I'm rarely surprised by what my elected representatives in Congress are up to these days, because to be surprised would require something akin to reasonable expectations of sanity. And no one even pretends to expect Congress to behave rationally anymore. It would be like opening the newspaper to find that some young, beautiful woman had exchanged marriage vows with convicted mass murderer Charles Manson. You don't expect to read shit like that when you're still working on your first cup of coffee.
So I have to admit, I did a bit of a double-take this morning as I perused the pages of The Tennessean (motto: "Now with more mattress ads than ever!") and read the following headline:
Black sponsors bill to end Social Security for Nazis
No Social Security benefits for Nazis. That's the legislation Rep. Black wants her name on going into this lame duck session of Congress. Because there's so much of that happening, of course. As it turns out, there have actually been more recorded instances of former Nazis drawing Social Security benefits than there have been verified incidents of voter fraud in America. And you know how serious Republicans are at ending voter fraud in America. Why, they're willing to make sure millions of Americans don't even bother trying to vote, just to make certain a cheater doesn't cast a ballot.
And about the only thing that creeps out Republicans more than fraudulent voting is someone getting a dollar of undeserved money from the government. They'll go to extremes to cut off a person's benefits for just about any reason... even going so far as to require them to urinate into a little cup first. One of our state Senators here in Tennessee even tried to link a family's welfare benefits to student academic performance. Because nothing makes a kid buckle down and succeed at Algebra like taking tests on an empty stomach, or coming home to an angry, hungry family after school.
So we're on top of the important shit in Washington, thanks to Rep. Black. No more Springtime for Hitler, by god.