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Dec 11 2013

GOP base lashes out at budget deal: An inconvenient poutrage

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The Republican base doesn’t like the budget worked out by the Republican controlled House between seasonal McScrooge Paul Ryan and centrist dems. Boehner finally couldn’t take the bullshit anymore and lashed out at the base:

CBS News – The House GOP leadership is standing behind a budget agreement brokered by congressional negotiators over the last two months and pushing back against outside conservative groups that have panned the deal for undoing mandatory sequester cuts.

“They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous. Listen if you’re for more deficit reduction, you’re for this agreement,” snapped House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in response to a question from CBS News Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes. He said the groups came out against the deal “before they even saw it.”

Ahh, but they don’t have to see it to be against it. Boehner can rave about kicking unemployed people out of their homes and congratulate his colleagues for taking food out of the mouth of poor kids all he wants. It won’t do any good. For one thing it doesn’t rob enough money from the elderly on a fixed income:

On Monday, Heritage Action, the lobbying arm of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, said it expected to oppose the deal brokered by Mr. Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D., Wash.) because it would include no major cuts in spending for entitlement programs like Medicare.

Besides, the extreme right has been force-fed a couple of less than accurate items to the point they have become untethered from reality for a few years now, and lately they’ve been vomiting the chum back up at inopportune times.

This is one of those times. They’ll be against a budget deal no matter how ridiculously conservative it is. Boehner’s best play here is to ignore them and wait for the inevitable distraction offered up by the usual race baiters –  maybe the dastardly Obama will shake hands with the commie Pope next week and that will serve to divert and focus the inconvenient poutrage.

One Big Lie being that the Big Bad Evil Government campaign is really about curtailing spending; it’s not and never has been. It’s just a platform for conservatives to carry out mock ritual sacrifices of democratic programs helping the middle-class and poor whenever non conservatives are in power. If successful there’s the great, added bonus of lowering the deficit and thus greasing the way for more tax cuts and government subsidies for the rich when conservatives are back in power. Iterate and ratchet as needed. Who’s gonna remember, much less report, on shit conservatives said to justify taking from the rest and giving to the rich 0.1% all of three years ago?

And then there’s this surreal sinister character of a crazed black man, mad with power, coming soon to a concentration camp or death panel near you, ginned up by the worst rat fucking elements in the Grand Old Partie. It’s way beyond anything reason and common sense can touch at this point. It’s visceral, tribal, hatred.

Thanks to a few greedy people with billions of dollars trying to scam every last buck regular people have still somehow held onto, we now have a permanent Cold Civil War in the US. Maybe with a little hard work we can turn that into a shooting deal, brother shotting brother, sisters cracking sisters heads’ open, split almost exactly along the same geographic and prejudicial lines of the real Civil War a hundred and fifty years ago.

Yeah, stay classy fellas.

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  1. 1
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    “The past isn’t over. It isn’t even past.” –William Faulkner

    Understand that, and you’ll understand Southern Politics. We should have let Sherman have his way with them.

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    magistramarla

    I haven’t seen the specifics, but it looks like the Federal workers are going to lose out AGAIN on this deal.
    The plan is for the evil Federal workers to pay more into retirement plans, and this after we’ve already dealt with four years of no cost-of-living increases, lost pay from the furlough days and late pay from the Cruz shutdown.
    We’re being told to shut up and be thankful that we won’t be suffering with another sequester, but this will affect retirement pay for many more years than the furlough days from the sequester. I’m thinking that it will be sort of like the chained CPI BS – more damaging in the long run.
    We just signed up for dental and vision care again after doing without for four years, since we’re supposed to get a 1.5% COLA in January. I’ve lost two crowns while doing without dental care (not good for a person with Sjogren’s), so I really need to see the dentist. Now, that small increase will probably disappear into “paying more of the costs of hubby’s retirement fund”, so even though we’ll have the dental coverage, it will be harder for us to pay the premiums and our share of the costs. The GOTP loves to make sure that we can never win.

    Of course, they also included that the active-duty military will also have to pay more into their retirement funds. Not a problem for the brass, but it will cut into the paychecks of the lower ranks, who already pay a hefty price so that the brass can play war games. I can hear my rightwing airman son-in-law now – blaming President Obama when his paycheck gets cut to pay into a retirement fund that he may never use if he gets out of the military.

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    Johnny Vector

    The reporting I’m hearing is that only new hires will have to pay more of their pension contribution; existing CS will be left alone. Which only sucks if you’re young and want to work for your country.

    I do agree that we need to be changing the amount of income redistribution we do as a country. I just think that the sign of the needed change is opposite of the way it’s going.

  4. 4
    magistramarla

    Thanks for some good news, Johnny.
    The cons seem determined to push the best and brightest away from wanting to serve their country.
    That’s really sad.

  5. 5
    shripathikamath

    Never ceases to amaze me how people lose track of the real issue with this deal. It is what conservatives wanted and the Democrats gave up a lot.

    So naturally by having a few easily re-electable demand to go even more conservative with their tantrums, the focus is on “See how batshit insane the wingnuts are that even Boehner is against them”

    You just made Boehner a moderate.

    This is how the Overton window moves to the right.

    Where’s the outrage at the Democrats basically surrendering to what the GOP wanted all along?

  6. 6
    jamessweet

    Heritage Action, the lobbying arm of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank

    Agh, I hope the mainstream media stops using this phraseology soon. This was once true, and the old Heritage Foundation offered commentary that was, at the very least, provocative and carefully thought-out (even if it was badly wrong and often driven by greed and prejudice). These days, it would be more accurate to say that the Heritage Foundation is the “phony think tank arm of Heritage Action, a wingnut lobbying organization”.

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