These Millionaire Republican Congressmen Who Took Farm Aid Probably Really Needed The Money

Yep. His office released a report detailing how these 14 GOP Congresscritters have raked in more than $7.2 MILLION in farm subsidies (aka welfare, also aka YOUR tax dollars) while they voted to completely gut food stamps for hungry kids. Hahahahaha, sucks to be poor and not a Member of Congress.

Not only did Rep. Miller (D-Honey Badgerville) release this report, and not only did he call his colleagues out by name, but he straight up put photos of each of the offending members on his website, in case anyone was interested, because George Miller DOESN’T GIVE A FUCK.

via These Millionaire Republican Congressmen Who Took Farm Aid Probably Really Needed The Money.

This is more fallout from the GOP strategy of “compromise” (re: the Farm Bill and Food Stamp program), where they get what they want and no one else gets anything.

Reality Vs. Republican Reality (Women’s Health in Texas)

That prospect is especially concerning because Texas Republicans have already taken drastic measures to reduce these types of preventative health resources for low-income women in the state. In 2011, they slashed family planning funding and forced many women’s health clinics to either contract their services or shut down altogether. Last year, they successfully defunded Planned Parenthood, a move that forced even more clinics — including dozens that weren’t even affiliated with the national women’s health organization — to close their doors. The result? Texas is now funding 176 fewer health clinics than it did in 2011, and over 50 have been forced to shut down because of it. 200,000 women have already lost access to preventative care like birth control and cancer screenings. The state’s health department has projected that there will be an additional 24,000 unintended births as a result of the cuts because so many women are struggling to access the contraceptive services they need.

via What The Mainstream Media Misses About Texas’ Ongoing Abortion Battle | ThinkProgress.

And oh, they crow, we’re doing this for “women’s” health…unborn women who are actually fetuses and completely dependent on actual human women to live….those actual living humans who will now get less healthcare options and service.

This, folks, is why you don’t want to get theocrats in your democracy.  It’s why we founded this country, to get away from the religious nutballs trying to enforce their myopic laws on the rest of us.

And here they are again, cheered on by the very people who claim to support “women”.   Hypocrites, the lot of ’em.

Mitt Romney Haunted By Past Of Trying To Help Uninsured Sick People

BELMONT, MA—Though Mitt Romney is considered to be a frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, the national spotlight has forced him to repeatedly confront a major skeleton in his political closet: that as governor of Massachusetts he once tried to help poor, uninsured sick people.

via Mitt Romney Haunted By Past Of Trying To Help Uninsured Sick People | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.

I made this point, non-satirically, a little while back.  Anybody who calls themself a Republican and a Christian, should also add “hypocrite” to that list.

The reason one should do so is captured in this post, which is about the two completely incompatible ideologies that inform the Republican voter base.  One based on the teachings of Christ, the other on the teachings of Rand.

As we have seen recently, with the Republican “Path to (Greater)  Prosperity (for the top 1%, Feudalism for the Rest)“, the Rand side won, *huge*.

Note:  This Randian fascination is real, and you don’t have to take my word for it.  Today Gary Johnson, former (R-Gov NM), made it explicit in his bid for the nomination.

Gary Johnson, the Republican former governor of New Mexico, skipped formation of an exploratory committee and went right for the big show. “I am running for president,” he blasted on Twitter Thursday as he made the same announcement in person from the New Hampshire statehouse.

He also offers reassurance that he’s not a rigid libertarian. In the Weekly Standard interview, he said his fiancee asked him what she should read to better understand his philosophy, and he recommended “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand.

“I think I view the system the same way that Ayn Rand views the system –that it really oppresses those that create, if you will, and tries to take away from those that produce and give to the non-producers,” Johnson said.

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I remember Jesus’ Parable of the Leeches.  I think it went something like…

John 12: 8 – For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.

John 12:9 – Therefore you must crucify the poor, as you will me, and then they’ll be gone and glorious capitalism can finally take hold.