Caught some of those political ads lately?
You know, the ones that have the Tea Party accusing Speaker of the House John Boehner of making secret deals, having secret negotiations with President Obama, etc.
The attackers rail about Boehner not attacking the president to overturn Obamacare, raising taxes and other issues unpopular with their followers.
While I respect the freedom of speech, I question the lack of clear thinking on the part of the folks running the ads as well as an attempt to paint a misleading picture regarding the events they are talking about.
The House of Representatives has tried to defund Obamacare several times, but despite steering the measure through the House it runs into the brick wall known as the US Senate and therefore dies.
Deals on taxes and spending while not totally palatable are what is possible under the present circumstances.
Rounding up all of the illegals in the US and shipping them back to from whence they came is just about darn near impossible and yet Boehner is attacked for the possibility of even discussing an amnesty.
Even if he were not the current speaker, somebody quite like him would be.
Or would the TP like to blow up the Republican majority this fall and have the return of Nancy Pelosi or somebody like her as speaker?
The goal this fall should be to get some electable Republicans into the Senate so that when a good budget bill gets out of the House it won’t be stonewalled.
The TP has only itself to blame when it ran a candidate against a good Republican challenger to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The TP candidate was able to defeat the challenger in the primary election but Reid, who was vulnerable, was able to hold off the TP candidate.
Why? Because extreme viewpoints won’t get you elected in a general election. It’s a centrist country.
The extreme liberals on the left and the ultra right-wingers may occasionally win a seat, but the odds of their having any kind of effect are marginal at best.
As I told a fellow one time when we were discussing a presidential race, “the odds of you seeing a candidate that 100 percent represents your viewpoint will probably never come in your lifetime.”
I agree with some of the goals of the TP, in that I don’t like huge government. Reminds me of a plugged up hog full of steroids.
There’s a few things going on with regard to taxes that I don’t like. My personal motto always has been TAANSTAFFL, with apologies to author Robert A. Heinlein and my English teachers.
It stands for There Ain’t Any No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.
I don’t appreciate handing out benefits willy nilly to anybody that bellies up to the trough.
You may have seen the TP on TV recently. When its members have a rally it’s just the same old vitriol delivered to the same crowd.
It never seems to grow because the leaders of the TP need a reality check.
They need to ask themselves why can’t we get a significant representation in national politics?
Is it the liberal media that refuses to air their pleas?
I found it funny that PBS, that liberal bastion of media, actually aired the TP meeting in Washington.
It’s time for the TP to perform that reality check and back candidates who have a chance of drawing voters away from the Democratic side of the ledger.
Or they can just get used to worrying about a comandress-in-chief in three years.
Jim Robertson is a longtime Harrison resident, a member of Harrison City Council, and a weekly columnist for The Harrison Press.