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AL-05 - Rep. Mo Brooks Sees Socialists In The Congressional Belfry

by: countrycat

Fri Apr 15, 2011 at 11:24:36 AM CDT


It's no surprise to those of us in the 5th District that Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks sees Socialists under every bed, behind every government document, and inside every Democratic headquarters.

But, Brooks' unfortunate tendency to sprinkle his favorite noun into everyday conversation took some of his Congressional colleagues by surprise:

Freshman Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, was forced to withdraw part of his comments on the House floor this morning after other members objected to his use of the word "socialist."


Brooks, speaking against an alternative 2012 budget proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, was critical of spending decisions made by "certain socialist members of this body." He didn't name names, but Democrats immediately called for a point of order and asked that Brooks' comment be "taken down," a rare disciplinary action when the chair reviews the record and decides if the words are inappropriate.

The objection was lodged by Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.

After some awkward silence, Brooks was asked by the Republican in the chair if he had a request for unanimous consent, and Brooks then asked for unanimous consent that his use of the word "socialist" be stricken from the record.

Brooks was allowed to finish his remarks on the budget, and said, "For whatever reason I am permitted not to use one word."
Ok, Mo, so if you truly don't understand the reason, let's explain.  Unless you actually "have in your hand a list" of Socialists in Congress and are prepared to share it, then moderate your speech.  That's a nice way of saying "keep your trap shut because Alabama gets embarrassed enough already by Sessions & Shelby."
 
As an attorney, Rep. Brooks no doubt knows the old lawyer's adage:
When the facts are on your side, argue the facts. When the law is on your side, argue the law. And when you don’t have either the law or the facts on your side, pound the table!

It almost makes you pity a Congressman whose party has just released a budget proposal to cut taxes on corporations and millionaires while privatizing Medicare and gutting Medicaid.  Without math, facts, logic, or even basic human empathy on your side what's left?

Simple: call your opponents Socialists.

 
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And Rep. Keith Ellison scores again! (4.00 / 3)

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/15/keith-ellison-stumps-todd-rokita/

ELLISON: When does the Ryan budget create a surplus?

ROKITA: The budget proposed and voted on by the committee — [...]

ROKITA: With responsible, gradual reforms to the drivers of our debt, like Medicare and Social Security, this budget will balance

ELLISON: I asked the gentlemen when the Ryan budget created a surplus. He could have given me a year. He didn’t. That’s because he’s probably embarrassed about when that is. Let me tell you when the Progressive Caucus comes to surplus: 2021. That is known as a responsible budget.

The answer to the question is that the “courageous” and “innovative” Ryan budget would create a surplus for the first time in 2040, according to the Congressional Budget Office. An analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, meanwhile, determined that the CPC budget would indeed turn a $30.7 billion surplus in 2021, nearly two full decades ahead of Ryan’s “bold” plan.

Wondering when these guys will wake up and smell the tea?  If they're really concerned about a balanced budget, then Ryan's budget is a disaster.

 



"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




That's just too funny! (4.00 / 2)

 The floor in Washington is a long way from a right-wing talk show studio in the Tennessee Valley, isn't it? The floor in Washington is not a drunken Tea rally, is it?

 The man sees Socialists in his sleep. He challenges overwhelming climate science. He beclowns himself even more than Sessions & Shelby. He just might be the most ignorant politician in the history of our state. I hope somebody on Saturday Night Live is working on an impersonation of him. It would be as big as Tina Fey portraying Sarah Palin.



October 2012 was the 332nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below-average temperature was February 1985. - N.O.A.A.

Brooks forums (4.00 / 3)

Whenever and whereever Mo has forums throughout the district, we need to have people there to ask him the kind of questions he has been able to duck.

 

The hard part will be getting a chance to ask a question. I tried to ask Jeff Sessions a question at one of his forums but never got called on. I guess I did not clap for him enough. 



New Rule, with apologies to Bill Maher (4.00 / 3)
When logic is on your side, argue logic; when compassion is on your side, argue compassion; when you are a Republican and have access to neither logic nor compassion, ask the Orange Guy for the "talking point of the day" and stick to it.

Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten. Cree Nation Tribal Prophecy

You mean the Tan Man? (0.00 / 0)
I heard that on TV the other day and laughed myself silly.  He doesn't have a heart either, but unlike the Tin Man, Boehner doesn't want one.

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
Video (4.00 / 2)

The vidoe is HERE  if you would like to see it.

 

 



who's a socialist? (4.00 / 1)
I think Mo knows what a socialist is, by political definition. but the GOP message formulators tell the mos of congress what word registers, what word confuses, and "socialist" is a weapon word. so he throws it out there (and is embarrassed). the mos of politics used to use "liberal" but maybe their polls show they wore it out. so now "socialist" is revived. most voters probably couldn't come close to defining socialist anywhere near enought to pass a pol sc high school level test.

Public funded programs =/= Socialism. Anti-liberalism =/= fascism. (0.00 / 0)

I suppose you could get away with calling them "social programs" but that's about it.  There is no wealth redistribution-- not really.  If there was, you'd not have varying degrees of social classes.  And if you look at the distribution and migration of wealth in this country, socialism just isn't happening-- unless you're referring to distribution to the top 1%.

If public funded programs were in fact socialism, then everything from the military to roads would be slowly leading us down that road.  That's insane logic.



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