Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wonkology and the Pary of No

I gave up (wasted) an hour Wednesday night listening to the President of the United States rehash the same shit he's been pushing on us for health care (or health insurance now). The problem was that his statement contained no new information (is the new TOTUS holding out?), his answers were non-answers (and the opposite of the plan in Congress nonetheless), and the whole press briefing lacked anything resembling charisma, or even mild, fleeting interest.

Welcome to Wonkology 501. I'm your professor. Call me PrezBO.

It was Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller's Day Off tedious, with less facts than the movie clip below. It was so boring, in fact, I gave up yelling "bullshit!" and worse (much, much worse) at the TV because I just couldn't muster the outrage to care.

Which brings me to the most impotent party in America, the GOP.

I call them that because they had control of both Houses of Congress and the White House for six years, and in that time, they couldn't get much done other that a war and a few non-conservative programs, all while growing the government like . And in the process, they not only lose all their power, but do so so completely as to make themselves almost irrelevant.

So here's my take on being the Party of No:

Good. Someone needs to say, "No, we're not going along on the bullshit ride to socialism. Expect no compromise on what we want. You should be able to do whatever you want anyway, because we have no legislative ability to stop you. We'll get our plan together, and when you fail, we'll introduce the bill that will succeed."

Then they need to get the bills to introduce put together, with some uncompromisingly conservative principles, and lay them out there for people (and the administration) to see. Then stand united in voting against everything significant that comes down the pike from the administration. This forces them to either unite and pass the garbage, or fail to pass it and have only themselves to blame.

Because at this point, trying to piecemeal small and important stuff into another big-assed spending bill is the equivalent of trying to push your stalled car over a tiny rise when there's a canyon on the other side.


Anonymous said...

I cannot stand Obama and his policies but the GOP has to grow a pair and stick to their views and goals. How hard is it to realize that Obama is floundering and they need to be there to clean it up. We don't like universal health care, but where the hell is the GOP's solution.

If they want to be taken seriously in 2010 and 2012 then they need to start stepping up with new ideas and solutions.

TRUTH 101 said...

I did a speak that addressed the GOP'sproblem as well as the democrats current problem. Everybody wants to rule the world. To get things done, you need good followers. Casey Stengal was a great manager of the Yankees with Yogi Berra. Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle. Remember how bad he was before that and after with the Mets?