Trying to keep the government of the United States from working should not be a successful political strategy. Parties will respond to incentives. So voters need to give parties the right incentives. At the moment those of us people who are interested in good public policy and know about public policy can work with the Democratic Party. We can't work with the Republican Party.
And it continues.
Talking Points Memo:
Financial Reform Wire | TPM Live Updates: Reid Introduces Reform Bill; McConnell Objects: MOMENTS AGO: Sen. Harry Reid just now tried to begin debate on the financial reform bill by unanimous consent. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell objected, so Reid filed cloture to begin debate. The cloture vote is expected at 5:15 p.m. Monday...
Republicans on the Recovery Act
“The Senate would do us all a great favor if it started again from scratch.” – Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), 2/4/09
“Start over again on this bill and retarget it.” – Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), 2/12/09
Republicans on Health Care Reform
“How much longer do Americans have to wait before Democrat leaders will give up this partisan quest and agree to start over?” – Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 3/10/10
“We should either scrap this bill completely and throw it away and forget about it. Or scrap it and start over again.” – Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), 3/17/10
On Wall Street Reform
“Look, there’s no rush right now. We need to get it right.” – Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), 4/21/10
“Start over please, Mr. President.” – Fox News’ Steve Doocy, Karl Rove, 4/19/10
Rather than engage in substantive debate over reform, Republicans decided early on that they would lie about the legislation and slow down its progress. Instead of trying to fix the mess created by their own Party, Republicans are using a rhetorical ploy to confuse the public and kill reform. Over and over again.