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Where Have You Gone, Anthony Weiner?

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Now, as much as ever, America could use the outspoken, headstrong Anthony Weiner calling out Republicans, but he has been forced to abandon us in his selfishness.   We need an angry and incredulous Weiner to bash the right for continually pulling a Fox-News-Channel on us, and somehow still convincing large voting blocs that the sensible--nay the only --way to get through the Great Recession is to stuff the pockets of the oppressed minority of millionaires and watch the economy rebound as that money trickles down to the rest of us.

"Specious, fallacious, misleading, inaccurate, incorrect, spurious, unsound, deceptive, fraudulent, illusory, phony... I could go on, but those adjectives will begin describing the Republican response to our beleaguered economy and debt crisis," we need Rep. Weiner to say.   "In perhaps the most disingenuous, blatant, yet somehow stupid display of communal deceit, the conservative wing, in particular tea party liars, of our government has been busy doing its job of screwing America."   He might add, "Is there even a shred of doubt the debt ceiling would have been raised effortlessly long ago if we had a Republican president leading us faster into deeper debt, along with possible Constitutional Amendments outlawing abortion, corporate taxation, and the middle class?"

Do you remember when then-rising star Rep. Weiner declared, on the House floor, " Make no mistake about it, every single Republican I have every met in my entire life is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry "?

But Anthony Weiner inexplicably betrayed us all by flushing his political career down the toilet just so he could tweet indecent pictures of himself to college girls, damaging the liberal brand and making every Democratic priority a little bit harder to achieve.   I sure am expecting--even kind of hoping--he also had an awful lot of sex with an awful lot of sorority girls but that shoe never dropped.   If he threw everything away just to flirt with young women, well, that's be even more pathetic.   At least Sen. Vitter was sleeping with the finest whores available .

At any rate, former Rep. Weiner cannot continue the rant he can never give:

"By the way, the US has more millionaires right now, in 2011, than any time in history.   So somebody did okay in this meltdown.   Is anybody surprised the number of High Net Worth Individuals, defined as having a net worth of more than $30 million, in the economically crippled Detroit , went up last year?   Turns out our sinking tide will still lift some boats.   As my Republican colleagues, and those who bankroll them, counted on."

Too often Weiner's seemed the one rational voice about true Republican constituencies.   Maybe he would now confront the country with the knowledge that, as millions of middle-class citizens lost their homes to foreclosure in the recession, that beleaguered upper class did quite well.   The top financial demographic will recall the Great Recession as fuel for the Great Windfall; these are their economic salad days .

"And while last year more than 40 million Americans lived in poverty , Wall Street and Republican policy generated our greatest wealth disparity in history.   The top 1% of wage earners in the United States earns more than 20% of American income," an indignant Weiner never shouted.

A recent study revealed that from 2008-2010, the meat of that Great Recession, 12 major corporations earned $171 billion in profits, while paying an average of negative 1.5% in federal taxes.   The Republican concern did well in the recession.   But because of your short-term yet imbecilic thinking our nation cannot turn its bankrupt, unemployed eyes to you, Mr. Weiner.

And Weiner can't stare down his colleagues and thunder from the House floor to declare,
"Republican PR apparently dictates that when companies are given more money, they simply use that money to create jobs.   Michele Bachmann & friends will surely explain it's the stupid and simplistic Democrats who think businesses rely on the anachronistic philosophy that companies bring on additional workers when those new hires will result in an improvement to the bottom line.   But as it turns out, according to presumable conservative dogma, corporate America is actually waiting for more money just so they can use their government-supplied profits to produce make-work jobs to redistribute the cash to a waiting, idle work force."

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