Monday, June 26, 2017

Screw Mitch And The Turtle He Rode In On


Sometimes people ask me to put them on the Blue America mailing list. I don’t know how-- literally; no idea. The only way I know to get on the list is to contribute-- even if just one dollar-- to any of the candidates on any of our endorsement lists-- like this one for the House or this one for the Senate or this one for worthy incumbents or this one for primarying Blue Dogs… or this one to send Paul Ryan back to the weinermobile. There are others too… always fun to come up with new pages. Anyway, pick a page, pick a candidate, give a buck-- or 20 bucks or 1,000 bucks and you’re automatically on the mailing list. And if you were yesterday, you would have gotten this e-mail from Blue America by Digby, albeit with a slightly more family-friendly subject line.

“We are living,” she began in way of introduction, “in a Dickens novel come to life: Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are planning to steal our tax money. Money that sick children, disabled adults and nursing home patients need in order to stay alive-- only to brazenly distribute it all among Eric, Don Jr., Ivanka, Jared Kusher and their investor class friends. They have no shame. They have no hearts. This has to stop. Can you pitch in something for our candidates, to help them get into Congress where legislative resistance can occur? And then she went after that fucking Turtle and his cronies.

Another week in Trump's America and it just gets worse and worse. Everyone said that when the atrocity known as Trumpcare was barely passed in the House that we shouldn't worry. "They'll fix it in the Senate" they said. Well, they didn't. They tweaked it a little bit in some ways, but overall they made it worse. This week they're planning to vote on it and then skip town before anyone has a chance to chase them down the halls of Congress holding pitchforks and torches.

If they get that done when they return from the 4th of July break they may skip the usual conference committee to reconcile the two bills, quickly pass the very similar Senate version through the House and then get ready to play their roles as props in the the greatest show on earth: the Oval Office in which President Trump will bask in the glow of his greatest success so far-- enacting the cruelest piece of legislation in modern memory.

By all accounts that's Mitch McConnell's plan anyway. At this moment there are still a number of possible choke points. The so-called “moderates” who will have to face voters are nervous, but they're known for their cowardice so it's highly likely they will accept some superficial changes and then rush before the cameras to defend the lie that it's been substantially "improved" from being monstrous and evil to simply malevolent and brutal. Counting on them to stop this heinous disgrace of a "health care" bill is a fools errand.

It's much better to look to the ruthless sadism of the far right and "libertarians" such as Rand Paul and Mike Lee. They are known for their refusal to take for an answer when offered the opportunity to rip holes in the safety net because they demand its total destruction all at once. Unfortunately, counting on them would require one more wingnut vote in the Senate, probably Ron Johnson from Wisconsin or Ted Cruz from Texas. Johnson is the most "intellectually limited" man in the chamber so it's a totally random shot with him. Cruz is well... Cruz. He will be the hero who votes for it unless it won't pass anyway at which point he will join the "rebels" and pretend he was their leader.

If it does pass the Senate they will have to go home next week and face their constituents before a final vote. It's not going to be pretty. If you saw the appalling footage of the disabled protesters in front of Mitch McConnell's office being pulled out of their wheelchairs and dragged down the hall by police you know what it's going to look like. This is what it's come to.

The stark fact of the matter is that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and virtually every member of the Republican Congress are trying to pass a bill that will literally result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people, bankruptcy for many more and suffering for millions. And why are they doing this? They want to get their hands on 800 billion dollars that funds Obamacare, so that for the first time since 1986 they can give permanent, retroactive tax cuts to the likes of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Because when you get down to it, that’s all they care about.

The Democrats are unified in opposition, thank God. (As you well know that's not always a given...) And activists around the country are gearing up for energetic protests over the next few weeks. We'll see what happens.

But if this week has shown us anything it's that it's vitally urgent that the Democrats take back the House in 2018.

If the Democratic Senators can hold their seats and pick off a couple of Republicans all the better. But it's imperative that we stop Ryan and McConnell. They are so drunk with power, they are now trying to enact bills that will literally kill people with no other purpose than to pass out money to rich people.

You know what to do. If you can, over the next couple of weeks contact your Indivisible, Our Revolution, Move On or whatever groups with whom you are involved to find out where they are planning to protest in your area. Call your Republican Senators and congressional reps and remind them that lives are on the line.

And please, contribute what you can to good candidates for congress like those Blue America has endorsed for 2018. We simply have got to stop these obsessed, bloodthirsty Republicans and their cretinous imbecile of a leader before it's too late.

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At 7:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Democrats are unified in opposition, thank God. (As you well know that's not always a given...)"

You are SO wrong on a lot of points:

1. GAWD is a Republican. Saint Ronnie Alzheimers said so.
(Apologies to the originator of this description. It's too good not to steal!)

2. The Kochs will have hand-delivered orders expressly demanding an AYE vote under pain of political execution, causing the "moderates" balking at passage to experience their own personal "Arthur Jensen convinces Howard Beale to completely change his message" moment and see the face of GAWD.

3. It's time for Joe Manchin to show his true colors.

At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wasted two phone calls to my senators - Mike Enzi and John Barrasso (Barass_ole) and of course they are both involved in the writing of this disgraceful bill. But, I called anyway. They need to know that not everyone in this cherry-red state wants to see health care destroyed.

At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:17, we see manchin's true colors every time his name is called for a vote. expect him to go with the Rs again... still.

Shows how much you people fail to understand. The democraps are NOT unified in opposition. All you know is they SAY they are against the bill. But their donors will have given a lot of them the same ultimatum that the kochs will be giving. Some democraps, though not enough, will be given permission for a symbolic nay. But, exactly as in the 2009-2010 so-called dem congress, there will always be enough for cloture or to pass, whichever is needed.

Anyone who thinks some future D congress will reverse this is as big a moron as the orange-utang. 2009 had 60 plus a big number in the house, and they refused to pass anything the lobbies did not write nor approve. And today the democraps are more corrupt.

"Can you pitch in something for our candidates, to help them get into Congress where legislative resistance can occur?"

Yeah. That'll work. Who are these imbeciles, anyway?
With Pelosi and Scummer spiking everything that does not raise them 9 figures per bill/amendment, your blue-americans won't be able to do shit... even if they wanted to... which maybe the do and maybe they don't.

You run under the democrap banner, one must presume you are no better than the pelosis, scummers, hoyers and manchins of the world. If you WERE better, you wouldn't be caught dead in that fucking club of ill repute.

At 11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:17, you're welcome to St. Ronnie of Alzheimer (fr: Ste. Ron d'Alz), St. Ronald the addled, etc. public domain.


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