Friday, November 09, 2012

The Republicans Return To Their Gridlock Strategy

House Speaker, Republican John Boehner's and Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell's responses to President Obama blow my mind.

First on Tuesday night when the President phones them after his speech, they both have their aids tell the President that they are asleep.  Even if they really were asleep, which seem completely unlikely while the results of the election are occurring, this is the President.  When the President phones you, you take the call.

Secondly, on Wednesday after the election when John Boehner is willing to meet with the President, the plans Boehner iterates to President Obama are a regurgitation of the Paul Ryan economic plan that has failed continuously to get any traction in Congress, and also failed to win over the majority of the electorate on Tuesday. And additionally has been discredited by great majority of economists that have been willing to examine the Ryan plan.

Thirdly, the President ran on not catering to the philosophies that were in play that caused the recession.  And the GOP's first move is to demand exactly those philosophies.

Do the Republicans expect that the last 3 years of gridlock they caused is going to be a fruitful strategy?

Obama to Boehner:  Higher Taxes On The Wealthy Or The Bush Tax Cuts Expire
(Brian Beutler, Talking Points Memo, November 9, 2012.)

So, President Obama is setting them straight, “I’m not going to ask students and seniors and middle class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me making over $250,000 aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes.”