If Republicans Would Just Get Out of the Way, Our Economy Would Be Much Better Off

BoehnerThere are a few indisputable facts about our economy since Obama became President of the United States.  We’ve created nearly 7 million jobs, unemployment dropped from a high of 10.1% down to 7.4%, stocks continue to set records and corporate profits have also hit record highs.  Oh, and despite popular right-wing rhetoric, we’ve seen the largest reduction in our yearly deficits since after WWII.

And we’ve done all of this with zero help from Republicans.  None.

In fact, not only have they done absolutely nothing—they’ve done all they can to get in the way and obstruct any kind of progress in any way possible.

So the reality is, we’ve made this kind of economic progress despite Republican efforts to prevent it.  Imagine what we might have been able to accomplish had they actually tried to help?

Well, we know that’s not going to happen.  The GOP has given away to the “American Taliban” and has fully embraced political terrorism.  They’re willing to put the lives of millions of Americans at risk to achieve a political agenda.  Their efforts at blackmail, sabotage and extortion have failed so they’re now willingly embracing tactics which will purposely devastate the lives of millions of Americans and destroy our economy.

And make no mistake, their push to defund Obamacare is nothing more than a partisan political agenda.  Republicans have done everything in their power to sabotage a law which requires cooperation for it to work properly.

But while our economy has shown many positive signs of improvement, it still has a long way to go; and the growth has been much slower than many had hoped for.  A slower than expected recovery thanks in large part to blatant Republican obstruction.

There are many days I just want to shout at the top of my lungs, “Get the hell out of our way and let us fix the mess you caused!”

Because that’s the truth of it.  Our economic issues were caused by 8 years of failed Bush policies.  Tax cuts that were never paid for, 2 unfunded wars and deregulation that led us right into an economic crash that rivaled the Great Depression.

Now these people have the nerve to stand in the way of Obama and Democrats trying to fix all of this, and then try to claim they are the problem?  The same party which is going to using the debt ceiling vote (a procedural measure that simply allows the government to pay its bills on money we’ve already spent) yet again as leverage to try to blackmail the president by holding our economy hostage—they’re the ones blaming Obama and Democrats for a slower than expected recovery.

So, not only were they the party in charge leading up to this massive economic collapse, they’re now the party playing political games with our economy.  

And this doesn’t even include their continued push for devastating budget cuts that have cost thousands of public jobs, hurt our educational system and undermined key funding in our country that’s necessary to sustain ourselves as a world power.  And they’ve done all of this with the basic premise of “Obamacare is bad” and “we need tax cuts for the rich”—that’s it!  

Oh, and they’ve had the nerve to blame poor people for our nation’s troubles.  Yes, because poor people crashed our financial sector, gave the rich massive tax breaks and started two wars which went unfunded, right?

While we’ve tried to push forward as a nation to recover from our economic downfall, Republicans have literally done nothing but cause more problems.

Their only “jobs plan” they’ve had is the exact same policies we had that led us into our economic collapse.  Oh, and we can’t forget about the Keystone XL pipeline, which wouldn’t do a damn thing for real job creation.  It would create a bunch of temporary jobs and a small handful of permanent ones.  An absolute joke of a “plan” in the face of millions of jobs that are needed to get back where we were before Bush and his fellow Republicans sank our economy.

Then we have their insistence that more tax cuts for the rich is a magic elixir for everything.  Sorry, but if tax cuts and more wealth for the rich equated to jobs—our damn unemployment would be 3%.  The rich have never been richer, taxes are still at some of their lowest levels in history (and were for over a decade) and corporate profits are at all-time highs—yet jobs are still tough to find.

That proves trickle-down economics is a scam.

If all indicators at the top are positive, but the rest of the country is struggling, that shouldn’t happen according to trickle-down economics.  As per that economic theory, the growth for the bottom 98% should mirror the growth for the top 2%—it doesn’t.

In fact, reality shows us that the richer they get, the worse off the rest of us end up.  And that’s because money is not infinite.  There’s a finite amount to go around, and the more we shape policies which funnel most of it to a small percentage of our population, the less there is for the rest of us.

And the proof of that lies in the fact that as their wealth expands, the “wealth” for the poor and middle class shrinks.

But more of these same policies is what they claim to be “vital” for job creation.

I’m absolutely fed up with it.  Just get the hell out of our way.  If Republicans want to continue to play childish political games, then stop pretending to be adults.  Just step aside, shut up and let President Obama and Democrats do what they’ve been trying to do the last 4+ years—fix the damn mess.

The best hope for our economic recovery is for Republicans to just shut up and move aside.  Trying to have a discussion about how to help Americans and our economy when Republicans are involved equates to having a conversation with a group of adults while some child is jumping around in the middle of the group throwing a temper tantrum to get their way.

What they need to do is just go off and pout in a corner and let the adults handle business.

And if Republicans ever decide they want to actually start acting like adults, I’ll gladly welcome them back to the discussion to work together and help our country move forward.

Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening any time soon—if ever.  So until then, Republicans, please just get the hell out of the way.

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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