The article “Cantor Says Congress Won’t Pay For Missouri Disaster Relief Unless Spending Is Cut Elsewhere” shows you the contempt that the GOP has for its most reliable voters, the proles.
The article states “Firefighters and rescue workers who arrived in Joplin, MO, found that the deadly tornado that hit the state Sunday had left a ” barren, smoky wasteland ” in its path. Rescue workers worked through more storms in an effort to find potential survivors, even as the death toll rose to at least 119. President Obama pledged full support to the state Monday, telling survivors, “We’re here with you. We’re going to stay by you.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), however, said that before Congress approved federal funds for disaster relief, it had to offset the spending with cuts to other programs — ..
” If there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental ,” Mr. Cantor, Virginia Republican, told reporters at the Capitol. The term “pay-fors” is used by lawmakers to signal cuts or tax increases used to pay for new spending.”
The article states “Missouri Rep. Russ Carnahan (D) responded on MSNBC’s The Ed Show Tuesday night:
“We have a long history in this country of backing up people when they’re at their worst, when they’ve gone through natural disasters. … But to have that debate in the face of the suffering we’ve seen in Joplin is just plain wrong .” […]
“When you talk about cutting clean energy programs versus cutting subsidies for big oil, let’s have that debate here in Washington. But let’s not have it on the backs of people of Joplin.”
Republicans don’t care about red staters devastated by disasters and they don’t care about the ill. They care about elections though. The article ” Fearing Potential Upset In NY-26, Conservatives Now Insist Election Is Not A Referendum On Ryan Plan ” shows how they are willing to wriggle all around reality.
The article states “Thanks to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan to end Medicare, the GOP has watched its hold on New York’s 26th district ‘” which has elected only three Democrats since 1857 ‘” whither away. Today is the special election between Democrat Kathy Hochul and Republican Jane Corwin and, according to polls, Hochul has the edge.
Desperate to minimize the damage from an unexpected potential upset, Republicans and conservative groups are insisting that the vote is in no way a referendum on Ryan’s budget plan.”
Cantor, who didn’t speak well about the victims in Joplin, had this quote “At a weekly briefing yesterday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was asked whether Corwin’s defeat would be a blow against the Ryan Medicare plan. “No. Not at all.” “I know this town loves to take signals from individual races,” he said, but “this is a race about the fact that it’s a three-way race.” He then pointed back to the November 2010 elections as a better indication of how the public feels about the Republican agenda.”
We have disinterested proles, but the elderly stay abreast of policies and are an important voting bloc. The article states “But no matter how hard conservatives spin, it can’t escape the long-attested fact that this special election is definitively about Ryan’s deeply unpopular plan. A recent Siena poll indicated that Medicare was the top issue for voters in the district, and Ryan himself raised at least $5,000 for Corwin, stating in an “urgent” email to supporters that Jane Corwin “is one of those people” who backs his goals. His Prosperity Project PAC even re-posted a Washington Post article with the headline: “N.Y. Race is a Referendum on GOP Medicare Plan.”
And indeed it is. Corwin was considered a ” shoo-in ” candidate until she started “vigorously” defending Ryan’s Medicare plan. After all, 84 percent of the public oppose his plan with over 70 percent viewing entitlement programs as “very” or “extremely” important to their personal financial security in retirement.
GOP pollsters even warned House Republicans before they voted on Ryan’s plan last month that is was “a political time bomb.” The poll numbers were “so toxic,” that the National Republican Congressional Committee told GOP leadership, “You might not want to go there.” But alas they did ‘” and now, in the last hours of the election, Hochul is in the lead.”
The GOP controlled House had to make a big production of voting for Ryan’s awful budget. When they thought that they could ram this awful policy through, and gain a political advantage, they did. Now that even their own polls show this policy doing poorly they don’t want to be saddled with it.
Rove must have read the Cliff notes of “1984”. They seem to be convinced that FOX News and the Clear Channel GOP propaganda organs are their version of the Ministry of Truth , or Newspeak Minitrue, which controls information: news, entertainment, education, and the arts. Did you ever see “Homer Simpson”? It is a radical right-wing propagandists dream come true. What about the “Left Behind” TV series. Right-wing extremists love to believe they will be rewarded as was the case with the predicted Apocalypse of May 21st.
This defeat in NY-26 should give Democrats that our population that was brainwashed in believing Hussein was involved in 9/11 and that Hussein was an imminent threat to the US won’t believe every lie they are told.
The article “Democrat Wins G.O.P. Seat; Rebuke Seen to Medicare Plan” seems to show that seniors know what is important to them and which they can rely on their own research.
Everyone has to believe their government wouldn’t lie to them about matters of intelligence and national defense because the government simply has more information available to them than the average citizen does. Citizens know about their health care and they can research it.
The article states “The results set off elation among Democrats and soul-searching among Republicans, who questioned whether they should rethink their party’s commitment to the Medicare plan, which appears to have become a liability heading into the 2012 elections.”
The average Joes don’t have to rely on the misinformation regarding health care coming from the GOP as the article states “Pat Gillick, a Republican from East Amherst, who also cast a ballot for Ms. Hochul, said, “The privatization of Medicare scares me.”
GOP political leaders didn’t want the Democrats to have a victory to gloat on as the article states “Top Republicans, including the House speaker, John A. Boehner of Ohio, and the majority leader, Eric Cantor of Virginia, traveled to the district to provide support to Ms. Corwin. At the same time, the national party and its allies, including the United States Chamber of Commerce and a group tied to the Republican strategist Karl Rove, jumped in, spending at least $1.1 million on radio and television ads supporting Ms. Corwin.”
National GOP leaders such as Cantor can be identified as not being concerned for victims of natural disasters. The GOP can be identified with voting to destroy Medicare, which the populace–particularly the elderly, sees as a threat to their golden years.