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Monday, January 12, 2015

Republicans Already Working Hard To Lose In 2016

Here's the Nonsense:  The infrastructure in America is falling apart.  Roads, bridges, and the like are in desperate need of repair and there are no funds available to fix them.  Since gas prices are way down, maybe it's time we consider a little increase in the gas tax to fund the repairs needed.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Sure, the infrastructure is a mess.  But spending is out of control and raising taxes of any kind is a guarantee that the GOP will do irreparable damage to their party.

Republicans just don't learn.  From all the lousy presidential candidates they have given us from George H. W. Bush through to Mitt Romney to senators and representatives like John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner, Americans really aren't getting support for their views and values.  And, once again, now GOP politicians are already considering doing more damage to America and guaranteeing both losses in 2016 and permanent damage to the party and political choice in America.   

You'd think they'd learn, but they don't.  My father told me over and over when I was growing up that a smart man learns from his mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.  (I always attributed that wise statement to my father, but recently learned that Otto von Bismarck used to say it.  Given my father's love of history, he must have learned it in one of the many, many history books he studied throughout his life.  I mention this only because proper attribution is important.)  But back to the topic at hand.  Smart men learn from their mistakes.  Wise men learn from the mistakes of others.  Clearly the Republicans aren't even smart, let alone wise.

Why do I say this?  Because over and over and over again we see the establishment Republicans, the people who control the Republican Party (the same people who hated Ronald Reagan and are working hard to permanently shut down the conservative movement while shutting up every conservative voice) never seem to learn from their mistakes.

With the falling gas prices we're seeing around America, thanks to private business and in spite of either political party, citizens are seeing some benefits to our economy.  An economy, I might add, that has been struggling under the current administration.  The claims of recovery are pipe dreams and a smoke and mirrors presentation by the government and supported by the media that are such a lie that only the most foolish and ignorant really believe it.

But with fracking and drilling on private land in America causing huge successes by the oil industry, America has seen a boom that has now even caused problems for the Middle Eastern oil states.  Gas prices in some parts of the U. S. are lower than they were a decade ago.  I remember in 2005 paying about $1.69 for gas.  Yesterday I paid $1.55.  I realize that's lower than some areas of the country, but even areas where it is higher, it is still far below what we've seen in recent years.

That savings is a huge help to American citizens and businesses.  So many Americans are barely getting by and businesses are trying to keep from closing their doors.  The reprieve in gas prices has given them a little help in the struggle to survive, although I've wondered how long it will last.

But, never letting an opportunity to further burden the American people and confiscate more money go to waste, American politicians can't resist the temptation to cash in on the little economic reprieve that citizens have been enjoying.  

Yes, politicians are considering raising the gas taxes because with prices down they think they can get away with it.  Republican Senators John Thune and James Inhofe have said they are considering it as a way to raise money, as reported in The Hill.  And we all know that once a tax is implemented it never goes away.  

It's not enough that Americans have gotten a little break from the disaster that the spending of BOTH parties has cuased (no, it's not just Obama's fault, Republicans went along with it, too).  Politicians can't resist a chance to get more money from us.  Instead of acting responsibly and cutting spending, they continue to increase debt far beyond the wildest of imaginations.  They are out of control and no one is doing anything about it.  And I mean NO ONE.  Not even the voters.  We had our chance in the midterm elections a couple months ago and dropped the ball miserably.  Now the stupidity of Americans allowing these people to stay in office will, once again, come back to bite us.

George H. W. Bush was elected as president only because America loved Ronald Reagan and what he'd done for our country.  Voters wanted a continuation of Reagan policies and hoped that electing Reagan's vice president, George H. W. Bush, would do just that.  And initially it worked, until Bush decided to break his promise of no new taxes.  The result was bad for America and opened the door for Bill Clinton to win the presidency in 1992.

Americans are tired of politicians.  They are tired of liars.  Okay, I guess that's the same thing, isn't it?  Anyway, Americans voted in November to stop what has been happening in Washington.  Before the new Congress even took office in January, the Republican leadership had already made it clear they would not use their power to stop what is happening.  Boehner said they would not use their constitutionally given authority and responsibility to use the power of the purse to stop Obama.  Mitch McConnell said it was more important for Republicans to show they could get along with the Democrats than it was to stop Obama's lawlessness.  Just think about those things.  The Speaker of the House says he won't use the power the Constitution has assigned to him and the House of Representatives to control the illegal and irresponsible actions of the Executive Branch. And the leader of the Senate says it is more important to get along with Democrats than to stop the illegal actions going on by this president.  

They guaranteed they would fail even before the new Congress began.

The GOP also celebrated more that they'd defeated conservative candidates than that they'd beaten Democrats.  Statements were made that they'd "crush the Tea Party" and conservatives were called "wacko-birds."  Yet the vast majority of Americans, regardless of political party affiliation, hold conservative values.  The hatred of the establishment GOP for conservatives, even though it's conservatives who gave them the power they have, is blatant.

Then earlier this month they reelected Boehner to the speakership of the House, even though Americans called and wrote to demand he be replaced.  In fact, one effort had EVERY representative in the House receive over 560,000 letters demanding they vote against Boehner and replace him.  Only 24 listened to the American public and voted accordingly.

All this is a continued series of slaps in the face to the American people.  So, what do they think will happen?  They think that if they wipe out the conservative voice that they will then be free to live without them in peace and power.

I've got news for the GOP.  By doing what they've done, they've alienated the base of the Republican Party.  We are a hair's breadth away from a huge portion of the Republican Party leaving and forming a new party.  (Which, I might add, will be a disaster that causes Democrats to control American politics and make American politics into a one party system.)

Forcing candidates like Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie on us pushes voters away.  Raising the gas tax may just be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel's back.

American's don't want what the establishment GOP is selling.  But the GOP isn't listening and that may not only cause them to lose in 2016, it may be the end of the party and the end of political choice in America.