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Friday, February 14, 2014

Biden says there's no more Republican Party; but like the pebble in a shoe they continue to cause political pain

Vice President Joe Biden is getting out ahead of the political rhetoric by discrediting Republicans, regardless of what they're prepared to say about him as a potential presidential candidate. In other words, Biden is telling Americans not to give credibility to a political party that can't pull itself together, like the frustrated, disorganized and discombobulated right wing GOP.

"Post Politics", blogger report from Cambridge, Maryland, Ed O'Keefe writes, "Vice President Biden began laying out the Democratic Party's argument for voters in this year's elections Friday morning by suggesting that Republicans remain splintered and would quickly seek to pass fiscal policies rejected in recent years, if they retake control of Congress".

Biden said, "There isn’t a Republican party. I wish there were, I wish there was a Republican party. I wish there was one person we could sit across the table from and make a deal and make the compromise and know when you got up from the table that the deal was done," in remarks at the House Democratic policy conference being held in Cambridge Maryland.

"There is no -- all you had to do was look at their response to the State of the Union, what were there, three or four? I think we should get a little focused here, let's get a little focused," he added later.

Biden also heralded the recent passage of bipartisan budget and spending agreements, but warned that Republicans would quickly seek to pass conservative budget and spending proposals rejected in recent years by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

This blogger says it's worth mentioning how Biden's comments were made on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the peninsula, nearly the same place where Republicans held their "retreat" a few weeks ago.

Certainly, Biden knows where to rally the Democratic base, when he said, ""Does anybody in this room think that the Republican Party has walked away from the Ryan budget? (Of course not!) Does anybody in this room think that, if they're able to take the Senate, or increase their numbers or maintain their numbers in the House, that that's not what we're going to get back to?" he asked.

Indeed, Biden's remarks infuses Democrats with  cold shivers of regressive public policy when he reminds us about the ominous prospect of Republican leadership. 

Unfortunately, Biden's reality check is badly needed because, for some reason, people have short memories. Ryan's budget, in fact, cuts everything except tax loopholes for the rich. Likewise, although Ryan claims to be a Roman Catholic who, undoubtedly, must have ancestry on his father's side rooted in the great Irish immigration during the later part of the 19th century, has a very-very short memory. His own immigrant family benefited from sharing the wealth of tax revenue and his Roman Catholic faith supports social justice programs like universal health care, that Ryan opposes.  

Probably, Biden is correct to call attention to the fractured Republican party, due to the GOP right wing being drawn into radicalism. Yet, even a small pebble can cause extraordinary foot pain, even in an old comfortable shoe.  

Republican leaders are right-right and righter wing radical ideologists. For example, Senator Marco Rubio speaks like a Charlie McCarthy puppet about upward mobility, and the American Dream, while proposing to cut programs and oppose a raise to minimum wage, to support a chance for economic prosperity for those who need help. Rubio leads a pack of extremists who are invested in regressive public policy.

It's time the real Republican party throws out the extremists. Instead, Republicans must support the intentions put forth in the US Constitution.  "We the people in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense,  promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.  

Republicans must stop being the right wing party. Instead, they must read and internalize the US Constitution and stop being the pebble causing acute pain in our democratic public policy.

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