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Rep. Hal Rogers, typical Republican
Via Think Progess, here is some real leadership on display in the House. Republican Rep. Hal Rogers, chair of the Appropriations Committee, says he thinks the Ryan budget is too extreme in its cuts. But is he going to do anything about it? Of course not.
Rogers represents Kentucky's 5th District that's among the poorest areas in the country. And while he said he has concerns with some of the structural changes Ryan's budget plan makes to programs like Medicaid and Medicare and other cuts, he said he will support it. [...]

"I'll be voting for it. It's not exactly to my liking. There are a lot of things that I'm not happy with, including the overall big number," he said. "It cuts too much spending, frankly, from the discretionary side of the budget. Most people don't realize that we only appropriate 1/3 of federal spending … and we've cut that by $100 billion over the last two years."

Whoa! A Republican acknowledging not just that Ryan's budget is devastating and that discretionary spending has already been significantly cut. It's a miracle. Or would be, if Rogers was willing to say this out loud to anyone other than his local news. Or if he used his powerful position as Appropriations chairman to stand up to House leadership. Or if he just had the guts to vote against the damned budget. As it is, he's just another Republican asshole.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 09:36 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 09:36:18 AM PDT

  •  Why is it so easy to tell a Republican (5+ / 0-)

    just by looking at their face?  What is that visual equivalent of shit-smell that just wafts off the faces of Republicans?  In some it's a general look of stupidity, in others it's barely-concealed loathing or seething hatred, but for some reason it's just so damn easy to tell a staunch Republican by looking at them.

    Without a strong safety net and living wage, all labor is forced labor.

    by Troubadour on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 10:20:25 AM PDT

    •  too funny! (0+ / 0-)

      That was my first reaction - that dude looks SO Republican.  I think it's a combination of personal style as a sort of mainstream business executive uniform, too much meat in the diet, and the fact that "people have the face they deserve by 50".

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 11:49:00 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Halvin Has No Time For That. (4+ / 0-)

    He's too busy enriching his family with government contracts pumped into their business interests.

  •  If you served him a turd on a dinner plate (3+ / 0-)
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    pengiep, Pinto Pony, Brown Thrasher

    Would he bitch a little and then chow down?

    Something is seriously wrong with these people.

    For Christ's sake, let's help more of our frightened people get through this thing, whatever it is - Kurt Vonnegut on our "faithless custodians of capital"

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 10:22:14 AM PDT

  •  Herd mentality is a Republican trait (3+ / 0-)
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    pengiep, Pinto Pony, BrianParker14

    The place to be in that party isn't just a Congressman, or a lobbyist, or even a President.  It's to be someone like the Koch brothers or Adelson, who pull all the strings and are the Kingmakers.  I figure there is a very short list of who they are and I hope there are people keeping track of them between elections.  I also hope that they keep getting misinformation fed to them by the grifters and leeches who make up the next layer down of the Republican party so they can continue to spend hundreds of billions of dollars ineffectively.  It's just sad that they don't waste 100% of their dollars - their support of ALEC has damaged this country greatly and their efforts against education will have untold devastation for generations to come.

    •  Read the "Authoritarians". It tells you most of (2+ / 0-)
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      Pinto Pony, ColoTim

      what you need to know about Republicans and the misguided people who vote Republican against their own self interests.

      This a truly great book and everyone should read it. Here's the URL:

      http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/...

      "Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens," -Friedrich Schiller "Against Stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in Vain"

      by pengiep on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 10:29:50 AM PDT

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      •  Here's some more on the subject. Prof. (0+ / 0-)

        Altemeyer is really on to something.

        This isn't the best URL for a simulation he ran, but I can't find the URL for the PDF. You can try using google scholar for the phrase the authoritarians and it should come up as a .pdf somewhere on the overcominghateportal.org

        http://scholar.googleusercontent.com/...

        "Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens," -Friedrich Schiller "Against Stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in Vain"

        by pengiep on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 10:38:01 AM PDT

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    •  You're onto it ColoTim (1+ / 0-)
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      Charles Koch (owner of the Heritage Foundation) hired Jim DeMented away from the Senate, w/the express purpose of tracking and threatening legislators, at all levels, w/being money bombed (primaried) if they veer away from the Koch bros sociopath thinking. Hal Rogers is just another sycophant (mentally ill tool).

      "I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves" Harriet Tubman

      by BrianParker14 on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 11:43:53 AM PDT

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  •  This guy really reminds me of the South Carolina (6+ / 0-)

    Republican who said he might support measures but that it's better for the Republican party politically to oppose everything proposed by that black man in the White House.  They can't do what's right because they can't cede a smidge of power.

  •  This is in the heart of Appalachia (3+ / 0-)
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    Ky DEM, Pinto Pony, pengiep

    And Rogers has represented the district for 30 years.  Is it possible that he finally is starting to see the light?...Nahh!  Just a flash in the pan thought.  He'll be voting for it.

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    by Shockwave on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 10:27:44 AM PDT

    •  I wish I could find the source (1+ / 0-)
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      but I read somewhere that the poorest counties in Kentucky derive more than half of their GDP from the federal government, mostly in the form of medicaid, medicare and social security.  The poorest counties in the US are in South Texas (Latino, Democratic), the Cotton Belt in S. Georgia and Alabama (Democratic), and eastern KY (Solid brilliant red Republican).  The only explanation is that eastern KY is white, and when you have nothing at all, the GOP tells you that you are a white American and therefore better than people of color.  

      This will be interesting to watch.  At what point does fear of starving exceed fear of the black man?  At what point to the desperately poor in Apalachia realize that they are dumb-ass chumps for following the GOP over the cliff?

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 11:53:24 AM PDT

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  •  Short version: (6+ / 0-)

    I'm a Republican.  I march in lockstep.

    The most violent element in society is ignorance.

    by Mr MadAsHell on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 10:28:09 AM PDT

  •  Too poor to pay attention (2+ / 0-)
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    that's how I describe most conservative voters in my home state of Ky.  I hope Kentucky bloggers weigh in, I'm sure they have plenty of info regarding Mr. Rogers.  

    Don’t argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.—Greg King

    by Pinto Pony on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 10:30:30 AM PDT

    •  Sincere question PP (1+ / 0-)
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      You attribute it to being poor, but isn't it really just old fashioned bigotry?
      It should be about class, not what the billionaires pay for, which is to keep the poor divided by color, sex, heritage, age, education, geography, fear etc.  They spend billions keeping the poor ignorant and at each others throats. Heck, we don't need no stinkin' edumacation.

      I think that's what my sigline means.

      "I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves" Harriet Tubman

      by BrianParker14 on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 11:52:02 AM PDT

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      •  As my old grandpa would say (1+ / 0-)
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        6 of one, 1/2 dz of the other Brian.  I was born and raised in Ky..and I'm talking very rural, old fashion & extremely rural Ky.  I never heard an unkind word regarding blacks, or any other ethnicity growing up.  I guess we were as poor as Job's turkey, however my parent demanded that we respect others.  The hardest smacking I ever got was when I was about 5 yrs old and was asked to pray before I went to bed.  I prayed for Russia to be hit with a nuclear bomb (cold war, and the nuclear scare at that time after WWII).  My sainted Mom slapped the living hell outta me because we didn't pray for the destruction to other humans, Russian or not. Things have changed in my Old Ky Home IMO for the worse. My parent grew up during the depression and were true Dems as were the majority of Ky folks at that time.

        Don’t argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.—Greg King

        by Pinto Pony on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 12:40:20 PM PDT

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  •  I read that as (1+ / 0-)
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    "Appropriations Hair."

    Looking at the photo, that's roundly correct.  And I think his hair would have a better voting record than he does.

    (-6.38, -7.03) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

    by Lonely Liberal in PA on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 10:30:44 AM PDT

  •  Why should he care? (4+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony, rg611, Ky DEM, Brown Thrasher

    He has a job, food, medical care, gerrymandered district.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 10:30:56 AM PDT

  •  Safe As A Wild Boar.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Brown Thrasher

    Hal doesn't have to worry....he's gerrymandered.  We'll have to put up w/ him until the next census, almost 7 years from now.

    Just think how much damage he can do by then.  

  •  One of Hal Davis' highlights was throwing money (1+ / 0-)
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    Joan McCarter

    at the iconic Daniel Boone Parkway.  It was built in the sixties, and winds through hilly areas of Eastern Kentucky that were previously difficult to navigate.  Davis secured federal funds to update the road.

    Its new name is the Hal Davis Parkway.  Kentucky Gov. Patton changed the name to honor Patton's patronage, and Hal Davis didn't object to the name change too loudly.

    Davis has been called the Prince of Pork.  His specialty is diverting Homeland Security money to his district for no particularly good reason.  He's also seen to it the feds have funded the start of a new interstate highway, I-66.  The leg he built connects one backwater town with another.  So there's that.

  •  Maybe he gets it. (0+ / 0-)
    A Republican acknowledging not just that Ryan's budget is devastating and that discretionary spending has already been significantly cut.
    Just one time when a republican throws out the "You already got your (tax raise).  I would like to see a Dem say back to him you have already got your (cuts).  
  •  The only 3 counties in the country where more (0+ / 0-)

    than 50% of the average families income came from government assistance lie in this district. They voted 3-2 for Mitt Romney. So if these voters are going to keep voting for the GOP because they don't want Government money to go to scary black and brown folks; the voters cognitive dissonance produces Representatives with cognitive dissonance.

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

    by dopper0189 on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 11:03:23 AM PDT

  •  What a great title (0+ / 0-)

    for a diary series...it could keep you in diaries until...2052 or so...

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 11:27:44 AM PDT

  •  Whaaaaaaat????? (0+ / 0-)

    Hal Rogers has some concerns about Ryan's budget, and he's willing to vote for it anyway? This sounds like a Republican member of Congress who's willing to....COMPROMISE?

    Of course, Ryan isn't an African Kenyan Muslim terrorist, so.....

    The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

    by Korkenzieher on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 12:01:25 PM PDT

  •  Gad. A photo right from 1963. (0+ / 0-)

    Except it's in color.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 12:40:35 PM PDT

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