I just finished reading about where President Obama stands in the eyes of our country, and it shows that even though his approval rating is still in good standing, there is trouble ahead. The Republicans are gaining ground over the Democrats. In a recent poll asking how people would vote in the November election it came up as a tie: 46% Republican and 46% Democrat. This is a major change from the 51% Democrat and 39% Republican ratio in October. The full poll results can be found here.
This bothers me. From what I can see the Republicans are hampering productivity by refusing to cooperate.
Obama’s comprehensive health-care reform has caused a ruckus between the two parties. Obama has proposed a bipartisan meeting on February 25 where the two parties will meet with their proposals on the situation. This has only stirred the pot up even more.
John Boehner of Ohio and Eric Cantor of Virginia said “bipartisanship is not writing proposals of your own behind closed doors, then unveiling them and demanding Republican support. Bipartisan ends require bipartisan means.” In another statement, Boehner said he was “pleased that the White House finally seems interested in a real, bipartisan conversation on health care. . . . The best way to start on real, bipartisan reform would be to scrap those bills and focus on the kind of step-by-step improvements that will lower health care costs and expand access.” Does that really sound like a bipartisanship? That’s a hell of a boner Boehner. You’re contradicting yourself.
In response Robert Gibbs (White House Press Secretary) said “the President looks forward to reviewing Republican proposals that meet the goals he laid out at the beginning of this process, and as recently as the State of the Union Address. He’s open to including any good ideas that stand up to objective scrutiny. What he will not do, however, is walk away from reform and the millions of American families and small business counting on it.”
So where does that leave us? Pretty much the same place. We all know that the Republicans and Democrats are not going to get along, but come on…now they just sound like a couple of bickering old women who forgot why they were disagreeing with each other in the first place. If it continues to go on like this our government will stay at a complete standstill, and maybe that’s what the Republican party intends to do. Instead of arguing about the real issues at hand they would rather argue about Obama’s intention on setting up a bipartisanship meeting. Boehner and Cantor are being childish.
Boehner and Cantor’s full letter and Robert Gibbs’ response can be seen here.