When will we have had enough of the GOtP obstructionism? When will the people who don’t vote decide that it is time for them to VOTE?
Remember when Senator McConnell stated that making Obama a one term President was the goal of the GOtP?
Even before Barack Obama took the oath office, Republicans leaders, conservative think-tanks and right-wing pundits were calling for total obstruction of the new president’s agenda. Bill Kristol, who helped block Bill Clinton’s health care reform attempt in 1993, called for history to repeat on the Obama stimulus – and everything else. Pointing with pride to the Clinton economic program which received exactly zero GOP votes in either House, Kristol in January 2009 advised:
Never has a President had to overcome blatant obstructionism like President Obama has.
To me it is not just that he is a Democrat, it is that he is a black man in the White House! It is racism ! Racism on the part of some or even most of the GOtP! Sure there are a few who are not racists, but too many of those in power are.
But if Barack Obama’s legislative agenda ran into endless Republican obstacles in Congress, his judicial nominees hit a brick wall. The same Republicans who decried the judicial filibuster and demanded an “up or down vote” for President Bush’s selections to the federal bench have stymied Obama’s choices at a record rate.
Republican obstructionism hasn’t merely destroyed the nominations of judicial standouts like Goodwin Liu, who this week assumed his new position on the Supreme Court of California. High profile Obama administration nominees like Dawn Johnson and Peter Diamond, the latter a Nobel Prize-winning economist, never saw the light of day in the Senate. And having already dissuaded President Obama from choosing Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by Congress last year, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the GOP would block any and all comers put forward by the White House:
“It’s not sexist. It’s not Elizabeth Warren-specific,” McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart said. “It’s any nominee.”
Just to be on the safe side, Republicans maneuvered to ensure that President Obama could make no recess appointments during the current Congressional recess.
President Obama’s predecessor made lots of “recess appointments” but what is okay for “w” is not okay for President Obama. There is so much information about obstructionism and we should discuss it. Lets have a conversation about how the GOtP has sniffled progress just because they don’t like our President.