Why Republicans Talk About The Deficit
Bitch McConnell said that the Republican top priority was to make sure that Barack Obama was a one term president.
Not deficit reduction, not job creation, not rebuilding our country, not to see our country come out of a desperate economic time. Republicans, at all costs, make sure that this president fails at everything he attempts to fix our wounded republic. They filibuster every vote and those that they don’t filibuster they require a super majority for anything to get passed. They amend with language that obscures the original intent of the legislation. When they say Obama has been a failure, it is partly true because they have done all they can to ensure it.
Here is the strategy that Obama is playing directly into. He has compromised on every major piece of legislation he has proposed resulting in watered down reforms that come no where near the original goals. He has agreed to tax cuts for the wealthy that he knows are detrimental to the economy. With every cut in government spending, another few hundred to thousands of people join the already enormous ranks of the unemployed – not to mention the cost to services we once had that once were funded. Guess what that does? It makes the unemployment percentage higher. Who are the new unemployed? Teachers, Firemen, Police, Emergency first responders, Sanitation, Government agency workers – you know the ones who used to answer your call when you were in trouble or needed answers?
This is why the Deficit is the only word Republicans know right now – why it is their main talking point. They know that if unemployment is high, odds are against an incumbent president. With the pathetic field they have in place, they will use every dirty trick in the book to get another figurehead they can manipulate into office. This may sound like I am beating up on Obama and partly, yes I am. But when he got elected, the slogan was not YES I CAN but YES WE CAN. There was no way he was going to get anything accomplished if the opposition was not willing to work with him on ANYTHING. WE, my friends, killed the hope and change we voted for by allowing the lunatic fringe to have louder voices than ours. There are more of us than them.
Let us be clear, when our president wins, the country wins but he can not do it by himself. We must make sure that the Republican minority is so minor that they will not be able to obstruct as they have for Obama’s first 2 years. We can not afford to get angry at Democrats so much so that we allow Republicans to get elected. Remember the carnage of the 2010 election cycle. We got rid of those pesky Blue Dogs by not turning out to vote. Unfortunately, that strategy also allowed Republicans to win. How is that working out for us now? States with Republican governors and legislatures are now seeking to make it even more difficult for traditional Democrat base voters to register and vote. We are at war for the America we really want to live in. One with a robust middle class.
Tax cuts for the wealthy. After all they are for the “job creators” aren’t they. They have had these tax cuts for 2 terms of a Bush presidency. Mr Boehner, Where are the jobs? Explain to us all how a 3% rise in the top tax rate will suddenly impoverish the wealthy or cause a businessman not to hire any new employees. 3%, are you shitting me? The full faith and credit of the United States is being held hostage by a Republican party that refuses to raise the top tax bracket by 3%. This is what it is about. Seriously?!!!
This is what that missing 3% in revenue is costing us. Infrastructure that is the laughing stock of the industrialized world we once led. It is giving an excuse to Republican governors to bust unions, de-fund essential services for women like Planned Parenthood where many lower income women receive their primary care. That’s right they do much more than just abort fetuses. The governors can now cut public education that was once the envy of the world to point of school closings and massive teacher layoffs. But, Republican’s are all about the children, right? It is a fact that more jobs were created while that tax rate was in place for the top bracket.
- Number of jobs as of January, 1993, a week before Clinton took office: 109.725 million.
- Number of jobs as of Jan. 2001, a week before Clinton left office: 132.469 million
- Net Gain under Clinton: 22.7 million jobs.
Now for Bush, who succeeded Clinton in the White House. As already noted, the nation had 132.469 million jobs as he was taking office.
- Number of jobs on Jan. 12, 2009, a week before Bush left office: 133.549 million.
- Net gain under Bush: 1.08 million jobs.
Quoted from Politifact article: Sherrod Brown touts job growth during Clinton presidency vs. Bush’s jobs record
Now, Bitch and Boehner, explain to us again, why we should not return the top tax bracket to the 3% margin it was in the Clinton years? We need to make the Republicans a 1 term majority in every branch of government. Federal and state.
Originally posted 2011-07-09 21:54:46.
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