The Republican rope-a-dope.
Posted by keithosaunders on November 4, 2010
Every once in a while I am reminded of just how out of step I am with the majority of the American people. Last night was one of those nights. The idea that a Republican led Congress bent on cutting spending and rolling back the health care bill has the best interest of our country in mind is laughable.
Representative John Boehner, who almost certainly will be our next Speaker of the House, had this to say:
“I believe that the health care bill that was enacted by the current Congress will kill jobs in America, ruin the best health care system in the world and bankrupt our country. That means that we have to do everything we can to try to repeal this bill, and replace it with common-sense reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance.”
Am I missing something? The last time I checked our health care was ranked 37th in the world, which puts us smack dab between Slovenia and Costa Rica. The Republicans had months to come up with a decent alternative and they failed. Why? Because their primary objective is to see that Obama is a one term president. Not that they would have focused on health care had they controlled the executive branch. They held the presidency for 20 out of the 28 years without so much as an attempt at modifying health care. Now that they are out of power they offer no solutions, only obstruction.
It defies logic that anyone earning under $100,000 a year would ever vote Republican. Who are they identifying with? Barbara Bachman is never going to invite you to her country club for a set of tennis and John McCain could give a rat’s ass whether or not you are denied health insurance for a pre-existing condition.
Obama is no liberal. He has failed to amend FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) to end illegal wire tapping. He has not prosecuted members of the Bush administration for war crimes, i.e. torture and war profiteering. He has been late to take a strong stance against Dont Ask, Dont Tell, and most important of all he has failed to enact tougher regulations on the banking industry.
He has, however, done a good job with the extremely poor hand he was dealt. For all of the chastising Obama has endured over the state of the economy, he actually saved it. TARP — the Troubled Asset Relief Program — probably staved off a depression, and ended up recouping all of the money that was loaned. With interest. Contrast this with the Republicans, whose primary goal is to see that the Bush tax cuts become permanent; cuts that largely benefit the top one percent of earners. And Obama is the elitist?!
As always the elephant in the room is racism, and it is hardly subtle. When the Republicans refer to Obama as ‘different’ we all know what this is code for. This covert rhetoric is an enormous source of their support. Tea Partiers and Republicans alike would have you believe that big government is evil. This is specious to say the least. No one in his or her right mind would support de-funding of the military, Social Security, or Medicare. Cutting education, food stamps, and keeping the minimum wage stagnant…now that’s a horse of a different color.