Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Dirtiest Fig Leaf

Question: What do these two slabs of Republican propaganda from yesterday’s news cycle have in common?  (Note: I’ve made it easy for you):

I

House Republicans plan to use a special exception in their budget rules to repeal the health care overhaul without paying for it.  They say they don’t have to pay to repeal a law that would cost taxpayers money, even if the CBO said otherwise. “No one believes that the job-killing healthcare law will lower costs, because it won’t,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for incoming House Speaker John Boehner.  “That’s why we’ve pledged to repeal it, and replace it with common-sense reforms that will actually work.”  [Emphasis added]

II

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants the oil industry, drug manufacturers and other trade groups and companies to tell him which Obama administration regulations to target this year.

“As a trade organization with members that must comply with the regulatory state, I ask for your assistance in identifying existing and proposed regulations that have negatively impacted job growth in your members’ industry,” Issa wrote in a Dec. 8 letter to the National Association of Manufacturers obtained by Politico.  [Emphasis added]

 

I hope nobody reading this is stupid enough to believe that these guys actually give a rat’s ass about creating jobs (at least in America).  Republicans use concern over jobs the same way they use concern over the deficit: as a smokescreen to hide their true agenda, namely the handing out of as many corporate favors as possible without getting arrested. 

(Naturally, in their wide-eyed, kid-in-a-candy-store enthusiasm for their endeavors, a few Duke Cunningham-types inevitably get careless with the paperwork and end up in the penitentiary.  Republican roadkill, you might say.  But it’s no big deal.  It’s just part of the price of doing business.)

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