Well, yes, of course Attorney General Eric Holder is in contempt of Congress. Who isn’t?
Many of us who try to comprehend the amazing shenanigans of our Republican-dominated House of Representatives would naturally choose some form of ‘contemptible’ as a descriptive of the august body. But today we’ll shun the language of extremes.
Let’s just call them, er, regressive and leave it at that. Well, retarded might be better. (Apologies here to those hardy and decent souls in the House who keep trying, against all odds, to do the job for which they were sent to Washington.)
Having lost the legal battle to wreck the Affordable Health Care Act, now the Republicans are going to waste who knows how much time and money trying to repeal it. These are the proud ideological descendants of the conservative politicians of the past who tried so hard to block Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. And while they’re at it, the Know Nothings will try to drive Obama’s Attorney General from office.
Holder may have screwed up but that’s not why they’re after him. The real problem is he’s arrogant, like Obama, and he’s too tall. The thing is, it’s getting harder all the time to be a responsible House member with these Kenyans in high office and a socialist who’s not even an American in the White House. How do we know that? Because Donald Trump said so, that’s how.
And Donald’s rich so he must be right. If rich people weren’t right about everything they wouldn’t be rich, would they? Why is this so hard for the Democrats to understand? Rich people know what is best for themselves, and therefore for the rest of us. How do you suppose they got rich in the first place? There’s shouldn’t be anything inherently wrong with being rich, but it does seem to coarsen the sensibilities. Warren Buffet and a few others appear to have escaped this malady.
(But here’s a really important question: If Donald Trump is so rich and so smart, why does he want to look and act like Howdy Doody? And why does he always wear the same awful red tie?)
Badly shocked by Chief Justice Roberts’s perfidy in upholding Obamacare, Republican Congressmen are once again telling us that the American people hate Obama’s socialized medical insurance plan and won’t stand for it. What the American people want is limited medical insurance with constantly rising premiums. What the American people want is to pay through the nose for the bloated, inefficient bureaucracy that administers the private insurance industry — at about twenty percent of the total cost. (The administrative costs for universal health care in England and Canada are five and six percent, respectively.) I have a couple of doctor friends who tell me that Medicare is infinitely preferable to the private insurance industry for fairness, efficiency and overall decency.
But never mind all that nonsense. The Republicans know better. What the American people want, the Republican Congressmen tell us, is to know that 30 million of their fellows have no insurance and, if those uninsured get medical treatment at all, they will have to get it in emergency rooms. The cost of emergency room treatment is, of course, astronomical, and is borne by all of us who do have insurance. But so be it, anything is better than having the government stand between us and our doctors.
But this they tell us is what the American people want. Republicans love to tell us what the American people think, feel and want. As always, one wonders which American people they are talking about. They’re not talking about anybody I know.