Rep. Edward Markey’s (D-MA) goes for humor on the floor of the House yesterday, in his rightful denigration of the Republican budget plan. Unfortunately, it really wasn’t funny at all since everything but the rapture dogma was absolutely true, and utterly tragic. Full text transcript after the jump.
“Now, recently radio evangelist Harold Camping calculated that the world would end at precisely 6 p.m. on May 21st. Well, he was wrong. But much like Harold Camping’s wildly inaccurate predictions, the House Republicans have come up with their own apocalyptic vision: The Republican Rapture.
It decides, this budget decides, who gets lifted up into the
economic stratosphere and who gets left behind.
Under this scheme, if you are a millionaire or a billionaire, you get raptured, in to heaven, with all of your tax breaks remaining intact. But, if you're grandma, and grandpa, and you're dependent upon Medicare in order to take care of your health care needs, you get moved to Political Purgatory.
That's their plan.
Now, if you're one of the big five oil companies that are reporting record profits, you get raptured, with all of your tax breaks left intact.
In this budget, which we are debating here today, you keep all of your tax breaks. But, if you're a college kid hoping to get a Pell Grant, no, ladies and gentlemen, you are back in Political Purgatory. Your educational future is in question.
Now, if you're an insurance company executive, and you are now really, rapturously happy because of the privatization of Medicare, and the incredibly increased profits for the insurance industry, you're up here in heaven. You get raptured.
This is the budget we're debating right now.
Good news for all these wealthy people....but, if you have Alzheimer's or cancer, and you're hoping to find medical breakthroughs, they're [Republicans] cutting the NIH budget. The National Institute's of Hope (Health) budget to find the cure for those diseases. Your hopes and dreams go to Political Purgatory.
And, if you have any hopes at all of having Medicare be saved, well, their budget guarantees that Medicare gets privatized. That Medicare is ended as we know it. And that Medicare budget, that Medicare budget, is completely and totally smashed.
So there's your debate here today, ladies and gentlemen. Are you with billionaires, big insurance, big oil...or are you with grandma, and grandpa, making sure that Medicare remains in intact for the years ahead, honoring the promise that we made to them for giving us this great country that we live in today?
That's the vote today. Vote yes or no on grandma. Vote no on that Republican budget and protect grandma's health care in to the future.” [transcribed by Political Ruminations]
HT JM Ashby