Thieving Republicans Robbed Americans In Their First Week Controlling Congress

In a purely generic sense, theft is the name for any crime in which a person intentionally and fraudulently takes something from another person without permission or consent; often with the intent of converting it for the “taker’s use;” including potentially to sell. Theft is different from larceny because it encompasses many forms of deceitful taking of something including swindling, embezzling, or using false pretenses to steal something. It is difficult to imagine that very many Americans actually approve of thievery, or thieves, and yet a fair number of Americans vote for politicians to rob Americans of everything they have. For the past six years, Republicans have attempted to steal everything from the people, regardless of what it is, to fulfill the Koch brothers’ vision for America.

Anyone who has been following politics over the past 20 years, at least, is aware that Republicans have not passed or supported one piece of legislation that did not entail stealing something from the people. Oh it is true that Republicans are generous to a fault to their wealthy supporters, but part-and-parcel of their gifts to the rich and corporations are that their gifts and largesse are made-up of what Republicans robbed from the American people. The Constitution is clear that Congress is empowered to collect taxes to fund legislation Congress passes “for the general welfare of the people,” and yet anti-government Republicans pride themselves in using the legislative process to take from the people.

Last year, Speaker of the House John Boehner admitted that Republicans should be proud of, and be judged positively for, “how many laws benefitting the people we eliminated.” Boehner said Republicans just “don’t do all that nonsense” of passing laws for the people. “Unpopular? Yes. Why? Because we’re fighting for what we believe in.” What Republicans believe in according to their first week in control of Congress is that the Koch brothers bought both legislative chambers to allow Republicans to begin a string of robberies that affect the entire population; save the wealthy elite.

It is amazing that Republicans who could not pass any legislation last year, spent the first four days of the 114th Congress stealing from women, retired and disabled Americas, large corporations’ employees, and various government departments and the Executive Branch. It is noteworthy that none of the legislation or rule changes enacted by Republicans provide anything for the population, but then again that is not why they wanted control of  Congress. They already pledged to their wealthy donors that their intent was to take from the people and the federal government to give to the rich and powerful and they kept their promise.

It is impossible to account for everything Republicans intend on stealing from the people in their first week’s activities, but there are a few specific groups who stand to lose something major. Due to their inclination to pander to the religious right, Republicans followed up their 2011 crusade to rob women of their healthcare rights with another theft of their right to reproductive health care. This week Republicans introduced a ridiculous proposal to ban abortions because evangelicals assert (falsely) that fetuses experience pain at 20 weeks; even though at 20 weeks a fetus’s nervous system is undeveloped. Although Republicans are “taking” a woman’s legal right to choose her own reproductive health, there is no material reward for religious fanatics who elected Republicans to take women’s rights away. Evangelicals will gain nothing except  a greater measure of control over women that is as important to the righteous and Catholic bishops as tangible property or money; it is precisely why the Founding Fathers did not create America as a Christian theocracy.

Republicans also passed a rule banning the transfer of funds within the Social Security Trust to rob beneficiaries of their rightful due, and to hasten a GOP-created crisis to privatize Social Security. Wall Street, the Koch brothers, ALEC and the Heritage Foundation have lusted to get their hands on Americans’ retirement accounts, not just Social Security either,  that Republicans are ready to hand over to Wall Street. The Koch brothers have tasked ALEC and its sister organization, the State Policy Network, to create legislation in the states to rob retirement funds and transform the money into tax cuts for the rich; it is exactly what Sam Brownback is doing in Kansas.

Although not legislation, Republicans did create some drastic new rule to facilitate stealing from the masses to enrich the wealthy. The rule change to how the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scores tax cuts for the rich and tax hikes on the poor and middle class is theft of the CBO’s economists’ ability to objectively assess tax and program cuts. Paul Ryan and  Republicans devised the CBO rule change in part to justify what they call “expanding the tax base” to steal more from the poor and middle class in the form of tax hikes to pay for tax cuts for the rich and corporations.

To be fair to thieving Republicans, they were in a giving mood, but it entailed theft of the President’s authority as head of the Executive Branch that is effectively theft of America’s constitutional rule of law. The gift resulting from robbing the President of his authority is passing legislation to approve the construction permit for a foreign entity’s pipeline crossing America’s border. American people will gain nothing from the Keystone legislation, but the Kochs, TransCanada, and Speaker John Boehner will profit handsomely.

What may be one of the greatest thefts this past week by Republicans was a House bill withholding funding for immigration enforcement within a Department of Homeland Security funding measure. Not only is there is no gain for any American except for conservatives’ glee at taking Presidential authority away from Barack Obama, Republicans are robbing Americans of their security in even threatening immigration enforcement or Homeland Security funding. Republicans have been on a tear to rob the President of Executive Branch authority since January 2009, but the latest attempted theft is not because the President did anything about immigration enforcement that every Republican president has not already done multiple times, but because he is Black.

It is certain that there are other Republican machinations in the very near future to steal more from the people, including a functioning federal government according to the Constitution. It is a very bad sign indeed that Republicans spent their first week in control of Congress passing and proposing legislation, and making rule changes, that are founded on how much they can steal from the American people to give to the rich and religious. However, there was, or is, no reason to assume they would do anything different than they have done in the past and it is why they are no better than criminals prone to recidivism. Until Republicans are convicted and punished for stealing from the American people,  they will repeat their crimes with increasing frequency because they have  just enough support from criminally inhumane voters who are too stupid to realize they are being robbed and ignorant enough to think they will share in the stolen bounty.

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    • The thing is, this kind of thievery is going to continue of enough people do not vote them out. Majority of the people rule in this matter. What they are doing is essentially what the majority want. If you want it the other way, get people to vote. Get the message out. Not a whole lot of success in the past 3-4 years now.

      • By the time the American people wake up to the Republicons, it will be too late to stop them. When they steal the White House in 2016, the olygarchy will be complete and the destruction of the poor and working class will advance very quickly.The people will have no recourse, not even a revolution because they will even have control of the military which they will willing use against those who dare to stand up.

        Not voting last November, opened the door to an evil power that this nation has never ever seen before......

  • I believe billionaire democrats spent a bit more than their R equivalents last election, that's why so many races in red states were tied up until the last minute. Crony capitalism is scary and creeping for anyone not in on the deal, and is the foundation of fascism for a reason.

  • The GOP/TP are like a virus and would have consumed everything out of greed to a point of no return without a clue that they're destroying their futures as well.

    Hopefully the president and democracts can hold them back enough until 2016 and more voters will vote.

  • Democrats and Republicans are equal for middle class and others they work for corporate and wall street billionaires no body care for others bring the jobs to America to have the country and people prosper again. Millions of jobs are taken every year transferred in China and other Asian country or Latin America for the benefit of big Corporation and both democrats and republicans brings more law to help them transfer more job and lower corporate taxes

    • If you mean they are the same, no. Forty years ago, to a degree. Now, these "Republicans" are not even the same as those Republicans. They are no longer even a party. They are a cadre intent on a coup d'etat.

      • No gsb the worst apple in the Democratic party and they have there share is better than your unwieldy, out of control, greedy, power hungry, Koch sucker, GOP/TP!

        • WOW!! Patricia tell me how you really feel!!

          Are or your Husband a middle class working person? do you have unemployment available when you un employed? do you get vacation time? are you paid for over time? have medical, All this and more are yours, because of Democrates not your ungodly rethugs....... so go back to your uneducated thinking, if possible.. You do know how don't you

          Tried once more to re-read and understand just what your comment was supposed to say, still can not get it???u make no sense.

  • In other latest news; one Palestine man along with three children, include four month-old baby, has just frozen to death in Gaza.

    Republicans' solution? More free money and weapon sales to Israel. Look for it to be much more worse than ever.

    • You're a phucking Arab troll. Keep your crying to yourself. You continue hating and phucking with Israel, you will cease to exist. You really want a Palestinian state? Stop lobbing missiles into family neighborhoods. Maybe then someone will see you as an adult serious about peace. Until then, you'll continue to reap what you sow.

      • Billy, I think the whole idea of TroN's post, I could be wrong, and if I am so be it. But the big picture to me is not WHO we are giving money to; rather what is being taken away from Americans by the GOP.

        They could send aid to TimBuck2, but they insist on economically running Americans into the ground.

        I have been to Israel during 1977. There are many, many Palestinians working side by side with Jewish people, they cohabitate just fine. I believe that not all, but much of what we hear about are the "extremists"..just like our country..the extremists scream the loudest and do the most damage.

      • WOW! The only people allowed to make comments on this site are those that give unequivocal support Israel? And your response is suppose to show how intelligent you are?

        Sorry little man, but since when did you become the arbiter of whom could post what on this site?

        TroN has a point.

    • TroN, how right you are. GOP will fund anyone but the American people.

      Give it time, we will be the ones out of homes, on the street, freezing to death; babies without food, elderly without meds, and the infirm left to scrounge crumbs from the street. That is the GOP goal for us.

        • Clinton..BillyGrab...Give up dudes you have no idea what you are talking about. When you come to this site you must have something of substance and logic to offer, even if you are on the wrong side<ReichWing. But we see this every day here, people who cannot grasp reality because they simply refuse to open their minds and see just how bad the agenda they support is. The GOP has become the National Socialist Workers Party...YES the Nazi's. History is repeating it'self.

        • Clinton, for a "democrat' you have strange ways of showing it. As far as being "for Israel" most of us are for the health and welfare of the state of Israel, we are also for a Palestinian state that is responsible and fair. BUT it seems that Israel is not "for" us in many ways. It is clear that they like the money we dump into their nation but when it comes to equal treatment of Palestinians they fall short. For instance the Palestinians are only DEFENDING themselves against totally illegal land grabs and genocide of their people. Also you forget that Netanyahu is a Right Winger who has crapped all over our president while being a petulant child. When Netanyahu is gone perhaps there will be a real effort for them to get along but until that right winger is gone there will be blood.

  • McConnell on tape in a secret meeting w/elite donors setup by the Koch Bros. his plans of shrinking Fed gov't & complain abt having to vote on min. wage.

    As for claiming credit for the economy, McConnell in his own words refusing to help the economy:

  • My one objection would be to the use of various forms of the word "religion." What is being practiced by their political base is not "religion" but "sanctimony."

  • When what will become a very much marginalized, underclass, larger than Republicans could have imagined, march and revolt over laws being passed now, .......then things will change.

    Right now, Republicans and the like that voted with them, think that they are taking from mostly(how sad is that)brown people. Too bad they don't see that they will push an awful lot of low income and poor, working whites into the same boats.

    It's going to take masses of people to fight for change and I don't think that it will matter if they voted or not.

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