What am I thankful for this year? I am thankful the conservative movement has stopped trying to pretend to be something that they are not.
Instead of masquerading as “compassionate conservatives” who want “clear skies,” “personal retirement accounts,” protect Medicare” and “tax relief” for all, today’s conservative just lays it on the table:
Tax the poor. Deregulate the rich. Drill Baby Drill. Filibuster the jobs bills. And to hell with Social Security and Medicare.
Before we enter the sweeps month of the “GOP 2012” reality TV show — when the crazy will be turned up to 11 — let’s pause before Thanksgiving, and give thanks for the many wonderful crazy moments conservatives have shared with us so far this year, so we all know exactly what conservatives would do to America if given the chance.
“So Be It.” One month into his speakership, John Boehner lets us know — with inaccurate numbers, of course, — what he feels about having our government help create jobs: “In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. If some of those jobs are lost, so be it. We’re broke.”
New York’s 26th replaces Republican with Democrat after House budget smashes Medicare. The House Republicans told themselves that the Tea Party spoke for America, and American would love a budget that ends Medicare as guaranteed health insurance for seniors. One month after passing their budget gutting Medicare, Buffalo informed them otherwise.
Republican debate audience cheers hypothetical death of uninsured person. Life, shmife. In the 1990s, conservatives claimed to have ideas about how to extend health insurance to everyone. President Obama accepted one of them: the individual mandate to purchase private insurance. Instead of thanking him, conservatives abandon all pretense of wanting people to receive health care, and dream of the day when Social Darwinism will rid the planet of the scourge of the uninsured.“We are the 53%.” In response to call that millionaires contribute more in taxes to cut the deficit, conservatives — including several presidential candidates — instead insist that the real problem is 47% of Americans currently do not earn enough to pay net federal income taxes. And proceed to mock them.
Tea Party Patriots tell American businesses, “Stop Hiring. Because nothing says “patriot” like trying to sabotage your nation’s economy.