Last night when I heard Former President Bill Clinton talk about a meeting the night of the Inauguration of President Obama, I was shocked and decided this morning to find out what this was all about. Remember these names of the people who had the audacity to meet on the night of President Obama's Inauguration to lay down the plans to make him a one-term President. These people had no intention of working with the new President or for the American people:
According to Draper, the guest list that night (which was just over 15 people in total) included Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.), along with Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Ensign (Nev.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). The non-lawmakers present included Newt Gingrich, several years removed from his presidential campaign, and Frank Luntz, the long-time Republican wordsmith. Notably absent were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) -- who, Draper writes, had an acrimonious relationship with Luntz.I can guarantee you that as a Republican for over 40 years, I would have quit the Republican Party in 2009 if I knew about this. Instead I helped elect some of the worst candidates ever in other states in 2010 and swallowed the koolaid on the Ryan budget since his wife was from Oklahoma -- he seemed like a stand-up guy. He was not a stand-up guy but someone from the far right that I used to get in arguments with on Free Republic as an active poster under the name "PhiKapMom."
In 2007, it came out in a Washington paper that I was part of the purge on Free Republic because I wasn't posting but I was in FL for my granddaughter's birthday and then going to Chicago for a visit with my new grandson. Now that I look back with what I know now, it is beginning to make sense. The purge showed how more common sense conservatives were already being destroyed by the far right. Learned when I got back about the purge and the new websites that had formed. Didn't understand it then, but do today -- the leadership of the Republican Party did not want voices of reason speaking out on websites. Do I believe they sent out their minions to do the job? Absolutely!
I was not part of the purge but never felt the same about a site that I had trusted for years and it culminated in my not posting much after 2008 since I had supported Rudy and didn't feel welcome so they might as well have purged me. I would support Rudy all over again because he had some very good ideas and could care less about the social issues. The 'my way or no way' crowd finally made me stop and realize they were too far right for me. I don't remember the last time I even read the site but I am sure their posters would agree with this article from April which I missed because of being gone.
Cannot even tell you the contempt I have for this group since I helped get some of them elected. Was told several years ago that Senator Jim Inhofe was one of the few honest people in the Congress -- like him or detest him -- he says what he thinks. Knew something was wrong earlier this summer when he was talking about working with Senator Barbara Boxer on the Transportation bill to bring jobs to states and start to fix the infrastructure and had some harsh words for House Republicans. I never thought I would see him working with Boxer or her with him. Both put their partisanship aside for the good of Americans -- what a novel idea in this partisan Congress. (sarcasm)
Senators Inhofe (R-OK) and Boxer (D-CA) along with Cong Lankford (R-OK) and other House members from both parties of the House Transportation Committee worked to get the bill passed in the House where the bill was being stalled. The House was failing to act on the Transportation Bill that would bring jobs and help fix our infrastructure. Can remember the frustration here in Oklahoma from these two members of Congress at how slow this bill was progressing when it should have been a slam dunk. Finally on 28 June the House got a clue they had better act on the Transportation bill to help America by passing the bill with 55 Republicans and 108 Democrats in the House voting against the bill which was signed into law by the President the end of June. With all the road construction going on in the states, would say between the stimulus and this House bill anyone who wants a job in road construction can find one.
Senators Inhofe and Boxer showed what can happen when you do put political partisanship aside and work for the good of all Americans. Shame more members of Congress don't share their willingness to work together across the aisle putting partisan gamesmanship aside for the good of the American people. This article from April gives the reasons why this has become an obstructionist Congress:
Robert Draper Book: GOP's Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration Posted: 04/25/2012 2:53 pm Updated: 04/26/2012 10:09 am
WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama was celebrating his inauguration at various balls, top Republican lawmakers and strategists were conjuring up ways to submarine his presidency at a private dinner in Washington.
The event -- which provides a telling revelation for how quickly the post-election climate soured -- serves as the prologue of Robert Draper's much-discussed and heavily-reported new book, "Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives."
According to Draper, the guest list that night (which was just over 15 people in total) included Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.), along with Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Ensign (Nev.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). The non-lawmakers present included Newt Gingrich, several years removed from his presidential campaign, and Frank Luntz, the long-time Republican wordsmith. Notably absent were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) -- who, Draper writes, had an acrimonious relationship with Luntz.
For several hours in the Caucus Room (a high-end D.C. establishment), the book says they plotted out ways to not just win back political power, but to also put the brakes on Obama's legislative platform.
"If you act like you're the minority, you're going to stay in the minority," Draper quotes McCarthy as saying. "We've gotta challenge them on every single bill and challenge them on every single campaign."
The conversation got only more specific from there, Draper reports. Kyl suggested going after incoming Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for failing to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes while at the International Monetary Fund. Gingrich noted that House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) had a similar tax problem. McCarthy chimed in to declare "there's a web" before arguing that Republicans could put pressure on any Democrat who accepted campaign money from Rangel to give it back.
The dinner lasted nearly four hours. They parted company almost giddily. The Republicans had agreed on a way forward:
Go after Geithner. (And indeed Kyl did, the next day: ‘Would you answer my question rather than dancing around it—please?’)Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies. (Eight days later, Minority Whip Cantor would hold the House Republicans to a unanimous No against Obama’s economic stimulus plan.)Begin attacking vulnerable Democrats on the airwaves. (The first National Republican Congressional Committee attack ads would run in less than two months.)Win the spear point of the House in 2010. Jab Obama relentlessly in 2011. Win the White House and the Senate in 2012."You will remember this day," Draper reports Newt Gingrich as saying on the way out. "You’ll remember this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown."Draper's timeline is correct. On Jan. 21, 2009, Kyl aggressively questioned Geithner during his confirmation hearings. On Jan. 28, 2009, House GOP leadership held the line against the stimulus package (Senate GOP leadership would prove less successful in stopping defections).
The votes, of course, can be attributed to legitimate philosophical objection to the idea of stimulus spending as well as sincere concern that the secretary of the Treasury should personally have a clean tax-paying record. But what Draper's book makes clear is that blunt electoral-minded ambitions were the animating force.
Whether or not that's shocking depends on the degree to which one's view of politics has been jaded. What's certainly noteworthy is the timing. When Mitch McConnell said in October 2010 that his party's primary goal in the next Congress was to make Obama a one-term president, it was treated as remarkably candid and deeply cynical. Had he said it publicly in January 2009, it would likely have caused an uproar.
By extension, however, the Draper anecdote also negatively reflects on the Obama administration for failing to appreciate how quickly congressional Republicans would oppose the president's agenda.
Source: Sam Stein, Huffington PostThe nerve of these Republican members of Congress to meet on the night of President Obama's Inauguration to plot on how to make him a one term President is shocking not to mention disgusting. What has happened to today's members of the Republican Party who will put politics and the Party ahead of what is good for America? Their stalling tactics are causing the recession to last longer then it should. Hope they are very proud of themselves for what they have done to this Country. If anyone has any doubts about why many of us are refusing to support Republicans in 2012, read the above story and see just how dishonest the leadership of the Republican Party has become.
Thanks to Clinton, I went back and dug up this story to showcase just how the obstruction in the House and Senate was planned from Day One. No wonder Olympia Snowe is not running for reelection as she was known for working across the aisle for all Americans. The hostile takeover of the Republican Party by the far right and Romney is making a lot of us stop and think about staying in a party that is so far right they have lost their moral compass on what is best for all Americans.
Their racist attacks on the President and others have not gone unnoticed. The bigotry of the Republican Party today is on display for all to see as leaders made their comments and innuendos toward the President and then run out to apologize not understanding how anyone could think the comment was racist. That is pure Bravo Sierra on the part of the Republican Party leadership and the conservative pundits like Rush who has gone so far over the top in this election only someone who wants to be a follower not a thinker could stand to listen to his rhetoric which now we learn was planned from Day One.
Think twice and then think again before voting for national Republicans in this election unless you know them personally because frankly this group in the House need to be defeated along with some Senators. Hope in 2014 that Kentucky Republicans get a clue and retire Mitch McConnell for the use of the filibuster leading to a record number to stop bills that would have helped the economy. Looks like this group of House and Senate leadership care more about the big donors then the middle class many of who are Republicans.
Is this all about keeping the tax cuts for the rich along with the loopholes so they can continue to take deductions for expenses for their offshore business adventures off their income tax but don't have to claim any income? Waiting for the other shoe to drop on that one!