Update: House Calls GOP’s Bluff on Tax Cuts (Huffington Post)
I’ve decided to start a new segment. I’m calling it, “The Hostage Situation; Part II”. It’s a little like our Free Forum Fridays only there is no specific day for posting; it’s just a running dialogue that I will try to update on a routine basis.
It’s not a new idea. Back in 1979, Iran decided to take a few dozen civilians at the American embassy hostage. Not long after, ABC decided to air its own show called “The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage’. This special morphed into ‘Nightline with Ted Koppel’ and a running tally of the day’s events during the hostage situation were reported. Nightline has been running ever since even though the hostages were released after 444 days and Koppel has since retired. This has also been the format for MSNBC’s ‘Countdown’.
It seems we will be entering a phase of non-productivity due to the political divide in Congress so the best thing I can think of to do is to expose the Republican motivation. To me, it feels as if they are holding our government hostage in order to achieve their goals despite the fact that democracy has dictated otherwise. They appear to be hell-bent on defeating the majority at all costs. I am going to document the history of obstruction and report on the legislative blockades in Congress. I want everyone to see why things are unfolding in the manner they are and who is responsible for those results.
I can’t really identify a specific date for the Republican blockade since they have tried this back in the nineties but I am going to arbitrarily use the inauguration of Barack Obama as a starting point for their resistence.
Days since the Republicans declared war on the middle class and the popularly elected administration: 680; or 1 year, 10 months, and 11 days.
I plan to maintain this accounting until the Republicans either get their asses to the negotiating table or the Tea Party destroys them. In the article below, the Republicans have restated they will block any legislation in the lame duck session until they get their tax cuts permanently extended for the wealthiest 2% of Americans; a process they themselves admit will increase the deficit.