It finally happened. A Senate Democrat actually grew a pair, and not just little ones. He grew BIG BRASS ones. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) actually came out and said what many of us have been saying for years. Republicans are sabotaging America’s economy, causing untold suffering on Main Street, for political gain. Both Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow took this to the bank.
…And now, Senator Schumer has hammered that home in this speech at EPI.
And we need to start asking ourselves an uncomfortable question – are Republicans slowing down the recovery on purpose for political gain in 2012? It’s one thing for them to block programs they have always opposed. But when they start to contradict themselves by opposing programs they have supported—such as pro-business tax cuts—we are left to wonder.
Let’s not forget – Senator McConnell made it clear last October that his number one priority, above everything else, is to defeat President Obama.
And now it is becoming clear that insisting on a slash-and-burn approach may be part of this plan – it has a double-benefit for Republicans: it is ideologically tidy and it undermines the economic recovery, which they think only helps them in 2012.
The result is that Republicans aren‘t just opposing the President any more. They are opposing the economic recovery itself – and all that means for America’s working and middle class families.
It’s about damn time someone called the naked emperor out. I am so tired of hearing the press memes about Obama this, Obama that, and how it’s all going to land on the head of Obama. No. These crazy lunatics on the right are colluding with their corporate brothers to bring down this economy with the assistance of the media… [emphasis original]
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On Countdown, Keith interviewed both Schumer and Markos Moulitsas.
I was glad to hear Schumer confirm that cuts in Medicare benefits are NOT on the table.
Markos is right, "It is clearly what is going on here."
Rachel Maddow agrees, as does columnist Eugene Robinson.
Robinson said that six months ago, saying this would have been a bridge too far. I disagree. There are still some here that have been with me for several years and will remember this. During the primaries in early 2008, I predicted this. I said that Republicans knew they were loosing and would do everything they could to tank the economy and obstruct recovery so they could blame Democrats and present themselves as saviors in 2010 and 2012. Obama was promising to govern in a bipartisan manner, and I said that would be impossible, because Republicans would not negotiate in good faith in their attempt to regain power. If I could peg this over three years ago, before Obama was even the Democratic nominee, it was not a bridge too far six months ago.
Republicans have two agendas: class warfare and establishing a permanent regime of Republican one party rule to last 10,000 years. Acting on the basis of Republican concern for America’s well being is a non sequitur.