Temper tantrums, however fun they may be to throw, rarely solve whatever problem is causing them.
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid
1. Did you know that 60% of Republicans support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants? They do so long as President Obama’s name is not associated with it. If the President supports it or pushes for it, that support drops to 39%. Since when did a good idea stop being good idea because you don’t like the messenger? For example, I despise Sarah Palin but if she actually supported a good policy idea that I also supported, I wouldn’t stop supporting it if I found out we agreed. That’s what grown ups do.
2. A journalist over at The Week, Taegan Goddard, is actually proposing that the President “…consider reverse psychology and propose the opposite of what he really wants.” Why? Because it has finally become clear to some in the media that the Republicans are simply opposing anything the President supports without any thought to the actual merits of the policy idea and by their own admission! See #1 above. How many of you are parents and resorted to using reverse psychology on your toddler in order to get compliance on something? So instead of demanding that the Republicans in Congress act like grown ups and do their damn jobs, the burden of compliance (caving to GOP demands) or manipulation (reverse psychology) is being placed on the President. I would go with demanding adults act like adults, but that’s just me.
3. Which leads me to this story…..Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said,
Here’s my belief: let’s take Obamacare and put it on the table,” he said. “If you want to look at ways to find $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade, let’s look at Obamacare. Let’s don’t destroy the military and just cut blindly across the board.
Since Obamacare has significantly slowed the rate of healthcare cost increases and saved us all about $1.5 billion (if not more) in the first year of implementation and if that continues could save as much as $15 billion or more in the next decade, how does this proposal make any sense whatsoever? We can’t find $1.2 trillion in Obamacare and even if we could, it would defeat the purpose of the law AND cost about 40 million people the healthcare coverage that is now available to them. Graham and his Republican ilk would want to make these paltry (at least to them cuts) rather than making smart cuts from incredibly bloated segments of the government like the military. Heck, even the military doesn’t want or need all the extra funds and equipment Congress is trying to give them.
The REAL solution to sequestration, which would be like taking a hatchet to the budget, is for Congressional Republicans to get off their butts and start making bipartisan decisions on the surgical cuts that need to be made and not let the sequestration occur at all. So the solution to sequestration is for Graham and his colleagues to do their damn jobs! But wahhhhhh, baby wants to do it his way!!!!!!!!!!!! If baby can’t have it his way, then the budget can just get hacked up indiscriminately. The “scorched earth” approach is effective in war but not so effective in governing. Of course, immature minds can’t understand this.
I get sooooo tired of having to remind them to put down their binky, take their thumb out of their mouths (or asses, which is more likely when we’re talking about Congress) and grow up.