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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Third Rail

The GOP just can't seem to help itself.  It's first order of business - after beating back the challenge to Boehner's "leadership" - was to basically cut Social Security disability payments.  They will try to make a semantic argument to the contrary, but that's what they have done.

They aren't touching the old folk's SS, because old folks is about all the GOP has left as a voting bloc.  Instead, they are going after people on disability.  Compassionate conservatism is SO fourteen years ago.  No doubt they will find some people who abuse the disability payments, and no doubt those people will be black, because that will play better on Fox,

But the deadline for this transfer is 2016, and last I saw, this was an election year.  As Tim F notes this is exactly the sort of issue that can define an election year.  Personally, I think we are looking at a sustained economic boom for the next four years or so, but that will only make the GOP look more heartless going after people on disability.

So... please proceed, dipshits.

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