Ever since the Kenyan Socialist was secretly elected president by William Ayers and the New Black Panthers, the Republican Party decided that not only weren’t they going to behave like the legislators they were
bought elected to be, but they weren’t going to give Barack Obama an ounce of breathing room. Their plan wasn’t some diabolical scheme drawn out in baby’s blood in the CIA executive Suites by Dick Cheney and Karl Rove, but rather a simple plan that involved screaming, “No!” at every opportunity to lift America out of its protracted recession. Further, to play political gamesmanship with not only the economy, but every single hard-working American as well. In order to achieve this hideously un-American and gross dereliction of duty, they were going to have to completely neuter President Obama so as to ensure that all of the country’s ails, though largely caused and exacerbated by them, would be placed in the hands of President Obama come reelection time. After all, it was Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (the least lovable albino turtle) who publicly declared, after President Obama’s decisive 2008 victory, that the chief priority of Republicans was to make sure the President fails and becomes a one term president. Well, it looks like the Democrats finally realized that their spines can be used for more things than just something for Republican to walk on; they are fighting back and calling their Republican counterparts out on the flagrant brinksmanship we have all come to know.
Democrats came out hard against the weeping Orange of Ohio, Republican House Speaker John Boehner , after Boehner once again insisted on vast spending cuts (just not for those big exploding toys used on countries that pose no threat to us) and balked at imposing higher tax rates as part of raising the nation’s borrowing cap in early 2013. Apparently Republicans are itching to remake last summer’s debt ceiling debacle into a political horror flick called “I Still Know What You Didn’t Do Last Summer“. Again, it comes down to the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts.
“The last thing the country needs is a rerun of last summer’s debacle that nearly brought down our economy,” Schumer said in a statement. In an interview, Schumer added: “I hope that the speaker is not doing this because he doesn’t want to see the economy improve, because what he said will certainly rattle the markets.” (Source: Huffington Post)
Boehner responded like an abusive husband who constantly reminds his wife that he continually beats the crap out of, why she’s wrong.
“Republicans have passed nearly 30 bills that would help small businesses create jobs and we are waiting on Senate Democrats to vote on these common-sense measures. The failure to act on these jobs bills, as well as our crushing debt burden, is undermining economic growth and job creation,” said House Speaker Boehner in a statement. (Source: Huffington Post)
The partisan gridlock taking place in Washington has largely been one-sided, but we have been deluded into thinking that it’s been the result of both sides not being able to reach a compromise. Any olive branch extended to Republicans by this president has been kicked down in the sand, by a party determined to watch the country burn, if it means making Obama a one-term president.
“Their strategy is to suffocate the economy for the sake of what they think will be a political victory,” Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, wrote in an email to supporters last October, when Congress was debating a jobs bill.
And when the economy starts improving like it did a few months ago, when confidence was up and the Dow was at an all time high of 5000, the Republicans had no other choice but to start going after female fun parts and resurrecting their favorite pastime of petty culture wars to distract voters. So it doesn’t exactly take the political acumen of Robert Putnam, to realize that the Republicans are hell-bent on keeping the economy in the crapper if it means bigger political gains for them in 2012. If facts were an allergy, then the Republicans biggest contributor would be Claritin. So expect them and presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, to continue spreading outrageous misinformation with regards to the economy since they have nothing to run on but fear and fear itself.
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