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Progression or StagnationPosted Saturday, November 6, 2010, at 5:22 PM
Okay Republicans, you won the House. You came oh so close in the Senate (once again thank you TEA Party) but the Democrats retained that house.
So now I have to ask, what are your plans for the 112th Congress. I ask that because what I have heard from some of your leaders and members it does not seem like you really have a plan. The only things that I have heard to this point that you actually want to do is extend the Bush era tax cuts at a lofty cost to the very people that got you elected and repeal the health care law.
What about jobs, though? We heard for two years you yelling at President Obama and the Democrats about jobs. Telling them that Americans wanted jobs as the number one priority, yet there has been no mention from the Republican Party so far about jobs at all. I know it may seem early to be asking you these questions, but I just want to know where your heads are out.
Are you going to try to get things done to help this country move forward, or are you going to spend the next two years bogging down Washington with pointless investigations and trying to repeal a law you don't actually have the numbers to do?
I bring up health care because most of it Americans actually favor. They like that their children can stay on their insurance until the age of 26. They like that their children can not be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions. They like that their coverage can not be dropped or prices ramped up because they get sick.
The major part of the bill that most Americans do not like (me included) is the mandate, which was actually your idea. The mandate dates back to Bob Dole. If you want to repeal that part of the law there are not many Americans that will fault you for it, but could you at least have the common decency to replace it with something that all Americans can enjoy?
Please, though, do not waste a lot of time on trying to repeal all of the law. That is not the priority of Americans. Their priority is jobs and ending the recession. What are you going to do to help out average Americans who do what they can to get a job in an environment where there are not a lot of jobs out there?
The Democrats made some progress. New jobs are up but they are so small they are not affecting the unemployment rate. It is not going up, but it is not going down either? Are you going to do anything to help create jobs or are you going to investigate the President, which is not on most Americans priority list?
One other thing that troubles me are the reports that you plan not compromising on anything. You claimed for two years that Democrats did not compromise with (a claim that is not actually backed up by fact). Are you going to do the serious work in Washington now that you are in charge? Or are you going to act like two year olds and expect everyone to do what you want them to do, and if they do not threaten to throw a power tantrum and shut down the government?
Just remember your party already attempted this during the Clinton Administration and it failed miserably.
Remember people didn't vote against liberalism or progressivism, they voted against what they saw as stagnation. The Democratic Party had its chance and the American people told them they were not happy with the stagnation.
So what say you, is it going to be progress for America or continued stagnation? I hope you act like a party in power and help America move forward and not like a two year old and stagnate this country further than it is now.
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