Archive for January 5th, 2011

How You Know They Don’t Mean Anything They Say

Jan 05, 2011 in Politics

Can you imagine what the right-wing blogosphere would have sounded like if Nancy Pelosi had been “moved to tears” on January 4th, 2007? Can you imagine what we’d be hearing from Malkin, Coulter, Buchanan, all the way down to our esteemed friends at Common Sense Political Thought, had a Democratic speaker wept while taking the reigns?

Let’s be clear. Right-wing bloggers can front all they want about this, but if a Democrat assuming power had cried, today’s right-wing blogs would be exploding with accusations of unmanliness, of the feminized liberal male, of the unfitness of Democrats for command, etc. Had Pelosi wept, she’d have been ridiculed all up and down K street. Instead, the wingers today are upset that the speaker whose term actually represented an historic moment talked too much for their liking.

Don’t get your old pal TT wrong. I have no time for Democrats. But I have less for Republicans, who wouldn’t know how to keep their values consistent if their lives & careers depended on it.

Republicans want to kill grandma!

Jan 05, 2011 in Clueless Conservatives, Politics

One of Dana’s crackpot authors got aroused after reading this bit of theater in The Hill:

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner’s office (R-Ohio) pointedly vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with legislation repealing healthcare reform.

Boehner’s office responded to a letter sent by the Senate’s top five Democrats, vowing to block a House bill repealing healthcare reform, with a terse, 65-word note.

Boehner’s office wrote:

Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:

Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.

The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.

– Speaker-Designate John Boehner’s Press Office

Just to clear up any confusion, Boehner is talking about Medicare Part D, a bill written and passed by a Republican congress. Boehner voted yes on Medicare Part D and also voted yes to the amendments that would guarantee exclusivity to stateside drug manufacturers.

Here’s John Boehner singing the praises of the bill:

When I first arrived in Congress I promised to be an advocate for fiscal responsibility and accountability. Here are some things I’ve been working on to keep that promise; to curb the growth in government spending and to ensure that what is spent is spent wisely.

… Even the Medicare reform act that passed in 2003 contains provisions aimed at lowering costs in the long-term. The inclusion of Health Savings Accounts, which allow individuals to save money in a tax free account for routine medical expenses, will go a long way towards reducing the liabilities of the Medicare program.

John Boehner is a deficit peacock who has no real interest in going up against Big Pharma but he is clever enough to know that Teh Librul Media will dutifully transcribe and disseminate anything he wishes to proclaim regardless of it’s accuracy. Especially if it conforms with Beltway free-spending-Democrats and fiscally-conservative-Republicans stereotypes. But the result in two years would be that Democrats wouldn’t have to spend a dime producing “Boehner wants to kill grandma!” themed 30 second spots because companies like Novartis and Pfizer will have them ready to run during prime time.

Boehner can strut all he wants but he can’t go back and change his voting record nor does he have the backbone to attempt to sell free market theology to the DC pharmaceutical lobby.


That was easy.

Jan 05, 2011 in Clueless Conservatives, Deficit

How are Republicans going to balance the budget? By using disappearing ink in the books.

Republicans’ deficit reduction platform, which may have helped catapult them into the majority, is about to run headlong into a hard reality: Many of their key policy goals will increase the deficit dramatically.

To get around this fact, they’ve included measures in their new rules package to exempt some of their biggest legislative priorities from deficit consideration. Among the exceptions, which the House is likely to consider in the 112th Congress, are the health care repeal bill (scheduled for a vote a week from Wednesday), the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, an AMT patch, extending the estate tax, and more…The health care law, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will reduce the deficit by $143 billion through the end of the decade, and more so in the decade after that. Thus, repealing the law will blow a similarly sized hole in the deficit.

Republicans wave this off.

Of course, Very Serious People still aren’t sure if the Republicans are serious about the deficit or not. Because it’s so difficult to tell whether or not a party that believes in only cutting taxes, never raising them, is serious about paying the bills.


They don’t write anti-Semitic screeds like they used to.

Jan 05, 2011 in Politics

I found a Chick Tract at work this past week which is usually an event of great joy because it turns an otherwise dull afternoon into one filled with light-hearted laughter. The tract was titled “SCREAM” and its lack of anti-Catholic messaging let me down. The usual two dimensional artwork of scary monsters torturing super creeps was present but the story was trite even for a Jack Chick publication. A man is confronted by a life threatening situation when he is burned badly in a fire. “Fred” winds up in a hospital room in a full body cast (which isn’t how burns are treated but eh…). The hospital chaplain tells Fred that being trapped in a burning building ain’t so bad because hell is just like that except it’s, like, ten times as bad. The chaplain then dutifully reminds Fred of all the shenanigans he pulled in a life dedicated to avarice and vice and tells him if he doesn’t stop chasing whores he’ll know what real burny-burns feel like.

So that’s it. Fred thanks the preacher (who bears a striking resemblance to John Waters) and surprisingly chooses an eternity of love and happiness with Space Jesus over searing pain and endless suffering. J.T.C.’s used to remind the followers of Satan (Jews, Catholics, Teh Gays, Captain Beefheart, Jobriath) of what awaits them in the afterlife using lurid language and hilarious cartoon sketches of devils and demons. They generally serve as more of a comfort object for the devoted than they do a word of warning to the lost because they reassure the fragile egos of the pious and prim that the jerks who laughed at their offers of free copies of Watchtower and shut the door in their faces during last Wednesday nights “outreach” would sizzle in Old Scratch’s frying pan for a thousand years. Feigning sympathy for and feeling superior to the heathens is part of it but actually seeing it illustrated and detailed is the big payoff. Chick’s gone soft.