If the name “Pete Sessions” rings a bell, it’s not because Sessions himself wants it too. Back in October, we reported on a very quiet coup d’etat waged by Koch puppet Eric Cantor, in which he led a sleeper cell of koch operatives in the House rules committee to elect himself Grand Emperor of our democracy. The Koch operative on that committee was none other than Pete Sessions, who had effectively seized control of it by filling it with other Kochzi sympathizers.
So, Pete Sessions is nothing if not a moral guy, paragon of integrity and caring advocate of the working class. He’s also the Koch operative that makes the rules on what is and isn’t allowed to come to a vote in the House — and that includes the Democrat-supported extension of long-term unemployment benefits, which expired at the end of 2013.
Since the Kochs don’t support any measure that undermines public dependency on corporate starvation wages, Sessions used his powers as head of the Rules Committee to shut down the vote on amendments that would have renewed unemployment benefits for the 1.3 million people who lost them on December 28th of last year. Having successfully used his Koch-given powers to once again subvert democracy, Sessions was pressed for a justification by outraged Democrats. Quoth the Puppet:
“I believe it is immoral for this country to have as a policy extending long-term unemployments [benefits] to people rather than us working on creation of jobs. A job is the most important attribute, I believe, in a free enterprise system.
Too much time we have been hung up on, instead of the creation of jobs, we talk about the symptoms that are related to unemployment, and long-term unemployment. In this case, the president of the United States thoughtfully articulates the need for us to make sure we help people, but I believe he errs on the side of not pushing jobs bills.”
“David and Charles Koch put me into this chair to make damned sure they get their $100 billion profit Keystone XL pipeline built — and by God, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Another 1.3 million starving construction workers is another 1.3 million who’ll be screaming for jobs on the Keystone XL, and willing to take whatever we pay them to build it. Granted, we’ll only hire 3,900 of them, but hey…that’s ‘free enterprise,’ right? Mutant babies and cancer…WHAT mutant babies and cancer?
Sieg KOCH! Sieg KOCH!”
And that’s the sum of the thing. Having failed to extort America into building their pipeline with the shutdown, the Kochs have officially changed tack and simply decided to starve the resistance into submission. Think of it as a shift from “spy vs. spy,” to “direct attack” and finally to “siege warfare.”
Generals Cantor and Sessions morally await your surrender.