Republican Obstructionism

It seems to me…

Credibility is like virginity.  Once you lose it, you can never get it back.”  ~ Unknown.

The Republican’s have a serious credibility problem.  How can anyone believe the party of “NO!” on anything they say?  Under the last Republican administration they preached how smaller government was better while increasing its size.  They advocated a balanced budget and exploded the deficit.

After losing the Presidential election to Obama, Republicans under House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (House R-VA), formulated the strategy of opposing EVERYTHING regardless of how critical it might be to the nation.  Compromise became anathema as it might accord the Democrats with an unacceptable bipartisan victory.  According to Pete Sessions (House R-TX), all that mattered was for “…the minority is to become the majority” – and to hell with the country.  George Voinovich (Senate R-OH) summarized the Republican strategy as “If Obama was for it, we had to be against it”.  Their goal “was not to promote Republican policies, stop Democratic policies, or even make Democratic bills less offensive to Republicans[i]”.  Their strategy was successful but they totally failed in the purpose for which they were elected: LEGISLATING.

Senate Republicans, since Obama was elected, have used the filibuster 241 times – more than during any previous time in history – to block legislation that should have been approved with a simple majority vote: the Paycheck Fairness Act so women would be paid comparably to men (S.3220), a bill to stop tax breaks for companies out-sourcing jobs overseas (S.3816), a bill to put thousands of public school teachers, police and firefighters back to work (S.1723), as well as normally routine appointments vital to the affairs of our country.

The U.S. was in a deep recession when President Obama took office.  During the campaign, Republicans had proposed a stimulus package larger than the one backed by Obama but once the election was over, Republicans reversed their position and condemned it as Big Government, Big Spending, Big Mess.  Sure the country was sinking into a depression but what did they care?  If economic recovery could be prevented, they might regain the political advantage.

Many portions of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (what they derisively label Obamacare) providing healthcare reform originally were proposed by the conservative Heritage Foundation, backed by Senators McCain and Gingrich, and passed in Massachusetts by then Governor Romney.  Though basically a Republican measure, it none-the-less was opposed by Republicans even though the Congressional Budget Office determined it would reduce expenditures while providing healthcare to those unable to obtain insurance.

The effects of global climate change and environmental degradation also no longer were of concern.  The cap-and-trade regime supported by Senator McCain and other Republicans – rejected.

The U.S. credit rating was downgraded for the first time in its history by Standard & Poor’s due to Congressional dysfunction.  Now the Republicans are attempting to place the blame for their intransigence on President Obama.

Financial reform to prevent another economic meltdown did pass but was so modified to gain approval, it was guaranteed not to be effective.

Obama proposed The American Jobs Act to reduce unemployment but Republicans refused to even consider it preferring continued high unemployment regardless of how many people were hurt.

When it became necessary to increase the national debit ceiling, Republicans claimed President Obama never offered a plan.  It was not that he failed to articulate his approach – the Republicans refused to listen.

Though almost all of us are descendants of immigrants, proposals to ease the problem of U.S. undocumented immigrants were met with derision and demands for stricter enforcement of immigration laws even though deportations increased since Obama took office.

President Obama moved politically from the center toward the right in an attempt to reach compromises but instead of accepting their original proposals, Republicans viewed it as weakness by Obama, continually increased their demands, and moved even farther to the right.  Obama repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to compromise – especially when it came to the looming fiscal crisis and long-term deficit.  Democrats now are more conservative politically than Republicans were in the 1950s yet the Republicans continually cry “socialism” apparently either indifferent or totally clueless as to what socialism actually is.

On and on for four years; enough is enough.  Republicans have demonstrated their total disregard for our country and by their actions shown themselves undeserving of any role in its governance.

Politically, I consider myself an independent and normally vote a split ballot.  While I still might not vote a straight Democratic ticket, I definitely do not intend to vote for any Republicans in coming elections until they demonstrate that, as a party, they place our country above their own egocentric interests.  I am proud to be an American – why aren’t the Republicans?

That’s what I think, what about you?

[i] Grunwald, Michael.  The Party Of No, Time, 3 Sept 2012, p44.


About lewbornmann

Lewis J. Bornmann has his doctorate in Computer Science. He became a volunteer for the American Red Cross following his retirement from teaching Computer Science, Mathematics, and Information Systems, at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. He previously was on the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Stanford University, and several other universities. Dr. Bornmann has provided emergency assistance in areas devastated by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. He has responded to emergencies on local Disaster Action Teams (DAT), assisted with Services to Armed Forces (SAF), and taught Disaster Services classes and Health & Safety classes. He and his wife, Barb, are certified operators of the American Red Cross Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV), a self-contained unit capable of providing satellite-based communications and technology-related assistance at disaster sites. He served on the governing board of a large international professional organization (ACM), was chair of a committee overseeing several hundred worldwide volunteer chapters, helped organize large international conferences, served on numerous technical committees, and presented technical papers at numerous symposiums and conferences. He has numerous Who’s Who citations for his technical and professional contributions and many years of management experience with major corporations including General Electric, Boeing, and as an independent contractor. He was a principal contributor on numerous large technology-related development projects, including having written the Systems Concepts for NASA’s largest supercomputing system at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. With over 40 years of experience in scientific and commercial computer systems management and development, he worked on a wide variety of computer-related systems from small single embedded microprocessor based applications to some of the largest distributed heterogeneous supercomputing systems ever planned.
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