26 April 2010

After The Health Care Rout - GOP Becomes the Moles in "Whack-a-Mole"

As an older, generously avuncular sort of guy, I am blessed, every so often, to be invited to a child's birthday celebration at one of those pizza joints loaded with kid games.

I am blessed, because, on these occasions, I get to turn loose that wild-eyed little rat, my inner child, and play my favorite game: Whack-A-Mole!

If you've never played this game, you truly are deprived. You stand in front of a table like structure with holes in it, holding a club much like a boxing glove on a stick. Little mole heads pop up and taunt you and you score a point if you pummel it before it retreats back into its hole. Whack-A-Mole.

The radical right and bleating-mouth conservatives, now that they were so sorely thumped and spanked on health care, are like the typically sociopathic 10-year old, and in a tantrum and snit with their nasty little mole-heads popping up in the damnedest places as they target Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for their screaming fits.

Consider this press release form the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans:

Retirees Concerned About Gingrich Fund-Raiser for Tim Burns
Point to Former Speaker’s Anti-Social Security and Anti-Medicare Stances

The following statement was issued today by Jean Friday, a Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania resident, who is the President of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans:

“Pennsylvania retirees need to keep a close eye on 12th District candidate Tim Burns when he campaigns tomorrow in Latrobe with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

“Burns will be on the receiving end of thousands of dollars raised by Gingrich at a $4,800 per person reception, so it is only reasonable for Pennsylvania seniors to ask Burns if he agrees with Gingrich’s views on Social Security and Medicare.

“Gingrich once said he wanted to cut Medicare to the point where it ‘withers on the vine,’ and he has long championed a privatized Social Security tied to the whims of the stock market. One look at the chaos and scandals on Wall Street in recent years shows just how devastating it would have been for Pennsylvania retirees if Gingrich had his way.

“Social Security and Medicare are two of America’s greatest success stories. They have helped generations of older Americans afford to see a doctor, fill a prescription, and retire with a sense of dignity and stability. The ideas Gingrich has been advocating for years are badly out of touch with the basic needs of seniors here in our state.

“People in my generation judge someone by the company that they keep. If Mr. Burns is going to stand with Newt Gingrich – and raise thousands of dollars for his campaign from Gingrich supporters – Mr. Burns owes it to retirees in southwestern Pennsylvania to tell us where he stands on these issues.”

Keep your eyes open and your reflexes sharply attuned.  These "moles" are popping up everywhere!

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