By Jack Jodell, July 11, 2011
I don’t envy President Obama in the least. Since the very day he took office in 2009, he has had ZERO support and ZERO cooperation from conservative Republicans, and, now that the extrememely vocal minority contingent of reactionary Tea Party elements have bullied their way into control of the House of Representatives and de facto control of the already far too-conservative GOP, he is being buffeted nonstop with outrageous demands and pressures. True, his unending propensity to avoid a showdown and concede rather than standing firm has cost him dearly and has led to this current sad state of affairs. In the process, he has yielded ground we progressives find sacred, like abandoning his call for a public option for health care and closing Guantanamo. This has justifiably infuriated all of us. But your desire to have the appearance of being the only adult in the room is futile, and all it does is strengthen the conservatives at your expense by turning you into a Republican doormat, Mr. P5resident. These people will NEVER bargain in good faith with you OR the Democrats. They are a malevolent, mutant breed of hyper-conservatives. ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE, MR. PRESIDENT!
In this latest example of non-cooperation, House Majority Whip Eric Cantor )R-VA) abruptly walked out of recent bipartisan budget talks being held by Vice President Joe Biden. So did Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ). This childish grandstanding did NOTHING to aid either working toward a compromise OR solving the budget problem. And as far as compromising goes, the Republicans have completely lost the art altogether. Their idea of reaching an agreement nowadays is to present one demand, deny a Democratic counterproposal, then present another demand, deny another Democratic counterproposal, and then walk out of the conference en masse and blame the President for the talks falling apart. THAT, Republicans, is blatant bullying, and THAT is NOT GOOD FOR AMERICA! It is not even negotiating in good faith. ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE!
Speaking of good faith, the Republicans have absolutely none when it comes to the President. Egged on by their Tea Party crazies, they have engaged in wild “birther” accusations and lies about the President having a “Socialist” agenda (I wish he DID have one), rather than face up to and deal with the pressing problems of the day, like joblessness, our crumbling infrastructure, and the rapidly disappearing middle class. They consistently oppose ANY attempt to roll back George W. Bush’s ridiculous tax cuts for the wealthy, and constantly spin it as a tax increase rather than a restoration to a more sane, MUCH more fair, previous rate closer to that which ALL the rest of the civilized world has. Both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have joined Whip Cantor in declaring that all suggestions regarding higher taxes are “off the table.” They want to privatize Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, but their real aim is to paralyze the federal government to make it become completely ineffectual so that it will wither away altogether. Then their perverted dream of no more government regulation and a return to fully unrestricted “free market” economics will be realized. In the process, our current economy will crumble. McConnell and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will then realize their wish to see Obama become a one-term President, at which point some crazed Republican will take control of the White House. Grover Norquist and the evil Koch Brothers must be rife with anticipation. This is NOT serving the best interests, of the country, however. ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE, CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS!!
But the most nonsensical behavior of all has come from Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). This charlatan campaigned nonstop last fall promising that if we only would elect a Republican House of Representatives (with him as Speaker), the economy would improve and he would press unceasingly for the creation of new, good-paying American jobs. He got his wish for a Republican House and became Speaker. That was MORE THAN SIX MONTHS AGO, AND SPEAKER BOEHNER HAS NOT INTRODUCED EVEN ONE PIECE OF JOBS LEGISLATION IN ALL THAT TIME! Instead, he has actively opposed tax hikes on the rich and has launched a series of non-job related social issues. He has even taken to calling the President’s Stimulus package a failure, even though many scores of his fellow Republicans have taken credit for much of the money it brought to their districts (see Lee Fang’s Feb. 20. 2009 Think Progress Sprcial Report). So now I must ask you again, Mr. Boehner: WHERE THE HELL ARE THESE JOBS YOU PROMISED? It is hardly the fault of the President that his stimulus funding, which was too small to begin with according to most economists, has now run out and unemployment is rising again. ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE, JOHN BOEHNER!!
Even here, in my own state of Minnesota, Democratic Governor Mark Dayton has found himself plagued by wholly unyielding Tea Party-corrupted consevative Republicans as well. With the irresponsible previous Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty having left the state with an unnecessarily high $6 BILLION shortfall, Dayton has met twice with legislative Republicans, who refused to allow a tax surcharge on those with annual incomes over $250,000, and then on the state’s 7,700 millionaires. Though this move is favored.by a very clear majority of voters. rather than meet him even halfway, the Republicans have now CLOSED DOWN THE STATE GOVERNMENT! Yes, Gov. Dayton hung tough and would not be bullied by conservative Republican thug tactics. He said NO to their refusals on taxes and their demand to drastically cut education and important and necessary social services. I can only hope that, on the federal level, President Obama will finally now hang tough with congressional Republicans and stand up and resist their insane demands against tax hikes for billionaires and advocating cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid! For it is high time we get on with the business of this country and stop all this foolish political grandstanding.
ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE!!!