Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Reactionaries Moving Backwards

Just how far back do these partied-T banana-republicans want to move the United States? More than one hundred years after the rest of the civilized world, the US finally enacted a very watered-down version of universal health care for its citizens. These absurdly majoritied elephants in the House of Representatives, however, are determined to vote to let more Americans die and suffer from uninsured illnesses in order to "protect" business. Can they explain why business in Germany and most of Europe, with universal health care, is better than the US without it? Anyhow, the protection line is a bald-faced lie; companies with healthy employees are more productive than those with workers who come to work rather than go to a doctor when they are ill because they can't afford it and then spread their infections around the entire staff. This is just one trivial economic argument, but the real argument is concern for fellow man. Everyone should have access to all the benefits of treatment western civilization can provide.
So while they are moving backwards, maybe those elephants in the House porcelain shop should also consider digging up the Interstate Highways, cracking the Hoover Dam, repealing the holiday on July 4, closing Amtrak, and eliminating the Coast Guard, for these are all "federal intrusions" on tea party victims.
And then they can raze the cities and inform all citizens that they must begin to build log cabins again or live in wigwams because all federal mortgage programs are being canceled retroactively and the houses and apartments they all live in are being foreclosed on and demolished to sell the material to some other country that knows better what to do with values!

G.O.P. Newcomers Set Out to Undo Obama Victories
The New York Times, January 2, 2011
Representative Robert E. Andrews, Democrat of New Jersey, challenged the Republicans to bring it on. “We will respond by pointing out the impact of repeal on people’s lives,” Mr. Andrews said. “On women with cancer who could be denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition. On senior citizens who would lose the help they are receiving to pay for prescriptions.”
Democrats argue that repeal would increase the number of uninsured; put insurers back in control of health insurance, allowing them to increase premiums at will; and lead to explosive growth in the federal budget deficit.
“For months, Republicans have been shoveling out hypocrisy and lies to the American public,” said Representative Joseph Crowley, Democrat of New York. Mr. Crowley and more than 60 other House Democrats have demanded that lawmakers pushing for repeal of the new law give up their own government-subsidized health insurance.
The Democrats say Republicans will make a mistake if they focus first on repeal, rather than on finding additional ways to stimulate the economy and create jobs — a mirror image of criticism that Republicans lobbed at Democrats for the last 18 months.
And just in case you refuse to believe The New York Times, The Washington Post also reports on the reactionaries' plans:
"Republicans want another debate about health-care reform? Well, so should Democrats. They beat us in round one with lies and scare tactics. We welcome a second shot," said Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).
And Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the outgoing speaker, said in a post on Twitter, "While Dems are focused on job creation, GOP is fast-tracking repealing patients' rights & Rx help for seniors."
Stand up for the Twenty-first Century and maintain health care for all!

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