President Obama’s tax cut deal with Republicans has engendered outrage from the left, and the Democratic Caucus has come out against the deal. That is the good news, and it means the democratic process can move forward and may possibly include some constructive debate and real compromise. However, it takes just a minute to realize that there is no compromising with Republicans.
Representatives in Obama’s party said they will not accept the deal “as written,” and it leaves the door open to some extra bargaining to achieve some kind of equitable agreement. Whether President Obama planned for more negotiations or not is unknown, and it’s possible that he’s letting the public see Republicans in action. Republicans’ complaints show their level of contempt for the unemployed, the gay community, Latinos, and rescue workers.
Democrats rightly complain that Obama made too many concessions to Republicans, and some Republicans know they got the best of the deal for their wealthy donors and the corporations they control. But there are some Republicans who are so vile in their goal to demonize and ruin the Obama Administration, their actions transcend evil.
Senator Jim DeMint, the righteous Christian warrior and self-appointed Tea Party god complained that the tax cut deal is bad because of the unemployment benefits extension. Regardless that relief for the unemployed is about the only item the Republicans conceded, DeMint thinks Republicans gave away too much. He took his brand of compassion a bit farther when he proposed that the unemployment insurance benefits be treated as a loan. His reasoning is that if the money is borrowed, the lazy unemployed workers will find a job so they can pay back their unemployment benefits. If that is true, then DeMint has to repay his salary and benefits for the past two years for lying to weaken the Constitution, being a bigot, and not fulfilling his duty to work for his constituents or the American people (saying no is not working).
In the Senate, Republicans blocked repeal of DADT because they want the tax cuts for the wealthy. That may be their public excuse for blocking repeal, but the real reason is their bigotry toward gays. They also believe that if they can prevent Obama and Democrats from fulfilling the promise to end DADT, that the administration will lose support. Republicans often speak of doing the will of the American people, but they reject the majority of Americans’ opinion that DADT should be repealed to punish President Obama and gays.
They also blocked health care for the 9/11 workers to force the tax deal because they are patriotic and forget who they called real heroes after 9/11. They are treating the emergency workers the same as they do our soldiers when the leave the military. One despicable Republican proposed charging veterans co-pay for their health care in a show of gratitude for their service.
Senator Reid postponed a vote on the Dream Act that addresses an immigration issue because 42 Republicans sent a letter saying they would not vote for any legislation until the tax cuts are extended. The real reason is Republicans’ aversion to Latinos. David Vitter stood on the floor of the Senate and said that the Dream Act would cost $17 billion and we shouldn’t pass that expense on to our grandchildren. Vitter never complains about the $70 billion a year for the wealthy’s tax cuts our grandchildren will pay for because he is a bigot and a hypocrite.
At what point do Republican and Tea Party voters see their representatives for what they are? Sooner or later, they will feel the economic squeeze and loss of services their beloved true conservatives have in store for them, and then Democrats may not look so unappealing. If voters don’t see that there is nothing in the conservative strategy for working people, they are psychologically blinded by their racism and bigotry.
Republicans were handed a sweetheart deal by President Obama in return for 13 months of unemployment benefits extensions and some college aid for parents. Obama has incurred the wrath of many in his own party and it may give Democrats renewed passion to fight. For Republicans, it is their time to shine as greedy, vindictive, bigoted Americans who are taking out their hate for a Black man in the Oval Office on the American people.
Eventually, Americans will feel the physical effects of Republican’s contempt at such a level that they will lash out with a vengeance for the deceit and subterfuge conservatives have used to control the voters. If the pictures today of restrained, polite English people rioting are any indication, Republicans better have an escape plan because the American people are going to be desperate, and they will not tolerate being raped much longer before they lash out. At last count, Republicans have burned the Tea Party, Latinos, LGBT community, veterans, the unemployed, and racial minorities whilst only helping the wealthy and corporations.
The tax cut deal is the best Obama could get from Republicans and the left knows this. Democrats in the House and Senate can seize the opportunity to stand united and make a public display of fighting for the people. It is an easy fight because the Republicans are laying out their intentions to protect the rich at the expense of the country. Democrats just need to help Republicans showcase their contempt, and America may wake up.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
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