Vice President Biden’s claims notwithstanding, the Democrats got what they wanted with the “stimulus” plan. And they have managed to pass other big ticket items on their wish list, including credit card, banking and healthcare reform. Yet, the Administration’s defenders who comment to our blog complain that Republican obstructionism is to blame for Obama’s failure to advance the public good:
I think any characterization of Republicans as obstructionists more interested in furthering their political chances at the expense of the public good is a correct one.
He was defending the Democrat’s dishonest attack on congressional Republicans for refusing to vote for an extension in unemployment benefits without making cuts elsewhere in the federal budget.
So, let me ask this reader (or any Administration defender) to explain just how much federal spending we need in order to get the economy moving again? And how can you blame Republicans for working at the expense of the public good when in the past 18 months, the Democrats have gotten most of the items on their wish list through Congress.
Back in 1981-82, Ronald Reagan did not succeed in enacting a many items on his agenda and yet he didn’t lash out at Democrats. Is our reader saying that if the GOP prevents the Democrats from getting 100% of their agenda through Congress, then they are to blame for any problems which ensue?
*To get the economy going.