Sunday, July 17, 2011

Gutless Republicans!

I've been closely following the political back-and-forth regarding increasing the U.S. "debt limit", and I can't say I'm too happy with how the democrats are moving toward getting our nation's financial house in order. However, I'm downright angry about the conduct of the more radical republicans in the house of representatives, for two reasons.

First, it's absurd for them to refuse substantive compromise when they don't have control of the senate or the presidency. Second, since it is the duty of the house (majority party) to initiate all taxing/spending bills, the radicals' failure to define and pass a "debt limit" increase bill including their specific spending cuts is gutless.

In my view, the republican party knows that following through on their Tea Party bluster - putting their cards on the table - would cost them the 2012 presidential election and some of their own seats in congress. That's why they continue to call for the president to "lead" on the spending cuts and "no new taxes" - they don't have the guts to put their conservative prescription for America on paper, and then vote on it. They know their bill would not pass the senate, survive a presidential veto, or keep many independents in their corner. This sort of "stake in the ground" would become their own stake in the heart.

The simple truth is that America's financial woes are so dire that only a bipartisan solution has the chance to reverse our inexorable march to insolvency. All citizens must feel the pain, and all politicians need to take the grief. Anything less is gutless posturing, which is the hallmark of the current republican right.


Ron Davison said...

"This sort of 'stake in the ground' would become their own stake in the heart," is a pretty brilliant line.

Well said. In my opinion we need two things, neither of which seem forthcoming.
1. We need to set aside concern with raising taxes or cutting spending until we get unemployment down at least one more percentage point.
2. We then need to simultaneously cut spending and raise taxes. Spending as a % of GDP was the highest its been in Obama's lifetime; taxes as a % of GDP was at a low. Neither is sustainable.

Elani said...

How do we get the unemployment down? Everyone says we will create jobs, but there is never a "how"