Iowa straw poll and is dropping out of the race.

However, Rick Perry is stepping up.  The Texas governor has formally announced he is running for President.

Perry's got some 'splaining to do over Confederate license plates.  However, that's not the part I'm interested in.  That's just SOP for the home of gun racks and open liquor.  Here's what I want to take Perry to issue on.

Perry is going for the double dip recession angle, how the bailouts and such under Obama were supposed to avoid double digit unemployment, create jobs, and stimulate the economy.  And the center piece of his platform o' bullshit is the job growth in Texas over his ten years as governor.  He boasts about how there is a net gain of one million jobs today versus when he first became governor.  "We are home to fewer than one in 10 Americans ... but four in 10 new American jobs are in our state."

Pretty impressive, no?  Well, no.  Here's the first thing to keep in mind.  Texas has seen a rapid population growth, whether from immigration or residents expanding families or people moving in for company transfers.  I mention this because Texas leads the nation in minimum wage jobs (many of which don't provide benefits) such as fast food joints.  You know, the things that expand when the population expands.  This would have happened no matter who was governor.

And, in addition to, on top of that, the job growth is not keeping pace with the population growth.  Since 2007, the state's number of working age residents has expanded by 6.6%, nearly twice the national average.  In order to get their employment percentage back to where it was before the recession hit, they would need to create another 629,000 jobs.

There's also another wrinkle to consider -- Perry signed a new budget in May that cuts $15 bil in government spending over the next two years, and the federal stimulus funds are gone.  It's estimated that 100,000 jobs, most of them public sector, are about to vanish into dust.

So, anyone voting for him expecting he will create jobs?  Pay close attention to how he does his math.