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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 says she doesn’t ‘work for’ those calling for her resignation | Fox News

It’s so good to see an Obama Administration official, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius, reminding the Teabaggers that they don’t run the administration.

It would serve the administration well to mention as often as possible, because these RepubliCons are not only collectively context challenged but amnesiacs, some with racist’s proclivities                                           

Conservative code(dog whistle)

 

, that the demand is hypocritical and outrage selective and actually just another tool in the service of of the effort to regain power.

Condeleezza Rice and President Bush didn’t get fired because the President didn’t read a PDB entitled “Bin Laden Determined.”

[President Bush] did not recall discussing the August 6 report with the Attorney General or whether Rice had done so.

And furthermore investigators

“have found no indication of any further discussion before September 11 among the President and his top advisers of the possibility of a threat of an al Qaeda attack in the United States. DCI Tenet visited President Bush in Crawford, Texas, on August 17 and participated in the PDB briefings of the President between August 31 (after the President had returned to Washington) and September 10. But Tenet does not recall any discussions with the President of the domestic threat during this period.”

When it was determined that no one took any action on a report which said the FBI had information which “

indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York,”

prior to 9/11 that someone, can you say the Sebelius-should-resign types, would have demanded massive Bush Administration resignations.

Unlike the Clinton Administration’s response to a PDB in 1998 entitled, “Bin Ladin Preparing to Hijack US Aircraft and Other Attacks,” the Bush administration decided to remain on vacation, and Sinunu didn’t call “W” lazy and accountability-minded Republicans didn’t called for resignations or impeachment.

But fortunately there is a record of some members of congress defending the government’s efforts to provide medical access to American citizens and understand that you will sometimes have problems with implementation of a really good government program.

Perhaps Secretary Sebelius can borrow some sentiment and in some cases language from the Republicans who did:

REP. JOE BARTON (R-TX): “This is a huge undertaking and there are going to be glitches. My goal is the same as yours: Get rid of the glitches. The committee will work closely with yourself and Dr. Mark McClellan at CMS to get problems noticed and solved.” [Barton Statement via Archive.org, 2/15/2006

or

REP. TIM MURPHY (R-PA): “Any time something is new, there is going to be some glitches. All of us, when our children were new, well, we knew as parents we didn’t exactly know everything we were doing and we had a foul-up or two, but we persevered and our children turned out well. No matter what one does in life, when it is something new in learning the ropes of it, it is going to take a little adjustment.” [Murphy Floor Speech via Congressional Record, 4/6/2006]

Or


REP. MICHAEL BURGESS (R-TX): “We can’t undo the past, but certainly they can make the argument that we are having this hearing a month late and perhaps we are, but the reality is the prescription drug benefit is 40 years late and seniors who signed up for Medicare those first days back in 1965 when they were 65 years of age are now 106 years of age waiting for that prescription drug benefit, so I hope it doesn’t take us that long to get this right and I don’t believe that it will. And I do believe that fundamentally it is a good plan.” [“Medicare Part D: Implementation of the New Drug Benefit,” 3/1/2006]

Hold your position Secretary Sebelius. Remember that we had one guy in a previous administration who said that we would be greeted as liberators in Iraq, talk about being “in over your head,” and the RepubliCons didn’t call for his resignation. I just hope the administration doesn’t turn all weak-kneed the way it did in the Shirley Sherrod desertion, acting out a seemingly innate need to exemplify superiority by purging anyone that the conservative opposition says is bad or in some manner deficient. You were correct in reminding a group of people who have proven that they would shutdown the government in order to get their way that you don’t work for situational anarchists so bent on controlling the government that they would subject the American to continual misery to gain power.      

Sebelius says she doesn’t ‘work for’ those calling for her resignation | Fox News

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

Layoffs and Health care opposition are sponsored by useful idiots

The useful idiots in Texas are responsible for this bit of painful comedy; They are the ones who sent this shameless, ridiculous, opportunistic clown to Washington.  And to think, while he and his fellow defenders of repeal of a law (which closes the doughnut hole for seniors, removes life-time caps, and provides funding for more primary care doctors), while Neugebauer and his fellow Teabagger colleagues tie a continuing resolution to fund the government to funding the Affordable Care Act, they are collecting $174,000 per year. Yes, Texas, a Teabagger stronghold, where “22.5% of Texans didn’t have health insurance in 2012” useful idiots are willing to see to it that Randy Negebauer gets $174,000 a year from the federal government along with a choice of insurance plans while he attacks park officials for closing down the park because the Teabaggers won’t pass a clean continuing resolution to fund the government.   

Are we to laugh while this neo-feudal exploitation continues?  Likewise, the Tea Party types in Mississippi in their efforts to resist the Affordable Care Act insist on not expanding Medicaid because it’s too expensive and too intrusive.  But they are the same officials who don’t’ mind milking the government for military expenditures whether they are needed or not.  You would think that trading $159 million Mississippi dollars for $383 million federal dollars (Mississippi cost in 2025 while the federal government provisions of 90% of $426 million.) But no, the useful idiots in Mississippi are willing to allow well-compensated state government officials to block this government assistance for the poor and working class (“since the state decided not to expand the Medicaid program for the poor under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. As a result, nearly 300,000 adults there will fall through the cracks of healthcare reform.”)

(In not expanding Medicaid, Mississippi “is turning down an estimated $426 million in federal funds for next year.” The argument is that “the administrative costs borne by the state would be too high. A report by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning estimated the cost of Medicaid expansion for the state at $8.5 million in 2014, rising to $159 million in 2025 as more people enroll in the program and federal subsidies step down from 100 percent initially to 90 percent.”) This callous, self-serving, self-aggrandizing leadership has to be a reason why Mississippi is dead last or very near dead last in so many categories (“It tops the charts for poor-health indicators: highest in poverty, second-highest in obesity, highest in diabetes and highest in pre-term births.”). Where else would you find people not willing to exchange $8.5 million state dollars for $425 million federal dollars in 2014? Certainly, the poor and working class could not be the net beneficiaries of such neo-feudal determinations.

The clowns who underfunded embassies and complained about their lack of protection and who now won’t fund the government unless they are able to defund a law they don’t like, depend on useful idiots who must be masochists to erect and maintain a neo-feudalistic America where the serfs must depend upon their lords to provide for them even as the lords send jobs over seas and hide money in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland. Yes my lord, yes my lord we should accept your tongue lashings while working under conditions you created because we are your useful idiots. Destroying affordable healthcare and putting the life-time caps back in place and allowing the insurance companies to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions are all part of the class warfare which exacerbates the country’s wealth gap. Well done my lords, well done

 

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