What's driving this is a faction of the Republican Party that always to
responds to the axiom of "half a loaf is better than none" by insisting
on none. My guess is that when they lose the House in the next election, then
there will be changes, but not until.
happy2bhere:People can have positive, negative or neutral views
about corporations, but currently the underlying economic reality is many
corporation are flush with cash, even buying back their own stock, but
they're reluctant to hire employees, because technology and outsourcing
enables the current employees to be more productive than they were before the
Great Recession. In other words, corporations really don't need new
workers, certainly not enough to get us back to where we were, in terms of
overall employment.At the same time, all those unemployed workers
aren't buying products, which is dragging down aggregate demand, in turn
dampening the need for more employees.It's not the
corporations' fault they make so much money - that's what corporation
do, and they're doing a great, great job of it, with fewer employees. Who knows, maybe corporations will become even more efficient and will
be able to let more employees go, thereby making more money, be able to buy back
more stock, give executives bigger bonuses... and reduce the number of
customers. That's what Amazon is doing, replacing people with robots in
their warehouses. The ex-employees won't be buying stuff.
I agree with the author. Republicans continue to shoot themselves in the foot.
Frankly, most of the drive behind this seems to come out of anger. It does not
need to be this way. Look at the Senate. The Democratic majority there is
united and organized - and is able to advance their agenda as a result. Then,
look at the House. The Republican majority there is fractured and disorganized
- not able to come together to adequately oppose Obama or challenge the Senate.
They are paralyzed and it shows. Why can't Republicans come together after
losing the election so long ago?
I wish all you anti corporation people would understand that the American
economy depends upon success of corporations to have wealth and growth. Even
your guy Obama realized that with the GM bailout. What do you want, all
companies over 50 people to fail? In other words, merich29, not all deficit
spending is the same. Some help to have continued growth, some return nothing
but more debt.
I would completely support splitting the farm aid bill and the food stamp bill
separately if they did the food stamp bill first. The problem is that once the
GOP gets their corporate welfare farm bill passed, they will again become very
tight fisted with government entitlements and bemoaning the deficit. They will
make sure they get corporate welfare passed while trying to block welfare for
The Republicans are doing what is always done by the out of power party, namely,
running out the clock and waiting for the next election. Next year, an election
year, will be one in which not much gets passed in Congress due to the upcoming
election. The Republicans hope to duplicate what the Democrats did in 2006,
namely take control of Congress, making the President as lame a duck as
possible, and then 2 years later the White House. Simple as that. Nothing new
going on here. Miss Parker just needed a column to write. As for anything the
Republicans are doing now. Americans have a very short memory. What the
feeling in the country is about 2 weeks before an election is what drives the
@Mountanman"government healthcare "A got a system that
resembles Romneycare and the plan produced as the conservative alternative to
Hillarycare by the Heritage Foundation...
Republicans have a long history of picking the wrong battles: opposing civil
rights (Goldwater, 1964), fighting environmental protection at every turn,
ensuring women never get equal pay for equal work, de-regulating Wall Street as
it destroys our economy while they look the other way, etc. ad nauseam.
"...Before you can govern, you have to win...".Not
necessarily.Winning is obstructing.Republicans have done
a marvelous job of obstructing.Governing?Republicans
will never care, about governing, as long as they can maintain their position,
at the public trough, by simply obstructing.
Anybody need a match?
"Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled
martyrs. Of course, principled or not, you're still dead in the end."
Here's hoping my good conservative friends recognize the vanity
and foolishness of their ways while there is still time.
Romney promised jobs. Obama promised food stamps. That is all we need to know.
Baloney! Liberals have gotten nearly everything they wanted. They got same sex
marriage, the DOMA struck down, government healthcare and Obama, what more do