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Lady Gaga inspires new Republican Party attack on deficit spending

Lady Gaga in performance
Lady Gaga (real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) is a singer, a former stripper who sometimes wears lingerie on stage and has admitted to being bisexual. Nothing wrong with any of that, of course, but hardly fodder for the traditional-values-loving Republican Party.

So it came as something of a surprise Tuesday when Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington state played a video for his colleagues at their weekly conference -- a parody of the pop performer's song "Just Dance."

Called "Just Tax," the video was the brainchild of Peter Cowman, a 23-year-old who just graduated from the University of Washington. In a song that rails against the debt foisted on his generation by President Obama and Congress (and includes a striking impression of Uncle Sam's voice, or what Uncle Sam's voice would sound like if we'd heard it back in the day), the chorus intones, "The government's broke, but they're spending our money."

Noting that his district is home to a lot of tech companies, Reichert told colleagues that the Republican Party needs to encourage young people like Cowman who can use new media to sway other young people to the cause.

Asked by CNN about the video, House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence laughed and admitted that very few Republicans in Congress are familiar with the original Lady Gaga song.

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo: Lady Gaga performing in June at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. Credit: Mark Blinch / Reuters

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I think this 'attack' as you call it is rather old that was started by the T.E.A. Parties the Drive By Media hates so much. Afterall, I believe that T.E.A. stands for Taxed Enough Already.

Obama: Leave health care alone! Work on the economy, get jobs, the wars, and finding a place for your GITMO boys!!!!

The Government only messes things up, and health care is too important to mess with!

Doesn't anyone remember it was George Bush who brokered the billion dollar bailout of banks as one last act before he left office? How is this deficit Obama's doing? He's been in office seven months. Bush left him this mess.

You can really see that there has been little funding in public education in the last decades, the way most Americans are unable to see what is really going on, Right in front of them,

It's so much easier to just believe what Fox News and Rush tell you, especially if it riles up a little hatred as well.

This is a very sad time in American history. We have let ourselves become so DUMB.

Kay Ebeling
Los Angeles

Kay, don't be so stupid. Obama helped author the bank bailout and voted in favor of it as a senator ( -- and it was 700 BILLION, not "one billion", by the way, which is "peanuts" to our betters in government -- and once elected signed a massive budget bloated with earmarks, including $800 billion for the pork-riddled "stimulus" package.

OMG!!! this song is so good and true!!!! PLEZZZZZZZZZZZZ put it up on itunes!!! i would so put it on my ipod, since i like this song but not the words. I totally agree wit this song!!!! GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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