Middle class families can’t wait for a Republican Congress to do stuff. So sue me. As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something.
It’s not crazy; it’s not socialism. It’s not the imperial presidency. No laws are broken, it’s just building roads and bridges like we’ve been doing.
Lord knows the Democratic Party is far from perfect. But House Democrats, when they were in the majority, at least understood that the government had to function, even if its policies were not those they preferred. When Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was speaker, for example, she made certain that bills funding the occupation of Iraq made it through the House, even though a majority of Democrats bitterly opposed the war.
Today’s Republican Party opposes the Affordable Care Act, so it refuses to work with the Obama administration in legislating technical fixes that would make the law work more smoothly. Is this in any sense patriotic? Having lost battles over the law in Congress and the Supreme Court, don’t Republicans have an obligation to make it serve their constituents as well as possible?
Both parties used to understand the need to invest in infrastructure for reasons of competitiveness and safety. Both parties used to understand that there could be no serious threat to send the Treasury into default. Both parties used to cheer the kind of good economic news we heard Thursday — 288,000 new jobs in June, unemployment down to 6.1 percent.
But now, one party — the GOP — cares more about ideology, reelection and opposing Obama’s every initiative than about the well-being of the nation. It is scant comfort, on Independence Day, to remember that the republic has survived worse.
it really bothers me when people don’t realize how much privilege is just reeking
from statements like “i vote conservative because of my fiscal beliefs even though i’m socially liberal”
you are LITERALLY saying your own damn wallet matters significantly more to you than the livelihoods (and lives, in many cases) of PoC, LGBTQIA folk, cis-women and everyone else who needs and deserves access to basic reproductive health services, non-European immigrants, Muslims and people who “look” Muslim, the unemployed poor AND the working poor (hey didya know many of the people at and below the poverty line hold jobs, often 2 or 3?), etc…
people who do not have the freedom to vote “with their wallets” instead of with their identities, people who are increasingly losing the “guaranteed” right to vote AT ALL (hint: that’s GOP strategy, not a coincidence)
and if you think capitalism, especially unregulated capitalism, doesn’t DIRECTLY FUEL the perennial subjugation, genocide, rape, and brutalization of the “special identities” whose lives are worth less to you than your own wallet…
then i guess i don’t need to try any harder to prove my point about privilege, do i?
[T]he current Republican House is quite possibly the most intransigent in all of American history. It is also, not coincidentally, among the most ideologically extreme in American history.
That means that the chances the passing meaningful legislation are near zero. It also means that any remotely controversial legislation that does manage to get passed is likely to be only marginally beneficial to the American people, if not actively harmful.
In an environment where nothing good can get passed through Congress, the only legislative tool left in the arsenal is to shame the opposition until they either give in or lose the next election. Rather than attempt to figure out what good bills have a larger-than-zero chance of passing the House, the President should simply work alongside the Democratic Senate to craft good, popular bills and dare the House to reject them and refuse to bring them to a vote…
[I]f Democrats lose the Senate in 2014 and cannot make gains in the House then Obama is already a lame duck President. He might as well do everything in his power to make life miserable for Republicans and maximize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2014.
It must be tough for Republicans to love America so much but hate almost three-quarters of the people living in it.
- Jon Stewart
They’ve got the worst White Savior complex. “We’re saving you from yourselves! Forget what you tell us you want! We know better and we’re here to help! Bootstraps!”