The GOP is "the party of big ideas”? Seriously? Don't make me laugh.
Actual policy plans? Oh come now.
Solutions to real problems? Feh.
Meaningful proposals? Puh-leeze!
Details Americans can hang their collective hats on? Hardly.
Ultra super duper double whammy partisan rhetoric? Now you're talkin'.
Then again, Republicans have had, erm, difficulty accepting reality.
Jonathan Bernstein at Salon draws our attention to the rehashitude of the more outspoken up-and-coming "leaders" of the party, or as I like to call them, deficient blowhards:
Start with Jindal. An alleged policy guy, he ... had all of two ideas: a Balanced Budget Amendment and term limits. In other words, the same old ideas that Republicans have been trotting out since …well, certainly since the Reagan administration. [...]
Marco Rubio? ... His big idea, as Dave Weigel reported this week, turns out to be the exact same policy ideas that Republicans have been giving for some time now but labeling each one as a benefit for the “middle class.” Which mainly involves reciting the words “middle class.” [...]
Paul Ryan... as Jonathan Chait put it... has “no policy to offer the poor other than the incentive of being hungrier and sicker.”
And the money line:
For the last several years, the way to get a big reaction in conservative circles is to make a teleprompter or a birther joke, not to bring up unsolved problems in the nation.
Wake up GOP. The self-described Big Idea Party has devolved into a slumber party. And you know what they say:
Mitch McConnell, with support from Charles Grassley and other fellow obstructionists, made the decision to block all of President Obama's circuit court judge nominees until after the November presidential election.
Memo to Mitch: This is not good for our judicial system nor good for America. You're doing this, genius:
With less than four and a half months until Election Day, Senate Republicans are shutting off the bipartisan spigot when it comes to confirming President Barack Obama’s nominees to the nation’s top courts and will present a unified front against his circuit court picks through November.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) made the decision to blockade nominations official Wednesday when he informed his colleagues that he would invoke the “Thurmond Rule” from now until after the elections.
That rule means that within six months of a presidential election, the opposition party "can, and typically does, refuse to allow votes on circuit court judges."
Of course, the GOP is offering up the excuse, "Well, YOU guys did it, and that makes it okay, so there!" Except for this:
Democrats said that between June and November 2004, the Senate confirmed 25 of Bush’s nominees, while during that same period in 2008 the Senate confirmed 22 judicial nominations. Democrats also point to the fact that there are currently 75 judicial vacancies that need to be filled, which is significantly higher than in either 2004 or 2008.
Republicans are doing, and have done, everything they can to obstruct anything the Democrats or the president put before them, and that fact that is made painfully obvious by this oldie but baddie:
More about their efforts to stonewall the president at the expense of the rest of us here: “Republicans have plotted treason now”
What do you call it when a small group of Republicans gather to intentionally sabotage an entire nation, just so their party can win political power off the pain of working Americans? Is it "treason"? Sedition? Or simply the most corrupt, evil, and petty sort of politics this town has seen since Newt Gingrich shut down the government and threw millions of Americans out of work because Bill Clinton had made him fly in the back of Air Force One?
Thom Hartmann. 'Nuff said.
I’m leaving the Republican Party. No longer can I say with a clear conscience that the Republican Party is focused on solving problems will benefit average Americans.
Solving problems is about pragmatically viewing data to decide upon the most effective public policy solutions. Many times, problem solving is the complete opposite of adhering to a rigid political ideology that dictates policy regardless of consequences. Our public servants need to be looking at what has worked, what has not worked, and using those judgments to form policy moving forward. The Republican Party refuses to look at what works and what doesn’t — they simply base policy on whether it fits into a rigid anti-government philosophy, whether it is good policy or not. Essentially, the effectiveness of policy is completely and totally irrelevant to Republicans. Additionally, the Republican Party believes more strongly in obstructing anything that President Obama proposes than in real solutions that would create jobs and help the average American.
Additionally, I have specific grievances with the current “know-nothing” incarnation of the Republican Party:
- The Republican Party refuses to give full rights and liberty to same sex couples.
- The Republican Party refuses to craft real solutions to the problem of high healthcare costs. Our healthcare costs are the highest in the world, and rising. Our public servants need to be developing solutions that bring heathcare costs into line with the rest of the world.
- The Republican Party refuses to acknowledge the individual rights of women to control their own medical decisions and body.
- The Republican Party refuses to address the real solutions towards lowering the deficit. Any person who says they would oppose a plan that contains a ratio of $10 in spending cutsfor every $1 in tax increases simply does not have enough of an education in economics to participate in the discussion.
Even worse, the Republican Party has bamboozled the American people by portraying themselves as the party of fiscal responsibility. Any person who can recognize that some numbers are larger than other numbers know the obvious fact that the biggest spending Presidents are Republicans. Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush alone are responsible for most of the national debt. Bill Clinton cut government and actually spent less money than was taken in…but George W. Bush quickly changed that.
I believe in smart government that effectively does what it should and leaves the rest to the private sector, while still recognizing the legitimacy of the existence of government. I believe in equal rights for all Americans, whether gay, straight, female, male, immigrant or naturally born. The Republican Party no longer believes in any of that.
No longer should the American people stand for the weak leadership and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party. I’ll be voting for President Obama’s re-election.
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