It seems as if the childish games in Washington are almost over, leaving the ideologues from the right, including all Louisianian Republican representatives and Sen. David Vitter, with empty hands. We should not ignore that our self-serving governor, having eviscerated higher education, the health care system and public education, has been loudly cheering the Republican debacle from the sidelines. The history of this group, including our governor, bears repeating.
They loudly supported the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq, which has now cost the United States approximately $2.2 trillion, ferociously defended bogus claims of WMDs, supported decreases in the upper income tax brackets and capital gains taxes, resulting in the shift from a surplus of $102 billion in the Clinton administration to a $932 billion deficit at the end of the Bush administration. And now these born-again fiscal hawks are complaining about the Obama-induced deficit.
I suspect that to a person, this group questioned President Obama’s birth certificate and then shifted to an assault on the “socialist” policies of the Affordable Care Act, the primary assumption of which was that all Americans should have health insurance.
Cassidy’s attack on the ACA, based on the usual Tea Party’s whimsical reconstruction of facts, seems particularly reprehensible, given that he is a physician, who, one would think, would support responsible health care for more than the middle and upper classes. And finally, this group has shown itself as willing to pull down the government because they didn’t get their way. The grandstanding quality of the so-called Vitter amendment should serve as a symbol of the whole.
One wonders at the assumptions these Republicans make about the credulity of Louisiana voters. Unfortunately, this group is elected and re-elected, disadvantaging the majority of Louisiana voters.
This election of self-serving Republicans is largely a consequence of moneyed interests.
They support policies that disproportionately benefit the wealthier classes and business organizations clamoring for lower corporate taxes under the too aptly named trickle-down theory. Consequently, the money flows into their coffers; it is not too much to say that their votes for regressive policies are indirectly purchased.
This time, they were ready to bring the government down because they didn’t like the egalitarian assumptions of the ACA — or more bluntly, they don’t like President Obama and will do anything to block his successful policies. Let’s remember in 2014 that we are still responsible for who we elect.
Maybe next year, Louisiana citizens can overcome the disproportionate donations by the wealthy and corporate classes and vote to improve the welfare of all.