Thursday, 17 October 2013

In Passing

32 Years of GOP Excuses


With all the ‘‘first you’ve got to win elections’’ talk on the heels of the shutdown, this comment (at PJMedia, by ‘‘HerbN’’), deserves more exposure:

GOP Excuses:
  • 1981-1986: We can’t reduce government because we only have the White House and the Senate but the Dems have the House.
  • 1987-1992: We can’t reduce government because we only have the White House but the Dems have Congress.
  • 1993-1994: We can’t reduce government because we control nothing.
  • 1995-2000: We can’t reduce government because we only have Congress but the Dems have the White House.
  • 2001: We can’t reduce government because we only have the White House, The House, and half the Senate with a tie-breaking VP.  Because we only have half the Senate we have to be nice.
  • 2001-2002: We can’t reduce government because we only have the White House and the House but the Dems have the Senate.
  • 2003-2006: We can’t reduce government because we only have the White House, the House, and Senate while the Dems have nothing.
  • 2007-2008: We can’t reduce government because we only have the White House but the Dems have Congress.
  • 2009-2010: We can’t reduce government because we control nothing.
  • 2011-Now: We can’t reduce government because we only have the House but the Dems have the Senate and the White House.
There are eight combinations possible with two parties and three institutions.  The only one we haven't tried is a GOP Senate with Democratic House and White House.

None of the seven combinations tried have reduced government.

Why should I believe winning elections, at least the GOP winning elections, will change anything?
The obvious conclusion: The Republicans are not about reducing government, only about talking about it in order to get elected.

Tell me I’m wrong.

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