This morning, as the House of Representatives begins debating H.R. 2 Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, the majority of Republicans in the House will still be receiving insurance through the Federal Employees’ Health Benefits Plan — a federal exchange which offers subsidized coverage to federal government workers, including members of Congress. According to a ThinkProgress analysis, seven, or just three percent of all the Republicans in the House have agreed to give up their insurance while they vote to repeal coverage for some 32 million Americans.
[ ]….– REP. MICHAEL GRIMM (R-NY): Freshman Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) rejected claims that it was hypocritical for him to receive health coverage that provided the same consumer protections he was trying to repeal for others. “What am I, not supposed to have health care?” Later, he said the reason to have coverage is “practicality. I’m not going to become a burden for the state because I don’t have health care and, God forbid I get into an accident and I can’t afford the operation…That can happen to anyone.” [Hotline On Call, 1/6/11]
Indeed, by 2014, uninsured Americans will be able to enroll in “PRIVATE insurance” through a series of state-based exchanges that will attempt to attract younger and healthier enrollees — like Schock — who could bring down premiums for the entire risk pool. The mandate will require these individuals to purchase insurance so that they don’t “become a burden for the state” once they require medical attention.
Many if those Americans who would go without health insurance would not become a burden to the state. because there is such shame attached to asking for help many will wait until it is too late and simply die. The Republican Partay is a death panel.
As recently as two days ago Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), speaking as representative of the tea baggers, was complaining about government waste. That would be that same Bachmann who has been raking in earmarks for her district,
Just days after saying she had requested zero earmarks for her district, Rep. Michele Bachmann admitted to Fox News’ Brian Wilson that she had indeed requested millions in earmarks in 2008. But, she says, it’s not a big deal because her earmarks were less than the average earmarks for the rest of Minnesota’s congressional delegation.
…Bachmann secured $3,767,600 for her district in 2008. As Think Progress has pointed out, the average earmark for Minnesota’s delegation is $2.1 million…
It seems the new Teapublicans are just as blatant liars and hypocrites as the old Republicans.
Republicans read the Constitution out loud on the floor of the House. Probably the first time for most of them. It was a condescending bit of theatrics to remind the country that it had veered away from the original words and intentions – Republicans Read Constitution Pretending Slavery Never Happened. Just the omission of slavery alone made the attempt to magically return us to the glossy days of perfection of 1778 were redacted. What the Republicans did find was the commerce clause which allows Congress to regulate commerce. The commerce clause is greatly amplified by the necessary and proper clause. What Republicans did not find in the Constitution is equally important – they did not find the words “God” or “Corporation”. In should be common knowledge that James Madison had originally wanted to use the word conscience in the first Amendment where it says freedom of religion. That would have helped clarify the Founders’ intentions that every American was free to believe according to their conscience. Not free to coerce their fellow Americans to believe in certain dogma. There were corporation in early America and one would think if the Founders had wanted to give them person-hood and the rights which go with it, they would have done so. Republicans also discovered “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived.” No wonder we have heard little about so-called conservative originalism since then.
One can be fairly certain that as the economy climbs out of the ditch conservatives drove it into they will take credit for the recovery. Only the fact based community knows otherwise,
The Republican argument, as explained by Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, is that the election results combined with the tax cut deal injected a new sense of “certainty” into the economy, which immediately translated into job creation. How you evaluate that thesis depends in part on whether you think companies make their hiring plans according to their future expectation of what taxes will be like or on the much more pressing question of whether they need more workers to satisfy current demand. But a closer look at the numbers also undermines the GOP thesis. In 2010, new jobless claims benefits peaked in August, and then started a more or less steady decline, long before the election or any tax deal. A score of other economic indicators started flashing the green light around the same time. It all came too late to help Democrats in the midterm elections, but the change was there to see nonetheless.
If the U.S. Constitution is perfect one would think it would be the document – both the explicit and implicit laws expressed in that document – which Cons would defer in making their arguments. That has not been the case – Haley Barbour and the GOP Confederacy of Dunces
As the health care reform debate reached its climax in March, Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia was among those longing for the days of the ante bellum South. Missing the irony that health care is worst in those reddest of Southern states where Republicans poll best, Broun took to the House floor to show that he was still fighting the Civil War:
“If ObamaCare passes, that free insurance card that’s in people’s pockets is gonna be as worthless as a Confederate dollar after the War Between The States — the Great War of Yankee Aggression.”
If you thought you had heard that outdated term of Dixie revisionist history recently, you did. In February 2009, Missouri Republican Bryan Stevenson took exception to President Obama’s support for the Freedom of Choice Act, legislation which would codify the reproductive rights protections of Roe v. Wade nationwide:
“What we are dealing with today is the greatest power grab by the federal government since the war of northern aggression.”
Who continues to call the treason of the Confederacy “the war of northern aggression”. It is not Americans who believe our guiding document is the U.S. Constitution.
How far Right and unhinged can conservatism go? Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) is a far right ideologue. He gets a conservative rating of 60 by the very right-wing Conservative Union. That he does not get a 90 or better like such extremists as Steve King (R-IA) or Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shows how far out of the mainstream the conservative movement has become. But Lugar at least recognizes that a political ideology must have at least a few cogent ideas and be able to articulate those ideas, GOP Sen. Dick Lugar Chides Tea Party Movement For Offering Only ‘Cliché’ And No ‘Specifics’
Lugar’s moderate stances and cooperation with the White House have earned him scorn from many conservatives, and tea party activists in Indiana are gearing up to field a primary challenger against Lugar in 2012. The senator has said he is ready for a challenge from his right, and this week, Lugar seemed to increase such a possibility by taking an opening shot at the tea party. As quoted by US News, Lugar said the conservative activists are “unhappy about life in America,” but traffic only in “cliché” and “are not able to articulate all the specifics”:
“I think there are a great number of Americans, not just in Indiana, who are genuinely angry about how things have turned out for them. Sometimes they are unemployed or they have family members who have been unemployed or they are in situations in which they feel a heavy governmental restriction of their activities. In essence, they are unhappy about life in America and they want to express themselves.”
Lugar says most just want to be heard, but really can’t focus on what’s bugging them. “We want this or that stopped or there is spending, big government—these are all, we would say, sort of large cliché titles, but they are not able to articulate all the specifics,” he says.
In other words a sentence constructed as a noun, a verb and its unconstitutional are not the makings of a movement or an answer to any issues of public policy. On the contrary such bizarre inconsistent behavior are hallmarks of a mob ruled by craziness and hatred.