Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Republican double standards

Yet another, in a long list, of Republican double standards:

Republicans say "No extension of unemployment benefits unless you can show how you're going to pay for it."

But in the same breath "We must not allow the Bush tax cuts to expire." - with absolutely nothing said about how to pay it.

So, when Republicans say "We can't possibly afford X.", remember the trillions and trillions of dollars they've spent on things they never once stopped to think how to pay for, because "it's important".

So, let's discuss just what's important *and* how to pay for it.

Some things are indeed critical enough to borrow for - and especially then, we must discuss how we'll eventually pay for them.

Redistribution of Wealth

Below is what I have just written to my Representative, Senators and President:

Please stand firm and do *not* trade the extension of unemployment benefits (absolutely essential) for the extension of the Bush redistribution of wealth to the wealthy (absolutely unconscionable)!

The Republican party has demonstrated that it is without honor and that it will act *only* in its own best interests - and the interests of the insatiably wealthy, who rely on its actions (and inactions).

That they have convinced so many voters to act against their own best interests is, literally, a deplorable shame.

The recent words and actions of the Republican party, indicate not a force of power, but what occurs when a formerly powerful entity realizes that it is dying - and responds by railing and flailing.

The Republicans do *not* have a mandate and it is *not* necessary to make deals - especially those that trade yet another large chunk of the future for a temporary pittance.

Further, it's painfully and demonstrably clear that "trickle down" is a cruel hoax and has a *negative* effect on the economy, while extending unemployment benefits is not only a crucial *responsibility*, it has a *positive* effect on the economy.

It's time for Democrats and Independents to stand up for what we believe, and to act accordingly - not use that as the *starting* point in negotiations with Republicans, constantly moving their starting point further and further right.

Yes, by all means, begin a dialog - and then have the courage to politely *end* the dialog when it's clear that the other side is not interested in a dialog!

There's a fitting saying that describes this situation: "We do not negotiate with terrorists."