Marie Coco has an illuminating article today about Obama and “the Right”:
Nonetheless he (Obama) keeps telling congressional Republicans that he will work with them — even though they are among the chief architects of this disaster. Since the Reagan era, Republicans have put tax cuts ahead of all other economic policies, and deregulation a close second. They have stuffed wallets that already were plump, left the broad middle class staggering and allowed the working class to become the working poor. If these politicians that Obama so fervently wishes to engage have such good ideas to offer, why have they not done so? In fact, there are few Washington traditions as annoying as the cultish worship of bipartisanship, for it ignores the simple fact that sometimes one party gets things disastrously wrong.
Although this perfectly illustrates the class-warfare and wealth-creation bashing that is the mindset of “progressives” (and more on that later) – I will agree with her on one thing. Bipartisanship is absolute and utter crap in the context of where America is today.
Any Republican who goes along with this humongous generational theft and Democrat Party re-election slush fund known as the “stimulus” should be cast aside immediately. Any Republican who thinks they will gain anything from “outreach” should have those outreaching arms chopped off at the elbows. The only thing they will gain is to further entrench government dependence and subservience on the American people – which is to say they would further cement the downfall of this once-great nation.
There is absolutely nothing that Barack Obama and his socialist administration wishes to accomplish which would a) help America in the long run or b) further Republican views and aims. Just what part of shutting down Gitmo would make Republicans safer or more electable? “Oh yes, we supported President Bush, but now that the Messiah has come to town we will go along with his idea that quarantining these two-legged beasts where they can no longer work for our downfall is just an icky idea and we see the light”. That will work for them? So when the next election comes around and their Democrat opponent points out just how little they believed in supporting Gitmo and how they “voted for torture” and how they were immoral people with no center – they will not have much to stand on. Or if you thought Gitmo helped make us more secure, why did you then work to shut it down? I know that if I were trying to unseat these twerps who have such “flexible” moral imperatives that would be an easy way to position them for the voters.
And especially on this idiotic trillion dollar plus (above and beyond the $700 billion TARP) monstrosity. Any Republican who supports any of this is simply whistling past the graveyard. The Democrats know that the spending won’t actually take place till just about time for the mid-year elections when that big boost to the economy will allow them to say “see – we saved you from George W. Bush and the Republican’s efforts to destroy your livelihood”. And it won’t matter one whit if some gutless RINOs stand up and try to take credit for some birdge or road or anything. Voters know that if they want goodies, they go to the Democrats. Democrats are the mommy party – and that especially includes “money for nothing”.
And as for Ms. Coco’s economic arguments – this one just kills me:
Another is the mantra that “entitlements” — that is Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — are costly, bloated and threaten the nation’s economic future. Obama already has pledged to undertake “entitlement reform,” a phrase that sends a shudder down my spine. With banks and other financial institutions now “entitled” to hundreds of billions in public money to bail them out of disastrous decisions, it is impossible to see why taxpayers who have paid for their future benefits through their payroll taxes should not be “entitled” to receive them. Besides, since there is no immediate crisis in Medicare — and certainly not in the healthier Social Security program — there isn’t even a reason to mention this right now.
Which seems to boil down to three things. 1 – you are paying for Medicare and Social Security (not enough for what is actually needed, but you are paying) 2 – the evil Wall Street bankers got tons of money and 3 – the real problems will happen tomorrow and we can just all Scarlett O’Hara that issue anyway.
And if anything tells you about Democrats and all the huge amounts of spending they plan – that tells you all.