The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

02 August 2007

Randi Rhodes Comments On Minneapolis Bridge Collapse


Rhodes Ties Bridge Collapse To Bush, Iraq, Tax Cuts

Earlier today, your Radio Equalizer noted a number of kooky comments from readers at the website of Air America talk host Randi Rhodes. We wondered if Randi would condemn or support these outrageous remarks.

Lo and behold, not only did Rhodes agree with these crackpots, she took it several steps further, blaming Bush, Iraq and tax cuts for the deaths in Minnesota.

Here's an exclusive transcript from the first segment of her first hour today:

RHODES: “And may I just say this to the people of Minneapolis, I am just so sorry about your bridge collapsing, but you know, join the ranks. Apparently, a 2005 report called your bridge 'structurally deficient'.

Structurally deficient, so here we are wasting a trillion dollars in Iraq, protecting that lie at all costs, right? Wiretapping our own citizenry so that nobody gets too uppity about that whole trillion being spent. And it takes like a quarter of that to repair our infrastructure and nothing’s being spent.

The bridge collapse is the result of wasting a trillion dollars in Iraq. Basically what you saw there in Minneapolis and what you’ve been watching all day, last night, the whole thing.

What you’re watching, should have the chyron underneath, instead of it saying Governor Tim Pawlenty, or news conference on bridge collapse, or recovery or whatever, you know what it should say underneath there? 'Your tax cuts at work!' That’s what it should say.

Please make a note of it and call CNN and MSNBC, Faux News, yeah call them all and tell them, 'hey, you’ve got the wrong chyron!'"

Rhodes then went on to blame recent explosions in Dallas and New York City (the steam pipe incident) on Bush, Iraq and tax cuts as well.

Hey Randi, how's life on Kook Street? Is it fun to live there?

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  • Randi is right for the most part, your brain is too tiny to get it Brian. Conservatism's goal is to destroy government , this is the reslt of it.

    Randi WORKS in radio Brian, you DO NOT, and NEVER will AGAIN, how jealous are you of Rhodes?

    Randi Rhodes a military veteran and hero .............. jealous?

    and yes this is thee result of conservatism, deal with it..

    and as of yesterday in a diago poll.... only 23% will vote Republican in 2008, your the kook buddy, still taking party over country

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 03 August, 2007 09:42  

  • Ahh, Brian. You set up all up so well with your accusations of kookiness. Look how quickly the President likes to link Democrats for all the failures of his administration. This is from his Rose Garden address yesterday taken from the White House web site.. with my comments of course.

    THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. I just finished a Cabinet meeting. One of the things we discussed was the terrible situation there in Minneapolis. We talked about the fact that the bridge collapsed, and that we in the federal government must respond and respond robustly to help the people there not only recover, but to make sure that lifeline of activity, that bridge, gets rebuilt as quickly as possible.

    (Yes, lets be reactive instead of proactive. Gee, we're actually supposed to spend domestically as well as the trillion or so in Iraq? What a concept!)

    To that end, Secretary Peters is in Minneapolis, as well as Federal Highway Administrator Capka. I spoke to Governor Pawlenty and Mayor Rybak this morning. I told them that the Secretary would be there. I told them we would help with rescue efforts, but I also told them how much we are in prayer for those who suffered. And I thank my fellow citizens for holding up those who are suffering right now in prayer.

    (Prayers will most certainly help those folks trapped in their cars at the bottom of the Mississippi. They have our prayers, but our pre-tragedy concern? Feh! There's a war dammit!)

    We also talked about -- in the Cabinet meeting talked about the status of important pieces of legislation before the Congress. We spent a fair amount of time talking about the fact that how disappointed we are that Congress hasn't sent any spending bills to my desk. By the end of this week, members are going to be leaving for their month-long August recess. And by the time they will return, there will be less than a month before the end of the fiscal year on September the 30th, and yet they haven't passed one of the 12 spending bills that they're required to pass. If Congress doesn't pass the spending bills by the end of the fiscal year, Cabinet Secretaries report that their departments may be unable to move forward with urgent priorities for our country.

    (Forget the fact that there was absolutely nothing in the budget submitted to address infrastructure issues like, oh, say, collapsing bridges that were rating as "structurally deficient" two years ago. Oh, and dear leader forgot to mention in his disappointment over Congress' recess that, he too, is taking the month off to go clear brush and ride around in his F-150 in Crawford.)

    This doesn't have to be this way. The Democrats won last year's election fair and square, and now they control the calendar for bringing up bills in Congress. They need to pass each of these spending bills individually, on time, and in a fiscally responsible way.

    (No, because they won "fair and square" they have the right to set the agenda however they wish. They control the purse strings and have every Constitutional right to submit them in whatever order and in whatever form they wish. The President can recommend and either sign it into law or veto. It's this little thing called seperation of powers. Quaint, I'm sure to the executive branch but, hey, what can you say... that quaint document they all swore an oath to kind of makes that, you know, the freakin law!!!)

    The budget I've sent to Congress fully funds America's priorities. It increases discretionary spending by 6.9 percent. My Cabinet Secretaries assure me that this is adequate to meet the needs of our nation.

    (Again, nothing in the budget specifically addresses the need to shore up infrastructure. Funny how, to Mr. Bush, all of America's priorities seem to revolve around funding defense contractors and private, for-profit insurance companies.)

    Unfortunately, Democratic leaders in Congress want to spend far more. Their budget calls for nearly $22 billion more in discretionary spending next year alone. These leaders have tried to downplay that figure. Yesterday one called this increase -- and I quote -- "a very small difference" from what I proposed. Only in Washington can $22 billion be called a very small difference. And that difference will keep getting bigger. Over the next five years it will total nearly $205 billion in additional discretionary spending. That $205 billion averages out to about $112 million per day, $4.7 million per hour, $78,000 per minute.

    ("Damn them democrats having an opinion other than mine", Bush gnashes under his breath. "Who do they think they are? A co-equal branch?")

    Put another way, that's about $1,300 in higher spending every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every year for the next five years. That's a lot of money -- even for career politicians in Washington. In fact, at that pace, Democrats in Congress would have spent an extra $300,000 since I began these remarks.

    ("Besides, I got hundreds of billions more planned for the defense contractors in Iraq I want to spend. You think white American prostitutes come cheap in a war zone?")

    There's only one way to pay for all this new federal spending without running up the deficit, and that is to raise your taxes. A massive tax hike is the last thing the American people need. The plan I put forward would keep your taxes low and balance the budget within five years, and that is the right path for our country.

    (Ahhh.. there it is. Let's turn a tragedy into a political opportunity to attack "tax and spend" democrats as a posit against "borrow and spend" Republicans. Very good, Mr. President. I'm sure those people still strapped to their seats under ton of debris in 60 feet in water and their familes, really care about that right now. You compassionate conservative, you!)

    I want to thank OMB Director Rob Portman for his hard work in developing this plan. This was Rob's last Cabinet meeting. Laura and I wish him and his family well. And I call on the Senate to confirm his successor, Jim Nussle, so we can work together to keep our government running, to keep our economy growing, and to keep our nation strong.

    Thank you for your time.

    (Portman's abandoning this ship before he gets trapped under the debris of this failing administration.)

    Ladies and gentlemen, there's your president blaming the democrats for his failures. He makes those families of the victims, and the 22% who still support this president, oh so proud! Especially Maloney.

    By Blogger Dave Carroll, at 03 August, 2007 10:40  

  • You should listen to Randi Rhodes and maybe you'd learn something.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 10 August, 2007 19:20  

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