President Obama has been making a lot of speeches lately. He's talking about the economy, jobs, healthcare, how horrible the Republicans are, and some dumb car that is in a ditch and people are trying to drive it....I think maybe he needs a mechanic and is looking for recommendations.
I keep listening to what he's saying (I'm sure that it's good for Purgatory Time Off) and what he's not saying. It all boils down to "pay no attention to me and my buddies, the Republicans did it." For once, Mr President, I agree with you. It is the Republicans' fault.
The Repubs had control of both houses of Congress and the White House for long enough to pass their agendas. They didn't do it. They were either too scared of the media, weren't really all that into what Republicans say they believe, or just wanted to stay on the guest list for the Democrats' parties. I don't blame them, the Dems throw some rocking parties, the media is scary, and it's a long standing tradition for politicians to just say what we want to hear and then do nothing about it. The truth of it is that when Republicans are Republicans they get elected; when they are Democrat-lite they don't.
So, I agree with the President that this is the Republicans' fault. They didn't make the tax cuts permanent, protect human life, ban cloning or any of the other things they were elected and hoped to accomplish. Now, they are working furiously to block legislation which never would have been possible if they had done their jobs in the first place. Lucky for them, the Dems were a disaster and the Republicans get a do over. They had better do something with this opportunity or risk losing the support of Conservative voters.
Now about that car metaphor....it's in a ditch and the drivers can't drive it because the wheels have come off during the incredible amount of time that this whole bad comparison has been going on. Conservative Republicans are poised to swoop in and fix Obama's jalopy this Fall, at which time he may find that his broken down car is really a dead horse he's been flailing at for far too long.