From Washingtonpost.com: GOP Sees Positives In Negative Stand
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.
The Republicans have learned from the “disruptive tactics of the Taliban”? I have a suggestion. Why don’t the Republicans take a page from Osama Bin Laden and go hide in the mountains for a while? That would be a better tactic that we’d all be happier with.
The Republicans are playing their little game of politics and feeling proud of it as the economy sinks deeper and deeper. The consensus of most economists that I’ve read is that the stimulus proposals from the Senate may be too small to really get the economy going. But all I hear from the Republicans is the same tired old rhetoric of cutting taxes. If you don’t have a job, cutting taxes isn’t going to do a darn thing for you.
If the Republicans were truly in favor of small government, they should have done something with their 8 years of running the country besides rack up some of the biggest deficits ever.
It seems that the Republicans have learned that nasty filibuster “tactic” from the well-versed Democrats. If you remember all the negatives of the last 8 years you surely can recall the number of filibusters used by the Democrats. lol.
In regards to filibusters, last year, the Republicans set a record for the largest number of filibusters ever 104. When the Democrats were in the minority, it was much less than that.
But, the main problem isn’t filibusters, but the deficit of ideas the Republicans have in regards to the economy. I do agree with the Republicans with the idea that deficit spending is risky, but I agree with the Democrats that doing nothing is even riskier. The Republicans haven’t put forth any viable alternatives beyond the tired old line of “cutting taxes”.
Believe it or not, taxes ARE necessary. And in these times it is necessary for spending to help jump start the economy. And roads definitely need to be repaired, and fixed. Our infrastructure has been severely neglected over the years by both the Democrats and the Republicans. Now is the opportunity to begin to fix our infrastructure and to help stimulate the economy at the same time.