Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Republicans successfully block the universe

It seems a day doesn't go by that I don't hear about some democratic bill being blocked by the "minority party" republicans. It's incredible what a party with absolutely no ideas, no morals, and no scruples can do to the supposed majority in Congress.

The latest blockade prevented a bill to end tax breaks for U.S. companies who send jobs overseas. Bitch McConnell claimed that the bill was merely a last-ditch effort by dems only "pretending" to care about American workers, calling the bill "an insult to the millions of Americans who want us to focus on jobs."

So let me get this straight: we're losing jobs overseas, we've been losing them overseas for a while now. Companies get all kinds of tax breaks and deferrals when they send our jobs overseas. So a bill that would try to make companies either keep jobs here or have to pay more taxes is... a bad thing?

Uh-huh. Okay. Um, so he's saying that a bill that would punish companies for taking jobs overseas is an insult to American workers. And hey, those dems who proposed this punishment are just "pretending," so let's NOT make those companies pay extra taxes for taking jobs overseas! That'll show those dems for pretending to care!

Instead we'll let the repugs "focus on jobs" by--wait for it!--making the Bush-era tax cuts, even those for the richest Americans, permanent! Because those tax cuts certainly have created lots and lots of American jobs, and that's why the economy is humming along swimmingly, dear! Status quo all the way, baby!

Besides, no one could ever accuse repuglicans of pretending to care about American workers.

The best part, I think, is his justification of his party's policy of obstructionism:
"The Senate is operating how it should," he said, explaining that President Obama's "far-left agenda" forced the Republican conference to try to block what McConnell described as terrible policy.

"There are differences of opinion in a big country," McConnell added, speaking to reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

This guy's a fucking comic genius. No wonder he's the speaker for the minority party. He had me positively roaring with laughter right from his opening line, "The Senate is operating," because, really, since when has the Senate done a goddamned thing, much less operate "how it should?" Whew! I'm slapping my knee right now, practically crying from laughing so hard.

But the real crowd-pleaser comes when he calls President Obama's a "far-left agenda." Boy, who knew that pretty much rubber-stamping the Bush era policies of government secrecy, keeping DADT, staying in Iraq and Afghanistan, and letting Wall Street go pretty much completely unpunished (if not rewarded) for bringing down the entire world's economy was "far-left?" Oh Bitch, you're cracking me up! I'm practically blowing milk out my nostrils! Tell me another one!

That Bitch McConnell. He really knows how to bring the house, not to mention the Senate, down.


Professor Chaos said...

McConnell is sorta right about one thing. The Senate is operating the way the founding fathers intended, thwarting the will of the people!

gmb said...

I wish someone had photos, because Mz. McConnell needs to be outed in the most vicious and soul crushing ways. Really. I want to see careers destroyed. Because that's what they are doing to us.

Liberality said...

And what is even more disheartening is that so many republicans and "independents" buy this shit and do not see the irony here in Mr. McConnell's words.

Peregrin said...

Y'know, when Democrats even hinted that they would filibuster ANYTHING from 2001 - 2008, the GOP threatened to go "nuclear" -- to remove the filibuster completely. We should have just called them on it. Where would Rethugs be now without the filibuster? And what good did it do the Dems when they were too afraid to use the damn thing?

Randal Graves said...

I like ice cream.

Heff said...

We're not gonna be the "minority" in November !

(and I like ice cream, too)

dguzman said...

Professor--It's certainly efficient at doing so!

GMB--I'm telling you, you know those photos are out there. It's just a matter of time!

Liberality--exactly. So many people just believing the outright lies and distortions of Faux Nooz and the repug party.

Peregrin--oh man, I'd forgotten about that! You're right--I remember all the times they talked about "using the nuclear option." If only.

Randal--ditto. Go Cowboys! Sorry about your Browns losing to the Mavens.

Heff--probably not.

Mauigirl said...

I agree with Peregrin - what good did it do the Dems not to let the GOP "go nuclear." We should've let them get rid of the filibuster, or at least make people actually DO the filibuster, that is talk incessantly in front of the cameras of C-Span so the world could see who was holding up the show. Close down the government. Do what they used to have to do to filibuster... you can bet the number of times something is "filibustered" would go way down in that case - because it would make those filibustering look so bad. I am disgusted with all of it.