Healthcare = Holocaust
So, tomorrow this holy land becomes a Nazi nation. I don’t know about you but I’m packing a toothbrush just in case I get rounded up for the concentration camps.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (where else?) is an educated man. He may even be a smart man, which is not necessarily the same thing. He managed to get himself through Harvard which, even though it has given us the likes of Henry Kissinger, Alberto Gonzalez, William Bennett, and even the horrifying Antonin Scalia, is a tough joint to get through.
The War Criminal & His Boss
But Cruz plays to the dumb crowd. That’s ten times more offensive to me than an actual dumb person spewing nonsense because, well, that’s all he knows. Cruz, rather than elevating the collective knowledge of his audience and constituents, has decided it is more important for him to reinforce their unknowingness just so he can get himself reelected time and again. That’s craven.
It reminds me of Isaac Asimov’s quote about there not necessarily being two sides to every question. “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'”
For example, Cruz made the rounds of the Sunday morning TV talk shows to warn this unsuspecting nation that Obamacare is worse than Hurrican Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and Pop Star Miley all rolled into one. He told a CNN stenographer yesterday that “The American people overwhelmingly reject Obamacare. They understand it is not working.” He added that it is his sacred duty to speak up for all the pious Murricans who’ve been harmed by the Affordable Care Act.
Got Nuffin’ On Obamacare
Now, I must assume that Cruz, who is, as I’ve mentioned, an educated man, knows that Obamacare hasn’t even begun yet!
So, something that doesn’t exist until tonight at midnight by definition is not working. And who can be hurt by something that hasn’t even gotten off the ground?
Oh, wait, I know: Those who work for outfits whose bosses have bought into the scare tactics of Cruz and his cohorts and are preemptively screwing their own employees just to make a point.
You know, the government shutdown that begins, coincidentally, tonight at midnight can be positioned as a desperate act of conscience by a group of House legislators who fear this blessed country is being led down the wrong path. It can be argued that these House members are courageous souls who must unwillingly turn off the federal cash spigot in order to save us from a greater evil.
Oh, It Pains Me To Do This
It can be argued. However, if you make that argument, you are wrong.
Almost criminally wrong.
The programs that will be shut down tonight at midnight are all those things that the Right Wing hates and has been trying to terminate or destroy since the glory days of Saint Ronald Reagan.
Dig: All national parks will be closed, the Smithsonian museums will be shuttered, no new patients will be accepted into clinical research programs of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control will drastically reduce its investigations into disease outbreaks, Operation Head Start programs that feed needy schoolchildren will not be renewed, WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) will shut down, federal mortgage loan programs for low- to moderate income families will cease, the Veteran’s Administration Board of Veterans Appeals will not make decisions during the shutdown, and OSHA workplace inspections will cease.
So, the Me-Party-led House members who are shutting the federal government down tonight at midnight are not doing so with heavy hearts.
They are thrilled.
“Yay! We Overthrew The US Government!”