Well, once again the Republicans are taking us to the brink of shutting down the government, except this time it is even more serious. They are threatening to let the U.S. go into default, which would result in another economic hit that would bring more devastation to our citizens. Although the debt ceiling was raised 18 times in Reagan’s terms and seven times during George W.’s terms, it now has become something that is used as a club to demand cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Michele Bachmann and other freshmen Tea Party legislators are willing to stand by and watch the U.S. do something that has never happened before, refusing to pay for the debts that were approved by Congress during the last administration, while blaming the default on Obama.
Obama is in the position of standing by and watching the Americans while giving in on not letting tax cuts and subsidies expire that only help the top 3 to 5 percent of earners in America. Republicans say that raising taxes on “job creators” will ruin us, although those tax cuts and subsidies have been in place during the last 10 years and we now have record unemployment and we have watched those “job creators” move our jobs overseas and close down our manufacturing base while dodging paying their fair share of taxes with loopholes and accounting practices that allow them to receive millions in tax credits even when they have paid no taxes at all.
Having Republicans in charge of the government is like hiring someone to care for your child who hates children. Do you think someone who does not like children will actually make the best decisions for the good of the child? It is counter-productive to Republicans to have government programs that work well and help our citizens, that just makes liars of them when they state that government doesn’t work. And Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are three programs that do work, they have raised the elderly out of poverty and have provided health care to millions over the years that would have died without them. But Republicans fought against those programs from the onset and have been trying to dismantle them ever since. But, they are still willing to consistently fight for the rich and powerful.