We all know that there is a process when you get to Washington called “let’s make a deal” or “sausage making.” Lawmakers get together behind closed doors and then start bartering with each other. We don’t necessarily like the thought of deal making in this way but that is how Washington works and has, for the most part, benefited us throughout history. Much like the fast becoming multi-party system, our diversity is what makes us great and keeps us on our toes. At the end of the day, the best deal is when everyone walks away from the table with not everything they wanted.
Then along comes a spider sporting a new brand of curds and whey; the new GOP tactic based on a sinister ideology that says, in theory, “get the President by any means necessary.” Otherwise how could an entire political party demand all or nothing.
Actually, as so aptly reported by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC last night, the Republicans have filler-busted every piece of proposed legislation that Democrats have raised since 2007. Add President Obama to the mix and the GOP has lost its mind.
While the President should be given credit for trying, ad nauseam, to work with Republicans, we all need to realize that Republicans are using our President’s undying determination to do the right thing, to discredit him, even if it means placing Americans at risk of total ruin. How else can Republicans explain why they refuse to budge on any further legislation until the Bush tax cuts are extended, as stated in their letter to Senator Harry Reid on November 29th?
What do we, the American people want,? We want the President to not back down when the deal making process goes sour. When it becomes clear that the sausage is tainted, you cannot serve that up to the American people. No way; no how. Despite President Obama’s best efforts, Republicans are not going to do anything short of forcing him to serve up bad meat. He cannot give in to their demands to extend a tax cut that far exceeds what helping almost two million unemployed Americans will do.
It is time for President Obama to just say no!
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