Former President Bill Clinton, who’s no stranger to government shutdowns as Republicans pulled something similar on him during the 90’s, didn’t mince words when speaking about their continued push for a government shutdown in their futile attempt to throw a hissy fit because they didn’t get their way.
While on ABC’s “This Week,” the former president said what many of us have been thinking for years — Republicans are “begging for America to fail.”
Since President Obama was elected in 2008, Republicans have seem determined to do all they can to sabotage our nation and our economy in the hope that Democrats would suffer the blame and they would see some kind of benefit.
Of course Republican voters don’t see it this way, but that’s exactly what they’ve been doing. They’ve used any and all mechanisms at their disposal in numerous attempts to blackmail the president into giving them 100 percent of what they want.
And now, as most Americans are well aware of, we have their ridiculous attempt to block “Obamacare” by defunding it or stalling its full implementation for a year—something Democrats and President Obama have flat out said is not something they will negotiate with.
Couple this in with the recent Republican vote to cut 39 billion dollars from SNAP benefits for low-income Americans, and it’s blatantly obvious Republicans couldn’t care less about anyone in this country except the richest among us.
And the one thing pretty much every single Republican “plan” has in common is the fact that they knew each one was dead in the water out of the House. They’ve made no effort to negotiate with the president on something that compromises with ideas from each side. Instead of doing their jobs and representing the best interests of the American people, they’ve decided to play political games with the lives of millions of Americans.
As Clinton said:
“If I were the president, I wouldn’t negotiate over these draconian cuts that are gonna take food off the table of low-income working people, while they leave all the agricultural subsidies in for high-income farmers and everything else. It’s chilling to me. The entitlement spending is going down as the unemployment rate drops and the economy grows. Half of the deficit’s already disappeared. The rest of it just seems almost spiteful.”
The recent Republican platform has basically been built around cutting programs that help the poor and threatening to shutdown our government in an attempt to deny health care access to millions of Americans.
Real “patriotic” stances, don’t you think?
Oh, and we can’t forget how they’re still threatening to crash our economy by not raising the debt ceiling—if their demands aren’t met.
Demands that would hurt millions of Americans, so of course Democrats and President Obama oppose them. They’ve maintained since 2008 that they’re not going to give in to the attempted Republican sabotage of our economy just so that the GOP can score some political points with the tea party.
But it’s been apparently clear, as Clinton said, that the GOP seems determined to have “America fail.” Their policies (if passed) would hurt Americans and their tactics to try to blackmail the president to implement these policies (if they follow through with their threats) would hurt Americans.
Either way, it’s Republicans hurting Americans to pander to tea party demands.
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