Lately, we’ve heard a lot of blather from Republicans about nationalization, socialism and other formerly hot-button words. Boy, talk about stuck in the 50s…These guys are so old they actually think these words still have power. Do they really believe that voters born in the 70s and later react with horror to the gasp, urgh “Socialism”…These kids haven’t grown up with bomb shelters or air raid drills. They don’t automatically call China, RED China, or cringe with disgust at the mention of RUSSIA. All of that is so old-school.
From what I’m hearing the Republicans in the US Congress, both the House and the Senate, are proud to say they didn’t vote for the Stimulus about to be signed into law by President Obama. I’ll bet they’ve got their hands out to rake in the dough, though.
Here in California the whole state, the 10th largest economy in the world [so I’ve heard anyway, could be wrong about that–it is very big] is about to literally go down the tubes because we have to have 2/3 vote of our representatives to pass a budget. Our dear elected ones just can’t seem to get it together. Anyone with eyes can see we need to raise taxes–but the minority party Republicans resist. And, if their ideological stance against taxes means that taxpayers don’t get their tax refunds, construction projects get shelved and workers laid off, well, so be it…That’s just too bad. They personally don’t expect to suffer so why not stick it to those who will? They are probably Democrats anyway.
Then, today’s N.Y.Times carried a story pointing out that Republicans in Kansas are pulling the same trick, attempting to strong arm Governor Sibelius into allocating funds to their projects which usually involve giving business more breaks and helping out the already rich.
What is it with these old goats? Why are they getting in the way of everyone else? Time has passed them by. Now they seem to want to stick it to the younger generation.
You know what is happening in California is actually sickening. Most of these obstructionist legislators are really far right-wing. In fact, they are for the most part far to the right of their constituents. It is shocking that they can paralyze the whole state. Apparently, the few Republicans who are on the fence now realize they have power and are using it to extort more from the Democrats and the Governor who apparently has no friends in his own party.
We absolutely need to get in line with the rest of the states and pass our state budget with a simple majority vote of our representatives. It’s time to end this charade of a budget agreement that we must go through every year. The people of California have had enough of the childish tactics of our representatives. If they can’t agree on a budget, they should all be impeached. Right now.