Thursday, January 20, 2011

Back to Work

Share photos on twitter with TwitpicAs I was getting geared up after a long weekend (and school cancellations, bitch headaches, etc.), the GOP-dominated House of Representatives has begun its actual work. After the first week of ceremonial circle jerks and the second week dealing with the tragedy of the shooting in Tucson, the GOP returned to Washington and passed the aptly-named "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act" yesterday, with unanimous GOP support and 3 Democrats along for the ride.

While it is more of a symbolic vote than practical (as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been declaring it dead since the GOP first mentioned it), it was a step in the right direction. Other business included laying groundwork for cutting the size of government. More to come as I don't have details yet.

The Democrats, specifically Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen, shooting for that more civil tone that liberals were screaming for last week, decried GOP rhetoric concerning Obamacare akin to Nazi propaganda against the Jews.

Yeah that lasted all of not at all. In hindsight, when the Dems were bitching about the name of the Obamacare repeal bill, the GOP should have at least suggested changing it to the "Repealing the Health Care Law That Treats Jobs Like Gabby Giffords at a Safeway Act." A little incendiary, yes, but you get the point.

Ok, obviously not all of you get it, based on people still carrying on the "right wing hate radio and the tea party kills people" meme. If you want to incite violence, you find a nut and tell him to kill. You don't make speeches with heated rhetoric and expect the nutjobs to figure it out themselves. Figure it out and stop deflecting blame onto people you disagree with. It proves you can't win on the merits of your argument.

Of course, The GOP's next DOA bill is to dick around with the damned abortion issue. Because it's just not a GOP Congress if you're ignoring the problem facing all of us (the incessant growth of the Imperial Federal Government) to dick with the damned social issues (where you want government to grow for some damned reason) again. Seriously?

In case you missed it, the Tea Party was not about abortion. There were people from the pro-choice and pro-life camps in there. The whole point is to shrink the size of the federal government. Do that first. If you must, throw the pro-lifers a bone later on, when you are slashing and burning loads of spending, then you can cut federal abortion funding (which I have no objections to cutting, personally). But to make it a centerpiece bill? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

It's still early, and we have yet to have the budget showdown with the White House though. Until then, I reserve my judgment on the GOP's resolve.

As for Obama (the 2009 Nobel Attendance Award "winner"), he's showing his commitment to "peace" and with fellow Nobel Attendance Award winners by holding a state dinner for the jailer of the 2010 recipient. And our national lender. Here's a clip:

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