The news this morning was not unexpected. In fact, anyone who thought this would not happen is divorced from reality.
House Republican leaders are urging their rank and file to oppose the economic stimulus billheading for a vote on Wednesday, delivering their appeal hours before President Obama heads to the Capitol to seek bipartisan support.
How does one put into words how many of us feel over the bluster that has come from those that were soundly defeated by Democrats this fall? While I understand the desire of Barack Obama to change the tone in Washington, and to re-make the style in which our nation governs itself, I am also mindful that it takes two to tango. It is most apparent that the GOP has no interest in anything other than political moves, so lets be honest and say there is little President Obama could do that would win them over.
Well there is one thing Obama could do. He could just capitulate to the GOP. But wait, are we not hanging over the cliff now due to the very GOP policies that the minority wants us to continue, even in the face of national disaster?
The two strains of this political story are dominating the news today. The push by the GOP leadership to abandon the nation in a time a need, and the desire of the GOP to have their financially destructive ideas once again placed into legislation. Even in the face of 75,000 new layoffs yesterday the Republicans still insist that it should be ‘our way, or else we will stop playing ball.’
Let us face the truth, the GOP is the reason we are in this place as a nation today. And while it is noble of President Obama to strive for better relations with the GOP, our nation can not afford anymore of their bad medicine for the ills we face. It might be time to just understand that the Democrats will need to do all the heavy lifting required to right the ship of state.
What’s up with the Republicans? Have they no sense that their policies have sent the country hurtling down the road to ruin? Are they so divorced from reality that in their delusionary state they honestly believe we need more of their tax cuts for the rich and their other forms of plutocratic irresponsibility, the very things that got us to this deplorable state?
The G.O.P.’s latest campaign is aimed at undermining President Obama’s effort to cope with the national economic emergency by attacking the spending in his stimulus package and repeating ad nauseam the Republican mantra for ever more tax cuts.
If anything, the stimulus package is not large enough. Less than 24 hours after Mr. Boehner’s televised exercise in obstructionism, the heavy-equipment company Caterpillar announced that it was cutting 20,000 jobs, Sprint Nextel said it was eliminating 8,000, and Home Depot 7,000.
Maybe the Republicans don’t think there is an emergency. After all, it was Phil Gramm, John McCain’s economic guru, who told us last summer that the pain was all in our heads, that this was a “mental recession.”
The truth, of course, is that the country is hemorrhaging jobs and Americans are heading to the poorhouse by the millions. The stock markets and the value of the family home have collapsed, and there is virtual across-the-board agreement that the country is caught up in the worst economic disaster since at least World War II.
The Republican answer to this turmoil?
They need to go into rehab.
The question that I would like answered is why anyone listens to this crowd anymore. G.O.P. policies have been an absolute backbreaker for the middle class. (Forget the poor. Nobody talks about them anymore, not even the Democrats.) The G.O.P. has successfully engineered a wholesale redistribution of wealth to those already at the top of the income ladder and then, in a remarkable display of chutzpah, dared anyone to talk about class warfare.