Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee appeared “exclusively” on Fox Business’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo this week to weigh in on Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better human infrastructure plan. I guess the interview was “exclusive” because no one else was talking to her at that very moment, other than the tiny right-wing, Harley-riding Jesus who lives in the part of her brain they scooped out to stop her from eating airplane glue.
Anyway, she’s not a fan of the 10-year, $3.5 trillion plan—probably because it would help people other than oil company executives and apoplectic ex-presidents. The individual provisions of the bill—in addition to the bill as a whole—are so popular, the only thing Republicans can do at this point is lie about it. Fortunately for them, they’ve had lots of practice.
That said, this take is just a rootin’, tootin’, Jethro Tull-flutin’ cornucopia of unhinged crackpottery:
BLACKBURN: “Maria, we know that the Build Back Better agenda has become the Biden Build Back Broke agenda, and the American people have figured out that what they’re trying to do is institutionalize socialism. They’re trying to do a takeover of the country in one vote. They want government control of your kids, they want to look at your bank account for every transaction over $600. Anything that you do on Venmo or PayPal, they want a part of that transaction. They want government control of health care, they want to demoralize the military, close the churches, destroy your faith in the American system, and then here they’re going to come with the socialist program to run your life from cradle to grave, daylight to dark.”
BARTIROMO: “Unbelievable …”
Yes, it is unbelievable, Maria—though more in the literal sense of “that which cannot be believed.”
Not sure that the government ensuring reliable and affordable child care so Americans can afford to go back to work is an example of “running your life from cradle to grave,” but we can agree to disagree on some of the particulars.
The point is, the Build Back Better plan—which provides help paying for child care, establishes universal pre-K education, extends the child tax credit, expands Medicare, provides paid family and medical leave, boldly addresses climate change, and much more—is total jazz pants.* Republicans simply can’t let you know that or the jig is up.
(*I’m trying to get “jazz pants” going as a saying/interjection. I’ve wasted most of my life eating expired Funyuns, and I just want to be remembered for something. The other day I got a senior discount at my weed dispensary. I was so depressed I skipped my regular early bird special at Perkins, went home, and nodded off at 7:30 in the middle of my programs. So, please, drop “jazz pants” into your everyday conversations.)
Anyway, Donald Trump campaigned as a populist who would fight on behalf of the forgotten working class, but his one big legislative “victory” was a tax plan that larded the coffers of his billionaire friends. And then, of course, he lied about it.
Blackburn and the rest of the GOP are now panicking at the thought that Biden will get a substantial portion of his plan through Congress. Then Americans will actually see the benefits—which would be a disaster for Republicans, who have become accustomed to Democrats going small and nibbling around the edges. At the same time, Republicans continually swing their arms and break things.
A big Democratic victory here would expose the GOP as the phony populists they are, and Blackburn simply can’t have that—so they need to scaremonger about Venezuela and communist takeovers and widespread church shutdowns as much as possible.
Because they’re simply brimming with bullshit, and more than anyone else, they fucking know it.
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