How much do Louisiana Republicans dislike President Obama? Many of them blame him for the government’s tragic response to Hurricane Katrina — which struck the state more three years before Obama took office.
Today’s dispatch from our New Idiocracy comes to us from Louisiana, because…well, why not, right? The ferocity with which Republicans hate The Black Guy in the White House © can be truly stunning…if not grounded in any even faintly redolent of fact or reality. Granted, 2005 was a long time ago, but catastrophic hurricanes and their aftermath aren’t things easily forgotten. This should be true even of Louisiana Republicans- a motley collection of humanity not known for possessing an oversupply of intellectual candlepower under the best of circumstances. Still, this defies ANY sort of rational explanation…much less understanding.
‘Course, it might go a long way toward explaining the generalized Republican disdain for science….
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Reports from the arc of the angry Tea Party movement indicate that, yes indeed, there is a FEDERAL government and yes, it does provide a big payoff to be in one of the five states that comprise Tea Party Homeland. Each and every one of the states on the map receives back more from the federal government than it pays in taxes and other revenues (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas). These states voted for Mitt Romney by big margins and contributed a healthy share of the Tea Party Republicans in Congress.
Now it’s time to pay the price for this type of negligence. Businesses and defense workers, schools and health programs, you name it, are going to feel the lash of the Tea Party madness. This isn’t your normal budget drama that gets resolved at the last minute. It’s the apogee of Tea Party anger and cynicism. Just look at the way the Senate handled the Hagel hearings. They treated their former colleague with utter contempt. Recall John McCain’s anger. He’s one of the more reasonable Republicans.