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"Get your ass in line."
Such are the motivational tools used by the stalwart leaders of the GOP. Even Cantor chimed in with a "stop complaining and support your Speaker." We'll see if the Tea Party has the requisite come-to-Jesus moment, I suppose.
This is where you come in and, believe it or not, you're delighted to have a GOP Representative, if only for today. (Now you have to go below the squiggly-doo!)
Why on Earth should you be happy about having a GOP Rep for once? Because they're getting a full-court press from Boehner to pass his wanker bill which is all but guaranteed to land us right back here in six months. So they need to hear from constituents that their Speaker is leading them astray and under no circumstances should his debt plan go through.
The legislation includes other provisions that would not have any direct budgetary effects. It would allow for staggered increases in the debt limit through a series of actions by both the President and the Congress. If all such actions occur, the debt limit might eventually be raised by $2.5 trillion. In addition, the bill would establish procedures for enforcing the caps on discretionary spending and would provide for a vote on a balanced budget amendment before the end of December 2011. Furthermore, the legislation would establish a Congressional committee on deficit reduction charged with a goal of reducing the deficit by $1.8 trillion between 2012 and 2021.
That $1.8 trillion is where the truly draconian cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid reside.
It’s a plan that the usually “mild-mannered” Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is describing as “tantamount to a form of ‘class warfare’” that “if enacted, it could well produce the greatest increase in poverty and hardship produced by any law in modern U.S. history.” Since Boehner’s blueprint contains no tax increases and his first round of cuts targets discretionary spending, the joint committee will have no choice but to achieve its $1.8 trillion in budget reductions by cutting entitlement spending
Whatever they really believe, we all know there's very little about being in office they'd walk away from when it's right down to it. Even the anti-government rabble-rouser cum government official teabaggers get off on wielding the power of the government whose power and governance they despise. You just know it. Nobody up there wants to lose the next election, or at least, I'm certainly not buying that one single Republican will sacrifice it on principle.
We also all know full well there is no bloc in the House that is going to or ever could stand up to angry Senior constituents and their much more energetic children and loved ones who learned everything they know about dressing down a chucklehead from their dear grandparents. So you get to basically double-dog dare your Republican Rep to vote for the end of the social safety net...for a second time (see: Ryan Plan). How fun is that?!?!??
Bonus fun if your Rep is actually a full-blown teabagger! Because wouldn't repeating this nonsense in half a year be, like, the standard of governmental waste and ineptitude by which all other governmental waste and ineptitude shall be judged? Isn't that what they're always whingeing about, ineffectual and irresponsible government? I know...logic...hahaha! But let their platitudes work for you. Ask them if this is what they really came to Washington to do: wreck the economy and play the same stoopid game every six months. Tell them that's certainly not why you sent them there!!! (I know you didn't vote for them...but they don't.) What's conservative about addressing the same issue over and over and over? Most people only need to finish a job once, you know. Speaking of jobs, theirs is to build some for us, which is yet another reason nobody should be giving this debt nonsense a moment's thought again any time soon. There are many other things Washington should be doing. et cetera.
Have fun with it; get creative! Just make sure they understand the current spectacle is a disgrace.
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