In Time Magazine this week, Mike Murphy gleefully declares Obamacare a complete disaster that will win the Republicans elections for years. Here’s the column. Murphy is pretty excited about his team.
But then he moves on to what Republicans need to do to keep that advantage, and gets to this:
Our Republican policy cupboard is embarrassingly bare. What are our new ideas to help the middle class after years of economic pain? What’s our plan to address the rising costs of health insurance? How do we create economic growth — for everybody, not just the most successful 10% of the country? How do we rebuild the ladder of upward social mobility? How do we fix public education?
When you have a Republican operative admitting the party has no ideas or plans to deal with the country’s problems, isn’t it time to start looking at why you are a Republican in the first place? This shouldn’t be about just cheering for the team you grew up with, but it apparently is for Murphy. He admits the Republicans have no ideas, but he can’t wait to see them win the next election.
I’m guessing it’s because Murphy, like many non-Tea Party Republicans, hasn’t yet admitted to himself how bankrupt the Republican party has become. He asks the questions, thinking the Republicans are still searching for answers. He hasn’t come to terms with the fact that the Republican party of today is stridently anti-solution. Government is always the problem, right? Here are the answers Murphy doesn’t want to admit:
What are our new ideas to help the middle class after years of economic pain?
Republican party of today: The middle class? They are just lazy. If they want to feel less economic pain, they should work harder and become rich.
What’s our plan to address the rising costs of health insurance?
Republican party: Quit being so lazy! Work harder, become rich, and then you can afford to see a doctor. Gosh, what a society of takers we’re created.
How do we create economic growth — for everybody, not just the most successful 10% of the country?
Republican party: What? I don’t understand the question. You lost me at “not just the most successful 10% of the country.”
How do we rebuild the ladder of upward social mobility?
Republican party: That’s an easy one. Social mobility is still easy for those who aren’t lazy. Quit complaining, and start getting rich.
How do we fix public education?
Republican party: We don’t need to. People should get rich and send their kids to private schools. Public schools are swirling dens of Socialism.
In El Paso
The anti-solution crowd is not just a problem nationally. You see it among the Tea Party Democrats here in El Paso, as well. Recently, City reps. Eddie Holguin and Lily Limon even voted against allowing golf carts to deliver our Christmas packages. Why? Because it’s a solution to a problem. The Tea Party is against solutions, even when they cost nothing, like this one does.
If we want our city and country to do better, we need to send a message to the anti-solution crowd. It’s time to quit voting for “your team” and start voting for those with solutions, whether Republican or Democrat.
- Obamacare Is a GOP Jackpot (content.time.com)
- Pope Says Republicans Suck (americathenotsobeautiful.wordpress.com)
- GOP hits pathetic new low: “47 percent” thinking creeps even deeper (salon.com)
- Rooting for Failure (nytimes.com)