The GOP fiddles while Rome burns
by owl06, Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 06:13:27 AM EST
It is disturbing that the Republicans have defaulted back to 1990's style hyper partisanship rather than voters' desire for action and change in Washington. They are calling a four alarm fire on a 'scandal' that has zero to do with President Elect Obama, and are more interested in union busting than they are in responding to an economic emergency. The GOP is fiddling as Rome burns.
Reports that jobless claims are the highest in a generation bracket their actions. America is in a crisis.
Most of the American people are intelligent enough to understand that President Elect Obama did not partake in any pay for play, and that any implication that he did is nothing more than a distraction and partisan political sniping.
A majority of Americans have confidence in the Obama transition team and the leadership that it has demonstrated on the economy, including a majority of republicans. Sadly, the Republican leaders are now more beholden to conservative talk radio mouthpieces and an increasingly radicalized base than they are to the mainstream of America.
What actual work is the GOP doing? They are attempting to put the economy into a partisan headlock in order to strike a blow against organized labor in a scheme to make it more difficult for United Auto Workers to unionize elsewhere. Worse, they propagate lies about how UAW workers are more generously compensated than workers that are employed by foreign automakers.
The most intense opposition to the bailout is coming from several Republican Senators which represent States that are home to facilities owned by foreign automakers. Whose side is the GOP really on? Enough distractions - It's time to get back to the task at hand and rescue the economy.
Colin Powell said it best:
"I think the party has to stop shouting at the world and at the country. I think that the party has to take a hard look at itself, and I've talked to a number of leaders in recent weeks and they understand that."
"Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh? Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?"