After having spent the past four years in the minority, you would think congressional Republicans could actually come up with some sort of plans. Instead they lay out their “wish list”, but never present any path to make these wishes a reality.
That was scene again last week with the Republicans new “Pledge to America”. They once again gave us their list to Santa Claus, but the logistics of bringing these gifts from the North Pole to under our trees is nonexistent. John Boehner more or less even admitted it.
Transcript via Huffington Post (emphasis added):
WALLACE: But forgive me, sir. I mean, isn't the right time to have the adult conversation now before the election when you have this document? Why not make a single proposal to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?
BOEHNER: Chris, this is what happens here in Washington. When you start down that path, you just invite all kinds of problems. I know. I've been there. I think we need to do this in a more systemic way and have this conversation first. Let's not get to the potential solutions. Let's make sure Americans understand how big the problem is. Then we can begin to talk about possible solutions and then work ourselves into those solutions that are doable.
I believe all Americans, Republican, Democrat or other, fully understands how big the problem is. We are struggling to pay our bills, feed our children and keep a roof over our heads. We don’t have the luxury of hitting the bar at happy hour every night or golfing 119 rounds a year. We understand the problem more than John Boehner ever will.
Yes I might be a Democrat, but as an American I feel totally insulted by Boehner’s insinuation that we do not understand the problem. It’s John Boehner who doesn’t understand it. Boehner is the one who will vote against Republican ideas in Congress just to say “no” to the President and Democrats. He is far more concerned with playing politics than the financial security of the people of this nation.
It’s far beyond time to kick the tan man out of Congress and replace him with someone who understands the problems Americans are feeling, because he is out here living the American life.