We all knew it was going to happen, that the GOP really would stop at nothing to destroy the Obama Administration, even if it meant dragging the entire country down into the mire. Confirmation came today as a key GOP figure deserted the “debt resolution talks” that have been ongoing with the White House and Congressional Democrats. Eric Cantor claims, in logic appropriate only in some parallel whacko-verse, that the President is to blame for the lack of progress.
This is how today’s USA Today puts it, in an article by David Jackson:
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said he is leaving the bipartisan talks because of a dispute over proposed tax hikes that the Republicans oppose—and he urged Obama to get publicly involved in resolving the dispute.
“Given this impasse, I will not be participating in today’s meeting and I believe it is time for the president to speak clearly and resolve the tax issue,” Cantor said. “Once resolved, we have a blueprint to move forward to trillions of spending cuts and binding mechanisms to change the way things are done around here.”
Even as the country is dead set against the Paul Ryan serial-killer style budget, even as investors and the Wall Street Journal are frantically signaling to the GOP that enough is enough with their insane budget-cutting dementia, the GOP plunges right ahead with their sole agenda, outlined publicly on the Senate floor by Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who said the defeat of President Obama in 2012 “…is the single most important thing we want to achieve.”
Not solving the deficit.
Not paying down the National Debt.
Not lifting the debt ceiling so the American economy can continue to do business (let alone survive at all).
Not finding a way to make sure all Americans have access to health care they can afford.
Not finding common ground with Democrats on how to deal with global warming.
Not reducing the appalling income disparity that has accumulated in America since the Reagan Administration first took office.
Not resolving the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But trying to drive the President, who happens to be from an opposing political party, out of office.
If we can picture the US government as a car going down the road that is being driven by the President, the GOP represents the insane passenger who keeps trying to take over the wheel and mash his own foot down on the accelerator.
Of course the markets reacted to Cantor’s tantrum by cratering again today. Everybody on the planet knows what’s coming—the GOP refusing to raise the debt limit. While reasonable people rush around in fear and panic, as August approaches the GOP will be sitting back drinking their mint juleps and commenting to each other on the weather.
We are being ruled by a rump government of insane Tea Bagger politicians, who represent, at best, about 15% of the American public. When will this madness end? Who will rid us of these upstart clerks?