I hope the country is taking notes and the Democrats are learning their lesson. Here we are eight years after Bush drove the country and the economy into a toilet, the Republicans are faced with an opportunity to act in a bi-partisan manner what do they do? The expected---they took the opposing position, came up with their own plan and demanded support for their plan. So for everyone that was blaming the tanking economy on Bush here is your proof he did not do it alone, the republican membership was there to rubber stamp his proposal and budgets. Even though the republican way of doing things obviously failed under Reagan and both Bushes, after major losses in both congress and the presidency the Republicans still demand their agenda is the choice of the people. They seem to think the election is only about personalities and not ideas. They don’t get it. As Obama stated the ground has shifted and they have failed to realize it.
What is most significant about the vote on this stimulus package is the obvious, NOT ONE House REPUBLICAN voted for it. I could not help but think about the past eight years. I could not help but think what a different country we would have if the democrats had stood up to Bush and the republicans the way they Repubs and standing firm now. I can’t help but thinking how we would not have Guantanamo or an illegal war against the Iraqi people and pillaging of the American coffers with no-bid contracts. We would not have lost over 4,000 young men and women if the Democrats stood up to the Republicans.
If the democrats had stood up to the republicans we could have saved millions of jobs, maybe companies would not be going bankrupt, and Americans going homeless. If the democrats had stood up, Bush could not have passed the Patriot Act, or the FISA amendment. See the Republicans don’t care what is going on; they are not going to abandon their principle of tax relief for the rich and war for the poor. But the Democrats on the other hand, are different, they cower and throw moral conviction and out the window rather than upset a republican. Obama is the first democrat who didn’t seem afraid of Republicans and that’s part of the reason he won.
Now tonight after losing millions of jobs and wasting trillions of dollars, after assisting the previous administration in breaking the rules of law, and bending the constitution to fit a corrupt administration, NOT ONE SINGLE House REPUBLICAN voted for the stimulus package presented by Obama and the democrats, a first step in correcting the damage they assisted in creating. It makes me think about all those votes Democrats cast for the war and the funding of the war, for tax cuts for the wealthy, and eaves dropping on Americans. The democrats do what they always do, compromise their integrity the country be damned.
It seems the politicians forget why they are sent to Washington, they are sent there to handle the peoples business, not to settle their personality conflicts. The business of the people should not be settled by a pissing contest. We had an election the republicans lost, when they were in charge it was all about supporting the president and trusting his judgment, whatever that may have been. The democrats recited the mantra of supporting President Bush even as he broke the laws, even after he leaked the name of a CIA agent. Now Obama has come and it’s not about supporting the President but supporting the Republican way of doing things. I hope the Democrats are learning their lesson. I hope the country is seeing the Republicans and Democrats for what they truly are. If there is any question as to why the Democrats wouldn’t impeach Bush and cannot really investigate the previous administration it’s because they were enablers, and condoned what Bush and his cronies were doing by continuing to vote for his proposals and budgets.
All these media and pundits, economists and analysts were all saying that Bush’s economic plan were smart, and Iraq war was a reasonable answer to 911. These same people beat the drum for war. They now accuse Obama of proposing a weak plan but when he tries to talk about certain things they accuse him of socialism. He is supposed to fix in a week what took eight years to screw up. The media needs to go investigate Bush and find out what happened to the $9billion that disappeared in Iraq and let Obama handle the business of the people.
I think eventually the Republicans will get it, especially when they see the country moving forward without them, but will the democrats ever get it? I'm not sure.