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Boehner's Boner a Big No-Brainer

A year ago, Boehner ran the Party of No.
Now the Tea Party's says "Hell No" to him
& makes the GOP say no to America:
no benefits, no tax cuts, no holiday relief.

Congress claimed the country needed a class
in Constitutional history - instead, they made history:
unprecedented debt ceiling & default debates,
& record-low ratings from a pissed off public.

The payroll tax is a no-brainer for Boehner
but the Tea Party's become Boehner's bane
and he deserves them -- bringing them in
was Boehner's boner to begin with.

Boehner promised to focus Congress on jobs --
now he may lose the job he's only had a year…
and maybe he'd prefer it: leading the minority
is a lot easier than leading the country.

Don't let conservatives Scrooges get you down,
and raise your spirits, ideas & holiday wishes
with your local progressive social club.

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Out From In Between Iraq and a Hard Place

Nearly nine years ago, they sold America a war
on imaginary yellowcake, hazy mushroom clouds
& a culture of fear that terrorized our nation.

Over 8 1/2 years ago, "Mission Accomplished!"
...though the chaos was more real than WMDs,
& the ongoing occupation oversaw surges
in violence, troops & unforgivable civilian casualties

More than 3 years ago, we elected a President
who rose to prominence with the promise to end the war,
which now -- with solemn ceremony & honest uncertainty,
not pompous posturing & sloganeering -- reaches its end.

We're witnessing a very different Mission Accomplished
...or at least a Mission Concluded -- and it's about time
we've climbed out from in between Iraq and a hard place.

No doubt the GOP candidates will find fault in this too.

Remember the years of senseless war
as we toast to that mission being no more,
sharing stories, opinions and a drink or two
at your local progressive social club.

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Occupy The Tax Code

DC dialogue had been occupied with austerity
but Democrats are finally debating jobs
& calling on the 1% to pay a few percent more.

President Obama was drowning in debt dialogue,
yet now is arguing for a fair economy for all
& for those who take the most to share a little more.

New York's "Governor 1%" resisted the Millionaires Tax
-- however Cuomo is now revamping the tax code
...so millionaires pay a higher tax rate.

If you can tax them there, you'll tax 'em anywhere
It's up to you, New York, New York…

People have dismissed Occupy Wall Street --
yet they're not only Occupying the Debate,
they're now Occupying the Tax Code.

Talk tax while you relax, with drinks & snacks
in the company of like-minded liberating lefties
at your local progressive social club.

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If You Can't Go New, Go Newt

Conservatives sought a fresh face this election,
but Perry can't parry, Bachmann's so back-then
and Cain is utterly unable.

The Donald was trumped by reality,
John Huntsman had no hunt in him
and even they don't take Santorum seriously.

They rip Mitt's flips & he's still a drip,
so the GOP tries to drop this flop,
but their only hope is a right-wing retiree,
a leftover lobbyist America loves to loathe...

Are they giving up on forging a fresh route,
and deciding if you can't go new, go Newt?

Even the GOP fondly remember the Clinton Years.

Reminisce about the 90s & prophesy 2012
as you pass the hours & pass a few pitchers
at your local progressive social club.

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A Great, Full USA for A Grateful Holiday?

Even in tough economic times for so many,
we're thankful that our country keeps investing
in a social safety net for Americans down on their luck.

OK, maybe we're seeing that safety net fray,
but we're grateful we have leaders in DC
eager to work together to get America back on track.

Well, those leaders' "Just Say No" recalcitrance
has led to dysfunction, stalemate, ridicule & 9% approval,
yet we give thanks for a society lets us voice displeasure
through peaceful assembly and non-violent protest.

Sure, assemblies were raided & free speech pepper-sprayed
but thank goodness there's still a day when all families
get the holiday to reconnect, relax and rejuvenate.

Alright, many Americans now need to work Thanksgiving
to open for Black Friday shopping in the dead of night
and feed consumerism rather than community,
but they offer thanks we can make change through elections
& this primary boasts candidates of conviction & compassion.

Hmmm...

Truly, we say thanks that we're drawing down troops at last,
witnessing historic, messy democracy movements globally,
seeing progressives find their voice in this past election.

And we're thankful that as Americans we remain optimistic,
we believe that we can change all this for the better,
and that we do have the resources, creativity and heart
-- if we use them -- to live up to that optimism.

So if you're thankful for good conversation & great company,
come share your night over liberal libations
at your local progressive social club.

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Class Warfare, Without The Class

The 1% didn't like the anti-Wall Street message
so they forcefully evicted peaceful protesters
with armed troops under the cover of night.

The Super Committee won't have the courage
to call for moderate revenue increases
so it will default to severe cuts to services
that support working families.

The GOP calls the unemployed lazy whiners
-- though there are 4 seekers for every 1 job --
rather than call for real job creation programs.

Authoritarian tactics, draconian cuts,
insults, slander & misinformation --
the 1% is waging class warfare...
but there's nothing classy about it.

Stay classy, 99%, and stay connected with comrades
as you share a night of drinks & discussion
at your local progressive social club.

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As They Shout "Cuts," Time to Shout "Cut!"

Mitt Romney is a proud member of the 1%
which is doing just fine in this economy
as he talks about cuts for everybody else.

Herman Cain has his own handful of problems
but as long as he keeps talking tax cuts,
he gets cheers & moderators get boos.

Rick Perry is so obsessed with cuts
he can't remember which cuts he wants to make.

This farce has gone on long enough --
instead of hearing the candidates shout "Cuts!"
it's about time to hear a director shout "Cut!"

And to Tea Party governors, the House GOP
& the Super Committee focused on cuts:
they may all be next on the electoral chopping block.

No need to cut and run -- stay for a while
with a democratic drink & discussion
at your local progressive social club.

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Three Years To Hope - Now One To Change?

Three years ago, we voted for hope and change --
one year from now we decide whether to change that hope.
Three years back we rejected McCain madness & Palin pain;
in one year, at the polls, we return or replace our pols.

Three years ago, war abroad & unemployment at home;
in one year, will troops or the economy be coming back?
Three years ago, housing & stock markets plummeted;
in a year, will any bankers find a home in the Big House?

Three years ago was supposed to be the End of an Error,
but with one year until Election Day, many errors endure
& it feels like there's too much 2008 lingering in 2011.

We've been hoping for the past three years.
Now, let's get to the changing part for the next one.

Because if Obama doesn't make change,
the American people and the GOP just might.
And that's not exactly what we're hoping for.

So we hope you'll join for an evening & a drink
and change your plans to come share what you think
at your local progressive social club.

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The Scariest Costume This Halloween

You could dress as Rick Perry the Executioner,
don the outfit of a big, lazy, tired Newt
or get yourself an x-rated "Santorum" outfit.

Wear a Bachmann costume to frighten anyone with a heart,
a "President Cain" get-up to scare anyone with common sense
or dress as Ron Paul to make the Republican Party shiver.

Or you could change your appearance at every door
and try to look unlike the man you were before --
but it's expensive to wear as many masks as Mitt Romney.

We'd suggest you dress as a GOP jobs plan
-- though nobody knows what that costume looks like.

Halloween with these costumes may be scary,
but not nearly as terrifying as each primary debate.

It's no trick to find the company of like-minded lefties
but such a treat to share a drink & enjoy the night
at your local progressive social club.

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The 99 vs. 9-9-9

At Occupy Wall Street, protesters oppose
corporate-political cronyism & economic injustice.
At the GOP debate, candidates argue
that we need to look out for the 1%.

There are those who want to fairly tax the rich,
and those who want to increase tax burden on the poor;
those who want an economy that works for everyone,
and those who say it's your fault if you're unemployed.

Some call out to hold Wall Street accountable,
and others want us out Big Business's way.

Will you stand with the 99 -- or chant 9-9-9?
(Which, by the way, is "No, No, No in German…")
What a difference a 9 makes…

Without 9-9-9, you'll still be fine-fine-fine
as you join our "party" line-line-line
at your progressive social club.

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