You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.
Posting a Diary Entry
Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as
is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.
When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.
If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.
ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.
One diary daily maximum.
Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries
that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
The competition for who is the stupidest member of Congress is a pretty fierce race, but clearly, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert is trying like hell to place first:
GOHMERT: If you look at the debt ceiling bill like I did, not many others apparently did, it increased the amount of Pell Grants from $3 billion to $13 billion. My kids, my youngest just graduated from college, and we had to do student loans because I've been in government service and that's— I didn't want them to have to worry about it. We still owe them those. It would benefit me greatly.
But that is not a stimulus, what the president's talking about, in forgiving the student loans. That is a stimulus of his voters to come out a year from now and vote for him. That's all it is. It's buying votes with federal money that we don't have. We'll have to borrow 42 cents of every dollar that he uses to buy students' votes so they'll come out again for him as they did in 2008, hoping that buying those votes they'll come back in 2012.
Okay, first off, raise your hand if you're sick of hearing members of Congress complain about how hard it is for them to get by on their $174,000 a year salaries, while at the same time accusing the 50 percent of wage earners who made only $26,400 last year of not paying their fair share in taxes, of whining as they seek government handouts, of waging class war, and of lying about their economic struggles if they happen to own such luxury items as refrigerators.
But pissing on the poor while whining about their own meager six-figure salaries is nothing new for Republicans. Accusing President Obama of "buying votes" with student loan assistance? That may be a new twist. Is this really such a smart strategy?
Gosh, kids, we'd love to help you out with your college education, but if you get any help—the same help we ourselves have sought for our own children—you might vote for Obama. And we can't have that. Oh no. So, screw you.
Okay, so maybe this isn't a new strategy. It's just standard operating procedure for Republicans: Government aid is good for me, but not for thee.
Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 10:38 AM PDT.