I’m sure by now quite a few of you have heard about Senator Rand Paul’s out of touch comments regarding unemployment, saying that if Congress were to extend unemployment benefits past 26 weeks, “you do a disservice to these workers.”
Comments like these only fuel the belief that Republicans simply don’t understand the struggles of the average American. While some do abuse unemployment benefits, the majority of Americans do not. Despite what Republicans perpetuate about those on unemployment or welfare, the majority of people on these programs do not want to be on them.
“This is language that’s suitable for the Republican primary, plain and simple. This isn’t the language that’s good for all Americans and that gets us closer to solving the problem.
“It’s about politics, and that is the broader issue that we’re all about here with No Labels, and that is in this long streak of pessimism this country has faced, the longest in our nation’s history, what are we going to do to come together Republicans, Democrats, independents and start finding solutions? Not words, not sound bites, not finger pointing, acrimony and anger, but actually finding solutions.”
No Labels is a bi-partisan group in which Mr. Huntsman is an honorary co-chairman.
First, we have far too many Republicans in Congress running for president instead of trying to be productive members of Congress. Individuals like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul who make it abundantly clear that everything they do in Congress is a play to pander to the far-right reaches of the Republican party, more specifically the tea party.
Which is something Huntsman calls out. While the kind of nonsense Paul spouts does play well with the Republican base, it’s more of the same worn out rhetoric where some conservative politician offers no solutions — just criticisms.
Then the part about it not being good for “all Americans” is exactly right. While these conservatives act as if they’re “speaking for the American people,” the only people they’re really representing are the most extreme right-wing members of their party. On issues such as immigration, the government shutdown and expanded background checks for gun purchases, Republicans have consistently done the opposite of what the vast majority of Americans support.
Heck, even when it comes to the Affordable Care Act they’re quick to attack the law, yet through all of these years have yet to provide a single viable alternative.
They’re the party of “no,” plain and simple. Which is one of their biggest problems. While Democrats aren’t perfect, at least they’re trying to do something. All Republicans do is sit there and oppose anything Democrats support.
It’s just a shame there aren’t more Republicans like Huntsman who actually use common sense when it comes to their political ideology.