Welp…looks like we’re moving dangerously close to another government shutdown.
House Republican leaders — bowing to the demands of their conservative wing — will put to a vote on Friday a stopgap spending measure that would strip all funding from President Obama’s signature health care law, increasing the likelihood that the government will shut down in two weeks.
The fact that Tea Party members have chosen Obamacare as their so called “red line” is further evidence that House Republicans are far more interested in ideology and elections than governing. If conservatives were rallying their government shutdown threats around social security reform, job creation, or preparing for the inevitable zombocalypse (IE something important) instead of their self indulging masterbatory jihad to defund Obamacare, they would have a lot more credibility with the American people. Instead we’re left to watch as the once proud American democratic system is hijacked by people who refuse to believe that the President is an American citizen but insist that the world is only 2,000 years old.
With some government insiders saying there’s about a 40% likelihood that federal employees are going to get at least a few unscheduled days off from work, it’s important to note how we got here. As much as I would love spending hours writing about the oh so interesting intricacies of government budgetary regulations, Dylan Matthews of the Washington Post has (sadly) beat me to it. In all seriousness, Matthews’ “Everything you need to know about why the government might shut down” is both a well written and accessible explanation about the countdown to Sept 30th.
On a lazy Sunday afternoon I decided to stroll through the Barnes and Noble up the street from my house and peruse through their current affairs section. As I looked at the shelves it struck; just how paranoid and out of touch with reality conservatives have become. I’m used to seeing flaming rhetoric on either side of the aisle but this was ridiculous. Its as if Rush Limbaugh was holding a garage sale and I had inadvertently stumbled smack dab into the middle of it.
Don’t believe me? Here are a few examples:
Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation
The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists
The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency
Power Grab: How Obama’s Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America
How The Obama Administration Threatens Our National Security
And the list goes on.
Its like Sarah Palin was selling off her collection of books after ironically remembering that she didn’t know how to read.
It amazes me how much so called conservative “intellectualism”/ “populism” really boils down to a fanatical obsession with blaming other people for all of the problems in their life. (HA! Personal responsibility my ass.). I wonder, if the government is so oppressive why don’t conservatives just use their guns to fight the tyranny? Oh wait, probably because that’s a stupid idea.
If only they could learn…
A few interesting observations from a recent NYT/CBS poll about people who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters:
“The 18 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45.”
“Tea Party supporters over all are more likely than the general public to say their personal financial situation is fairly good or very good.”
“They are more likely than the general public, and Republicans, to say that too much has been made of the problems facing black people.”
“The percentage holding a favorable opinion of former President George W. Bush, at 57 percent, almost exactly matches the percentage in the general public that holds an unfavorable view of him.”
“When talking about the Tea Party movement, the largest number of respondents said that the movement’s goal should be reducing the size of government, more than cutting the budget deficit or lowering taxes. And nearly three-quarters of those who favor smaller government said they would prefer it even if it meant spending on domestic programs would be cut.
But in follow-up interviews, Tea Party supporters said they did not want to cut Medicare or Social Security — the biggest domestic programs, suggesting instead a focus on “waste.”
It’s already December 30th and in holiday time, Christmas is long gone. But let’s be honest, nobody ever gets what they want. But its never to late for a belated expression of yule tide spirit. So with that in mind , Republicans in Congress. Please, please run on this idea in 2010.
My best regards