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Rep. Randy Weber (R-AZ) gives a pretty good example of the flavor of things today at the Steve King press conference/rally against immigration reform:
Mr. President. Build up this wall. [...] We need some sanity. The things that made America great are Americans like you that work and understand that it's sacrifice. You don't get to come over here and be takers.
You need only listen to his words to know that Mr. Weber is a bigot. But he's also an idiot: Immigration reform isn't just the right thing to do from a moral perspective, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, it would reduce the deficit—by a lot. This isn't a tough choice: Immigration reform isn't just good for people who want to become Americans, it's also good for people who already are Americans.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:04 AM PDT.

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  •  They are like the scorpion (21+ / 0-)

    in the parable of the scorpion and the frog.  It is just in their nature.  They cannot NOT be haters.

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:06:54 AM PDT

  •  But it is bad for the GOP demographic (7+ / 0-)

    Hence the rhetoric...

    Religion is closer to a vice than a virtue; Religion is an excuse to discriminate and call it a first amendment right; Religion is the theft of liberty and free thought from pre-birth.

    by IgnoreAtYourPeril on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:06:57 AM PDT

    •  You think. On the day that (11+ / 0-)

      the President is speaking where Reagan said "Tear down this wall", they say "Build up this wall".  What genius told them THAT was good PR.  Associate your side with tyrrany?  What racist maroons!

      With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

      by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:08:54 AM PDT

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      •  The Upcoming Election is a Midterm Not a PRez. (3+ / 0-)
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        This is what they did in 09-10 and they slaughtered us with it.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:36:27 AM PDT

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      •  In fairness, though... (0+ / 0-)

        The Germans who wanted to cross a border were white, so they were harmless.

        The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

        by Korkenzieher on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 11:15:11 AM PDT

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        •  It would seem so. (0+ / 0-)

          This is Randy Weber, right?

          "Randy?" That would be a form of Randolph, which, according to the online etymological dictionary

          masc. proper name, from Old Norse Rannulfr "shield-wolf" and Frankish *Rannulf "raven-wolf," both brought to England by the Normans.
          Meanwhile, "Weber", according to the Wikipedia,
          is a surname of German origin, derived from the noun meaning "weaver".

          And he is quoted in the diary as saying:

          Mr. President, Build up this wall. [...] We need some sanity. The things that made America great are Americans like you that work and understand that it's sacrifice. You don't get to come over here and be takers.
          IF ONLY someone who was of TRUE British Island stock, had been willing to say in, oh, about 410 A.D., when the Roman Emperor Honorius had told the Brits to look to their own defense against the Picts and Scots,
          IF ONLY then, someone had said in wonderfully Celticized Latin:
          "Emperor Honorius, build up this wall. We need some sanity. The things that made Britain great are Britons like us that work and understand that its sacrifice. You didn't come over here and be takers."

                   What he really MEANT to say was,
                   "I mean, damn it, Hadrian tried after all. But now Honorius has let it all go to pot. And so then all those "Randolph"-ish guys will start sneaking in from Norway. They have 'wolf-y, shieldy' names like 'Rannulf'. Good grief, what kind of a normal, Britonic name is 'Rannulfr'? It doesn't even have any silent letters fro cryin' out loud! Isn't a guy like that just coming to Essex to be a taker of mutton? Who does he thiink he's going to be, any way? Someone bringing in foreign he could actually set up a Danelaw here in Britain for any length of time. Hah!
               "Or what if his Frankish cousin 'Rannulf' decides to fly in from Frank-dom? 'Rannulf?' Really? What good would he be in the armed forces with a drawing of a stupid raven riding on a wolf on his shield anyway? He'll bring in smelly cheese and good wine and spend his days on Salisbury plain taking good British wheat and butter and whipping it into croissants or something.
               "And Mr. Emperor? Don't go telling us to mind to our own defenses. First thing you know somebody will get it in their heads to invite in some of those Teutons as mercenaries, to be in OUR armies. That's right, Teutons! Can you IMAGINE what Britain would be like if we were overrun and resettled by a bunch of Angles? Or even Saxons? Good grief!
                 Given time enough they'd probably even bring in their own 'webers' to take away good jobs from Britons in the weaving industry. No way would any of those craft guilders stand for being called a mere 'weber', nope. They'd want to be called 'weavers' plain as day, not that stupid Anglo-Saxon grunting they call a language. No WAY will they come here and make this a Germanic language.
               (Thank the gods no one has gone as far as mentioning the Jutes. Can you imagine? Angles, Saxons and Jutes, the great rope-makers of Europa, all settling here? Good grief, you might as well say someday the Franks from Normandy might invade us. What would you call them anyway, Normans? The Norman Invasion?!? Hah! Big whoop THAT will ever happen believe you me!")

          So, gentle readers, you see the good congressman, good ole Raven-shield Weaver, was merely echoing what was once said long ago about protecting a sacred way of life.

          Way to go, Rannulf!

          Shalom, (and snark)

          "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

          by WineRev on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 08:19:27 PM PDT

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    •  Only a handful of GOP districts have a significant (1+ / 0-)
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      Percentage of Latinos in their districts, and two of these have mostly Cuban-Americans and are pretty solid GOP.  The problem for them comes in 2016 with the presidential and the Senate races, when the 2010 winners will be up and the map favors Dems.  If they take the Senate in 2014, not too likely, they still face Obama's veto pen so it won't be like Kansas.

      This is all about the disproportionate share of the House that rural and small towns and small states  have and the very short-term interests of House members.

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      by Mimikatz on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:58:44 AM PDT

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  •  Takers!? They pay taxes and never see (12+ / 0-)

    the benefit. The ones I knew had fake SS numbers so they were paying into the system but would never get SS or medicare or unemployment or anything else they paid into...they GIVE way more, start businesses and work for very little


    •  Having a fake SS number is a crime (0+ / 0-)

      I agree with you that they're not taking from the system and instead won't get back what they paid in.  But really, isn't that their own fault?  They put themselves in a postion to be exploited.

      No one forced them to move here and get a fake number.  And when they agree to work for very little, all they do is allow the CEOs to get away with paying substandard wages.  I guarantee you that somewhere a poor single mother American citizen with a valid SS number was unable to find a job because she had the audacity to demand a fair wage.

      Supply and demand governs wages whether you want to admit it or not.  When people get fake SS numbers and then work for less than minimum wage, they drive down wages for everyone.  Who do you expect the CEO to hire?
      Person A who wants $10 an hour and time off to be with her child?
      Person B who will work 80-100 hours a week for $3 an hour?

      And P.S., legallizing everyone already here won't do a damn thing if a guest worker program simply allows the CEOs to bring in new groups of immigrants to exploit.

      •  I think you have (2+ / 0-)
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        Some valid points in there.  But when you say things like "They put themselves in a position to be exploited."  You've become completely wrong, morally.

        Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

        by yet another liberal on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:57:06 AM PDT

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        •  Do you want morals or reality? (0+ / 0-)

          You expect money grubbing CEOs to care about what's moral?  They care about making giant piles of money.

          SHOULD a CEO hire an immigrant at a fair $10/hr wage?  Of course.  That CEO should also hire single mothers who need jobs, morally speaking.  But they don't.

          But WILL a CEO hire an immigrant at $10/hr when there are thousands more willing to work for half that?  And why would he ever pay more to hire the single mother?

          But really, to the heart of your argument, is it moral for an immigrant to bypass our laws, get a fake SS number, and then drive down wages?

          The truth is yes, they do put themselves in a position to be exploited.  Not doing that is part of the overall solution.

          An example:  I'm an engineer with a master's degree.  Let's say I decide I want to move to China.  If I apply for legal residency and I'm approved, then I can look for a job above board.  And if I don't like a deal or I'm mistreated, then I have legal avenues of recourse.  I am not in a position to be exploited.

          But if I sneak into China without any documentation and go begging for work, I pretty much have to take what I can get.  Who can I complain to if I'm mistreated - I broke the law to be there.  I put myself in a postion to be exploited.

          Moral is what should be.  Reality is what is.

          •  morals or reality? (0+ / 0-)

            Boy, that made your mind go crazy.

            Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

            by yet another liberal on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 10:41:01 AM PDT

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            •  Then work to change the law (0+ / 0-)

              We have to deal in terms of reality.  We can argue about how CEOs should be treating their workers morally all day long, it won't do anything.  If CEOs were good people we wouldn't be in most of the mess we are.

              If you don't want immigrants and H1B vias holders to be exploited, then we need to throw everyone who hires such a person to be thrown in jail.  The CEOs will then behave the way you want.  But not because it's moral, because they don't want to go to jail.

              And the immigrants who took the jobs for low wage need to be deported, to then apply for legal residency.  Not because it's the moral way to do it, but because cheating the system won't get them a job.

          •  Here's some reality (1+ / 0-)
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            Being exploited by being paid poorly by American standards, or send back home what amounts to a living wage by Mexican standards to feed your wife and kids? That's the reality for these people. They have no options in Mexico, and poor but comparatively manageable options in the US. Survival or not. That's as real as it gets.

            And the reason they're exploited here is because they can't complain about violations of labor standards or wage laws. They have no recourse to law enforcement, because for obvious reasons they're terrified of law enforcement. Legalize them and give them rights and we're all better off. I'll glad pay an extra dime a pound for the apples they pick if their gaining their rights makes the country a better place, which it would.

            The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

            by Korkenzieher on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 11:27:51 AM PDT

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            •  Then there can be no guest worker program (0+ / 0-)

              First, we can't solve global poverty by bringing all the world's poor to the US.  I've been in Mexico and seen the pamphlets in Spanish telling the Mexican poor to all move to the US.  The Mexican government doesn't want to deal with poverty.  They just want to export it all to us.  But that doesn't solve poverty.  It doesn't magically create jobs here for everyone at a good wage.  It simply means more people fighting over the same jobs, driving down wages and rising unemployment.

              If you want to legalize everyone here so they can complain and demand higher wages, then there must not be a guest worker program.  Because you know exactly what will happen.  The worker picking apples today won't get a $0.1/lb raise, he'll get fired and replaced by a guest worker.  And then the newly legalized worker can go join the ranks of all the other unemployed Americans.

              There is only one way that legalization can work.  Everyone is legalized, and after that, anyone who hires an illegal immigrant goes to jail.  That's the only way that that wages will ever rise.  If people are allowed to cheat, on either side, then nothing changes.

      •  Wage theft is a crime too and should be prosecuted (3+ / 0-)
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        While it is true that immigrants, including the indentured servant tech H1B visa holders, will work for less it is also true that employers exploit them and don't pay what they are owed.  Focus on employers first.

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        by Mimikatz on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 10:02:11 AM PDT

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        •  I do, Americans should be hired for those jobs (1+ / 0-)
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          If you want me to focus on the employers first, fine.  They shouldn't be hiring any immigrants or HIB visa holders until America citizen unemployment is zero and they simply cannot find ANYONE to do the job at any wage.

          When they're offering $150,000 a year for IT workers and still can't find job applicants, then they can hire HIB visa holders.  Not before.

          But the employers aren't going to hire Americans at good wages when they have thousands of immigrants allowing themselves to be exploited at low wages.

          I don't want illegal immigrants with fake SS numbers to be exploited.  But that means they don't get hired at all.  Not what you wanted is it?

      •  There is some law-breaking going on here that you (3+ / 0-)

        are not addressing, isn't there? Employers have responsibilities, too. And contrary to what many believe, MAXIMIZING profits is not a mandate in this country. Mr. Holder--hello? Are you there?

        •  Responsibility is to hire American (0+ / 0-)

          I'll give you the same answer I gave Mimikatz.  Employers have a responsibility not to hire illegal immigrants with fake SS numbers.  They have a responsibility to hire only legal American workers, and to pay the wage necessary to attract the talent they want.

          So tell me, if tomorrow every immigrant with a fake SS number was fired from their job, would you accept that because the employer is finally being responsible?  Or do you want the immigrant to keep the job?  If that is the case, explain why any employer would ever pay more to hire a legal American worker?

      •  I am talking about nyc restaurants so I dont (0+ / 0-)

        think there was a single mother that could work the pasta station that was denied a job, just in my limited experience, illegals were hard working and totally givers, not takers

    •  They don't really mean "takers" (7+ / 0-)

      The words they really want to use are "moochers," "deadbeats," "leeches" and "those people." That's what they really think.

      •  Don't forget "wetbacks." (4+ / 0-)
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        I hope I live to see the day when the GOP are finally sent to the trash heap of history.

        What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

        by Cpqemp on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 10:18:25 AM PDT

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      •  If the people they are thinking about when they (3+ / 0-)
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        shoeless, Calamity Jean, quaoar

        spout such garbage worked 20 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year,  they would still be thought of as moochers, etc., by these mean-spirited self-important asses. May they get what they give.

      •  Right (1+ / 0-)
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        My wife is an immigrant, but she's from Korea and thus an Honorary Aryan like the Japanese.

        She has an advanced degree and teaches at a college, and the students flock to her classes because they are eager to learn about the larger world.

        In other words, she is far more valuable to this country than some asshole congressman from Texas.

        Hello? Is this thing on?

        by onanthebarbarian on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 11:51:37 AM PDT

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  •  Isn't today the day that House and other GOP (7+ / 0-)

    "leadership" is meeting with Latino leaders to discuss immigration and other issues related to the Latino community in order to better reach them?

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:10:57 AM PDT

  •  At least he's calling the President an American (4+ / 0-)
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    Baby steps.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:12:10 AM PDT

  •  They are too steeped in dishonesty, (7+ / 0-)

    Lying, cheating, and deceit to do anything any different.

    Plus thier goal has not changed wince 1980: destroy America,  impoverish tue masses, transfer all wealth to the upper crust, fill prisons, oppress commoners.

    There is no real hiding this.

    Its like a guy whose goal is a lay this one chick: he will say or do anything to get what he wants.


    This is exactly how repubs operate.

  •  And Reince Priebus still gets a paycheck....only (4+ / 0-)
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    hnichols, JeffW, shoeless, Calamity Jean

    in Mericia.

  •  Takers? Takers? (3+ / 0-)
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    There is absolutely nothing I would want to take from this racist idiot.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:35:21 AM PDT

  •  Somewhere, Ayn Rand is smiling (2+ / 0-)
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    Or she would be if hell weren't quite so hellish.

    Anyway, the National Manufacturing Association wants immigration reform per my Twitter feed. These immigrants work. For less. Whether or not abundant cheap labor is an unmixed blessing is a different discussion, but "takers" is just a racist John Galt wanna-be running his mouth without engaging his one remaining brain cell.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:46:01 AM PDT

  •  Just a note: Randy Weber is from TX not AZ. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    Mix the blood and make new people!

    by Yonkers Boy on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:48:57 AM PDT

  •  Every immigrant I know works, and works hard. (7+ / 0-)

    It is Republican Congresspeople who are lazy takers.

    I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong. Seldom turns out the way it does in this song.

    by mungley on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:50:21 AM PDT

  •  Nobel prizes (4+ / 0-)

    I wonder how many Nobel prizes were won by Americans who weren't immigrants or first generation.  What made America a success were local natural resources and  imported thinkers/workers .

    Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith .

    by melvynny on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:51:15 AM PDT

    •  Good Point (0+ / 0-)

      America's world class university system was built up by Jews and leftists kicked out of Germany by Hitler and his cronies.

      We maintained that system for a couple of generations, but Republican policies are grinding it into the dust.  When it's gone it's gone, and I am not confident that we will be able to bring it back.

      Hello? Is this thing on?

      by onanthebarbarian on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 11:55:38 AM PDT

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  •  Another one bites the dust... (2+ / 0-)
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    shoeless, dewtx

    Defeat Congressman Weber for re-election!  Keep those hits coming!

  •  Build Up This Wall? (4+ / 0-)

    Is this the anti-Reagan's "tear down this wall" prescription -- Geez these people are assholes.

  •  "Build Up This Wall?" (6+ / 0-)

    Really? That's where the Republican Party has arrived? in just 25 short years, they have gone from "Tear Down This Wall" to "Build Up This Wall?"

    ...and they wonder why so many people feel so...disconnected from them?

  •  Does the good Representative... (2+ / 0-)
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    not understand that President Obama is a son of an immigrant:

    Mr. President. Build up this wall. [...] We need some sanity. The things that made America great are Americans like you that work and understand that it's sacrifice. You don't get to come over here and be takers.
    So birtherism is out now?

    'Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost' - Ronald Reagan, Communist

    by RichM on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:56:25 AM PDT

  •  Randy Weber (R-AZ) (3+ / 0-)
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    I think you mean Texas.

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:57:34 AM PDT

  •  I'll Say!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    We need some sanity.

    Notice: This Comment © 2013 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:59:17 AM PDT

  •  Let's call Republicans by their proper name: (4+ / 0-)

    Nationalist American Zealots, Incorporated.

    You figure out the initials, 'kay?

    Proponents of gun violence own guns. Opponents of gun violence do not own guns. What part of this do you not understand?

    by Liberal Panzer on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:59:27 AM PDT

  •  the edit of the quote is (1+ / 0-)
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    rather funny,  it addresses the President, then there is something deleted but the way it reads, the 'you' refers back to the President,   I am sure he didn't mean the to compliment the President for being a hard worker.

    Regardless,  the whole lazy immigrant slur is very offensive and so very far from the truth.

  •  Myth That There Are No Working Poor (2+ / 0-)
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    They are all welfare poor donchaknow. Reagan really fueled this with his welfare mom going to pick up her check in a Cadillac. The resentment is strong with these wingnuts and clouds their political thoughts.

  •  Any sense of... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...the many hard-working folks that came here previously and became good citizens is apparently lost upon him.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 10:01:38 AM PDT

  •  You don't have to be an immigrant 4 the GOP 2 (3+ / 0-)
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    hate you. Here is Gilberto Hinojosa's letter from my inbox this a.m.:

    Just last week we emailed you about Gov. Perry’s War on Women. On Friday, Perry escalated that war and vetoed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

    You read that right. Gov. Perry vetoed a bill that supported women getting paid the same as men. He no longer can even pretend to care about women.

    And last night, fellow Republican Texan Congressman Michael Burgess told a House Committee that he opposes abortion because male fetuses masturbate.

    Texas deserves better. Donate today to help us recruit strong candidates in 2014.

    Here’s the thing. While Rick Perry may be our Governor, we still have strong Democratic leaders fighting on our behalf.

    The Lily Ledbetter Act was sponsored by Senator Wendy Davis and Representative Senfronia Thompson. They built the bipartisan coalition that adopted the bill in the Republican-controlled legislature.

    Senator Davis and Representative Thompson are the type of leaders we need here in Texas -- not extremists like Perry, Abbott, Gohmert and Burgess.

    Donate today to help us elect leaders that stand up for you!

    Perry thinks he has nothing to lose by discriminating against women. But we know he’s wrong. In 2014, we will remember who supported us --- and who acted against us.

    We need to recruit candidates across the state, support their campaigns and organize on a local level. Your donation helps us work together to build a movement of Texans fighting against Governor Perry in the legislature and at the ballot box.

    Not backing down,

    Gilberto Hinojosa

    P.S. The past week made it clear: the Texas GOP is at war with Texas Women. Our fundraising deadline is less than two weeks away. Donate today to help us recruit statewide candidates that fight for all Texans.

    Now here is the thing. I do not have any money to send in, or time to work on this right now because of a pressing personal matter (helping a stroke victim navigate Medicare requirements for rehab).

    But seriously, when you have the kind of idiots bragging about signing laws to protect Merry Christmas we have running Texas, and the national party does not give a damn, what does that say about the effectiveness of the national party?

    Nothing impressive to me.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 10:01:53 AM PDT

  •  They're dim, Jed! (7+ / 0-)

    But we knew that already...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 10:05:00 AM PDT

  •  my immigrant husband and I give you a quadruple (3+ / 0-)
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    bird Rep. Randy Weber (R-dumbAZ)

    we also pay a lot in taxes on his salary

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    by Clytemnestra on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 10:15:21 AM PDT

  •  Yeah, massive takers . . . like Apple (n/t) (0+ / 0-)

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 10:22:34 AM PDT

  •  ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Obviously one of the more "deftest communicators".

  •  Shot in foot.... (2+ / 0-)
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    shoeless, Calamity Jean

    Where are they getting all of these shot gun shells to shoot themselves in the foot with? I'd like to invest...

  •  Let's look at the REAL takers... (2+ / 0-)
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    What do I call people and corporation prospering in the US but refusing to pay fair "rent" based on what they make here?

    Moochers and takers.

  •  If I believed in conspiracies... (1+ / 0-)
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    I'd think on the Republican project to shift the tax burden exclusively onto the middle class.  This would have the dual purpose of enriching corporations and the one-percenters while increasing middle class rage.  This rage is then redirected away from those who deserve it onto the lower classes, the poor, the old, and the immigrant population.  "Takers," each and every one, forgetting that GE doesn't pay taxes, that the Koch brothers get those sweet, sweet government subsidies.

    But no, we can't embrace conspiracy theories here, so it just must be my overactive imagination.

    Tell me what to write. 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

    by rbird on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 10:29:45 AM PDT

  •  Wow, Obama has dragged all of the (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    unabashed bigots, racists, assholes, and scumbags out into the open; just by being a moderate, conservative Democrat.  Wow!

    "Americans like you."  (gee, whatever common trait does he mean, Gregory?)

    (Note to asshole in AZ:  watch the first 5 minutes of "Gangs of New York."  )

    Were you an original Colonist?  A Mayflowerer?
    You piece of shit.

    Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 10:47:29 AM PDT

  •  I lived in Scottsdale (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    for 3 years in the 1990s.  Although I saw a lot of Latinos living and working and living, I didn't see many Latino-takers.  (I did see a bunch of white people sipping margaritas at the country club with those misters keeping them cool while brown people served them and cleaned up after them and kept the greens nice and tidy looking.)  

  •  Maybe it's me (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm sorry, but I just can't see a Mexican man, who came here hoping to get a job as an $8.00 an hour roofer or even less per hour as a farm worker, as a taker, a leech, or an existential threat to Our Way of Life. Just can't do it.

    Maybe I'm color blind or something.

    The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

    by Korkenzieher on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 11:13:00 AM PDT

  •  The Founding Fathers were takers, (0+ / 0-)

    and so where their descendants. Just ask the Native Americans.

    Glottal fricative and breathy-voiced mid-low central unrounded vowel, repeated, diphthong ending with a high front vowel.

    by glb3 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 12:42:24 PM PDT

  •  I find it ironic (0+ / 0-)

    And I doubt that they can see it... what was it 30 years ago Reagan made the line famous "Mr. Gorbachev take down this wall", and now we have Weber saying "Mr. President, build this wall".  It's just an odd disjuncture. This party has become so dysfunctional.

    "I try to keep an open mind, but not so open my brains fall out." ~ Judge Harry Stone

    by chris m on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 01:47:48 PM PDT

  •  republican member of congress = "taker" (0+ / 0-)

    he's certainly not earning the nice salary + perks we, the people, are paying him

    Sarah Palin is a disgusting racist pig.

    by memofromturner on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 02:44:30 PM PDT

  •  Take our border policy from East Germany (0+ / 0-)

    Rep. Weber is a true patriot.

    Black criminals are treated like animals. Black victims are treated like criminals. Black heroes are treated like punchlines. -@aemccarthy

    by docterry on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 07:26:13 PM PDT

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