The US has competing interests in needing to spend to create jobs, and reducing the deficit caused by spending. Alas, the tea partiers elected in the midterm cycle have no interest in jobs. They really have no interest in the deficit, either. What they want to gut are programs they don't like, including health care, education, and assistance for the poor. By attaching "riders" to the bill to de-fund EPA, Planned Parenthood, and NPR, they reveal themselves to be no different than the conservative social warriors of the past. And they relish the idea of shutting down the government.
For many people, this is background noise. Unless you are a political junkie, you may not have followed the sorry tale of how we have limped along this far in the budget year. You will probably notice if the government shuts down. If you are poor or in need or receive any sort of government assistance, you will notice a lot faster.
Disproportionately, the cuts proposed would affect the least amongst us. Why? Well, RumorMill reports that the Tan Man, House Speaker John Boehner, blames the poor.
"Can't pay your student loan? Face it your parents were lazy and you couldn't afford college. The world needs ditch diggers and you were born into a family of them. Can't pay your mortgage? Your house was too expensive and you couldn't afford it. Your taxes going up too much? That's what you get for electing a democrat president.Did he really say this? We'll know if the quote comes out in Rolling Stone as it is suggested. However, regardless, it's a little disturbing that it's so easy to imagine that he did.
And regardless, we have the actions of the Republicans attacking the poor. Actions speak louder than words, and these are the goals of the House based on HR.1.
From here.Good Christians, every one, I bet.
Perhaps they need to do more reading.
Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least among you, you did not do for me.' Matthew 25:41-45
If you aren't outraged you aren't paying attention.
Picture by IT, who recently worked the Hill in favor of NIH funding