17 years ago when the last Democratic President sat in the Oval Office, anti-democratic Republicans, led by Leroy Gingrich, shut down the funding of the federal government for about three weeks. The tantrum topic then was over cutting government spending.
Two years later with the deficit approaching zero and an economy booming....House Republicans brought impeachment articles against Bill Clinton. Three years after that, the Supreme Court's 2000 candidate, George W. Bush, in his first request, asked a GOP rubber stamp Congress to pass "tax reform" ostensibly redistributing Clinton's savings to America's richest......redistributed "savings" which had to be borrowed before the year 2001 ended....thus, once more, ballooning the debt. The same debt Gingrich Republicans bitched about so much when shutting down government in 1995.
Last night, 2013 Republicans proved that they're still using the Clinton-era GOP playbook. In 2013, the GOP storyline is that Obama's hellishly communistic national health insurance plan is, has been, and will continue to destroy the essence of America...a destruction which will be beyond repair....
.....what gives House Republicans the idea that they can triumph in their push to repeal, or at least delay, the Affordable Care Act when so many veteran voices in their party see it as an unwinnable fight?
“Because we’re right, simply because we’re right,” said Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, one of the most conservative of House lawmakers. “We can recover from a political squabble, but we can never recover from Obamacare.”
Crazy talk, like Steve King's, reminds of the hyperbolic, flim-flam-encrusted, language of the Gingrich Revolutionaries in the 90's. Then, Republicans shutting down government told Americans the nation's finances would collapse under the weight of "Clinton's" debt....a totally ridiculous notion....similar to Steve King's today. The ultimate, not-to-be-spoken goal of government-shut-down Republicans in the 90's manifest itself 5 years later after 9 Supremes chose the winner of the 2000 election. Rich Americans needed a huge tax break.....and Bush and his Republicans ballooned the debt again to give it to them.
This time the cover story is Obamacare AND the "crushing" debt and deficits. But it's the same long game from the 90's GOP playbook. Republicans, ostensibly owned by oligarchs, are hoping to parlay the confusion they, themselves, created over a health insurance plan yet to be implemented with the bitter, palpable hatred on the right of the nation's first black president....to once again regain control of executive and congressional power levers.
To do what? Take a guess. If you guessed 'cut taxes on the rich'.....you're catching on. I know, I know.....I'm suggesting that Republicans only seek office, no matter what the year is, to reward their rich sponsors with lavish tax cuts. If that seems wildly off the mark, then explain why it is that in the wake of our nation's worst recession, there have been so many calls from Republicans to cut corporate tax rates, take seriously a national flat tax, have poor people pay more income taxes...while simultaneously slashing food stamps, unemployment and other programs for the not-rich?
Conservatives and Republicans will most likely respond with 'the nation is going broke because of too much spending.' But that's what the Gingrich Revolutionaries said too.....and we know now they didn't mean it. They wanted tax cuts for their owners then....they want tax cuts for their owners now.
Republicans do not give one darn about deficits and debt.....nor Obamacare.....and they never have. The end goal is power.....power to continue tax cutting on behalf of the wealthiest. National debt and deficits and Obamacare are only vehicles for Republicans to ride towards their pre-determined destination.
So, thank you Republicans for closing the government on The Reverend's birthday, October 1st. Because without a Republican-orchestrated government shutdown, I would have never received this unexpected, extra-special birthday gift......
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sharply criticized his fellow House Republicans on Monday, saying it's "moronic" for them to let the government shut down over their opposition to Obamacare and calling them "lemmings with suicide vests."
"lemmings with suicide vests"......what a great birthday present.
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