I put this out there for some context for you to consider with Obama and the "cooperation" he has received. Back in 2009 when they were hashing over the details of the stimulus package which was "designed to promote bipartisanship" (Weisman, WSJ) (most of which went to Obama donors and green energy companies, and lot of them having folded, bankrupted, and executives under investigation) Obama told the group of Republicans (Washington Post), "I won. I don't have to take your ideas." This was a very arrogant response and did not engender any feelings of unity and cooperation.
Then, in 2010, the Republicans were invited for a very public meeting to hash out the PPACA. After some discussions, when it was McCain's turn, he opened up with a complaint that the PPACA was being hashed out behind closed doors. Obama's response (CBS News), which seemed to me very rehearsed, something he wanted to say for a long time, "we're not campaigning anymore. The election's over." Again, very pompous and arrogant - did not engender feelings of unity and cooperation.
Sure, the Republicans, in response to their constituents, have put up roadblocks with regards to the PPACA. But when it came to budgets, they've all put forward their plans, Obama's have been summarily rejected by ALL members (got a 0 vote on his last budget proposal), and we haven't had a budget since 2006 when the Democrats took control. The last time we had a balanced budget was when Bill Clinton was in office. And, surprisingly, Newt Gingrich and a Republican Congress were creating these budgets.
Unfortunately, at this point Obama is a lame duck President. He entered office continuing his campaign, spent some time vacationing while he told Congress "get 'er done," took a world tour bowing to our enemies and criticizing our friends, appointed criminals and tax dodgers to cabinet position, encouraged revolutions in various countries while failing to encourage the Iranian uprising, failed to keep most of his campaign promises, took 5 months to finally make the call on bin Laden (but he did, good for him), spent just as much time golfing as he has meeting with his economic advisory panel, and finally starting his campaign again in earnest last year.
There is plenty of blame to go all around for the current economic situation and federal debt our country is in. Ill advised decisions as far back as the 90's can be directly attributed to the housing bubble burst of 2008 (which we are still recovering from), but Mitt Romney KNOWS economics and how to turn large organizations around. He proved it by Conservatively running MA with an 85% liberal Democrat, veto proof, legislature. He's proved it by turning the Olympics around. He's proved it by turning failing businesses around. In every situation, he's had to bring antagonistic parties together to achieve cooperation for a common good. He has been wildly successful.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
A Response for Those Who Think Republicans Prevented Unity
In response to a facebook commenter who hadn't yet made up their mind whether or not they would be voting for Obama again, I made the following arguments. I felt they were good enough to post here. I am also willing to take some criticism on the argument. I would like for this argument to be a rock solid response for anyone who claims that the President hasn't gotten any support from the Republicans. Many times, Republicans have come to the table to hash out disagreements. What were the results?