26 years old. Ex-ex-pat. Wandering Californian. Pseudo historian. Grad student. Queer. Beer enthusiast. Anglophile. Theoretical time traveler. Part time librarian. Full time loser. The usual.

 

The US budget is like a 1st grader playing Oregon Trail. Spend all the money on ammunition so you can shoot at stuff, then wonder why your wagon is falling apart and everyone is dying of dysentery.

Malhavoc430 // Reddit (via mattchew03)

That’s it. That’s the whole government.

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christopherhuff:

buzzfeedpolitics:

Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier decided to make an unconventional pitch on the House of Representatives floor Thursday to defend food stamps. Speier used a cooked steak, a bottle of vodka, and a can of caviar to point out members of Congress who had large numbers of SNAP program recipients in their districts but opposed the program. The Congresswoman pointed out many of the same members of Congress took trips around the world with large stipends for food and lodging.

“In my district, California 14, we have about 4,000 families who are on food stamps, but some of my colleagues have thousands and thousands more,” Rep. Speier said. “Yet, they somehow feel like crusaders, like heroes when they vote to cut food stamps. Some of these same members travel to foreign countries under the guise of official business. They dine at lavish restaurants, eating steak, vodka and even caviar. They receive money to do this. That’s right, they don’t pay out of pocket for these meals.”

Speier went on, using particular examples of members of Congress who went on sponsored trips and spent large amounts of money on food and lodging.

“Let me give you a few examples: One member was given $127.41 a day for food on his trip to Argentina. He probably had a fare amount of steak,” she said.

“Another member was given $3,588 for food and lodging during a six-day trip to Russia. He probably drank a fair amount of vodka and probably even had some caviar. That particular member has 21,000 food stamp recipients in his district. One of those people who is on food stamps could live a year on what this congressman spent on food and lodging for six days,” she added.

Congresswoman Uses Steak, Vodka And Caviar To Hammer Republicans On Food Stamp Cuts

Jackie Speier is a badass, and these congressmen do not intimidate her. She’s seen some shit. Witness this from her Wikipedia page:

Speier served as a congressional staffer for Congressman Leo Ryan. Speier was part of the November 1978 fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by the Reverend Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple followers, almost all of whom were American citizens who had moved to Jonestown, Guyana, with Jones in 1977 and 1978.[8] Speier was one of only two members of the mission who were concerned enough about potential violence to make out a will before traveling to Jonestown.[13]Several Peoples Temple members ambushed the investigative team and others boarding the plane to leave Jonestown on November 18. Five people died, including Congressman Ryan. While attempting to shield herself from rifle and shotgun fire behind small airplane wheels with the other members of the team, Speier was shot five times and waited 22 hours before help arrived.[14] The murder of Congressman Ryan was the only assassination of a Congressman in the line of duty in the history of the United States.[15] That same day, over 900 of the remaining members of the Peoples Temple died in Jonestown and Georgetown.”

Here are the 18 senators, all Republicans, who voted against the final deal to end the shutdown and avert a debt default.

Republican Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (Texas), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Dean Heller (Nev.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.), Pat Roberts (Kansas), Jim Risch (Idaho), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), David Vitter (La.).

— Jennifer Bendery

Senate Republicans Who Voted Against The Deal (via thepoliticalfreakshow)

I will reblog this everyday until midterm elections come around, if that’s what it takes, so help me god.

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Ah, the Dingbat Squad.

(I am having such a case of schadenfreude today. It would be unalloyed if their stupidity hadn’t cost good hard-working people money and damaged the US economy, and if they hadn’t also, entirely offhandedly, sat around for the guts of two weeks idly dicing with the fiscal welfare of the rest of the planet.)

I feel the same way. There are some political upsides to this, but the amount of damage done by their fucking temper tantrum is appalling.

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You should remember these names. These are the people who voted to destroy the US’s credit rating and crash the global economy (which has only recently been brought back from the brink of another Great Depression, and yes, 2008 IS recent) rather than help poor and working-class people get health insurance. They voted to keep millions of government workers unpaid (thereby ruining not only them, but all the other private-sector workers who depend on that income) rather than let the first Black President’s achievement stand.

These are people who hate Obama more than they love their country. It’s not treason by the letter of the law because they didn’t do anything illegal, but it’s treason in spirit.

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NEVER NOT REBLOG. This is the best time to demonstrate that “the internet forgets nothing” doesn’t just mean wacky pictures and fandom conflict and whatever. If you live in the US in an area represented by one of these selfish, petty people - or if you know people in these areas - DO NOT LET ANYONE FORGET. Let’s bring the consequences of their actions down on the heads of these brats.

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Dad: I hope Romney wins the popular vote but doesn't end up winning the presidency so we can listen to the Republicans cry for four more years. Serve 'em right. I did my eight years under Bush. It's your turn, right-wing bastards.

Shit guys, all I can say is that I really, really hope Obama gets reelected because my escape plan just went up in smoke. 

Also, where’s my binder full of women? 

stfuconservatives:

thefeministslayer:

jacqueerlyn:

#feminism #Obama 🚺🎀 (Taken with Instagram)

Feminists: They literally believe that their life is in danger.
Wow. Just…WOW! #Ignorant

13-year-old gives self-abortion at home using a pencil
The Way It Was (MotherJones’ phenomenal article about what it was like for women before Roe v. Wade)
Gerri Santoro, Becky Bell, Susannah Lattin - three women who died from illegal abortions (trigger warning - graphic photos)
Birth is 11 times more deadly than an abortion
New study: contraception saves women’s lives
So, uh, yeah, our lives are kinda in danger.

stfuconservatives:

thefeministslayer:

jacqueerlyn:

#feminism #Obama 🚺🎀 (Taken with Instagram)

Feminists: They literally believe that their life is in danger.

Wow. Just…WOW! #Ignorant

13-year-old gives self-abortion at home using a pencil

The Way It Was (MotherJones’ phenomenal article about what it was like for women before Roe v. Wade)

Gerri Santoro, Becky Bell, Susannah Lattin - three women who died from illegal abortions (trigger warning - graphic photos)

Birth is 11 times more deadly than an abortion

New study: contraception saves women’s lives

So, uh, yeah, our lives are kinda in danger.

(Source: thefartinourstarss)