A belated Happy New Year to you, my friends. New year, new thoughts, new beginnings... and another blog post of Under Cover Waitress' mish-mash of thoughts.
Well, we avoided the fiscal cliff. Personally, I wasn't surprised. I really didn't think the House would be that infantile, but I must say I am rather blown away by Boehner's attempt to avoid spending any money (gasp!) on victims of Hurricane Sandy. Good for Gov. Christie and Congressman Peter King for speaking out.
The Raw Story published "Peter King near tears, threatens to quit Republican Party for blocking Sandy relief." Wow, so I guess John Boehner and Demi Moore aren't the only people who can cry for the camera.
King is quoted:
“Boehner is the one,” the New York Republican explained. “He walked off the floor. He refused to tell us why. He refused to give us any indication or warning whatsoever… I’m just saying, these people have no problem finding New York — these Republicans — when they’re trying to raise money. They raise millions of dollars in New York City and New Jersey, they sent Gov. [Chris] Christie around the country raising millions of dollars for them. I’m saying, anyone from New York and New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee should have their head examined. I would not give one penny to these people based on what they did to us last night...
When your people are literally freezing in the winter and they’re without food and they’re without shelter and they’re without clothing and my own party refuses to help them, then why should I help the Republican Party?”As the die-hard liberal that I am, I want to say that, at last, some of these Republicans who sit in the lap of luxury on Capitol Hill and vote to cut grandma's social security payments may finally be getting it.
One difference is that the people who are "literally freezing in the winter and they're without food and they're without clothing..." got that way through a disaster that we all saw -- the natural disaster, Hurricane Sandy. They didn't get that way because they lost their job. They didn't get that way because their spouse died or they could never afford an education or their pension disappeared. They didn't get that way due to a horrible accident or extremely expensive (and probably not covered) illness. They didn't get that way because their family member came down with a horrible illness.
All of a sudden, we have extreme suffering in the dead of winter due to something completely unexpected and out of the victims' control. Sandy. Cancer. Accidents. Death. Outsourced. Lack of opportunity. Recession. Whatever.
It is odd to me that King and Christie would be surprised that Boehner and the Tea Party 'tards would behave differently toward anybody down on their luck. The same thing motivates them now as motivated them before Hurricane Sandy, and before the false threat of a fiscal cliff: the greed of wealthy donors lining their pockets and keeping in "public" service.
Not that it was my intention to craft a downer political post. Actually, I am hopeful. The new House gets sworn in soon, and it will still be a Republican majority. Then, in two more years, the American people can vote to keep them in or show them the door. It will be an interesting two years, to say the least.