[Ed. note: This afternoon Howie did a long post at DownWithTyranny about Blue America's first challenger for the 2012 congressional cycle, Nicholas Ruiz. In light of the House Republicans' vote to repeal health-care reform yesterday, Nicholas wrote a guest post for C&L today that fits right in with our efforts to call attention to the hypocrisy of conservative legislators voting against health care for taxpayers while keeping taxpayer-subsidized health care for themselves and their own families. Nicholas' opponent, freshman Tea Party Republican Sandy Adams, is a prime example -- thus this ad Blue America worked on with Daily Kos, Americans for America PAC and Americans United.]
by Nicholas Ruiz III
The diagnosis is clear: Many congressional Republicans and their highfalutin million-dollar pundits are afflicted by the disease of anorexia economica.
Their obsessive fear of budgetary obesity is lopsided and distorted like one’s anorexic appearance in the carnival mirror that makes one appear ridiculously thin and wide simultaneously.
For sufferers of the Reaganomic zombie variant of the malady -- parts of the budgetary body are perceived to be ridiculously engorged and wide -- when they are in fact, too thin and undernourished to the point of tempting national heart failure, as in for example, the budgetary aspects of the U.S. Social Safety Net and support for national funds and endowments for public education, culture, arts, humanities, and universal health care.
Alternatively, the defense budget that consumes about half of all U.S. tax revenue and represents more defense spending for our one nation than almost every other nation’s defense spending combined-- that budgetary addiction is perceived to be sweet as peaches, and ignored, except for the continual annual need of replenishment. In fact, such budgetary spending in defense, tax loopholes and tax cuts for behemoth corporations and the uber-fortunate, I think you will agree, are policies in need of a reasonably healthy and revitalizing diet.
Republican anorexia economica is contagious and it is spreading.
Everywhere, the Republican symptomology presents itself in a seemingly hynoptic-induced, drone-like mantra among sufferers such as Sandy Adams (FL-24), repeating over and over again, with little else of coherence, a tired chant that amounts to: “We have to cut the spending-- we need tax cuts.” Or in the case of Michele Bachmann’s (MN-6) over-stimulated, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed paradoxical meandering on Fox News: “Nothing is on the table and nothing is off the table.” Really? How lucid. Talk about dark matter.
Or in the case of Hansen Clark (MI-13) as reported by the NYTimes: “I need to be able to work up to 20 hours a day and still get some decent sleep, and if I sleep in my office I’ll be able to do that.” What kind of sense does that make? Who can actually believe that working twenty hours per day-- and in sleeping in one’s office, is a healthy proposition? It’s just as we suspected. Democrats are susceptible to the disease. Or in another Republican example, the case of Joe Walsh (IL-8), again in the NYTimes: “I don’t want to think about where I’m living, I don’t want to think about what I’m eating; I want to get in, do my work and then get home and talk to the people who sent me here.”
Such a new congressional binge and purge disposition borders on the obsessive and dysfunctional. Excess and scarcity combine in such collectively neurotic thinking to create record levels of poverty, unemployment, home foreclosures, war-mongering, soaring equity and commodity market prices-- all coupled to artificially suppressed wages, worker rights and benefits, sociocultural and environmental devastation.
It sends the wrong message to America and the world. They don’t call it the 112th Congress’ “Couch Caucus” for nothing.