Republicans piss me off.
This is the second day in a row I’ve gotten a mailer from nhgop.org telling me that “Obamacare is forcing 22,000 New Hampshire families to lose their health insurance and making families drive further to get health care.”
Really? Prove it, and don’t leave out the part about the NH legislature not working with the federal government to make Obamacare work, either; you don’t get to make things harder at the outset and then bitch when your efforts to be pricks about it actually work. (also? It should be “farther,” not “further,” but whatever.)
It goes on to claim that Carol Shea-Porter “voted to allow Members of Congress like her to get taxpayer-funded healthcare for life” and cites that she voted “no” on H Con Res. 96, which is actually Paul Ryan’s budget. (https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/96). The way the flier is worded, it sounds as though her ‘no’ vote against a patently terrible budget plan was actually a ‘yes’ vote for congressional perks. It’s intellectually dishonest, and kind of despicable (and I’m not going to go into the pathetic looking family that’s featured on the front with the words “We pay more, Carol Shea-Porter gets more,” intended, no doubt, to make us feel sorry for their plight. Yeah. No.)
It then says that “[s]he voted against a bipartisan bill that would require Congress to pass a budget before members like her collected their $174,000 paycheck” and cited a ‘no’ vote on HR 325 as damning evidence.
For starters, HR325 was NOT a “bipartisan bill;” it had a single sponsor – republican Dave Camp of Michigan. It was later cosponsored by Candace Miller, ALSO a republican from Michigan, and the initial vote on the bill garnered exactly 6 democratic votes (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h27). Further (there’s the CORRECT use of the word, Republicans; take note), the bill is pointless; it just says that it will withhold pay to congressional delegates until either a) they pass a budget or b) the end of their congressional year, whichever comes first.
This whole bill was a publicity stunt on the part of the Republicans to make it LOOK like they were serious about getting a budget passed – it has no real teeth, and anyone who bothered to read the bill would know that. The frickin’ 27th Amendment says “No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.” THAT’S why she – and, not for nothing, 33 Republicans – voted against it in the final tally.
The problem I have with this is that I am probably the ONLY person who’s going to bother to look this shit up. Everyone else is going to read it and believe the spin. This kind of bullshit pisses me off; it’s dishonest and immoral, and it’s nothing less than I’ve come to expect from the Republican party lately.