GOP Truculence Persists

From the time Obama entered office in 2009, the GOP has opposed virtually every initiative he has proposed. With little assistance and plenty of opposition, the economic collapse Obama inherited  from his predecessor Bush has been substantially dealt with–ongoing job creation has continued for nearly five years. GDP is on the upswing and interest rates remain low. Housing starts are up and unemployment down. A universal health plan first proposed decades ago by Republican presidents is the law of the land but the hair on Republican heads continues to blaze. One definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing with an expectation of a different outcome. The GOP-led house has attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (popularly/unpopularly known as Obamacare) over 50 times. The act has survived court scrutiny. Now Speaker of the House, John Boehner has said he will sue the president over it. In the meantime, Boehner refuses to bring an immigration bill to a vote in the legislative body he leads, while the Senate passed a bi-partisan bill years ago. So President Obama will take what a substantial majority of legal scholars insist is a legitimate executive action to make some progress on immigration issues.  The GOP members are predictably beside themselves over this. They claim, in error, a mandate from the electorate to oppose anything Obama proposes–up to an including an executive order referring to the sky as blue. Conveniently, they fail to acknowledge that the highly sought-after Senate control the GOP won came predominantly as a result of elections in red-states whose losing Democratic senators came into office riding Obama’s coattails in 2008. It is well past time for the GOP members to see things as they really are–not as they wish they were. That Mitch McConnell can make such an accusation against Obama is part and parcel of the delusions under which the GOP operates.