Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Complaining to the Republicans 1/3

I try hard to give lip service to both sides when it comes to talking about politics. So I'll try hard to be fair, but be forewarned, this isn't going to be non-partisan.

Voting in the election is framed as a dichotomy—one or the other but overall very little will change. And sometimes this is true. Realistically, no party gets everything they want because our system is built to be slow. So everything in a party platform should be taken with a grain of salt. Let me put it this way, Dems wouldn't be mad at Obama if he really did get everything he wanted right? So why should we believe for a second that any politician's platitudes are going to translate 100% into action. It's not so much a lie as a wish list that Santa won't ever deliver on. He is made up after all.

But here's the deal; parties in power do have a lot of sway for many small things and can slowly steer the lumbering boat that is American government.

So, let's talk politics. There are many people in the Republican party—currently leading—who have adopted a policy of not negotiating at all.

Think I'm wrong? Republicans originally proposed almost all of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act agreeing that they were necessary for reforming a broken healthcare system where Americans pay the most of any nation yet still lag behind other countries for major health indicators. The result after BO passed it into law? Take it to the Supreme Court despite the fact that the Dems got almost nothing they wanted.

Another example? The filibuster has been used so many times in the senate that 60 votes is now the norm. It has never been the norm until now. The bills that are getting filibustered? Everything. The senate is utterly unable to muster enough votes to pass nearly anything including a budget.

And that brings me to the budget. Since when does a party talk so fervently about fiscal responsibility yet refuse to budge on even the most minor issues regarding the upcoming year's budget? The Republicans nearly drove the country off the fiscal cliff purely because the spending cuts that were proposed weren't big enough.