Though a temporary compromise was reached, imagine being one of the 74,000 FAA-related folks out of work because Congress leaves Washington for an August vacation while getting paid, of course.
Isnt it ironic? The Republicans spout Deficit reductions! But they allow the government to lose more than $400 million by attaching a little tidbit to the FAA funding extension bill that they knew Democrats would never go for all for a power play to benefit Delta Airlines, not us.
Not since the 1920s has partisanship in government been so extreme, says David King, of Harvards Kennedy School of Government. But today the fallout is unique, says King, who is deeply concerned for the future of our institutions.
When extremist freshmen congressmen including Rep. Scott Tipton, with no guts to throw a town meeting in La Plata County play the system to gain narrow ends that the majority of Americans actually disagree with, wasting precious legislative time, Standard and Poors responds, stating political rancor to be the primary reason the United States lost its AAA credit rating.
I hope Americans remember this in a year. I hope they remember President Obama had a $4 trillion debt reduction plan, agreed to by Speaker Boehner, with needed revenue increases, but 85 extremists hand-chosen by the Republican elite who took a pledge to lobbyist Grover Norquist, not to you and me, opposed it.
Obama inherited this economic disaster from an eight-year Republican administration, which Republicans like to forget. They want control again. Sen. Mitch McConnell says of his party, Republicans main goal is to get Obama out of office. Clearly we are not important; power is important.
Power to benefit people? Hardly. Evidence shows Republicans care more about Delta Airlines, the Koch boys, Norquist, and other lobbyists and special interests. Their buddies create anonymous PACs ready to blast us with negative campaign ads for 15 months, thanks to the Supreme Court. Will voters believe the ads? Is David King right? Have we had enough of this?