Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona
President Ronald Reagan has been elevated to God-like status by contemporary Republicans– particularly those who still believe in trickledown economics, union-busting, Welfare Queens, the “vegetable” ketchup, and spending BIG BUCKS on the military-industrial complex, while taking food out of the mouths of children.
So, although the Gipper might agree in theory with the cannibals in the House of Representatives who are trying to destroy the social fabric of our country by denying food to the poor, he would not agree with their irresponsible tactic of repeatedly bringing the country to the brink of a shutdown just to make political points.
Check out this recording from 1987 in which he scolds Congress for exactly the brinksmanship that his contemporary fans are pursuing now.
Ironically, Nancy– Pelosi, not Reagan– channeled Ronnie today and scolded the House of Representatives in much the same way as Reagan did 27 years ago.
“This place [the House of Representatives] is a mess. Let’s get our House in order,” Pelosi said on the floor of the House. “We are legislators. We have come here to do a job. for the American people. And that job means we have to make the government run for the good of the people… What is brought forward today is without a doubt a measure designed to shut down government…” What her whole speech below.
You would think that the Teapublicans would pause to consider the words of their demigod and reflect on their actions today.