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It is a given that the policies of the Republican Party have always, for the most part, been opposed to those of the Democratic Party. However, what the population that votes Republican has failed to realize is that on one major account the Republican Party is opposed to them, their voters, as well.

Which of us enjoys paying for something and not getting what it is you paid for? There is one basic, very important, difference between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Perhaps, it is the most telling one.

The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results - The New York  TimesBesides the fact that there is only two black faces in this picture of the Republican members of Congress, and besides the fact that they are actively seeking to prevent voting and besides the fact that they embrace violence and white supremacy, these things aren’t as telling as the one thing they have always been about. Besides the point that they are hostile to compromise and the hundred other points which show how little they care for governance and how much they care about raw power and keeping their wealthy donors happyat the expense of the populace at large – most of all, this is the one thing about them that should really piss off all of us, including their own voters.

This is a political cartoon.

When you walk into a store and give the person behind the counter your hard earned money you expect goods or a service in return. This is the basic exchange that has existed ever since there was such goods and services to be purchased. Only one party is, and has always been, adamantly against giving us what we’ve paid for. One party that believes it their divine right to collect and not disperse. Do you enjoy not getting what it is you’ve paid for? I do not. This bunch of greedy Republican thieves has always been against returning our tax monies back to us in any form. Not for Health Care. Not for Infrastructure improvements – including clean water. Not for working unions. Not for food stamps. Not for working mothers. It is our money that funds this country and what we have received for our money is of lesser value than what we have paid. This is because of the Republican Party’s main purpose. In a nutshell this purpose is: keep the working class as weak as possible.

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And now, Mitch McConnell has just announced proudly…proudly, mind you, that there will be zero Republican votes for President Biden’s American Families Plan and the Infrastructure Plan. Hey working folk…go fuck yourselves…we need your tax money for our rich donors! You know? Like the 2019 tax break the criminal Trump and his Republican toadies gave to the wealthiest among us where, for the first time ever, America’s 400 wealthiest people paid a lower tax rate in 2018 than any other group of people. Meanwhile we drink tainted water, our cars travel over pot holes on decrepit bridges and our mass transit is antiquated compared with mass transit in Europe and Japan.

                        WHAT A RICH JOKE, HUH?




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16 thoughts on “THE REAL BOTTOM LINE

  1. Thaank you for sharing this


    Posted by Steph Jones | December 2, 2022, 8:01 am
  2. Watching from afar, I just don’t get it. I’ll never get it. What’s to oppose about rebuilding a country?

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by leggypeggy | May 5, 2021, 5:21 pm
  3. I understand their aversion to helping the poor families, that’s a given, but infrastructure plan ???? They will get so much business from that, right ? And it will keep the economy going. * shakes head* I don’t get it… Wait, I get it. They just want to oppose everything the Biden administration proposes so that this administartion led by a Dem will not get anything done, zero, zilch, nada.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by renxkyoko | May 5, 2021, 1:15 pm
    • And their base is so dumb that they don’t even realize that they are being shafted also. Oh well…thanks, and stay well. continue…

      Liked by 3 people

      Posted by barkinginthedark | May 5, 2021, 1:42 pm
    • Dear Tony and renxkyoko,

      Hi there! We can agree that the ongoing chaos inflicted by the Trump presidency finally culminated in the infamous riot in the Capitol. You and I can be justified for being cynical, snide, snarky and facetious in characterizing Trump as the symbolic messiah who is going to lead his misguided supporters to glory on Earth and the promised land! It is often futile to reason with such misguided folks. Perhaps only when the country truly becomes autocratic or fascist will they wake up, but then it will be too late.

      Needless to say, due to misinformation and disinformation, 2020 had been a difficult year, not to mention having to deal with the pandemic. It was all quite surreal, perhaps in some ways more bizarre than ghosts and the paranormal (not that I believe in such things). One could say that we live in interesting times indeed, but often for the wrong reasons. I have had to coin a new term: Viral Falsity.

      It is going to be a very tall order for the Biden presidency (or any presidency for that matter) to turn things around. It would have been much easier if some Republican senators had been far more honest and incorruptible, for they have been very greedy, uninspired, cowardly and lack criminal, moral and political accountabilities. It is all quite a big mess in danger of getting bigger still.

      2021 is nearly half gone and the GOP is still on trial and has fared no better and seems to be getting (much) worse.

      Consequently, any reasonable person can conclude that the USA has been plagued by ignorance, dogma, falsity, blind faith, spiritual stagnation and epistemological impasse . . . . .

      Whilst some of us may take some comfort in our living somewhere else, there is the danger that oppressive politics may spread elsewhere or be mirrored by other corrupt politicians outside their origins. Democracy is not a given. It can be quite fragile, can fail rather badly, and often is approximately as good and benevolent (or bad and malevolent) as the members who practise, control and/or legislate it. We all need to do our parts in contributing to the smooth and equitable functioning of a civil country and democratic society. I have done mine in highlighting many of the most fundamental causes of the most pressing social ills and civic matters through my writings, and I hope that I have indeed shed very good light on these thorny issues in my latest and much expanded post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity“.

      Tony, being a musician myself (not exclusively so), I have listened to some of your music at your music website. Keep up the good work!

      Yours sincerely,

      Liked by 1 person

      Posted by SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ | May 25, 2021, 2:05 am
      • I fully agree with your take on our “situation” SE. Democracy, i.e. rule by the people, or the illusion of is in danger of

        Liked by 1 person

        Posted by barkinginthedark | May 25, 2021, 5:04 pm
      • (as i was typing before i hit the wrong button) democracy i.e. rule by people, or the illusion of same is perilously close to being on the way out. i applaud your efforts, and the efforts of others, to shed some light on the encroaching darkness – but i fear that the prevailing overarching ignorance coupled with the incessant drumbeat of lies might be too overwhelming to save us – despite the good intentions of some politicians. i hope i am wrong. thanks for your kind words re the music. stay well and continue…

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        Posted by barkinginthedark | May 25, 2021, 5:12 pm
      • Dear Tony,

        I am inclined to agree with you. Let’s hope that we are both wrong, and that civic sensibility and good governance will eventually prevail.

        Given your reply, I am very keen and curious to know what you think or make of my post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity” regarding the increasingly pressing issues that many of us are facing, worsened all the more by mental pitfalls (or even mental health), social media, digital globalization, populism, illiberal democracy, and other behavioural and sociopolitical factors.

        This post of mine now contains twelve sections (plus a meticulously annotated gallery), all of which are instantly accessible from a navigational menu. I look forward to your giving me some feedback there. Thank you in anticipation.

        I would like to recommend using a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my blog, which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.

        May you find the rest of 2021 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, reading, thinking and blogging whatever topics that take your intellectual fancy or tickle your emotional delight! All the best with your musical endeavours too!

        Yours sincerely,

        Liked by 1 person

        Posted by SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ | May 25, 2021, 5:39 pm
      • SE, your post “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity” highlights the myriad of overpowering problems facing democracies in the US and all over the world. I wholeheartedly agree with what you have written. Please understand: this is as much as I can offer at present as I am in the process of editing my novel for publication which demands all my attention. You have clearly defined the great problems we face. The worst thing about all of these problems is that they serve to distract and delay our attending to the greatest problem of all: The environment. None of it will matter in short order unless we have a planet on which these problems can exist. Meanwhile, stay well and continue…

        Liked by 2 people

        Posted by barkinginthedark | May 25, 2021, 6:36 pm
      • Dear Tony,

        I am delighted by your reply, and would be grateful if you could be so kind as to copy and paste your previous comment about my academic writing entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity” to the comment section of my said post, to which your comment clearly pertains and also belongs. Please feel free to expand on your comment if you have additional matters to convey about the post and any aspects of its contents. Thank you in anticipation.

        Since you are a novelist, I would like to have the pleasure of introducing you to my very comprehensive resource designed for writers, editors, publishers and reviewers who wish to systematically evaluate and determine the quality of a book or manuscript, whether it is written by themselves or others. It is available at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/manuscript/

        The said “Manuscript Assessment Criteria” page provides a complete checklist for writers to evaluate and inspect their own works (either by themselves or with a group of readers or editors) before submitting their manuscripts to publishers, and also during successive edits after the previous submission(s) and before the next submission.

        Yours sincerely,


        Posted by SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ | May 25, 2021, 6:45 pm
      • Thank you kindly for your checklist suggestion SE. per your request, i have posted my response to your criminally insightful post “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity.” Your website, your thoughts, your writing, and the scope and comprehensiveness of all of it is quite impressive. Stay well, go Broncos, and continue…

        Liked by 1 person

        Posted by barkinginthedark | May 28, 2021, 2:21 am
  4. Don’t get me started …

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Susan, PiedType | May 5, 2021, 12:06 pm

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