Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Pardon my French, but what the hell are the Republicans thinking when they have decided to threaten with a political war next year?! Do they have an ounce of sense in their heads. They are now aiming to hurt themselves besides the middle class. Do you remember last year when they failed to reach a solution to raise the debt ceiling. Do the Republicans think that the President will cave in regarding the debt ceiling. The President gave the Republicans two respites on 2 different issues last year, namely the 'tax cuts' and the 'debt ceiling', temporarily extending the agreements so that the country could survive another year. Well that year is up, and the money is quickly running out, and the debt ceiling must be addressed again. Conservative Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, promised the newly re-elected Obama a "rude awakening" next year if the president forces through his plan for high-income earners to pay more taxes without agreeing to substantive steps to reduce the nation's chronic federal deficits and debt. Does that sound like a threat? So the President must bow down to the Republican wishes just so that the debt ceiling issue would be addressed by the Republicans next year. Again, what planet does Lindsey Graham live on? The debt ceiling will be addressed whether Mr. Graham likes it or not, as will the tax issue before the end of this year. The tax issue will be resolved, and so will the debt issue. Extending threats like this to the President in a time when so many people are hurting these days, threatening to take things away from them is nothing short of political suicide. The 2014 elections will be very interesting when they arrive.
Instead of the threats floating around by the Republicans, what the right wing party needs to do is go out and find a respectable candidate to face whomever will be running on the Democratic side in 2016. At the present time, the Democrats already have a very qualified candidate in someone named 'Hilary Clinton', and if she were to actually run for president in 2016, the Republicans have no-one of that stature to run against her, and then we will have the first woman President of the United States. This was echoed recently by a prior Republican candidate named Newt Gingrich. He stated, "If their competitor in 2016 is going to be Hilary Clinton, supported by Bill Clinton and presumably still popular Barack Obama, trying to will that would truly be like the 'super bowl' and the Republican party of today is incapable of competing at that level." Hilary has stated that she will not run in 2016, but she needs a year or so away from her present job as Secretary of State and then she may just change her mind, especially after she gets a respite from politics for a while. Like the saying goes, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but it also is a saying that you cannot break an old dog of their habits Hillary still will have politics in her blood, and I fully expect her to run again for President. Even if Hilary doesn't run, the Democrats will have the upper hand and stand a clear chance of winning the House of Representatives back from the Republicans, especially if the Republicans continue to try and threaten the president and the country by stalling on the debt ceiling issue. Who can forget what happened because of the last delay?. The Federal Reserve lowered the credit rating of the United States from AAAA to AAA. If the rating is lowered again, it will be almost impossible for the U.S. to ever get the debts paid off and the it will affect everyone. The only way that the Republicans feel that the debt can be lowered, is not to raise taxes on the rich, but to address entitlements, cuts in Medicare and Social Security, the latter two affecting the middle class and the poor. Great thinking Republicans, but the party needs to be reinvented, and the tea party needs to be banished. There is no law against having a difference of opinion on things which is what the Republican and Democratic parties are all about, but why does everything that the Congress does these days have to affect the middle class and people just trying to survive. The middle class people must work to survive, while a good portion of the rich just sit back and collect monies from their investments.
It's the American way I guess, but you don't have to take my word for it, but if the Republicans to come around and start doing something constructive in their voting processes, then the President in 2014 will surely gain total control once again with entire the U.S. Congress going Democrat once again as it was in 2008 when the President was elected in his first term.