Abortion Congress Senate Social Security

Manufactured Crisis


Aside from rushing to pass a veto bound Keystone XL bill, what else did our new Republican overlords do on their first day of the new session?

They unveiled a new rule that would create a funding problem for Social Security that doesn’t currently exist.

Buried in the new rules that the House Republican majority plans to adopt for the 114th Congress is a provision that could threaten Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries — a group of severely impaired and vulnerable Americans — with a sudden, one-fifth cut in their benefits by late 2016. The provision bars the House from replenishing the DI trust fund simply by shifting some payroll tax revenues from Social Security’s retirement trust fund.

Transferring funds from the retirement fund to the disability fund is a matter of routine, but GOP leadership feels it should no longer be a routine.

Meanwhile, two GOP representatives also introduced a 20-week abortion ban.

Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) reintroduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the same legislation that successfully passed the House last year.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — who introduced a companion 20-week abortion ban in the Senate last year that was stalled by Democratic leadership — has already indicated that he plans to re-introduce his own measure in the next few weeks, too.

Oil pipelines, Social Security and abortion.

So much for originality.

  • bphoon

    I fully expect the GOP to try to do stupid, cruel things. After all, they’ve been chomping at the bit for years to enact their agenda, which begs the question: Why didn’t they do all this stuff when they had control of Congress and a Republican in the White House? I guess that’s a story for another time.

    They’re gaming how their economic and tax bills will be scored, they continue trying to further restrict womens’ right to choose and now they want to cut SSDI benefits. I don’t understand what possible benefit they think they’d gain by doing this. What claim can they possibly make that this makes any economic sense whatsoever (I know, I know–none of their economic proposals make much sense but you get what I mean…)? The only conceivable reason I can think of for this is that they just want to be dicks.

    For this, I haven’t the words.

    • ninjaf

      They just want to look at their “big tent” caucus and tell those sitting in the Evangelical section, “See? Your agenda matters to us so keep carrying our water!” They don’t actually want to PASS that agenda. Republicans just want those people to continue to vote against their own financial self interest until the Second Coming of Christ™ raptures them all home and True Conservatives™ no longer have to continue that ring of their circus.

      • bphoon

        Well, that must be it cuz I haven’t been able to come up with anything else.

        Provided that, I feel the need to point out to the Evangelicals that their policy prescriptions certainly don’t conform to the Christian principles I was taught, not that that would make any difference to them. They seem to put a lot more credence in the Old Testament versus the New. And here I thought God proclaimed the Good News of Christ Incarnate in the Gospel. Silly me…

        • ninjaf

          Right…that’s what makes them the Bestest Most Betterer of Christians, Even Moster Than Anyone Else. Just ask them and they’ll tell you. 🙂

  • aynwrong

    Now everybody keep this in mind the next time some useless cog pops up on Morning Joke to tell us once again that the new GOPers in congress are going to behave nothing like the how the GOP has been behaving for the entirety of the Obama presidency.
    The first piece of legislation proposed by newly elected Tea Partiers in 2011: RESTRICTING ABORTION RIGHTS!
    The first piece of legislation proposed by this congress (on its very 1st day no less) RESTRICTING ABORTION RIGHTS!

    Because the centrist adults run things now. Yea right….

  • Victor the Crab

    It should be explained to Lindsey Graham that his bill will be considered the day after he can show evidence that a fetus is growing inside him, fucking dickhole!

  • Scopedog

    Well….we shouldn’t be surprised. These fools all but telegraphed what they were going to do during the 2014 election.

    And yet the voters still put them in charge. ESPECIALLY those who sat on their asses and stayed home.

    • Victor the Crab

      And then, sarcastically, said “THANKS OBAMA!!!” a day after the midterms, the fuckin’ whinny brats.

  • muselet

    Punishing women (yet again) who might need a medical procedure would be just another day at the office for the Rs, but going after people on Disability Insurance is a new level of cruelty, even for them.

    I guess they got bored with pulling the wings off flies.


  • They’re pathological. No way can they do anything original (unless they think up something even more evil than their current agenda). Because if there’s one thing they’re really consistent about, it’s that ALL their ideas are evil.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Because if there’s one thing they’re really consistent about, it’s that ALL their ideas are evil

      Nah. For your ideas to be evil you actually have to have ideas. The Republicans of today have none.

      All they do have are things (stupid and evil things) that folks thought up a while ago, which have been shown time and time again to not work, but which they keep insist on doing because recognizing they don’t work and coming up with something that does requires thought.