So…after taking the Senate and holding the House, you would think that the Republican leadership might show some kind of move to temper the worst moves of the Obama administration, but fear not, Democrats! the GOP elite have shown themselves to be the exact same tone-deaf sots as Reid and his bunch. And Republicans, the uncomfortable feeling in your backside is Mitch McConnell and Company, currently humping you while protecting their power and access to your money.
Mitchy and the Moochers have decided that getting rid of the law currently destroying your access to healthcare, raising both your premiums and deductables — oh, and your taxes! — as well as giving the taxman new and interesting powers to climb into your rectum is just too dangerous, and if the Supreme Court rightly strikes the federal subsidies down in King v Burwell the GOP will ride to the rescue and keep the money train rollin’. Their excuse is the 2016 election, of course, and the fear of losing voters in the White House run.
There are several reasons why this argument is complete bullshit. 1) No one who is voting in 2016 to preserve Obamacare is going to vote Republican…ever. 2) No one who has been humped by Obamacare (like yours truly) is going to vote for a Democrat president…ever. In the case of Obamacare, it’s a zero-sum game — you will keep the GOP faithful and a lot of angry independents; you will not lose Democrats. They’re already in Honalee with Puff the Magic Dragon and the Amazing Endless Money Tree.
Simply put, the Senate Republicans — just like the Democrats — think of themselves as aristocrats. And like aristocrats, they feel you exist for one reason: to give them money and power. Obamacare is a lot of money coming into the federal coffers for these septuagenarian ticks to spend as they feel. They want the money as badly as the Democrats do, because they are all indebted to the health insurance industry, an industry that was certainly not destroyed or damaged by Affordable Care Act, but given government mandates to make you buy their overpriced product.
Additionally, Mitchy and Moochers showed themselves to be the same abusive turds as Democrats by throwing Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act up for renewal, despite the Judiciary Committee working on reform of this part of the legislation which authorizes the domestic spying programs that have angered pretty much everyone on the planet not connected to intelligence or law enforcement. It’s a move which will anger Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and House, not to mention everyone else tired of the growth of the police state. There are suggestions that McConnell did this to placate the military-intelligence-law enforcement-industrial complex that has grown out of control since 2001 (and especially since 2006…) while knowing that the libertarian-leaning Republicans in the House will kill it, allowing him to shrug it off with the Big Security types with an “I tried…”
Certainly, there is something to this, however, it is symptomatic of a political class that views the people as nothing more than a cash cow to be milked and a bunch of bumpkins they are pissed they have to go hat in hand to every election cycle. They hate and distrust the middle class — you have just enough money and power with the vote to screw things up for these wannabe dukes and duchesses, you expect them to respect you when they know you are beneath them (Why don’t you!?!), and they fear the day you get tired of being fleeced which is why their main “terror” concern is with Americans figuring out that they don’t really need this collection of idiots and criminals. That’s why they fear veterans, people with guns, people that want to stop the spying…you are their enemy, and the only way to distract you from the difference between their interests and yours is to jawjack about Islamic terrorism and Iran — threats, certainly, but nowhere as immediate and dangerous as our elected officials.
The Daily Caller brings us the saga of Andy Slavitt — the Deputy Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It seems when Shift Andy showed up to work at the CMS, he got a nice $4.8 million from a bunch of the medical care corporations he would allegedly stick it to. Tax-free. Then he dumped a bunch of stock in the same companies for a cool $7.2 million. All of this was “legal”, of course, since government officials can get “certificates of divestiture” so they can defer their capital gains while in office.
Then there’s the “ethic waiver” he got so this bought-and-paid-for turdsack could continue to “legally” work for the agency managing those companies he’s worked for and invested in. Nice to see our would-be aristocracy can go about their business without having to hold to the same rules you smelly, half-educated troglodytes have to. Whew!
At least we know that the Obama administration is doing everything it can to be transparently awful about double standards and corruption.
It’s also an important lesson for idiots who want to tout government regulation as the panacea to all our ills: When you empower one side of a criminal conspiracy…you’ve empowered the entire conspiracy.
So, the quasi-retired president decides to “fight Ebola” in Africa with American troops. Better still, the 101st Airborne “will only need gloves and masks” according to General David Rodriguez — one hell of a human being, as well as a commander his men can trust. Keep in mind, with only a little chance of exposure to chemical agents, soldiers were MOPPed up the ass during the Iraqi campaign…but here they are going to “fight” Ebola (I’m guessin’ with anti-viral missiles..?) without being exposed.
Better yet, if you contract the disease in this half-assed mission, the soldier won’t have the same treatment as a civilian might — brought back to the US for “the best treatment you can get before 9 out of 10, you die”…oh no! You’ll be quarantined in fuckin’ Liberia.
“If, God forbid, one of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, or marine contracted this disease, as I mentioned, they would be stabilized, they would be quarantined, we would go through the appropriate protocols…” said the commander of AFRICOM, Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams. Oh, God forbid, Darryl; ‘course, it’s no skin off your nose, right, Mr. Shoulder Stars — not like you’ll be mucking in with the boys. But don’t worry, the people attending to them would be safe. “People would be attending to them in the appropriate PPE [personal protective equipment].”
There’s a point where you have to ask yourself if your command structure deserves your loyalty and obedience. The last six years, increasingly, that answer is “yes.”
I will be riding in the 2014 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, which I assisted in organizing, here in Albuquerque. We are riding in fancy dress, proper attire, post-war period costuming to raise money for prostate cancer.
It might not be as trendy as brest cancer or pouring ice water over yourself for ALS, but it’s a good cause — so pop over to my homepage on the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride page and donate some dosh!
Here’s what I’m wearing:
..and what I’m riding: Trixie, my 2010 Triumph Thruxton:
The ruling on Halbig v Sebilius is in, and the court is not happy with itsef. (Sad face!)
congress wrote this law assuming all the states would hop on for promise of big federal dollars, but 34 states didn’t fall for it and refused to set up exchange. HHS set up a federally mismanaged Healthcare.gov to fill in the gap — a direct violation of the Affordable Care Act, as the states have to set up and manage the exchanges. So federal subsidies for ACA are illegal. The court’s saying that it isn’t their job to rewrite the law; that’s Congress…so they should either fix the law, or it’s done.
The chances that happens? A big round multiple of zero.
There’s always the chance the feds can ask for an en banc hearing of all the DC Circuit judges, which might aid the court, as it has been packed with Obama appointees, but I suspect the DC Circuit wants this out of their docket as fast as possible, so the black robes in the Supreme Court take the heat.
Okay, that might not be what he said, but it is certainly the message the political class has been sending for years — taxes on airfare, prohibiting limo companies from setting prices at or below taxi fares, taxes based on mileage, fuel prices artificially high due to crappy “energy policies”, mandatory expensive health care…don’t you people understand? You are serfs. Act like it.