The More Power Republicans Have, The More They Screw Things Up

John BoehnerThe Republican party has absolutely no leadership and is essentially in shambles. Their House Speaker has resigned; his presumed replacement removed himself from consideration after realizing he wouldn’t have the 218 votes needed to win; it seems no one who can actually win wants the position; and their current presidential frontrunner is Donald Trump.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Republicans promise that one they seized control of Congress, things were going to become more efficient because Democrats were the ones causing all of the problems?

Of course, the exact opposite has happened; Congress has become even more inefficient. From a radical abortion bill that caused a mini revolt among female Republicans in Congress, to our Department of Homeland Security nearly going unfunded all the way to the Patriot Act being allowed to expire – in 2015, Republicans have seemed determined to prove that they can make Congress even more inept than before.

In fact, the more power Republicans have in our government, the more they screw things up.

For the vast majority of George W. Bush’s presidency, Republicans had full control of Congress. What did they manage to accomplish? The Iraq War, historic income inequality and economic policies that ultimately led to the worst crash since the Great Depression and a national debt that nearly doubled during his eight years.

Then looking at Congress since 2010, when Republicans took back the House and seized more power in the Senate – it’s been an absolute embarrassment. From record low approval numbers, to our first government shutdown in nearly 20 years, Congress has been a pathetic sideshow.

And things just keep getting worse. 

It’s pretty bad when John Boehner might not even be able to resign at the end of this month – a move enthusiastically celebrated by tea party Republicans – because Republicans can’t seem to find any person who can get the 218 votes needed to replace the outgoing speaker who actually wants the job.

And why doesn’t someone like Paul Ryan, the lone individual who most believe could get the votes needed to win, want the position? Because he doesn’t want to have to deal with the idiocy of his own party.

Just think about that for a moment. A man who has huge presidential aspirations doesn’t want to become the most powerful member of his own party (a move that should be seen as a promotion) because he knows dealing with the ineptitude of Republicans would likely ruin his chances of ever becoming president.

It’s like I said on Twitter yesterday, Republicans seem really annoyed that members of their own party are doing to them what they’ve been doing to Democrats (and this country) for years.

The bottom line is, reality shows us that the more power Republicans have in our government, the more they screw things up. Now if only more Americans could finally figure this out. 

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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  • Jay Greenburg

    As predicted, they finally devolved to eating their own. Hope it tastes good.