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Compromise? There won’t be any stinkin’ compromise!

So, over the last two or three days, the mainstream media has asked multiple different Republicans, “Are you going to compromise with the president?” Many people tripped over themselves trying to come up with an answer. I think the answer is clear, that there will be no compromise. The Republicans have just been rewarded for being the most obstructionist group in recent memory. They opposed healthcare, they opposed Wall Street reform, they even opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. They opposed the rescue plan to save GM and Chrysler. They opposed the stimulus package, which saved or created millions of jobs. The calculus was simple – oppose and obstruct anything that can move the country forward. Success for the president means Democratic votes down the line and we, the Republicans, can’t have that.

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday afternoon that he thought that he could work together with the Republicans on energy legislation. I did not fall off my chair laughing, although I almost did. Energy legislation? Maybe, since the president had recently been on The Daily Show, he was joking. There is zero chance that the Republicans are going to “compromise” on energy legislation. The oil companies and their lobbyists have bathed the Republican Party in a sea of money. There will be no compromise on energy legislation.

The Republicans for the last 30 years have undergone a significant transformation. There was a time when you could find liberal and moderate Republicans walking around Congress. Unfortunately, they have gone the way of the dodo bird. There are no moderate Republicans anymore, at least not in Congress. Let’s think about how congressmen and senators get elected. They start in the local neighborhoods. They talk about issues and ask for donations. If you’re talking to a conservative group and you want to get them fired up so that they will reach deep into their pockets, you need to touch on those hot button items. The more you talk about the need for tax cuts, immigration reform and more defense spending, the more money will be thrown your way. Before you know it, your platform is extremely conservative. There is no room for moderation. This is what we have in Congress. We have conservatives and ultraconservatives. Both varieties of the conservative movement look at compromise as a sign of weakness. It is a sign of a complete lack of moral character, no conviction. Therefore, the only compromise that we’ve seen over the last 15 or 20 years is when progressives move further to the right.

Remember the words of Rush Limbaugh, “I hope Obama fails.”

By |2010-11-05T07:00:47-04:00November 5th, 2010|Party Politics, Rachel Maddow Show|13 Comments

Texas Senator MIA On Real Issues

Our terrible Texas Senator John Cornyn has very little to say about our current economic troubles, but he sure goes on a lot about the closely contested U.S. Senate race in Minnesota.

(Please click here to read the latest report on Senator-elect Al Franken’s ever expanding lead in the Minnesota count.)

Senator Cornyn has been all over making sure that the next U.S. Senator from Minnesota, Al Franken, must face every possible obstructionist hurdle before he can take the seat he won at the ballot box last November. Senator Cornyn has said he will help filibuster any effort to seat Mr. Franken.

Yet on the portion of his U.S. Senate web home labeled “Jobs and The Economy“, Senator Cornyn has added only one update since October 27. The subject of that one update was the proposed auto bailout. Here is some of the wisdom the Senator offered on that issue—

The nation’s top automakers this week presented their proposals to the Democratic Congressional leadership on how they plan to turn around their businesses and get out of debt. I have yet to see the details of their proposals so I cannot comment on the merits…”

Where are the Senator’s viewpoints on what Texas needs from the upcoming stimulus package? Or his suggestions for job creation in these hard times? How many Texans have lost jobs since October 27 while Senator Cornyn is MIA on issues of substance?

Above you see a picture of Senator-elect Franken. Those two Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders have no problem with the idea of Senator Franken. It is clear from the picture above that Mr. Franken is a friend of Texas. I think he may even be in love with Texas. (He was on a USO tour of Iraq in this photo.)

So what is Senator Cornyn’s problem?

One thing is that Senator Cornyn has plenty of time on his hands ignoring the needs of the hard-working Texans. Idle hands are indeed the Devil’s workshop.

In fact, Senator Cornyn is now getting involved in the Illinois Senate dispute as well.

The other issue is that the Republican rump of 41 Senators has selected Mr. Cornyn as Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

If only Senator Cornyn worked as hard for all Texans as he does for his apparently more important constituency of the few remaining Republican Senators in Washington.

By |2009-01-07T10:23:14-04:00January 7th, 2009|Election 2008, Elections, Party Politics, Senate|Comments Off on Texas Senator MIA On Real Issues

GOP – Great Obstructionist Party

Congratulations, Republicans in the 110th Senate! You’ve become the most obstructionist group in history!

  • Yesterday, the Senate Republican minority filibustered its 62nd bill since coming to Congress last January.
  • The previous record was 61 filibusters during *both* sessions of the 107th Congress, meaning these new Blockheads have a whole year to spare! [Crooks and Liars]
  • This is all part of the master plan to stop Congress from accomplishing, well, anything.
  • In fact, the New York Times reports last week that “Senate Republicans are so accustomed to blocking measures that when the Democrats finally agreed last week to their demands on a bill to repari the alternative minimum tax, the Republicans still objected, briefly blocking the version of the bill that they wanted before scrambling to approve it later.” [NY Times]
  • What have conservatives been so busy blocking?
  • End the occupation of Iraq? BLOCKED.
  • Reduce the $13.5 billion subsidy for the top five oil companies? BLOCKED.
  • Allow soldiers in Iraq to have rest time equal to their deployment time? BLOCKED
  • President Bush got in on the obstructionist action, too, brandishing his veto pen at the merest whiff of policy he didn’t like.
  • Providing support for stem-cell research: TWO VETOES
  • Providing health insurance for the kids of the working poor: TWO VETOES
  • Bringing troops home from Iraq: VETO
  • Don’t get too depressed! Although the press has focused heavily on the bills that didn’t make it, there have been some big victories for progressives this year.
  • The victories: A minimum wage increase. Implementation of the 9/11 Commission Recommendations. Cutting costs for college tuition. A new energy law insisting on better fuel ecomony. Increased spending for vets. A massive overhaul of ethics and lobbying rules. Tighter instant background checks for purchasing guns. More money for math and science teachers. Tax relief for homeowners facing foreclosure. Increased money for research funding. Increased assistance for victims of Hurricane Katrina. [Seattle Times]
By |2007-12-22T10:55:02-04:00December 22nd, 2007|Congress|Comments Off on GOP – Great Obstructionist Party
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