Monday, February 1, 2010

Vinegar for the Tea Partiers

Slacktivist blogger Fred Clark (hat tip: Andrew) gets 99.9% there in his appeal to Teabaggers who oppose health care reform:

6. Notice that the amount of your pay withheld for taxes in your current paycheck is less than the amount that was withheld a year ago.

That's because of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, which included more than $200 billion in tax cuts, including the one you're holding right there in your hand, the tax cut that's now staring you in the face. Republicans all voted against that tax cut. And then they told you to get angry about the stimulus plan. They didn't explain, however, why you were supposed to get angry about getting a tax cut. Why would you be? Wouldn't it make more sense to get angry at the people who voted against that Obama tax cut?

In other words, taxes were cut -- yay! -- but health care premiums being deducted from that same paycheck were higher, which means that those who most strongly oppose health care reform are doing so to the detriment of their own paychecks, which means less money for them and their families. But, then again, as Thomas Frank so aptly explained in What's the Matter with Kansas?, the angry right routinely votes against their personal interests.

But here's the 0.1% where he got it wrong (not my italics):
P.S. -- I didn't mention this because I'm trying here to be as patient with you as I can, but you might also want to keep in mind that in addition to screwing over yourself and screwing over your family and screwing over your own children by demanding that Congress oppose health care reform so that you will never, ever see another pay raise, by doing that you're also demanding that I never, ever see another pay raise, which means that you're also screwing over me, and my family, and my children. Not to mention the millions of poor and uninsured and uninsureable people I didn't even mention above because they don't seem to matter at all to you. And for that, let me just say the only appropriate thing that can be said to someone so determined to do direct, tangible harm to the welfare of my family: Fuck you, you fucking moron.

He ruined a perfectly good snarky piece with that last bit of spittle.

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