Instead of Being Adults Republicans Act Like Drunken Teens With Daddy’s Credit Card


The art of using tricky, superficially plausible, and fallacious methods of reasoning is the preferred modus operandi politicians often use to garner support or opposition to a particular issue. Republicans spew more sophistry and outright lies in a short timespan than normal human beings do in an entire lifetime, and they are successful because the media is remiss to point out their deceptive rhetoric and the average American is too lazy and stupid to check the veracity of their statements. Nearly any Republican assertion is easily refuted, and yet they appear on political talk shows to criticize President Obama’s policies with impunity, and yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined House Speaker John Boehner in arguing that addressing the nation’s deficit is the most important problem facing America.

McConnell, a typical Republican liar, saidAt some point here, this president needs to become the adult, because the Speaker and I have been the adults in the room, arguing that we need to do something about the nation’s most serious long-term problem.” First and foremost, McConnell and Boehner are as far removed from being adults, or responsible legislators, as Earth is from Saturn. Remember, McConnell said three-and-a-half years ago that Republicans number one job was not governing, but making President Obama a one-term president and it sounded like a petulant little brat who didn’t get his way. Subsequently, Republicans obstructed every piece of legislation to improve the jobs picture, reduce the deficit, or grow the economy. What the childish Republicans have focused on is attacking women, the poor, elderly, gays, and safety nets that benefit millions of Americans and eliminates millions of jobs.

McConnell went on to repeat a favorite Willard Romney lie that fiscally, president Obama has made the economy worse today than when he came into office. Mitch said that “if the president’s going to ask us to raise the debt ceiling, we do need to have another serious discussion about trying to do something significant about the deficit and debt. A request from the president to raise the debt ceiling is a serious matter, because it underscores the way we have been engaged in deceit spending and borrowing particularly over the last three-and-a-half years.” He also said the President’s policies only worsened the nation’s fiscal health, and that the president was trying to push his policies onto other countries at the G8 summit this weekend. It is incredible, but McConnell, besides being an idiot liar, was describing Republican’s actions during the Bush Administration and not President Obama.

When convicted war criminal George W. Bush was president, raising the debt ceiling was not serious because Republicans voted to raise it 19 times to increase the debt limit by $4 trillion without regard to the deficit or debt and without offsets. Besides being a liar, McConnell, like all Republicans is a rank hypocrite. McConnell also said President Obama was engaged in deceit spending and borrowing, but he failed to remind Americans that Republicans never included spending on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in the budget to hide their malfeasance from the public. Now there’s that issue about spending and the deficit McConnell commented on.

The truth is that regardless what Boehner, Willard, or McConnell says, spending, the deficit, and taxes are all lower today than when the President took office. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, before President Obama took office, annual spending totaled 24.9% of gross domestic product, and total spending in fiscal year 2012 will top out a 23.4% of GDP. So much for McConnell’s “deceit spending” and the lie that President Obama made the economy worse than when he took office. The deficit that Republicans are so concerned about that they will hold a debt ceiling hostage for harsh cuts to social safety nets is at 7.6% for fiscal 2012, and on the day President Obama came into office, it was 8.3% of GDP. Another small item Republicans parrot about Democrats and the President are that they are addicted to taxing and spending, but besides spending being lower than when the President took office, federal tax revenue is also lower. In January 2009, the CBO reported that tax revenue was 16.5% and this year it is 15.8% making Republican claims absurd. In fact, taxes under President Obama are at their lowest rates in more than 60 years since Harry S. Truman was president. It is also why the long-term debt ratios are a big problem and precisely why eliminating the Bush-era tax cuts are crucial to a balanced approach to deficit reduction now and the long-term.

Last year, President Obama did attempt to work with Republicans to reduce the nation’s debt, and besides appointing a commission to address the deficit, he called for $4 trillion in reductions using a balanced approach of spending cuts and revenue increases. Democrats proposed a budget proposal at the same time that called for $1.2 trillion more than President Obama’s plan, but Republicans proposed $2.2 trillion in an effort to slow down economic growth. The prescient point is that when the President and Democrats seriously attempted to reduce the deficit, Republicans acted like children and deliberately obstructed serious debt reduction and one wonders if they are really concerned about the national debt or just looking for any reason to attack the President because it is painfully obvious deficit reduction is just a canard.

President Obama’s handling of the economy has been a Republican’s worst nightmare and a disaster for GOP attempts to portray him as fiscally incompetent. Spending is down, taxes are at a 60-year low, and the deficit is down. Conversely, when convicted war-criminal Bush took office, there was a $281 billion budget surplus that he obliterated with tax cuts, two wars, and an expensive Medicare prescription plan that were all unfunded and raised the deficit astronomically. Bill Clinton presided over the most robust economy in modern memory with higher tax rates on the wealthy, more stringent environmental regulations, and created millions upon millions of jobs that Bush-Republicans wiped out in eight years as they nearly sent the entire world economy over the cliff.

When the President came to the White House, he inherited a federal budget that was an absolute disaster that he had no part in creating. Republicans like McConnell, Boehner, and Willard Romney have spent no small amount of time assailing the President for making the economy worse today than when he was inaugurated, but like everything Republicans say, it is an abject lie. They complain about the deficit they are poised to send through the roof with $10.7 trillion in tax cuts under a Romney presidency while they make drastic, poverty-inducing and job-killing cuts to government programs and it should signal voters that instead of being adults like McConnell claims, Republicans are drunken teens with their daddies’ credit card and if left unimpeded will increase the deficit and finish off the job they started during the Bush administration of destroying the economy and the progress President Obama and Democrats have made creating jobs, reducing the debt, and reducing taxes for the middle class.


13 Replies to “Instead of Being Adults Republicans Act Like Drunken Teens With Daddy’s Credit Card”

  1. It’s pretty funny how you gleefully mention how Bush was convicted of war crimes by Malaysia in every single one of your posts now. You know, Malaysia, where homosexuality is a criminal offense and where people can be tried by separate religious courts for things such as being a transvestite. I find it disturbing that you give legitimacy to the court system of a nation with such barbaric laws.

  2. Oh, and by the way, the same court is planning to bring Obama up on war crime charges, just so you know. Looking forward to hearing you special plead around that one in the future.

  3. The republicans are just an old LP album of oldies with lots of scratches, skips, and repetitive loops. They don’t know or have any other songs, melodies, or words. And now, they’re revived one of their oldie-moldie favorites that I like to call “We’re the Adults in the Room”, remember how they used in the 2000 election over and over and over?

    As James Brown used to say, just talkin’ loud, ain’t sayin’ nothing…

    “You can’t tell me how to run my life down
    And you can’t tell me how to keep my fitness sound,
    And you can’t tell me what I’m doing wrong
    When you keep dialing and sing that same old funny song,
    Like a dull knife that just can’t cut
    Just talkin’ a lot and sayin’ nothing
    Just sayin’ nothing, just sayin’ nothing…”
    (James Brown from “Talkin’ Loud”)

    Maybe they’ll get the same “entertainment” for their convention as they have in the past…

  4. It is telling that for the second time, a conservative thinks it’s “pretty funny” an admitted war criminal is also an American citizen. Under normal circumstances one might be satisfied to have given a reader a reason to laugh, but these are abnormal times.

  5. Well said. The childish hypocrits of the supposedly republican party believe it’s morally responsible of them to invade our homes and bedrooms to make sure we all abide by a 2-3 thousand year old book full of antiquated philosophies. Excuse me, republican hypocrits, doesn’t The Bible say, “Thou shall not steal?” How did that go over on Wall Street?

    What happened to getting the government out of the way? Oh, now that only applies to growing the economy no matter how many financial booms and busts result from a laissez faire approach to economic managment. Laissez faire economics only causes hardship and suffering of the middle and working class of the world.

    Managment, whether of government or business is defintely an adult occupation. The managment philosophy of the republicans can be boiled down to, “I got mine, screw you. Now I’m going to prevent you from getting yours.” A philosophy like that has nothing to do with economic growth. How much more childish can someone get?

  6. I guess thus is your way of suggesting they are the same. You must have missed that Obama signed ex order to close Guantanamo but congress refused to fund it. Also bush started one of those wars due to a lie about weapons of mass destruction. Then there’s obamas reliance on intelligence not gotten via torture instead of military action involving civies.

  7. sigh, I really wish I knew the rules for what comments get deleted here. Apparently being correct is considered an attack on the author.

  8. I think you could start with your delivery. It absolutely sucks. Right or wrong, your just not a nice person to have around. Move along. Take writing lessons

  9. …”sigh, I really wish I knew the rules for what comments get deleted here. Apparently being correct is considered an attack on the author.”

    Sigh…funny butt, I’ve never been deleted or have heard grumbling from anyone here about their comments being deleted…never…strange.

    Oh, I get it! You must be “playing” like this is HufPo and can get sympathy for yourself; you don’t have any badges and the moderators don’t like you…oh, I see…and this absolutely “correct” thing you possess, well, I can tell you, it’s just one huge conspiracy by the authors here to get you…poor thing, no one blames you for being right all the time, I understand…

    And lastly, I’ve never had any reason to read the rules here, Julia as I seem to understand these things we humans call “boundaries” and “manners”…I know, you’re republican and you’re taught that money is the only thing that matters (plus repressive sexual mores) on Planet Aynrand, but, the rest of us here on Earth, well, our ways are “different” than yours; we don’t try and find out what the rules are so we can bend, violate and, break them to our advantage; we like having nice things, so we like to keep our rules a “secret”…

  10. The republicans in congress are acting very similar to the way the Chicago city council acted when Harold Washington was elected in the 80’s. Whatever their prejudices are, political or personal, they are putting them ahead of our country’s best interests. Spoiled children indeed.

  11. The very fact that such a repressive regime found our former president guilty of war crimes is powerful and telling. The VERY FACT they are not liberal gives this indictment even greater weight. The enormity of our former president’s crimes are international in scope, and at this moment, due to this and other courts, both Bush and Cheney are under virtual house arrest for they can be arrested anywhere else in the world and tried for crimes against humanity. The very fact an INhumane regime sees that and acts on it shows how despicable the Bush war crimes are in the eyes of the world.

  12. Harris Stein: None of this really matters if the vast majority of their party vote based on their beliefs rather than fact based-knowledge? Sure you and I aggressively look for news beyond our own opinions and beliefs, mull those over and make an informed opinion and/or vote.

    How many of us make a difference? Apparently enough did in 2008 to elect Mr. Obama in spite of redistricting, Diebold voting machines, keeping minorities from polling places. But a sufficient number of us votes for single issues and become easily devastated when BHO does not follow through or goes another direction. It doesn’t matter to this number of voters that he has accomplished so much for the nation that is good and has kept most of his promises. Difficult isn’t it when he has planned and ongoing obstacles put in his way?

  13. The excessive republican bashing, name calling, and accusations made it difficult to take your arguments against republican policies seriously and was extremely distracting from your logic based arguments. Pathos can work if your delivering a speech, but if your creating something meant to be read you should focus almost exclusively on logos.

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