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Lipstick on a pig

If you can’t say what you are for, say what you are against. If you have no accomplishments of your own discredit your opponent’s accomplishments. When your party’s Congress is truly the worst Congress (21% approval), falsely claim the other party’s president is the worst. Nothing says desperation more than playing the “Worst president ever” (“My Thoughts” – Dr. Bill Atwood, Feb. 12) card. A UPI Dec 27, 2014, poll shows Obama’s performance rating is higher than Dubya’s and at the same 48% as Reagan in the sixth year of their presidencies. This makes Ronald Reagan the “worst president ever” also, but shouldn’t George W. Bush at 37% win hands down? Can we get beyond this childishness and talk policy?

For six years Republicans whined about not getting the ball. For six years, they have done nothing but obstruct, undermine, manufacture scandals and controversy and engage in McConnell’s top priority – making Obama a one-term president. Now that they have the ball, they have no idea what to do with it.

They say a Zebra can’t change its stripes. And so, they continue serving-up re-heated debunked scandals and fresh-baked controversy in lieu of doing their job. A new wrinkle is taking credit for someone else’s work and gifting Trojan horses. Americans deserve better and should demand better.

The latest controversy and distraction is Boehner going behind Obama’s back and inviting Netanyahu to speak in Congress. This is a three-fer - a poke in Obama’s eye, subvert Obama’s Iran nuclear negotiations (then criticize his foreign policy), and steer attention away from their lack of new solutions. It’s interesting. The GOP consistently plays down Obama’s economic and social advances but have no compunction about taking credit for it.

As a reminder, this is what McConnell said no more than five days into assuming the Congressional majority: “After so many years of sluggish growth, we’re finally starting to see some economic data that can provide a glimmer of hope. The uptick appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress.”

Now for the pièce de résistance - gift a political Trojan horse. The Daily Show (Jan. 26), satirized this tactic best. At the Iowa Caucus where Republican presidential hopefuls vie for the nomination, Rick Perry called for a pro-growth agenda “that allows the middle class family to once again climb the ladder of success.” Didn’t the last Republican pro-growth agenda result in the greatest recession since the great depression?

Sarah Palin calls for an economy on the side of the middle class instead of the side of their crony capitalist while she and her cohorts prepare to receive $900 million in funding from crony capitalists Charles and David Koch. Chris Christie extols middle-income workers and the working poor as the backbone of every American community, but he opposes a fair wages, consumer protections, workers’ rights, student-debt relief, family protection from medical bankruptcy, childcare support, and free community college.

Ted Cruz thinks Republicans are and should be the party of the 47%. In a 2012 private Republican fundraiser “with crony capitalist,” you know, the ones Palin says she is not on the side of, Mitt Romney famously said he didn’t care about the 47% (middle income workers and working poor).

In 2012 the GOP ran on helping job creators (enriching the top 1%) and cutting off the moochers (hard working Americans in need of assistance). They called for tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, and repealing Obamacare.

Republicans are quickly losing middle class support, so they are re-branding themselves as the party of the people (the political Trojan horse). Who they called moochers is now the “backbone of every American community.” Their disdain for the 47% has turned to concern. Candidate Scott Walker wants more cut taxes. Rick Perry wants more de-regulation. Ted Cruz wants to repeal every word of Obamacare. They wrote middle income workers and working poor off in 2012. Now they say they care but are doing the same thing. Isn’t this just putting lipstick on a pig?

Let’s talk turkey. If job creation is a priority why push Keystone XL pipeline which at best creates 20,000 jobs annually for two years yet oppose High Speed Rail which would create 66,000 jobs annually over 15 years. Green energy creates three times more jobs per $1 invested than fossil fuel or nuclear jobs yet they favor dirty, non-renewable energy.

Please explain. Here’s an opportunity to stop talking trash and discuss real issues.