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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.

Sebelius deflects criticism on ObamaCare-tied cancellation notices | Fox News (and another thing)

“Hold me accountable for the debacle I’m responsible.”

 

Words from a Fox (pronounced Faux) news story titled: “Sebelius deflects criticism on ObamaCare-tied cancellation notices.” Only Faux News would headline a story in which Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, is quoted as saying “Hold me accountable” with the title “Sebelius deflects”

Gota love a news organization which was for the eight years of the Bush Administration, the equivalent of the cold war’s Pravda. And those words: “Hold me accountable for the debacle, I’m responsible” are words you would never hear from one of the Soviets. Nor are they words that you would hear from Dick-5-deferments-Cheney after he assured Americans that “We will be greeted as liberators,” in Iraq or providing the atmosphere for the Scooter Libby affair. And liberals must always remember that this is the dividing line between them and conservatives. Conservatives, not unlike true sociopaths, never have anything for which they are sorry because they are always right. Just look at Condeleeza–smoking-gun-mushroom-cloud Rice. You see, at heart, conservatives are neo-feudalists and express the proclivity to advocate a kind of executive sovereignty, an imperial presidency. Former VP Cheney was so brazenly imperialistic that he at one point stated that

the office of the Vice President was not an “entity within the executive branch” (see ThinkProgress article)

No Tea Party rallies to get “their” country back were held by those great interpreters of the constitution, those who call themselves Tea Partiers. There were no complaints of constitutional overreach or extra-constitutional posturing in response to Cheney from the CONservative Teabaggers because the people they liked were in power. The personalities, the men they preferred were in control. There were no Whitewater investigations culminating in Lewinsky probes. No, you didn’t see these things because RepubliCons are hypocrites and bullies, control-freaks with superiority complexes.

You hear this superiority, this proclivity for tyranny, the neo-feudal strain in

Nixon’s “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”

You see CONservatives believe in an Imperial Presidency, except of course when they are out of power in which case you have them running around talking about how the other side is doing things that are unconstitutional, like the Tea Party types who are really supporters of a kind of class system in America, a class system in which Republicans or conservatives rule and its perfectly ok for the ruling class to write laws which allow them to hide money off-shore in the Cayman Island and not pay taxes at the rate of bus drivers or teachers. In essence they are declaring their superiority in constitutional interpretation in things like the Affordable Care Act and whether corporations are people among other things. Liberals, Progressives must never, ever cede that ground to them because to do so is to accept a role as their loyal subjects. When Liberals hear a RepubliCon used the terms constitutional government, original intent, or states’ rights, they should immediately remember the activist Supreme Court’s involvement in the 2000 Presidential Election and Dick Cheney and think control freaks and bullies and that they (conservatives) believe when it’s their guy, “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”

So when people like Lamar Alexander, many of whom were spending huge chunks of state money saying that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional, when people like Senator Alexander, RepubliCon of Tennessee, declare:

“Mr. President, at some point there has to be accountability. Expecting this secretary to be able to fix what she hasn’t been able to fix during the last three-and-a-half years is unrealistic,”

Remember they were not calling for resignations to fix the problems related to the roll-out of Medicare Part D, just as they were silent about the Bush administration’s incompetence, (in the months after the conservative activists Supreme Court halted the counting in Florida), in the Bush Administration’s handling of the Bin Laden PDB. No, they were very silent about those things.

When you hear the now curiously Obamacare loving Lamar Alexander say,

“It’s throwing good money after bad. It’s time for her [Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius] to resign — someone else to take charge” 

You would be right to think, competence, competence, are the RepubliCons concerned with competence and resignations after their silence following Bora, Bora and the Curveball-inspired run into Iraq? And Mr. and Mrs. Fiscally Conservative Republican, didn’t we borrow to pay for that war (including all the no-bid contracts) and exactly when did we pay for it? Where were the Taxed-Enough-Already rallies against spending money that don’t have and forcing increases in borrowing (the debt) or taxes?

You must marvel at the RepubliCons’ blatant disingenuousness. You must remember this request for a resignation is coming from someone whose party voted 46 times or more to repeal the very thing he now what, wants to see work properly? You must remember that they (Teabaggers) never said anything about resigning when their representatives used the continuing resolution to fund the government to force a government shutdown costing the country $24 billion in GDP. Thanks fiscal conservatives! You CONservatives are so concerned about the debt and the deficit, right? What’s $24 billion dollars anyway? What’s a little lost revenue in a place like say, Tea Party Senator’s Mike “laughing stock” Lee’s Utah? Only CONservatives would still be selling a faux concern for deficits and debts after costing this much GDP and wasting time and money by passing bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act instead passing the President’s infrastructure bills. Could you imagine what it would have been like to have this crowd around when the country was contemplating the TVA? And only masochists would still be voting for Teabaggers like Mike Lee who are perfectly willing to give them (their self-flagellating constituents) as much of a beating as they want. What’s it costing him? I mean Mike “don’t-trend-on-me” Lee was still making his $174,000 a year when many Utahans were wondering how they were going to pay their mortgages, their car notes and yes, kept their health insurance in force. No need to wonder who that rattle snake on that Gadsden flag was striking during the RepubliCon orchestrated shutdown.

Sebelius deflects criticism on ObamaCare-tied cancellation notices | Fox News

Government Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, According to Standard & Poor’s | TIME.com

Way to burn $24 billion!!!  This cremation was brought to you, recently furloughed, anxiety-filled workers, by people who complained of the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act.  This destruction was brought to you by the gang that is willing to economically destroy their own voters.  This gang is willing to inflict pain on their constituents, people who in 2014 will probably vote for them again, because their constituents are people who are willing to believe that Obama is a secret Moslem who was born in Kenya, easily abused people who equate belief with fact.  The exploitative, Tea Party-driven Representatives and Senators who were willing to sacrifice $24 billion in GDP in a gamble to get the President and the the Democrat-controlled Senate to kill a law that Teabaggers say is killing the economy are not hurt by what Republican Senator Richard Burr called “[t]he dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”  They will continue to receive access to excellent health care and $174,000 per year.  You have to wonder where will the Teabagger Representatives and Senators get their donations as they support policies which will deplete the resources of their voters whether furloughed workers or people who were hindered by the $24 billion GDP hit and the victims of off-shoring and outsourcing?  The answer is the same people who fund Heritage and Cato, the people who stand to gain the most from cheap labor and an eviscerated middle class, the people who stir antagonism for immigrants as a means of diverting attention from the off-shoring of profits and outsourcing of jobs.  You guessed it the RepubliCons who are longing for an opportunity to elect a President who can put another corporations-Scalia clone on the Supreme Court.  When you look at places like Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and other Red States where voters vote for people like Paul Ryan who propose to “slash spending for the poor”and “privatize Social Security and voucherize Medicare”  you have to know that you are dealing with people who Noam Scheiber might refer to as “aspirationally rational people too dense to grasp the big picture,” a big picture which clearly shows that they are the tools of their own destruction. 

Government Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, According to Standard & Poor’s | TIME.com

Oh, those ridiculous clowns in the Tea (hee-hee) Party

Got to give them credit, the Teabagger clowns have got people listening to them and are getting paid to boot. It’s these clowns and not their audience who’ve got to be laughing all the way to the bank. Senator Mike Lee, R. Utah, counts 13 Senators in the U.S. Senate of 50 Senators(most of the senators aren’t anyway close to being part of the tee-hee-hee Party fringe) who will help him defund the Affordable Care Act.

Listen to this nonsense that’s keeping him in the public eye and probably garnering him some pretty hefty insurance industry contributions as he chants the current Heritage Foundation, Republican Party line, like a soviet-era apparatchik.

 

 

Tea Party Clown at Work

Did you get that? “If Republicans in both houses simply refuse to vote for any continuing resolution that contains further funding for further enforcement of Obamacare, we can stop it. We can stop the individual mandate from going into effect.”

The clown says of the Affordable Care Act with its protections against lifetime caps on policies and the removal of the pre-existing condition barrier to obtaining insurance depends on, simply, Republicans in both houses refusing to vote to fund the government. Is this the new Heritage Foundation position to be repeated to the Teabagger faithful, adhering to Herr Goebbels’ principles, until the followers can think of nothing else. Now in the old days when Republicans were trying to derail healthcare reform, during the Clinton Admiministration, they threw the individual mandate out as a monkey wrench to wreck healthcare reform. Then it was championed by the conservative think tank and Republican politicians as a matter of personal responsibility. Now, to muddy the waters, they’re attacking it as an unconstitutional mandate and every conservative, even the rubes in Mississippi, is a constitutional scholar, even though the Supreme Court, with five conservatives on it, ruled that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional.

But back to the rich clown from Utah, Mike Lee, who’s parroting this notion that Obamacare should be defunded because, for one thing, big business is getting an exemption from the mandate but the little guy isn’t because he doesn’t have a lobbyist in Washington lobbying for him. This pseudo-love for the working class comes from the party which instead of tackling heath care reform chose, under Republican Administrations, to try to privatize social security and routinely suggested that we must “raise the retirement age.” The only way you can take these guys seriously is to not know history and to listen to only half of what they say. In the same interview when he complains about the individual mandate, originally a Republican idea, he complains about individuals not providing income documentation initially to receive “insurance” subsidies. So in the same interview you have Sen. Mike “Laughingstock” Lee complaining about people having to get insurance (the individual mandate) while acknowledging that people will be receiving government help in paying for the insurance they are required to have. His problem is that, regarding subsidies for individuals, “[f]or income verification, for the first year of operations” the government will be “providing Exchanges with temporarily expanded discretion to accept an attestation of projected annual household income without further verification.”  The only thing that’s missing is a complaint from ole Laughingstock about businesses being discriminated against, because they, in the words of Mitt Romney, “are people too, my friend,” and deserve health insurance subsidies.  Why not, after all, he’s promised to do all within his power to see that the Affordable Care Act is not implemented and for him this foolishness pays as much as being a U.S. Senator.