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Of course Jesus’ words don’t apply to poor immigrants

David Brat, an election winner over U.S. House of Representative Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, used an anti-amnesty attack as part of his campaign. And in victory he quotes Jesus, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”* I wonder if that approach to the impossible works for Mexicans in their battle with a law that prohibits them from continuing to live and work in America, a land which once said to Europeans “Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse.” Does the quote from the Savior only apply when college professors attempt to win political campaigns? It’s funny how, in the religion known as American Capitalism, people’s money can travel and work and hide abroad but a working, poor immigrant can be hounded from the land of the “Free” market, home of the “Brave” Cayman Island-bank-account holder. But today’s downtrodden should remember James Russell Lowell’s words. “Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.”

* House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Challenger David Brat In Virginia GOP Primary By Eric Linton
on June 10 2014 8:18 PM

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Plunkett: DSH payments will never be cut. Dems should vote to reauthorize Medicaid now. | Mississippi PEP

 

Plunkett: DSH payments will never be cut. Dems should vote to reauthorize Medicaid now. | Mississippi PEP

Republicans keep projecting their wishes on the future, forecasting that the things for which they long are “inevitable.” They say things like “With one single decision President Barack Obama pulled the rug out from under any moves by Mississippi Democrats to expand Medicaid in Mississippi.” And that undoing his “signature achievement as President” was “inevitable.” Now this bit of prognostication was a conservative Mississippian’s response to the Obama administration’s decision several months ago to delay “cuts to DSH payments” (“Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments are given to hospitals by the federal government to states through Medicaid for caring for the uninsured”).

Conservatives say this because they see a delay in implementing a shift in payment for indigent care (which they have been successful in labeling a penalty for the states) as a fatal flaw, even getting liberals to adopt the “Luntz” framing. And, although many of the people they, the Crpto-Fascists, count as supporters would die without expansion, they, in clear Atwater fashion, seem perfectly content with repealing:

Coverage which

And the pseudo-anti-judicial activists rejoiced in hearing an activist court legislate with under cover of a flimsy explanation like:

“What Congress is not free to do is to penalize States that choose not to participate in that new program by taking away their existing Medicaid funding”

effectively revitalizing the old states-rights ideology almost a century and a half after the Civil War settled the issue and challenging Congress’ authority to determine how indigent care will be compensated. In one of the most striking examples of the effect of poor history education in America, the American public voted for people who are actually states-rights proponents as if they, “the people,” have no idea that this was the position of staunch white supremacists who sought to rend the Union asunder. How is Medicaid a new program? How does the Court tell Congress how to aid the indigent?

It is, indeed, amazing that somehow shifting the funding to compensate providers for indigent care from disproportionate care payments to Medicaid payments can be viewed as a penalty when:

“Congress had amended Medicaid more than 50 times since its enactment, with a trend of enlarging the population and services covered by the program”

And none of these expansions were considered penalties? As I said, the Supreme Court conservatives, who acted as neo-confederates, used a flimsy excuse to indulge in some conservative-orchestrated judicial activism.

Conservatives say that the

Supreme Court of the United States ruled that states had the legal authority to reject expansion and the federal government could do nothing to penalize states for it.” Of course this was the courts response to “all or nothing.”

But there is nothing to stop congress from reducing the payments over time regardless of whether a state expands Medicaid or not Mr. State’s Rights, as in “ignoring states’ decisions to expand Medicaid when calculating the DSH reductions, meaning states won’t face a financial penalty for refusing the Medicaid expansion as the reductions could be made without any regard to whether a state expands Medicaid or not. Wishing that the law will go away and funneling your attacks to a hypocrite-judicial-activist, states-rights Chief Justice (whose states-rights ideology lines up with even Mississippi neo-confederates) doesn’t mean that the American people will get rid of a law which addresses

Costs

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Care

But back to that wishful thinking about the delay being the unraveling of the Affordable Care Act. The conservative’s argument goes:

“DSH payments were never going to be cut. One only need to look at the SGR and the annual “Doc Fix” under Medicare to see a perfect example of why,”

comparing Medicare advocacy to Medicaid advocacy. This is delusional, as the Medicare constituents are not the same as a substantial number of the Medicaid constituents. In their delusions about ObamaCare and their fixation with repealing it, conservative pundits have conflated the two. Medicaid constituents, by and large, are not appearing at Tea Party rallies, trying, asininely, to wreck the people’s government. Wish as the neo-confederates will, the people targeted in “their home districts for voting against providing health care to the most needy” won’t be the people who are vigorously advocating Medicaid expansion. It won’t be the people who know the 7 things Republicans don’t want their working class constituents to know who will be confused about who’s responsible for service reductions to the needy. The non-Republican Medicaid recipients already know who is trying to cut SNAP and WIC benefits, in short assistance to the most vulnerable. They know that wishing that Republicans would actually favor social programs won’t make it happen; they know that wishing won’t make it so.

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Run, Run, Run, but you sho can’t hide, especially without a sheet for cover

Tea Partiers are Republicans and despite denials the take-no-prisoners-no-comprise attitude is the essence of the people in control of the House much to the detriment of many of their naïve constituents.

Tea Partiers run the House of Representatives and their demands to defund ObamaCare as a condition of funding the government resulted in the great shutdown.  It was the equivalent of demanding that they alone determine what will be funded or nothing would move forward.  In the case of the access to “Government” parks, it was better to close them then to run the risk of not having them adequately protected and maintained.  And know some Republicans who were marching in lock-goose-step want to disavow the actions.

And you now have Mr.-tobacco-checks-on-the-House-floor saying things like

John, are you kidding us?

But what makes them, the Republicans, so effective is what makes a confidence man so effective.  The ability of their constituents to be distracted by things like faux IRS scandals and birth-certificate noise, because they, the constituents, have prejudices which make them vulnerable to the miss directions.  If the foundation to your belief system is that the White House should only properly be occupied by a white male, then justification for opposition to the present occupant becomes quite cheap in deed which is why groups like Storm Front and others mixed-in with Tea Partiers, a group with a substantial number of racists sympathizers.

Walmart Corporate – YouTube

 

Walmart Corporate – YouTube

Every time you see this commercial,


you should remember this:

 

Thank you once again Thom Hartmann!

The attack on poor people as being the great downfall of America is embodied in the following which was an email that was in circulation in 2009 after President Obama’s election.  This was from a co-worker in Mississippi in March of 2009, coincidently about the time that the Tea Party began its rise to political prominence.

 

Urine Test — This guy has a point! This was written by a construction worker in Fort McMurray . Read on . . .
I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes, and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to earn that pay check, I work on a rig site for a Fort McMurray construction project. At any time I am required to pass a random urine test, with which I have no problem. HOWEVER, what I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test. Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them? Understand – I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do on the other hand have a problem with helping someone sit on their butt, drink beer and smoke dope. Could you imagine how much money this country would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check? If you agree, please pass this along, or simply delete if you don’t. Hope you will pass it along though, because something has to change in this country.

 

My response to this inane, bitter assault, which illustrates the effectiveness of the divide-and-conquer strategy which is at the core of what made the southern strategy work (a strategy which placed at odds people who are natural economic allies), my response was as follows:

This implies that many people who get assistance are drug addicts.  There is a better than even chance that the costs of testing everyone who receives assistance will be far greater than the money saved by finding and removing those who are doing drugs.  Alcohol is not illegal, you can’t buy it with the electronic debit card and the last time I checked there aren’t any more food stamps to sell for cash with which someone could then purchase drugs.  If we are talking about marijuana or cocaine, then I haven’t seen any news of opium production or marijuana fields in trailer parks or projects.  This means that someone must be looking the other way to allow it into these areas.  People on public assistance are the least mobile in our society.  This means that someone who isn’t on assistance must be financing drug distribution.  If this guy actually knows of someone who is on assistance and using drugs, he can anonymously report them for possession of a controlled substance, thus saving the tax-payer the expense of a drug test. Either this guy knows someone who is breaking the law and he is looking the other way or he’s just ticked that he has to take drug tests.

The fat cat bankers have all but destroyed the banking system, corporate executives fly on corporate jets to any personal event of their choosing without being taxed for the use of the jets while conducting $100,000 bathroom renovations with corporate funds on which they pay no taxes, corporations set-up off-shore offices to avoid paying taxes leaving everyone else to pay disproportionately for schools, roads, the military and everything else, and this guy is worried about someone on assistance?  Welfare reform was passed sometime ago, meaning anyone receiving assistance must seek employment.  So the thing about “helping someone sit on their butt, drink beer and smoke dope” is the old tired “welfare queen” complaint from 1980.  If this guy wants to know who’s robbing him blind, it ain’t the guy below him, it’s the guy above him.  I have been drug tested several times on my job as a condition of continued employment and I just think that his anger is misdirected.

Conservatives have counted, successfully, on poor white people and middle-class white people not realizing that they have been mesmerized by a distraction, the dark-skinned ne’er-do-well’s and poor foreigner boogiemen who are supposedly depleting resources (wrecking the economy) and taking jobs (they see this as the  reason that they don’t have enough money and that living is so hard) even as the elite in America have devised methods of legally stashing money in accounts in the Cayman Islands and illegally in Switzerland, sitting on trillions of dollars in profits, and offshoring jobs.  None of these thefts from the economy and depletions of America’s revenue stream are beneficial to main street.  The game of resource hiding and transference could also be seen as the reason defined benefit plans are increasingly disappearing as companies are allowed to move capital and leave the people, U.S citizens, stranded as consumers with fewer revenue streams.  While they, poor whites and middle-class whites, are focused on arguing with women over what to do with their bodies and denying adults the right to marry and see these as reasons to vote for Teabaggers aka conservatives, the elite are using those Teabagger, conservative elected officials to divert attention from how they are escaping paying taxes which means that others have a heavier tax burden coupled with fewer job opportunities due to the offshoring of jobs which contributes to a widening in the country’s wealth gap. Central to their tax-cuts-improve-the-economy theory is the shrinking of the government.  Less government means less need for taxes in their plan.  And of course, they, the CONservative elite, the Think Tanks, have convinced the unthinking Republican voters that government doesn’t create jobs (even though it does) through shear repetition, which instigates their attacks government even as they scream “keep your government hands off my Medicare.” What has kept some of the Republican base in the stable has been selected government assistance which masquerades as national defense. But in all their tax-shrinking trickery they hide the way they are increasing the burden on lower and lower amounts of income.  “Changes in the tax system had vastly expanded the ability of the megarich to save while those making less than $72,000 had their ability to save stripped away by rising Social Security taxes.”*  And why should they, the megarich, have tax advantages like carried interest?  No, no, the unthinking, programmed Republican voters somehow have been convinced that drug testing people receiving government assistance is more important to the economy than taxing a hedge fund manager like a bus driver, or having a truly progressive tax system.  No, no, the Republican, CONNEDservative voter is more concerned with personhood amendments and unnecessary photo ID laws than with “the tax rate on capital gains, the source of more than half of income for the super rich, was 28 percent starting in 1987, fell to 20 percent in 1998 and then was lowered again in 2003 to 15 percent,”** and how this contributes to the widening of the income gap and allows some people to better withstand things like government shutdowns.

Thom is right.  There are real welfare queens in America, boogiemen if you will.  And they are shielded and protected mostly by the people commonly known as social conservatives who seek to control the personal lives of others even as their ability to care for themselves is degraded by the policies of the people and they are labeled as takers.

 

*”Perfectly Legal” by David Cay Johnston

**Ibid

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

▶ 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.

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. 

“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.

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All of a sudden I saw it. It had reappeared on the internet, a defense of Mississippi’s photo ID law from a reader in Alabama. It was time to take another one down and perform an autopsy.

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