Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Obama Steps Up Confrontation

All I can say is...about freakin' time! President Obama and the Democrats have given the Republicans a million opportunities to try and work together constructively toward fixing the nation's problems, and they have been given the finger at each and every turn. The GOP wants all or nothing, so they now get nothing. They are now free to spend all of their time at bondage strip clubs or wherever they go, since they apparently can't handle governing.

From today's Wall Street Journal...
President Barack Obama, after a year of fitfully searching for compromise, is taking a more aggressive tack with his Republican adversaries, hoping to energize Democratic voters and possibly muscle in some Republican support in Congress.

On Thursday, the president challenged Republicans who planned to campaign on repealing his health-care bill with, "Go for it." Two days later, he made 15 senior appointments without Senate consent, including a union lawyer whose nomination had been blocked by a filibuster.

A senior Democratic official said the push was a textbook case of taking advantage of political momentum as the campaign season begins. Republicans are "on the defensive," the official said, "and as long as they're not cooperating, we ought to keep them there."

Republicans are getting "better treatment than they deserve," said Don Miller, 68, a California independent and pipe line consultant who said his support for Mr. Obama was rising.


T. Paine said...

I do not blame Obama for fighting for the enactment of his agenda. That is his right and obligation.

It is my right and obligation to fight as hard as possible to ensure that the un-constitutional aspects of his agenda are not enacted or are repealed if they are passed.

Dave Splash said...

That is fair. There are two parties for a reason. They have different agendas. Frankly, bi-partisanship is nice in theory, but the practice of it seems elusive.

I just wonder whether it will ever be in the political interest of the GOP to vote for a bill where it supports, say, 70% of what is in it. Getting 70% of what you want is usually pretty good. But today, it has decided that if it cannot have 100%, then no matter how much good they can find in a bill, they must vote no.

When the shoe was on the other foot - and the Congressional Record will show this - the Dems did support bills from Bush, despite not liking certain aspects of them. Not all Dems, but enough for Bush to claim he had bi-partisan support. Things like Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind come to mind.

The real test will be the financial reform bill. It is a nearly unanimous opinion in America that Wall St needs to be reformed and better policed. From what I have read, much of the bill drafted by Dodd features ideas and input from Republicans, along with some things they don't like. Will the GOP uniformly say no? I don't think that would be good policy or good politics. I am looking forward to the results.