Drizzling rain this early Friday on California’s north coast as we finally get ready to finish the first full work week of the new year.
And with the sprinkle, the air is warmer — which means a shitload.
Beyond the quivering Outlaw Jersey Whale — a most-perfect notion of Chris Christie — the Senate’s plan to extend unemployment benefits hit the GOP in the nut-sack, or says Outlaw Koch-Brother Scott Walker: “…the reason why the White House is so actively pushing this is they want to desperately talk about anything but Obamacare.”
(Illustration found here).
WTF! That’s all the GOP is ‘desperate‘ about to begin with, just to show Walker’s a pure-as-the-driven-snow asshole they’ve tried 37 times to repeal the ACA, and failed.
This exchange on Wednesday during a hearing of the House Rules Committee with GOP Shithead Pete Sessions revealing just how cruel they actually are and how they’re having great, hilarious fun with it — from the Dallas News:
Sessions’ comments came during a hearing of the powerful Rules Committee. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., a big fan of Obamacare, was testifying against a bill to require notification when consumers’ privacy is breached – part of a new GOP tactic to chip away at the health care law.
“I’m not as unhappy as I have been in the past, because at least you’re not trying to repeal the whole bill,” Pallone said.
The chairman shot back, “Bah humbug, those days are past us, Mr. Pallone.”
The delivery was deadpan…
Afterward, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi issuing a taunting statement that juxtaposed Sessions’ remarks with comments from other GOP leaders reaffirming their commitment to repeal.
“Has the GOP leadership finally come to its senses and decided to stop trying to undermine the patient protections and budget savings in the Affordable Care Act? For the sake of the American people, we hope so,” her statement said.
Sessions spokeswoman Torrie Miller said it should have been obvious he was joking.
“In case Chairman Sessions’ sarcastic comment (i.e. – bah humbug!) was misunderstood as a policy shift, let there be no doubt — he supports a full repeal of ObamaCare,” she said.
And why not? Most of Congress are rich as shit, and don’t give a fat-rat’s ass about anything else.
In a study by the Center of Responsive Politics, it is shown these assholes are getting fatter, and richer — via OpenSecrets:
Of 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, according to disclosures filed last year by all members of Congress and candidates.
The median net worth for the 530 current lawmakers who were in Congress as of the May filing deadline was $1,008,767 — an increase from last year when it was $966,000.
In addition, at least one of the members elected since then, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), is a millionaire, according to forms she filed as a candidate. (There is currently one vacancy in Congress.)
Last year only 257 members, or about 48 percent of lawmakers, had a median net worth of at least $1 million.
Members of Congress have long been far wealthier than the typical American, but the fact that now a majority of members — albeit just a hair over 50 percent — are millionaires represents a watershed moment at a time when lawmakers are debating issues like unemployment benefits, food stamps and the minimum wage, which affect people with far fewer resources, as well as considering an overhaul of the tax code.
Breaking the numbers down further, congressional Democrats had a median net worth of $1.04 million, while congressional Republicans had a median net worth of almost exactly $1 million.
In both cases, the figures are up from last year, when the numbers were $990,000 and $907,000, respectively.
The median net worth for all House members was $896,000 — that’s up from $856,000 in 2011 — with House Democrats (median net worth: $929,000) holding an edge over House Republicans (median net worth: $884,000).
The median net worth for both House Republicans and Democrats was higher than in 2011.
Similarly, the median net worth for all senators increased to $2.7 million from $2.5 million, but in that body it was the Republicans who were better-off.
Senate Democrats reported a median net worth of $1.7 million (a decline from 2011’s $2.4 million), compared to Senate Republicans, at $2.9 million (an increase from $2.5 million).
No wonder the country is in a mess. The divide is stupendous.
Rich assholes in never, never land, while the rest of us try to find enough coins for a pack of smokes.
Nothing nohow will change, beyond a nickle-and-dime type lifestyle — fuck ’em!