Mar. 24,2016 By Jack Jodell.
Those who read this blog regularly know I have deservedly blasted this current Tea Party-infested, reactionary Republican Party many times for its tendency to block and obstruct rather than legislate. Throughout the past 7+ years, they have constantly stalled, grandstanded against, and/or blocked a huge number of bills, many of which would have put unemployed workers to work in good-paying jobs as well as having improved many areas of our badly-lagging infrastructure. They have become known as “the party of NO!” for their repeated refusal to enact any meaningful legislation. Led by grandstanding buffoons like Sen. Ted Cruz, these stodgy old arrogant fools have even shut down the federal government for a time under the guise of “fiscal responsibility.” Yuh. In the House, under the “brilliant leadership” of Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa, they have held hundreds of hearings trying to unsuccessfully blacken the name of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in order to prevent her from running as a credible Democratic Party candidate for President. Once-Speaker of the House and crybaby John Boehner wasted many thousands of congressional man hours and many millions of taxpayer dollars holding an unprecedented almost 70 REPEAL OBAMACARE votes, NONE of which ever were signed into law. The very partisan and equally fiscally irresponsible new Speaker Paul Ryan has continued this exercise in utter futility, with the very same time and money-wasting lack of success that his predecessor had. Such nonproductive shenanigans are becoming the hallmark of this current Republican controlled Congress – and they stink.
Other cocky, thoughtless, and downright anti -democracy actions by these Teapublicans include the way Republican Tea Party-darling governor Rick Snyder of Michigan took it upon himself to dismiss the duly and democratically elected mayors and city councils of a number of Michigan’s financially-stressed cities, and then replaced them with all-powerful “Emergency Managers” who were answerable only to him. These appointees took it upon themselves to sell of public property to private investors, and one of them even carelessly poisoned the children and citizens of the city of Flint by switching its source of drinking water to the polluted and corrosive Flint River, all in a very boneheaded effort to save state money. This was not only in defiance of the legally-elected city council, but also showed the contempt Snyder and his followers have for the voters of that city and state. This, too, stinks to high heaven!
But now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has elevated this putrid air of anarchy and obstructionism to a new level. This constipated, clueless, overly-partisan ideologue has refused to hold any hearings or to even meet with any appointee President Obama makes to fill the seat on the Supreme Court vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia. His claim that Obama is a lame duck and that appointments of this nature should be deferred to the next President is a load of rubbish and is not borne out by historical precedent, as I have noted in a previous post. That, along with the way he and his Republican caucus have filibustered, delayed, not taken no action on scores of previous Obama judicial and even a few cabinet appointments shows them all to be defying the Constitution and therefore unfit to be on the public payroll!
Consequently,I am advocating that President Obama, as the leader of the Executive Branch of our Federal Government, file a lawsuit against Mitch McConnell and his fellow obstructionists on grounds that they are in contempt of our judicial system and are wantonly wasting many millions of taxpayer dollars on frivolous and wholly unproductive overly-partisan [p;optically-inspired hearings. Such a lawsuit of one governmental branch suing another is not without precedent: last year, for example,then-Speaker John Boehner sued the President. As Boehner’s suit was frivolous and merely a political ploy, nothing ever became of it. But in Obama’s case, there is real justification for such a suit in that these ridiculously stodgy Republicans have time and again resolved to thwart his every move and must be held accountable for this unjustified, money-wasting obstruction! While such a suit would certainly be appealed and fought all the way up to the Supreme Court, it would serve notice to these uncooperative partisan idiots that we taxpayers are sick to death over all of this stalling, and that we demand the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice this year, and a cessation of all this infernal politicizing and stalling! The time is more than ripe for getting these woefully overpaid congresspersons to begin earning their bloated paychecks and start serving the interests of the American peoplee rather than the interests of the wealthy libertarian anti-government extremists like the Koch brothers!
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