The tenacity and leadership of Republicans in the House of Representatives have reduced Democrats in Congress to a metaphoric pile of rubble (and partisanship).
With a failing president and an economy that has regressed rather than progressed under the Democrats’ watch, there’s really nothing left to do but attack Republicans for their partisanship and intransigence.
The irony, of course, is that the Republicans in the House have passed bill after bill to try and balance the budget, close tax loopholes, create jobs and make government more efficient.
This, while Democrats have put their hands over their ears, closed their eyes and stomped in a circle as if to say “We can’t hear you.”
Every bill the House Republicans pass, the Democrat-controlled Senate kills, but passes no legislation in its place.
We can use this payroll tax plan as a cornerstone example.
For liberals’ sake, I’ll even take the New York Times article covering the Republican plan.
As background, the Republicans and Democrats in Congress agree the payroll tax – a reduction in the percent of Social Security an employee pays – ought to be extended, but they disagree on how to pay for it.
The Republican plan that recently passed the House would freeze pay for federal employees through 2013, cut $20 billion from ObamaCare and increase Medicare premiums on the rich (you’d think the Democrats could support this) in an effort to make sure payments to doctors aren’t cut.
The bill would also require the approval of the Keystone Pipeline, a plan to create 20-25,000 jobs, as well as mandate drug testing for applicants of jobless benefits. It would also require most people receiving benefits to search for work and to pursue education credentials if they did not have high school diplomas.
To recap: the Republican plan cuts taxes (which everyone agrees on), increases Medicare premiums for the rich (which Democrats should want), creates jobs, creates accountability in entitlements, and cuts spending on a ghastly federal health care plan.
There’s a reason Democrats can’t attack the substantive part of the bill: it’s a really good bill.
The only problem is it’s not the Democrats’.
Here are the responses from Democrats in the article (remember this is the liberal New York Times).
“The bill passed by House Republicans tonight is a pointless partisan exercise. The bill is dead on arrival in the Senate. It was dead before it got to the Senate.”
– Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R) Nevada
Ok, what’s in the bill you don’t like?
“(The bill is) loaded up with goodies to mollify the extreme right wing that is in charge of this House.”
– Rep. Jim McGovern, (D) Massachusetts
Anyone else? Specifics?
“This is a partisan bill sticking a finger in the eye of those who disagree with the policies included, simply for the purpose of energizing a small political base in their party”
– Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) Maryland
Hoyer added that Republicans “included things that clearly are unacceptable to the president,” and that “(Republicans) know this is not going to pass the Senate.”
Certainly the Senate Majority leader had something substantive to argue over right?
“I am very disappointed in what the speaker has done to his payroll tax proposal to get Tea Party votes. Speaker Boehner had to add ideological candy coating to his bill to get rebellious rank-and-file Republicans on board.”
– Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R) Nevada
Republicans, on the other hand, took a much different approach to defend their bill.
“The Senate majority leader now says he’s willing to hold up a bipartisan bill to fund our troops, border security and other federal responsibilities, rather than let the president decide if this pipeline project should move forward,”
– Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R) Kentycky
In all, Democrats were quoted directly at least eight times in the story and not once did they mention any specific problem with the Republican plan outside of the fact that Republicans put it together.
Mr. Hoyer even directly referenced the fact that our soon-to-be-former President wouldn’t be on board with such a bill. Really? After three years of free-fall, his judgment is the one we’re going to use?
This is where the political discussion is in this country: Republicans are trying to legislate, trying to change government and create accountability. They’re bringing ideas to the table and passing laws.
It’s happening across the country at the local, state and federal levels.
Democrats, in some sort of misguided effort toward achieving “justice,” are fighting tooth and nail to repeal those laws, fight for the status quo, and block Republican efforts at every turn.
Yet, somehow, the Republican party, Tea Party members specifically, have been characterized as “terrorists” for their insistence in maintaining their integrity and ideals by holding up bad legislation.
But then again, think of any argument you’ve ever had with a liberal. You offer facts, they offer insults and illogical anecdotes.
We can’t be surprised when our political discussions among legislators take on the same tone.