Rather than face the ignominy of a failed Plan B vote in the House this evening, Speaker Boehner pulled the bill from consideration. This may well be taken as a vote of no confidence for Speaker Boehner and may signal the end of his tenure as House Speaker. More importantly though, the reluctance of House Republicans to back Plan B signals a continuation of the obstructionist Republican House and, as the country slides over the proverbial fiscal cliff, the downfall of the Republican Party in the 2014 mid-term elections.
The country is fed up with the "Do-Nothing" Congress and the results of the 2012 Presidential election show a majority of the US population backing the President's platform of rescinding the Bush tax-cuts to the wealthiest Americans. But Republican legislators remain recalcitrant, in essence, cutting off their noses to spite their faces as they continue to hold America hostage in order to pad the bank accounts of the wealthiest.
After the election in November, President Obama interpreted the results as a mandate for the platform he ran on and rightly so. However, for Speaker Boehner to also claim a Republican mandate based on the same election was ludicrous at best. Was he not aware that the Republican Party LOST seats in both the House and Senate? Did he not get the message that the country wants a government built on compromise?
Rather than re-circle the wagons and focus on smaller government, less government waste, laissez faire capitalism and how to make those policy points more appealing to the changing demographic of the United States we get Rep. Paul (Eddie Munster) Ryan, shaking his head and smirking in the House today, saying Democrats don't get it, we can't increase taxes on the wealthiest as they're "job creators" and we need to drastically cut entitlements, as the ONLY way out of our fiscal dilemma. HELLO?!!! Doesn't he get it? That's exactly why he was part of the losing Republican ticket. The country, a democracy, has spoken and they have chosen President Obama's platform as the more egalitarian program for addressing the country's economic woes.
Having lost the presidency for the foreseeable future the Republicans are now hell-bent on seeing that they are ousted as the majority in the House come 2014. They are not practicing politics. They are preaching obstinacy to the country's and their own detriment.