Republican side that I don't understand, and I find it hard to believe that many Republicans believe it themselves.
First among these is that Barack Obama hates America, you don't really believe that? Do
you? Really? Do you know of anyone in your own life that hates America? Can you imagine being a small boy and rising from obscurity to become an attorney, and then a college professor at a prestigious university. To then become an author, a millionaire, a Senator and then the
President of the United States, only to hate the country that made it all possible? Really? Does that make any sense to you?
Next is the claim that Barack Obama is a Muslim. The man says he is not and that should be the end of it. But lets supposed that he was, so what? Being an American means that you are free to worship in anyway you choose, you can be a follower of Abbot and Costelloism in this country, if you like, it is your business and a private affair. I once visited an Islamic center and do you know what I found inside? American's worshipping God in the way they chose.
Now here is where or paths intersect because I must tell you my Republican friends that I'm more liberal than Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank combined and I have as many problems with Barack Obama as you do. I've heard this one at least a hundred times, that Barack Obama is a Socialist or a Communist.
If Obama were a Communist or a Socialist his health care plan would have had a public option and if he were a Communist it would have been the only option. In the 1960's the Liberal Democrat Lyndon Johnson passed a single payer health care plan for seniors known
as Medicare. It was based on the 1948 heath care proposal by the Liberal Democratic president Harry Truman. Truman and Johnson weren't Communists!
In 1972 the Republican Richard Nixon proposed a generous health care proposal based on a reliance of private health care corporations. Nixon's proposal was far more generous than Obama's plan but both plans depended on private health care corporations. So the question that now demands an answer is, was Nixon a Communist? His plan was based on the same platform as Obama's, so if Nixon wasn't a Communist which side of the fence does that put Obama on?
In 1980 the Democratic President Jimmy Carter and the Democrats in Congress bailed out Chrysler Corporations to the tune of several billions of dollars. The Democrats proposed straight business loans while Republicans in Congress asked for an equity stake in the company,
stocks, bonds or perhaps a seat on the board of directors. The Democrat's would not yield and the deal remained a straight lender / lendee relationship.
When Chrysler and GM approached the Obama administration about loans the Democrats in Congress along with labor unions were opposed to a bankruptcy. Republicans in Congress were in favor of a bankruptcy. Which side did the Obama administration come down on? Barack Obama sided with the Republicans on bankruptcy and not only that, he fired GM CEO Rick Wagoner and demanded and equity stake in the company. Rather than leaving the federal government holding a debt note like a banker the government was reduced to a stock holder in
Obama did everything the Republicans wanted done, so I don't understand why you my Republican's friends don't like this guy?
During the Presidential campaign John McCain said that he would send 100,000
troops to Afghanistan but Barack Obama has sent more than that. Obama
has stepped up predator drone attacks in Pakistan that Bush began and
fired cruise missiles in to Yemen. He's followed George W. Bush's
withdrawal timetable plan from Iraq to the letter. He's kept Bush's
defense secretary in his cabinet and it's almost like Bush never left.
Obama's reaffirmed the Patriot Act and codified Bush's signing statements about
the treatment of prisoners. His justice Department has defended Bush
era policies in lawsuits before the courts and they've defended the
defense of marriage act. They plan to fight the courts ruling on don't
ask, don't tell and Attorney General Eric Holder threatens California
of federal prosecutions if the state legalizes marijuana. So, splain it
to me Lucy, why don't Republicans love this guy?
The Republican President Richard Nixon imposed the ban on deep water oil drilling and
successive Republican administrations have all tried their best to lift
it. Barack Obama did lift it, Barack Obama succeeded in doing something
Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush both tried but failed in doing. John
McCain said that if he was elected he was going to get the ban lifted
and Sarah Palin chanted, "Drill baby drill!" With in weeks of lifting
the ban "drill baby drill" became "spill baby spill." Do you know why?
Because Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, John McCain and Sarah
Palin were all wrong and the Republican Richard Nixon was right.
It is my understanding that many Republicans dislike runaway federal
spending on boondoggles and programs that don't work. For thirty years
we have spent more than ten billion dollars a year on star wars missile
defense shield. The shield is useless against cruise missiles and short
range missiles. It has never knocked down a missile it wasn't told in
advance where it was going to be and it can't hit a missile that's
painted white. We've spent more money on this program than on
Republican President Eisenhower's interstate highway system. Imagine
Kennedy proposing going to the moon and thirty years later we still can
get out of Earth orbit. Talk about your bridge to nowhere!
Now don't think I'm throwing rocks at you, Clinton wasted money on this
boondoggle and so has Obama. Doesn't make them better or worse than
Republicans because a bad idea is a bad idea no matter who first
suggests it. It was after all the Republican Dwight Eisenhower who told
John Kennedy that he should bring the troops home from Europe and fifty
years later we are still there defending a prosperous Europe from a
Soviet Union that doesn't exist anymore.
It was Bill Clinton who told Russian President Boris Yelsin if the Warsaw Pact was
disbanded NATO wouldn't expand in those countries. Clinton broke the
agreement and so did Bush. It was an agreement that helped all
countries, NATO gains nothing by expansion, except the animosity of the
Here's a quick question, who has passed more tax cuts Ronald Reagan or Barack Obama? The answer is Barack Obama, twenty five tax cuts in two years. More tax cuts than Roosevelt,
Truman, Kennedy, Carter and Clinton combined. Obama's not done yet, he wants to continue the Bush era tax cuts on all but the wealthiest three percent of Americans. For the wealthy he has proposed 100 percent instant depreciation on capital expenses. So if the head of Goldman
Sach's buys a two million dollar Picasso for his office its tax deductible! A new corporate jet, tax deductible! I just don't understand why you don't love this man! You know who first suggested this? Ronald Reagan.