Upset about jobs, the economy, the nation, Obama's blackness and lack of birth certificate, Republicans got righteous in 2010. They emboldened the Tea Party movement, then propelled young-ish candidates into office to solve the Nation's ills.
These days all you hear about is the pledges they made to "not raise taxes" (which, btw, is the dumbest fucking pledge in ages...) regardless. Now they won't touch the debt ceiling. Cable news repeats, "it's the new members of Congress who refuse to budge on these issues...who were elected on these issues..."
Maybe that's true. Maybe they were elected. And maybe they have quite a few more years before they have to worry about a reelection. Whatever the case may be, knowing the economy was in serious trouble, what do you think these very intelligent, educated, and sensible voters from coast to coast did to turn this ship around?
If you guessed "elected people who don't know shit about Economics", well, consider yourself a winner. Because that's EXACTLY what they did.
I compiled a little list here of all the newly elected Republicans, under the age of 50 (or around), who were recently put in office for a first term. There's a few doctors, a scientist or two, A LOT OF LAWYERS (who they hate), and quite a few farmers. I mean, when I want to know how to fix the economy, I don't ask former CEO of Goldman Sachs Jon Corzine. No, no. I ask former US Attorney with no knowledge of financial matters, Chris Christie. That's what Americans do!
Here's that list (btw, I chose under 50 because it was supposedly a 'new day' and a 'youth movement.' All the others over 50, no economists or anyone who is really versed in business, etc. I think there's 1 financial adviser in the group)
These are the folks STANDING FIRM on debt ceiling because THEY KNOW BETTER!
Just mentioning the people under 55, since it’s supposed to be the “youthful teaparty movement...”
Reid Ribble - Roofer, Bible College, runs dad’s business.
Sean Duffy - lawyer, St. Mary’s college, was on the Real World, Dad’s law office
Jamie Herrera - spent her career as Congressional Aide
Morgan Griffin - career attorney, and local politics
Robert Hunt - lawyer, town council
Scott Rigel - owns car dealership
Blake Farenthold - lawyer
Stephen Fincher - High School graduate. Farmer
Scott Desjarlais - pediatrician, who may have threatened ex-wife...
Chuck Fleischmann - lawyer
Kristi Noem - farmer, rancher, hunting lodge owner
Mick Mulvaney - lawyer, real estate developer
Trey Gowdy - lawyer
Jeff Duncan - real estate
Tim Scott - insurance broker
Michael Fitzpatrick - lawyer
James Lankford - religious youth camp director (please move to norway...)
Bob Gibbs - hog farmer
Steve Stivers - Lobbyist, securities company executive.
Rick Berg - Property developer
Renee Ellmers - Nurse
Tom Reed - real estate lawyer
Chris Gibson - Army Officer
Michael Grimm - FBI Agent, Health Food Store Owner
Jon Runyan - NFL Football player
Vicky Hartzler - farmer, rancher
Steven Palazzo - accountant for defense contractor
Justin Amash - 31, works for marketing company
Bill Huizenga - private school fundraiser
Jeff Landry - lawyer
Kevin Yoder - lawyer
Todd Young - marine corps, congressional aide
Marlin Stutzman - farmer
Raul Labrador - lawyer
Austin Scott - insurance agent, owner
Rob Woodall - congressional aide
David Rivera - hispanic outreach coordinator, career politician
Sandy Adams - deputy sheriff
Cory Gardner - lawyer, congressional aide
Jeff Denham - packing owner
Rick Crawford - Agricultural News Service Owner
Ben Quayle - Dan’s son.
Paul Gosar - Dentist
Martha Roby - lawyer
All believe in God, for sure.
Not saying these aren't bright people, or successful, but I am betting that the majority of them don't know jack-shit about how the economy works, etc.
In other words, when I see them speaking on tv about "spending" etc, it doesn't make me think Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke are wrong...