The stimulus package is going to cost America a lot of money. And yeah, I've got some concerns about various aspects of it. But what's really been turning my stomach lately is the absurdly disingenuous response of Republican politicians and pundits.
Why is it OK to spend extreme amounts of money we don't have on Iraq, but not OK to spend extreme amounts of money we don't have on America?
Well, differing political philosophies about the role of government, of course. And I get that. And I've got various opinions on that.
But I've completely had it with Republicans acting like OMG! The Democrats want to take our money and spend it!
Because yes, you're right, they do want to take my money and spend it. AND SO DO YOU FUCKERS AND AT SIMILARLY ABSURD LEVELS.
The only difference is where they each think it's OK to spend it. And it's just effing crazy for Republicans who have been authorizing an expensive war for years now to somehow pretzel themselves around and start crying about Democratic expenditures. It's pathetic and disgusting and ridiculous.
Further, the Republicans are freaking out because they think that President Obama is heading America towards socialism. And I can understand why that is scary to them. I understand how that is against their economic and political theories.
I JUST SPENT THE LAST EIGHT YEARS WATCHING AMERICA SLIDE TOWARDS FASCISM, THANKS.
Maybe you disagree with me, but if you are one who is worried about socialism, welcome to a lighter version of what it's been feeling like for the other half of us for AGES now. You've been trying to take my damn RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS away. You've been trying to legislate what I can do with my body.
Abstinence-only education? Creationism in our schools? Torture? Are you effing kidding me?
Despite all evidence to the contrary, there are people in this country who think America is a Christian nation. Who have no respect for the separation of church and state that our country was bloody FOUNDED ON.
North Dakota (a state with exactly one place you can get an abortion, btw) is on the path to give a bunch of cells HUMAN RIGHTS! We are literally a blink away from some sci-fi tale of the fascist monitoring of women who are under the state's control whenever they become pregnant.
You may disagree with my fears. You may have different philosophies and theories. President Obama and the Democrats have different philosophies and theories from President Bush and the Republicans. That's what it is. That's what it comes down to.
And the... can't find the word... opposition technique of acting like the sky is falling and the Democrats are the ones who just want to spend all our money? I feel like the Republicans are demanding that I believe that the Emperor is wearing clothes. Suddenly spending billions and trillions of dollars is bad, you say?
We have a new President and a Democratic-leaning congress. So now we're going to try it a different way. Now things are going to swing the other way for awhile. That's how America works, like it or not.
You could maybe even say, a little less fascism today and a little more socialism. With any luck, I'm not going to wake up tomorrow in the next Communist Romania and Republicans aren't going to wake up in the next Canada or England, since that prospect is seemingly so terrifying to them.
Republicans: Yes, it's a lot of money, and we can argue about particulars. But don't act like you care about the spending levels, because clearly you don't and never did when it's spent on what you want.