Robert's Random Ravings

The Republican Party – What is it thinking?

I am beginning to get really disgusted with the way things are going on Capitol Hill now. The Republican Party is busy crying out against a power grab by the White House. They seem to think that President Obama wants to do an end-run around the Constitution and violate the law by having the Director of the Census Bureau report directly to the White House. This position reports to the Commerce Secretary. As anyone reading this may know, the nominee for Commerce Secretary, Republican Senator Judd Gregg, withdrew his nomination for the post, citing “irresolvable conflicts” between his ideology and that of the President.

Gregg was part of President Obama’s attempts to reach out across party lines and include Republicans in his Cabinet. But it seems that the Republican Party is more concerned with thwarting any and all efforts of the new President than it is in actually helping resolve the problem.

The idea of a Republican outcry against a Presidential “power grab” is so ironic. We have spent the last 8 years watching President Bush redefine the role of President and grab as much power as possible for the Executive Branch of the government. No one was crying out against the power grab then.

The Bush Administration inherited a country that was growing very rapidly. We were adding jobs by the hundreds of thousands. We had a budget surplus. Now we have lost over 3 million jobs in the last year, and had a budget deficit of more than $1 trillion last year. That is a number so large that most people probably cannot even conceive of it. I know that I can’t.

Reducing taxes is NOT the solution. Putting up roadblocks and crying that Obama is trying to turn us into a Socialist or Communist state is not the answer. The answer is working together. The answer is NEW ideas, not recycling old ones.

Get with it Congress. Get with it Republican Party. We, the people, are tired of your games, and tired of your vitriol. We want to live our lives in peace and harmony. We do not want to be told that “if you don’t do this, the result is catastrophe.” The economics of fear is so last century. We are in a time where we need hope, not fear. If you are not part of the solution, you need to get out of the way. Pointing out that something is wrong is not helpful unless you can help with a solution to the problem. President Obama is trying to solve problems that were not even of his making. Give him and his plans a chance. They certainly cannot leave us any worse off than the previous 8 year administration has.

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02/13/2009 - Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Absolutely, Robert! Remember the Einstein quote that we cannot solve the problems with the same level of thinking that created them. Come on, our elected representatives – ALL of you! This country needs to change! …and, I’m not talking about changing the Constitution, I’m talking about getting along with each other – embracing diversity of all types, integrating ideas as well as people.

    Heavens, if we can’t get along with each other, how can we get along with our allies?

    Besides, Obama’s ideas aren’t absolutely new; they are updates on ideas that have worked in the past – updates with innovations appropriate to today’s world. Let’s give him a chance. Instead of constantly complaining and finding what’s “wrong” with the ideas, come up with new and imaginative solutions / ideas to present.

    The world is diverse. Embrace the diversity and allow that same diversity to show us difference ways to succeed.

    Comment by Jean E McClelland | 02/13/2009 | Reply

  2. You’re not the only one. I do however think that Obama has a strategic plan to make the Repugs appear as a craven and obstructionist bunch.

    Comment by truthspew | 02/14/2009 | Reply

    • “Repugs.” I like that (but I will try to be nice).

      Comment by rkurzweil | 02/14/2009 | Reply

    • And I hope it will be very clear to Americans how obstructionist they really are being. It is more important for the Party to win than for America to win.

      Comment by rkurzweil | 02/14/2009 | Reply


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