#5, Michele Bachmann
#6, Paul Ryan
#7, Louie Gohmert
#8, Allen West
#9, Joe Pitts
#10, Jack Kingston
#11, Patrick McHenry
#12, Spencer Bachus
#13, Jim Gerlach
#14, Cliff Stearns
#15, Jean Schmidt
#16, Phil Gingrey
#17, David Schweikert
#18, Virginia Foxx
#19, Pete Sessions
#20, Charlie Dent
#21, Cathy McMorris Rodgers
#22, Chris Smith
#23, Todd Akin
#24, Buck McKeon
#25, Kristi Noem
#26, Hal Rogers
#27, Lou Barletta (Two bonus selections: Boren and Ross)
#28, Paul Broun
#29, Mary Bono Mack
#30, David Dreier
#31, Marsha Blackburn (including backgrounder)
It would be too easy to say that Cantor (the true leader of the U.S. House, sadly – heckuva job, 2010 voters!) represents everything I thoroughly detest about today’s Republican Party on the national level, but that statement comes pretty close. The whiny faux self-loathing that thinly disguises the scorched-earth, take-no-prisoners mentality of a “true believer” of movement conservatism, the insistence on propagating talking points conducive to right-wing beliefs that have long since been disproven in the cold light of day, the “all-for-me-and-everyone-else-can-drop-dead” depraved philosophical underpinning of any legislation he supports (based in some notion of “glibertarianism”), public statement he utters or position he ascribes to…if you’re looking for all of this and (sadly) much more, rest assured that you will find it in Eric Cantor.
And if you want to know why Cantor is on this list as a U.S. House member opposed to health care reform, I have but one question: who else do you think is leading the repeal effort (here – a video later will provide more evidence)?
As I’ve said frequently, I don’t advocate violence against people at this site for a lot of reasons. However, if were to make an exception, it would be for Cantor. Simply put, if he somehow discovered a shred of decency in his being and started doing the people’s business for a change instead of his own (dragging “Man Tan” Boehner with him), our politics and our country as a whole would be in a decidedly much better place than we are right now. But because that has not happened, and likely never will happen, the U.S. House will remain, for the time being at least, under the control of thoroughly insufferable, utterly propagandistic ideologues (slavishly courting the Teahadists, who should have been told to go to hell a long time ago) who will make sure that we remain mired in our problems until Election Day at least (forever for reasons of trying to mine some political advantage of course), and no doubt well beyond.
With all of that said, let’s go to the “lowlights”…
Believe it or not, all of this only scratches the surface with Cantor. However, I know you get the idea.
Here, he called for cuts to first responders in exchange for emergency disaster aid on the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 (the bar can never be set too low for Cantor).
He also supported funding for schools in Iraq, but not this country of course (here...and speaking of our "ally," isn't this interesting?).
Oh, and Cantor is definitely an “Islamophobe” too, as noted here.
He also said here that there should be no spending on disaster relief for the victims of the Joplin, Missouri tornado unless there were spending cuts elsewhere (what a swell guy).
Here, Cantor bailed on a speech at the University of Pennsylvania because he was afraid of the “Occupy” protestors.
Here, Cantor said that protestors who paid for space next to a ballroom at a hotel where Cantor was scheduled to speak were an “unproductive distraction” (however, I’m sure if they were Medicare beneficiaries carrying racist signs, wearing trifold hats and complaining about government healthcare (!), they would have been welcomed with open arms).
Want to learn about Cantor’s supposed plan for job creation (no regulations for business, no taxes of course, and lots of “free” trade agreements)? Click here.
Here, Cantor called the unemployed a “distraction” also and refused to meet with them (lots of “distractions” in Cantor’s life, apparently).
Also, last year, Cantor said here that the House wouldn’t vote on the “entire” jobs bill from President Obama, presumably just the parts Cantor likes, such as tax cuts (Wonder how much better off we’d be if Cantor had made sure the bill passed? Should I even ask?).
Here, Cantor announced that the House “didn’t have time” to honor the troops who killed Osama bin Laden (lots of time to name a courthouse after Dubya, though), though Cantor did add that the House would include “language” in a Defense Authorization bill recognizing the Navy SEALs, whatever that means.
Here, Cantor claimed that the voters of this country would hold Democrats responsible for the government shutdown that loomed in March 2011, despite polling evidence to the contrary.
And with that in mind, I should point out that Cantor also invested in “an exchange-traded fund that ‘takes a short position in long-dated government bonds’ — effectively betting against the U.S. Treasury bonds that the government uses to fund its operation,” as Think Progress tells us here (with Cantor trying to make money off the shut down, of course, if it had happened – typical).
Also, Cantor and his playmates threatened a government shutdown if they couldn’t repeal “Obamacare” here.
And here, Cantor bragged about his home state balancing its budget, which would be OK were it not for the fact that it took $70 billion from health and human services from the state to do it.
Also, here, Cantor called for “tolerance” within the GOP, though he has shown none of his own in the past.
Now, I’ll go to some clips featuring more Cantor "fun" (I don’t want to imagine what motivates the life forms who actually vote for this utter sleazeball…Rachel Maddow gives us an introduction of sorts here)…
...next, Ed Schultz brings the outrage big time against Cantor on health care reform, with a cameo by President Snowe at the end...
...and K.O. names Cantor "Worst Person" for another typically whiny screed as an excuse to do nothing - interesting revelation about Cantor's wife at the end...
...and do you want to know what this election is really about, by the way? Look no further than this video (more here)...
...and I thought this was a neat new tune - sorry, no video again.