Since the election, which apparently has no consequences, we have been treated to a fiscal cliff (Crisis!), a sequestration meat axe approach to budget restraint (Crisis!), bizarre appointee hearings including senators channeling the former Senator Joe McCarthy (Bengasi Crisis!), a convoluted process blocking the Violence Against Women Act (Freedom Crisis!). All manifestations of the GOP’s new zombie personality.
Now, some say the sequestration was the president’s idea. This is true. But you must go back and see what that effort was a solution to. You will find another faux crisis generated by the GOP. And the sequestration (a device Rep. Paul Ryan has been begging for for years) was designed as a terrible price to pay for a failure of the Supercommittee to do its task and since the Supercommittee failed, it really has no real function.
You should know by now what I am going to tell you the GOP’s motivation for these bizarre actions is. It is a well known historical trend a second term president has about 6-8 months to accomplish anything of note in their second term. We are now into Month 2 of President Obama’s second term and has anything worthwhile been discussed yet? No? Well, the VAWA passed yesterday but it would have passed six or eight months ago in any other time. Anything of substance? Really?
So, now you know.
And the stock market almost hit a new all-time high Dow Jones Average today. The finance people are happy. The middle class not so much. So, I guess the GOP’s strategy is working.