House Conservatives love those missiles and mangled bodies so much they’re willing to sacrifice US children and life saving technology to get some more. Here’s the latest shenanigan:
TPM — House Republicans have quietly returned to the stand-off driven approach to budgeting and must-pass legislation that was their hallmark before President Obama’s re-election. On Tuesday the House passed a measure directing House appropriators, in the absence of a budget agreement, to adopt spending levels in the Republican budget. That budget calls for enormous cuts to spending on everything from science research to education to health care, in order to rescue the Defense Department and other politically favored agencies from the ravages of sequestration.
The procedural move is technical, and it stems among other things from Republicans’ decision to abandon the very budget process they’ve demanded for the past four years. But it reflects their desire to jam Democrats and President Obama with spending bills that funnel billions of dollars out of domestic priorities into the Defense Department and other security programs, at the risk of a government shutdown.
These GOP clowns just never quit doing the bo-bo show do they? Doesn’t matter that they agreed to the sequester, that they demanded a budget, nope. Doesn’t count. All that matters to them is reversing the consequences of sequester, but only for the elephant in the room carrying an RPG, Americans and jobs be damned. Because FREEDOM!
Why do they do this you ask? Short simplistic version: the entire focus of today’s Republican Party is to reward their wealthy paymasters with ever more government subsidies, tax cuts, and other goodies. One way to do that is to free up money from other programs. Depriving the poor of help is easy, the poor don’t contribute to reelection campaigns so it’s safe, plus it has the added advantage of driving the poor reluctantly and desperately into the labor market regardless of how shitty wages may be. Shifting money from science and health work in a similar way, it leaves defense as the one of the only games in town.
Originally, the defense scam idea was to starve out social safety net programs by hyping defense threats and painting anyone who didn’t go along as unpatriotic or treasonous. After the cold war ended conservatives had to find a new enemy, fast, and terrorism came along in the opportune form of 9-11. Hence the zombie lies that Obama is weak on defense (Benghazi!) a terrorist or a terrorist sympathizer or Muslim, not borne of this nation, etc. It worked really well during the Bush years, so well they can’t let go of it even though unfunded endless trillion dollar wars were never really popular and are now wildly unpopular. That’s why they get excited whenever there is a possible terrorist threat or attack, they fondly remember the days following 9-11 when national unity was mistaken for unquestioned fealty to conservative policies.
Until they pay a measurable price at the ballot box they’ll keep it up. Even when it hurts then they keep falling back into the old habits; see general election, 2012. That cost will have to be taken out of their hide again and again until they get the message. Or until they no longer hold enough power to do any damage.