Republicans Don't Want To Help You Get A Job...

Sunday, June 26, 2011
They just want to make sure the President doesn't keep his. Another column from E. J. Dionne discussing how ideas for reducing unemployment, from Republicans mind you, designed to jumpstart the economy and how they are now against them. Which raises the question, are Republicans more concerned about winning the 2012 presidential race than helping a foundering America? Is gridlocking the congress their real plan to win back the Senate, too? You read the article and be the judge.

If you say, but, these are liberal writers and blogs, of course they feel this way. Well, it seems to me that they are just following Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's number one job as he stated in October of last year:
This is the state of modern Republican politics. Don't give me that false equivalency argument either1. Did the Democratic Party minority ever threaten to shut down the government, either by not passing the budget or by not raising the debt ceiling? President Bush raised the debt ceiling every year that he was president. This is now a huge issue for the Republicans. I think it is yet another smoke screen in an attempt to foil the current President's re-election.

UPDATE: I didn't realize that: During Bush Presidency, Current GOP Leaders Voted 19 Times To Increase Debt Limit By $4 Trillion (Via Think Progress)

In case you still don't agree here are some other articles on the subject from the alway great Steve Benen found here and here.

1.) Look, you can peruse the interwebz from back during the Bush years and find liberals saying some pretty bad stuff about the president, but I challenge you to find an elected official at the state or federal level as brazen and dismissive of the current president as many of these Republicans from that time period. Find me an occasion at any point in the last 40 years where a congressional representative called the president a liar from the House floor during the State of the Union address. 


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