Bypass the Republicans
It has become more than obvious that there is going to be no reasoning with Republicans on anything that comes to fixing the economy and putting people back to work. When Mitch McConnell came out last winter and stated the Republican’s most important goal was to make sure Obama was a “one-term president”, he wasn’t lying. The actions of the Republicans are proving that more and more each day, and they don’t care what kind of damage they wreak upon us in the mean time to accomplish their one goal — to damage Obama for the 2012 elections.
They have done their political calculus and have come to the conclusion that they can pull everything down around our ears so that voters will look at Obama as a complete and utter failure.
The thing is, most of us saw that eighteen months ago, and have been completely flummoxed as to why Obama continues to try and include them in any serious discussion about anything. The Republicans have a completely different idea of what “bipartisanship” really is.
In the Democratic dictionary, “bipartisanship” usually involves negotiation, give-and-take, and finding common ground. In the Republican dictionary “bipartisanship” simply means having both parties vote on something — as long as it is all one way and in favor of the Republicans. In the skewed world of Republicans, the minority view is the important one. (unless they hold the majority, then it is just the opposite)
Republicans have proven over and over that they cannot be honest brokers.
Obama, on the other hand, has proven he cannot be a great negotiator. He wants to negotiate from a point of weakness. He opens with his bottom line and allows himself to be talked down. He needs to start from the most outrageous and unattainable position and allow himself to be talked down to the point where we want things to end up at.
We have a “do or die” artificial debt ceiling that we are supposedly going to bump up against come August 2nd. Republicans are using this thing as a political extortion scheme in order to gut government spending to the point where the programs they’ve been after for eighty years will be done away with. They want to cut the deficit that they created on the backs of the average folk, and they don’t want to raise taxes on the rich who can more than afford to pay their share, but aren’t even now.
The thing is, we should just tell them to go screw themselves. Apparently, we don’t even need to raise the debt ceiling — the Fourteenth Amendment already addresses this matter automatically.
The Fourteenth Amendment Section 4 reads as follows:
Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had this to say on CSPAN: