Who does the Tea Party use as their model? Their icon-Ronald Reagan, campaigned on shrinking the size of government and tax cuts for the rich. In the early part of his term he said “Government is not the solution to our problem… Government is the problem.” He ruined our economy so badly that his tax cuts were repealed and the next GOP president made a fool of himself by saying “Read my lips-no new taxes!” then immediately had to raise taxes. What would Reagan do?
Can no one recite this history to the Tea Party? If they can’t understand it then they must be ignored. Rewarding and punishing wayward children doesn’t work-they just whine for more attention.
We can’t repeat the errors of the past.
The article “The high cost of hating government” wonders why the US was held captive by the Tea Party.
The article described a tea Party rally stating “As the shouting persisted, it became clear that the government of the most powerful country in the world was being held hostage by a band of fanatics who (1) represent a very small proportion of our population; (2) hate government so much that they relished the idea of closing its doors, no matter the cost; and (3) have neither respect nor patience for the normal democratic give-and-take between competing parties and points of view.”
Why did the Tea party-a group of loud whining goons, reminding me of 3 year old bullies, get their way? The article states “In no serious country do threats to shut down the government become a routine way of doing business. Yet in our repertoire of dysfunction, we are on the verge of adding shutdown abuse to abuse of the filibuster in the Senate.
Republicans, however, were rewarded for going to the brink. Because so many on House Speaker John Boehner’s side were eager for a shutdown and President Obama was so determined to avoid one – and to stay out of the spotlight until the final days – Boehner had the upper hand.”
When is President Obama going to tell the children enough is enough-you can’t have cake and ice cream before bed. The article states “Republicans have won two rounds since December: on tax cuts for the wealthy and now on spending cuts….
For Obama, it is not good enough to cast himself as the school principal scolding competing congressional gangs. He needs the courage to defend the government he leads. He needs to declare that he will no longer bargain with those who use threats to shut down the government or force it to default on its debt as tools of intimidation. We’re all a bit weary of Obama telling everyone to be grown-ups, but this would be the grown-up thing to do.”
The article “2011 is not 1995” cites history and notes that during a recovery the federal government has to expand, not decrease.
The article notes the numbers stating “The final compromise was $38.5 billion below 2010’s funding levels. That’s $78.5 billion below President Obama’s original budget proposal, which would’ve added $40 billion to 2010’s funding levels, and $6.5 billion below John Boehner’s original counteroffer, which would’ve subtracted $32 billion from 2010’s budget totals. In the end, the real negotiation was not between the Republicans and the Democrats, or even the Republicans and the White House. It was between John Boehner and the conservative wing of his party. And once that became clear, it turned out that Boehner’s original offer wasn’t even in the middle. It was slightly center-left.”
The article worries that “Claiming political victory now opens the door to further policy defeats later.”
It details how the Clinton presidency handles defeats, and notes the difference as the article states “That story misses something important: Clinton’s success was a function of a roaring economy. The late ’90s were a boom time like few others — and not just in America. The unemployment rate was less than 6 percent in 1995, and fell to under 5 percent in 1996. Cutting deficits was the right thing to do at that time. Deficits should be low to nonexistent when the economy is strong, and larger when it is weak. The Obama administration’s economists know that full well. They are, after all, the very people who worked to balance the budget in the 1990s, and who fought to expand the deficit in response to the recession.
Right now, the economy is weak. Giving into austerity will weaken it further, or at least delay recovery for longer. And if Obama does not get a recovery, then he will not be a successful president, no matter how hard he works to claim Boehner’s successes as his own. Clinton’s speeches were persuasive because the labor market did a lot of his talking for him. But when unemployment is stuck at eight percent, there’s no such thing as a great communicator.”
The article “GOP knocks Obama on spending, cuts” notes that the Tea party and Boehner would steal the pennies off of corpses’ eyes.
The article states “When it comes to future battles over next year’s budget and the prospect of raising the debt limit, Republicans were harsher in their criticisms….
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said, “You know, I sit here and I listen to David Plouffe talk about, you know, their commitment to cut spending and knowing full well that for the last two months, we’ve had to bring this president kicking and screaming to the table to cut spending. I then hear they’re going to present a plan as far simply because as how to address the fiscal situation.”
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who introduced his own budget plan last week, said he couldn’t predict what was achievable on long-term debt reduction because he didn’t know where Obama stood.
“I don’t really know, because the president punted on these issues,” he said. “He gave us a budget that didn’t deal with any of the drivers of our debt.”
Ryan’s plans include destroying Medicare and Medicaid while giving the rich huge tax cuts. President Obama can’t start negotiations with them talking about what to cut. He has to start with getting money back from the top 1%!
The article “Sen. Mike Lee: Obama planned government shutdown” tells a lie that the GOP loves.
Freshman Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), as the article states said on the Senate floor “When the president had both Houses under the control of his party, why did he opt not to pass a budget for fiscal year 2011? “It was either irresponsible on one hand or deliberate and malicious on the other with intention to bring about a sequence of events that would culminate inevitably in a government shutdown.”
How could they say that? The Democrats didn’t pass a budge simply because the GOP, while it was in the party of no’s obstructionist phase, filibustered everything. The budget the Democrats wanted would never get passed.
These GOP propagandists have Karl rove to spin the hypocrisy. Do you think Lee came up with this, as the article states “We have to be willing to cast blame where blame is due,” Lee, who helped found the Tea Party Caucus, said. “The blame here cannot and, as long as I’m standing, will not be placed at the feet of the Republican Party or tea party. We do not want a shutdown. If we have one, it will be because the president of the United States and members of the other party in this august body have refused to put forward a palatable, defensible budget.”
The lessons of the Depression show us that the US Federal Government has to expand during periods of high joblessness just to provide jobs and some money through the system. The lessons of the Reagan era show us that even the most calculating GOP crew can’t achieve the GOP’s greatest dreams– tax cuts for the rich and reduction of the US social safety net simultaneously.
The country is with him. Poll after poll shows the majority of US citizens want the US social safety net to remain strong and want more revenue into the system-even if it means raising their own taxes, but especially in raising the top 1%’s taxes.
The GOP has done its traditional tactic of overplaying its hand on the federal level and in states run by newly elected GOP goons-such as Scott Walker. The reaction against Walker has been clear and demonstrates that the bottom 99% wants what it deserves.
President Obama has the bully pulpit. He has to stand up to the GOP bullies. He has to look out for the bottom 99%!