Eric Cantor

The latest Dana Milbank editorial appearing in the 14 July 2011 Spokesman-Review was particularly jarring. Considering the fact that Mr. Milbank could have described all Republicans currently in Congress in much the same way: Sneers, jeers, full of hot air, wants power, engages in double-speak, wants the president to bear the full blame and responsibility for GOP failures, and meanwhile impressing the American people not at all with their childish behavior. And on that note, I sent Senator McConnell a letter in which I opened it with a quote from a bottle of Febreze. That it is against Federal law to use Febreze in a manner inconsistent with its labeling… Uh what? So what’s in Febreze that anyone would wish to use it in a manner not for fabric refreshing? But, I figured I’d have some fun with this and remind the bigot (who did say he doesn’t want a deal on the debt ceiling while Obama is still president) that the business interests aren’t opposed to all federal law, if there is some advantage in that law for themselves. Since I haven’t exactly seen Febreze ads complaining about the “Its against Federal law” that is slapped on the back of the bottles sold in any store, then it must have been something they agreed with. Even further, it was something they might even have demanded Congress do for them personally. But now onto Eric Cantor.

I am not going to get into Rep Cantor’s particularly disgusting behavior vis a vis debt ceiling talks and his attitude toward President Obama that Mr. Milbank described at length; rather, it seems Mr. Cantor can only agree with “concessions made by the president” while offering nothing [but a sneer] to any proposal that would ask of the wealthy and major corporations to help reduce the national debt. According to Cantor, they have engaged in enough shared sacrifice already. Oh yeah, sure they have. The burden can instead solely fall on the poor and the elderly, the people in no position to reduce the national debt. Something that I informed Senator McConnell in the letter. The poor, meaning the unemployed and underemployed wouldn’t have the wherewithal (can’t add to the tax base) to reduce the national debt by any significance. But, the non-taxpaying major corporations certainly could. But Cantor, who has, according to Milbank, aligned with the fringe lunatics among the “TEA Party” members of Congress, has made it openly plain that he absolutely believes in corporate welfare. Corporate welfare, regardless of the national debt and the prospects of this nation defaulting on its financial obligations. I wonder, if this country did default, what would happen to that corporate welfare? Bet the wealthy and major corporations aren’t thinking about that.

Senator McConnell will be informed that his annual salary and everything that goes with it is in part funded by this nation’s credit card. Why? Because there isn’t enough of a tax base left in this lingering recession for the taxpayers to fully fund his hundreds of thousands in salary, medical care, and etc. Neither can the remaining tax base bear the burden of the loopholes, subsidies, tax breaks, tax cuts, federal grants that are routinely handed out by the federal government to major corporations and wealthy individuals. Which also means, that the federal government must borrow to provide all of the above. If the government defaults, what happens to those tax breaks and etc. that the various business interests have been expecting? Neither Senator McConnell or Rep. Cantor are currently interested in answering such a question. Instead, they are engaging in a power struggle with Obama, never mind the consequences. And the American people were actually persuaded to vote for this gang of goof balls?

It used to be this old axiom about people who’d rather cut off their noses to spite their face. Well, in Cantor’s case, it seems he is still holding it against the American people for voting for “the wrong guy” back in 2008. Unfortunately, for all of his support for corporate welfare, he is certain to do some real damage to the prosperity of the nation and the future of capitalism by his utter intransigence to Obama’s and the Democrats proposals. Yes, I referenced Milbank’s editorial briefly when writing to Senator McConnell. By mentioning Cantor’s name. And yes, I referred to Senator McConnell as a leftist. It should be obvious, because he seems to want to give corporations and the wealthy a free ride at the expense of the rest of us, as well as the good faith and credit of the U.S. Big deal if he hates Obama, he still has to work with him up through 2012. The same is equally true of Cantor. If it is a requirement that we significantly reduce the national debt then the wealthy and major corporations must add themselves to the tax base.

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