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    That's why it's not enough just to point out the abuse - "Look, the GOP is playing politics, impeaching the President when there is no impeachable offense."  We must marry that abuse to inaction - "Look, the GOP is playing politics, impeaching the President when there is no impeachable offense.  AND, the GOP refused to raise the minimum wage."  "Look, the GOP is trying to repeal YOUR healthcare for the 62nd time.  AND, the GOP refused to extend unemployment benefits."  "Look, the GOP is investigating Benghazi AGAIN."  And, we need to let people know the ridiculous amount of money they have wasted and the amount (in dollars and cents) that they have cheated their constituents by doing nothing and obstructing progress.  In this economy, that will mean something to voters.

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      If somewhere there is a sum total of the amount GOP has spent investigating Benghazi and trying to repeal the ACA.

      •  I'm sure every penny spent ... (0+ / 0-)

        on investigations, subpoenas, hearings, transportation, etc. has to be accounted for, at least in theory, as these are ventures funded by taxpayers, not the GOP.  It would be more difficult to estimate for taxpayers the cost of GOP inaction, for example how many thousands of dollars a year one might be out from the failure to raise the minimum wage, or how much their failure to extend unemployment cost not only those out of work and desperate for assistance, but the communities in which they live which would have seen a boost to their economies with the influx of money.  But, if there is a way to estimate these costs, even conservatively (so it won't come back to bite us) - and I suspect that there is - I think it would be worthwhile.  Branding the whole lot of them obstructionist, racist sociopaths may make us feel good, but if we really want to motivate that part of our base that doesn't turn out for elections where the White House isn't in play (and hopefully sway some "undecideds"), we need to step it up - show people, in plain, simple terms, what is at stake by tapping into whatever issue(s) are most important to them and reminding them which party has had their back introducing and voting on legislation regarding those issues.  We have to find simple ways of pointing out who does and does not have the best interest of the average American at heart and hammer it home.

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