Saturday, December 18, 2010
HATEFUL BASTARDS: The Final Days of the 111th Congress
Don't let the door hit you on the way out...
What could better illustrate the audacity of the 111th Congress than attempt to spend $10 million on immortalizing one of their own, the absolute legendary purveyor of budgetary pork, John Murtha for whom they figured every American tax payer should divvy up and pay to fiancé a nebulous John P. Murtha foundation? Though he didn’t live to see his kind of politics rise to its finest hour, in his final days the Pennsylvania Pork Purveyor was up to his own tricks establishing himself as a great supporter of the Defense department spending Federal funds on gear and equipment for the military the Pentagon never asked for.
Waiting until the last minute to attempt to pass an omnibus spending bill, the bulk of the Federal Budget, until the very last minute, something that should have been done in September, tacking more spending on pet projects and adding more wastes of money on the continuance of the tax rates established during the Bush administration after an agreement was reached combining a two year extension with unemployment benefits with the hard reality everyone’s taxes would go up January 1 if a tax bill was not passed, they took the game to an even more grotesque level. How can there be any question that the 111th Congress has been one of the most irresponsible, corrupt, self-serving, morally bankrupt, and politically cynical elected assemblies in the history of western democracy. The Federal Budget was due October 1, 2010.
As we look at the events of the closing days of its existence trying to expedite their every last fantasy into law, it’s not hard to see what a band of hateful, loathsome bastards these pitiful excuses for political leaders truly have been. Talking about budget priorities when the mood of the country was to cut taxes and reduce Federal spending was seen as a burden they did not want to have to stand up for while running for reelection. Did taking that stance help them?
Probably not, given the huge switch over to a Republican majority in the House. The Senate would surely be two seats closer to a majority were it not for Sarah Palin’s meddling into the primary election process in Nevada and Delaware supporting unelectable Sarah Palin knockoffs over candidates who clearly had terrific odds at beating the Democrats’ candidates.
Against tremendous public sentiment to the contrary, the 111th Congress passed what is known as Obama-Care, the government take over of health care management in the United States. It didn’t matter what it took to get the bill passed, who needed to be bribed or what special provisions to satisfy a squeaky wheel Senator, the Democratic leaders would stop at nothing to ramrod through a totally ill-conceived disaster, a guaranteed failure. What better characterized their ethos than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statement that they’d have to pass the bill so the public could see what’s in it?
Job one upon taking office in January, 2009 was dealing with the economy. Big bill #1 was a supposed “stimulus” package. The critical needs that would have helped lead to a better economy, helping small businesses succeed, breaking through red tape bringing corporate America to a standstill, encouraging entrepreneurship were all ignored in favor of setting up a select few new Federal government jobs that had no urgency whatsoever but even more so providing all kinds of perks and privileges for the nation’s biggest unions. What was supposed to help the unemployed proved to be mostly a goody bag of thank you presents to the special interest groups who made their ascent into office possible in the first place.
During their tenure, the unemployment rate went from somewhere in the six to seven percent range to dangerously close to ten percent. Nothing has shown that that rate should go down in the near future despite promises that the goal of the program was to keep the rate from going past eight percent.
As racking up trillions of dollars in spending, the government credit card financed by China, Saudis, and others who have no interest in looking out for the USA allowed multiplying the debt to unthinkable levels with no urgent problems solved or any great returns that would benefit the population at large.
Who could be a better poster child for the 111th Congress than freshman congressman Alan Grayson who was thankfully not reelected in November? If one were to create a historical documentary of this renegade congress, surely the obscenity laced tirades of this pitiful excuse for a human being much less political leader would have to be included including his talking board presentation of how he assessed the Republican version of health care. “The Republican health care plan for America: Don’t get sick. That’s right, don’t get sick. If have insurance, don’t get sick. If you don’t have insurance, don’t get sick. If you’re sick, don’t get sick. Republicans have a back up plan in case you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this. Die quickly. That’s right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick.”
Amazingly, outside of alternative media, this disgusting tirade received almost no exposition or condemnation in the mainstream media almost surely because they share his positions if they wouldn’t be as blunt as to state them so graphically. How shameful is that?
Truly, the arrogance of power and the contempt of criticism so endemic in the Democratic members of the 111th Congress are so well represented by Alan Grayson. In describing his contempt for Dick Chaney he stated he had trouble listening to Cheney … “because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he is talking… He’s just angry because the president doesn’t shoot old men in the face. But by the way, when he was done speaking, did he just then turn into a bat and fly away?”
Grayson also characterized his opposition sneering, “We’re dealing with people on the other side who are utterly unscrupulous. These are foot-dragging, knuckle-dragging, Neanderthals who know nothing but ‘no.’”
We finish with Grayson’s theater of the absurd as it so well captures the overall outlook and attitude of an entity so short in existence, just two years, whose damage to the United States will take years to turnabout.
That a group such as them would attempt to ramrod every last item on their agenda trying to create a false crisis mentality in their closing lame duck days knowing that the measures they are attempting to make law are the exact things that the public objected to and used as rational to vote against them shows their absolute arrogance and contempt to the American people the swore to defend.
We can only hope that Nancy Pelosi looks pathetic and frail attempting to assert herself as House Minority Leader in the 112th Congress. One thing’s for certain, she and her colleagues will be treated with a much higher degree of respect from the new majority party than what her leadership provided. To what extent will Harry Reid with a much slimmer majority attempt to advance the Democrat’s agenda knowing full well in 2012, there will be a much larger number of Democratic Senators up for reelection than there were in 2010?
Given their inability to escape their sense of denial over what the electorate handed them on the first Tuesday of November, they will probably continue to plunder and plod until their numbers are eliminated to the point of being little more that a mouse fart after the next election.
Now for the scary part, are the Republicans up for the challenge or will they miss the chance to cease the moment and bury this generation of Democrats for good?
For one last look at how the 111th Congress was so intellectually clueless, let's consider the words of House leader Nancy Pelosi's insight into good conditions for economic growth citing the Haiti earthquakes. Madame Speaker opined:
"I think that this can be an opportunity for a real boom economy in Haiti,"
We pray that when the big one hits California, the Pelosi estate is not spared --- for using this logic, who'd want to deprive Nancy Pelosi of golden opportunity for great economic growth potential?