Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lipstick on a Pig

Before you do anything today, go and read Josh Mandel's "Jobs Plan" because it will tell you a lot about him. I've read through the plan and it is devoid of anything that offers jobs for human beings in Ohio.  It is nothing more than a repeat of the same drivel that has been promoted by every Republican candidate in the country for the last thirty years.  Here are the usual Republican buzz words---- regulations are bad, the debt is bad (even though they won't admit that G.W. Bush created it), business creators pay too much in taxes, business owners should be able to do whatever they want (dump mercury, benzene, etc. in your water), and make cuts to everything but defense, etc., etc.

It appears that all Republican candidates, including John Boehner, have adopted the phrase "common sense" for use on the websites and speeches.  Even their buddies at ALEC, Americans for Prosperity, the Cato Institute, the National Republican Senate Committee, the Heritage Foundation, the National Republican Congressional Committee, Fox News, Americans for Tax Reform, and Mitt Romney, all use the words "common sense" in all communications.  When any of these people and their supporting right wing special interests don't like the way that a Democrat has voted, they say that the elected official "voted against common sense."

In case you are interested----
Absent Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel used "common sense" 10 times in his "Jobs Plan."
Pat Tiberi used it on his website.
Steve Stivers has it on his page.
Ohio Rep. Mike Duffey mentions "common sense" at his campaign site.

In the end, Republicans can call it a "common sense" agenda, but most people would say that the Republicans are just "putting lipstick on a pig."  It is the same old agenda.  Don't be fooled, even if you are hearing the words over, and over, and over again.