We got a preview on Morning Joke today about how the Republicans and Lawrence O’Donnell (who is bitter that he couldn’t get HCR passed during the Clinton years) think they can still kill the bill. It is based on the rule regarding reconciliation where it can’t have an impact on Social Security. Well, apparently the boneheads think that because people’s health care insurance premiums will go down, they may actually get a raise in their incomes and therefore will pay more FICA taxes. That is one flimsy connection between the bill and Social Security. Heaven forbid people’s incomes would go up, I’m sure they would rather their incomes stay flat just so they don’t have to pay more FICA. :) Now I guess the tea partiers may go for that reasoning, but I tend to doubt that the parliamentarian in the Senate will. And even if he does go for it, Vice President Biden has the final say on the matter. Lawrence likes to throw out, but it has never happened in the history of the Senate……there’s no time like the present, right. This health care battle has revealed all sorts of “it never has happened” and I really doubt that the administration is going to let a minor detail or a senate rule derail this bill now. Onward!
Lee Papa, The Rude Pundit often says it better than anyone and he nails it on the head again with this piece about the future of the Tea Party. Here is my favorite part of his excellent post.
Here’s what’s going to happen after the vote on the reconciliation bill in the House on Sunday: Almost every Tea Partier who was out there protesting will go the fuck away. They will devote whatever energy they have left to posting comments on blogs and Facebook pages. Their leaders, desperate to still be relevant and still draw a paycheck, will try to come up with some other phantom issue to whip up enthusiasm. But once it passes, no one will give a shit except the people it helps. The Civil War won’t be re-fought. The Constitution won’t be shredded. One or two states might try to force their misinterpretation of the 10th Amendment. Soon, Beck and Hannity and Michele Bachmann and Steve King will discover another Republic-ending crisis, probably immigration reform, and we’ll start the magical cycle all over again.
Meanwhile, those poor, ignorant bitches and bastards in the photo up there will shuffle home, curse the process, and, like good corporate tools, continue to suck down fast food and sodas and buy shit they don’t need because it’s cheaply made in China and sold at Wal-Mart and proudly drive gas-devouring vehicles and keep their children stupid and tell themselves that they aren’t the problem, no, they are the solution, wondering how to fill the desperate couple of hours between the end of Limbaugh’s radio show and the start of Beck’s TV rants, despising those who are attempting to do something for them and their neighbors, wondering where their country went, when, after all, this is where it’s gone.
Is immigration the next issue to get the racist, hateful, unpatriotic tea partiers riled up? Seems like a good fit for their agenda.