by Dave Vaval
Democrats make me sick! Before I get attacked for the opening of this commentary, let me elaborate a bit further. President Obama, who is diligently trying to avoid a lame duck term, is making every attempt to make progress on issues this country faces. He is, a democratic president, but the issues of this country/economy affects Democrats, Republicans and all in between alike. When the Democrats had full control of the house, they refused to budge to the Republicans, and certain times within themselves had conflict/disagreement. But the president didn’t have too much of an issue because that was his party. It was their way or the highway. This midterm election, Republicans gave the Democrats a reality check and it is only fair that they apply the same rules the Democrats applied towards them. But no; all of a sudden Republicans are holding people “hostage” as it was put by our president. Is that not an unfair and biased description of the situation at hand presently?
In an attempt to meet the needs of both parties in an issue that is uniquely affecting all Americans, the president drafted and agreed to a piece of legislation that appeased both sides. Or so he thought. He agreed to extend Bush tax cuts, the Republicans side, while Republicans conceded to extend unemployment benefits, the most pivotal to the Democrats from that legislation, among other things included. In my opinion, the Democrats got a better deal from the legislation than the Republicans. But Democrats aren’t happy. Its speculated that the reason is because they weren’t involved in the drafting of the legislation while many representatives are making it clear that they simply do not want the bush tax cuts extended. Isn’t this the same party who humbly begged on national television for the Republicans to work WITH them on moving forward after the midterm? Interesting…
The Republicans aren’t unanimously in favor of this legislation but the handful who object to it pan in comparison to an ENTIRE party threatening to filibuster. WHERE is the bipartisanship they were begging for? I commend President Obama for realizing that you win some and you lose some and for the cause of greater good sometimes you have to do what you don’t want to; but I only wish his party can realize the same. Republicans can simply say no we will not work with you and make his term a lame duck term, as Democrats did to George W. Bush when they took control while he was in office during his second term. It will be none but their own fault. Egos have to be set aside and feelings need to be taken out of situations to make sure there is no blindness to the issues at hand.
These representatives are SO loyal to their parties they lose sight of the plight of the people they represent and what they’re actually supposed to do. As we the citizens are asked to do when voting, these “representatives” are supposed vote on issues, NOT party. If the Republicans come up with a bill that benefits the nation, I expect Democrats to vote for it, because it’s the right thing to do and vice versa. I DO NOT expect Democrats to be against it because it’s a republican idea as it seems to be the case presently. They’re losing sight of the fact that progress needs to be made or else when its time to vote again, they’ll be the ones begging; this time to the Americans who are sick and tired of the excuses, bickering and lack of progress being made. Can’t we all just get along? For the record, I am against this legislation that is currently being debated. Anything that does not aid the deficit is not something that should be considered. If you add 175 billion to the deficit, and “hope” the people spend that, it only brings us back to where we were. There are real issues people are facing everyday, and the pettiness going on right now in Washington is not only disturbing, its is not needed. People need to grow up!