A Dangerous Power Game
say that voters tend to vote against the party in power when economic times are bad. We suspect this may be the game that
is being played out by Republican legislators as they use every trick they can muster to block efforts by the Obama Administration
to bring about a nation-wide economic recovery and extend unemployment benefits for millions of workers.
noticed a general trend that includes stalling, threatening to filibuster and giving the appearance of cooperating in exchange
for legislative compromises that, in effect, carve the guts out of key bills before they are allowed to pass both the House
the national health plan that Mr. Obama promised and worked so hard to bring to fruition lacks in such important provisions
as a public option, thus leaving the private insurance companies still in the driver’s seat. The bill, however, puts
some controls on insurance companies and eliminates restrictions against such things as “pre-existing conditions.”
Most benefits don’t kick in, however, until 2014.
billion job stimulus bill that finally squeaked through the legislative process offers tax breaks for businesses and infrastructure
spending. While the Obama Administration has used this money to try to stir job growth . . . and for a while it looked as
if it might be working . . . economists warned that the amount of money appropriated was too little to be effective. It now
appears that they were right. Obama had asked for much more, but the Republicans blocked more spending saying they were concerned
about the national debt.
have been consistently blocking a proposed bill to expand unemployment benefits that this week ran out for millions of Americans.
of the slight turnaround and growth in spending that was causing the rehiring of workers, national indicators are showing
another slump in spending, just at the start of the summer tourist season. That and the ongoing disaster caused by the Gulf
Oil spill, has put a damper on the economy that threatens once more to send everything crashing.
is true that the practices of past administrations and especially those of the outgoing Bush Administration left the nation
in a financial dilemma approaching the severity of the Great Depression, the stop-gap measures taken by our legislators since
Mr. Obama took office are obviously not getting the job done. The Republicans point to a growing multi-trillion dollar national
debt and say they refuse to allow the red ink to flow any deeper. Yet they have no problem appropriating billions more to
continue a senseless war in Afghanistan.
elected representatives of the people, no matter what their party affiliation, be willing to waste money like that blowing
up rocks and sand hills in the Middle East, and ignore the plight of the millions of jobless, hungry and homeless people in
their own back yard? Do they really think American voters will be so foolish as to vote them back into power this November
and again in 2012?
to be the gamble. The statisticians like Karl Rove and other wizards operating behind the curtain appear to be counting on
an angry block of voters flocking to the polls this fall bent on one thing . . . change. And change always means voting out
the incumbents and bringing in new blood. That could backfire on some of the incumbent Republicans, as well it should.
you look at some of the “new blood” getting nominated for those GOP posts in various primary elections, that ought
to scare us all silly. We do not appear to be getting quality among the candidates. The people lined up for those jobs are
so radical they could be dangerous. They are talking the language of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the Teabaggers.
line to all of this is that if the Republicans are playing a calculated game designed to drive Mr. Obama and the Democrats
out of power, they may, instead, be pushing our nation to the brink of total economic collapse.
by design? Is it all sour grapes or is there something more sinister afoot here? Just who are these people and what is their