Governing By Crisis

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

While everyone has been focused on the Supreme Court hearings over the constitutionality of the individual mandate of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act and the tragic murder of a black teenage boy in Florida by a “gun toting vigilante”, the Republican held House of Representatives has been up to its usual shenanigans threatening not only to shut down any infrastructure construction but now planning to shut down the government entirely. Even though they have vowed to defeat the current resident of the Oval Office, knowing they have a “friend”, the Republicans continue to make themselves more unpopular with the majority of their own constituents. This is what they have been up to while the traditional media focused on SCOTUS and a possible racially motivated murder:

The House voted down the proposed White House budget by a vote of 0 – 414. I suppose one could call that “bipartisan.” Nust up was the annual ritual of the Black Caucus Budget which failed but at least managed to garner 107 votes. Then they rejected the “Bowles-Simpson” Budget proposal, which really wasn’t, giving it only 38 votes.

Thus they finally came to Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, which is a revision of his budget that was passed last year and soundly rejected by both sides of the aisle in the Senate. The current bill passed with a partisan vote of 228-191. All but 10 Republicans voted against the bill mostly because it didn’t cut enough. The bill has no chance of passing the Senate but its passage reignites the same issues of cutting taxes for the rich on the backs of those who can least afford it:

He again proposes tax cuts for the rich at the expense of seniors, the disabled, and children. He would cut taxes by roughly $3 trillion $4.6 trillion (according to a Tax Policy Center analysis just put out), with most of the tax cuts going to people earning more than $200,000. His proposed cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and food assistance would all fall heavily on seniors, the disabled, and children. Ryan’s budget is doubly bad for children because his proposed cuts to public investments (mostly infrastructure and education) would cause children to inherit a country with crumbling roads and bridges and to enter the labor market with fewer skills.

It would also cut non-defense discretionary spending to lows not seen in the 50’s but raise the defense budget that the Pentagon says it doesn’t need:

Because it doles out trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the rich and corporations, the budget approved by House Republicans today – authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) – would increase deficits and drive up the national debt. In fact, under the plan, “deficits would never drop below 4.4 percent of GDP, and would rise to more than 5 percent of GDP by 2022.”

Those increases would come despite the gigantic spending cuts that Ryan has in mind, which would eviscerate the social safety net and non-defense discretionary spending (even while the budget increases defense spending). As the Economic Policy Institute noted today, the plan Republicans adopted would drive discretionary spending down to its lowest level in more than 50 years.

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The House also refused to pass the very bipartisan Senate Transportation bill managing only to pass a stop gap 90 day bill to fund current transportation and construction projects:

Despite several efforts to advance a bipartisan Senate bill championed by (Sen. Barbara) Boxer, House leaders opted for a three-month extension while they try to break a deadlock that has stalled their own proposal to fund transportation by expanding offshore oil drilling.

The extension leaves transportation financing in an increasingly precarious position.

This won’t win them any votes in the Fall

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    • TMC on March 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm
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  1. This night I attempted to renew my wife’s Mass drivers license online.  That turned out to be an equally evil event as being not medically insured since 2008 after my retirement at gunpoint on top of the destroyment of the medical insurance industry itself via the Kenyan neo-con Peace Prize winning super TSA endorsing kill your own citizens torture me Elmo/tazer grandma and monitor my webcam plus the Facebook page I don’t have Obama.

    Back to renewing the wife’s drivers license.  Well my kids, completely in tune with and connected to America’s passion for fascism their mother

    “You can get arrested for that”

    Having an expired drivers license.

    I attempt to compensate karmically by entertaining my two grandkids then later use my computer skills by which to attempt an online license renewal.

    All goes well except for the error message from the Mass Registry of Motor Vehilces which says it does not accept the wife’s credit card payment method.  So I make the attempt to re-enter the credit card information again assuming there was/I could have made some error.

    Now my second daughter is online monitoring my wife’s credit card activity and sees that my wife has paid the Mass Department of Motor Vehicles twice.  Me who had to endure the process of doing this.  Well I was dumbfounded by the corporate assholianisms which have crept into governmental functions.  Questions that assumed I or my wife had criminal intentions, the intent to defraud, subvert, terrorize, circumvent laws neither of us have knowledge of, would ever have imagined as Khafkaesque possibilities in this the land of the free and home of the brave.  It was much like reading Microshit’s end user license agreement or a big pharma drug side effect disclaimer statement.

    The mainstream media induced claims of a strike down of the law and procedures which destroyed health care for Americans has been greatly in false flag tradition been horsemanure misreported.

    In other words.  Want health care?  Best seek your local shaman of the woods.

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