Treasonous Republicans Should Stand Trial for Sabotaging the American Economy

ProudProgressive 2012/06/14 16:05:39

Treasonous Republicans Should Stand Trial for Sabotaging the American Economy
By: Rmuse
June 14, 2012

As a form of political warfare, sabotage varies from acts that require detailed planning utilizing specially trained operatives, to obstruction of legislation based on insignificant logical fallacies. Republicans planned to sabotage the economy on Inauguration Day 2009, and their specially trained operatives, congressional Republicans, deliberately placed obstacles to economic recovery as a means of portraying President Obama as ineffective at reversing the effects of the catastrophic Bush-Republican Great Recession. Subsequently, every measure the President and Democrats proposed to stimulate the economy and create jobs were held up or blocked by inserting unrelated amendments the Republicans knew Democrats would not accept, and their criminal hostage maneuvers preventing a more robust recovery that political observers have known for three years is finally recognized by American voters.

In a recent poll, 49% of all voters believe the Republicans are intentionally “stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy to ensure that President Obama does not win re-election,” and that includes 61% of moderates and 75% of liberals. Republicans telegraphed their agenda when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” and not create jobs, help struggling Americans, or jumpstart the economy. True to his word, for a change, McConnell and his cohort blocked, obstructed, or added unrelated amendments to legislation Republicans normally support and would definitely hasten economic recovery, and their tactics as a governing strategy have retarded recovery and killed millions of Americans’ jobs.

In early March, in a rare bi-partisan move, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and James Inhofe (R-OK) collaborated on a transportation bill that will save 1.9 million construction jobs and create 1 million more. The bill will upgrade and repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure that is crucial for business and Americans to move around the country. Now in the Republican-controlled House, the obstructionist Republicans are complicating passage of the bill by inserting extraneous issues to enrich a foreign oil company, U.S. refineries, and Speaker of the House John Boehner. The Keystone XL pipeline has become an obsession with Republicans whose priority is rewarding the oil industry, and effectively increase the price of gasoline at the pumps, jeopardize critical aquifer supplies, and employ 2,500 Canadian pipeline construction specialists. The benefit to the American people, the economy, and American jobs is negligible, if not non-existent, and besides moving dirty tar sands across environmentally fragile farmland, it redirects oil from the Midwest that will reduce supplies for Americans as Canada’s refined oil is sold on the foreign market. There is no connection between the Keystone XL pipeline and the transportation bill except that Republicans are using it to obstruct 2.9 million American’s jobs unless Democrats join Republicans in repaying the oil industry for supporting Republicans.

Conservatives such as Jim DeMint accused Democrats of creating a “fiscal catastrophe in the near future” with the transportation bill because he considers it “unnecessary federal spending,” and just another “stimulus” to create 2.9 million jobs and get the economy moving forward. DeMint, like all Republicans, claimed the bill shifts federal spending away from creating jobs elsewhere (read – tax cuts for job creators). The current assault on spending on government-funded jobs is in line with Willard Romney and Rush Limbaugh’s assertion that government-funded jobs are a drain on the economy that could be better spent giving wealthy “job creators” greater tax breaks.

For the past three-and-a-half years Republicans have gone all out to prevent President Obama from fixing the economic catastrophe they created, and their assault on Americans’ jobs is remarkable for the party that promised their highest priority after the 2010 midterm elections was “jobs, jobs, jobs.” Instead, they voted against, obstructed, or blocked measures like the stimulus that created well over 3.4 million jobs, all of the President’s jobs bills, and worked to kill nearly 800,000 public sector jobs under the guise of creating jobs. Their entire focus has been sabotaging economic recovery and giving the oil industry, corporations, and the wealthy more taxpayer entitlements while going around the country telling Americans President Obama is clueless on job creation. However, the poll showing that Americans are aware the GOP is intentionally obstructing economic recovery may signal that the public will not support another assault on Americans in November.

If Americans think Republicans are only obstructing jobs and economic recovery to prevent President Obama from winning a second term, they are naïve beyond belief. It is true they will use any means to defeat Obama in November, but their goal of eliminating living-wage jobs, decimating social safety nets, and rewarding the wealthy, oil industry, and corporations will increase exponentially if they control both houses of Congress and the White House. Romney proposes giving $10.7 trillion in tax cuts that primarily benefit the wealthiest 1/10 of 1%, and eliminating several government agencies to replace them with for-profit private enterprises. That is part of their reason for obstructing and sabotaging the economy to prevent President Obama’s reelection, because without a Democrat to staunch their agenda, there is no end to the damage they will wreak on the economy and the people.

The Republicans obstructing, sabotaging, and blocking economic recovery should be tried and convicted of treason under Article III, Section 3, where it says a subversive act that “weakens the power of the United States,” is treason, and requires two witnesses for conviction. After over three years deliberately weakening the economy, there is little doubt Republicans are guilty of treason and 49% of voters agree they are purposely obstructing recovery. The legal definition of treason is “the betrayal of one's own country by waging war against it,” and by their own admission, Republicans are campaigning on an anti-government platform. In lieu of trying Republicans for treason, the American people have the ability to do the next best thing and vote every obstructionist, anti-government Republican out of office for their three-year campaign to destroy the economy.

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  • R. 2012/10/29 19:02:14
    You and your butt patting frat buddies ( and buddiesses ) wear your
    desperation WAY TOO tightly. Ease up , it will all be over soon and you
    can rewrite your libprog agenda and do EVERYTHING you accuse
    EVERYONE ( conservative right , right , far right ,left right ,center right
    those that are right ) of doing. Patience is STILL a virtue. CHILL .
  • liz.a.martinez.7374 2012/09/04 07:16:57
    It is time for us to stand together and hold people accountable for their actions against us, our economy, our debt.
  • RogerCoppock 2012/09/03 02:18:17
  • Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO 2012/09/02 21:52:24
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    sounds good but I dont hold out any hope of a trial or conviction. Considering that anyone from the last administration have all walked scott free, and there has NOT been one conviction regarding the $8T that has disappeared from average Americas balance sheets.
  • ProudPr... Joe Shw... 2012/09/03 01:19:31
    Sad though I am to admit it, I think the biggest failure of the Obama Administration is its refusal to prosecute Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, Rove, Libby and others for their treasons.
  • Joe Shw... ProudPr... 2012/09/03 01:51:19
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    sets a bad precedent when you have one administration prosecuting the previous. Leads to all kinds of nasty things politically and besides our government is suppose to be operating as a series of checks and balances. If that no longer works then what the hell do we have?
  • Proggy 2012/09/02 21:51:00
    Every last one of these bastards deserve to be tried for treason and then have their guilty asses thrown in jail! Too damn bad that Democrats and the President fly above the fray and always take the high road. So it's going to have to be up to the American people to reap their own justice against these charlatans and crooks by voting their sorry asses out!
  • Charles E 2012/06/14 23:49:14
    Charles E
    The Keystone pipeline will provide thousands of jobs and a long term source of oil not subject to disruption by unfriendly nations. But three years after several environmental studies determined it was safe, Obama canceled it with a stroke of his dictator pen.

    Why do you think this pipeline will increase fuel costs?

    So far this month I have driven over 3,000 miles and found almost no crumbling roads. But I am not looking for millions of dollars in campaign contributions from unions.

    How did you determine that this program would employ almost 3 million workers, slightly less than 1% of our total population?
  • Razoreye001 2012/06/14 22:32:37
    Why a trial? We have NDAA, if Obama really wanted to throw every republican in congress in jail he has all the power to do so with no questions asked. I do however, would prefer they stand trial in a large court, maybe send them to the international courts to convict them of crimes against humanity.
  • gocar 2012/06/14 17:47:53
    I am beginning to feel it is hopeless to separate our government from the corporate interests. They have bought and paid for so many politicians that the general public does not really get a thought. Even Obama with his bright new approach found that it is hard to deal with vested interest. The only thing that can change that is the people and like in many societies they can be bamboozled into voting against their own interests by the use of slogans and flag waving. You note that corporations are not patriotic. They go where the most profit is and public be damned.
  • Zombie Saddam 2012/06/14 17:40:05
    Zombie Saddam
    You, OF ALL PEOPLE, Proud Progressive should realize that the way to standing up to people that makes statements like Rick Perry (Treasongate) isn't to stoop to their level and play a game of leveling charges of treason but to elevate and raise the discussion.
  • David Lindner 2012/06/14 17:21:16
    David Lindner
    how precisely did the republican obstruct?

    they were doing their job, speaking for their people, not the democrats
  • ProudPr... David L... 2012/06/14 17:23:57
    Remember the good old days when 51 votes out of 100 was a majority? Nowadays 59 votes out of 100 are a minority. But there's nothing obstructionist about that, is there?
  • morris44 ProudPr... 2012/06/14 20:01:44
    The only explanation for people not to be upset with the filabuster thing, is:
    1. they are unaware of how it works
    2. they put a win for their party over democracy.
  • David L... ProudPr... 2012/06/14 21:07:48
    David Lindner
    how is that the republicans fault?
  • Charles E ProudPr... 2012/06/14 23:51:43
    Charles E
    That rule has been in place for many years and if my memory is correct, was enacted by Democrats!
  • Steve 2012/06/14 16:55:06
    Well, the effect of Republican obstructionism is certainly to hurt the economic recovery. Proving INTENT is the problem. I think they're really dumb enough to believe that recessions should be fought with spending cuts and balanced budgets.
  • ProudPr... Steve 2012/06/14 16:58:31
    Not so difficult to prove intent when we know that key Republicans in Congress met on January 20, 2009 to plan their agenda of denying everything the President proposes, even proposals that they supported in the past.
  • Steve ProudPr... 2012/06/14 17:03:48
    Your logic is sound in terms of reasonable conclusions. But to establish a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, I think more is needed. But yes, it would seem perfectly adequate to justify a public tar-and-feathering with an explicit label of "treason."
  • ProudPr... Steve 2012/06/14 17:13:40
    Oh I realize that a lot more evidence would have to be gathered to prove a case in court, but it would be interesting to get depositions from the participants and see what they have to say about the purpose of the meeting and its results.
  • gocar Steve 2012/06/14 17:54:55
    There are no buts about it. The GOP leadership openly stated that their goal was to make sure Obama failed (ala Rush's instructions) They get people all whipped up about the Constitution, religious freedom, gays in the military and in the mean while they take us all to the cleaners. Patriotism is for suckers then. Look at the number of Americans who keep off shore bank account to avoid paying a fair share of taxes. Greed is killing the American Dream. I used to be that a good factory job would support a family and build a retirement but no more. We have one hell of a problem coming down the road a ways when all those people with nothing more than SS will retire. What about all the poor buggers who spent all their savings on getting into a home only to have the mortgage rise out of reach that the value of the home they bought plunge. What awful times for they young families. I'm so glad we were able to get one of our kids out of that situation and they are both finally working again. Don't any of you dare to tell me people don't want to work. They do but they need to earn enough to live on. Do you want a Haiti or some other shanty town country?
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2012/06/14 16:48:58
  • ProudPr... whitewu... 2012/06/14 16:57:28
    The Wisconsin State Senate (which until the recalls had a Republican majority) voted down a bill that would have removed most of the regulations regarding open pit strip mining, one of the most destructive forms of mining there is. They didn't prevent the creation of a single job. They only made sure that the Right Wingers who own the mines still have some accountability for all the damage they do.
  • whitewu... ProudPr... 2012/06/14 18:13:22
  • Steve whitewu... 2012/06/14 16:57:33
    I believe that's Michigan. Yes, mining jobs would be good, but if it's not done right, you're talking about contaminating the Great Lakes. I think legitimate environmental concerns do have to be taken into account.
  • whitewu... Steve 2012/06/14 18:15:18
  • Steve whitewu... 2012/06/14 19:53:37
    "far removed" does not mean those mines aren't in the watershed area. New York State is nowhere near the Chesapeake Bay, but part of the pollution problem in the Bay certainly comes from New York.

    "Tailings" from mining operations can be quite toxic. I don't think this concern is just "green garbage."
  • darcie lamar 2012/06/14 16:23:27
    darcie lamar
    There are hundreds of FACTUAL articles about how Obama has wasted OUR tax dollars on the web. Just goggle Stimulus waste and payback to cronies. Have a nice day. : )

    Obama’s wasteful spending highlighted
    by Bob Weeks on April 27, 2012
    A new video advertisement created by Americans for Prosperity highlights wasteful government spending in the administration of President Barack Obama.

    The ad highlights billions of stimulus dollars that were given to foreign companies, mostly to subsidize their own green energy projects. AFP President Tim Phillips said “The Obama Administration continues to waste our tax dollars trying to pick winners and losers. This leads to overspending, no new job creation, and inevitably creates government cronyism. The President wasted some $530 million on Solyndra, but now we’re finding billions more given to ‘green energy’ companies overseas. The American people deserve to know the disturbing details of how their tax dollars are being wasted in pursuit of an ideological agenda.”
  • ProudPr... darcie ... 2012/06/14 16:54:48
    If there are hundreds of factual articles, it's a wonder that you can't find any. Going to Americans for Prosperity, which is run by the Koch Brothers, for your information doesn't earn you any credibility, and by this point you really could use some.
  • whitewu... ProudPr... 2012/06/14 18:15:59
  • Proggy whitewu... 2012/09/02 21:59:07
    Yeah, maybe he can tell us about the GOP's Kochaine habit.

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