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Unintended Consequences or Poetic Injustice

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on December 11, 2010

his is a case of “be careful what you wish for, you just may get it.”

Everyone has heard of the TEA Parties, the astroturf groups funded by the likes of the Koch brothers, who protest everything under the sun from taxes to spending to President Obama’s skin color.
A good number of these people are older, 40% of them are over 55 years old. It spawned some derision and helped point out some of the hypocrisy of the Tea Partiers with the line about “Keep your hands off my Medicare.”
As it turns out, the TEA-sponsored move of the nation’s politics closer to fascism is already coming back to bite them in the wallet:

House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday thwarted Democratic efforts to award $250 checks to Social Security recipients facing a second consecutive year without a cost-of-living increase.

President Barack Obama and Democrats have urged approval of the one-time payment, saying seniors barely getting by on their Social Security checks face undue hardships without the COLA increase.

But most Republicans contended that the nation couldn’t afford the estimated $14 billion cost of the payment, and that the COLA freezes in 2010 and 2011 come after seniors received a significant boost in 2009.

As the very people that they supported in the elections throw them under the bus, expect their hypocritical cries of outrage on this in 3…2…1…
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