I waited for a while on posting to let my personal rage to subside.
The GOP has triumphed over the folks they put out of work and stopped unemployment benefits for those who have been on the dole for over six months (depending on which state you live in)! 41 brave Republicans and one turncoat Democrat have stood solid, showing the majority of senators just who really is in control. This moral victory in wrangling in the deficit will surely be shouted to the heavens.
But, wait, where is the smug spin zone?
Where are the Rove's, McConnell's and Palin's gabbing it up to the millions on the Sunday Morning Shows? On Friday, I checked Drudge, Townhall, Coulter, Malkin, O'Riley and Fox News.com. There was not a single front page mention of this virtuous axiom. As the week has continued, I saw the bit Maddow did on it (via C&L) where she quotes GOP members referring to us as "hobos," this piece in the LA Times and that was about it. Jon Stewart had David Axelrod on and that bill didn't even come up. JON STEWART doesn't even care? What's the world coming to?
It's all Petraeus, McChrystal and Sotomeyer. Either that or it's GOP time for beating up the president on New Orleans. These are all reportable stuff but a minority winning a vote against a majority? Where is the photo op of the 41 holding strong like a Red Rover game, arm and arm singing the "Battle Hymn of the Republic?"
It's obvious. This victory will not help a single GOPer come election time. They know they have done the wrong this. The GOP has never given two god damns about the welfare of the people they govern. Unless it is to spy on them on their phones or in their bedrooms. This isn't a surprise. Today Mitch McConnell (R-KY) cut benefits for homeless veterans. What they do care about is completely unclear. It's obvious they take no responsibility for any of the economic mess we are in.
What is a surprise, is that the Dems just gave up. They had a 58-41 majority on this vote and they just gave up because the Reds threatened a filibuster. JESUS PEOPLE! Let em filibuster. Let them drone on while the country drowns. Then run to the networks and demand a simple "up or down" vote. Ya know, like the REPUBLICANS used to do. Grow a pair.
I saw on MSNBC today Chris Hayes suggested the the Unemployed need to organize in order to get the Senate to listen. But, really, will they hear? I have seen tons of protests in my life. Most recently, the End the War protests. Guess what, there is still war on. Outside of putting a brick through every window in the Capitol (which I am not going to do-- bricks are really pricey) I have no idea how to get the message across. There is an ongoing #TwitterMarch. But do any of these folks even know what twitter is?
So, now I scramble for the bill money while eyeing the first of the month. The part time gig I have been maintaining to extend my benefits just abruptly ended (ya know, tough times).
All I know is that the politicians just don't give a shit. Okay, I'm off to Coinstar.
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