Who’s the Obstructionists Now?

We’ve heard for over a year now that the Republican Party is the “Obstructionist Party.” They have dithered, meaninglessly opposed, and just plain stopped anything the Democrats have done simply out of a kneejerk reaction and not because of any real concern.

Well, it now appears the shoe is on the other foot.

Timothy Geithner, appearing before Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the House Budget Committee, had an absolutely fantastic line that we should keep for the ages:

Allow me to focus on that last part by copying the blockquote from Guy Benson’s piece from Townhall:

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, speaking on behalf of the Obama White House, to Rep. Paul Ryan: “You are right to say we’re not coming before you today to say ‘we have a definitive solution to that long term problem.’ What we do know is, we don’t like yours.”

You hear that? They have no plan, but they don’t like “yours” (being the GOP’s.)

Where are the adults in the room right now? We have the Democrats who have failed to pass a budget in the Senate for over three years and an Administration that is not even pretending to take care of the problems the country faces and only says “We don’t like your plan.”

Now who is being the “obstructionist party?”

To be fair, though, I cannot dump all of the blame upon the Democrats. Indeed, it was Republicans—under the Bush II Administration—who exploded federal spending, radically increased the size of the budget deficit, and basically set us on this path today. (Oh, and let us not forget, the corporate bailouts began under Bush and his Treasury secretary, Hank Paulson.) The problem with Obama and the Democratic Party, however, is that they have dramatically increased the debt and budget deficits, putting us in a far, far worse position than Bush did.

In fact, Obama could have fixed dozens and dozens of Bush’s failures. Instead, he aggravated them.

Neither political party in Washington is serious about the problems we face. We are being led by a pack of ten year olds, not mature and sensible adults.

I think I may have finally hit my nadir in my faith in my humanity. I always believed, as I got older, that the people around me would get more mature, that as I left public school and went off to college and then later employment inside the Beltway, I would find myself in organizations that actually worked. Well, I’ve learned that the truth is the exact opposite of what I hoped for: nobody is actually mature, and no organization actually works. Now, I can see quite clearly that our government is just this writ large, and unless we clean them all out, we are going to go to Greece in a handbasket.

 
 


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