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Oh Newt, Where Have You Been, You Clown!

It’s getting more and more difficult to distinguish between Saturday Night Live skits and the actual news coming out of Republican circles these days. Newt Gingrich is back on the national scene, claiming that Obama’s economic policies are moving the country to a “dictatorship”. Clearly Newt failed Civics 101 — a dictatorship is a political system where the executive branch does not obey the laws of the country. That’s what we had during the last eight years. There’s nothing in Obama’s plans that is even remotely close to disobeying the laws of the country.

What’s even more silly about Newt’s re-surfacing is that much of the current problems in the financial sector are a direct result of legislation he helped enact back in the 1990’s, like the gutting of the Glass-Steagall Act. If this guy had any shame at all, he would be hiding out in some remote location right now. This is where our current outrage should be focused, not at the AIG bums with their huge bonuses. Without Newt and his merry pranksters there would never have been an AIG.

But so it goes with the current Republican Party. When you watch the continual bumblings of folks like Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Michael Steele, Bobby Jindal et al it does make you wonder how we actually survived the last 28 years of Republican rule. And it scares you all the more that this party has any influence at all in today’s world.