Uncommon Sense

October 28, 2011

What Is Wrong With These People?

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 10:18 am
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The fine line between irrationality and stupidity has just gotten finer. Consider the reaction of conservative pundits and legislators regarding President Obama’s “decision” to remove our troops from Iraq by the end on this year. The President has been hammered by these idiots for making “a grave mistake.” “It is wrong,” they say. “Their democracy is too fragile,” they say.

Hello? The agreement to have all of our troops out of Iraq by the end of 2011 was made by George W. Bush. President Obama, refreshingly, said he would “honor that agreement.” I say “refreshingly” because it is not often the case that Presidents honor the deals of their predecessors. In fact, most foreign countries who disagree with us are accustomed to taking a strategy of waiting (or stalling) until a new President is elected to see if they can get a better deal.

And, in case anyone hasn’t noticed, it is their country and they want us out. How would we feel if, say, Mexico invaded the southern U.S. to cut of the U.S. demand for illegal drugs that is ravaging their northern states? Would we not want them out? If we had a negotiated agreement for them to leave and they unilaterally decided to stay because they felt we couldn’t be trusted just yet, how would that feel? When the shoe is put on the other foot, it feels quite different. Iraq did not invite us in, we invited ourselves. Iraq owes us nothing.

Domestically, we have the shenanigans of Congress’s “Super Committee,” the one which has to come up with a deficit reduction plan by November 23rd or suffer “automatic” cuts to defense and domestic spending (which I will believe when I see them). The Republicans on that committee, have offered a plan consisting entirely of cuts with no increases in revenue from taxes. In fact, all of the Republican members of the committee, excuse me, the Super Committee have signed a pledge to Grover Norquist, a lobbyist, to not raise taxes under any circumstances. And it seems that none of them will.

What this means is for Republicans a pledge made to a lobbyist trumps the pledge they made to uphold the Constitution and trumps their pledge to represent the will of their constituents. A poll just yesterday indicated that 63% of millionaires are in favor of higher taxes on . . . millionaires! The Grover Norquist Pledge trumps this. The Constitution states numerous times that the job of Congress is to run the business of the country by raising revenue and that the bills of the country must be paid. The Grover Norquist Pledge trumps this.

It is no wonder that the public approval rating of Congress has fallen to 9%. As I have stated before, ordinary people when faced with financially strapped times cut their spending and, if needed to pay their bills, find another job to increase their income. It is called “revenue enhancement” by some, common sense by others.

I think it is time for the signers of Grover Norquist’s Pledge to either realize they have a higher calling or . . . find another job.

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