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"Today's GOP is a Political Terrorist Organization" BlueWaveNews~ - Cha - 03-10-2011 09:48 PM
Thursday, March 10, 2011
When Republicans had majorities in Congress during the Bush years, they flaunted their power by ramrodding through every policy they wanted, over Democratic objections. When the time came for them to be in the minority, they linked arms and fought to obstruct everything Democrats tried to pass. It didn't matter that many of these bills enjoyed popular support among Americans. The point was to prevent the country from making any progress or recovery under Democratic control. They succeeded well enough that, two years later, voters took out their frustrations with high unemployment and a still sluggish economy on Democrats. Republicans took over state legislatures, governorships, and the U. S. House.
What the Republicans in Congress did was not governing. They ignored the duties of their offices and failed to do the jobs they were sent to Washington to do. They actually voted against pretty much every piece of legislation that was intended to create jobs or help the economy, but voters couldn't seem to get their heads around the fact that the lack of new jobs and economic growth was largely due to Republican opposition to legislation that would do that. By sticking to their plan and simply refusing to help govern, Republicans were able to convince voters that Democrats needed to be punished. And so, we had a GOP takeover throughout much of the country.
But it didn't occur to me how closely the Republicans' behavior resembled terrorism until I saw this Christian Science Monitor blog today. Entitled "Republicans demand ransom from the White House," the author (Robert Reich), compares House Republicans to kidnappers.
It’s called ransom. That’s what Republicans are demanding from the White House and congressional Democrats for not pulling the plug on the government.
Problem is, when you pay ransom once, you’re almost begging to pay it again. And that’s exactly the pickle the Obama administration is finding itself in.
Why mince words?