Now, it's time to fix things. Voters made themselves crystal clear last November; they were dissatisfied with the way Republicans ran things, and they wanted Democrats to take charge. The Republican Party is on the ropes, and they are in desperate need of a make over.
Yet, read this article from today's Washington Post. If you're Republican, it should worry you greatly.
After giving the package zero votes in the House, and with their counterparts in the Senate likely to provide in a crucial procedural vote today only the handful of votes needed to avoid a filibuster, Republicans are relishing the opportunity to make a big statement. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) suggested last week that the party is learning from the disruptive tactics of the Taliban, and the GOP these days does have the bravado of an insurgent band that has pulled together after a big defeat to carry off a quick, if not particularly damaging, raid on the powers that be.
"We're so far ahead of where we thought we'd be at this time," said Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), one of several younger congressmen seeking to lead the party's renewal. "It's not a sign that we're back to where we need to be, but it's a sign that we're beginning to find our voice. We're standing on our core principles, and the core principle that suffered the most in recent years was fiscal conservatism and economic liberty. That was the tallest pole in our tent, and we took an ax to it, but now we're building it back."
The second-ranking House Republican, Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.), put it more bluntly. "What transpired . . . and will give us a shot in the arm going forward is that we are standing up on principle and just saying no," he said.
Do you realize what this means, really? It means the Republican Party seems hell-bent on not just going off the cliff, but by making sure they choose the part of the ground that has the most jagged rocks.
Our economy is in deep trouble, and average people are worried. A couple I know who made well into six figures last year are worried as hell that they might lose their jobs and possibly their dream home, because the economy is bad, and they're average working people. Everyone is concerned. And they charged government with the responsibility to fix things.
There really is only one way to fix the economy, and that is to infuse it with a boatload of money, in order to lubricate the gears and get the thing working for everyone again. The initial stimulus package that's being debated in Congress right now is a good start, but it's not going to be the last push the economy needs.
That said, it needs fixing now. The Bush Administration pretty much gave up in September, when it got the bailout money, and the economy has been languishing for about 4-5 months, waiting for someone responsible to take over and fix it.
So, what the Republicans are doing right now — and TAKING GREAT PRIDE IN! — is to essentially put up roadblocks to getting a bill passed, and even threatening to kill it. They're considering their obstruction to be a badge of honor, folks. What "principle" are they standing on, when they're attempting to block a bill that will probably work. At the very least, it's possible it might LOOK as if it might work, as the economy improves simultaneously with the passing of the stimulus.
See, here's the thing that should worry you Republican rank-and-filers. This stimulus will work., becauese they always work. Republicans can cut pieces out of it, but the parts that stay in will work, and people will want those repeated in the future. The Obama Administration will be there for the next four years, and the Democrats will have a majority for the next two, at least. So, how's it going to look, when this thing starts moving the economy forward, and your heroes "stood on principle" and voted against it? Every single Republican voted against the House bill. Which means, when it works, not one Republican can claim credit for it. That doesn't seem very smart, politically speaking.
And for you people to take glee in taking a stance against fixing the economy, at a time when pretty much the entire world blames you for screwing it up in the first place, is pure political stupidity.
No one can possibly think things are looking up for Republicans. The average American is worried, and becoming more so with every day this recession drags on, and they're looking for things to get better now. If right wing Republicans don't understand that, to the point that they think the same rhetoric that didn't work in November is suddenly working, and they think their obstructionism is a positive, they really need to be replaced if the GOP is to survive.
And I know this sounds strange coming from a liberal, but I value a healthy two major party system. And to have this many truly delusional people heading a major party makes that possibility more remote than I would have ever imagined just a few short years ago.
Republicans, the reason you lost in 2006 and again in 2008 is largely because of the negativity the party specialized in. Part of it was Bush, but if it had all been Bush, then only Obama would have won, and Republicans would have taken back Congress. Instead, Democrats came to within a hair's breadth of 60 votes in the Senate, and they have an overwhelming majority in the House. Therefore, when a Republican leader like Tom Davis says,
of the Democrats' energy evaporates. It doesn't change the poll
numbers, but it changes the energy," he said. "That's why these
elections are going to be different."
This isn't about Republican vs. Democrat anymore. This country's run off the rails, and we need an economic stimulus package that will put us back on track to making things work again. Jobs creation bills always work best to get us out of recession, and this bill is going to pass without you. You have two choices; either work with the Democrats to make the best bill possible, or try to bully Democrats intoacquiescing to your view. If you choose the latter, you will be seen as putting party ahead of country.
Once more; the stimulus package will work. You will look like you're working against the country, whether you like it or not.
Republicans, save yourselves.