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Ebenezer and the Grinch go to Congress

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It is said that the Grinch had a heart that was "two sizes too small". This would give him a considerable advantage over Republicans, in Congress and out. At least the Grinch had a heart.

The R's have no heart of any size whatsoever.

We've been told over and over again that the Republicans are the part of family values...more, that they are the party of Christian values. The evidence of their "Christian" values is a bit negative, of course, consisting more of what they are against than what they are for. They are famously against abortion rights, against gay marriage, against, even, providing contraception coverage in insurance policies should this violate the religious convictions of an employer. Religious convictions are very important to the R's.

Except, of course, when it comes to feeding hungry children.

It is, of course, an abomination that, in this land of wealth and plenty, any child goes to bed hungry. It is an unfortunate fact that millions do. And, should the R's get their way, millions more will. They have already forced cuts of more than $5 billion in the SNAP program. And they insist that it must be cut by more than $40 billion more. They would, if they could, do away with the program altogether. They don't care that two-thirds of families in the program have children. They even suggest these children sweep their schoolroom floors to get the federally mandated free lunch.

One wonders what the founder of the Christian religion would think of taking food from the mouths of hungry children.

Come to think of it, we also wonder what the Savior would think of other things the R's have been up to lately. Famously, of course, they're doing everything they can to keep millions of the uninsured from getting health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. In states all over the country, the R's have been doing everything they can to take away women's access to healthcare, all in the name of doing away with their access to abortion. And just, lately, the R's in Congress specifically excluded from the budget deal any consideration of an extension of long-term unemployment benefits, meaning that millions of Americans will lose their unemployment benefits...three days after Christmas.

So perhaps not only is the R's commitment to Christian values somewhat suspect...they don't have much spirit of the Christmas season, either. Apparently Ebenezer Boehner would just as soon see Tiny Tim's crutch hanging ownerless near the fireplace. And Cantor the Grinch would be very happy to see the Who's with no roast beast.

We're fairly sure that Santa has a large load of coal to deliver this Christmas. And that he knows precisely where to deliver it.



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