Oh, Those Silly Conservatives!
From Steve Benen,
UNAWARE OF THE CONTRADICTION…. There’s an old joke that goes something like this: my neighbor went to public schools before joining the military. He went to college on the G.I. Bill, bought his first home through the FHA, and received his health care through the V.A. and Medicare. He now receives Social Security.
He’s a conservative because he wants to get the government off his back…
This phenomenon is happening all across the country. People who scream the loudest about getting the government off our backs are oblivious to the contradiction within there own lives. The brainwashing does that to you. Rush and Glenny couch there bullshit in such slick packages and repeated talking points, that many people don’t seem to realize what hypocrites they are when they spew it back. More from Steve Benen…
…This is not uncommon. The NYT reports today on some of the well-intention folks who’ve been caught up in the Tea Party nonsense. Take Tom Grimes, for example.
In the last year, he has organized a local group and a statewide coalition, and even started a “bus czar” Web site to marshal protesters to Washington on short notice. This month, he mobilized 200 other Tea Party activists to go to the local office of the same congressman to protest what he sees as the government’s takeover of health care. [...]
“If you quit giving people that stuff, they would figure out how to do it on their own,” Mr. Grimes said.
When Grimes lost his job 15 months ago, one of his first steps was contacting his congressman about available programs that might give him access to government health care. He receives Social Security, and is considering a job opening at the Census Bureau. But in the meantime, Grimes has filled the back seat of his Mercury Grand Marquis with literature decrying government aid to struggling Americans.
That’s why I’m not too worried about the Republicans in November, sure dems will lose seats but I don’t think it will be that bad. President Obama said it better than I could…
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