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Conservatives love to hate the government

 

Chris McDaniel, 2014 Mississippi U.S. Senate candidate, may be the best thing for Mississippi. At long last Mississippi would be able to end its secret lover (Strom Thurmanesque) relationship with the federal government.
McDaniel would back Utah Sen. Mike “Laughing Stock” Lee

Well paid clowns running interference for the insurance companies

the next time Republicans decide to shut the government down (like the Tea Party shutdown/Republican employment plan which idled thousands of Utah workers) as a way of showing how they would be willing to widen the doughnut hole for seniors (a hole which Obamacare closes) for freedom’s sake.
Oh, the government is too large, the constitutional conservatives say, so no one should have a problem with cutting farm subsidies and letting the free market work in Mississippi, right? And, by ending this affair that the people have with their government, Mississippi could help stop the government from forcing insurance companies to allow Mississippians to keep their children on their health policies until they’re 26 or to accept people with pre-existing conditions.
Yes, Republicans are ideal for America because they know that nothing fails like all that government and/or labor involvement in the market. Just look at those wretched Singaporeans, Japanese and Germans with their economies in total free-fall, totally un-American.

Ruining Government(The Great REpubliConned pastime)

Who’s to say that those services or wages are needed? 

This bit of sophomoric logic, aged in the American psyche through years of Heritage-funded (Koch-brother produced) repetition, comes, liberal and moderate America, from your political competition, the Tea Party. This in essence is the Teabagger philosophy. We would be better off without government is their belief. “Government is the problem” to quote the most beloved Republican of the twentieth century, contrary to the belief of the last great Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower who warned of the military-industrial complex and brought us the interstate highway system, contrary to JFK who pointed us toward a moon landing. Mind you a lot of these people, (the know-nothing Republicans, they vote Republican, they call themselves conservative; make no mistake about it, Teabaggers vote Republican and there is no difference just look at former Senator Bennett of Utah and his Teabagger replacement Mike “laughingstock” Lee who advocated a situation which costs his state tons of money by blocking “services or wages” which weren’t “needed”) mind you a lot of these people never rallied and complained about being taxed enough already (TEA’d) when the Bush Administration Curve-balled us into Iraq one of two-unfunded-unread-Bin-Laden-determined-to-attack-PDB wars. Tellingly, these “fiscal” conservatives never complained about two wars being not budgeted, remember the Teabagger rallies that didn’t happen during the Bush administatrion; they aren’t bright enough to know that the American economy lost the opportunity to focus on greater economic productivity (being greater competition to the Chinese and every one of our other economic competitors) by channeling all the manpower and resources to the misadventure which is Iraq. I challenge their concern about leaving debt to future generations and deficits because we never raised taxes to cover the cost of the war, so the cost including interest on the borrowed money used to fund the war make Iraq the gift that keeps on giving.

So when you hear a Teabagger, in response to cost estimates of the Teabagger orchestrated government shutdown:

Bad assumptions for the most part.

First, the impact on the economy. S&P calculates the $24 billion impact based on all the wages federal workers didn’t get, and thus didn’t spend, plus the side effects from that lack of commerce. But what S&P doesn’t take into account is that those federal workers will probably see an increase in their commerce once they get their back pay.

The furloughed workers are all likely to engage in about the same level of commerce as they would have had the shutdown never happened. The timing may have changed due to the furlough, but they are still going to buy clothes, fuel and food and go out to the movies”

Just remember you’re listening to people who either have an agenda or who are operating unwittingly on behalf of people who have an agenda. The agenda is to castigate and undermine the functioning of government at every opportunity, as part of a grand privatization scheme benefiting an oligarchic donor class. To them, “Government is the problem,” except of course when they are diverting it to their friends like Haliburton or Blackwater in a no-bid kinda way). Some of the cohorts are so simple minded that they say things like:

“those federal workers will probably see an increase in their commerce once they get their back pay.”

The Teabaggers, and remember the “TEA” stands for taxed enough already, are perfectly ok with forcing a shutdown and then paying back-pay to workers who they forced to sit at home (“Federal employees sat home for a combined total of 6.6 million days, more than in any previous government shutdown”) because they, the Teabaggers, were attempting to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by monkeying with a continuing resolutions to fund the government. The shutdown-didn’t-cost-that-much argument (indicative of the mentality of a group which is properly referred to as “know-nothings”)is about as moronic as the equally clueless plea to congress to “keep your government hands off my Medicare” or “Social Security.”   

 

Medicare was brought to you by a Democratic (LBJ’s) administration.  And now conservatives now want to voucherize it so that 75 year olds can go into the private “junk” insurance market to buy healthcare((Paul Ryan’s plan) or in the case of Dr. Ben “I-need-my-head-examined” Carson, who is now Heritage’s (what’s a word that rhymes with stitch and begins with a b), you can just save the money to cover your old-age medical expenses. Conservatives never wanted you to have it, referring to it as socialized medicine; and now conservatives claim they want to preserve it, socialized medicine, for you the unwashed masses who should turn to your churches and are using too much healthcare, according to Dr. Ben “if-you-can’t-afford-that’s-just-tough” Carson?

Wait, here is more comedy. And that Social Security, that the Heritage Foundation (the Koch brother monstrosity) advocates be privatized so that you can make some Madoff or Ebbers rich before they go to jail, Social Security was brought to you by, wait for it, wait for it, another Democratic (FDR’s) administration 

From Liberals not from America’s Hezbollah (the conservatives) who see the poor as Godless people who wouldn’t be poor if they just worked harder!

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The great irony is that the safety-net which supplies enough societal stability to provide Americans with enough breathing room mentally, mental comfort, to leisurely form notions of government dismantlement was brought to you by progressive Americans, brought to you by liberal Americans. The magical thing about the CONNservative appeal is that many people who voted for Mitt Romney are, by his definition, takers (depending on government of the people for support, VA, disability, Sandy Aid, farm support, but not, in their opinion, the military-industrial complex); that is they are receiving some sort of government assistance but view themselves as superior to others who are receiving government assistance and want to attack “entitlements” but never complain about lobbyists writing laws which allow Romney-types to hide money in the Cayman Islands and corporations to outsource jobs and offshore profits which means that they, the poor and middle-class whites who voted for Romney-Ryan, have less resources to take care of themselves and contribute to the tax base upon which all those “entitlement programs” depend.

 

And that “increase in commerce” that this particular Teabagger estimates will occur says nothing about the time value of money (what was not accomplished because the money was not there on time when it was needed and used as planned for something like saving or investing) and what was lost in make-shift arrangements by those furloughed to make ends meet while the government was shutdown (like short-term borrowing and added expenses). No, the Teabaggers see this inconvenience and the very real costs the workers incurred as just a means to an end, the end being a destruction of a government that is too big. That Heritage-Foundation-too-big rubbish could only take root with the working-class due to mental insulation afforded by the productive foundation brought to Americans by past generations which gave us everything from the TVA, to the G.I. bill, to VHA and FHA loans to the interstate highway, most of which were brought about when tax rates where much higher on the upper income bracket. Heck, even the “big government” Postal service (which has its origins in the nation’s founding) was a boon to rural road development.

 

You’ll hear comments like the following in places like Forbes

“People who cancelled trips to D.C., national parks, or other sites may instead have taken a trip somewhere else.”

Did you notice the “may instead” in this theory? What if the trip was cancelled? What if no one received the funds through a sale or purchase because of elimination of the government services or functions? What if things were postponed? Can you say uncertainty, Teabaggers? Aren’t they, conservative, Teabaggers, always complaining about economic uncertainty and the affect of uncertainty on the economy? Funny, how the word just disappears from the conservative vocabulary in the context of a government shutdown. Business don’t invest because of uncertainty, goes the tale of the great pumpkin, I mean the tale of uncertainty. H E double hockey sticks, you even had a conservative at an institution of higher learning in Mississippi using “uncertainty” as a pretext for layoffs. Funny, how even in this continuing resolution device, the RepublCONs found a way to put a damper on economic activity and still complain about slow economic growth.  You have to give them credit for the consistency and the diversity of their attack

There are also Heritage feces loads like:

“Because the government workers are being paid for the days they did not work, the cost of government services will not decline and, therefore, neither will the government contribution to GDP.”

These clowns never heard of anything like multipliers and derivatives unless they are talking about Wall Street or the stock market. The government contribution to GDP does stop with the money paid to government workers. What conservatives never count is the money that is spent, the goods that are produced because the government employee is there. Just because you pay government employees after they have been idle doesn’t mean that the government contribution to GDP didn’t decline.

“Communities lost $500 million in spending in their communities as a result of shuttered National Parks.”

To say that those funds were spent elsewhere is just ludicrous. And the numbers don’t support the RepubliCONNED assertion. And if consumer confidence means anything at all, then those government employees would defy the notion if they spent at the same level as before the layoff and so would those people who depended upon their, the furloughed employees, expenditures and work product. And furthermore, with clowns like the Teabaggers in office, the economy must necessarily be adversely affected. In their continued effort to downplay the derivatives of their economic madness, CONNINGservatives are hoping to be successful in keeping people from seeing the

“continued government brinksmanship as a major factor holding back the U.S. economic recovery.” 

The most sinister part of the shutdown strategy is that by destroying the ability of the government to function, the CONNINGservatives can make a better case for privatization. There is an OMB report which says

“The shutdown “risks seriously damaging the ability to attract and retain the kind of driven, patriotic Americans to public service that our citizens deserve and that our system of self-government demands,”

Those flag lapel pins CONNINGservatives wear should burn holes in their suits.

Study: Red states most impacted by shutdown

The real class warfare in this country isn’t rich vs. poor, it’s government employees vs. the taxpayers who pay their salaries

pukes Ann Coulter.

Ever notice how people like the conniving Crypto-fascists, Coulter is always able to selectively attack government of the people, a government where the people decide the compensation level for its employees and what public goods and services that government delivers, in a way that never questions or challenges the government benefits in conservative strong holes like Mississippi with its military job creations or Arkansas and Alabama which rank high in senior citizens per capita and their dependence on workers in the SSA or  small business owners from the Dakotas or  Alaska who are looking for funding processed by those government workers in the SBA.  Are the pseudo-anti-government propagandists like Coulter who make tons of money complaining that the “only heavy lifting they[government workers] do all week is picking up their paychecks” pointing at the VA workers providing services for Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming which rank high with the most veterans per capita?  No, but they’ll cunningly attack government department and government workers who work in agencies like the Department of Education knowing that their conveniently-ignorant audiences won’t make the connection with the FAFSA’s processed for people in Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, or Louisiana states which “boasted the greatest number of FAFSA applications per capita during the third quarter of 2013.” Coulter and the other anti-government merchants count on the convenient ignorance of their audiences, an ignorance which conveniently includes a lack of knowledge about the role that the corporatists have played in the demise of pensions and good benefits for the working class in America making society as a whole poorer, the common good poorer, an ignorance which makes possible an attack on middle-class workers in the government who still have some semblance of the benefits which existed when organized labor was stronger in America, when the Mitt Romney types couldn’t attack so many Americans as being part of some negative 47 per cent class(there’s your class warfare).  I don’t recall the taxpayers voting to send their jobs overseas or to allow people like Mitt Romney to pay a lower tax rate or to allow people to stash money in the Cayman Island or Switzerland.  When Coulter and the Crypto-fascists complain about the compensation of government workers do they ever compare that compensation to the private sector and firms like General Dynamics, a major defense contractor that spent close to $11 million last year on lobbying.  General Dynamics just happens to have a land systems division which operates a facility that stands to benefit from the expenditure of $436 million on a weapon, a tank, that “the experts explicitly say is not needed.”  Nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer money over the past two years has been devoted to build improved versions of the 70-ton Abrams.

“If we had our choice, we would use that money in a different way,” Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, told The Associated Press

Coulter’s complaints about compensation to government employees is a diversion and a way to divide and conquer the middle-class internally (this strategy was also evident in the piece-meal approach by the Teabagger-controlled house with their piece-meal funding attached to the continuing funding resolution. The trick was to fund part of the government and rely on contentment among the funded portions to provide weight for the starvation of the parts the RepubliCons didn’t like.) The attack on the government is also a way to divert energy towards attacking the poor with the entitlement attacks. Coulter and the Crypto-fascists are actually channeling attention away from the compensation government pays to firms like security provider Blackwater (which charged $1,075 a day for senior managers, $945 a day for middle managers and $815 a day for operators when Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who was the top U.S. commander in Baghdad overseeing more than 160,000 U.S. troops, was making about $493 a day) and multi-billion-dollar, no-bid contractor Halliburton formerly headed by then Vice-President Dick Cheney, in the so-called private sector. Coulter and the Crypto-fascists are very good at stirring dissension among everyday Americans, causing them to turn on each other while they channel government resources to their purses and stash their lucre off-shore and call everyone else the takers. 

 

Study: Red states most impacted by shutdown

▶ Don Lemon, GOP Guest Erupt Over ‘Million Vet March': ‘Aren’t You Embarrassed for Your Party?’ – YouTube

Notice how the TeaBaggers never mention the financial crisis and it’s job-killing-uncertainty-producing results when they talk about how much the debt has risen during the Obama Administration.  Far be it from these naïve corporate shills to fathom the revenue implications of the debacle produced by their puppet masters.  This omission provides cover for the pre-Obama financial carnage as well as does the absence of mention of the connection of the trillions of corporate dollars that remain idle even after the bank bailouts in the discussion of debt and revenue.  Wonder how many more of “we the people” would be at work if some of that idle cash was taxed to fund road programs and healthcare? 

You will also never hear them mention how the prescription drug plan and the two off-budget wars contributed to the rise in the debt when they talk about how much the debt has risen. Wasn’t that borrowed money and doesn’t the interest on it add to the debt and aren’t we paying the interest on the borrowing for the wars and aren’t we borrowing to pay for the prescription drug plan, still?  The supposedly Vet-loving Teabaggers never propose capturing, through taxation, some of the legally hidden, Cayman Island money, like that of their preferred presidential candidate Mitt Romney, as a way of paying off some of that debt and funding the government to keep those memorials before which Sarah-I-resigned-the-governorship-of-Alaska Palin, and (Rafael-sounds-too-Hispanic-just-call-me-)Ted-loose-screws-Cruz appeared.  Ever wondered how the Romney’s of America got to have laws created to produce an effective (there’s an adjective the Cruz types will seldom use preceding the following noun) tax rate for themselves below that of many wage-earning (another description conservatives would prefer you not hear very often) Americans.  You see the beauty of what conservatives do lies in their ability to convince average Americans that all people who have passive income are just like them. The beauty is in convincing Joe the Plumber that Mitt Romney’s Swiss bank account benefits America.  You will never hear them mention how manipulating charitable trusts (i.e. the “accelerated charitable remainder trust” and the “son of the accelerated charitable remainder trust”) allows them to evade funding the government and the wars that would supposedly pay for themselves (like Iraq) or the memorials and national parks that they, the Teabagger Senators, claim to want to keep open.

Disowning Teabaggers while counting on their votes?

Part of the beauty of the RepublCon game plan is the way that they provide a platform for the “crazy guy” (calling for the President, who happens to be a Christian of the most powerful nation in the free world to put the Koran down and to just leave town and surrender), a platform for the “crazy guy”, the “dumb, stupid people” who supply the noise and distraction that exhausts the observer as well as the inattentive to the point where the they succumb to the argument of Washington just being gridlocked. 

Sorry Ben, you can’t hold Ted-loose-screws Cruz up as the gold standard for the Republican Party and allege that he is any more reasonable than Larry if Larry calls Obama a Moslem and Cruz compares him to the devil.  Both of these guys are just doing what any good capitalist would do, taking advantage of a profit-making opportunity.  Too bad their activities undermine democracy by diverting attention from the way the wealthy are using them to increase the wealth gap in this control by increasing the chances that the country will elect people who believe, in the words of the conservative-ruling Supreme Court and Mitt Romney, that “corporations are people” my friend, even though I have yet to see a corporation return from Iraq or Afghanistan in a flag-draped coffin. 

Oh and the confederateVet Protest October 2013 (1A)

Vet Protest October 2013 (1)flag, The Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, was right in place at the forefront of this demonstration. The flag has its origin in white supremacy and is inseparable from it. And why is there an obvious attraction for white supremacists, confederate-flag wavers in the Tea Party movement? Lee Atwater noted the attractiveness of code language like cutting taxes and smaller government to racists years ago.

The irony is how voters, obviously possessing history knowledge deficits, can compare Obama with Hitler all the while being used by the supremacists in much the same way that Hitler used some German people to attack a minority among them as being the cause of the ills within the country. A posting on the Supremacists website sums it up:

Scottish: “I think the “tea party” is a good way to meet people with potential. Most people at this event will be white people who are fed up with the direction of things and they are ready to hear how we got into this mess.”

In the words of journalist, Alex Brant-Zawadzki

“White supremacists believe that they are only the tip of an iceberg, the visible aspect of a more universal hatred. The documentary suggests that white supremacists sees Tea Parties as “the best chance in decades to cross over into mainstream American politics.”

What if you read this from a Tea Party advocate?

“white Americans are fed up with black crime, immigration, and now they are backed into a corner…their country is being taken away from them and they will fight back…we will provide them with those answers.”

You just have. Those are the words of Don Black whose “foremost activity is operating Stormfront, the largest and most popular meeting place for white supremacists on the entire Internet.” The similarity between the “their country is being taken away from them” language and the recurring theme at anti-health care town hall meetings and on Tea Party signs is unmistakable. Their country has been taken or is being taken from them but it’s the corporations that they unwitting defend that are rapidly devaluing whatever education that they have with job outsourcing and profit off-shoring and funding candidates who shift the tax burden away from the wealthy and onto them. How is it possible that they could not know that the Tea Party was behind the situation that prevented the passage of the continuing resolution to fund the government? And is this, America, some animal farm where they, the people with memorials, are the animals that are more equal than the rest, where some are supreme, some are sovereign and others are just regulars, some are just serfs? Perhaps this is the way to make supremacy work, the key to pyramid. You simply divide and conquer, pulling the Heritage-funded strings from behind the scenes.

“Tea partiers rally against GOP’s ‘phony votes’ to defund Obamacare” (Headline to story from Daily Caller 09/10/2013)

“Over the next few days, we’re going to see all sorts of games, showmanship, shenanigans and other things that other people in the ruling elite will try to do to pull the wool over our eyes,” said Jenny Beth Martin, the national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots

No need for the wool when the Teabaggers have you, Jenny Beth, pointing them in the wrong direction. As the Teabaggers fight to dominate the Republican Party, there remains a sign of salient life comingled with them in RepubliCon Land, a glimmer, expressed in the efforts of some members to avoid a government shut-down via Affordable Care Act defunding madness. However, the corporate shills (the Tea Party snake charmers who are influencing the loyalists) know that the party-controlling, Teabagger faithful seem incapable of comprehending that President Obama won the 2012 presidential election and not their Cayman-Island-Swiss-bank-account Dun, an incapacity attributable in part to their vision-limiting deification of corporations and mesmerization by constant trickle-down chants from the Republican sound chamber consisting of think-tanks, media, pundits, and politicians. Mitt Romney, who refused to release more than a couple of years of his tax returns would probably have been too corporations-are-people friendly and elitist for even his own father, if he were alive, to support if they weren’t related. His father, George, who in unmafia-like openness, when he was running for president, when asked to release his most recent tax returns, released 12 years worth of returns, told Look magazine, about releasing just a couple of years returns ,

“It could be a fluke, or even a cynical manipulation designed to make the candidate look good. What really mattered was how a candidate managed his personal finances over the long haul.”

Yet, the Tea Party, delusionally, found oneness with Mitt who stashes cash offshore like Tony Soprano hiding cash in his duck feed. So, Romney is not in the White House to sign any repeal legislation, the Senate is in the hands of Democrats and even in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic candidates across the U.S. received more total votes than Republican candidates did. So when people like Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas or Texas Senator Ted Cruz tell Teabaggers to tell their legislators to defund Obamacare, they are exploiting delusions about who is trustworthy while they make out like con artists(receiving tremendous financial backing from the interests they are protecting while pointing their followers in the wrong direction). The Teabaggers’ judgments about who to believe (based on their preconceptions) leave them looking in the wrong direction much to their detriment. Reminds me of a sitcom called Smart Guy. Go to about the 4:10 mark in this clip

Ginni Thomas who fought against the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which requires larger employers to provide temporary unpaid leave to employees to care for a new child or during a serious personal or family illness and who founded a group that was formed with a $500,000 anonymous donation that came as the Supreme Court was considering Citizens United, Ginni Thomas whose husband is making $223,500 per year, for life, as a federal employee and has access to insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (The federal program offers 206 health plan choices, according to the Office of Personnel Management.) Ginni Thomas finds no fault in railing against affordable healthcare for working and needy people; she is probably not going to be an advocate for things that benefit working Americans like removing the pre-existing condition barrier to obtaining insurance, or for everyday Americans being able to keep their children on their insurance until they’re 26 (although Republicans 19-25 are taking more advantage than Democrats), and removing lifetime caps on insurance. The secret of the success of the leaders of the defund-Obamacare-movement in pointing the rank-and-file Teabaggers in the wrong direction lies in their ability to exploit the rank-and-file’s predisposition to, profile even leadership(blatantly disregarding in a “you-lie-during-a-Presidential-address-finger-wagging-in-your-face” kinda way, the leadership of this particular president), a predisposition to respecting only leadership which looks, racially, like it did before 2008. It’s indeed fascinating to see Teabaggers place so much trust in people who conceal tax records and hide funds in Swiss bank accounts while running for president or display receptiveness to people who receive $500,000 anonymous donations or are nonchalant about loose-screws Cruz’s potential presidential candidacy knowing that he was born in Canada when they raised so much hell in demanding to see President Obama’s birth certificate.