Hey Dan, write us when there will be NO more government crisis ahead. That
would be news. We all see the mess coming from this administration and most in
Congress. The thing we can't do is blame just this President or just this
Congress. The big picture mess on the horizon has been the result of poor short
sighted leadership in Washington D.C. for decades now. Going back to when the
Congress decided to borrow money from the Social Security Trust Fund, to fund
other projects. Now we have no trust fund and a 17 trillion dollar debt.
People, even like Tip O'Neill, are probably spinning in their graves at the
sight of that. If the big one happens, 9.5 on the economic Richter scale, at
least Obama can launch New Deal 11 for the American people. "We Have
Nothing To Fear, But Government Itself." You can quote me.
Thank you Mr. Thomasson. I too remember those days. It was not that there was
no partisanship, no struggle, no intensity. Just that folks could sometimes
clear the smoke from the battlefield and see a way to carve out forward
momentum.You did not like your opponent's views (and sometimes
you did not like your opponent) but there was at least a modicum of respect and
the acknowledgement that they too were doing what they thought was right (even
if misguided by your own standards).We need that today. The
understanding that those who oppose us are not evil, nor even stupid, just with
a different view.
Republicans simply don't have the votes to accomplish what they want to
accomplish. The only way they can succeed is to generate a crisis to force their
opponents to concede to them. What they are doing undermines every norm in our
political system and undermines our system of government. But that seems to be
exactly what they have in mind.The Tea Party is not in any way
conservative. They are radical revolutionaries, the very antithesis of
conservative which holds prudence as its first virtue.
Roland Kayser:I think we need to start distinguishing Tea Party
members from Republicans. Your description of their (apparent) strategy is
completely accurate, but these are not the same Republicans that have offered a
distinct philosophical contrast to Democrats, but recognize the limits of power
and are willing to compromise, in much the same way the Founding Fathers did.
John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and other regular Republicans I typically disagree
with on many issues, but at the end of the day they seem to live in the real
world and I don't think they wish the country harm.Tea Partiers
believe "compromise is for losers" (a t-shirt seen this summer at a
national park in Utah), they think there is no difference between Democrats and
Republicans, their leaders advocate "defunding the GOP" (Glenn Beck).Republicans really should wake up and realize Tea Partiers are NOT
Republicans, they really have no allegiance to the Republican party, and are
quite willing to submarine interests of their party-of-convenience to accomplish
their own objectives, which are radical.
"May" is too ambiguous. "DO or "WILL" are probably more
accurate. Not that I celebrate that; it's a horrible situation. I've
said it before; the country ran better when politicians were reasonable people
who could get together socially and hammer out solutions.
I would highly recommend a john Green video on the subject.Basically, he points out how gerrymandering (and both parties being guilty of
it in whatever state the control) has created the strident nature of Congress.
Unless gerrymandering is controlled, the more radical elements of each party
will continue to get elected. More of Nancy Pelosi and Jason Chaffetz screaming
at each other. Little or no chance of compromise, no respect for the other side
as loyal opposition.
The Republican moderates need an effective spokesman to hit back hard at the Tea
Party. After all, the TP has declared war on them -- what will they do? Kneel
down and take it? The test case may be McConnell in Kentucky.I
recommend Chris Christie, although he is probably not available until he gets
re-elected as governor. He combines a good, tough personal manner with solid
views. He could remind Republicans effectively that the Tea Party's tactics
are suicidal and would guarantee Democrat control for the foreseeable future.
Republicans were never going to work with Obama on anything. Period.Republicans investigated Clinton ad nauseum, and impeached him. Times that by
100 for Obama. The election of Obama was unacceptable. On the night of
his inauguration, Republican leaders gathered together to discuss strategy to
undermine and deny him success on anything.How many Republicans ever even
took a stand against the birthers?Obama learned lessons from the
Clinton's attempt to change the healthcare system. Instead of using
liberal ideas as a basis he began with a framework devised by conservatives and
implemented by a Republican governor. He then stepped back as the framework was
filled out in bi-partisan committees--in contrast to the Hillary led effort.
Btw Ted Cruz favorability among Republicans still outweighs his
unfavorability by a significant margin.
I'm sure the President won't allow a crisis to go to waste nor will
the tea-party Republicans pass up the opportunity to create one.
The tea party is irresponsible and reckless.
The house republicans voted for Styrofoam cups instead of paper cups in the
white house just to spite democrats and their "environmental agenda".
So captain obvious says there will be more problems. Ya.