Four Key Issues that Undoubtedly Prove Republicans Don’t Care At All What Americans Want

boehner3Republicans are nothing if not consistent.  They often gather a handful of talking points and simply repeat them over and over until nearly every one of their voters can recite them in their sleep.  Basically, it’s a form of brainwashing.

Oh, I’m wrong?  Let’s try a few of the terms they use all the time:

  • Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act)
  • Drill baby drill (proving they don’t know how oil is traded on the global market)
  • Job creators (anyone who’s rich)
  • Tax cuts create jobs (ignoring the fact that demand actually creates jobs)
  • Pro-life (only before the baby is born and let’s not forget about their staunch pro-death penalty stance)
  • Socialist (anytime someone dares to mention something good the government can do)
  • Communist (because most don’t understand communism and socialism are actually different)
  • Fascist (see above)
  • The Moral Majority (they base this solely on their anti-abortion stance and their opposition to homosexuals)
  • Constitutional values (until the Constitution doesn’t support their beliefs, then they often talk of secession)
  • Proud patriot (by advocating the violent overthrow of our government any time they don’t get their way)

I’ll stop there.  I could have gone on for probably 3-4 pages, but you get the idea.

But the one I’ve heard lately from many of these Republicans that’s driven me insane is “we’re listening to the American people.”  What complete and total garbage.

Let’s look at just four major issues Republicans have opposed that the vast majority of Americans wanted.

1) Expanded background checks for gun purchases

Depending on which poll you saw, somewhere between 80-90% of Americans (an unheard of statistic in American politics) supported expanding background checks to all gun purchases.

But guess what?  Republicans in Congress killed any notion of that happening.  Tell me again how they’re “listening to the American people” when at least 80% of Americans supported something, and yet they still refused to pass it?

2) Immigration reform

Here’s another one from that same article I linked above.  About 69% of Americans (again, an extremely high percentage for American politics) favored sensible immigration reform much like what the Senate passed a few months ago.

Oh, but guess what?  House Republicans killed that.  In fact, they simply refuse to even bring it up for a vote—because it would pass.  Again, they’re really “listening” to the American people.

3) The government shutdown

A poll released just after the shutdown began showed that 72% of Americans opposed shutting down the federal government to try to block “Obamacare.”  Noticing a trend here?  Not only are these issues supported by the majority of Americans, they’re overwhelmingly supported by them.

But as we all know, the government was shut down for 16 days by House Republicans.

4) Raising the minimum wage 

Gallup released a new poll showing that 76% of Americans support raising the minimum wage to $9.00.  Not only is this number extremely high, but it’s up 5% from March.

But, you guessed it, Republicans oppose any mention of raising the minimum wage.  Hell, many Republicans oppose the minimum wage altogether.

Exactly how is any of this “listening to the American people?”  These are four huge issues that have overwhelming American support that Republicans have refused to do a damn thing about—well, except the exact opposite of what most Americans want.

I would encourage everyone reading this to share it with any Republicans you know.  Show it to them and then ask, “Exactly how are Republicans listening to the American people?”

Because going by these major issues, they’re listening to someone — it just sure as hell isn’t the majority of Americans.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Mr Smith

    Very good article.

  • Mainah

    It’s sad and true that a large group of people living in poverty believe this and vote for these people. I mind is a dangerous thing to waste when it has the ability to vote.

  • Shari D

    What they call “listening” is basically sticking their fingers in their ears while loudly chanting “LA LA LA LA LA LA” at the same time. What they are not really listening to is the sound of the ballot, and that is getting louder and louder as I write this. The time is coming when even their chanting won’t drown that out!

    • annicka

      I live in Boehner’s district. I am one of his constituents that constantly hear him say “tnis is what Americans want”. I feel so darn frustrated and helpless (and ashamed and embarrassed) because Republicans have gerrymandered this state so much that it is impossible for wise and open-minded to vote the prick out.

  • strayaway

    The President is about equally responsible for the shutdown having refused to compromise on the House passed bill, refusing to delay the implementation of parts of the (un)ACA, and opposing sequestration which is just as much settled law as the (un)ACA.

    I would support an increase in the minimum wage at the state level. Of course, with international trade laws being what they are, more jobs will flee the country in pursuit of lower wages. That’s where the federal government could help by charging import taxes. Also, computerization and robotization will get a big boost when new technologies become more competitive with higher wages. That isn’t all bad. One of the advantages that higher minimum wages would have is that it would raise family incomes thus reducing the number of people requiring food stamps and other benefits. Republicans should see the light and endorse the concept on that basis. There would be additional savings since the costs of some administrative agencies could be whittled down.

    What the Senate tried to pass off as immigration reforms amounted to a sell out of unskilled and semi-skilled US workers. There is another active thread here involving helping vets get jobs but the Senate bill gave priority to illegal aliens getting or keeping their jobs and cheating employers keeping their supply of cheaper labor.

    • Yolanda R Nelson

      So the President is suppose to “Bend over backwards”, or compromise as you put it, on a bill that has passed the House, pass the Senate, and is Signed into Law? Really?!? Do you think Reagan would have compromised on a law? Hell No! Why don’t the House sit down with the Law and try to make it better? Because that would actually consist of helping the American people and that is something that they don’t think is in their job description. We all want Affordable (Every thing!) health care, or are you one of those people who don’t want to pay for health insurance and just use the ER to take care of you on the tax payers dime? If you don’t like a deal that you can not stop, try changing it for the better. Where are the Republicans’ ideas to make health care affordable? Where are the Republicans’ ideas on how to raise people out of poverty? Where are the Republicans’ ideas on taking care of our Veterans that they sent to fight a bogus war? Exactly, they have none, the only thing they know how to do is say NO to everything and bring nothing to the table!

      • strayaway

        Reagan ran up the debt. That was largely a compromise with Democrats. His soundbites were often different than actions. I lived in California and knew he was a big government guy that talked small government. My answer to your question about sitting down and trying to put lipstick on a the health care pig is the10th Amendment. The federal government takeover of the national health care system is not a delegated power. A weak case is made that, since taxation is a federal power, the federal government can tax us anyway they want to get around the10th but that argument would lead to a kleptocracy.

        If you want an affordable healthcare system, my suggestion would be to have state single payer system, without interference and costly requirements, as set by (un)ACA bureaucrats. Vermont tried but Washington wouldn’t allow the affordable part. Another way to make health care more affordable would be to allow more freedom such as being able to import foreign drugs, encouraging $50/visit no insurance clinics, and reducing the cost of FederalDA drug approvals. Walgreen and Walmart lowered the price of hundreds of generic drugs to $10/three month supply. What has the federal government done to make medicine affordable compared with that?

        You must be referring to the Bush/Obama costly wars. Our current President long ago made himself a stakeholder in those wars. The largest pay boost to soldiers in my lifetime was when Nixon ended the Democrats’ draft (involuntary servitude?, see 13th amendment) and raised privates’ pay from $112/month to be competitive with civilian wages. I agree that those are largely bogus wars. but why does President Obama still have troops in Afghanistan? Why did he keep our troops in Iraq until just one month before Iraq demand that they be gone and then tried to negotiate a longer stay? The best thing that Republicans could do for our soldiers is to bring them home which is exactly what Rand Paul is advocating. Granted; McCain and some mainstream Republicans are marching lockstep with the President. Don’t forget that Senator Clinton voted to give Bush the power to start the Iraq War. I can provide some of her quotes if you wish.

      • Randy Hyle

        Reagan nearly TRIPLED the national debt! He cut taxes and increased military spending to crush the Russians, all the while saying “deficits don’t matter”. St. Ronnie gave us “trickle down” 30 years ago, and we are still paying the price.

      • strayaway

        I totally agree. In fact, Reagan raised the debt almost $3T over 8 years. Obama, for comparison, has raised the debt $7 in a fraction more than 4 years. Reagan was a big spender. Obama is off the charts.

      • Randy Hyle

        The first year of Obama’s presidency was under the Bush budget. 2 Unfunded wars, Medicare Part d, and massive tax cuts for the wealthy. Oh, yeah, and TARP. Quite a hole to climb out of for any incoming President to try to climb out of. Especially when you have a Republican House that refuses to do anything but undermine everything you attempt. Oh, adjusted for inflation that $3 trillion would be $10.51 trillion today.

      • strayaway

        Obama added a couple of hundred billion dollars to the last year of Bush’s last budget. Are you suggesting ending Medicare Part D or that Bush not funding it was worse than Obama not funding it? Senator Obama always voted to fund Bush’s wars than made them his own by extending them as President. Senator Obama left the campaign trail to lobby the black caucus to support TARP. In the first two years of his Presidency, there was a Democratic Senate and House so you are wrong about Republicans always undermining the Presidents incompetency too.

        In eight years, Obama is on track to smoke Reagan’s debts even including the CPI index which would put Reagan closer to $8.5T. Obama is at $7T after just more than four years compared with Reagan’s eight.
        I guess what you are saying is that Obama is even worse than Reagan with regards to creating debt.

      • korhal

        Every president (and especially Republicans) since Eisenhower has run up the national debt. Sorry, you’re not the party of fiscal responsibility. At least Democrats TRY to eliminate the deficit and cut the debt.

      • Kelli Hernandez

        We had a surplus when Clinton left office….

      • strayaway

        You’re right about Republicans running up the national debt under Reagan and the Bushes. If Harding and Coolidge could only be reincarnated, sigh, then we could have peace and prosperity and lower the debt. Clinton and Gingrich did sort of balance the budget for a bit though by looting Social Security funds. That’s hard to replicate.

      • Natalie

        Funny thing is the ACA IS the compromise. It was created by the republicans to counter universal healthcare that the democrats wanted. And no one can say if it does or doesn’t work since it isn’t in full effect yet. However, the parts that have gone into effect have been working great.

    • lowdf62

      There was no reason for it to come to that if the GOP had done its job. Both the House and Senate had budgets passed in March. It was the GOP that refused to go into a conference commitiy to resolve the disputed budgets that would be standard procedure. The GOP was asked 18 times but refused to do there jobs. 100% of the blame goes to the GOP.

  • RedViolets

    I would say, as an American, that I want AFFORDABLE Health Care that WORKS… neither of which we have received. I would say, as an American, that I want a President that can lead a nation, rather than place blame on a congress that he refuses to compromise with. I would say that, as an American, I want immigration reform that allows people to migrate to this country legally rather than pander to illegal immigrants that have broken the law. My husband is trying to migrate to this country legally and is punished for it every step of the way, while millions pour into our country illegally ever year and receive benefits for breaking the law. Those people do not deserve a free pass. People that have been waiting to legally come to this country for years (and there are thousands if not millions) deserve the free pass. As for improving the minimum wage, I think that after this country stops drastically raising everyone’s health care costs and taxes, more people might be open to discussing raising wages… maybe when people aren’t having their full-time hours cut to part time and employment isn’t at all time highs, we will all be happy to discuss raising wages. Because we both know that no CEO is going to take a pay cut to pay for those raised wages, you and I will be footing the increased costs, and as a basically single mother waiting for her husband to be allowed into this country, I can barely afford my new healthcare.

    • korhal

      Right, so…blame Obama. Obviously all of that is his fault and hasn’t been happening for years and years already.

    • JDS

      The ACA had to be so bastardized to get a couple of Republicans to vote for it, that it is screwed up. Could it be by design by the GOP? Most likely. Remember, the Heritage Foundation, a far right wing think tank first proposed what became the ACA and the ACA was modelled almost word for word on the Massachusets plan and ROMNEY signed it into law.
      The ONLY reason the GOP is so dead set against it, is that the “N” in the white house is in favor of it!

  • Stephen Ramey

    They get elected and re-elected. They’re listening to someone.

    • annicka

      One word – Gerrymander. They listen mostly to power and greed.

      • Stephen Ramey

        I do hope the movement to end/mitigate gerrymandering continues to gain steam. I know we’ve had some progress here in PA, but it’s not a done deal yet. California has made real progress. My point is that, whatever the cause, they ARE listening to some part of America, at least to the extent that they get re-elected.

      • annicka

        Ok….two words – ran unopposed. I think the re-election of Barack Obama speaks much louder of what America is saying. Bohner listens to money and power.

  • deerwings

    ‘American People’ is Republican code for Rich People.

  • Geoffrey Harris

    No they do not listen. Incidentally I am for 1) background checks for gun sales, against 2), immigration reform, against 3), the government shutdown, and against 4), raising the minimum wage. “1) Expanded background checks for gun purchases
    Depending on which poll you saw, somewhere between 80-90% of Americans (an unheard of statistic in American politics) supported expanding background checks to all gun purchases.
    But guess what? Republicans in Congress killed any notion of that happening. Tell me again how they’re “listening to the American people” when at least 80% of Americans supported something, and yet they still refused to pass it?
    2) Immigration reform
    Here’s another one from that same article I linked above. About 69% of Americans (again, an extremely high percentage for American politics) favored sensible immigration reform much like what the Senate passed a few months ago.
    Oh, but guess what? House Republicans killed that. In fact, they simply refuse to even bring it up for a vote—because it would pass. Again, they’re really “listening” to the American people.
    3) The government shutdown
    A poll released just after the shutdown began showed that 72% of Americans opposed shutting down the federal government to try to block “Obamacare.” Noticing a trend here? Not only are these issues supported by the majority of Americans, they’re overwhelmingly supported by them.
    But as we all know, the government was shut down for 16 days by House Republicans.
    4) Raising the minimum wage
    Gallup released a new poll showing that 76% of Americans support raising the minimum wage to $9.00. Not only is this number extremely high, but it’s up 5% from March.
    But, you guessed it, Republicans oppose any mention of raising the minimum wage. Hell, many Republicans oppose the minimum wage altogether.”

  • JDS

    The GOP is the most hateful bunch of anti-americans you can find! Anyone that votes for them has to be brainwashed as the GOP is against them in every way. Herr Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, said “If you tell a lie often enough, they will believe it.” and “Promise to keep them safe and they will follow you anywhere”. It has been said that Karl Rove was an admirer of Goebbels and I believe it!

    • LiberalsConservativessuck

      “I will close gitmo in one year”
      “I will bring both parties together”
      “I will have the most transparent administration in history”
      “Benghazi was the result of a movie”
      “You can keep your doctor/health plan”
      “I will abide by international law and bring honor back to America” (His drones have killed no fewer than 50 children after deliberate targeting of civilians—that’s from a report of the bureau of instigative journalists
      “I will not accept campaign money from Super PACs”

      Those are just a few of the lies of your beloved President (I voted for him the first time, but quickly realized he is a pathological liar). In terms of hateful propaganda, Here is the Progressive Party:
      If you believe in a smaller government you’re a racist
      Those that disagree with the President are racists
      If you don’t support abortion, you hate women and declare war on them
      If you want the border secured, you’re a racist and/or xenophobe
      If you believe in the bible you’re a homophobe.
      If you support the 2nd Amendment, you want children to die
      If you think there is too much waste in our entitlement programs and would like reform, you don’t care about poor people.
      If you would like reform of the SS system or medicare, (both of which will run dry before 2040) you hate old people, sick people and don’t care if they suffer

      Recent comment by Pelosi (paraphrasing) the poor are invisible to Republicans…Republicans are indifferent to them.

      Recent comment by Reid: No one has suffered under the Affordable Care Tax..those that say they have (about 5.2 million) are ALL liars

      You are the brainwashed one, my friend. You have bought their propaganda hook, line and sinker. Moreover, you blind faith prevents you from seeing the liar that Obama is….so, like most Liberals, rather than speak of truth you displace your lies and propaganda onto the Republican Party. The saddest thing in my heart is many like you, want exactly what Republicans want for our country….but you have been brainwashed that they are evil…not wrong, not different, but evil as evidenced by your comment, and will never actually listen to what the Party stands for.

  • Bill Davis

    The GOP hates America and Americans simply because the majority voted for the black guy twice.

  • LiberalsConservativessuck

    Response to your four issues of Republicans “listening’ to Americans.
    1. the issue is the 2nd Amendment. You don’t change that by polling people. You introduce a proposal (2/3 of both houses…States can call a constitutional convention), then 3/4 of State Legislatures must approve…it doesn’t matter if 100% support something by a poll…The Constitution doesn’t work that way.

    2. Republicans would happily pass immigration reform if any Democrat would support meaningful (immediate) securing of the border….they do not.

    3. The government was shut down by Harry Reid (one man). Funding for the entire government (13 separate funding bills) was approved by the Republican House, except for the Affordable Care Tax. The Senate merely had to vote on them….Reid refused…one man shut down the government because he insisted on shoving the Affordable Care Tax down Americans’ throats.

    4. the number one issue for most Americans right now is jobs….The CBO has already stated that a raise in Minimum wage would cost jobs. So Republicans are listening to Americans that want jobs…It is difficult to say ‘no’ sometimes. If the economy was anywhere near healthy, it could be a different story. I would concede that, generally, Republicans don’t like the Federal government controlling the market place. But, the worst thing we could do right now is lose more jobs.

    Democrats have the same failings by the way. A majority of Americans do to want to be surveilled by NSA, there has never been a single day when the support of the Affordable Care Tax was above 45%…conversely, there has never been a single day when those that oppose it haven’t been more than 50%. Most Americans believe the government is to big and spending is out of control. Obama wants another 4 Trillion…Dems spend like drinking water. Somewhere between 58 and 60% of Americans oppose all or most abortions…Where is Mr. Obama’s pen for them?