Thursday, June 28, 2007

Careful What You Ask for GOP 'Cause You May Get It and Prove You're Worthless

posted by Bill Arnett @ 11:09 AM Permalink

Bob Geiger has up an excellent post this morning at the Huffington Post on a subject near and dear to my heart, entitled "The GOP: Grand Obstruction Party," which reinforces very well the posts I have made regarding the worthless, corrupt, obstructionists that now form the GOP, the Republicans, the Compassionate Conservatives, Reaganites, Bushites, or whatever they want to call themselves today.

In the article Mr. Geiger does an excellent job of demonstrating that Republicans will never place the interests of the country over their personal aggrandizement and devotion to a party with the most pernicious agenda of any minority ever in congressional history.

Republicans have been making noise for a couple of weeks about how little the U.S. Senate is allegedly getting done now that Democrats have a scant majority and it's past time to set the record straight. Given their role in intentionally obstructing almost every issue that's come before the 110th Congress, the Senate's GOP leadership criticizing the Upper House's 2007 progress is a bit like Ann Coulter blaming the media for the impression that she's a bile-spewing gargoyle.
"Once known as the Grand Ole Party, today the Republican Party can more aptly be described that the 'Grand Obstructionist Party,'" said Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday. "Perhaps they see progress in a new Congress as defeat for them rather than a win for the American people. Whatever the reason, they need to know that by their obstructionism, they're not hurting Democrats, they're slighting the American people."

And the GOP blockades have not gone up over routine procedures or measures of no consequence, having slowed critical legislation such as the following:

Fulfilling the 9/11 Commission Recommendations (Eventually passed 97-0, Roll Call Vote #53)
Improving security at our courts (Eventually passed 93-3, Roll Call Vote #133)
Water Resources Development Act (Eventually passed 89-7, Roll Call Vote #162)
A joint resolution to revise U.S. policy in Iraq (Eventually passed 89-9, Roll Call Vote, #74)
Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Eventually passed 69-23, Roll Call Vote #173)
Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Eventually passed 64-35, Roll Call Vote #228)
CLEAN Energy Act ( Passed 91-0, Roll Call Vote #208)
Funding for the Intelligence Community (Eventually passed 94-3, Roll Call Vote #129)
"Senate Republicans yesterday blocked a bill that would permit the federal government to negotiate lower drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries," read an article in the April 19, 2007 Boston Globe.…
"Senate Republicans rejected an effort by Democrats to pass minimum-wage legislation without breaks for small businesses on Wednesday, setting the stage for a potential impasse with the House, where lawmakers are demanding a 'clean' bill," reported a January New York Times piece.…
In this case, Congressional Republicans couldn't bear to see the working poor get their first pay hike in ten years unless Democrats agreed to yet more tax breaks for business.

And, of course, Senate Republicans have done everything in their power to protect Bush's boy, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who, after all, is only guilty of turning a Justice Department meant to do the peoples' legal business into a political machine for the White House.

And so it has gone for the first 25 percent of the 110th Congress. And, sick as it sounds, you can bet that when the 2008 election season hits and Republicans are looking at even more losses in Congress and, we hope, the White House, they'll trot out their sorry ethics and work habits as an indictment of how little work Democrats have done.

I suppose life is so much easier when you have no shame.

It's wonderful to see that people are recognizing that the rethuglicans are still following Grover Norquist's order that, "Nothing good comes out of this congress. Nothing.…It doesn't do us any good to say no, no, yes, It's got to be no, no, no. Nothing good comes out of this congress."

I feel such revolting disgust every time one of these obstructionist jacka$$ Republican senators get to the podium and spend their whole time knocking Democrats, complaining about scheduling, complaining they can't file 200 amendments to every bill to guarantee it collapses under it's own weight, or whining about everything in general.

And then hypocritically telling talk show hosts friendly to the GOP that the Democratic Senate can't get anything done.

Watch them in action (or inaction due to the Republicans) yourself on C-Span 2. Also, go to the link to Mr. Geiger's post and watch the video of Republicans lodging objection after objection and preventing the Senate from doing its job.

The Republican Senators talk arrogantly, offending the intelligence of the viewer, and their floor speeches are always full of lies that have been exposed as lies long ago; they simply aren't creative enough to keep making up new, or believable, lies.

So watch them. Just don't eat immediately before doing so if you have a weak stomach.

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