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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

T'is the season?

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas up on Capitol Hill -- if you are an Ebenezer Scrooge fan.

Fresh from bestowing its gift on millionaires, the Big Lie Party is preparing to distribute lumps of coal to illegal immigrant high school graduates who came to the United States before they were 16, 9-11 responders, gays in the military and anyone opposed to nuclear war.

What's most laughable is the party that has wielded the filibuster like a blunt weapon is objecting to Democrats using parliamentary tactics of their own to secure agreements.

Let's be honest. It's in the Republican DNA to use immigration and gays as culture war weapons. That's why our very own "moderate" Scott Brown calls the DREAM Act "backdoor amnesty" even if it offers a path to citizenship on people brought here by their parents only after serving in the military or attending college for two years and avoiding a criminal record.

In reality, backdoor amnesty is what Brown and his GOP colleagues provided the Wall Street moguls who brought down our economy, the one who collected fat bonuses while they held extended unemployment benefits hostage to a millionaire's tax break.

Nor is it really a surprise to see Republicans use restoration of equality in the military as a weapon by holding repeal of don't ask, don't tell hostage. But using a nuclear weapons reduction treaty, jeopardizing our diplomatic relations with Russia?

It's clear what any Democrat who tried to use a treaty to score political points would be called by our noble GOP. Traitor.

But the most unfathomable lump of coal of them all is the Senate Republican refusal to take up discussion of health benefits for true heroes -- those who responded to ground zero on 9-11.

So beware if a Republican wishes for peace on Earth and goodwill to all. There's probably a catch somewhere.

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