The Real Scandal? The Republican Party

Republican Hot-Air Fools  :

“Controversy equalizes fools and wise men
– and the fools know it.”

~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Interesting piece by Dana Milbank on Republican’s priorities now that the economy is on the rebound.

Now, after a long economic winter, green shoots are everywhere: The stock market is booming, housing prices are rebounding and mortgage providers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, long demonized by Republicans, are returning profits to the Treasury. Job growth has accelerated and consumer confidence has reached its highest level in almost six years. Health-care cost increases are slowing, Medicare’s prospects are improving — in part because of President Obama’s health-care reforms — and gasoline prices are forecast to decline. Long-term fiscal problems remain, but the federal deficit is shrinking, putting off Washington’s debt-ceiling standoff until late fall.

Yet House Republicans have shelved a serious legislative agenda this year in favor of 24/7 investigations.

Just yesterday, here’s what Republicans were up to:

  • 2 separate hearings on alleged wrongdoing by the Obama administration
  • a Ways and Means Committee heard complaints from various tea party groups about the IRS messing with their rights

Other than the Ways and Means hearing,

  • there will be two other House committee hearings this week on alleged abuses by the IRS

And all of this is happening while,

  • 5 (read it, FIVE!!) distinct committees investigate the make-believe BENGHAZI SCANDAL


A good indication of House Republicans’ mind-set came last week, when Rep. John Boehner’s spokesman wrote on the House speaker’s official blog that a speech by Obama on student loans was an attempt “to change the subject from its growing list of scandals.” It’s telling that the GOP leadership would view a student loan event as a distraction from scandals but wouldn’t see the obsession with scandals as a distraction from pocketbook issues.

As The Post’s Paul Kane reported Tuesday, House Republicans haven’t passed much ambitious legislation this year after they “disintegrated into squabbling factions, no longer able to agree on — much less execute — some of the most basic government functions.” One of the few things that unite them is the investigation of scandals. A few weeks ago, Heritage Action for America, an influential conservative group, suggested that House Republicans focus on investigations and avoid legislation that could divide them.

All of which takes us back to the Oliver Wendell Holmes quote on fools needing controversy to equalize their standing with wise men…and nothing equalizes better than being dragged into a mud pit by a fool and his friends.

549340_563977310294192_1670465583_nRob Rogers


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4 thoughts on “The Real Scandal? The Republican Party

  1. If you can’t beat ‘em, do your best to trash ‘em before your next turn at bat. As usual, the GOP’s prime agenda is to try every ploy possible to satisfy their personal thirst for power, and to hell with the work they were sent to do to represent the best interests of the rest of us. They are SO in hopes they can pin some wrongdoing directly on President Obama, and are salivating at the very thought that they could possibly take it as far as impeachment proceedings. They are a such a sorry bunch of opportunistic obstructionists! So glad that the majority of voters are smart enough to see through their motives.

  2. A poll today says that 45% believe it will be a democratic Congress in 2014. Repugs have no idea wnat is going to hit them and by jove,Obama will have his legay fulfilled between 2014 and 2016.

    That’s the way.heh,huh.heh.huh I like it…….

  3. always…your lips to voters’ ears!!! by jove
    I HATE wasting all this time listening to this B.S.

  4. I wish I were as confident as alwaysoccupy about the 2014 elections. Since Reagan at least, Republicans have followed a consistent policy of pushing their crazy and vicious agenda in the year after elections, and then spending the next year spending vast amounts of money trying to pretend to be moderate, to woo low attention swing voters. It’s worked great for them, I am afraid. Things are somewhat different today, with the demographic changes taking place in the country, but I am going to have to see a positive result before I am finally convinced that we can overcome this highly refined Republican game plan.

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