Thursday, March 25, 2010

This deck chair would look so much better over there.

Certain members of the GOP are now worried that Obamacare funds might be spent on Viagra for baby rapers. This is like... like... like something that strains my store of metaphors relating to a complete lack of a sense of proportion, that's what it's like.

Only a Republican senator could be thinking about boners at a time like this.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ummm, no, certain members of the GOP were attempting to stop the "fixes" to Obamacare by gumming up the works.

Shootin' Buddy

Tam said...

That's not very funny.

Bram said...

Coburn is one of the good guys.

"he's makes a mockery of this Senate" Wow, way too late on this one.

TJIC said...

Tam, you're missing the point.

Reps propose amendments. If Dems adopt them, then the Senate bill differs from the House bill, and the revised version has to pass both houses, all over again...and Scott Brown stops that from happening.

If Dems vote agains the amendments, then Repubs have a cudgel to use against them in the elections.

Rich in Ohio said...

What TJIC said, plus: In part, intent was to put the majority party on record as opposing all manner of things that would be fun to put in ads in November. Other amendments included protecting veterans, children, cancer patients and others from the medical device tax, requiring the president and congress to enroll in this glorious plan, removing sweetheart deals, etc.

ToddG said...

Right. This was a procedural & political step, not some wild hair about hormone deficient kiddy porn lovers. A substantive policy change means the whole bill gets whacked. So now the Dems either vote for the amendment -- screwing up the health care bill altogether -- or they go on record voting for federal funding of viagra to sex offenders.

pdb said...

Most importantly, now the GOP has footage of the Democrats voting in favor of giving federal tax money to baby rapers for viagra.

There was no way to meaningfully impede the bill, so they have to play for November.

This has a level of subversiveness that gets the pdb stamp of approval.

Joanna said...

What the other said -- it's the procedural equivalent of "When did you stop beating your wife?" The amendment itself is a MacGuffin -- it could've said "Be it known that puppies are cute and awesome" and had the same effect. The idea is to have the Dems on record as voting against a positive for the sake of their sacred cow. They're cutting their own switch, as it were.

D.W. Drang said...

Like I said elsewhere, the Grand Old Party itself may not be worth much these days, but there are many Republicans in Congress who do, in fact, register pretty high on the ol' Clue Meter (shameless plug) and are doing everything they can to make a mockery of this... travesty. It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.

Ken said...

For once, I think they have adopted the principle, "Any chair in a bar fight."

See what holding someone's feet to the fire can accomplish?

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

The Dems voted AGAINST the "puppies are cute and awesome" amendment? Those unfeeling monsters!!! I had no idea they'd sunk so low.

My mom loves puppies. She's a lifelong Democrat. But she'll never vote for one of them again, now!

Stranger said...

Actually, the British NHS system has paid for Viagra for several baby rapers. And despite occasional public revulsion, continues to do so.

If they do it in Lunnon - why not Yaptown on the Potomac?

Stranger

Rev. Paul said...

NJT: umm, what? She'd vote against the Dems, or puppies?

Owen said...

Finally the stupid party is figuring out how to use the evil party's tactics...

Flight-ER-Doc said...

It's called preparing the battlespace. Imagine the ads this fall when any opponent can say that democrat X voted for your tax dollars to pay so that baby rapists, child molesters, wife beaters, etc can get viagra?

Newbius said...

Quoth the Tam: "Only a Republican senator could be thinking about boners at a time like this"

Actually, with the screwing we've been getting from Congress recently, I am surprised more people aren't thinking about them.

Anonymous said...

From my cold, dead hand...

Nathan said...

Ă˜bama pulls so many of them, I can't imagine that boners isn't all he thinks about.

Britt said...

Come on Tam, you're smarter then that. It's all about working the system at this point. Kind of our last shot, as I doubt USSC will take up this case.

Actually, let me float this: Coburn adds a public option. Would the Evil Party jump at the bait and end up on the hook?

CGHill said...

Oh. "Boners."

I thought she said "Boehners."

(I really need to start paying attention.)

Brad K. said...

This isn't a random topic. Some prison inmates have won court decisions, requiring states to supply viagra to inmates. Also to parollees, halfway houses, etc.

All the other rationales about why this kind of amendment was proposed are true, and likely why this is here now instead of in four years when they start doling out the prescriptions.

Actually, I am a bit surprised that they haven't thrown in the no-fly list as a reason to bar medical services. No one has mentioned that you have to be a labor union member to see a doctor, either, but that might not be in the bill. Yet.

If you trust they wackos in Washington, DC, to write a bill, don't believe for a moment you can trust the next Congress, or the one after that, not to abuse the thing. As for trusting this one - recall the campaign promise to never leave a crisis without exploiting it.

Tam said...

Jesus wept, people, it was a joke.

I'm actually really glad that a GOP senator took a wide stance on the issue...

Anonymous said...

I know it was a joke, so was "From my cold, dead hand".

But it's given me an awesome idea for a potential 28th Amendment.

John A said...

"... people, it was a joke."

Oh. Uh, and welcome to my world - you probably do not have this problem too often, with me it seems, alas, endemic.

Ken said...

How 'bout an atta boy for LeMieux showing that they think they deserve better than the same Medicare they push on granny?

SpeakerTweaker said...

This is like... like... like something that strains my store of metaphors relating to a complete lack of a sense of proportion, that's what it's like.

Wow, I never thought I'd see the day!



tweaker

BC said...

Kinda like others have said, it's a political gambit not social conservative madness.

If Democrats kill the amendment, then Republicans get a thirty-second ad they can run in November that starts, "Why does Harry Reid want child molsters to get Viagra?"

If Democrats don't kill the amendment, then the mess has to go back to the House for another vote, gumming up the works.

Fiftycal said...

OK, it was a HARD decision to make. But occasions like this CUM in BURSTS and SPURTS. But Republicans are taking the dimorats to the WOOD shed over this one. OK, please see the Austin Powers movies for the rest of the discussion.

Peter said...

From my cold, dead gland!

D.W. Drang said...

Jesus wept, people, it was a joke.

I feel better knowing that I was not the only one not to notice...

Kristopher said...

Sarcasm in print can be difficult to fathom.

Swift laid it on thick for a reason. I won't attempt it without deliberately marking it as such.