After it was revealed that the nuttiest of nutmegs in the Montana Legislature have only been rated number seven among the Top Ten Craziest State Legislatures in America today, Montana Republicans realized that anything but first place in this category just wasn’t good enough for them.
That’s when they decided to put a gun to their collective heads and eagerly pulled the trigger with their support of a constitutional amendment to force massive gutting of Medicare and Social Security.
After all, how else could they top all the good ideas they wanted to pass during the session like the gold standard, selling off the national parks, nullifying federal laws, and lifting the prohibition on carrying concealed weapons in bars, churches, and banks.
The majority of the tea-bagging wing of the Montana Legislature (see the list here) did themselves proud in the crazy category today by simply admitting what the establishment wing of the Far-Right has been too modest to speak of in broad daylight: Their support for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution to destroy Medicare, destroy Social Security, and leave 80% of the country to go off and die alone in old age, as soon as they’re no longer able to stand and greet us at the door of Walmart.
The impetus behind this move is to elect more TEA baggers into office by making this amendment part of a debt ceiling deal, then claiming that anyone who votes against their proposal loves unlimited deficits–when everyone knows that the deficits were caused by the Bush tax cuts and two unpaid for wars. (Of course, the move will also help them secure the top spot in the national crazy legislature scene.)
Jeff Essmann, Denny Rehberg, and the Republicans who signed this must surely be proud of their perseverance, their striving to win, and most of all for their endorsement of cuts to Medicare and social security–willingly making their own reelections more difficult now that Democrats might use their signatures against them in the campaign.
Those not signing up against Medicare and Social Security?
Tom Berry, Mark Blasdel, Ron Ehli, John Esp, Roy Hollandsworth, Brian Hoven, Harry Klock, Steve Lavin, Walter McNutt, Sterling Small, Max Yates and every Democratic member of the House and Senate.