Everywhere I turn, I see optimism that Republicans will negotiate in good faith. I hate to be a wet blanket, but the Republican Party has a long history of playing Lucy, while Democrats play Charlie Brown. For example, remember that Chuck “snake in the” Grassley (R-IA) bragged about how he delayed ObamaCare long enough for Republicans to mount a propaganda blitz by pretending to negotiate with Democrats. It especially concerns me that Paul “Lyin’” Ryan is now the point man for negations to head off the fiscal speed-bump, improperly called a cliff.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has tapped Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and two other senior Republicans for key roles as he prepares for negotiations on the fiscal cliff with the White House and Democratic leaders.
The Speaker is adding Ryan and Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Dave Camp (R-Mich.) to his daily management meetings “in preparation for the fiscal cliff talks,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. Those meetings already include the top four members of the House Republican leadership team.
Ryan, the recently defeated GOP vice presidential nominee, is continuing as chairman of the House Budget Committee while Upton leads the Energy and Commerce Committee and Camp heads the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee…
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Ed Schultz covered this story with Bill Pascrell and Robert Reich.
Putting Paul Ryan in charge of so-called fiscal-cliff negotiations is the equivalent of putting the fox in charge of guarding the hen house. Robert Reich is spot-on. Ryan represents privatizing Social Security and Medicare and gutting Medicaid.
I would like nothing better than to be told “I told you so” by those who are optimistic about Republicans’ intent. However, until then, holding the line against Republicans’ attempts to hold America hostage is imperative.