Saturday, April 17, 2010

Listen up, Republicans! ~ By Burt Prelutsky

Burt reads the riot act to the Republicans, especially John McCain, for their coziness with the Democrats, and for not doing anything about health care when they controlled the Senate, the House, and the Oval Office between 2001 and 2007. Had they done things like tort reform or allowing health insurance to be purchased across state lines, the Democrats would have had no reason to take over another 1/6th of the economy.
If you're going to run in 2010, I, for one, want you to sign a written pledge regarding where you stand and how you'll vote on everything from Iran to the Second Amendment, and I'd like it notarized.

Frankly, if I had to choose between, say, an Arizona Democrat or a fellow like John McCain, who's in favor of shutting down Gitmo, opposes waterboarding Islamic terrorists, opposes drilling for oil in ANWR and, until he fell back in the polls, pushed amnesty for illegal aliens, I'd have to say, "I'm sorry, Mrs. Palin, but I'd rather stay home and alphabetize my canned goods."

By Burt Prelutsky

Posted: April 16, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

I am as irate as anyone at the way Obama and Pelosi, like a pair of old-time bootleggers, strong-armed members of Congress into voting for Obamacare. But just because the Republicans fought back, I'm not as prepared as some to give them a pass.

Several years ago, when a current left-wing congressman was still serving in the California assembly, we were discussing the recently enacted Proposition 13, the so-called Jarvis amendment, which put a cap on property taxes. He was bemoaning the fact that it would permanently cut state revenues, while I argued that of all the taxes on the books, property taxes were the worst.

I pointed out that a lot of homes were bought by returning GIs and other newly married couples shortly after the end of World War II. They were bought for seven or eight thousand dollars. But, 30 years later, when the mortgages were finally paid off, these same people were being charged more in annual property taxes than the house had cost in the first place. Except for maybe a paint job, a renovated kitchen and some aluminum siding, these were the same modest 1,300 square-foot homes they had moved into, but now they could no longer afford to live in them.

I argued that if at some point during those three decades, the politicians had done the right thing, something as draconian as Prop. 13 wouldn't have been necessary.

In much the same way, I would say to GOP politicians, you had control of the House, the Senate and the Oval Office from 2001-2007, but you didn't do a darn thing about health insurance. It's only now that the liberals are gobbling up one-sixth of the economy that you're suddenly all for tort reform and allowing insurance companies to compete across state borders. When you had the power, all that people like John McCain and the rest of you punks did was cozy up to people like Feingold and Kennedy, like a bunch of school girls hoping the liberals would ask you to the prom.

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