I should really stop apologizing; as I did yesterday, and just embrace my inner conspiracy theorist. Wave it around like a rainbow flag at a Gay Pride rally. Wear it around my neck like some nineties gangsta bling. Force people to look at it, acknowledge it, confront me about it. I used to roll my eyes whenever Hillary Clinton would refer to the ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ but it turns out she was a lot further ahead of the times than me. Leave it to Rachel Maddow to put it all into perspective in a nicely done segment on her Monday June 27th show. You should check it out on the link below even if you’re a flaming conservative. It’s a prize winning segment of some sort. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Okay, you didn’t check it out so I’ll give you the synopsis. Consider all the examples of Republican sponsored bills and measures in the past couple of years. Start with Pay-go or, basically, pay-as-you-go. In other words no amount of spending can be approved without revenue coming in to pay for it. This worked pretty well during the Clinton administration and four Republicans decided it would be a good idea to try it again. President Obama agreed it was a good idea. Suddenly, those four Republicans abandoned the idea.
Then there was the bi-partisan deficit commission that seven Republican Senators voted to establish. Once again, Obama said ‘sounds great’ and suddenly all seven Senators headed for the exits. How about Cap and Trade? A Republican idea, until Obama agreed to it then Republicans were against it. Or the individual mandate in health care reform. Republican idea until Obama said, ‘sure’ then they were against it.
Seeing a pattern yet?
Republicans were all for trying terrorists in the US under President Bush but when Obama brought it up Mitch McConnell‘s head nearly exploded. He claimed it was dangerous and irresponsible even though he had no problem with it during the Bush years. How about the DREAM act introduced by Republicans to deal with illegal immigration in 2001? Once it came up for a vote in 2009 all of those Republicans ran for the border. And does anybody really buy into the ‘outrage’ Republicans feel about Libya?
Now we’re facing a potentially damaging crisis with the debt ceiling. Republicans voted to raise the ceiling seven times during the Bush administration without blinking an eye, but a peek at the chart below shows that almost unanimously they have voted against it under Obama. Republicans know they are playing a dangerous game and their Wall Street buddies are probably going to yank their leashes before ever letting it happen because there is just too much money to lose by not raising the ceiling.
And now Eric Cantor and other Republicans are staging walk-outs on the debt ceiling because Democrats want to cut subsidies to oil companies. Oil companies that continually make more profits than God. Subsidies that Republicans have previously talked about cutting and oil companies have said they really don’t need.
And of course you may recall the chart on filibusters.
Rachel’s overarching message is that it’s fine if you do not care about policy or lawmaking but if you do not care about such things then you have no business getting involved in it.
The kindest way to understand this is as disgusting hypocrisy. [It’s] Shameless, craven, unprincipled partisan hackery. The less nice way to see this is that Republicans in Congress care about policy and believe in it…but the worst possible thing you can think about them in this game of chicken they’re playing with the economy and the debt ceiling…that will cause another global catastrophe and maybe a deeper recession is that they believe what they say about policy…then they know that what they are doing will guarantee bad economic outcomes.
Her guest, The Nation’s Chris Hayes, points out that that negotiations with Republicans presumes that both parties are going in with good faith that a compromise will be the outcome. It appears that the Republicans no longer have any good faith but they want us to think that they do.
The sole goal of the Republican Party is to stop the Obama administration at any cost. Even if it means burning dow the entire world in the process in order to make that happen. It isn’t even relevant to argue about what their reasons for it are anymore. To quote Newt Gingrich, who on occasion makes coherent statements, observed in 2006 that the Democratic campaign slogan should be “had enough?”. That mantra has never been more appropriate than it is today in light of the absurdity taking place on Capitol Hill. So, HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH YET?