Grover’s Gonna Gitcha, Mitt

First, I guess a shout out to Chief Justice John Roberts for his completely out of character decision to step away from the side of the knuckle-dragging apologists for the plutocracy and do the right thing by upholding Obamacare*. And if you disagree that this was uncharacteristic of him, show me a Republican who was not surprised by it. Good on him. Won’t hold my breath waiting for a repeat performance, but I’m willing to be pleasantly surprised. One more like this and maybe Scalia will have an actual seizure, rather than just simulating one in his dissenting opinion.

But given the reasoning behind the court’s decision, to wit, that the individual mandate was constitutional because it is technically a tax (and of course Congress does still retain the power to tax), I’m really wondering about the effect of this on Mitt. Why? Because Mitt established a similar insurance mandate in Massachusetts, and that means he’s in violation of his pledge to Grover Norquist not to raise taxes. Now that evil, ankle-biting gnome is going to have to run honking after his party’s standard bearer like an angry goose, demanding penance (or perhaps one of Mitt’s overseas bank accounts).

Which reminds me. All these Congresspeople who signed Grover’s pledge. How, exactly, does a pledge to a someone who doesn’t even live in your district somehow take priority over your responsibilities to your job? “Oh, I promised!” Oh, right, like your other promises ever meant squat. And what sense does it make to promise to anyone that you’ll never, ever do anything? I mean, I’m about as anti-war and anti-foreign-misadventure as it gets, and I’d certainly like my leaders to promise to try to avoid war, but I wouldn’t for a minute think it was sensible to promise never, ever to go to war no matter what.

Oh, and when Grover drowns the government in his bathtub, if Mitt is president then, will he go swirling down the drain along with Social Security and Medicare? Or will those 2 good programs reject his presence and allow him to float to the surface like water was supposed to reject a witch in medieval times?

*As per a previous post, I think President Obama should get full credit for this very important (but still preliminary) step in reforming American health care. Let his name stay attached so everyone who now has access to health care and wouldn’t’ve before knows exactly who to thank.

Obamacare

So, I read that the hero of the South, Rick Perry, has as one of his main platforms repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which he charitably refers to as “Obamacare.” He and all the other Republicans who bandy this term about seem to think it’s a smart move on their part to link President Obama very tightly to health care reform. That way, all the people who would’ve gotten thrown off their health insurance plan for getting too sick, or who got too sick to work and then couldn’t buy coverage at any price would know who to blame for them still being able to get medical care. Good idea, Republicans. For once I agree with you. Mr. Obama deserves full credit for being the first president in American history to get a majority (barely) of Congress to agree that civilized countries ensure their citizens are cared for when they are hurt or sick, rather than the “survival of the richest” medical plan that is the essence of Republican health care policy. Yes, this is Obama’s care plan and I thank him for it. You will too if you lose your job and then get sick.

 Oh, we can’t afford it? I say we can’t afford foreign wars that attempt to reform the unreformable and a war machine that can fight any country anywhere anytime that we say threatens our “interests”. We can’t afford to have multi-billion dollar corporations pay little or no taxes just so their leaders and owners will donate to right-wing candidates (to be fair, they’d donate to left wing candidates that would also maintain their breaks). Let’s take care of Americans for a while.