You’ve got to hand it to those Republicans! No one learns their lesson quicker. No one turns around their unpopular and frankly Draconian policy ideas like Republicans. At a time when income inequality is so wide and so many Americans are having to work at least two jobs just to make ends meet, the Republicans are here to help the working families of America that are struggling to put food on their table…by denying six million of them food assistance.
This plan is sure to go well for the party that was so anti-populist they couldn’t unseat a sitting president whose economic recovery was consistent but weak with an unemployment number that hasn’t been below 7% in a long time. This plan will absolutely make the Republicans, who have become the party of obstruction, Dark Ages-style reproductive rights for females, and corporate tax dodge-enabling look far more in line with the needs of the common man. Nothing says “We care about you!” like starving people who are too poor to support themselves. So when the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that anywhere from four to six million people will be denied help thanks to the House Republican proposal, that’s only going to look really good for them, isn’t it?
You really have to hand it to these jackasses. They must not understand the optics of the situation, otherwise how could they get beat so thoroughly last year — losing not just the presidential election, but losing ground in the House after getting a million fewer votes in all of the congressional races with the Democrats — and think that sticking to this Austerity-fueled nightmare of a policy position will win them any new votes? That’s what they clearly don’t understand because they keep playing to their base, but their base is an ever-dwindling minority of ill-informed voters. They can’t keep preaching to the converted because simple math, science and demographics debunk nearly all of their most stridently held positions.
It’s like watching someone try to hold all the sand on the beach in one hand. As they swoop down to pick up more sand, it keeps pouring out from their fingertips. Instead of looking for a big bucket to put more sand in — like maybe not sounding like racist coots when they oppose immigration reform — they keep trying to bring out as many of their voters as possible, clearly missing the larger point that their ideals are so unpopular that they are losing ground everywhere, and not making any new voters out of the undecided and independent people. They stay obsessed with Obamacare and repealing it for the eight millionth time, looking like uncaring and unfeeling monsters time after time. And now they want to put four to six million people in the position where they can’t even find food?
Call me crazy, but there’s a little segment of the Constitution’s preamble that I just simply adore and I think should be read over and over again by Republicans until they understand that helping your fellow American is the ultimate in American values. The “this is mine and don’t ask me to help you get yours” attitude isn’t what the spirit of union and coming together is all about. We’re country of fifty different little states working together, and in fact it’s blue states that help pay for the terrible social policies in red states, but no Republican in Congress will ever address that issue…of course someone in the media would actually have to ask them about it first, but that’s a discussion for another time.
Ultimately people in this country who just want things to move forward are going to have to hope that voters have a very good memory come next November. The Republican Party is swerving farther and farther to the right shoulder, and in many cases has completely gone off the road. If Republicans want to save $40 billion a year — the savings they say starving six million people will get us — they should maybe start by asking massive, multinational corporations that depend on our strong and thriving middle class for their profit margins actually pay back into the system. In a country where there are companies that rake in record-high profits in the billions, it’s just immoral, disgusting and mean to ask the poorest and neediest among us to pay for the price.