Pathetic GOP Prez Hopefuls Looking More Like Cast From the Wizard of Oz
While many look at the GOP presidential race as a circus and the field of candidates as a bunch of clowns But, I’m beginning to see them more as characters from the Wizard of Oz. Here’s why:
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the Tin Man
The Tin Man had no heart. A multi-millionaire, Romney has demonstrated he has no heart when workers who desperately needed work lost their jobs when a company bought by Romney’s investment firm, Bain Capital, a Indiana office supply company and laid off all the workers.
Another example was Dade Behring Inc., a medical-testing company based in Deerfield, Illinois where Bain cut at least 1,600 jobs before the firm entered into bankruptcy in 2002. As CEO of Bain Capital, Romney profited as five of the companies under his firm’s direction went bankrupt, and thousands of workers lost their jobs.
Over objections from his neighbors, Romney wants to raze his 3,000-square-foot, $12 million vacation home in La Jolla, Calif. to build 11,000-square-foot house, quadrupling the size.
Then there was the incident at a campaign stop in Florida, where Romney, whose net worth is upwards of $250 million, joked to a group of unemployed workers that he is also unemployed.
Texas Governor Rick Perry as the Straw Man
The Straw Man had no brains. Rick Perry has been continually described as ‘Bush without the brains” and that he’s “all hat and no cattle.”
With so much to highlight regarding this cowboy, makes a hard choice what to focus on. Remember that Perry took pride in bragging about his “crap” grades at Texas A&M. Here’s but a few examples of why he’s the Straw Man.
Perry said of George W. Bush: “Bush did an incredible job, during his presidency, defending us from freedom.”
Perry thinks he’s a tough guy because he shot an animal. “Texans, on the other hand, elect folks like me — you know the type, the kind of guy who goes jogging in the morning packing a Ruger .380 with laser sights, loaded with hollow point bullets, and shoots a coyote that is threatening his daughter’s dog,” he wrote in Fed Up.
Perry thinks being gay is like being an alcoholic. He actually said, “Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink. And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender.”
Perry on religion being taught in public schools, said, “I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution.”
Then there was Perry’s idiotic Social Security is “ponzi scheme” statements, saying, “It is a monstrous lie on this generation, and we can’t do that to them.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as the Cowardly Lion
But Christie has been anything but a savior to the people of New Jersey. He balanced the state budget by putting an end to property tax rebates and slashing state aid to public schools. Christie also chose to “defer” paying $3 billion due the state’s pension fund; raided the state’s clean energy account and cut social safety net programs for seniors, the disabled, the poor and the homeless. At the same time, Christie gave corporations and the wealthiest New Jersey taxpayers substantial tax breaks.
And while many see Christie as the man with the lion roar, his reluctant response to the heavy courting he’s receiving to run for president is more in line with the cowardly lion.
Here’s some of the numerous public statements Christie has made stating that he is not running for President: “No way; Not going to happen; I’m 100% certain I’m not going to run; I don’t want to run, I don’t feel like I’m ready to run; First in your heart you’ve got to want it more than anything else, more than anything else. I don’t want it that badly; I don’t feel that in my heart that I’m ready to be president and unless I do, I don’t have any right offering myself to the people of this country. It’s much too big a job; It’s a feeling inside if your ready to take on the challenge of running and the challenge of governing. And, if you don’t feel it in your heart, you have no business running; You’ve got to feel in your heart that you are ready to walk into the Oval Office and to lead the nation and I don’t feel that I am ready; I’m not going to be the Republican candidate for President or Vice President candidate in 2012; I like the way my life is now. I like being governor. I like my family. I like the way my life is and if you run for president all of that changes. And, I just don’t want to do it; I threatened to commit suicide. I did. I said what do I have to do short of suicide to convince people that I’m not running? Apparently I actually have to commit suicide to convince people I’m not running.”
Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann as the Wicked Witch of the West
There no shortage of statements and examples to demonstrate the epic proportions of Michele Bachmann’s lunacy and sheer ignorance.
She said, “We too are at a crucial time today. And I think it is for us to remember, that if we do as Chronicles tells us, if we humble ourselves, and pray and confess our sins, and turn away from our wicked ways, and ask an almighty God to come and protect us and fight the battle for us, we know from his word, his promise is sure. He will come. He will heal our land. And we will have a new day.”
So Bachmann thinks our ways are “wicked.” The question is what ways are she referring to and what parts of the American experience would she like us to change in order to receive divine blessings or seo companies?
Thus, the part of Wicked Witch of the West seems most appropriate for Bachmann.
Corporate America as the Wizard of Oz
Pull the curtain back and you’ll find pulling the strings behind all these pathetic GOP candidates is corporate America. These are the candidates of Wall Street, the Banks, the General Electrics and the Koch Brothers. No matter which one of them becomes the GOP nominee their sole task will be advancing policies that increase the profits of corporate America at the expense of workers, the middle class and the poor.
Thus, the morale of this story is that it is incumbent upon all of us to help pull back the curtain and expose the fraud and injustice attempting to be thrust upon Americans by becoming active and involved in efforts to organize opposition to prevent any of these dangers characters from every being able to call the White House their home.
Because as Dorothy said, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”