I don’t know, but my Republican friends are confusing me these days. Considering that they’ve never budged or at least presented themselves to be anything other than who they are. The fact that Republicans are pushing back against Obama’s budget proposal which seeks to privatize the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority), reeks of hypocrisy. But should we be surprised? After all, we are talking about Republicans.
One would think that a political party beholden to corporate slave-masters would be supportive of an idea to privatize America’s oldest government-run and owned public utility company. I mean, anything to help cut down on that ever-growing deficit that has quadrupled at least fifty times thanks to president Obama’s unchecked access to the people’s checkbook, right? But of course we’ve seen this play before. If you’ve been remotely paying attention to anything, you’ll know that any Republican idea supported by Obama automatically becomes a bad idea. That said, it’s really funny to see our Republican friends in Washington showing a more altruistic side. Yep, who knew it existed, or was capable of such.
This from Huffington PosT:
WASHINGTON — In a political role reversal, Republicans are blasting President Barack Obama’s plan to consider selling the Tennessee Valley Authority, an icon of the New Deal long targeted by conservatives as an example of government overreach.
Obama’s 2014 budget proposal calls for a strategic review of the TVA, the nation’s largest public utility with 9 million customers in seven states from Virginia to Mississippi.
Selling the U.S-owned power company could reduce the federal deficit by at least $25 billion and “help put the nation on a sustainable fiscal path,” Obama says in a budget document.
Not so fast, say GOP lawmakers in the region.
“It’s one more bad idea in a budget full of bad ideas,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a longtime TVA champion.
“There is no assurance that selling TVA to a profit-making entity would reduce electric bills in the Tennessee Valley, and it could lead to higher electricity rates” for customers in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, Alexander said.
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., vowed to “carefully study any proposals to restructure TVA” to ensure it continues to deliver affordable electricity throughout the region.
Privatizing TVA has been proposed before “and been determined to be a very bad idea,” added Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn.
Administration officials emphasized that privatization was just one option being considered. Sale of the agency has been discussed by prior administrations, but nothing has happened.
[…] President Dwight Eisenhower called TVA “creeping socialism,” while President Ronald Reagan criticized it as an example of big government. Republicans from Barry Goldwater to Newt Gingrich have pointed to the TVA as an example of where the private sector could provide services more cheaply and effectively than bureaucrats.
Republican antipathy for the TVA led many in the Southeast to assume that any proposal to sell TVA would come from the GOP – not a Democratic president fresh off winning a second term. (source)
Now I can’t speak to whether privatizing the TVA is a good or nad idea. To be honest, I haven’t done my homework on the subject. For all I know, the Republicans might be right. Yes, selling the TVA may result in my black ass paying more than I do now for the electricity to type up posts that you consume for free. Like I said, I have no earthly idea whether that’s true or not, but I do know that I feel like I’m being played by MLGW (Memphis Light Gas & Water) on the regular — yes, they’re known to jack folks around here, but I digress.
What I do know, however, is that it’s pretty hypocritical for my Republican friends to suddenly embrace the very “socialism” they’ve despised. Ever since Obama placed his hand on a Bible and pledged to be that dude, that has been the running meme in political circles. Yes, Obama is a socialist from Kenya who pals around with terrorists on occasion — yes, that’s what we’ve been told. But the minute he proposes to go the free market route by proposing to sell the TVA — you know, like all true capitalists? — my Republican friends are upset. But like I said before, we’ve seen this since Obama has been the HNIC. That said, maybe Democrats opposed to Obama’s proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare should push for him to privatize said programs instead. I know we’ve been circulating petitions urging him to forgo said proposed cuts.
But, maybe we should encourage him to do what George W. Bush couldn’t do; that is, privatize Social Security. Surely if he does, Republicans would be opposed; and the program will survive as it is without having to be on the table as far as budget cuts are concerned. Besides, it’s not like anyone is serious about the deficit. If they were, they’d be talking about creating jobs, creating demand, and stimulating the economy. If they were, there’d be no talk of cuts to programs or austerity.
You know, sort of like what the New Deal was about?