How’s that takin’ back your country thing workin’ out for ya?

Holy cripes…I knew the Right would dump their Tea-Party promises* but I figured they’d at least wait until the new congress got sworn in.

Remember how the Tea Party was going to get control of the budget by reigning in all that pork spending?  Yeah…forget that.

…presumptive House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that his caucus would call for a moratorium on congressional earmarks, but not for an outright ban, as the Tea Party movement has demanded.  “Some things that people call earmarks here,” Boehner told Bret Baier, “wouldn’t classify as an earmark to the American people.”

In other words, we’ll be in favor of cutting pork in Democratic districts but Republican districts can expect the spigot to open full bore.

Remember how we were finally going to eliminate the Department of Mind Control Education that was forcing our children to learn extreme and bizarre theories like gravity, evolution and math?  Yeah, well, don’t get excited.

But GOP Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, the soon-to-be-ranking member of the House’s education and labor committee, dismissed talk that the new Congress will make it a priority to dismantle the Education Department.

“In some ways, that’s sort of a talking point,” Kline told Anderson. “There will be those who campaigned on that language. I’m not sure they always know what it means.”

Here’s a news flash.  When your party leadership says you don’t know what you’re talking about and don’t even understand what your campaign platform meant, don’t expect to get your agenda moved forward.

Finally, remember how we were going to ‘repeal and replace’ healthcare?  Yeehaw!  Sick poor people are funny!  Well, calm down cowboy, that ain’t happening either.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky conceded that a full repeal of the health care law won’t be possible in the short term but pledged that Republicans would use their new oversight powers in the House to keep pressure on the Obama administration and Democrats.
Because in two years it’ll be so much easier to (as David Frum put it):
…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?
Now that’s what I call victory.

*After all, that is their modus operandi just see their promises to: enact constitutional amendments against flag burning and gay marriages, shrinking government, reigning in spending, and ‘compassionate conservatism’.

(h/t to Cheryl and Slate)


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