By Jack Jodell, Apr. 8, 2012
President Obama delivered a long overdue, very much deserved tongue-lashing to the House Republicans last week, and I agreed with every word he said. He rightfully accused them of fostering economic inequality, and said their current budget plan was “so far to the right it makes the [1994 Newt Gingrich] ‘Contract With America’ look like the New Deal!” Obama continued, “It is thinly-veiled Social Darwinism… antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who’s willing to work for it – a place where prosperity doesn’t just trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class.” Attaway, Mr. President!
It was the strongest statement yet by the President against the Teapublican caucus, and was also aimed at their sympathizer-in-chief, presidential wannabe and uber-millionaire Mitt Romney. You know – the Mitt Romney who “likes to fire people” and says that “corporations are people.” For Romney, the opportunist former-moderate, has suddenly turned ultra-conservative this election cycle, and has hurriedly endorsed this draconian measure because he smelled a Republican vote in doing so. This is a man devoid of all character and pribciple, save for his own personal profit and political advancement.
Romney applauds drastic cuts in entitlement programs which benefit needy people. He doesn’t care how many holes are put into our social safety net, nor even if it is cut to shreds. Neither do House Speaker John Boehner nor House Majority Leader (until the next election, that is) Eric Cantor. All they care about is protecting billionaires from ANY possible tax increases and chopping overall spending, except on defense, Obama pointed out correctly that this budget would gut the very things that are needed to grow an economy: education and training; research and development; and infrastructure. He called this monstrosity “a prescription for decline.” He then went on to say that “one of my potential opponebts, Gov. Romney, has said that he hoped a similar version of this plan would be introduced on day one of his presidency…he said that he’s very supportive of this new budget and even called it marvelous, which is a word you don’t often hear when it comes to describing a budget.”
This “marvelous” and “new” plan is actually neither, as it is merely the resurrection of the horrible brainchild plan of Rep. Paul Ryan that was previously submitted and roundly rejected last year. You rememer – THE Paul Ryan, the guy with the 1920s haircut, 1920s ideas, and the one who wants to end Social Security (despite the fact that it was Social Security Survivor’s benefits which helped him to get his college education)! Ryan, now a millionaire (of course – who BUT a millionaire could come up with such a disgusting budget?) was quick to accuse Obama of making a politically-motivated speech rather than dealing with our mounting debt. “History will not be kind to a president who, when it came time to confront our generation’s defining challenge, chose to duck and run,” said Ryan. “Defining challenge” indeed! Ryan, typical reactionary Republican that he is, has both his facts AND his priorities all screwed up! For it is the ever-rising disparity in wealth, NOT the budget deficit, which is our REAL “defining challenge” today! And it is the outright refusal of hard core ideologues like himself which has kept the richest 1% from receiving a tax inxrease to tax them THEIR FAIR SHARE, which has ADDED to this budget deficit! Both Romney and Ryan hve accused the President of being “out of touch” with the average American. Romney has even been galavanting around insinuating that high gas prices are Obama’s fault! What a load of hot air! For it has been the hands-pff economic approach so favored by modern Republicans tht has allowed irresponsible Wall Street speculation to flourish and drive prices (but not workers’ wages) ever-skyward! Not only that, but Romney, who has never known a hungry night his entire life, or Ryan, who wants to ditch Social Security now that it has already benefitted HIM, are the ones who are truly “out of touch!” In reality, it has been these Republicans – Romney and Ryan, Boehner and Cantor, McConnell and all the rest of them, who are completely out of touch with the wants and needs of the American public at large!
This November , we will be faced with a clear choice: to vote for the party of reaction, which means to choose old-fashioned, backward, for-the-rich-only politicians; to sit at home and do nothing, thereby allowing Romney and his far, far-right GOP 1%ers to sweep to power and wreak complete havoc on the rest of us; or to vote for progressives who really care about the MAJORITY 99% that are not rich and will work to preserve the great things we have achieved so far, while battling for good-paying jobs and a more equitable society in the long run.
I know the route I’ll be taking this election. Do YOU?