Yes, the holiday season has arrived, and the Senate and House of Representatives are still at it. Basically, the Republican Far Right and the rest of the country are still at it!
Let’s be clear about something. In 2012 President Obama won what has basically been called an overwhelming re-election. The Democrats kept control of the Senate. And even though the Republicans kept control of the House of Representatives, Democratic candidates for the House received over 1 million more votes than Republican candidates.
Under normal circumstances, that means the Democrats have a right to try their policies in order to get the country moving forward. But, the Republicans, especially their Pee Party bullies, have the opposite belief. They believe that since they LOST the election, that means they get to establish policy. After all, the country didn’t really mean to elect a black man again! It had to be a mistake!
This has manifested itself in the most obstructionist form of government we have seen in our entire history! Let me give just one example. The Republicans have held up nominations for courts and cabinet positions. NOT because they have any fundamental objection to the nominees, but rather the simple fact they were nominated by President Obama!
There have been 81 “cloture motions” – attempts to end filibusters – during President Obama’s time in office. That is more cloture motions in just Obama’s five years in office than in all previous years combined since filibusters of judicial and executive branch nominees began in 1968. Here is a little breakdown by President”
Bush 41: 1
Bush 43: 38
SOURCES: Congressional Research Service, U.S. Senate
As a result, the Senate voted yesterday to change the filibuster rules against judicial nominees, excluding the Supreme Court, and Cabinet Positions. Now these nominees simply need an up or down vote with a simple majority to be accepted by the Senate.
Of course, that led Mitch McConnell to rant about it being a “diversion away from Obamacare”. Why does everything have to come back to Obamacare? How does the ACA have anything to do with the qualifications of a person nominated to sit on an Appeals Court bench? On the flip side, guess who said this in 2005:
“I think the president is entitled to an up-or-down–that is simple majority–vote on nominations, both to his Cabinet and to the executive branch and also to the judiciary. The filibuster was not used for 200 years. The country did just fine. Sometimes the court would jag off to the left, and sometimes it would slide over to the right. Presidents trying to mold the Supreme Court is nothing new. It’s not inappropriate. And we need to get back to tradition, and the tradition is a majority is enough to confirm a judge.”
Or, see if you can guess who said this:
“What typically happens is we exercise self-restraint, and we do not engage in that kind of behavior because invoking certain obstructionist tactics would upset the Senate’s unwritten rules.”
Yep, it is the same Senator who said on the day of President Obama’s first inauguration: “It is our goal to obstruct the President and make sure Obama is a one term president”. Mitch McConnell!!! Whatever happened to his second quote?
This where the hypocrisy comes in.
Why so many filibusters against this president? There is only one answer. Mitch McConnell and the Pee Party have tried to delegitimize the president. They don’t want to admit that he was even elected. That is where the hate comes in.
They aren’t stopping here either. The Senate and Republicans are meeting in a budget negotiating session. They are supposed to hammer out a budget by December 15. Paul Ryan is leading the committee. So far, from reports being heard, he isn’t doing very much to compromise on anything.
On December 31, the extended unemployment insurance runs out. That means 1.3 million people who need that unemployment will be cut off unless congress acts. No movement has even started on it because the Republicans WANT it to run out.
Republicans want to cut S0cial Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other social programs. They want to keep the sequester cuts in place even though it hurts millions of Americans but will also hamstring the DOD. They are also adamant about NOT raising any revenues to help reduce the deficit. As usual, they only want the poor, disabled, and elderly to pay for any cuts.
If this isn’t resolved by December 15, we are looking at another government shutdown on January 15. And, possibly a default on the debt. The Republicans don’t seem to care if the economy collapses and take the world’s economy with it. That apparently will be Obama’s fault in their eyes. That is the ruthless part.
The stupid part is believing that the American People will see them as “crusaders” for justice! They actually believe that the majority of Americans will applaud their hostage taking again. They didn’t learn anything from the latest shutdown when their numbers plummeted! They seem to like the fact that only 9% of Americans approve of them and their tactics.
So, as feared when the deal to reopen the government was reached a couple of months ago, we are facing a holiday season full of doubt and anxiety. The Republicans don’t care either. Obstructing the President is the only thing they care about. If the country goes down the drain, so be it!
It is truly a sad time in our country’s history. We actually have a political party that is hell-bent on ruining the country. I am of the opinion that if we had the current political make-up in Washington as we do today, the Republicans would have made sure Germany won WWII just so they could blame the President! That is why I say “Tis the season for hypocrisy, ruthlessness, hatred, and stupidity! What better way to celebrate the holidays?
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