You know it’s a bad day for a leading Republican when they can’t even handle a Fox News interview. But that’s exactly what happened on Sunday during an interview House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had with Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
Wallace asked Cantor a couple of questions that I’m sure much of the country would like an honest answer to:
“We face a government shutdown and debt limit in the fall. Again, is the best way to spend your time passing bills that aren’t going to become law? And an added question, with so much unfinished business why not stick around instead of taking a five week vacation?”
Of course, Cantor fell back on the worn out Republican talking point about “our biggest threat we must face is our increasing deficits.”
Which might make sense, except for the fact that our deficits aren’t growing—they’re shrinking. And they’re not just shrinking, they’re shrinking at the quickest pace since just after World War II.
Heck, just a few months ago even House Speaker John Boehner admitted we don’t have a debt crisis.
Apparently, Cantor didn’t get that memo.
Cantor also fell back on the tired GOP talking point that “government doesn’t create jobs, the private sector does.” Funny, under President Obama’s leadership, the private sector is seeing some of its best jobs growth since 1999. That’s not just clever rhetoric—it’s verifiable fact backed up by statistics.
But it gets worse. In Eric Cantor’s alternate world where we have rapidly increasing deficits, and with sequester cuts starting to really impact our country, he feels the only way we can avert those damaging cuts is to—cut Social Security and Medicare.
I know, you’re shocked. Another “go to” talking point from Republicans. If all else fails, just say we need to cut entitlements and that’ll fix everything.
Oh, that and repeal “Obamacare”—and cut taxes.
But the real question is, how does this man know what to cut if he actually believes our deficits are increasing? It’s an indisputable fact that our deficits are shrinking but you’re telling me the House Majority Leader isn’t aware of this?
So either he’s blatantly lying or incompetent.
But this is just more of the same from the Republican party. Only willing to potentially compromise the halt of harmful cuts caused by sequestration—if President Obama and Democrats agree to gut programs like Social Security and Medicare.
It’s just more of the same with Republicans holding the American people hostage to try and force President Obama to give them what they want. It’s governing by hostage taking. At every turn, GOP leaders feel as if they can take the livelihood of millions of Americans hostage just to create their next campaign ad.
And as they try and blast President Obama for being “unwilling to compromise,” it’s actually Republicans who aren’t acting in good faith. You can’t start a negotiation so far right that “compromise” is still 98% of what you wanted in the first place. And that’s essentially what Republicans want right now.
- Continue to allow the sequestration cuts to hit families where it hurts unless entitlements are cut.
- Threaten to shutdown the government unless “Obamacare” is defunded.
- Only agree to budget plans that President Obama would never agree to.
- Drive our country into credit default —hell, just pick any reason for this one. There have been many ludicrous ones.
Luckily though, while this might work to pander to the far-right Republican base, moderates are moving further and further away from these radical tactics.
The American people are sick and tired of a “do-nothing” Congress that, while never very efficient to begin with, has set a new precedent for doing absolutely nothing.
So this fall, judging from Cantor’s comments to Chris Wallace that were obviously not based on reality, it seems we can expect more of the same from Congressional Republicans.
And at this point, while I would prefer to just have a functioning government (though I know it’s not going to happen with this current crop of Republicans), in some ways I do hope they keep it up. Because come 2014, it’ll just make it that much easier for Democrats to take back control of Congress.