Welcome to the new favorite game played by Congressional Democrats with an almost childlike enthusiasm: Whac-A-Mole.
For those of you unfamiliar with Whac-A-Mole, this from Wikipedia:
“Whac-A-Mole is an arcade redemption game."
[Of course, in an arcade the redemption is a prize like a stuffed animal or a Chinese backscratcher; in Congress the prize is salvation through Jesus.]
Back to Wikipedia: "A typical Whac-A-Mole machine consists of a large, waist-level cabinet with five holes in its top and a large, soft, black mallet. Each hole contains a single plastic mole and the machinery necessary to move it up and down. Once the game starts, the moles will begin to pop up from their holes at random. The object of the game is to force the individual moles back into their holes by hitting them directly on the head with the mallet, thereby adding to the player's score. The more quickly this is done the higher the final score will be.”
The Congressional version is a charming variation--and very, very gay.
Instead of moles, the Democrat's use homosexuals.
But the rest of the game remains the same.
And the more homosexuals a Democrat can knock into the holes, the more the Democrat wins Republican favors.
Of course, Republicans can't play this game because moles know better than to stick their heads out of the closet when there's an armed Republican in the room.
And it's a game that just keeps giving.
And just because the Democrats have whacked down every Democratic Party Platform promise to the gay community doesn't mean homosexuals aren't still sticking their heads through holes eager to be bashed over the head--and the Democrats are always ready and eager to oblige.
As I watch this game, I do find myself missing the benign neglect of gay rights by Republicans. In the final analysis, Dick Cheney may go down in history as more gay friendly than Barack Obama.
And lest we forget, it was not the Republicans who created two of the most horrific Whac-A-Queer moments in modern history: Bill Clinton’s Defense of Marriage Act and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
In the latest round of Whac-A-Queer, played out recently in the Democrat-controlled United States Senate, the Democrats whacked us down again by preserving the infamous "Gay Tax" in the Senate health care reform bill.
What might that be, you ask?
As you likely know, corporate employee benefits including health care insurance are not taxed as income—unless you are gay and in a committed relationship.
Hence the "gay tax".
When an employer extends employee benefits to the legally married spouses and children of employees, they also are not taxed. But because of the Defense of Marriage Act, benefits "generously and progressively" extended by an employer to spouses and children of an employee in a legal same-sex marriage, civil union or domestic partnerships are taxed.
Whac! A "gay tax".
For gay families any portion of health care paid by the employer is taxed as ordinary income. This can add up to thousands of dollars. The House version of the health care reform bill eliminated the “gay tax” on health care benefits but the Senate version, approved by all 60 Democrats, leaves the tax in place. It wasn't an oversight, it was a deliberate bargaining chip used by the Democrats.
You give us death panels and we'll give you the gays.