DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE .
Rachel Maddow Exposes GOP Welfare Queens Who Attacked Obama’s Stimulus, Yet Enjoyed Billions in Benefits … Alternet … 11 Feb 10 …. Excerpted … Oh the hypocrisy: Republicans have been attending ribbon cuttings for stimulus-funded projects that they voted against.
It totally makes sense in the abstract if people can agree on what needs to be done to solve the country‘s problems than those policies, even if they‘re big policies, should get votes from everyone who‘s in agreement.
In the abstract that‘s how it works. In Washington, that is not at all how it works. Republicans proposed a deficit commission. President Obama endorsed the idea so then Republicans decided they‘re against it.
Republicans proposed pay-as-you-go rules for budgeting. President Obama endorsed the idea. Then Republicans decided they were against it too. Republicans who voted for the bank bailout are now criticizing President Obama for that same bank bailout.
Republicans supported President Bush‘s policy of trying terrorism suspects in U.S. courts. Now that President Obama is implementing that same policy, they decided they‘re against that now, too.
Republicans supported a cap-and-trade policy against global warming. Now that President Obama is trying to pass that same policy, Republicans have decided – say it with me now – they‘re against that, too.
See the pattern here…? What Republicans are doing on policy is no longer interesting. It is so thoroughly unrelentingly, consistently predictable that anyone who thinks it‘s an open question as to what Republicans are going to do about the next legislation that‘s proposed just is not paying attention.
Let me be emphatic here. Let me be emphatic about one particular example, the stimulus. The stimulus passed despite every single Republican in the House voting no on it – everyone.
Since then, the consensus among economists is that stimulus has worked, even though it‘s maybe been too small. The consensus among Republicans is that it‘s been a horrible giant thing that hasn‘t done anything good at all.
I am quite sure for a number of my hard core neo-con Republican readers … mentioning the name Rachel Maddow … is akin to a matador waving a red cape in front of a charging bull … as she represents and encapsulates all the virtues of the quintessential enemy.
So don’t believe her or me, I invite you to do your own research and determine the games being played in the D.C. “beltway” by those of both colors … red and blue …
“Your greatest weapon is in your enemy’s mind” … Buddha
… “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman
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