As recent legislative events will attest to, the Republicans in Congress aren't opposing President Barack Obama because there's a good reason for it, nor to protect or help our nation’s economy in any way. In my opinion, they're just nitpicking, verbally distracting, and trying to delay majority legislation because they’ve discovered that they still can.
It’s not obvious to the general public yet, but with only a few conservative Democrats defecting to the other side, it's become clear to the Republican minority that important legislation can’t possibly make it through both houses of Congress with a filibuster-proof margin, so they delay and publicly criticize, knowing the media will eat it up, which (they hope) should distract everyone from the obvious fact that the GOP tried it their way for eight years and wound us up in the situation we're in now.
Of even more interest is a complaint from Rep. John A. Boehner (OH) that the bill was passing without anyone reading it.
Uh, John, the bill is basically the same as it was three weeks ago — save a few alterations to soothe a few hesitant Republicans like you. If you or your staff haven't read it by now, you never will — not that you ever intended to. A better question would be how many bulky Republican bills have you hypocritically not read through?
With Republicans in both houses screaming bloody murder at the top of their lungs over the billions we have to spend to clean up President George W. Bush’s disastrous financial mess, maybe they are hoping we won’t remember how much we’ve spent in dollars and lives on a useless and unwarranted war in Iraq. A war, mind you, that our children's children will still be paying for decades from now, just like they claim the bailout will do.