I know this might be shocking to some of you that Americans expect Congress to act in times of national crisis, but it would appear that Republicans and their tea drinking consultants have been operating under the belief that Americans want Congress’s response to economic catastrophe to be absolutely nothing.
To be fair, Republicans have tried to do one thing, and one thing only… tackle the debt. Their brilliant plan for doing so is, as usual, tax cuts and perhaps a few programs that don’t amount to much of the debt but mean a lot to our most vulnerable citizens. You know, things like Social Security, Medicare, unemployment benefits, financial aid for students. Never mind that the largest chunk of our debt comes from military spending protecting our vast global empire and breeding more terrorism in the Arab world, which will create more wars to fight down the road.
For those who say there’s no justice in the world, largely you are correct…but at least this “do nothing” Republican plan has been measured in the polls and found wanting. As a matter of fact, this 112th Congress is receiving the lowest approval ratings since polling data on congressional approval ratings began.
Oh but that hasn’t persuaded any Republicans that maybe it’s time for a change of strategy. According to reports, Republicans think they are doing just fine the way they are. Doing nothing is the way to go in their “minds.” How can you be so obtuse as to think that receiving the lowest approval rating in history warrants continuing the same behavior is beyond me. What was that definition of insanity offered by Albert Einstein? I believe it goes: “doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.” Well, at least these blowhards have their principals aye?
Americans want action. The GREAT AMERICA always being referenced to by nostalgic conservatives is the America that has taken action in times of crisis. That greatest of GREAT AMERICA was when Democrats controlled the Congress from 1945 until 1993. We saw the greatest periods of economic growth and technological innovation. Hell, we put a man on the moon! Let the damned Democrats do their thing like they’ve always done and get this country back on track. It’s time for another TEA PARTY, and I mean like the original one. We dump the teabags into the ocean and be done with it!!!!
Justin is the publisher The Nevada View, which has earned the recognition in the Washington Post’s “Best State-Based Political Blogs,” as well as being awarded the “Most Valuable Blogger Award” by the local CBS affiliate in 2011. Justin is also an associate at the Ramirez Group in Las Vegas. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee