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."
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.