That title is an exaggeration, of course. But not by much.
This is not news anymore, but I just had to say something about these Repugnican nogoodniks who claim righteousness for themselves, and in pious phrases pander to their base with blatherings about family values, love for country, patriotism -- all of which is pure, unadulterated bullshit.
They don't believe any of it. They believe in the almighty dollar and power. The more of both, the better. They've still got the dollars, but they are out of power. So anything they can do to regain the power, they will do it, no matter how low, sneaking, dangerous or just plain evil it is!
That's why when certain Repugnicans read that the so-called stimulus package included funding for "pandemic preparation," they went nuts. What a waste of money! We don't need this! What the hell is this for! Get rid of it!
In fact, according to Jason Linkins, writing at the Huffington Post, the supposedly "moderate" Repugnican senator from Maine, Susan Collins, "who demanded cuts in health care spending in exchange for her support of a watered-down version of the stimulus, fumed about the pandemic funding: 'Does it belong in this bill? Should we have $870 million in this bill No, we should not.'
"Even now, Collins continues to use here official website to highlight the fact that she led the fight to strip the pandemic preparedness money out of the Senate's version of the stimulus measure."
Well, why the hell not? Most of the sick people will be poor and probably non-white. Who cares about them? Remember Katrina and the Repugnican response? Remember that Katrina may not have been nearly so devastating if the Bush folks hadn't pulled funding to rebuild the levees.
Who cares about the poor and minorities? Not the Repugnicans, for sure! They do care, however, for the rights of the "unborn" fetuses and they certainly wouldn't want to spend any money to hinder a swine flu or other epidemic!