REPUBLICANS TRY ONCE MORE TO MAKE OBAMA A ONE TERM PRESIDENT


DAILY KOSS
Monday Feb 08, 2016 ·

Congressional Republicans aren't even going to be making a show of being the loyal opposition, or bothering to resemble a responsible governing party any more. In this election year, the last year of President Obama's final term in office, they're plumbing the depths of their petty and disrespectful relationship with the president.
In a harsh partisan snub, the Republican chairmen of the Senate and House budget committees—Senator Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming and Representative Tom Price of Georgia—have chosen not to invite Shaun Donovan, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to testify about the administration's plan, set to be released on Tuesday as part of the traditional budget week festivities.
"Rather than spend time on a proposal that, if anything like this administration's previous budgets, will double down on the same failed policies that have led to the worst economic recovery in modern times, Congress should continue our work on building a budget that balances and that will foster a healthy economy," Mr. Price said in a statement.
Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, called the decision an insult and said it was representative of the "corrosive radicalism that has gripped congressional Republicans." White House officials said it raised doubts about the frequent Republican leadership claims to restore "regular order" in Congress.
This is highly irregular—as much so as the record-setting obstruction of Obama'snominees has been. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both ascended to leadership under the promise that they would re-establish "regular order," make Congress work again, and prove that Republicans could govern. All of that was apparently code for "amp up our efforts to fuck over Obama."
Never before has a Congress worked so hard at doing nothing in order to thwart a president.


 NOTE: I'm assuming that this is a strategic move on Paul Ryan's part to prove to the Tea Baggers that he is MORE conservative than former Speaker of the House John Boehner whom the Tea Baggers and the uber right wing Congressional Freedom Caucus hated with a passion.  Maybe he's forgotten that America's population isn't comprised exclusively of right wing, bigoted Tea Party adherents.  Not, of course, that he would know this if he's paying even a scintilla of attention to the Republican Wazoos running for President.  The Tea Party is still calling the shots for all of us.  


UPDATE: I posted a piece about Chattanooga's publicly run broad band system that has speeds 50 times faster than what the private sector provides.  Well, AT&T - one of those private sector who can't seem to figure out how to provide fast internet service (I have Comcast and it's not only slow but choppy even though I pay more for fast service) -  doesn't like the idea of a local government doing a better job than a mega corporation.  They are unhappy.  Or maybe just embarrassed.  Here's an update:   

Chattanooga, Tenn., is more than 2,400 miles from Silicon Valley, but residents of the Southern city have access to broadband that's 50 times faster than the majority of Internet connections in technology's capital. Why, you ask? Chattanooga's municipally owned electric utility, EPB, provides its broadband Internet.
Chattanooga's neighbors would like to set up a similar arrangement, but AT&T, which delivers much slower broadband in the area — when it delivers at all — is trying to block the plan, saying the government should not compete with private enterprise.
Angry Tennessee consumers and legislators aren't backing down. "Don't fall for the argument that this is a free market versus government battle. It is not. AT&T is the villain here, and so are the other people and cable," said Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R-Tenn.) at a community rally, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. 


But hey, some things never seem to change.   

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