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Republicans Seem Determined to Prove Government Doesn’t Work — By Sabotaging Our Government

mcconnell-boehnerI always find it ironic that an entire political party which runs for political office uses a platform based around how terrible government is.  It’s a complete contradiction in terms.  A conservative American citizen complaining about the “evils of government,” deciding to run for a government office with the party that preaches about the horrors of government.  It’s as if they want the public to believe they’re the “cure all” to everything that’s “wrong” with the government.

And it seems Republicans are determined to exemplify the idea that our government can’t do anything right, by making sure our government can’t do anything right.

It’s baffling to me how conservative voters fail to see this issue.

Millions vote for a party which builds a platform based on the notion that our government is broken.  What do you think these politicians are going to do—try to make government something positive?

Hell, they’re relying on the conservative voter’s hatred and fear of government, so why would they work to make it more efficient and better?

Democrats in Washington govern on the notion that government has a role, and they push to secure that role to the best of their abilities.  Republicans then come along, obstruct anything and everything that Democrats try to do, cause gridlock in government—then complain about how inefficient government is.

Well, if these fools would just get out of the way, we’d be much better off.

Our government is broken because they are trying desperately to break it.  Not all Republicans, but a good majority of them — especially since 2009.  They oppose any sort of campaign finance reform that would limit corporate money in politics and seem determined to do anything they can in Congress to obstruct any legislation which might actually help Americans.

Then as the patience of the American people wears thin on government stalemates and games, Republicans are the first to get on national television and say, “See, this is what happens when government gets involved!”

Well, no kidding, but they fail to tell the whole story — it’s because Republicans are the ones purposefully screwing up government.

The sequester is a perfect example.  In 2011, Republicans held the vote on our debt ceiling hostage, forcing a compromise which created the sequester.  Then when the sequester kicked in after the committee that was meant to find a bipartisan agreement on budget cuts (shockingly they couldn’t come to an agreement) Republicans had the nerve to blame the sequestration cuts on President Obama.

Are you kidding?  Had Republicans simply voted to increase the debt ceiling — something they did with near unanimous support seven times under President George W. Bush — the sequester would have never happened.  It was their hostage taking and obstruction on the debt ceiling vote which caused sequestration cuts.

It’s a perfect example of Republicans acting like children, getting in the way, causing a problem—then blaming that problem on Democrats, President Obama and our government.

It’s them!  

They’re the damn problem.  Our government would mostly be just fine if we didn’t have an entire political party that seems determined to prove government doesn’t work by sabotaging our government so that it doesn’t work.

Now our government is shut down because they didn’t get their way on the health care law.  A shutdown they’re ridiculously trying to blame, once again, on Democrats and President Obama. 

It’s them! 

It’s a party that’s built a platform on perpetuating the evils of government, hellbent and determined to prove how horrible government is by making government as dysfunctional as it can possibly be.

And if you want proof of this, just look at Congressional approval ratings since 2010, when the tea party rose to prominence.  They’ve been in a steady free fall ever since, hovering around 10% currently.

It seems anytime our government is brought to the brink, our military gets engaged in some new war or our economy crashes—it’s Republicans who are causing the problems.

And at the end of the day when Americans want to talk about how inefficient government is, they need to look no further than the Republican party because they are what’s wrong with government.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

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