When I recently commented to a liberal Facebook friend’s status update mocking the GOP, one of her ideological confrères (well technically a consoeur) quipped that the GOP was “The Grand Obstructionist Party, creating nothing but mayhem.” Does seem this notion of the GOP as obstructionist is gaining traction on the left.
In a July 13 segment on Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist and his no-new-taxes pledge, CNN’s Lisa Sylvester included this critique of the libertarian and his pledge from Michael Ettlinger of the Center for American Progress (CAP (tbg*)):
Grover Norquist is a big problem, but I think the people whose feet he’s holding to the fire are getting tired of it.
You know, we’re getting to the point where we need serious people to sit down and make serious decisions, and drawing really hard lines in the sand the way Grover does is hurting the country.
Ettlinger didn’t quite call Grover an obstructionist, but did fault him from preventing “serious people” (i.e., those who don’t want to rein in the federal government) from making decisions he deems serious (find federal solutions to all manner of societal ills.) The pledge isn’t quite hurting the country as it is hurting Mr. Ettlinger’s plans — and those of the president — to expand the size of the federal government and the scope of its power.
Folks like Grover who draw a line in the sand when it comes to higher taxes seek to obstruct those plans. So, if that’s what obstructionism is, I’m all for it.
*through big government.