This country is being pulled in a very radical direction by a small but influential group of conservatives who envision the “good ol’ days”, you know the ones where African-Americans had fire hoses turned on them, women weren’t in the work place and people with little or no money knew their place…under the boot heel of their employers.
It is why after having won such major victories in 2010, including Congress, State legislatures and Governor’s mansions all across America we have seen very little done to stimulate the economy/create jobs. No job creation, whole lotta non-sense.
In case you missed it, a couple of days ago President Obama made these comments about just how far to the right the GOP has shifted:
Well, I completely understand the American people’s frustrations, because the truth is that these are eminently solvable problems. I know that Christine Lagarde is here from the IMF, and she’s looking at the books of a lot of other countries around the world. The kinds of challenges they face fiscally are so much more severe than anything that we confront — if we make some sensible decisions.
So the American people’s impulses are absolutely right. These are solvable problems if people of good faith came together and were willing to compromise. The challenge we have right now is that we have on one side, a party that will brook no compromise. And this is not just my assertion. We had presidential candidates who stood on a stage and were asked, “Would you accept a budget package, a deficit reduction plan, that involved $10 of cuts for every dollar in revenue increases?” Ten-to-one ratio of spending cuts to revenue. Not one of them raised their hand.
Think about that. Ronald Reagan, who, as I recall, is not accused of being a tax-and-spend socialist, understood repeatedly that when the deficit started to get out of control, that for him to make a deal he would have to propose both spending cuts and tax increases. Did it multiple times. He could not get through a Republican primary today.
These words immediately caused heads to explode all thought the Tea Party, as they couldn’t fathom the idea that their “idol” wouldn’t be associated with them.
This forced robo-boy Mitt Romney to respond, lest he be strung up from the nearest structure by his less-than-enthusiastic “base”.
Speaking before the press in Washington on Wednesday, Mitt Romney directly rebutted President Obama’s claim that Ronald Reagan wouldn’t be able to win in today’s GOP primary.
“I actually think Ronald Reagan would win handily in a primary, frankly, in all the primaries,” Romney countered.
Sorry, Mitt. You are wrong. Dead wrong.
From the Pensito Review comes a great scorecard, one that I have actually rattled off several times since 2010. If you think this isn’t true, or accurate then you, my friend, are well on your way to a PHD in Revisionist History:
A proposed RNC resolution says President Reagan considered his friends those he agreed with 80 percent of the time. So it would deny funding to any Republican candidate who did not agree with 80 percent of ten Republican principles.
One, smaller government, reducing taxes and the deficit.
Two, oppose health care reform.
Three, oppose cap and trade.
Four, oppose card check.
Five, oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Six, support military recommendations like troop surges.
Seven, contain Iran and North Korea.
Eight, support Defense of Marriage Act.
Nine, oppose health care rationing and federal funds for abortion.
Ten, oppose gun control.
Sponsor Jim Bop (ph) told the RNC this would free the party, quote, “future party splitters,” such as former Senator Lincoln Chafee, no longer a Republican. Senator Arlen Specter, no longer a Republican. And Scozzafava herself.
Who else would fail the Reagan litmus test?
Number one, Reagan expanded the government taxes and the deficit.
Number five, he supported amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Number six, he ignored the military recommendation to pull out of Beirut.
Number seven, he sold weapons to Iran.
Number eight, he opposed California’s anti-gay Prop 6, and hosted the first openly gay sleepover at the White House.
Number ten, he signed a gun control law in California and supported the Brady Bill after he and his press secretary were shot.
President Reagan, just four out of 10.
Welcome back to the Democratic Party, sir.