Friday, July 26, 2013
The secret agenda of "The Party of No"
Our country is in economic dire straits. The Bush recession -- worst economic crisis since the Great Depression -- threatens to tank the entire world economy. Americans are losing homes, jobs and businesses. The stock market is diving.
The country is cautiously optimistic about what our new president can do to avert total disaster. Team Obama strategizes on what their first action will be: A much needed Stimulus Package.
On the other side:
The GOP publicly (except for de facto leader Rush I hope he fails Limbaugh) pledges, in this time of great emergency, to bypass petty partisanship and come together to support the new popular president. However, under the cloak of darkness, the GOP, placing politics and power above country, were hatching a sinister plot to sabotage all things Obama -- even if it meant severely hurting our country and world.
TIME just published “The Party of No,” an article adapted from my new book, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. It reveals some of my reporting on the Republican plot to obstruct President Obama before he even took office, including secret meetings led by House GOP whip Eric Cantor (in December 2008) and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (in early January 2009) in which they laid out their daring (though cynical and political) no-honeymoon strategy of all-out resistance to a popular President-elect during an economic emergency.
“If he was for it,” former Ohio Senator George Voinovich explained, “we had to be against it.” The excerpt includes a special bonus nugget of Mitt Romney dissing the Tea Party.
I do not say this lightly: If treason is an act of betraying country, what can be more treasonous than the actions (and non-actions) of the flag waving Republican party? Salon's Joan Walsh penned an article titled, The vanishing GOP voter: For me, they can't vanish fast enough for me!