15 January 2011

Shorter 2011 GOP legislative agenda

The Republican party has been accused of many things.  Being subtle has never appeared on the list.

They were more than open about the fact that their top legislative priority over the next two years is not homeland security, the economy, or jobs, but engineering the defeat of President Obama in the 2012 election.

Then they blatantly held the middle class over a barrel until they got tax breaks extended for the wealthiest of Americans.

Their tax cut "compromise" having been so successful, they've wasted no time in unveiling their strategy for the new year (via Political Wire):

"It's a leverage moment for Republicans. The president needs us. There are things we were elected to do. Let's accomplish those if the president needs us to clean up the old mess."

-- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), quoted by the Washington Post, saying Republicans will insist on their own agenda items in return for agreeing to raise the debt ceiling.
They might not be driving the car, but they have no problem jerking the wheel into oncoming traffic.

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