Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lipstick on a FAIL

Last month, the Senate actually passed it. Yet despite the personal hardship (faced by many) and political trouble (Republicans will face if they shoot it down), House Republicans are still hell-bent on killing bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) legislation. Why?

That's what many in Spanish-language media have been asking for the past month.

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As we noted yesterday, House G-O-TEA "leaders" (and their media people) are spinning as hard as they can to spin away their latest and greatest EPIC FAIL. They're even encouraging Reps. Joe Heck (R-"TEA" Curious) and Mark Amodei (R-Likes "TEA"), along with other rank-and-file House Republicans, to "run against Washington"... Despite being in Washington!

Yes, it's amusing that House Republicans will spend August following the advice of Washington consultants to talk about how much they loathe and detest Washington, but the thing that's really funny (at least to me) is that House Republicans don't seem to realize that they are what people hate most about Washington. [...]

Given how much the public hates Congress, I guess I can understand why House Republicans would want to spend their vacations talking about how much they hate being in Washington. The only problem is that Republicans have dominated Congress since 2010, controlling a majority in the House and, at least until last week, using the filibuster in the Senate to veto legislation they don't like.

We're now in the fifth year of the Obama presidency, and for a majority of his time in office, Republicans have had the upper hand in Congress. For them to run against it now might be their only option, but it's also a tacit admission of failure.

Exactly. For over 30 months, Republicans have controlled one house of Congress while using their power to derail legislation and nominations in the other. And now, they're "running against Congress"? Who are they kidding?

They have a bill in front of them that easily passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan vote a month ago. How often does that happen these days? And on top of that, the bill lowers the federal budget deficit, strengthens Social Security & Medicare, and benefits the economy. Aren't these Republicans supposed to care about this stuff?

Yet instead of doing something productive, they'd rather continue pursuing their narrow ideological agenda while pushing for more economic hardship. How on earth does this make sense? No matter how much lupstick they put on their FAIL, it's still a FAIL.

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