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Tone Deaf Republicans Push Themselves off the Political Cliff By Ignoring the Voters

ProudProgressive 2012/12/05 13:51:33

You really have to wonder whether the Republican party is simply so beholden to the corporate oligarchs that pay them so well that they don't give a damn about the future of the United States economy, or if they are actively attempting to collapse the United States government. It is clear that they don't care about the American people and don't listen when the population sends them clear messages about what we want, but I can't tell if it is simple craven selfishness that motivates them or a true desire to destroy this democratic republic entirely.

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Tone Deaf Republicans Push Themselves off the Political Cliff By Ignoring the Voters
By: Becky Sarwate
December 4th, 2012

If the looming fiscal cliff weren’t so deadly serious, this would be a great time to be a Democratic political observer. Not only did President Obama win a second term last month in a landmark election that demonstrated the increasingly fringe nature of the Republican party platform (though GOP operatives would rather blame the voting public for its “freeloading” or barring that, hold their collective breath until their faces turn blue before admitting this reality), but the reinvigorated POTUS was handed the immediate opportunity to demonstrate his leadership. The long-deferred fiscal cliff crisis, a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to begin on January 1, 2013 in lieu of a balanced, forward-looking budget agreement that both parties can accept, stands to clarify that one-half of our two-party system is so out-of-touch, they risk becoming a permanent minority.

GOP lawmakers are in this predicament because they are now seeking compromise with a President firmly entrenched in a “fool me once, shame on you…” mentality. After performing acts of contortion in summer 2011 to secure a “Grand Bargain” with Republican House leaders during the manufactured debt ceiling crisis, the POTUS was rebuffed and humiliated by Speaker John Boehner’s failure to corral the Tea Party extremists which now dominate the lower chamber of Congress. At that time Obama offered what many average Americans would consider some rather austere spending cuts in exchange for raised revenues that would return tax rates to Clinton-era levels for the top two percent of wealthy residents. We all know how that turned out. Republicans rejected the deal, Obama grew red faced and the United States’ credit rating was reduced to AA+ by Standard & Poor’s (S&P;), from a long-held AAA.

This time, rather than report to Capitol Hill with his hat in his hands, Obama has taken the offensive position. By asking just one simple question (“Since you don’t like my ideas, what do you propose?”), the President has unleashed another round of GOP infighting, echoing the 2008 Republican primaries, that has laid bare exactly who is to blame for Congress’ inability to accomplish anything at all.

With little more than four weeks to go before fiscal cliff provisions are enacted, a backup plan that almost every economist worth his or her salt agrees would slow or freeze the nation’s fledgling recovery from the Great Recession altogether, right-leaning lawmakers can’t arrive at any internal agreement, let alone search for common ground with President Obama.

Just as Speaker Boehner finally offers a deal involving revenue increases, however insufficient these additional funds may be, Yahoo! News writer Chris Moody reports today that longtime Republican Senator Jim DeMint lashed out at his fellow lawmaker: “Speaker [John] Boehner’s $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny. This isn’t rocket science. Everyone knows that when you take money out of the economy, it destroys jobs, and everyone knows that when you give politicians more money, they spend it. This is why Republicans must oppose tax increases and insist on real spending reductions that shrink the size of government and allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money.” Oh those Republicans, always thinking about the middle class and its bottom line. Whatever would we do without their support? Moody correctly observes that DeMint is “not directly involved in the negotiations and he represents just a single vote in Congress,” but with that said, the right-wing base should be running the other direction, away from thus internal strife.

It is reflective not only of a party that is unable to present solutions to near-term problems, but moreover, a group that is very close to relegating itself to the political backwoods in perpetuity. Did they not get the message on Election Day that Americans want solutions? Voters have made their voices heard: we cannot exclusively cut our way out of a financial hole that was created in large part by the failed policies of George W. Bush. The extremely wealthy took a tax vacation for 12 years on the backs of the working class. It’s over.

For a few days, GOP messaging hijinks will be amusing, but the closer we get to the New Year, the clearer it is that the party fails to understand much of anything. DeMint’s position is not mainstream and these public battles preclude the ability to hide behind President Obama’s “failure to lead.”


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  • MeiLin 2012/12/05 14:44:12 (edited)
    MeiLin
    +13
    Tone Deaf Republicans? More like Deaf, Dumb and Blind.

    Sabotaging the entire country because the voters did not
    choose your candidate is not exactly my idea of patriotism...

    Chopping holes in the ship of State means the Republican
    constituency drowns right along with everyone else.
    Double disloyalty, imho

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  • scottcleaves 2012/12/06 08:21:30
    scottcleaves
    +1
    Let's be a bit more specific: It's the Tea Party obstructionist whack jobs who need to go.
  • hatter 2012/12/06 06:55:15
    hatter
    Ha ha ha take dematurds. Really I think we should just keep driving over that cliff till demacrats get some brains and realize its them behind the wheel.
  • Lady Wh... hatter 2012/12/06 10:37:27
    Lady Whitewolf
    You LOST - get OVER it.
  • marcuss LIBERALS ARE TRAITORS 2012/12/06 02:35:12
    marcuss LIBERALS ARE TRAITORS
    YEA lets make those filthy rich LIBERAL Hollywood elite and all those filthy rich LIBERAL entertainers PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. You clowns actually think they are going to just cough up the LOOT!.

    PAY MORE!.......LOL what they will pay extra in a year wont run the government for 10 days........Seriously you shoved another finger in another hole in the dam.
  • realist 2012/12/06 01:28:27
    realist
    December 31 if a decision isn't reached law comes into effect, this is a non-issue from both sides of the fence.
  • Studied 2012/12/06 00:56:15
    Studied
    Really, Tone deaf Republicans. You have no clue why the why the Republicans walked away from that debt deal. They came to a deal only to have Obama move the football. After several repeats of this they walked away. The problem is it is impossible to compromise with a person who will absolutely NOT compromise. Now they sent a deal containing more than Obama asked for and again Obama stamped his feet and said not good enough. Obama wants to cut the taxes of the top 2% and the Republicans want to remove the loopholes, both deals would bring the exact same amount of revenue. So why so set on a tax increase? Really? Do you really believe these folks are willing to pay more? With a tax increase, you could then put in some additional loopholes in essence negating the increase. This is most likely the real reason Obama will not consider loopholes. He is playing a shell game with all Americans. And why in the world is Geithner the one negotiating for Obama, he is not a member of congress. Where is Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi? We have never had a Secretary of the Treasury negotiating anything before.
    Then just today - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither told CNBC Wednesday that Republicans are "making a little bit of progress" in "fiscal cliff" talks but said the Obama a...

    Really, Tone deaf Republicans. You have no clue why the why the Republicans walked away from that debt deal. They came to a deal only to have Obama move the football. After several repeats of this they walked away. The problem is it is impossible to compromise with a person who will absolutely NOT compromise. Now they sent a deal containing more than Obama asked for and again Obama stamped his feet and said not good enough. Obama wants to cut the taxes of the top 2% and the Republicans want to remove the loopholes, both deals would bring the exact same amount of revenue. So why so set on a tax increase? Really? Do you really believe these folks are willing to pay more? With a tax increase, you could then put in some additional loopholes in essence negating the increase. This is most likely the real reason Obama will not consider loopholes. He is playing a shell game with all Americans. And why in the world is Geithner the one negotiating for Obama, he is not a member of congress. Where is Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi? We have never had a Secretary of the Treasury negotiating anything before.
    Then just today - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither told CNBC Wednesday that Republicans are "making a little bit of progress" in "fiscal cliff" talks but said the Obama administration was "absolutely" ready to go over the cliff if the GOP doesn't agree to raise tax rates on the wealthy.
    "I think they're making a little bit of progress," Geithner said. "They're clearly moving and figuring out how to try to move further."
    But Geithner said the White House would "absolutely" go over the fiscal cliff — triggering over $600 billion in automatic spending cuts and tax increases — unless tax rates increase on the top 2 percent of wage earners.
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  • Spooner 2012/12/05 23:37:23
    Spooner
    I am glad they got sent to time out.
  • realityjunkie 2012/12/05 23:16:11
    realityjunkie
    +1
    They are acting like stubborn children.
  • jgh57 reality... 2012/12/06 00:14:53
    jgh57
    +2
    In need of a good spanking teacher  paddle
  • santa6642 2012/12/05 21:30:05
    santa6642
    Pure BS.
  • JCD aka "biz" 2012/12/05 20:41:18
    JCD aka "biz"
    +3
    The more moderate Republicans are beginning to realize that their party will fade into insignificance if they move too far away from the center.
  • jgh57 2012/12/05 19:24:07
    jgh57
    +5
    They are so full of hate that not only would they destroy the Republican Party but the US as well.
  • lee 2012/12/05 19:03:19 (edited)
    lee
    +3
    obviously we are still expecting too much from them.... they will go the Way of the Whig, i tell ya.

    we have to be strong enough to hold on until 2014 so we can get rid of these dead beats.
  • mind-pilot 2012/12/05 18:50:26
    mind-pilot
    +2
    Yeah, these corporate puppets, especially McConnel ( I can't stand that mans nasal sound),Boehner,Cantor, McCain,Pelosi,Ryan and the rest are like the traitor Americans who were trying to turn George Washington over to the British just the week before Valley Forge. They are not Americans they are corporate puppets. Or, like Grover Norquist would call them "poopy heads". A typical, dying age republican term that best defines Americans who take the money over the logic. Even, after, the great depression we caused.
  • askmike mind-pilot 2012/12/05 20:44:41
    askmike
    You almost got it right. They are not at all corporate puppets. That is a polite term They are whores for the pimps that pay them to turn tricks.
  • mind-pilot askmike 2012/12/05 21:24:07
    mind-pilot
    I stand corrected. Thank you. Now, since they don't love America, they may leave it. Go to Dubai. Communist Red China! Communist Viet Nam! Just go!
  • redhorse29 2012/12/05 18:49:58
    redhorse29
    +2
    Wrong onion breath. The GOP's in congress are not ignoring the voters. They are doing exactly what their constituents voted for them to support. Don't confuse voting for Obama with voting for other candidates. We are getting exactly the representation we elected. Local - immediate impacting elections always impacts candidates; since their constituents are the ones being given the political promises.
  • mind-pilot redhorse29 2012/12/05 21:31:07
    mind-pilot
    +1
    As a fellow constituent I feel lied to by Romney. He said he'd win. He got all that corporate money, all that Citizens United undisclosed cash, he banked his own billions of bucks and he LOST. I'm robbed by my own. And you seem to like it?
  • hatter mind-pilot 2012/12/06 07:08:04
    hatter
    Well now the unions are gonna get a nice kickback for health insurance and small business is gonna be forced to have workers work less than thirty hours a week. Because most small business do not have that kind of capitol to pay for health care for its workers. Unions work for the state mostly. So their work is paid for by tax payers
  • mind-pilot hatter 2012/12/06 22:24:28
    mind-pilot
    It's just a matter of better accounting. The "old school" found so many loopholes that it corrupted it's own system declaring "we are efficient". And they are not efficient. We saw with all that deregulation ( I personally want to derregulate hand gun purchases and do it like we did in the wild west.....but sissy's complain I'd own a gun) we found the banks screwed us. Now, you want to talk Union as if your talking point is new when it isn't.
    This is America. As an Englishman I was always taught: If you want something corrupted ask a yank....they corrupt every thing because they are "free" to do so.
    Oh well.........I wat single payer like te corrupt politicians have. It's America...just do it.
  • askmike 2012/12/05 18:38:58
    askmike
    +2
    There is a valid reason why the Boner was unable to corral the cats that make up his side of The House. The GOP no longer exists as the party he knew 10 years ago. Grover Norquist and his oath have splintered the party so extremely that the GOP is now the NOP; the No Obama Party, and the focus of that herd of cats is not on the welfare of the Union but on destroying the Union to make President Obama look bad. The NOP has more splinters than a weathered barn in Wyoming. Each of those splinters refuses to acknowledge the validity of the other splinters and each of those splinters even refers to the other splinters as RINOs. The primaries showed how ruthless those splinters were and each splinter adopted a scorched earth campaign in their attempts to discredit all nominees except their own. I won't even get into the rape crap.
  • Tuna 2012/12/05 18:38:34 (edited)
    Tuna
    +4
    Raising taxes on the top earners will not put a dent in the debt because the SPENDING and the waste, fraud, abuse is out of control. Tone deaf Democrats would rather go over the cliff than to confront the inevitable cuts in spending. wrong
  • askmike Tuna 2012/12/05 18:40:24
    askmike
    +1
    Knee slapping funny! Tell us another funny one. And I think you meant "you are wrong", which adds to the humor!
  • Tuna askmike 2012/12/05 19:05:20
    Tuna
    +3
    There are 60 million baby boomers set to retire in 5-15 years; they stop paying IN to the system and begin taking OUT, a double whammy. All of that money for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Federal Employee retirement, and Post Office retirement is GONE; they spent it. It won't work, the economy is crashing to the ground.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/12/05 18:12:04
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    YA NOTICED, HUH?
  • Tuna Lady Wh... 2012/12/05 18:42:33 (edited)
    Tuna
    +3
    We have tried the tax & spend more thing with EVERY Democrat and you know damn well these democrats will not cut a dime out of spending, THEY LIE about that.. poor money managers. (key word POOR). The USA can't even afford a hurricane or helping an ally withan earthquake; we are BROKE; what don't you LIBS understand about that?
  • Falcon Tuna 2012/12/05 19:29:51
    Falcon
    +1
    Republicans don't cut a dime out of spending either. They just refuse to pay for it.
  • Tuna Falcon 2012/12/05 19:42:07
    Tuna
    +3
    Republicans since Bush 41 RIGHT; enter the Tea Party. We are tired of the "go alomg so we can get along" republicans. They "go alomg" but the Dems always welch on their end of the bargain; the Tea Partyy has learned that.
  • Falcon Tuna 2012/12/21 19:02:36
    Falcon
    Kinda like the Dems who "went along" when Bush stood in front of the country and lied about WMDs to get us into a war that he never intended to pay for.
  • Tuna Falcon 2012/12/21 20:09:17
    Tuna
    That is soooooo old and been debunked 1,000 times. Clinton knew of the WMDs; WMDs were found. The Pres. in Syria has them now; threatening to use them on his people. Both wars were in the budget, Congress approved. Both wars COMBINED were less than the Stimulus; less than the omnibud spending; less than the bail-outs, and HALF of Obamacare; lol !!!
  • Falcon Tuna 2012/12/21 20:29:34
    Falcon
    BS... If WMD's had been found it would have been all over the news. FAUX NOISE would have had a field day with it. The only thing that was ever said was something about yellow cake uranium, which is hardly a WMD.

    Syria as well as Iraq and Iran would have never had nerve gas were it not for Dow chemical and the unbridled "free enterprise" system.
  • Tuna Falcon 2012/12/21 21:17:07 (edited)
    Tuna
    You better google "WMDs were found"; over 500 munitions of sarin gas, 500 munitions of other gas; NUCLEAR SAM launchers; what do you think Hussein killed his people with RAID ?? Bill Clinton, England, France, Italy, Israel all reported chemical weapons in Iraq. Bush didn't start it, Clinton did.
  • Falcon Tuna 2012/12/27 20:21:51
    Falcon
    Actually the sarin and other gases were sold to Iraq by Dow Chemical under the Reagen Reign of Error.

    Please post pictures showing the difference between a NUCLEAR SAM launcher and any other SAM launcher.

    Also... when did they start using nukes to shoot down aircraft?
  • Tuna Falcon 2012/12/27 21:05:53
    Tuna
    Iraq was an ally; we armed Iraq in their war against Iran; oh yeah you forgot to post the picture of Reagan with the Taliban even though there was NO Taliban then. I would say a nuclear launcher can launch missiles with nuclear war heads, duuuh. I don;t know if they ever have used them; argue with google.
  • Falcon Tuna 2012/12/27 22:12:33
    Falcon
    Iraq was an ally at the time because we were trying to arm them to do our dirty work against Iran. Iran was pissed at us because we were protecting the Shaw that the US had installed after fomenting the overthrow of the Ayatollah because he wouldn't play ball with Western business interests. They had kicked him out and wanted to hang him. Then the same thing happened in Iraq when Saddam Hussein wouldn't play ball with American oil interests.

    The Taliban started under Reagen. In fact it was Reagen's CIA that started them.

    Reagen taliban

    You are really young aren't you?

    Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the Taliban emerged as a resistance movement aiming to eject the Soviet troops from Afghanistan. With the United States and Pakistan providing considerable financial and military support.

    A SAM is a Surface to Air Missile. It is used to bring down aircraft. Some are mounted on launchers but many are shoulder launched. None are big as an ICBM with a nuclear warhead.

    You should take what you find in Google searches with a grain of salt until you can find a few "credible" sources that are saying the same thing. The key word here is "credible" sources.
  • Tuna Falcon 2012/12/28 14:38:25
    Tuna
    +1
    lol; National Enquirer thanks
  • Falcon Tuna 2013/01/21 13:58:35
    Falcon
    Actually NO...

  • dru dixon 2012/12/05 18:11:07
    dru dixon
    +1
    Yes and they are taking us with them! I hope people remember these fools come re-election!
  • Bronar 2012/12/05 17:19:42
    Bronar
    +2
    The voters that elected Republicans did so because they want them to follow through with their convictions, not roll over and submit to our endless big government overspending.
  • Carol 2012/12/05 17:17:39
    Carol
    +3
    Obama is doing what the voters want, when will the GOP?

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