Category Archives: 100 days of republican failure
Why it’s the same old white guys: Dick Cheney and Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich and Dick Armey, Fox News president Roger Ailes and his troop of politiclowns, and of course Rush Limbaugh.
Think about that. Cheney and Rove are the ugliest faces of the last eight years. (I mean that metaphorically.) Usually leaders of the outgoing Administration shuffle off the stage quietly—especially when that Administration was so unpopular. So isn’t it amazing conservatives care a whit what they say?
Gingrich and Armey are old guard conservatives disguised as new conservative spokesmen. Both Armey’s FreedomWorks and Gringrich’s American Solutions helped put on the Tax Day Tea Parties. At the direction of former GOP consultant Roger Ailes, Beck, Hannity, and the rest of the Fox noise machine practically sponsored the Tea Parties. Considering all the great issues facing America—recession, the health care crisis, global warming, troops fighting in two countries—wasn’t the tea party exercise simply pathetic?
Nothing new from them, just rehashing and re-releasing the same ole same ole, as well as recycling some of their party faithful..which btw are no longer in elected office.
On the legislative front..it is a farce indeed. The Party Of No has managed to look ridiculous:
In mid-January, conservatives had the chance to support reauthorization of the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Only 9 GOP Senators and 40 Republican Representatives did so. This vote was a political no-brainer, and yet few conservatives joined in.
Then in late January and early February, conservatives had the opportunity to participate in shaping the President’s Economic Recovery legislation. Instead, Republicans in both the House and Senate voted by wide margins for extreme right-wing substitutes which would have cut tax brackets for the rich, given new tax deductions to businesses, and deleted all the job-creating spending in the Obama measure. Ultimately, only 3 GOP Senators and no GOP Representatives voted for the President’s Recovery bill.
In March, conservatives had another chance to engage in bipartisanship and rejected it. Only 7 Republican Senators and 16 Republican Representatives supported the Omnibus Appropriations Act that would the keep the government running until the end of the fiscal year. This Act was needed because George W. Bush failed to pass appropriations for Fiscal Year 2009.
Finally in April, not only did no Republicans support Barack Obama’s budget, they offered a substitute budget for FY 2010 that would impose extreme right-wing ideology on America. The GOP plan would have rescinded the recently-enacted economic stimulus package, which would cause America—and the world—to spiral into Depression. It would hand over nearly $4 trillion in tax cuts to the rich and freeze non-defense, non-veteran spending for five years. And it would privatize Medicare and cut Social Security.
The cough Republican alternative budget was an exercise in futility but they didn’t realize it evidently as they kept rolling it out in front of the tv cameras. How out of touch can one group of politicians be?
Welcome to the Democratic side of the aisle Arlen..PA will be a blue state next election and you jumped from a sinking ship just in time.