I'm getting awful tired of Frank Luntz talking points coming from the GOP. If you listen to what Republican legislators, pundits and activists are saying, it's all the same garbage. It's a series of talking points that they were briefed on. But you know what? The left is starting to hold them accountable, and starting to ask them to elaborate on their own policies, because right now they don't have any. (Well, they do, but they don't want the majority of Americans to know what they are....and we'll get to that in a minute). Yesterday President Obama made light of this when talking to students in North Carolina, by saying he didn't need to be briefed with talking points and strategy before making his speech. Zing!
But the GOP strategy now is to just say "Barack Obama has ruined the economy and his policies have failed the American people, blah blah blah." But it's a lie. 24 months of private sector job growth is not failure. Saving GM from bankruptcy is not failure (you know, the company Mitt Romney wanted to let crumble). Killing the number one terrorist in the world, the one responsible for 9/11, is not failure.
And the president has done all he can considering the ridiculous obstruction from Republicans in Congress. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell says his number one goal is to not allow Obama to have a second term, but he and his cohorts seem hell bent on trying to crash the economy on purpose to achieve that end. And when Obama puts a productive jobs bill on the table, one that will rebuild crumbling bridges and highways and put even more Americans back to work, it stalls. And that hurts Americans and stalls further growth.
So the right wing cannot combat this with facts. They can only distort the truth, and spew negativity toward the president. And lucky for them, they have their own media outlets that they own in order to spread their lies.
But it's time to ask them what their plan is, and what their policies are. Instead of talking about what he will do to rebuild the economy and get more people back to work, Romney only says that you should trust him, and that Obama has failed. Really dude? We need to ask him for specifics, and we need to keep doing that. And by the way, why the hell do you keep changing your mind and try to yes-yes-yes everyone you think might vote for you. Get a spine, dude. (and by the way, be gracious when someone puts a plate of cookies in front of you). We need to ask John Boehner what he plans on doing. And McConnell. And Eric Cantor. And Paul Ryan. Those guys need to stop bashing the president, and instead need to tell us what they are going to do better.
Oh, we already know the answer to that. More tax breaks for the wealthy. We've already tried that and it FAILED. There is that word, Republicans. Trickle down is FAILED POLICY. The Bush tax cuts are FAILED POLICY. But instead, they want to keep going down that road, and gouge the middle class and the poor in the process. It's sad, and it's annoying, and people are standing up to it. 72% of Americans like the Buffett rule, yet it wins a majority vote in the Senate, and McConnell kills it with a filibuster. We need to ask him WHY. Why are you killing something that the American people want?
Look in the mirror, Republicans. You are walking, talking failed policy. And we're not going to let you steal our democracy.