Elections have consequences, right?

I always get this weird sense that regardless of election outcomes, Republicans find a way to win. If you look at Obama’s charm offensive towards House Republicans regarding the stimulus package, it resulted in no Republican votes. I am sure there will be some Republican votes once the final bill comes out of conference. The larger point however, (with full complicity from MSM) is that Obama has somehow failed because no House Republicans voted for the bill.

Last I checked, the Democrats control the White House, Senate, and House so if the Democrats can pass bills without Republican support, why are we so committed to Republican ideas, especially now. To help illustrate, Bob Herbert said in a recent column,

The truth, of course, is that the country is hemorrhaging jobs and Americans are heading to the poorhouse by the millions. The stock markets and the value of the family home have collapsed, and there is virtual across-the-board agreement that the country is caught up in the worst economic disaster since at least World War II.

The Republican answer to this turmoil?

Tax cuts.

They need to go into rehab.

The question that I would like answered is why anyone listens to this crowd anymore. G.O.P. policies have been an absolute backbreaker for the middle class. (Forget the poor. Nobody talks about them anymore, not even the Democrats.) The G.O.P. has successfully engineered a wholesale redistribution of wealth to those already at the top of the income ladder and then, in a remarkable display of chutzpah, dared anyone to talk about class warfare. 

I applaud Obama’s efforts at bipartisanship but I hope that Obama’s bad cop is really, really good. In a normal world, Obama’s success won’t be determined by how many Republicans he can win over. I just hope that Obama and Democrats do not feel compelled  to have to trade away tax cuts for any legislation that they think requires broad bipartisan support. The problem is that tax cuts as an answer to everything is not good public policy. Elections do have consequences right?

Stay up fam,

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One response to “Elections have consequences, right?”

  1. Tyler says :

    I think he genuinely believed that politeness would make the Republicans open themselves up to playing ball. I think that was a mistake. I also think he made a mistake by letting the House Democrats craft the bill, which I think is a mess, and gave Republicans rhetorical cover (“it has too much in it”) for their general obstructionism.

    I do think there is something to be said for putting together a bill that is targeted. I also know that Democrats felt strongly that a must pass bill would be the best place to put shit that they would struggle to get 60 votes on as separate bills. What Obama and Democrats didn’t seem to learn from the last 8 years is that in the mind of Republicans, there are no must pass bills. They will hold shit up as long as they want, on principle and for political expedience.

    I hope Obama regroups quickly. No reason to think he wouldn’t.

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