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More GOPers bash state aid as Dem "money laundering" scheme

Last week I noted here that Michele Bachmann and Sharron Angle had rolled out a new argument against the $26 billion state aid package passed by Dems: It's all a money-laundering scheme to funnel cash via public employee unions to Dem campaign coffers for use this fall.

Now GOP Rep. Steve King has joined this chorus. He told Radio Iowa:

"Much of those checks that will be distributed will have an automatic deduction in them that will transfer some of that money into the coffers of the unions and their political action money will go into the campaign accounts of 95 percent Democrats. This is a blatant money-laundering scheme that's cooked up by Nancy Pelosi."

Bachmann, too, used strikingly similar language last week, calling the state aid package, which was designed to help government save the jobs of thousands of teachers, police and firefighters, money that's being "laundered through the public employee unions" to reelect Democrats this fall. Angle agreed with her, describing the Dems' state aid package as a "way to solifidy the base" with "our taxpayer dollars."

In other words, this "money laundering" meme seems to be gaining some steam. Eric Kleefeld asks: "Could the same logic be applied to government spending on wars and military contractors under Republican administrations?"

It's also worth noting that this meme is of a piece with a campaign on the right to demonize public employees, and to get Americans to scapegoat them for their economic problems. The other day, Rush Limbaugh denounced public employees as "leftist" and "socialist," railing: "They want you to pay more taxes so they can continue in their freeloader gigs."

The larger trend here is that the likes of Bachmann and Angle -- willingly feeding the Tea Party base's most fevered hallucinations on a daily basis -- now routinely hint that everything Dems do must of necessity be nefarious, even vaguely criminal. Public employees, needless to say, are willing pawns in the Dems' criminal enterprise.

By Greg Sargent  |  August 16, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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King, Bachmann and Angle are the Kook Caucus, anong with Gohmert and a few others. Far more relevant is what Boehner and Cantor and McConnell think. We are all giving too mcuh oxygen to the fringe people. They were treated as fringe a few years ago. The problem now is there is no one with any prestge to act as a counterweight, but that does not mean that you and other bloggers have to keep giving these fringe people oxygen even if they are members of Congress or candidates therefor.

Posted by: Mimikatz | August 16, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes. This is a stark admission from the Republican Party that Education and the well-being of Working Families in Middle Class America are Democratic issues.

The Republican Party simply DOES NOT CARE about education or working families. Obviously.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 16, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"will have an automatic deduction in them"

What the hell are they even talking about?

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 16, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party continues to be a disgrace. And while this is off topic, if they're so concerned about the victims of 911 perhaps they should have voted with the Dems for the funding for the first responders. And why the hell aren't the Dems pointing this out which would turn the GOP's argument on it's head? Sometimes I think the Dems need to hire an ad agency because they suck at their own defense!

Posted by: roxsteady | August 16, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

And memebers of their base don't even care or lsiten anyway. They are speaking ill of Democrats, theat is all that matters. My neighbors are both school teachers. In a state with 13% unemployment that is laying off teachers left and right. But they are Republicans. So even though members of their own party in Congress basically want them or their friends to lose their jobs they don't care. They've got their GOP lawn signs and hate Obama. They don't know the issues, they don't care. They are Republcians and that is how they will vote. They don't even know that their own party opposed state aid to teacher's and the Congressman they are trying to vote out of office vated in favor of state aid to teachers. Just vote GOP and agains the Dems.

Posted by: zattarra | August 16, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

zattarra:

After a couple of years of being unemployed teachers your neighbors may have a political awakening. It's all fun and games until you have no job and no money.

Posted by: wbgonne | August 16, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

All Harry Reid came out against the mosque:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/08/breaking_reid_calls_for_mosque.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | August 16, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

wow. Mr Sargent has gone off the deep end. His contempt for those who oppose the Liberal/Democrat agenda could not be more obvious.

Here's a perfect quote:
" willingly feeding the Tea Party base's most fevered hallucinations on a daily basis "

Gosh Mr Sargent, tell us how you really feel. Enough of this holding back and sugar coating.

This, in my opinion, is two fer. On the one hand Mr Sargent generates hits for his blog. It must have been a slow weekend for Ms Palin, else I'm sure her words would be prominent with Mr Sargent today.

Next, it illustrates the lack of depth on the liberal side. Attacking Angle and others who raise concerns about the latests spending bill is far easier than, you know, um, like actually defending it.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | August 16, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

How often did we hear Democratic commentators calling for criminal proseuction of Republicans? It seems a little late in the game to be complaining about rhetoric that has become politics as usual.

Posted by: tomtildrum | August 16, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Greg, you must be a dummycrat. Like most dummycrats, you take your policy positions from humorist, Will Rogers, who aptly opined "If stupidity got us into this mess, why can't it get us out?"

The so-called state aid package is just more stupidity from a party that has monopolized stupidity.

On the other hand, perhaps right thinking Americans should have known that "stupid is, is stupid does" (Forrest Gump) would be the order of the day with dummycrats in control of both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

I am not certain that our Republic can survive two more years of this stupidity.

Posted by: dongoff2 | August 16, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"will have an automatic deduction in them"

"What the hell are they even talking about?"

Geez liberals are dumb. Every teacher's union member has dues deducted from their paycheck. the Teacher's union is just another arm of the DNC. Liberals like to keep em dumb and dependent

Posted by: jimbevan | August 16, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

>>>"Will have an automatic deduction in them"
What the hell are they even talking about?

2:57 PM

School district employees (e.g. teachers, nurses) in many states (around 20, e.g. CA, OH, NY), are required to pay their union dues via automatic payroll deduction. A huge percentage of the money spent on politics goes to the Democrats. There's no "opt-in" provision for employees, unless it's a voluntary contribution right to a PAC. It's like a garnishment on your wages with the proceeds going to the Democrats. That's what Congresswoman Bachmann et al. are objecting to. It's not the same situation as having the majority of military contractors generally supporting the Republicans, assuming that that is true. In the latter situation, employees aren't forced to support Republican candidates directly out of their wages.

Posted by: muggs | August 16, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

We need an age minimum on these boards to keep out children like dongoff. No one older than, say, 12 would use a word like dummycrat.

So how old are you, dongoff? 11? Or 47?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | August 16, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

are you planning on a self imposed banishment koolkat? Or are you invoking the eternal rule: "the rules don't apply to the people who make the rules"?

Posted by: skipsailing28 | August 16, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I can see why the Republican commenters on this blog attack the idea that funding schools is a bad idea. One only needs to watch their Queen, the former half-term quitter Sarah Palin's response when facing a teacher in Homer to see that the idea of an informed and educated population is the final nail in their party. The R's plan is to keep people stupid and feed them lies about how the evil mooslims are coming for their guns and bibles.

Actually educating people would lead to individuals making informed decisions. Informed decisions will lead to the end of the modern Republican party.

It's a shame really. The party that gave us Lincoln now champions ignorance as if its a badge of honor. Actually, if Lincoln were alive today he would not be welcome in today's Republican Party (nor would their King, Reagan).

In their desire to win a 24-hour media cycle and a midterm election they fail to see they are sowing the seeds of their permanent minority party status.

Posted by: raincntry | August 16, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Nobody can explain how the characterization of the Bill as anything other than a money laundering scheme for national party democrats is wrong. That description is apt. Or, are we to assume that the public employees are to be held immune from layoffs affecting millions of PRIVATE sector companies and their employees and families, inoculated by public treasury dollars? And suekzoo, if you haven't figured it out yet, most union members are required under union contracts to have an automatic deduction from their paychecks that goes directly to the union for administration costs and it is those dollars that are always spent by union bosses on democratic party political campaigns. The 26 billion dollars in the bill are wasted public dollars used as a political payoff to union supporters at a time when the public sector should be substantially cut back at all levels. The public sector must live within its budget. The same was true of the two prior 'stimulus' bills that stimulated nothing but public union employees take home pay. One need only read story after story about public employee benefits and retirement packages to understand the absolute fury of ordinary citizens who are, on average, paid one half the pay and benefits of public employees. And dare I say it 9and I do) who work fewer hours in less demanding jobs than their private sector counterparts. That bill is like heroin to a junkie. State and local governments and school administrators must get their budgets under control with local money and not call upon the federal government to bail them out. And that is all that 26 billion bailout bill represents. It is important that public sector employees feel exactly the same 'pain' as private sector workers and their families who suffer at the hands of an administration that is clueless on the economy. Their comeuppance is just around the corner. And none too soon for the suffering country.

Posted by: DrNo1976 | August 16, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

strawmen alert!!!!
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I can see why the Republican commenters on this blog attack the idea that funding schools is a bad idea. One only needs to watch their Queen, the former half-term quitter Sarah Palin's response when facing a teacher in Homer to see that the idea of an informed and educated population is the final nail in their party. The R's plan is to keep people stupid and feed them lies about how the evil mooslims are coming for their guns and bibles.

Actually educating people would lead to individuals making informed decisions. Informed decisions will lead to the end of the modern Republican party.

It's a shame really. The party that gave us Lincoln now champions ignorance as if its a badge of honor. Actually, if Lincoln were alive today he would not be welcome in today's Republican Party (nor would their King, Reagan).

In their desire to win a 24-hour media cycle and a midterm election they fail to see they are sowing the seeds of their permanent minority party status.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

First, rumors of republican demise are greatly exagerated.

next, no republican is saying that education should not be funded. Conservatives are objecting to this specific bill. Nice strawman ya got there.

finally, casting the opposition to this bill as a vote for ignorance is just the strawman's delight.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | August 16, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Lots of falacies by the Repubs here but that's to be expected from this type. Not all teachers belong to unions, many do not. Many teachers and other public servants have already lost their jobs. The bill will help save jobs but not all. Govt employees don't make more money. A new study out shows that govt employees in equivalent jobs make an average of twenty percent less. Do you really think Obama or Gates are paid more ? I do agree with many Repubs who wonder why the extreme nut cases in the Repub party are being given so much coverage. Do people think they are really the voice of the Repub party ? McConnell and the tan man are the leaders and entertaining enough on their own.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | August 17, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

You guys will like this: Follow the misadventures of Michele the Malodorous and her batty band of brothers (and sisters) in bunk on the Facebook Fan Page, "Who's Smarter: Michele Bachmann or this Turnip" http://facebook.com/turnipN2010

Or follow Tammy Turnip on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TheUberTuber

Posted by: blumuze | August 17, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

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