Buying what the GOP’s selling

15 Jul

republican-no-sizedWe ran across an interesting article.

Interesting because we agree with it.

The point being made was the Republican Party seems to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs.

Principled or not, you’re still dead in the end.

Let’s lay this out so everyone can understand it.

It’s the second term of the president they couldn’t defeat, and it seems to us Republicans seem more like stubborn children refusing to come out of their rooms for supper, even though the alternative is going to bed hungry.

Our example is the recent passage of a farm bill without any provision for food stamps.

That’s never happened before and, as you can imagine, the Democrats went crazy.

Representative Corrine Brown of Florida was quoted as sating, “Mitt Romney was right: You all do not care about the 47 percent. Shame on you!”

We’re not suggesting that just because something has been done the same way for 40 years it should always be done the same way.

Republicans say they’d rather deal with agricultural issues in one bill without the leverage of a welfare program.

Okay.

Some history: These two programs historically were tied together in the spirit of — here it comes — compromise.

And while food stamps will live on in some other way, the GOP managed to create yet another partisan problem where none existed.

That begs the question – was this really the right fight at the right time?

To be fair, Republicans do have a point.

Comprehensive bills are cumbersome and difficult to enforce.

Democrats love great big lumbering programs because they often do great good, at least in the short-term and create great big self-sustaining bureaucracies that are, by nature, self-propagating and attract large constituencies of voters.

That last part is the Republicans’ chief complaint.

But 90 percent of life is picking your battles, and congressional Republicans keep picking the wrong ones.

We’re not siding with the Democrats.

Both sides are often dishonest and usually self-serving.

Democrats are maddeningly disingenuous when they say Republicans are anti-immigrant — and then lecture us about how this country was built by immigrants.

Every country was built by immigrants.

On the other hand, Republicans are not talking straight when they insist that the Senate bill’s path to citizenship is nothing more than amnesty.

Baloney.

The real point is many Republicans are scared that allowing 11 million immigrants to become citizens essentially means 11 million more Democrats.

True or not, they have every reason to be concerned because they have fought this for so long.

This outcome wasn’t preordained, but given the tenor of recent debate, their fears are probably justified.

Before you can govern, you have to win.

And before you can win, you have to offer something people want to buy.

So far, too many aren’t interested.

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