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Tom Garrett Attempts To Hide His Tea Party Loyalties
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For the Record: Tom Garrett’s Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lies

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CHARLOTTESVILLE—Despite Garrett’s repeated pledges to join the congressional right-wing Republican “Freedom Caucus” if elected, and his repeated pledges to shut down the government if elected, he continues to attempt to distort and mask his true intentions.

Just this week, Garrett claimed to the Lynchburg News & Advance editorial board that the Freedom Caucus “likely isn’t in his future.”

But days earlier the newspaper reported again on Garrett’s pledge to join the Freedom Caucus. “During the nomination contest, Garrett committed to joining, if asked, the Freedom Caucus — a group of about 40 hard-right Republicans who have proudly disrupted congressional business.”

Speaking in Madison County on October 5, 2016, Garrett repeatedly declared that he “absolutely would support shutting the government down.” (see video)

Additionally, in a March 28, 2016 blog post endorsing Senator Garrett, Virginia Right noted, “Tom told me recently and it was for publication that he WILL join the Freedom Caucus if elected.

Despite Garrett’s unrelenting commitment to Tea Party and Freedom Caucus objectives, he callously misleads reporters, editors, and the public in an attempt to mask his true intentions and beliefs.

“He is frighteningly adept at changing his story at a moment’s notice depending on his audience.  He seems to have no moral qualms about deliberately and callously misleading his audience,” said Campaign Manager Tom Vandever. “Despite his rhetoric about the importance of adhering to core principles, it appears that his only core principle is saying whatever he thinks people want to hear in order to get elected.”

The GOP’s Absurd, Hilarious Ploy to Pretend They Care About Poor People

By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet

Jeb BushAcross the #GOP, there’s been an outbreak of claims by party leaders and presidential candidates that Republicans deserve credit for a slow-but-steady economic recovery, and that the GOP is the emerging champion of still-struggling working Americans.

Both of these assertions are brazen falsehoods.The first of these claims, by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is the latest effort to dilute the White House’s achievements; while the second—by likely 2016 candidates including Florida’s ex-Gov. Jeb Bush—is another variety of political theft, all but plagiarizing Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA.

Other GOP presidential aspirants have been saying this as well—citing the nation’s economic malaise before their party’s new congressional leadership shifted gears and decided that it now wants some credit for the latest economic recovery statistics.

Republicans like McConnell seem to believe their claims of credit for a growing sense that the economy is recovering will sway an unobservent public. They betting that people will not recall that in 2013 the GOP-led the effort to undermine the government’s credit rating and forced a federal government shutdown that damaged the economy. That came after years of criticizing almost everything that the Obama White House tried to do to shift economic policy, from bailing out Detroit automakers to implementing Obamacare.

“The uptick appears ro coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress,” McConnell said, reciting his new script.

Dangerous game: Republicans freeze Secret Service budget over immigration

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


First came the White House fence jumpers. Now it’s Congress, fencing off money for the embattled Secret Service because of a totally unrelated fight with President Barack Obama over immigration.

Just last Thursday, an independent review panel warned that the Service is already stretched thin and “in many cases, beyond its limits.” Training has “diminished far below acceptable levels” the panel found, and “under any scenario, the Service has to increase significantly in size.”

Before the Homeland CR runs out, Republicans can count on being fully in charge of Congress. Their immediate target is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the office within Homeland that will implement Obama’s order including the issuance of temporary work permits for qualified individuals who come forward.

Ironically enough, USCIS is largely self-funded, living off the fees it collects and not the relatively small share of annual appropriations it gets from Congress. By contrast, the Secret Service is wholly dependent on appropriations and now caught in the political crossfire.

Boehner Drops Obama Lawsuit; Says It Would Mean Doing Something

source: donkeyhotey.deviantart.comWASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) dropped his plans to sue President Obama on Friday, explaining to reporters, “I realized it would mean doing something.”

In a brief appearance before the press, Speaker Boehner talked about his gradual realization that “filing a lawsuit requires effort and, yes, work.”

“I came to the conclusion that while suing the President would be the best thing for the American people, it would also require that I do something,” he said, struggling to retain his composure. “And that would be a betrayal of everything I stand for.”

Mr. Boehner’s decision drew praise from fellow Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who called it “courageous.”

“I know this was a very difficult decision for John,” McConnell said. “But at the end of the day you have to be true to your core values.”

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