The problem in Washington is that the Republicans have no morals and the Democrats have no spine. The current crop of Republicans loves to compare President Obama to Adolf Hitler whenever he mentions something that they don’t like. That’s not at all accurate. Actually, he more resembles Neville Chamberlain.
Then-British Prime Minister Chamberlain is notorious for his appeasement of Hitler at Munich in 1939, giving away the Sudetenland for Hitler’s promise that he wanted nothing else. We all know how well that turned out.
I wish someone would tell the president to stop caving in to Republicans every minute of every day. He needs to throw out Saul Alinsky’s book. He needs to stop organizing the community and start leading it. The current crop of Democrats needs to grow a “spine” and stand up for the principles that they claim to hold.
The Democrats can win the current tax cut battle, if they play their cards right.
The House majority is only good for another three weeks. Nancy Pelosi needs to scrap the tax cut bills immediately and introduce two new bills. One bill would continue the cheneybush tax cuts for the middle and working classes ONLY. The other would extend unemployment benefits. Then she needs to demand that Democrats vote for those bills. House of Representatives rules do not permit filibusters. Democrats can win in the House.
The Senate Majority Leadership is a very powerful position. The leader can schedule, or refuse to schedule, debates and votes on any bills. Yet Harry Reid has no clue how to use that power. Senate Republicans have successfully blocked every Democratic effort by merely threatening to filibuster. And Harry Reid always caves in. He never forces their hand. He never makes them stand up on the Senate floor and explain their positions to the public. So, the public doesn’t understand why the Democratic majority can’t get anything done, because our schools don’t bother to teach civics, government, or political literacy.
When the Republicans filibuster the new bills in the Senate, Harry Reid needs to make them do it live and in person on national television. Hey, Harry: Stop caving in to threats. Call their bluff. Let the American people see who’s doing what, who’s for them, and who’s against them. For cripes sake, grow a spine.
The only thing that Republicans love more than tax cuts is winning elections. When the public sees what’s really going on, they’ll force enough Senators to change their votes.
What have they got to lose?