Saturday, April 16, 2016

Senator Mike Lee fancies himself a medieval Polish Nobleman

Pudgy Utah Republicon Mike Lee has been successful in using a procedural hold in the US Senate to keep $250 million in Federal Relief from the lead-poisoned residents of Flint, Michigan.

This is not surprising coming from Mike Lee, one of the scummiest sychophants in the Senate today. Lee ran for Senate on a platform of repealing Child Labor Laws, so he has no problem with children being harmed and sees protecting children as Unconstitutionala function outside the scope of the United States Government. This, of course, also serves the right-wing mantra that government doesn't work.

Since, he's been in office Lee's "highlights" include; proudly marching on the White House with Sarah Palin, Senator Rafael 'Ted' Cruz, Larry Klayman, and a 100 conservative domestic terrorists under the banner of the confederate flag, the symbol of the worst arch-traitors in American History, to demand the arrest and lynching of President Obama.

He's also used the arcane procedural rules of the Senate to deliberately sabotage the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Lee demanded a constitutional amendment making it possible to raise taxes only when approved by 2/3rds of both the House and Senate and threatened if it wasn't approved "in his framework" he'd shut down the Government. When 'Ted' Cruz did shut down the government in 2013, Lee continued to enjoy all the financial perks of his office, "I’m working," Republican Senator Mike Lee. "I’ll continue to be paid*."

When he began his hold Lee stated, "If we create a precedent that suggests any time there’s a significant problem with a locally operated utility that operates entirely intrastate. I would ask, where’s the stopping point? What’s the limit?" - this is basically the same argument Lee touted after Hurricane Sandy and Republicons were screeching during Hurrucane Katrina, i.e. 'FYIGM*!'

Of course, Lee sang a different tune when it came to Federal Disaster Relief for Utah in 2011. In that case it was 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!'

It's no mystery why Lee is withholding the funds from the residents of Flint, Michigan; they are poor, mainly black, and they've been screwed by a Republican Governor. This is the essence of Republicon governance. Steal money, kill the poor, and use every piece of "legal" recourse to ensure those people stay screwed.

But, in using byzantine Senate procedure to withhold the money in the Energy Mordenization Bill, Lee is repeating history as farce. I wrote previously about the Polish Sejm and liberum veto,
The Golden Freedom, which the magnates defended with every bit of chicanery and power they commanded, was the freedom of the few to oppress the many... - James A. Michener's, Poland
In the novel Poland, Michener describes how the, "incredible liberum veto, by which one nobleman in the Seym (parliament) of hundreds could negate and prorogue the entire work of the Seym by merely crying, 'I oppose!', was a major cause of Poland's disappearance from the map of Europe". 

The Republicons are not interested the United States or 99% of its' citizens, what they are interested in and busily working towards, is the re-feudalization of America. They are in office to destroy the federal government, or more specifically those parts of the federal government which aid the poor and working class, and to create a Wage Slavery State in which every man, woman, and child is held at the whim of the Rich and shackled in Corporate Bondage.

* Fuck You I Got Mine.


W. Hackwhacker said...

Republicons: "Comforting the comfortable, afflicting the afflicted."

Grung_e_Gene said...

Republicon economics, 'Wealth belongs to the Wealthy, Poverty beongs to the Poor.'

It's odd that conservatives don't see Mike Lee as a Tyrant acting outside the law, seeing as nothing he is doing is to be found in the Constitution they claim to revere, and is an un-American Point of Order. But, then by funny I mean predictable, shameless, and nasty. Right-Wingers never actually believe the BS they spout, they aren't patriotic, they don't support the police, they are not fiscally conservative, they don't believe in smaller government. What conservatives actually believe is in using the awesome power of government to hurt and trod upon those weaker or marginalized in American Society.

Anonymous said...

I don't claim to completely have a handle on this but if young people were to embrace a simpler lifestyle, embrace a "hippy lifestyle and attitude" in regards to materialism, would the economic chokehold still be effective in enslaving the masses? I mean take the debt for instance, what if instead of being slaves to it they simply said "not my problem, man". What then? I mean the debt is largely imaginary anyway when you consider the money borrowed was "materialized" from nothing and loaned out at inflated rates. The plan only works as long as everyone plays along.If the majority say they are OK with being poor, not having granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances and hard wood floors an economic collapse would be better than a fascist takeover, don't you think? Might be the best thing to turn back the clock to a simpler time and break the international bankers chains on us. What would happen if everyone started bartering, worked in the underground economy and didn't play monopoly with the bankers anymore?