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Friday, October 28, 2016

WASHINGTON — When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins. Remember this when you hear talk of making the next two years a miracle of bipartisan comity.

Begin by being skeptical of the lists of what President Obama and the now Republican-controlled Congress should “obviously” agree on. Notice that liberal lists (including mine) start with immigration and sentencing reform while conservative lists focus on free trade and tax reform. Surprise! The election changed no one’s priorities.

And don’t be fooled by anyone who pretends that the 2016 election isn’t at the top of everyone’s calculations.

With Washington now so deeply divided philosophically, each side is primarily interested in creating a future government more congenial to getting what they want. Republicans want to win total power two years from now; Democrats want to hang on to the presidency and take back the Senate.

Therefore, don’t misread the internal Republican debate. It is not a fight between pristine souls who just want to show they can govern and fierce ideologues who want to keep fighting. Both GOP camps want to strengthen the conservatives’ hand for 2016. They differ on how best to accomplish this.

The pro-governing Republicans favor a “first do no harm” approach. Thus did incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wisely rule out government shutdowns and debt-ceiling brinkmanship. He’s happy to work with Obama on trade because doing so advances a free market goal the GOP believes in — and because a trade battle would explode the Democratic coalition. For Republicans, what’s not to like?

The more militant conservatives are more candid about the real objective, which is “building the case for Republican governance after 2016.” Those words come from a must-read editorial in National Review.

“A prove-you-can-govern strategy will inevitably divide the party on the same Tea-Party-vs.-establishment lines that Republicans have just succeeded in overcoming,” the magazine argued. Also: “If voters come to believe that a Republican Congress and a Democratic president are doing a fine job of governing together, why wouldn’t they vote to continue the arrangement in 2016?”

In other words: spending two more years making Obama look bad should remain the GOP’s central goal, lest Republicans make the whole country ready for Hillary. This is the prevailing view among conservatives. McConnell’s main argument with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his followers is not about ends but means. McConnell is no less focused than Cruz on bringing down Obama and discrediting Democratic governance, but McConnell needs to be more subtle about it.

Where does this leave Obama and the Democrats? The first to-do item on Obama’s list must be to repair his currently abysmal relations with his own party on Capitol Hill. He will need his party as the GOP goes after him in one “investigative” hearing after another. He also needs them if he goes ahead, as he should, with executive orders on immigration reform.

Obama has already drawn a red line on immigration from which there is no easy retreat. And exit polls explain why Republicans, particularly House Speaker John Boehner, have little reason to act before Obama’s gone.

Overall, 57 percent of voters favored granting illegal immigrants “a chance to apply for legal status,” while 39 percent preferred deporting them. But those who favored deportation voted for Republican House candidates by better than 3-1. Boehner won’t risk alienating this loyal group. Better for Obama to pick a fight in which he is taking action than to give way to passivity and powerlessness.

In the end, Obama needs to govern as best he can even as he and his allies prepare for the longer struggle.

Democrats were tongue-tied about economics in the campaign. They avoided highlighting the substantial achievements of the Obama years for fear that doing so would make them seem out of touch to voters whose wages are stagnating. But neither did Democrats come up with plausible answers and policies to win over these voters. They lost both ways.

A Democratic Party paralyzed on economics won’t deserve to prevail. The president and his party — including Hillary Clinton — must find a way of touting their stewardship while advancing a bold but realistic agenda that meets the demands of Americans who are still hurting. This encompasses not only defending government’s role in achieving shared growth but also, as Obama suggested Friday, restoring faith in how government works.

Solving the country’s economic riddle would be a much better use of their time than investing in the fantasy that McConnell and Boehner will try to make Obama look good.

E.J. Dionne’s email address is [email protected] Twitter: @EJDionne.

AFP Photo/Jim Watson

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  • Dominick Vila

    Would it be nice if our elected officials put their ideological preferences behind and work together to improve our standard of living and strengthen our national security?
    At the risk of sounding naive, I think there is a window of opportunity for that to happen this time. The approval of the President is well below where it ought to be, considering his many accomplishments, and the approval of Congress is so low that it risks becoming non-existent. With that in mind, the only solution, politically speaking, is to work together, and find ways to compromise without abandoning their respective values. Partisan goals should never replace the fundamental reason to have a government and put people in elected office.

    • sigrid28

      I wish I could see any motivation for these Republicans to think that they NEED to show leadership. As long as a small coterie of billionaires constitutes their “flock”–and their base follows the dictates of the far-right media–they can keep this up forever. Or at least until Millennials wise up. Or demographics over-take the numbers in the Republican base. Or Democrats figure out how to use the 2020 census to their advantage. Or–worst case scenario alert!–their billionaire cronies crash the economy and the environment at the same time, or in quick succession, or . . . choose a dystopian outcome. Unfortunately, history is replete with civilizations brought down by “leaders” obsessed with their own self-interests, cruelty, and power, the future be damned.

      • Dominick Vila

        As a Democrat all I can do is assume, but I would not be surprised if their motivation from now on is the 2016 election and winning the White House. Their record, when it comes to governance and doing what is best for the country is nothing short of dismal, but I don’t think they are stupid. I am sure they know that they cannot win the White House without the support of Independents and some Democrats, and they know that the only way to garner their support is through demonstrable accomplishments, not rhetoric. The strategy we just witnessed, which had distortion, hyperbole, and outright lies as its centerpiece, resonates well in Tea Party rallies in the South and the Bible Belt, it does not in states like California, Oregon, Washington, the Northeast and some Midwestern states. I would like nothing more than seeing them pursue a far right agenda, with a good mix of obstructionism, but I am convinced that is not going to happen.

        • sigrid28

          Let’s take just one example of bipartisan cooperation: What a huge sigh of relief we would all give if the American Jobs Act could at least get passed employing so many and fixing the infrastructure. Would their billionaire handlers allow such a thing?

          • Dominick Vila

            I don’t think our business community objected to the American Jobs Act, and the Veterans Jobs Act. The rejection of that legislation was part of the GOP strategy to make sure President Obama was a one-term president. Delaying the economic recovery and job creation were an integral part of that strategy. The saddest part is that millions of Americans ignored who was responsible for the rejection of legislation that would have prevented the misery so many fellow Americans endured, and voted for them last week!

    • TZToronto

      Perhaps now is the time, since the election is over, for Democrats to start touting the accomplishments of President Obama’s administration. They can’t lose any more votes, and they can’t win any more seats. By extolling the many accomplishments that President Obama has achieved, they can make the Republican “leaders” look sick by comparison. How can shutting down the government, voting 50+ times to repeal the un-repealable, and doing absolutely nothing to help America create jobs compare to saving the world economy, saving the American Auto industry, ending the Bush failure of the Iraq War, and providing millions of Americans with effective medical care that had been unavailable to them . . .forever? Really, the majority of Americans have no idea what President Obama has done because the main media outlets say nothing about it.

    • awakenaustin

      Our ideologies (our coherent political theories, beliefs, opinions and attitudes about all things – sometimes they aren’t so coherent) inform our views of the world and as such our opinions of what policies to pursue.
      One’s ideology explains why and how one thinks about the standard of living and also why and how someone thinks we should or even need to do something. Republicans and Democrats have not been able to agree about how to do things regarding the economy (leaving aside racial animus and latent racism) this last seven years because they fundamentally disagree about what the problem is or if one even exists. Where they agree there is a problem, their strategies for dealing with it are in fundamental disagreement.

      When I was a young man and to his left, Richard Nixon was the conservative wing of the Republican Party. He is to the left of the center of the Republican Party today. (Richard Nixon for god’s sake.) He is closer to my thinking than he is to the conservative wing of his Party today. The Republican’s would primary him out if he were in the Party. He would be a RINO. My views have not substantially changed. I may have moderated a bit. There is no “radical left” voice in the Democratic party. We get the occasional glimmer of it in some odd Rep. or Sen, but otherwise it is non-existent as an influence in the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party today, to the extent it has a coherent political philosophy is a moderately left – centrist party. Every solution it offers for anything is designed with preserving or enhancing private enterprise in mind. It believes however, that government should regulate or push the economic system in ways which benefit the greatest number, smooth out the rough spots, provide a floor for the poor, and level off the playing field. There is absolutely nothing radical about the Democratic party. It is simply more often than not more progressive than the GOP. It is unadulterated bullshit for others to pretend that Democrats are far to the left of the political center or that such thinking substantially informs the Party’s policy preferences.. The GOP, however, has moved by leaps and bounds to the right.

      Exactly how do you suppose the two parties compromise, when one thinks government has value as an instrument to promote the general welfare and the other thinks it has no value except to provide for national security and clear obstacles from the path of the wealthy as they accumulate more wealth. Democrats want a government which does something domestically and Republicans want a government which does nothing domestically (unless it is to enforce 19th and 20th century moral codes).

      Compromise will occur only if the Dems move drastically to the right or the GOP shifts drastically back to where its center used to be. (It is possible as a purely political stratagem one side or the other will agree to do something.) I think sometimes in your desire to see the government function again you underestimate how completely crazy some of the GOP have become. Those who aren’t crazy have agreed to drink the kool-aid and ride the tiger.

      • Dominick Vila

        Even Reagan, when we consider his steadfast defense of the safety net and his amnesty of illegal immigrants, would have been regarded as a RINO by today’s GOP.

    • DurdyDawg

      Then to accmplish that we need to turn our backs on the extremes.. As I said in an earlier post, all Republicans aren’t conservatives and all Democrats are not liberals, though both can lean toward the better ideals of both, it is wrong to allow any extreme to take control. The ones in charge today know nothing but extreme.. No progress just, “My way or the highway” and this applies to both as what else can it be when they refuse to cooperate with each other on any issue (probably even on parking spaces). Progressive or Independent isn’t as nasty a word as the current leadershop has indicated and the sheep that blindly follow them assume.. They are but one other voice that’s as important as the other two.. And money shouldn’t be the deciding forc etoward a win.. If you want a job in the wirk force then you have to use your resources to gain experiens, hunt for an dsell yourself togain employment, no one is going to ‘contribute’ to your welfare and especially not the g’ment.. Politics is nothing but a job and except for a wide and small percentage, only the wealthy hav ebeen able to accompplish their desire so why do theyuse other peoples money to accomplish this? Why not use their own money? This is one of the screwiest things about public service, the higher up you reach the less investment you personally have to use and believe me it’s not a free ride because contributions aren’t from the doners heart or patriotism, they want something from it whether it be the common man who seeks a better life or billionairs who seeks to fill a back pocket. Make candidates use their own resources, stop giving them the impression that it will all be given to them. This is not a black or white.. Right or wrong, liberal or conservative existence we’re living in and it’s wrong to rely only on one of two parties and most certainly of them all, no party should rule through extremes.

      • Dominick Vila

        I share your sentiments. I believe most Americans are centrists, and those on the fringes are a minority who, unfortunately, are very vocal and determined.
        I believe the influence of money in our political process is destroying our democracy and, more often than not, it only helps those who don’t need our help to enjoy everything that money can buy.
        I think the Federal and State governments should fund our campaigns, by giving equal amount of money to all the major candidates. If they spend it prematurely, they would be out of luck, and should be regarded as unqualified due to their lack of management skills.
        Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and those who are not affiliated to specific political parties are all capable of offering constructive ideas on how to strengthen the economy, create jobs, improve our social programs, and live within our means. The key is to learn to compromise, without abandoning our values or long term objectives, which should be doing what is best for the American people and for our country.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    I have no expectation whatever that McConnell and Boehner intend to mass their troops of militant, aggressive, hostile, arrogant Republicans to actually do anything that will move the country forward.

    When you look at a picture of US history and the presidents with the most accomplishments that earned the US the title of super power, it was never a Republican. Presidents like FDR, JFK, Carter, Clinton and Obama have been the most hated by the GOP. Why? What is it about these presidents that engender so much hatred by Republicans?

    The answer is simple: All of these Dem presidents have had remarkably progressive presidencies that didn’t focus on empowering the already too wealthy and crony capitalists.

    If you want to see just how well conservatism has served some Americans, look no further than Kansas. Brownback was re-elected even though he ran a campaign on further reducing taxes on the wealthiest in that state, cutting sales taxes and creating a higher business base. During his prior term of office, none of this happened. In fact, at present, Kansas is sinking further into debt and will end up seeking more and more in the way of federal funding just to keep its conservative economy in existence. 100% pure GOP ideology gone wrong.

    This is why the GOP red states keep voting in the same federal trough feeding politicians. Because…they know that the federal government will fill in the gaps their conservative state policies can’t ever hope to fill. In other words, Brownback will join with the rest of the Confederates to help themselves to money their states have not earned.

    When a president is elected, it isn’t to suit the needs of those who have no need for government and, in fact, prefer NO government to interfer with their skanky business thieving and rip offs.

    • Jambi

      Democratic Presidents lead us through World Wars and Depressions…Republicans lead us into Recessions, Depressions, and Wars…”They break it…we (Democrats) fix it”…

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        In my 33 years as a Republican (I left in 2004 when Cheney proved all too dictatorial for my progressive populist tastes), I’ve watched the GOP destroy itself.

        The GOP is all about money. Every word out of their mouths is “MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!” Whether it’s demolishing the healthcare insurance 10 million Americans can now afford or refusing to address the problems of immigration.

        Mind you. They cause these problems as you so accurately stated.

        Sadly, we are all watching our once great country being handed over to money men with no consciences, much less a sense of obligation to give as good as they get from us and our tax dollars.

        You just know this will result in a huge revolt.

  • Jambi

    I will never support or believe in a politician or party whose only purpose since 2008 was to undermind and work against the President…McConnell and Boehner have nothing in mind but disruption of President Obama’s Presidency…in fact, they have “nothing in mind!”……

  • ps0rjl

    Historically we still had a government that when called upon compromised and worked with the President even when the other party was in control of congress. Now though with the Tea Party radicals I do not hold out much hope for anything to change in the next two years. They seem to view compromise as some dirty word. Their agenda is either ‘My way or the Highway”.
    As for Jeb Bush to seriously be considered a presidential contender, he must bend to the will of the radicals in the GOP or he will never be a contender.

    • FireBaron

      The biggest problem with the “compromise” issue is every time a GOP member reaches out across the aisle, he is threatened with a “more proper conservative” primary opponent. It is as if the words “compromise” and “cooperation” are no longer allowed on Republican lips. So much for the coalition of Republican and Democratic Congressmen and Senators that Ronald Reagan worked at building.

    • dallasne

      Not only that but he is a reminder of just how bad things were under his brothers leadership. Jeb just has too much baggage to be successful thanks to George.

      • highpckts

        I will NOT vote for another Bush!!

  • dallasne

    Let’s see, touting the accomplishments. You need the bully pulpit for that. I got it, the State of the Union address in January — it even has a captive audience. Introduce charts so contrasts can be shown vividly. Put the Cabinet officers on Sunday morning talk shows to get the message out. This isn’t rocket science. Just do it.

  • mah101

    Republican’s philosophy is the same as Satan’s in Paradise Lost: Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven. The current crop of right wing ideologues would destroy this country for power.

    Democrats, and in particular the President, need to articulate their position and agenda with passion, not moan about how bad the GOP is (they are) or why they are not as bad as the GOP portrays them (they aren’t). Couldn’t we have a Democratic party that both believes in itself, its ideas, and agenda AND promote with passion why those ideas are good for us as a Nation?

    • highpckts

      From your lips to God’s ears!!

    • charleo1

      Oh yes! I don’t know if anyone else is just plain disgusted with the whole mess. But I had to quit listening to the T.V. and hearing what the “Pungent Heads,” had to say about the election. Like how, “The American people just want to end the gridlock in Washington.” And
      how this election was about how, “they supposedly want President Obama to, “start working with the damned, Republicans.” Evidently
      meaning, since meeting them half way has not counted as working with them, a complete capitulation is now in order. Well, that’s not what Democrats wanted before the election, and so why would they
      assume such a thing after the election? It’s bull. I had almost calmed down, but your comment got me started all over again. And I’m glad you reminded me. And you’re 100% correct! What is it with Democrats running in Red States anyway? Who try to pretend they are also Republicans. And why would Democrats be excited to show up, and vote for Republican Light? When they’ve got a Republican that may not think very much of at all. But, at least he’s not dishonest
      about which side of the fence he’s standing on. Ms. Grimes. Did you vote for Obama in either of the last two Presidential Elections? Grimes: Er, well, I don’t, ah, I didn’t. I mean I didn’t hear/understand the question. It’s a simple yes, or no question Ms. Grimes. So, there’s
      the voter’s choice. Mr. Obstruction, to dysfunction McConnell. Or that
      lying little Bitch Grimes. Who won’t even admit to voting for the leader of her own Party!

      • mah101

        Obviously I agree with you charleo1, but I’m sorry to have riled you up after what was surely a great effort at establishing calm! Or, maybe I’m not sorry – we should be riled up and out there promoting our ideas and perspectives rather than wait for the empty talking heads on TV and radio to spout their vacuous nonsense.

        • charleo1

          It was a great comment. When you wrote, “Couldn’t we have a Democratic Party, that both believes in itself, it’s ideas, and it’s agenda. And promote with passion, why those ideas are good for us as a Country?” I thought, well now there’s a profound question, if I ever heard one! And why is it the Right is allowed to set the terms, and tone of the debate?
          And indeed, allowed to define the platform of the Democratic Party. Which then serves to leave the Democrats spending all their time explaining why the assertions that the Right are making about our policies, and agenda, are wrong. And not why the policies themselves are the correct ones. It also allows the Right to spend 100% of their campaigns bashing Democrats, in this last election, Obama. While not proposing, or divulging much of anything about their own agenda, and what they plan to do with their political victories, when they win them. I’d be willing to bet almost anything, if 100 GOP voters were ask what the candidate they voted for planned to do, once elected. After stopping Obama, 95% couldn’t name a single other second objective.

  • howa4x

    There is a certain reality that will trump this foolish partisanship. The government must continue working and solving problems that come up out of the blue. Ebola is a good example of this. While Republicans can cast all the blame on Obama, they are in control, especially purse strings, so they have to produce. Also it will be harder for them to call climate change a hoax with the drought in California and Texas still going on, and who knows what destructive storms await. Every scientist knows it is getting worse. They also have made the lower middle class whites angry but now they have to do something for them. Continued tax cuts or the rich with out infrastructure projects will not make them happy especially if Obama keeps suggesting the government should do them. No one really likes the Health care reform, especially progressives, so there could be a compromise there. Trust me the Repubs don’t want to totally repeal it, since it would cause chaos and it would leave them to come up with a plan that is different, which they can’t. The real fight will be between the tea party and establishment since both want to control the agenda leading up to 2016.Obama is free, the real pressure is now on the GOP

    • mah101

      The GOP have made their livelihood by taking pride in not knowing what they are talking about and denigrating those who do as elitist conspirators. Don’t expect anything to change anytime soon.

      • Whatmeworry

        Except they are 10 times more on top of the issues than Barak and his henchmen

      • Whatmeworry

        Except they are 10 times more on top of the issues than
        Mitch and his GOP henchmen

    • Whatmeworry

      Hmmm so the climate change models show that TX and CA should be deluged with rain…how is that possible??

      • howa4x

        Not deluged but it used to rain in so.calif. I have family there and it is bone dry. In TX people are getting water from sewer plant discharge

    • Whatmeworry

      Hmmm so the climate change models show that TX and CA should be deluged with rain…how is that possible??

  • ExRadioGuy15

    As we know and as a result of the 2014 midterm elections, the Republican Party not only strengthened their US House majority, they also “flipped” at least seven seats in the Senate and will have control of all of Congress for the first time since the beginning of 2007. Their Senate
    majority difference will depend on the two “runoff” elections in
    Georgia and Louisiana—if the Democrats win both, the “split”
    will be 52 Republicans, 46 Democrats and 2 Independents who caucus
    with Democrats (52-48). If the GOP candidates win both, it’ll be
    54-46 and a split of the runoffs will make it 53-47.

    The only “silver lining” with these revolting developments is the fact
    that the GOP DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT have “veto override”
    majorities, which is at least 290 seats in the House (they’re 40
    short) and 67 in the Senate (13-15 short, depending on runoffs). This
    means that the one person that stands between the GOP’s pathetic
    Constitutional Republic to Fascist Christian Plutartheocracy
    conversion plan and it becoming a reality is President Obama, who’ll
    be able to use the Presidential veto and executive orders to stop
    that from happening. In addition, since the GOP fell well short of
    that supermajority in the Senate, any impeachment of the President
    will not lead to his removal from office.

    Last year, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was coy in saying what he’d do as the Majority Leader. He did say, in no uncertain terms, that he’d “nuke” the filibuster, the GOP’s favorite obstruction tool in the
    Senate, so that the Democrats can’t do to him what he and his Fascist
    GOP comrades in the Senate have done to Harry Reid since 2007. All
    votes, procedural or not, will only require a simple majority (51
    votes) to advance or pass a resolution or legislation.

    With all of the above in mind, here’s what the GOP will TRY to do starting next year, remembering that the GOP could try to pass legislation that ties their agenda to badly needed legislation, like the continuing
    resolutions and the debt-ceiling raises:

    “Tax Reform”:
    if you speak GOP, you know that “tax reform”, as defined by the
    Republican Party, simply means giving the wealthy and big
    corporations, the greedy and Fascist masters of the GOP, more tax
    breaks under the highly bogus premise of “job creation”. Note
    that, since the first of two rounds of Bush 43 tax breaks became law
    in 2001, the tax breaks have done one and only one thing:
    redistributed wealth upwards. The “tax cuts lead to job creation”
    talking point has been thoroughly debunked as what it truly is, which
    is a logical fallacy known as “False Cause”. In a False Cause
    argument, the arguer/debater wrongly claims that A will lead to B
    with no proof whatsoever. Another way to put this is that correlation
    doesn’t exactly mean causation.

    Several facts debunk this argument. First and foremost is the unemployment rate. In January 2001, when Bush 43 ascended to the White House, the jobless rate was 4.2%. However, after the two rounds of Bush 43 tax breaks and other GOP policies, the jobless rate rose to 7.6% by January 2009. That’s a near doubling. If you think that’s bad, I’m not done yet. Thanks to those Bush 43 tax breaks and other GOP policies, the jobless rate continued to rise during President Obama’s first term,
    reaching 10% by February 2010. However, in March 2010, the ARRA (the
    “Stimulus”) became law and launched the current record
    private-sector job creation streak, 56 months.

    The second fact has to do with human nature and greed. By giving tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations, they are disincentivized to create jobs and invest. This is the reason why 95% of the wealth increase in the recovery so far have went upwards to the wealthy and big
    corporations. At the beginning of 2013, with the “Fiscal Cliff”
    nonsense, the only tax “reform” that came out of it was to raise
    the rate on the wealthy back to the Clinton-era level, 39.6%. Left
    alone were the thousands of exemptions, loopholes and deductions that
    the wealthy and big corporations use to reduce their tax liability.
    If those policies were repealed, the US Treasury would realize an
    increase of $1.5 TRILLION per year, which would turn our annual
    deficit into a SURPLUS, a surplus that can be used to pay down the
    national debt.

    The third fact is something I call “Vampire Capitalism”. Sadly, more than 90% of corporate executives, especially CEOs, are Vampire Capitalists.
    Vampire Capitalism is defined as a company’s executives doing
    everything to increase the bottom line, regardless of the situation
    of their rank-and-file employees, the people who actually work and
    make money for them and securing the highest possible salaries and
    bonuses for themselves. This philosophy has several other names, most
    notably “Vulture Capitalism”. The problem with calling it that is
    the simple fact that vultures pick clean dead carcasses. Vampires
    drain you of blood, which is exactly what these Vampire Capitalists
    do to their companies/corporations. Vampire Capitalism is also reason
    for company policies against the raise of the minimum wage and
    unions. Unions help insure that employees are paid fairly. In the
    Fascist tradition, the GOP and their greedy and Fascist wealthy and
    big corporate masters are anti-union. They’re also against a raise in
    the minimum wage. All of these facts debunk another pathetic talking
    point of the GOP: “Trickle-Down Economics” (TDE). TDE began in
    the Reagan administration and has been a pathetic lie since. It’s
    simply upward wealth redistribution. The reason being anti-union is
    Fascist is two of the 15 defining characteristics of Fascism: labor
    power suppressed or eliminated and corporate power protected. Since
    the Fascist regime’s hegemony (GOP here) is threatened by labor
    unions, the regime will severely suppress or eliminate them, as the
    GOP have tried to do since January 2011.

    Allow me to summarize for Republicans (and Libertarians, for that matter): tax cuts DO NOT lead to job creation. They lead to one thing: upward wealth redistribution.

    What the GOP will try to do is to give even more tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations, their greedy and Fascist masters. What really needs to be done is for those Bush 43 policies to be repealed. The GOP won’t do that, though. Had the Democrats been voted into the House majority and Senate supermajority (60 seats), they’d have done it.

    “Regulatory Reform”:
    I wrote about the defining characteristic of Fascism known
    as “corporate power protected” above. How the GOP adhere to that
    “DC” of Fascism is by opposing any and all regulation of
    businesses (and the wealthy, too). This is why the GOP oppose any
    overseeing of financial industry (Dodd-Frank) and would try to repeal
    any and all regulations. We know that the GOP also oppose
    environmental regulations, especially the governmental agency charged
    with enforcing those regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency
    (EPA). Never mind that the agency was founded by that “radical
    Liberal” Republican President Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon in
    1973. Never mind that, if the EPA is abolished, as the GOP want to
    do, corporations and companies would be free to pollute the air and
    water and poison our food while not being held accountable for it.
    The most pathetic argument I’ve heard from the GOP and Libertarians
    in this regard is that it’s not in the businesses’ interest to
    pollute the air and water and poison our food. That and the equally
    pathetic “the free market will regulate itself”. Regarding the
    former argument: ok, Fascist jackass…would you like to be the first
    one to be poisoned to death because there are no regulations??!?? If
    you’re not poisoned to death eating unregulated food, would you like
    to be the first one to die because the air and water are polluted?
    Regarding the latter: if companies and corporations could regulate
    themselves, the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 wouldn’t have been
    passed and signed into law by the Progressive Republican majority in
    Congress and the White House that year and other regulations of
    businesses wouldn’t have become law in the first place.. Shut the
    f*ck up with those pathetic arguments, Fascist jackasses.

    “Starve the Beast” (aka, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut spending): “Starve the
    Beast” (STB) was birthed as a result of a 1970 meeting of corporate
    executives, wealthy people and radical Conservative Republican
    politicians. STB is brutally simple premise: “starve” the “beast” (government) by reducing taxes and spending, thereby reducing the size of government. Then, when the government is too small to defend itself, the wealthy and big corporations overthrow it. Nearly every GOP politician in this country signed the “Norquist Pledge”, which is the black heart of STB. The pledge requires all who sign it to never vote to raise taxes or spending. All Norquist Pledge signers are guilty of Sedition. Sedition is different than Treason. Sedition is essentially plotting to overthrow the government by non-violent means, to say nothing about actually taking steps to overthrow it in a non-violent way. The other definition of Sedition
    is the interference or obstruction of lawful government function. The
    Norquist Pledge is just one reason nearly every GOP politician in
    this country is guilty of Sedition. There are many other instances.
    Look for the GOP to try and cut spending even further except, in the
    Fascist tradition, one budget item: defense/military. Fascist regimes
    will give a nearly unlimited amount of resources to the military at
    the cost of other programs, especially social service agencies/ programs. Over the past four years, we’ve seen the negative effects of continually cutting budgets, or STB. The GOP managed to cut more than a billion dollars from the CDC and NIH budgets over the past four years. Now, we have an Ebola scare. STB is another upward wealth redistribution policy.

    “Entitlement Reform”:
    the GOP’s wildly successful Fascist “gaslighting” propaganda campaign (it gave us the election results on Tuesday, btw) has managed to redefine many terms, and “entitlement” is one of them. According to the GOP, entitlements are “handouts” or “charity” to “lazy” people who don’t want to work. Remember: that’s Fascist propaganda. The true accounting definition of an entitlement is a program where people pay into it, usually via taxation, to get benefits later in life. That’s exactly what Social
    Security and Medicare are: true entitlement programs. More Fascist
    GOP propaganda says that Social Security and Medicare are what’s
    driving our deficits and debt. Not only is such a claim ridiculously
    Fascist, it’s also psychopathic, one of the reasons why I’m able to
    correctly call GOP Conservatives “Fascist psychopaths”. Here’s
    the truth of the matter: have you noticed the paycheck stub you
    usually get with your paycheck? You will note that there’s a “FICA”
    deduction. FICA stands for Federal Insurance Contributions Act, which
    was passed in 1935 as a companion law and funding source for the
    Social Security Act of 1935.

    Your FICA tax deductions help pay for Social Security and Medicare benefits when you’re eligible for them. Those deductions fund the Social Security Trust Fund (SSTF), from which SS and Medicare benefits are paid. They are NOT paid out of the general fund. In addition, your employer “matches” your FICA deduction, which is currently 6.4% of your
    pay. But, there’s a kicker: for 2015, the “cap”, or the point at
    which you and your employer stop paying FICA taxes, will be
    $118,500—think about that for a minute: if you make $118,500, you
    pay the SAME AMOUNT of FICA taxes as someone who makes significantly more than that.

    But, the Fascist psychopaths of the GOP want to cut benefits paid because they claim that Social Security and Medicare costs “add to the deficit”. They do not, mostly. Before the Reagan administration, no Congress or Presidential administration had dared dip into the SSTF. Starting with Reagan, however, the last three GOP Presidential administrations “raided” the SSTF, borrowing the funds to finance their deficit spending. Reagan took $500 billion; Bush 41 took about $700 billion (mostly for the first Iraq War) and Bush 43 was the worst offender,
    taking $2.75 TRILLION from the SSTF! In order to avoid being charged
    with grand larceny, the GOP decided to leave “Treasury bonds” as
    “I.O.U.’s”. The problem is that the GOP don’t have and never have
    had any intention of paying it back. Those bonds are drawing interest
    and THAT’S what’s contributing to the deficit. The greedy, Fascist
    and psychopathic Cons tell us that cutting benefits payments will
    help “balance the budget”. Again, more Fascist propaganda.

    What the Democrats would have done if GOP Progressives and Moderates done their jobs and voted for them would have been to raise that “cap” amount to at least $250,000, if not abolish it altogether. Doing
    either of those things would force the people who benefited from that
    borrowing largesse, the wealthy and big corporations, to pay back
    that money in higher FICA taxation. But, we know that the GOP won’t
    do that.

    Repeal “Obamacare”:
    remember first that the term “Obamacare” is the Fascist GOP’s “dog whistle” term for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). After the PPACA was passed and signed into law, its opponents launched an all-out war against it. To date, they’ve spent nearly a BILLION dollars lying about it. The GOP went to the mat for that opposition to the law last year, when they voted to shut down the government to try and “kill” it. It didn’t work. Apparently, GOP Progressives and Moderates forgot about that pathetic attempt by the GOP to take affordable health care away from them. I could detail all of the lies the anti-PPACA people/movement has told about the law, but that would require a note of its own.

    Most likely, what the GOP will do is to try and “tie in” these agenda items
    into other bills, especially the Continuing Resolutions and the
    Debt-Ceiling Raises. They’ll pass those bills in both Houses of
    Congress and send them to the President, daring him to veto them, at
    which point they’ll wrongly claim that it’s President Obama’s fault
    that they (the GOP) are Fascist, greedy, insurrectionist and
    seditious bastards. This will all be YOUR fault, GOP Progressives and
    Moderates, because you went to the polls and voted for Republicans or
    stayed home, which means you still “voted” for them.

    • Whatmeworry

      and Republicans will control the power of the purse so Barak has ZERO options

      • ExRadioGuy15

        ah, yes, Whatmeworry….showing us, once again, your ignorance and stupidity, which means you’re a Republican LMAO

  • Whatmeworry

    The boy wonder in the WH will have to put his big boys on and grow up. His 6 years of being a cry baby are over

    • Whatmeworry is Dan M Ketter

      Let’s hear it from fat Dan Max Ketter, an ignorant 67-year old troll from Williamsburg VA. Still angry because the union assembly line boys at Ford Motors made more $$ and better benefits than desk clerk Dannnno did! Like the grey shirts!

    • Independent1

      Cry baby, Huh!!

      He sure accomplished a lot for a cry baby!!

      I’ve asked you before, let’s see you post just ONE positive thing Nixon, Reagan or the 2 Bushes accomplished for America!!

      Come on, let’s see the list!!

      Here’s one for Obama (just a partial):

      – Obama’s policies have achieved the highest level of consumer confidence in the past 7 years.

      – Obama’s policies have resulted in a stock Market that’s at the highest levels in history restoring retirement accounts for millions of American seniors that were trashed under the Bush
      administration (the market has virtually tripled in less than 5 yrs).

      -Obama has been the smallest spending president since Eisenhower averaging less than 2%/yr budget increases compared to Reagan and Bush 2 averaging more than 8%/yr.

      -Obama has reduced deficit spending faster than any president since Truman; cutting deficit spending from 1.4T/yr to under
      500B /yr in less than 5 years..

      -There have been more than 54 straight months of job growth (the longest in American history) with more jobs created in the last 5 years than Bush created in 8 years (Bush left office with more than
      400,000 less people working in America than when he took office)

      -Obama ended the war in Iraq – as he promised.

      –The 9/11 perpetrator, bin Laden, was eliminated and al Qaeda severely weakened.

      -The war in Afghanistan is almost winding down – as he promised.

      – Obama’s diplomatic efforts have gotten Iran to rework all their uranium into non-weapons grade form such that Iran is no longer a nuclear threat to the world.

      -Millions more students are receiving college loans cheaper than ever before because Obama cut the banks out of the loan

      process despite total inaction by the GOP members of congress.

      – Obama saved the American auto Industry from bankruptcy and it’s flourishing again despite GOP opposition; making profits

      not seen since Clinton was in office.

      -More than 150 billion in taxes have been collected from auto industry related companies and workers over the past 5 years that would have been lost if the industry went bankrupt.

      -More than 1.5 million American jobs were saved through the auto bailout helping keep America out of the GOP’s second created world-wide depression.

      -Obama started a war on fraud in the defense
      and healthcare sectors with more fraudulently charged monies recovered (billions) and crooks brought to justice than had been recovered by the 3 prev.pres. combined

      -More PROBLEM illegal aliens have been rounded up and deported over the past 5 years than by any other president (more than 1.5 million).

      -Obama’s stimulus program energized America green energy initiatives such that alternative energies (solar, wind, hydro and

      plasma) may well make fossil fuels obsolete within the next 10 plus years.

      -More gas and oil have been pumped out of the ground the past 3 years than at any other time in US in history; America is now the largest energy producer on the planet supplanting Russia and Saudi Arabia for that title.

      -America’s relationships have been restored with virtually all its international partners after Bush had virtually the whole world hating America (and that included the British people).

      Obama has accomplished more in last 6 years than any president
      since FDR even those who were in office 8 years.

      • 788eddie

        I just love reading lists like this.

        It would be helpful if we could just staple a list like this to the forehead of every citizen as a reminder of just how lucky we were to have Barack Obama come into office instead of Mitt Romney.

        Why do depressions/recessions always seem to follow Republican fiscal policy?

        • Independent1

          In case you haven’t seen it, my guess is that you’d enjoy reading this letter from a Canadian written to an editor that describes how things are going so well under Obama even today. It’s really disappointing that foreigners can see so much that brainwashed Americans fail to recognize:

          From a Daily Kos article:

          You Americans Have No Idea Just How Good You Have It With Obama

          Many of us Canadians are confused by the U.S. midterm elections. Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country’s adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6%, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The dollar is at its strongest levels in years, the stock market is near record highs, gasoline prices are falling, there’s no inflation, interest rates are the lowest in 30 years, U.S. oil imports are declining, U.S. oil production is rapidly increasing, the deficit is rapidly declining, and the wealthy are still making astonishing amounts of money.

          America is leading the world once again and respected internationally — in sharp contrast to the Bush years. Obama brought soldiers home from Iraq and killed Osama bin Laden.

          So, Americans vote for the party that got you into the mess that Obama just dug you out of? This defies reason.

          When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?

          Richard Brunt

          Victoria, British Columbia