One of the left’s premier voices of critique and observation of the political realm — editor at Truth-Out and New York Times bestselling author William Rivers Pitt — has just penned another masterpiece we thought we’d pass along to you all entitled “Supply-Side Jesus and the Death of Shame”.
Pitt masterfully details the dance Congressional Republicans have been doing over the government shutdown, Obamacare and their long-standing fight against debts and deficits, which are actually just cleverly re-packaged anti-populist policies. Pit explains how that dance might be finally winding itself down, exposing enough people to just how devoid of shame and scruples they have let themselves become.
From his piece:
Case in point: on Tuesday afternoon, following President Obama’s press conference regarding the shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner called a presser of his own to push the GOP’s galactically shameless dialogue pivot about how the shutdown never had anything to do with defunding the Affordable Care Act, but has actually been about the debt and the deficit and the future of our children and stuff.
No, really, he said that, after Ted Cruz did that silly non-filibuster with the expressed purpose of defunding the law, and the first bunch of House-crafted versions of the CR sent to the Senate carried a rider defunding the law, and one could not swing one’s dead cat by the tail in the first five days of the shutdown without striking a Tea Party lawmaker holding forth on the need to defund the law. Hell, a pack of these right-wing flatulators have been planning to use a government shutdown to wreck the Affordable Care Act since the day Mr. Obama was re-elected, and now, everyone knows it.
Pitt then points out the hard pivot into debt and deficit that Paul Ryan put forth in his op-ed for The Wall Street Journal:
Bad idea, brother. Conservatives all over the North American continent rose up in high dudgeon to denounce Mr. Ryan and his plan because it failed to include the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, because it’s all about defunding Obamacare, except it’s not, even though it is, but let’s say it’s not, because that polls better.
That’s when Pitt brought the hammer down, showing how the shutdown has been so devastating to veterans, the one group that Republicans have claimed to support more than anyone else, and that this connection might wind-up being their undoing:
The Republican Party, as every living creature on the planet from you and me and him and her all the way down to the amoeba in the mud puddle knows full well, has stapled itself to the idea of supporting the military. George W. Bush, by the end of his term, was doing press conferences surrounded by enough troops to topple half the governments on Earth.
Read the entire brilliant op-ed on Truth-Out.