Meet Eric Cantor

If the progressive movement needs a villain to rally against for the 2012 elections, then they should look no further than House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), nothing short of the coldest sumbitch in the beltway.  Although Paul Ryan’s budget resolution this year demonstrated a similar level of moral depravity, Ryan has a sort of boyish charm that works to disarm even his harshest critics.  Rep. Cantor’s open callousness towards both his constituents and members of his own party, however, makes him the ultimate personification of the GOP’s psychopathic brand of libertarianism.

Eric Cantor's Official House Portrait

Do you think the government should provide unconditional emergency relief to victims of hurricanes and tornadoes?  Cantor doesn’t.  In late May after the town of Joplin, Missouri was hit by an F-5 category tornado and ripped to shreds, Cantor threatened to withhold aid unless every penny that went to help the victims was made up for in spending cuts to other programs.  You know, like Medicare or Medicaid.

After Cantor stunned the Coalition of People with Beating Hearts over his stance on Joplin, many of you were probably feeling assured that at least the congressman would show a sliver of more compassion to the people living in his district.  After all, their tax dollars pay his handsome salary of roughly $176,000 per year, and he probably needs their votes, or something.

You’d be wrong.  In 2009 Cantor was confronted by a constituent whose relative was dying of stomach cancer.  Since the victim had lost her job, she had little hope of being covered by Medicaid.  Cantor told the woman that her relative should just go to a charity or an existing government program.

Now, as all well-informed people know, the debt ceiling needs to be raised soon.  Otherwise the United States will default on its loans, the global economy will lose its most credible debtor and the entire world will fall into a depression far worse than the one in the 1930s. That’s not a hyperbole; it’s a fact.  Even Wall Street is lighting a fire under the GOP’s ass to ensure that Congress raises the debt ceiling.  We’ve established that Cantor is heartless, but is he insane?
It turns out he is.  No further comment.


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