Saturday, September 21, 2013

Republican Priorities

     Last Wednesday, the National Review, the infamous right wing publication founded by the late William F. Buckley, quoted Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey as saying that Capitol aides “may be 33 years old now and not making a lot of money. But in a few years they can just go to K Street and make $500,000 a year. Meanwhile I’m stuck here making $172,000 a year.”
     This statement, which apparently was just tossed out by the NR's Jonathan Strong as a matter of fact, shows what a fundamental disconnect there is in the typical Republican mind. You may or may not remember Gingrey blaming over six and a half years ago the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed for creating their own squalor when the scandal came out of the subhuman conditions they were living in. This blame the victim/blame the system mindset pervades every nook and cranny and every single facet in the reptilian Republican mind.
     And I'm sure Gingrey's not alone in griping about making "only" 8 and a half times what the poverty level is for a family of four, despite the fact that financial disclosures listed Gingrey's net worth at around $3,000,000. According to right wing nut jobs like Gingrey, why, it's hardly worth getting into public service because you can't get rich doing it, not when there are kids half your age making serious pelf working as registered lobbyists on K Street. Which hardly makes sense because Gingrey knew when he first ran for office what he'd make.
     A two year-old can connect these dots, people. Gingrey's griping he's not making enough for himself from the taxpayer teat, then he votes just hours later to defund ObamaCare and deny SNAP benefits to those same impoverished families who pay his salary. In other words, biting the nipple that feeds him.
     Why we keep electing avaricious cocksuckers like Phil Gingrey into elected office year after year remains a perpetual mystery to me. Perhaps it's because the Southern Strategy is still firmly in place over four decades after its implementation. Because only low information rednecks would continue voting for a self-absorbed prick like Phil Gingrey every other year as he campaigns and explains to them how cutting their food stamps and denying them access to more affordable health care is actually a good thing for them.
     Because anything would be better than voting for a liberal Democrat, y'all.

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