By Jim Collier
It is time to correct a glaring error committed by the various right wingers who refer to themselves as members of the “Tea Party” political faction. The real Tea Party members objected to arbitrary taxation by the English Crown, to be collected and paid to said Crown. The current claimants, to my understanding, want to eliminate taxes collected by our own government for programs for our own citizens that they don’t approve of, i.e. Medicare, Medicaid, Aid to Dependent Children, etc. These imposters should not be allowed to assume the identities of true patriots. They give no thought to the good of the less fortunate, just to themselves.
A much more appropriate, descriptive title would be “Norquistians”. It makes much more sense for, after all, their deity is Grover Norquist, he of the threatening, sneering smirk.
There is not one whit of humanity or compassion amongst the whole bellowing herd of Norquistians. No thought of the plights of tens of thousands of Medicaid recipients who would be turned out of nursing homes if the program is defunded. A similar predicament would be visited upon thousands of children in foster care.
Please don’t try to pull the wool over our eyes by playing the block grant to states ploy. After what our reactionary, norquistian Governor has done to the programs to enable assistance for women’s healthcare, there can be no doubt of the consequences of a block grant scheme to be administered at the State level. In case you haven’t heard, all federal women’s healthcare funds are being terminated so the Guv can tell everybody Planned Parenthood is a bad, bad organization and he kicked them out. Perry has stated the State will provide equivalent programs for women, but since he has shown no hesitation about crippling our public schools with funding cuts, there should be grave misgivings about his truthfulness regarding women’s healthcare funding.
If the Norquistians get their way social programs in much of our country will revert 80 years. There will be no safety net for the poor and helpless. My parents grew up in the 1920s and 30s, we don’t want to live like that, believe me.