GOP Getting Hammered on the Economy - Page 2
During the Easter break, GOP House members were verbally assaulted in town hall meetings in their districts. Even Paul Ryan, in one instance, needed police security as he exited from a raucous town hall he conducted in which the participants accused him of directly lying to them. In nearly every Republican district, the constituency was adamant in their desire to keep Medicare/Medicaid unchanged.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should, if not actually will, make the Senate vote up or down on the Ryan bill as it was sent to the Senate, thereby shining a strong light on the GOP as the destroyer of health programs for the aged, the indigent and the disabled, education, veterans, environmental protection and dozens of other programs which the general public has come to accept and approve of.
What has emerged is that the electorate is coming to the conclusion that the main problem is not spending (although it is a problem indeed) but rather that the revenue side of the equation, something the GOP had successfully avoided discussing in the 2010 races, is the main problem. In essence, the Bush tax cuts have gutted federal revenues with which to pay for these popular programs and particularly the record low percentage of tax liability for the very rich.
The GOP circular firing squad
The GOP leadership, in their zeal to win back the House, made an unholy alliance with the Tea Party types, and its 2010 strategic success is self-evident. The bad news is that all the new seats are occupied by, well, Tea Party types, which have taken any semblance of bipartisanship out of the equation on the hill. The extremists among them are bent on playing “chicken” on issues which will have enormous repercussions for Americans and the entire planet. Yet, the grisly truth that they must act is dawning on a GOP which, so far, has refused to consider anything having to do with raising revenue. Thus far, standing on principle alone, the GOP refuses to look at the revenue side of the economic problem.Continued on the next page