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Republican Sociopaths Remain Determined To Destroy America's Social Safety Net; They Must Be Shut Down

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Here we go again. Paul Ryan and his fellow Republican sociopaths have resurrected their budget that is designed to destroy America's most important social programs while further protecting the interests of the wealthy. As the Republicans continue their attempts to initiate this destructive process, they are presenting Mr. Obama with a brilliant political opportunity.

Some would say the president should simply dismiss and ignore this demented method of controlling governmental spending but that would be a mistake. Ryan's budget is getting a lot of attention in the corporate-controlled media and that must be stopped. Mr. Obama must attack it vociferously and use its content to convince the American people of the extensive pain and suffering that the Republicans intend to inflict upon them.

It's time for this president to stop playing games with the Republican misfits and expose them as the menace that they have become to this nation. Mr. Obama needs to stop playing defense, take the offensive, and flood the national media with this message to Mr. Ryan and his GOP cohorts: "We are not going to allow you to destroy the Affordable Health Care Act that will benefit up to 30 million Americans who would otherwise not be covered by health care insurance."

"We are not going to allow you to destroy Medicare by replacing it with a voucher system that would, in effect, severely water down or eliminate health care for millions of Americans and make it unavailable for millions more who badly need it; no, Mr. Ryan, we will not let you do this by any stretch of the imagination." And lastly he should, once and for all, make it crystal clear to Ryan and his fellow sociopaths that "We will not allow you to touch any part of Social Security; it has no connection with the deficit and it is a non-negotiable issue.

He needs to stop playing their game and make them play his because, whether he realizes it or not, he has the upper hand. He needs to send a strong message to Republicans, telling them that the majority of the American people totally reject their reckless destructive budget; that it is already dead on arrival. This president needs to put a national spotlight on that extremely cruel budget proposal and use Ryan's exact wording to ignite the anger and revulsion of the very people that would greatly suffer if its provisions ever were put into effect.

This is a party that has no intention of ever changing; one that can't relate to the people of America. They have every intention of continuing to support the masters of American Corporatism to dominate and control the citizens of this country. The people now have become fully aware of their intentions and are waiting for someone, i.e., this president, to step forward and deliver the knockout blow that will send them into political purgatory.

These swaggering, arrogant political bullies need to be put in their place once and for all but many of Mr. Obama's current and former supporters now have little to no confidence that he will do any such thing; that he will let this brilliant opportunity to take down the Republicans pass by. And, further, that he just doesn't seem to have the political courage and determination to "strike while the iron is hot."

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This president has proven to be very much on the offensive when it comes to exercising his military powers around the world. He has also taken the offensive when it comes to signing onto legislation that puts more and more restrictions on the Constitutional rights and freedoms of the people. But when it comes to dealing with a political party that is in a state of inner turmoil and dissension he just doesn't seem to possess the same aggressive mindset that is so sorely needed.

How many more times must the American people listen and be subjected to this verbal garbage flowing out of the mouth of these Republicans who just won't accept the fact that they have become political pariahs? Their message is old, outdated, obsolete and completely meaningless. They don't seem to understand that they are cutting their own throats when they threaten to take away important social programs from the very people whose vote they need to continue to exist?

So let's watch closely and see what President Obama does in the next few weeks with regard to this latest piece of political trash, aka the Paul Ryan Budget proposal. He can seize this brilliant opportunity and use that same budget to make Ryan and his party look like the fools that they are or he can continue to let them remain on the political center stage and try to fool the people.

When I speak of a brilliant opportunity I mean that Mr. Obama has the means by which he could virtually cripple the Republican Party and, possibly, make it extinct going into the future. The majority of the American people are listening and waiting for this kind of strong talk from this president and if he does exactly that, it could spell doom for Republican candidates running in the 2014 elections. He has a chance to reconfigure this Congress and put an end to the current gridlock and obstructive tactics that have plagued it. But, then why is it that I have this feeling that he is not up to the task?

It is becoming more and more evident that what we the people are watching taking place on this political stage in Washington D.C. is a production that is being orchestrated by both of these parties in order to pursue some kind of common agenda, one whose specific motives are not fully clear at this time. What may be going on could be what is referred to as tacit collusion; an agreement of a covert nature that hides what really is going on. Some call this the Grand Bargain. But we can bet that whatever may be on the drawing board will most likely involve very negative consequences for everyone in this country except the wealthy.

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And this is why an increasing number of President Obama's supporters are becoming more and more suspicious of his true intentions. They have watched as his Justice Department has refused to prosecute anyone in the Bush administration for war crimes, specifically torture and water boarding. They have waited for investigations into the financial crimes that have been committed by the Wall Street robber barons but to no avail. They have seen Harry Reid and this president fail to mutually initiate steps to change the Senate filibuster rules that would prevent the continued obstruction of key legislation by the Republicans.

We the people need to watch this president very closely in the coming weeks to see just how he deals with the monumentally important issue of austerity and see if he finally shows some strength and courage and do what is right for this country and the many millions of Americans who put their faith in him when they reelected him. If he fails to live up to expectations and let's the Republicans dominate this issue at the expense of the American people then his influence on domestic matters will, at this early point in his second term, be meaningless and his presidency will become irrelevant.

If the bruised and battered Republicans who were ready to go down for the count manage to get back up, if there are no necessary increased revenues from additional taxes on the rich, if Mr. Obama caves in again and allows Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs to be put back on the chopping block, then the worst fears of many millions of Americans will become a reality and they will know that they have been betrayed.

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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense (more...)

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Here we go again. Paul Ryan and his fellow Republ... by michael payne on Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 12:58:47 PM