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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Some Things Will Never Change

I got a little upset this morning when Harold Ford JR. and Mika Brzezinski said that Paul Ryan’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal was a bipartisan approach to end the shutdown.  No it wasn’t, it’s the same budget proposal that lost the 2012 election for the GOP.  Paul Ryan might not have mentioned Obamacare, but he didn’t mention new revenues either.

Republicans and Democrats don’t change, as one is for privatizing and the other is for making government work.

John Boehner has heard from the Koch brothers and others about the consequences of default; his next strategy is to keep the government closed but he now wants to raise the debt limit for a short period of time.  Republicans cannot come to the table without having a hostage to bargain with.  Yes, Democrats have forced shutdowns in the past but we’ve never gotten this close to default.

I don’t think the tea party cares about the 28% approval rating the GOP has, in fact, they are probably making tee shirts with 28% written across the front and back.  They didn’t come to Washington to govern; they came to blow up the place and start anew.  These people are libertarians with a low regard for government, regulations, and taxes.  They’ll take Social Security, Medicare and VA benefits and rail about the government takeover.  Libertarians can’t win elections, unless they run under the Republican banner but now that they have, they are destroying the brand.

Democrats bring your chair little closer to your monitor so you can see plainly what the Republicans are up to.  Entitlement reform is privation in Republican speak.  Joe Scarborough said that reforms are needed in order to save these entitlements, but his way of saving will make it hard on those people who depend on them.  There’s no question that reform is needed but benefits do not have to be cut.  We could lift the caps and raise the contribution amount to 7% and make the program solvent for several years.  Don’t fall for the means testing approach.  When you mean test a social program, it makes a class warfare issue. We don’t have to raise the eligibility age on Medicare or Social Security because that’s all some people are looking forward to.  I am against President Obama’s wiliness to move on a Chained CPI because it would hurt the poor in outlining years.  Democrats can’t continue to give away the store without equal cuts in defense spending and insisting on tax increases or increasing the minimum wage.

 This is an ongoing battle and you have to be pretty naïve not to think that the subsidies in ACA won’t always be a target for Republicans. Remember Paul Ryan may look like the boy who lived next door, but he’s still a disciple of Ayn Rand. We should compromise but beware of the Trojan Horse.


Edith Ann said...

Mike said...

This is why the GOP is now backtracking

NBC/WSJ poll: Shutdown debate damages GOP
By Mark Murray, Senior Political Editor, NBC News
The Republican Party has been badly damaged in the ongoing government shutdown and debt limit standoff, with a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finding that a majority of Americans blame the GOP for the shutdown, and with the party’s popularity declining to its lowest level.
By a 22-point margin (53 percent to 31 percent), the public blames the Republican Party more for the shutdown than President Barack Obama – a wider margin of blame for the GOP than the party received during the poll during the last shutdown in 1995-96.
Just 24 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion about the GOP, and only 21 percent have a favorable view of the Tea Party, which are both at all-time lows in the history of poll.

Read the full poll here (.pdf)
And one year until next fall’s midterm elections, American voters prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress to a Republican-controlled one by eight percentage points (47 percent to 39 percent), up from the Democrats’ three-point advantage last month (46 percent to 43 percent).
What’s more, Obama’s political standing has remained relatively stable since the shutdown, with his approval rating ticking up two points since last month, and with the Democratic Party’s favorability rating declining just three points (from 42 percent to 39 percent).