Even though the Tea Party is the GOP, and the GOP is the Tea Party, there’s certainly no love lost between the factions of regressive, hate-mongering,economic terrorists. Appearing on MSNBC with Chris Hayes, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele ripped the Tea Party Congress in a stunning moment of rare honesty for a conservative.
John Boehner declared that the Congress shouldn’t be graded on what it passes, but on what it repeals, accidentally admitting his Tea Party Congress is a miserable failure.
Hayes destroyed this saying,
“Okay, speaker, let’s give that a try. How many laws has congress repealed this year? Zero. Zero laws. They have not actually successfully repealed anything. Now, in all fairness to speaker Boehner , house republicans have in fact taken many, many votes to repeal Obamacare. They have voted for repeal several times this year. For a grand total since Boehner became house speaker of 40 aimless, pointless, symbolic votes that will not result in anything actually being repealed. That includes one of the last votes they took today before heading out for vaca. How should we evaluate this congress, how should we figure their quarterly grades?”
“Here are some numbers we could judge the 113th congress by. Thanks to the sequester that members of this congress allowed to happen or openly cheered for they’re responsible for 700 fewer research grants for the national institutes of health. Around 750 fewer patients admitted to NIH clinical center. Roughly 752,000 civilian employees in the Department of Defense furloughed. Four million fewer meals for needy seniors for meals on wheels program. There’s 11 million undocumented immigrants whose very presence in the united states would become a Federal crime under a Republican measure passed in Committee in the House, and approximately 300,000 dreamers who have already been given legal student who would be at risk of deportation under a House -passed amendment. There’s the $38 billion the Senate passed Immigration bill would spend on militarizing the US/Mexico border, including the 19 border agents per mile of the border. And the 11,000 American women who would lose access to abortion under a House-passed abortion ban. The 4.1 billion in cuts to the food stamps program passed by the Senate. Probably the easiest grade the 113th congress has is this: Approval rating of 8%. I don’t know about you but I think 8% sounds like a really low “f.”
Hayes asks Steele, “Michael, am I wrong -the United States Congress, particularly the Republican-run House Of Representatives is a total disaster?”
“Yeah it is,” Steele replied drawing laughter from host Chris Hayes.
Steele went further, saying,
“It’s been almost a little bit embarrassing to say that, because of the gravity of the issues that you’ve talked about and pointed out on the show and others, that you think people would recognize, yes, immigration, healthcare, economy, jobs, what about a jobs bill? What about putting things on the table that will put people back to work?”
AND KABOOM! Check out the video here, courtesy of MSNBC: