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Since the midterms, Republicans and Republican voters have been taunting Democrats and progressives over their landslide win in the House and gains in the Senate, state legislatures, and governorships.
That's fine and all.....politics ain't beanbag.....winners deserve to celebrate while losers need to contemplate.
Well, we're into the Republican Afterglow Party now approximately 6 weeks. How's it been going? What's it look like out there, now that the newly elected Tea candidates have settled in?
First we have Ohio's own Lehman Brothers munchkin, Gov. John Kasich.
Before the cocky little Ohio man had settled his voodoo economics-ass into the governor's chair in Columbus, he defiantly told unionized state workers that, regardless of past contracts or agreements, they had no right to demand binding arbitration in labor contract disputes.
So much for the working class.
Kasich, having recently finished up a gig where he tried to sell Ohio politicians on the wisdom of investing with the now-no-longer Lehman Brothers, has puffed out his little Lehman Brothers-experienced chest and announced his intention to address Ohio's $8 billion deficit.
How will the ex-Fox contributor erase that deficit?
Well, almost. Kasich has proposed cutting even more state revenue by eliminating the estate tax in Ohio. Doing so will cost the state some $330 million per year in tax revenue. In case you are wondering how deficits are reduced by cutting state revenue.....you'll have to ask someone experienced in the art of magic.
To, you know, normal thinking folks, adding even more to the state deficit by eliminating the estate tax on a handful of Ohio's wealthiest families, thus increasing the state deficit,....seems like an impossibility, counterintuitive. And, of course, it is. Unless you're Governor John Kasich.
Look a little towards the northwest from Ohio, and you'll find the new Tea Party Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker. Not sure what's in the water up in cheese country, but Walker recently briefed the Wisconsin National Guard about potential disruptions in state services.
Why would state services be facing potential disruptions? Because Gov. Walker has unilaterally claimed that state workers no longer have collective bargaining rights.
Approximately 10,000 Wisconsin protesters voiced their opposition to Scotty Walker's new plan yesterday.
In case you're wondering, the Wisconsin National Guard wasn't called up to stop the protest.
Back to Ohio. Yesterday, Speaker of the House, John Boehner, commenting on potential job losses caused by a GOP proposal to cut some $59 billion from this year's federal budget....a budget which ends September 30, 7 months from now...."so be it." Yep....just, "so be it."
Boehner, falsely, claimed that under Obama 200,000 new federal jobs have been created (the real number is closer to 58,000). Today there is a report out that states that one million jobs will be lost by Boehner and the Boyz $59 billion budget cut.
"So be it?" The nation is still reeling from the highest unemployment numbers since the 30's.....and losing up to a million more jobs is cause to respond...."so be it?"
Today's conservative movement shocker (or not), however, comes from the sparsely populated state of South Dakota. I guess because jobs, jobs, jobs are the only priorities for South Dakota's Republican state legislature, the legislature has proposed legislation making it legal to assassinate an abortion provider.
You think I'm making that up?
The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Jensen, a committed foe of abortion rights, alters the state's legal definition of justifiable homicide by adding language stating that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person "while resisting an attempt to harm" that person's unborn child or the unborn child of that person's spouse, partner, parent, or child.
No report yet on whether this piece of....legislation....will be named in honor of the forced pregnancy lobby's cult warrior, Scott Roeder. Just imagine if this S. Dakota law passes, and a new S. Dakota Scott Roeder walks into a church and blows out the brains of an abortion doctor.....it will be ruled justifiable homicide, self-defense.
6 weeks in.....and this is what voters are getting from the Tea Party-driven Republicans. Culture war, voodoo economics, fierce attacks on organized workers, "so be it" responses to more job losses, and a plan to legalize the killing of abortion providers.
Is that what they meant when they said they wanted to "take back our country?"