The Republican Obsession With Obstructing Obama is Endangering the Country

ProudProgressive 2012/12/01 15:25:23
The Republican Obsession With Obstructing Obama is Endangering the Country
By: Rmuse
November 30th, 2012

The spectrum of behaviors characterized by abnormal mental or behavioral patterns manifest as violations of normalcy, including a person becoming a danger to others, is a broad definition of insanity. Albert Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results," and his definition aptly describes the Republican Party for the past thirty years. However, since President Obama won re-election three weeks ago, members of the GOP in Congress have gone off the rails, and the consequences to the government, and 98% of the people, represents a clear danger to the nation's fragile economic recovery. Even though the election proved voters rejected Republican obstructionism and loyalty to the wealthy, they are digging in their heels and threatening tactics they used over the past four years as if the people demanded they continue making government unmanageable.

When S&P; downgraded the country's credit rating last year, they said "America's governance was becoming less stable, less effective, and less predictable," and blamed Republicans for using "the statutory debt ceiling and the threat of default as political bargaining chips to resist any measure that would raise revenues." S&P; recognized that sequestration leading to the so-called fiscal cliff was "a fallback mechanism designed to encourage Congress to embrace a more balanced approach to deficit reduction," but they understood Republicans were intent on letting the "2001 and 2003 tax cuts, due to expire by the end of 2012, remain in place." The Republican proposals beginning the day after the election informed that S&P; recognized what many Americans have witnessed for the past four years and that is the Republicans will continue obstructing any attempt to increase revenue that includes raising taxes on the rich. In fact, they are still pushing Romney's tax plan for fiscal cliff negotiations that include reducing tax rates for the wealthy and closing tax loopholes for the middle class.

In an effort to unblock the logjam in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid is proposing changing filibuster rules to disallow Republicans from obstructing bills from even coming up for discussion, and it prompted Speaker of the House John Boehner to pre-condemn a change to the filibuster by threatening that, "Any bill that reaches a Republican-led House based on Senate Democrats' heavy-handed power play would be dead on arrival." However, there have been bills that did pass the filibuster prone Senate Republicans, like keeping tax cuts for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses, that House Republicans refuse to bring up for a vote, or discussion. Republican obstructionism is not dependent on Senate procedures, but on giving preference to the wealthy and opposing any Administration or Democratic measure regardless if it helps create jobs, boost the economy, or reduce the deficit.

Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner presented President Obama's proposal for avoiding the fiscal cliff Republicans voted for last year, and Republicans dismissed it with extreme prejudice because it is not austerity with more tax cuts for the rich. The President's proposal adheres to the kind of broad framework of the deal Boehner wants with an upfront deficit-reduction "down payment" that cancels automatic tax increases and spending cuts while still signaling seriousness on the deficit, and a second stage giving Congress the opportunity to work on overhauling the tax code and social programs to secure more deficit reduction next year. Still, it does not include reducing taxes on wealthy and corporations' while drastically cutting social safety nets and spending on infrastructure. Boehner said, "The Democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts," and that "no substantive progress has been made in the talks between the White House and the House over the last two weeks. Listen, this is not a game, jobs are on the line, the American economy is on the line. And this is a moment for adult leadership." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "They took a step backward, moving away from consensus and significantly closer to the cliff," which is simple code for not proposing severe austerity to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy that, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), will not reduce the deficit.

In the CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook for Fiscal Years 2012 – 2022, it says if Bush-era tax cuts are allowed to expire at the end of the year, then the projected deficit will shrink from $1.1 trillion to $196 billion; an 82% reduction over the next six years. As a result, an increase in tax revenues combined with spending cuts will nearly halve the deficit in 2013, reducing it to $585 billion. They also claim that because the Bush-era tax cuts were never paid for, they will remain 60% of the deficit through 2019 because the country is still paying on borrowed money to benefit the wealthy.

Last year's S&P; report was correct in its appraisal that Republicans have made governance less stable, less effective, and less predictable, and one may have thought the election signaled that their intransigence on balanced deficit reduction was not acceptable, but they learned nothing whatsoever. In fact, they immediately trotted out Willard Romney's tax plan, made Paul Ryan point-man on fiscal cliff negotiations, and assailed the President for not putting the Affordable Care Act on the table as a means of deficit reduction; anything to prevent raising tax rates on the wealthiest 2% of income earners. Their obsession with protecting the rich is more than just a form of mental illness; it is hazardous to this country's economic health the American people cannot survive as long as they continue making governance less stable and effective.

President Obama gave Republicans a proposal that cuts the deficit, cuts spending, creates jobs through infrastructure improvements, and preserves tax cuts for 98% of the population and 97% of small businesses. Republicans countered with Romney's austerity plan and greater tax cuts for the wealthy, and they show no signs of relenting despite the looming fiscal cliff. Americans cannot tolerate another four years of Republican obstructionism just to benefit 2% of the population, or Draconian cuts to social safety nets that tens-of-millions of Americans depend on for basic survival. It has come to the point that Republicans are not doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, because they are doing the same thing they have for the past four years and expect the same results of making governance impossible, and unfortunately for America, their insane obsession with obstructing the President is a danger to economic recovery and 98% of the population.

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  • Risk 2012/12/01 15:53:59
    Obama's Obsession With Obstructing Congress is Endangering the Country ! However it is a two way street and maybe, just maybe reality will sink in and he will realize the harm and destruction he is causing our country. However I doubt it as he will continue to blame Congress for the next four years as he did Bush in his first four years.

    obama blames congress cartoon

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  • YouSirName 2012/12/07 15:55:34 (edited)
    It is simply a marvel how the ultra-wealthy skimmers at Faux News have managed to convince so many lower-middle income idiots that protecting Hannity and Co. leeches from paying their fair share of taxes is somehow necessary and patriotic.
  • freethinker 2012/12/02 13:39:02
    Stupid Proggies!! First sentence from Einstein is Describes the Lying Murderer who is squatting in Our Whitehouse!! lol...
  • Maynard 2012/12/02 13:11:37

    Brainwashing at work here.

    When obama took office, he had Dems running the House AND Senate.

    They were not able to PUT A BUDGET in place.

    Now the Republicans have the House and they put fourth budgets to the Senate, they are run by LIBS WHO ARE TOO STUPID TO READ THEM, this is provable, libs are on SH asking WHERE are the CUTS offered by Republicans,

    You libs are TOO EASY.

  • Kaleokualoha 2012/12/02 07:23:33
    My condolences on your loss, conservatives! Welcome to the REAL world, not the alternate reality bubble in which many of you seem to live. As some pundit commented, the GOP is a "Mad Men" party in a "Modern Family" America!

    Sodahead poll results once again prove how far to the right Sodahead actually is. It makes me feel like a missionary in Right-Wing Fantasyland!


    "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
  • Maynard Kaleoku... 2012/12/02 13:14:49
    You seem as BRAINWASHED as they get, sad for you.

    MAD MEN?

    That is the BRAINWASHING that needs to stop, you Sir, are too far gone with HATE for good people like ME so go down your road of HATE FILLED WITH LIES, good day.
  • Kaleoku... Maynard 2012/12/02 19:36:52
    Sorry if the "Mad Men" analogy is too subtle for you. Let me help you out!

    "Mad Men," like the GOP, reflects middle class white America. The demographic differences between the GOP and Democrats is starkly reflected in images of their recent conventions.

    See! That wasn't too difficult to understand, was it?

    BTW: I don't hate Republicans. I'm just glad that the GOP lost!
  • Maynard Kaleoku... 2012/12/03 12:54:13
    BRAINWASHED is the new MENTAL DISORDER, get help, then leave me alone until helped.
  • Kaleoku... Maynard 2012/12/03 19:48:49
    "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Maynard Kaleoku... 2012/12/04 12:33:05
    Mirror tells you this?


    Insults from ignornace, all you offer, is BLOCKING DEFINED.
  • YouSirName Maynard 2012/12/07 15:48:42
  • YouSirName Kaleoku... 2012/12/07 15:48:00
    Salute your attempts, but you are addressing fools and liars

    RW idiots
  • jer1five 2012/12/02 02:37:05
    This country has been endangered ever since the first progressive achieved enlightened status.
  • A Found... jer1five 2012/12/11 06:56:26 (edited)
    A Founding Father
    Isn't that so true. There have always been the "flat earth society" trying to drag the nation back to "it's roots" in 1767 or 1776. We give them the label of "conservatives", but are more accurately described as "reactionaries". We must love and tolerate them as they too are citizens, even if mostly uninformed and poor examples of citizenship.
  • santa6642 2012/12/02 02:05:18
    good, nobama.
  • marcuss....PHART 2012/12/02 01:41:20 (edited)
    I say give you ass clowns trillions. When we end up like Greece the retarded LWNJs will claim responsibility Now back to reality where the retard LWNJs point their finger at Bush.
  • ruru 2012/12/02 01:40:56
    Obama is the biggest threat to the United States.
  • Radlad 2012/12/01 22:21:50
    pp open your eyes!!!! barry and the democrats are the one endangering it..........
  • 4gotten Israelite 2012/12/01 22:12:44
  • nononsenseguy 2012/12/01 21:46:33
    Actually its Obama and democrat policies that are doing that. Open your eyes.
  • 4gotten... nononse... 2012/12/01 22:08:28
    4gotten Israelite
    One thing about you republicans, you are very loyal to each other. You know the republican congress said in 2008 that they were not going to work with this President. McConnell vowed to make Obama a one term President. Still in 2012 these republicans are obstructing this country.. You loyal extremist will never work with this President, no matter what. I think it is a personal thing , I just don't believe it is policy's as much as it is personal. You extremist know exactly why you won't work with this President, and so do a whole lot of other people. It's just that you don't want to be called out on it.
  • nononse... 4gotten... 2012/12/01 22:11:31
    First of all I am a conservative. Secondly...if Obama doesn't want to operate within the parameters of the constitution he should be obstructed. Let him play golf go on vacation and do nothing for 4 years.
  • 4gotten... nononse... 2012/12/02 01:56:06
    4gotten Israelite
    You know, in reality, it doesn't make any difference what Obama does, you conservatives will never accept him. If he was the best President America had ever had, you conservatives would frown on him. Obama knows what he is up against. It has been proven that America has good fair minded people, and it also has it's conservatives.
  • nononse... 4gotten... 2012/12/11 06:30:08
    A conservative believes in the founding of america and respects the constitution which is the bedrock of our laws. I have a problem with anyone who refuses to follow it including Obama.
  • 4gotten... nononse... 2012/12/11 21:43:29
    4gotten Israelite
    Then you must have a big problem with these republicans, because they are very unpatriotic.
  • nononse... 4gotten... 2012/12/18 18:39:29
    Obama , dems, and rino republicans to be exact.
  • 4gotten... nononse... 2012/12/20 16:10:51
    4gotten Israelite
    If you say so, but you know those republicans in congress today are neglecting this country because of their personal feelings towards the President. And that's not fair to America. We hired them to work for us not against us.
  • nononse... 4gotten... 2012/12/28 20:13:52
    Obama swore an oath to protect and upholdthe constitution and he has done the opposite of that. Is that fair to America????? How about his doubling of the debt......is that fair to America???
  • 4gotten... nononse... 2013/01/03 12:23:23
    4gotten Israelite
    What part of the constitution did Obama not up hold? and if he not up-holing the constitution like you say, why would the American people re-elect him? You can't be the only one seeing this. As far as debt doubling, when Obama took office in 2008, the national debt was already at 10.7 trillion, remember? Now if anybody doubled the debt it was a republican president. When Bush took office, the national debt was $5.73 trillion. When he left, it was $10.7 trillion. remember? Sure Obama added 6 trillion to the tab, but nononesenseguy, when the economy was collapsing in front of our eyes by the time Obama was taking office, do you really believe this country could had picked itself up with-out spending a dime? Oh, Obama did not double the national debt. It's only at 16 trillion
  • nononse... 4gotten... 2013/01/06 09:35:55
    Obamacare is unconstitutional. Half the people are idoits that are those "low information voters" we hear so much about. Bush spent 4 trillion Obama spent 6 trillion and will likely spend 6 trillion more. Government does not create jobs....it taxes/takes money away from people to reditribute to other people/things. THat 6 trill Obama has spent has not solved the housing meltdown one bit.
  • 4gotten... nononse... 2013/01/07 01:52:56
  • Defendn... 4gotten... 2012/12/01 23:01:13
    There's actually quite a divide between neocons and true conservatives/libertarians.

    Not so loyal at all. RNC rigged...
  • A Found... 4gotten... 2012/12/11 07:02:15 (edited)
    A Founding Father
    Say the words without reluctance - most of the RWNJs are racists, fearful and angry that a black man has been elected to the highest office in the land. Notice how often they whine and cry that "all black folks voted for Obama". Well, that is about 98% true, so we laugh and remind them that about the same percentage of those who voted for Romney were white folks. Sounds like a stand off, except that Obama received 52% of the votes while the black voting community cast less than 14% of the ballots. Soooo, what do we conclude? Yep, lots of those white folks did vote for Obama, about 35 Million of them.
  • 4gotten... A Found... 2012/12/11 21:49:20
    4gotten Israelite
    You're right! these republicans have been living their great grand fathers dreams from the 60's on back. They still think that America is white washed. They relied on the white vote to win. Now days as this election proved, people isn't about that white only sign anymore.
  • ed 2012/12/01 21:33:03
    You should have learned by now that this game you seem to enjoy playing is way out dated.
  • A Founding Father 2012/12/01 21:05:08 (edited)
    A Founding Father
    The Republican Party spent decades developing and brainwashing a certain portion of the U.S. population, convincing them to oppose their Government and turn selected religious and social dogmas into a political agenda. Now, the Party is stuck with these radical elements that have assumed control of the "grass roots" and carry water for the money interests that are the beneficiaries of these zombies. They deserve what they created.
    If the Party is totally destroyed by the zealotry it will be a sort of justice served on the deserving.

    The nation will survive as the people have become aware of the destruction the wingnuts cause and have rejected the obstructionist tactics soundly. We need all recall the results
    of the second and third elections in which FDR faced similar absurd opposition from the Republicans.
  • freethi... A Found... 2012/12/01 21:26:14
    Who cares You Marxist POS???
  • A Found... freethi... 2012/12/01 21:31:32
    A Founding Father
    The educated, the bright, the concerned, and the intelligent citizens all care. People like youself, well, not so much.
  • nononse... A Found... 2012/12/01 21:50:19
    I am educated, bright, and concerned. I disagree with much of what you just said.
  • A Found... nononse... 2012/12/02 01:42:28 (edited)
    A Founding Father
    You can prove how bright you are by describing what portions of the two sentences I wrote that you "disagree" with. Come on now, show us your stuff.
  • nononse... A Found... 2012/12/11 06:37:40
    You speak in generalities about this republican brainwashing of yours. I would contend that liberals engage in liberal brainwashing in the public schools and colleges. They are more like endoctrination centers rather than education. And why would republicans only be interested in brainwashing only a certain portion of americans if they were hell bent on such a thing?????? Also the destruction that I see going on is not the so called right wingnuts you speak of....rather its Obama and the democrats. Tax and spend tax and spend....never worked before.....won't work now.

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