You won’t see this mentioned on the nightly news or the Sunday bobblehead shows, but the GOP’s plot to sabotage the economic recovery, is not just a liberal talking point, as conservatives would have you believe. There are witnesses who testify this was literally the Republican’s plan from day one of President Obama’s term in office. From Robert Drapers book:
On the night of Obama’s inauguration, Draper writes, about 15 GOP legislators from both houses–along with Newt Gingrich, journalist Fred Barnes, and pollster Frank Luntz, who arranged the evening–got together at a Washington restaurant.
They were not necessarily the party’s official leaders, but they were the emotional leaders of the new breed–Jim DeMint, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy–which is to say, the cohort to whom many others were looking for leadership; indeed, if you know anything about Mitch McConnell, to whom the leadership was looking for leadership. They talked for four hours about what their posture should be.
They agreed that night: oppose everything in completely unity. Show, Draper writes, “united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies.”
The content of the policies didn’t matter to them at all. The pain and suffering of the working class didn’t matter to them at all. Our country was in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The country had lost 800,000 jobs that very month. We were on the very brink of economic annihilation. But all that mattered to these Republican leaders and strategists was to sabotage Obama, and by association — all of us.
And why? So they could get control of the government back for the Republican party. So they could continue the very same policies that enriched the already obscenely wealthy and destroyed the economic security of the middle class when they were in complete power the last time.