Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Faux Tan Man


"Mr. Tan Man, lend me your ear
Your type of thinking, I find very queer...."

As sung by the Chordettes on acid

Who are the people who have run against John Beohner every two years since he entered Congress in 1990? I really must do a google search on this subject. Given the type of Congressman he is, these people, whomever they are, must have been perfectly horrible candidates. That can be the only possible explanation. The voters of Ohio can't be that dumb, can they?

It has just been reported that Representative Boehner's PAC has spent nearly $83,000 - this year alone - on "private" golfing events. This at a time when the unemployment and underemployment numbers in this country are at or over twenty percent. I suppose that would explain Johnny's perpetual tan. The boy's been getting a hell of a lot of sunlight lately, frolicking out there on the greens. As George Gershwin once wrote, "Nice work if you can get it." Very nice indeed.

From POLITICO:

"The Golf events this year sponsored by Boehner's Freedom Project political action committee have stretched from April until October, from Florida to Ohio. And the minority leader didn't hold his events at worn out municipal courses. The most recent outing was a $20, 921.34 event at the plush Robert Trent Jones track in Gainesville, Virginia, an invitation-only private club that was once home to the Professional Golfers Association President's cup."

According to the filings of the Federal Election Commission, the most expensive event cost the "Freedom Project" a total of $29,501.21. This was held in September at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a course designed by Jack Nicklaus. I wonder if they allow blacks and Jews to become members?

"The fact is, this country's going broke....We're spending money we don't have and passing it onto our kids, and at some point somebody's got to say, 'Enough is enough'"

John Boehner

QUESTION:
Where was this jackass when the halfwit from Crawford, Texas was spending the United States into a bankruptcy so paralyzing there is no precedent for it in all recorded human history? Where was his outrage when when the Bush Mob plundered the nation's treasure by making war on a country (Iraq - just in case it slipped your mind) that was a threat to absolutely no one? Is he really serious? That's the really funny thing - he is.

John Boehner is as crooked as they come. Since the departure of Tom Delay he has become the corrupt politician's corrupt politician. He is the new face of organized political sleaze. Someday we'll all realize this. As hard as he may try, he'll never be able to escape the wrath of history. The fact that he has always been (I'll be polite) "ethically challenged" should not surprise anyone who's paid even scant attention to his career these past twenty years.

In June 1995, at a time when Congress was deliberating tobacco subsidies, he was busted handing out checks (bribes - let's be honest) from the cigarette industry to various members in a naked attempt to influence their votes. This incident occurred in plain view right on the floor of the House of Representatives. Is this a great country or what?

Which brings me to something else - not just about Boehner but politicians in general - and not just the Republicans but most of the Democrats as well. When are they going to end this sick and phony charade of being men and women "of the people"? To be sure, there are too many people all over America who are just stupid enough to believe such nonsense. Sarah Palin's book is at this moment the nation's Number One seller. And John Boehner wouldn't keep getting reelected if there weren't enough fools in his district who actually believe that he is on their side. But let's face some serious facts here: working in Washington on behalf of one's constituency is soooo mid-twentieth century. Why can't just one of them have the courage to come out and say it:

"Yeah! I'm a fucking whore for corporate America! What the fuck are YOU ASSHOLES gonna do about it???"

Now, that would show some real moxie! A politician who did that would get my nomination for the annual Profiles in Courage prize that is awarded by the Kennedy Library every year. I might even cast my vote for a person with such guts. I'm just a sucker for chutzpa, what can I tell you!

It's not as if they are attempting to even hide their corruption any longer. It is overt, out in the open and visible for all to behold - a truly transparent plutocracy. How could they be so arrogant? Why is their corruption so blatant? Because they have got us right the hell where they want us. The depletion of our system of education in the last three decades has paid handsome dividends for these humorless thugs. We have become a nation of morons.

You have got to give a tip of the hat to corporate whore John Boehner and the entire Right Wing movement. Not only do they have a huge segment of this once-great nation believing that the government is bad (an intelligent debate may be made on both sides of that topic) but that all government is inherently bad. When or if the day ever dawns that finds most Americans believing this nonsense, we might just as well rename our country, the United States of Anarchy.

Tom Degan
tomdegan@frontiernet.net

AFTERTHOUGHT:

"Harold's Left" is a blog by a guy named Harold (DUH!) who also serves in the U.S. Military. On his home page he states:

"This is an outlet for American progressives who believe in hope over fear. Fear is the linchpin of the conservative movement and always has been. However, progressives believe in the hope of a more perfect union. The ideological battle between the right and the left has existed since 1776, and when progressives have prevailed, we have become a better nation for it."

His site is an absolute gem of wisdom and common sense and well worth your precious time. Here's a link:

http://www.haroldsleft.blogspot.com

Happy reading, campers!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

29 Comments:

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Dusty said...

Tom, sadly I don't think it's lousy candidates..its fucktarded voters.

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Well, hey thar, Dusty!

You just might have a danged good point there!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Tom Degan
11/26/09

 
At 9:08 AM, Blogger Lesley said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Keep ranting. It's good for your health. Love your blog.

 
At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, even though you are a hypocrite and liberals are communists. I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving man.

Harry from Mass

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger Cosmic Navel Lint said...

Golf: a game played by the sartorially-challenged and the bland of thinking.

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

Interestingly, he signed up for the Navy during Vietnam but was honorably discharged eight weeks later due to a bad back. Maybe that's why he has such a rotten swing - at least that's how it looks in the pictures.

Cosmic: Having played golf for many, many years, I would advise you not to generalize. You might insult someone - like me.

 
At 1:49 PM, Blogger Cosmic Navel Lint said...

Lesley, alas, all satire, assuming it's done correctly, ends up pissing off someone.

Enjoy your game.

 
At 2:50 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Thanks, Harry. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well, pal!

All the best,

Tom Degan

PS -

Wait a minute....COMMIE HYPOCRITE??? Why, I oughtta....

Cheers!

 
At 4:05 PM, Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

Sorry, Cosmic. I usually pick up on satire and enjoy it. A 3-day migraine has dulled my sense of humor, I'm afraid.

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger Cosmic Navel Lint said...

Hey Leslie, no sweat.

Take it easy and feel better. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

Tom: You,Tracy and anyone else who cares about animals might be interested in this. A real horror story.

http://parsleyspics.blogspot.com/2009/11/twisted-thanksgiving-tale-for-tennessee.html

 
At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Amy Lysander said...

Well, it's clear why this site is called "the rant" and not "the educated posts of someone in the know." Fact is you just don't like John Boehner, and anyone liberals don't like must be corrupt. And it must really piss you off that these events were fundraisers - not "junkets," or whatever - where he raised a lot of cash that will go to GOP candidates who will knock off more D's next year. Thanks for highlighting his fundraising prowess.

 
At 12:19 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

You did it again. Your satire is so funny and it really will tick off the right wingers. If they would listen to the lies and distortions that constantly come out of Boehner's mouth they might catch on to the fact that the man either lacks principles or a brain. I go with the latter because he doesn't even know the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Cosmic Navel Lint said...

Hey, has Obama pardoned the turkey yet, or is Palin still under lock and key?

And there's another thing: at least under Bush & Cheney you knew the turkey would at least get a good waterboarding before being pardoned - which is more due process than they ever gave any human at Gitmo...

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

Amy: Boehner is a liar and a trouble-maker. He is unpatriotic and more interested in his own welfare than he is in his constituents and the country as a whole. I despise everything about him. He is the male equivalent of Sarah Palin - not bad looking but blank and stupid as hell

When I see comments like yours I think, "Surely, this person is writing tongue in cheek." But then when I see the bad writing, the poor sentence structure, etc. I know they have to be a right-wing fool. Haven't met one yet who knows how to write and speak English correctly.

 
At 7:58 PM, Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

Tom: Thanks for coming by last night. I was overly upset and pee-issed.

 
At 12:40 PM, Blogger Beth said...

I think what a lot of people don't get is that some things have to happen for the greater good of the nation and its people. The end of segregation, for example. It wasn't put to a vote as a referendum. If it had been, at the time I'm thinking that it would have been defeated, and there would be states with White and Black drinking fountains to this day. For me, allowing gay marriage and health care for everyone fall into this category.

At a meeting with my Congressman, Joe Donnelly, this summer, some bitch in the crowd kept hectoring him about promising her that he wouldn't vote for any bill that provided federal funds for abortion. He finally said to her, "Ma'am, I'm not here to satisfy you. I'm here to do what's best for the United States of America." Boo-ya! Now shut the fuck up, bitch. (He didn't say that part. I did.)

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

 
At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing I'll say about Sarah Palin. She's got it all. Brains, beauty and motivation. She is an avid hunter and why should that surprise some of you liberals out there. Last I heard animals were to be hunted, killed and eaten. Why is this so hard to fathom for some people. Hunting is as natural as giving birth. In many cultures it is a required ritual from passage to a boy to a man. If a man cannot provide for his family then he has no business being a man. Ms. Palin makes many of you boys out there wish you were girls. She's most certainly is on the right track. I do hope she runs for president in 2014. She will get my vote. She is also a dam good looker. I sure wish she was single. Her husband Todd is a very lucky man. God bless Sarah, Todd and their entire family this holiday season. Is it okay with you liberals out there I mention God's name? Oh by the way Tracy Murphy if your out there somewheres you could take a lesson from Sarah Palin on how to be an attractive woman. DON'T TRY SHE'S GOT YOU BEAT BY A MILLION MILES!

SARAH PALIN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2014

 
At 4:03 AM, Blogger Cosmic Navel Lint said...

Anonymous wrote: "SARAH PALIN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2014"

Or even 2012, when in fact they hold the presidential election - or are you requiring that she only take up office a full two years after winning any election? It'd certainly be a novel approach.

Anonymous wrote: "She [Palin]'s most certainly is on the right track."

Really? Care to elucidate on what track might be? It's just that your fellow Palinites are usually at a complete loss to articulate what Palin actually stands for - here, watch your brethren in action, although it does make for rather piteous viewing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKKKgua7wQk&feature=player_embedded

Please, drop by again and regale us with tales of your latest teabagging adventures...

 
At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your criticism of the Republican Minority leader in Congress is worthwhile. . .

Have you also talked about the well liked Democratic Congressman from Harlem. . . Charlie Rangel. . .

Equal time for what seem to be examples of just what are politicians ethics are all about.

The larger concern for me is the unwillingness of the Congrssional ethics committee to even take action against Rangel. . . .

The solution is to elect our neighbors instead of our politicians to office. . .
That's why I like Palin. . . I think she's the closest to being an average American. Along with the experience of being a Mayor and Governor. . .

Consider that Bloomberg spent $100,000,000 to be re-elected to his office. . . .that reason alone should have caused people to vote against him. . .

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Good points all. The irony is that in 1970, Rangel campaigned on the alleged corruption of Adam Clayton Powell. It just goes to show you what goes 'round comes 'round.

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger Joe Ruby Oswald said...

Man, you get some interesting people riled up it seems, Tom. I thoroughly enjoyed the rant, even though the superb articulation of grim realities just bummed me out even more on things that already get me down. But I never blame the messenger. Keep up the great work.

 
At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Frank Fisher said...

Tom, it almost hurts to think I'm about to type this, but you made some sense. Trust me, I thought about breaking my fingers before making that comment.

But I do have to concede the point that it looks bad for any politician to be traveling around the country and/or world spending other people's money at this point in time.

Your are also deserving of kudos for pointing out that it's not just one party or the other that has a corrupt element to it. We most certainly need to elect people willing to our bidding, not just lining their own pockets.

I do have to take exception with the last paragraph. Conservatives, at least this one, don't think that all government is bad, just too much of it is. What we worry about is having to change the name to the Socialist States of America.

I hope you enjoyed your holiday.

Frank

 
At 5:57 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

You see, Frank? There is common ground. Happy Christmas to you as well, pal! You're the first person all season I've wished that to.

Cheers!

Tom

 
At 11:04 PM, Blogger Chris said...

I've always seen Mr. Boehner as a corporate thug, and now we are seeing it first hand with the health care industry...I now turn off the sound when he comes on the tv.......not much new there! Loved this post...he really leads the group of nut cases in the Senate.......nothing intelligent to say, only reiterating the ideological craziness of the right, negating everything our president stands for and embarrassing us in front of the rest of the world........

 
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