It’s Festivus – Time to air the grievances

One of the joyous traditions of Festivus is telling people how they have disappointed you over the past year.

“The tradition of Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you’re gonna hear about it.” – Frank Costanza

I got a lot of problems with you people – so without further ado:

Congressional Democrats

You are weak.  You have a huge majority in the House and Senate and you control the White House and all you can put together is a thousand page piece of trash for a healthcare reform bill.  You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.  You ought to be voted from office.

The most important goal of the healthcare reform bill was to make certain that 100 percent of Americans had access to quality and affordable healthcare without the financial risk now associated with catastrophic illness.  How does one write a healthcare reform bill that leaves about six percent of Americans without coverage?

And don’t get me started on those with inadequate coverage or costly coverage (like my plan).

What can be written on one thousand pages that pretty much keeps the status quo?  The Insurance companies are laughing.  Have you looked at their stock price recently?

There’s no public option, no single payer option.  States can opt out of the plan when Americans should be able to opt out of their employers plan for a better, more affordable plan. 

States can opt out of abortion coverage.  Let’s see how many cave to the pressure.

These bills (one in House and one in Senate) present Congress at its worst – one that is controlled by the squeaky wheel and the millions of dollars from the lobbyists for the insurance companies.

Instead of looking out for your constituents, you have looked out for yourselves. 

And when Congress gets together to hash out a final bill between the House and Senate versions, I’m sure we will be left with a bill no one can support.

All we wanted was an insurance plan similar to what you have (at the taxpayers expense). 

In 2008, Americans voted for change.  I’m guessing that in 2010, we’ll be voting for change – AGAIN!!!

 

Congressional Republicans

The purpose of the opposition party is not to oppose everything in front of you.  The opposition party should be looking out for the interests of the minority – NOT CORPORATE AMERICA.

The filibuster is becoming synonymous with Senate Republicans and that is a travesty.  Makes me wish that the GOP would have voted for that nuclear option.

Gallagher said this about 30 years ago:

“if the opposite of ‘PRO’ is ‘CON’ – what is the opposite of ‘PROGRESS’?

The answer is Republicans. 

You are a bunch of liars who constantly use name-calling as a way to divide the country between the people who read and think with those too lazy to research your lies and those who lack the common sense to know the difference.  (I know I’ve insulted a ton of people here, but come on – WAKE UP PEOPLE.  Do some reading.  Besides, this is in the true spirit of Festivus.)

Instead of offering real alternatives to the legislation the Democrats present, you just criticize and oppose. 

You’ve blamed Obama for a recession that began under Bush’s watch and was partially caused by the legislation you passed when you controlled Congress. 

Your approach is old, tired and stale and you need to be replaced. 

 

Media

You’re the worst of the lot. 

The Republicans call you the liberal, elite media when in fact you’re just lazy, incompetent and complicit. 

There is no such thing as investigative journalism anymore.  When interviewing people (politicians and pundits), you never offer a challenging follow up question.  If someone lies or offers misinformation, you let it go as fact. 

You put question marks on your headlines in order to exonerate yourself from responsibility.

Democrats are destroying America?

It’s been over 35 years since Watergate and real investigative journalism.  Since that time we have been hit with stories like Whitewater and Monica (Clinton) and terrorism (Bush).

You let the previous administration get away with everything without questioning them yet have called this administration out on everything using Republican talking points as fact. 

It’s amazing that in the era of 24 hour news you would think that we’d get more in-depth coverage of meaningful stories.  Instead we get more Tiger or complete analysis of David Letterman – ‘Was his apology good enough?’

I thought the era of ‘Yellow journalism’ was an embarrassment but the media in the last 1-2 decades has been even worse. 

Real newsmen like Walter Cronkite and Edward R Murrow are turning in their grave seeing what you have done to the industry they held in the highest regard.

You can’t fill a program with opinion and pundits and call it a news program.  That’s dishonest. 

‘We Report.  You Decide.” Is a nice slogan but you’re really not reporting anything.   You’re opining.

 

Sarah Palin

You quit as Governor of Alaska (which of course was good for Alaska) but your reasons were crap. 

You claim that you did it because you could do more outside of the office than you could as governor.  You also said that you’d be prevented from doing things as a lame duck since you were not planning on running for re-election.

Oh, please.

According to Alaskan law, you would have been prevented from getting the profits you made from your book if you were in office.

You say that we don’t like you because you’re religious, a strong woman and a mom.   To be honest, those are the 3 traits I like the MOST. 

Saying that Obama pals around with terrorists is a lie – AND YOU KNOW IT.

Saying that the government was going to hold ‘death panels’ in the healthcare reform bill was a lie – AND YOU KNOW IT.

Your folksy charm is nothing of the sort. 

I want my president to be extremely smart – not extremely deceitful and nasty. 

Please do us all a favor and go back into sports reporting.  Maybe ESPN will hire you now – if not, Fox Sports will. 

You betcha. 

 

I have problems with a lot more people but I wanted to stop around 1000 words. 

This “Airing of Grievances” has been great.

It’s time for the Feats of Strength.  Who shall I let try and pin me? 

Hey Beck – stop your crying and get over here.

Happy Festivus to all!

 

 

Gene – My 2 Buck$

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