The GOP plan to crash the economy
These people haven’t figured it out yet, but they lost the last two election cycles for a reason: they are WRONG, and have been.
Monday, the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell announced that he intends to block President Obama’s stimulus bill without ever seeing it.
“As of right now, Americans are left with more questions than answers about this unprecedented government spending, and I believe the taxpayers deserve to know a lot more about where it will be spent before we consider passing it.”
He wants to bog this entire process down by sending everything through different committees, and spending months, if not years haggling back and forth on it. He also wants to tie in tax breaks for the ultra-rich into any spending bill because Republicans are still convinced that the only way to stimulate the economy is from the top down.
The actual goal of the Republicans is to continue to try and box the Democrats in by threatening filibusters. They are playing this huge game of chicken and their plan is to wait until the mid-term elections in hope that the electorate will feel the Democrats have failed.
I say, let’s just do away with the filibuster. If the Democrats aren’t going to force the Republicans to actually camp out in the Senate and continually jabber on until they are exhausted, then maybe we don’t need it at all. The spirit of the filibuster wasn’t to cave in at the mere threat of one, — the burden is on the person making the threat to carry through on that threat. Harry Reid needs to either grow a HUGE set of balls right now or step aside and let someone else take over the Majority Leader position.
Going along to get along is only useful if you are in the minority. I kinda understand the reason for being timid during the 2007-2008 term because the majority margin was paper-thin. But it is not so thin now. We have an almost sixty percent majority in the Senate now. If a party wants to “go along” then that should be the minority party. Either get in involved or get out of the way. But if they are going to do nothing but block important key legislation simply because they want to be spoilers, then lock them out altogether. Take away the filibuster, or limit it to having only one active filibuster at a time.
As far as McConnell’s statement about whether taxpayers deserve to know about where the money for the stimulus bill is going to be spent, Hale “Bonddad” Stewart has the appropriate response to McConnell and other Republican Idiots who would stand in the way:
“Let me get this straight. A Senator who oversaw one of the largest expansions in government spending in history is now concerned about spending? According to the CBO, total government outlays under Bush and the Republican controlled Congress from 2001 -2006 increased from $1.8 trillion to $2.4 trillion — that’s an increase of 33%. At the same time — again under Republican rule from 2001 to 2006 — the total debt outstanding increased from $5,807,463,412,200.06 at the end of fiscal 2001 to $8,506,973,899,215.23. And now a man who helped to oversee this is complaining about spending? Excuse me?”
McConnell was also one of the strongest supporters of the Wall St. bailout and the biggest opponent of the Big 3 bailout, being the one who put the kibosh on the done deal that was hammered out by all the other parties involved. So the only question that remains really is, “Why does Mitch McConnell hate the working class?”