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