The GOP comes out of the closet

Feb 20 2011 Published by under [Politics]

If you haven't been paying close attention to what the Republican party has been doing over the past few years, you might almost be able to believe that they care about this country and the people in it. Almost. I mean, they talk about Real American* Values and getting back to what is important to The People*. The party line is all about controlling government spending to keep more money in the pockets of The People*. Too bad "controlling" has more than one meaning.

So in this day and age of politics being more about cultivating an image that will get you elected than about doing what will move the country forward, I have to say that the spending bill that got pushed through the House on Friday was refreshing. It was refreshing to have the GOP lay bare all of their true agenda and make it crystal clear who they care about. Let's review the Bill and see who that might be...

Well, according to an AP report, "Changes rammed through the House on Friday and Saturday would shield greenhouse-gas polluters and privately owned colleges from federal regulators; block a plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay; and bar the government from shutting down mountaintop mines it believes will cause too much water pollution."

Hmmm, it wouldn't appear that the GOP likes the environment very much, what else was in the bill?

"The Environmental Protection Agency took hits from Republicans eager to defend business and industry from agency rules they say threaten job creation and the economy. The EPA's budget was slashed by almost one-third, and then its regulatory powers were handcuffed in a series of votes.

The measure would block proposed federal regulations on emission of greenhouse gases, which are blamed for climate change. It also would stop a proposed regulation on mercury emissions from cement."

I mean, what is the EPA, but a bunch hippies who constantly whine about "the environment". When has that ever affected anything?

So what else was in this spending bill to save America? Well, as COR already pointed out, it included a nice measure to decimate that heathen atrocity, Planed Parenthood.

"Across four long days of freewheeling debate, Republicans left their conservative stamp in other ways.

They took several swipes at Obama's year-old health care law, including a vote to ban federal dollars for putting it into effect. At the behest of anti-abortion lawmakers, they called for an end to federal money for Planned Parenthood."

By why stop at the environment, women and the poor? Let's cut money to public schools (rich white kids don't use them anyway) and public health.

"The legislation imposes severe spending cuts on domestic programs and foreign aid. Targets include schools, nutrition programs, environmental protection, and heating and housing subsidies for the poor."

Well, that pretty much runs the gamut, no? I wonder what they did with defense, since that eats up a little more than 20% of the federal budget, and more than double all other forms of discretionary spending, combined.

"Republicans awarded the Pentagon an increase of less than 2 percent increase, but domestic agencies would endure cuts of about 12 percent."

Uh-oh, only a 2% increase? Sorry guys, we'll do better next time.

But I actually think the GOP is doing us a favor. Instead of posturing and sending mixed message about caring for the people while passing laws that say otherwise, they are coming right out and wearing the fucking t-shirt. If you're poor, female, care about your health or that of the land, or are in any way uninterested in making rich white dudes more rich, you can go to hell.

"It's democracy in action," Mr. Boehner said Friday night when it was clear the bill would pass. "I'm proud of this vote."
Giant Douchecanoe

I'm sure you are, rich white dude, I'm sure you are.

*Defined as non-immigrants and not people who talk or look funny. Well, alright, all white people immigrated here, but a long time ago and that doesn't count. I mean, it's not like anything happened before the Tea Party.

13 responses so far

  • Ink says:

    " Instead of posturing and sending mixed message about caring for the people while passing laws that say otherwise, they are coming right out and wearing the fucking t-shirt. If you’re poor, female, care about your health or that of the land, or are in any way uninterested in making rich white dudes more rich, you can go to hell. "

    Well said, Prof. (My teeth hurt from grinding them so hard this week at the ridonkulousness of it all. Gah.)

  • And who the HELL thought defunding the main provider of cheap family planning advice and services was a good way to reduce the deficit anyway?

  • It's the will of the people, except when the people elect someone else and then it's not the will of the people. How do their heads keep from exploding?

  • Katharine says:

    What happened to jobs?

    Oh, wait, that was just their cover for repression.

  • Dr. O says:

    This whole thing just makes my stomach turn...I just hope it results in the Republican party losing overwhelmingly in 2012.

  • chall says:

    Sometimes I wonder if this is what fear does to people? That it's [percieved] safer to "keep everything for me and me and nothing for them/'the public' "? Imho, I wonder when it will be brought to light exactly how much the penal system cost in US (Although, granted - it's not as expensive on the federal level I guess...[or it goes into the terrorism file?] Very expensive on a state level with private facilities and money though.... looking at the budget in CA for all that, as well as AR)

    I guess I'm too much of a "leftie" to not think about "building a viable society will mean that there has to be money input somewhere. It's just a question if it is in the beginning of a child's life or in the incarceration/death...." I know where I would prefer it to be.

    (I had a night mare Sat where the idea was that the poor babies died "since that would teach ppl not to get preggers to start with"... and woke up and wondered if we had moved back in time to the Dark Ages?!?)

  • samantha says:

    My greatest fear is that this is going to be another case
    of Bush 2.0 and Bush 2.0 redux. Somehow people are being
    brainwashed to think this is in their best interests.

  • GMP says:

    I’m sure you are, rich white dude, I’m sure you are.

    He's more of a rich tangerine dude really...

    Excellent post, PlS.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    He’s more of a rich tangerine dude really…

    Good point.

  • Nix says:

    That is a rather high horse you are on.

    You should be careful...

    The big O signed a free trade agreement. So no matter what silliness the GOP pull the big O will go with it.

    Back in 2007 when Clinton was a sure thing she lost because she supported free trade and the big O did not. If you recall...

    So now here we are. A party filled corporate owned liberals rebranding themselves as "Progressives". Funny isn't it? The new Blue Dogs, you can spot them by them ignoring that 800lb gorilla. We all know Free Trade is designed to enrich the wealthy, it killed hundreds oh millions of jobs here in the states yet the progressives are oddly silent. See my point?

  • proflikesubstance says:

    Nix,
    I don't see your point, probably because it has nothing to do with the discussion here. I am not advocating the Obama tax plan (which is going to get us out of this mess) or saying the Democrats have all the answers (they have not demonstrated this).

    If you had actually read the post, you would note that my beef is with the location of the GOP cuts. They just so happen to target everything that stands in the way of speeding up the pace of dividing the country in to haves and have nots. Ride the backs of the poor and salt the fucking Earth to further solidify control of the masses. Read the cuts, it couldn't be more plain to see.

    The only possible result of the massive cuts to health care, education and environmental protection is ensuring that only those who already have the means to side-step the public system will thrive. That is what the current GOP leadership is counting on. They only care about job creation when it is in sectors controlled by others like them (see cuts to the EPA and "justification" for doing so).

    Until there is the political climate and someone willing to take on the task of dealing with the defense and social security budget lines, we're not going to make any major headway.

  • margaret hart says:

    when they say leave more money in the pockets of they're constituants. they mean they're wealthy contributors.

  • fcs says:

    The irony is that cutting funding for the poor, for children, and probably for the environment is a terribly un-Christian thing to do.

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