Monday night, Rachel Maddow did a segment demonstrating how disinterested Republicans really are in policy:
In sum, Republicans are denouncing the stimulus bill and voted against it, and then turn around and take responsibility for all the good the money does. In some cases, they even sign checks, or hand big checks over, acting like it was their idea to spend this money. This way, they get it both ways—to appease the haters, and also act like they’re leading when they’re not. Due to a mostly checked-out news media, they get away with this.
In an attempt to clear the roads and keep the economy moving, President Obama has issued Federal FEMA orders declaring snow emergencies, giving federal FEMA funds to states so they can remove the snow.
The leading conservative think tank, Heritage Foundation, has cast such efforts a “Snow Bailout” criticizing it by saying:
“Given the federal budget deficits, FEMA can’t afford to cover 75% of the costs of state snow removal either. It is high time for this federalization of routine events to come to a halt and for states to plan and budget for what are known events every year.”
It’s funny that the Heritage Foundation mentions its concern for federal budget deficits.
The Heritage Foundation certainly had no qualms advocating for the unnecessary War in Iraq without paying for it, but when it comes to removing snows from the road to help people get to work – no way. Remove snow from the roads – that’s simply irresponsible!
There’s no political downside for them to do this. The Obama administration isn’t going to bring the economy to a screeching halt by letting the weather shut down business in the Northeast. It’s become clear that the teabaggers, at least, are completely oblivious to the actual benefits of government spending, and are happy to believe that the streets clear themselves and transportation works in blizzard without any effort from government employees. And as long as the government continues to fulfill its duties, they will continue to believe that fairies get it done for free. And they’ll continue to rail against funding for these kinds of things, unable to put two and two together. It’s a very modern disease. Most of us who’ve been pissy because there aren’t strawberries at the store right when we want them know what it’s like to have invisible forces cause us to forget that modern conveniences take work….and money. But most of us are grown-up enough to realize that not seeing someone’s effort doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. But the pouty children that make up the right wing movement—and we have to treat them like pouty children, or else we’re condescending to them!—can’t or won’t make those connections.
I’m not proposing that we stop services to teach them a lesson. First of all, that fucks the non-children out there who want a functioning world.* Second of all, there’s no reason to think people who can see a fucking snowblower with their own eyes and think that fairies paid for that with fairy farts instead of money aren’t going to grasp that if taxpayers don’t pay, it doesn’t get done. The only solution is a news media who actually talks about this shit, and a willingness to hold conservatives to a standard that we hold all adults.
*Seriously, I have a small get-together tonight to watch “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. I want the snow cleared and the trains to run, goddammit.