Originally posted by exfed
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
I've to take a little exeption with what your saying here, BH. I watched many snippits and clips of republican congressmen, standing in front of
congress, asking to take some of the garbage out of that bill and bring real relief to the economy. They were ignored.
Listen to Hannity (yes I said the "H" word). He's very clear about wanting to see Obama do well and our country to do well. Thus far, no one has
stood in anyones way.
I can agree that the republican leadership has done a disasterous job at being republicans and it cost them dearly. At the same time, they know that
nothing they do that doesn't boost their image in the eyes of the people is going to get them elected in 4 or 8 years. It's much more likely that
the country will tire of the shortcomings of a liberal president and, having forgotten about the short commings of a conservative president, vote
republican. It's a cycle.
Real bipartisanship is a product of compromise. 188 Congressmen represent a lot of people. If Obama wants to unite the country, he'll refuse to sign
anything that those 188 didn't get a fair hand in. Otherwise, and I suspect I'm closer to the truth, he's just another fithy pig politician looking
out for his own.
I disagree, the republicans are using the "our way or the highway" tactic instead of making compromises with the majority. Their doing this on
purpose and I agree with BH, they are making attempts to bring Obamas bi-partisan effort down.
Now I understand many of the arguements, the republicans. They wish to cut out some of what they consider pork, such as sex education funding, or
animal research funding in that package, and yet they also demand tax cuts, and you know what, I agree with them. However, within the package itself,
this $800 billion package, a large fraction of it are tax cuts as requested by republicans the first time. Now they demand more tax cuts, yet history
shows us that in times during such economic disasters (the worst since WW2) tax cuts are the worst solution to the economys woes. You give tax cuts to
businesses, instead of them using that to further sustain their current business, they keep back the amount earned from tax cuts to save for a rainy
day, and thats where the issues grows
The republicans have to understand too that they lost the elections and that if they are going to want any changes, they are going to have compromise
with the majority. If they really cared about the economic crises, they wouldnt be sitting on their asses using the "my way or no support" gig, they
would actually be going out of their way to get some deal out of the package. I remember in 2000 when the republicans were majority, they did
completely shut out the democrats, despite the "bi-partisanship" crap Bush used in his campaign. In 2003 they shut out the liberal population and
proclaimed that "if your not with us, your against us" and you what, good riddance for the way they are being shut out now for not compromising.
As BH said, if the democrats wish to take the risk with this package, so let them do so, it will be on their heads. If the republicans really cared
about the implications of this package, they would be going out of their way to get some deal with the MAJORITY, instead of the obviously useless "my
way or the high way" stunt.
The republicans have 2012 in their minds, their lack of interest for the economy for the moment, their "lets sit back and leave the mess we made to
grow" attitude tells plenty about their intentions for this government to fail.