It’s clear that many on the right view President Obama as an abomination worthy of disdain — but is it possible that what the electorate is witnessing is their fear that the extremist ideology touted by the right continues to lose support?
Recent records revealed by Public Policy Polling say that Congress is less popular than ‘cockroaches and traffic jams,’ while the Gallup organisation has reported that the president’s favouribility rating at 48%. Though the president’s rating is a marked decline from his post-election inauguration high of 69%, overwhelming support for much of his domestic economic agenda combined with lowered expectations for GOP cooperation and even declining viewership for their anti-Obama public relations arm, Fox ‘News’, what the GOP is witnessing and feeling is, well, an ‘Obamanation‘.
To prove that the will of the majority of the American people isn’t at the top of their agenda, Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his House Republicans recently put forth the same budget proposals that the American people soundly rejected during the November presidential election. Last week the GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted in support of Ryan’s budget.
Though the Ryan budget won in the House it was defeated in the majority-Democrat Senate when, for the first time in four years, a federal budget was passed. The messages are, therefore, mixed. While the Senate’s message says that the budget, which includes a blend of deficit reducing measure and revenue increases through closed tax loopholes, the message congressional representatives sent was that:
- Student loans? Cut them out of existence; All 45 Senate Republicans supported a budget amendment that endorsed repealing the Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
- Medicare as we know it? End it.
- Obamacare? The same 45 Senate Republicans voted to repeal that as well. Forget that the Congressional Budget Office has long said that the Affordable Care Act will save money and reduce the deficit and, if not implemented, will cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
- Jobs? Who needs them in a slowly-recovering economy, right? Just slash two million of them. After all, working-class people who need jobs are an abomination.
When all of the fluff language about ‘what the people really want’ is removed, the essence of the GOP proposals is that they believe the nation needs more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. When the nation’s credit rating was downgraded for the first time in our history it was when the GOP brought us to the brink of default. As if that wasn’t bad enough, since then, they’ve almost sent us over the fiscal cliff. With the sequester’s across-the-board cuts, they’ve further stalled our country’s economic recovery and refused to learn the lessons that other nations have learned about implementing austerity measures as those nations attemp to emerge from their own economic recessions. Through it all, the GOP still refuse to see that their budget proposals hurt senior citizens, children and the middle class — and even they know that their pushes towards deficit reduction are a complete sham.
But despite efforts to the contrary, something keeps going awry. The electorate voted in support of the president’s agenda yet the GOP thinks that voters will stand for their policies now. The persistent wailing and gnashing of teeth, including calls for a government shutdown until conservatives get their way, clearly indicate that they believe the budget put forth by the White House and, even better, the one proposed by the House Progressive Caucus that outlines responsible cuts and revenue increases is an abomination. So what keeps going wrong? Simple. The Democrats keep playing the GOP’s deficit reduction game instead of remembering that the president was re-elected to get the economy back on track and get Americans back to work.
That’s the real abomination.
Every time the president has to place his signature on bills on which he fundamentally disagrees they’re winning — and it shows that despite what the GOP fears, it’s not an Obama-nation. Unfortunately, far too often, it doesn’t feel as if it really is OUR nation either as we’re subjected to the whims of the GOP. Right now the sad fact is that if feels as though the corporate interests that control congress are still pulling their strings and, simultaneously, jerking our chain.
Ryan Budget picture source: PoliticsNation