Monday, March 22, 2010

Marsha Blackburn Attacks Social Security.

This is what the Republicans are left with today:

BLACKBURN: My colleagues are celebrating the birth of a great new entitlement program today. Only they see dependency on the Federal government and the death of freedom as a cause for celebration. My colleagues celebrate this day as being like the day when Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid were passed. They forget that today those programs are insolvent and will likely crush our children under their debt. My colleagues are overjoyed that soon their goal of having Americans dependent on the Federal government for mortgages, student loans, retirement and health care will be realized.

That is a chilling goal. My colleagues cheer that this bill is paid for. They ignore the fact that it is our children who will pay for their greed. My colleagues shame us for scaring the American people about the contents of this bill. We know the consequences of this bill will be frightening and horrible. Freedom dies a little bit today, unfortunately some are celebrating and I yield back.
Rage. Noise and rage. Nothing more.

A comment at Red State perfectly sums up their state of mind:
We lost, we’re the biggest bunch of losers, I just want to be able to yell racist things and spit at people.

Glenn Beck will be especially insane when he next comes on air. I presume he will tell us that the republic is dead and Obamasociofacism killed it.

One day these people are going to have to realise that passion is not a suitable substitute for ideas.


John Boehner expresses more Republican anger. And in doing so he quite deliberately creates a new slogan around which Republicans can muster: "Hell no, you can't."

The Party Of No just found their rallying cry.


David Frum pours salt in the wounds by telling the Republicans that they share a portion of the blame for what has occurred here.

This time, when we went for all the marbles, we ended with none.

No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the “doughnut hole” and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents’ insurance coverage? And even if the votes were there – would President Obama sign such a repeal?

We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.

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