Today President Obama assembled the Republican members of Congress and presented a very reasonable case for the two parties to work together to achieve the Objective Du Jour – jobs. It was all for the good of the country, no one could deny it. And then he popped out the “party of No” line, inviting the Republicans to do something more than just be obstructionists.
But, of course, Republicans have been giving legislative alternatives to Obama’s progressive programs all along. The reason that many in America still swallow the Party of No line is that the MSM (save Fox) has not reported on the Republican alternatives and just focused on the No parts.
Returning to jobs – the Republicans this morning pointed out again to Obama that, according to Obama’s own models and the CBO, the Republican alternative of a broad-based tax cut to the Democrats’ $787B ARRA stimulus (Nevada County’s involvement shown in my weekly plot) would have cost half as much and created twice as many jobs. Obama didn’t want to field that question and kept talking about working together in 2010.
For anyone with a bit of sense, the politics behind this Kumbayah ceremony is not hard to understand. The Republicans have witnessed the bum’s rush to socialism that happened last year. It was possible only with the Democrats’ super majorities in both houses. The bum’s rush will resume in spades if the Democrats come out of November 2010 with their majorities intact.
So for Republicans, job one is to increase their numbers in Congress in an attempt to return the country to bi-partisan centrism. This will not happen if they roll over and just play nice with Team Obama, at the end of which the Chief Organizer and his congressional gnomes will remind the electorate that all these benefits accrued under the now tried and true progressive management. As they have in the past, the Democrats would, of course, return the favor were the shoe on the other foot. That’s the reality of bipartisan politics.