Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Despite the premature celebrations last night and smiles this morning, it's more than obvious we're not done with this "fiscal cliff" madness.
Republicans can't handle losing. They're like a guy whose wife is divorcing him, so he kills her and the kids and then himself rather than accept the reality of his situation.
House of Representatives "Majority Leader Eric Cantor told fellow Republicans in a closed-door meeting that he opposed the legislation negotiated by Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and passed by the Senate 89-8 shortly after 2 a.m."
Since Cantor is the de facto top man among House Republicans now, as John Boehner's influence fades, his threat to send the deal back to the Senate is serious.
“I don’t know that we can call people back by tomorrow,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) when asked whether the House now has a choice between passing the Senate bill or taking the country over the cliff. “At this point I’m afraid so. I don’t see how we avoid it.”
What appears to have the Republicans foaming over this legislation is its absence of spending cuts, although most of them refuse to specify what cuts they think it ought to contain. Most, but not at all. Our old friend Sen. McCain said in an interview yesterday that "Congressional Republicans plan again to use the upcoming debt limit to hold the nation hostage to their demands for massive cuts to Medicare and Social Security."
Social Security, of course, has nothing to do with the deficit, but these guys never miss a chance to take money from the olds and the poors, and give it to their billionaire constituents in tax cuts, which by they way, is one of the main things they can't handle in this deal -- taxes for the rich returning to normal.
It's time we took a good look at the psychotics we're dealing with here -- people who are perfectly willing to destroy the country because they can't cope with losing. And they've done it before. It took four years of civil war for the majority of Americans to recognize that they weren't simply dealing with people who had a different point of view, but with the essence of evil.
I'd suggest driving all congressional Republicans into a stone tower somewhere, possibly the Washington Monument, then making sure the villagers have plenty of torches, pitchforks, rope, and gasoline.