America is in an abusive relationship with the House Republicans — and we can get out

480px-John_Boehner_official_portraitYou’ve probably heard the House Republicans are planning another useless vote to repeal ObamaCare.

This 30-somethingth display of their impotence is the kind of sabre-rattling that appeals to GOP primary voters — the only voters they care about — while wasting our precious time and money as millions of Americans struggle to find work.

Imagine if House Republicans had voted to repeal the PATRIOT ACT 33 times. Liberals would be cheering along the same way they cheered Rand Paul’s drone filibuster — before they found out that Paul was okay with American citizens being droned as long as they committed some atrocity like robbing a liquor store.

Imagine if the House GOP held 33 votes demanding tax reform that said General Electric and Facebook should at least pay the same tax rate as a school teacher.

Imagine if House GOP held 33 votes offering some help to the more than 4 million Americans who have been out of work for more than six months.

Instead, they’re fixating on destroying the greatest victory for the middle class since Medicare. Instead, they want insurance companies to be able to deny care based on pre-existing conditions and to be able to drop you when you get sick. Instead they want us to keep paying for each other’s health insurance — IN THE DUMBEST POSSIBLE WAY.

Last week I wrote about a report that suggests that even if Democrats win in 2014 at a margin similar to how the GOP won in the landslide of 2010, Republicans will retain a House majority of 15 seats. My argument was this would encourage their extremism and keep them from winning the Senate and the presidency.

But this return to ObamaCare repealing has made me reconsider — I really do believe that the American people are in an abusive relationship with the House Republicans that they may decide they can escape en masse if they see a way out.

America is ready for a recovery as we see from the latest jobs report — but the GOP’s demands for austerity that became the sequester are holding us down and screaming in our face.

Cutting government jobs in a jobs crisis is a slap to the face of the middle class and is one of the many reasons that food stamp consumption is going up — especially in districts that vote for Republicans.

In 2014, as ObamaCare will kick in and create droves of new, middle class health care jobs.  Millions of working Americans will have health insurance for the first time and all of the scaremongering the GOP has done about the law for years will prove to be their new “weapons of mass destruction”. Suddenly, voters may be ready to wake up and break up with the bullies who have been punishing us for the pleasure of their base.

And we’ll get to keep the House.

  • Carolyn 4444

    John Boehner is soooooooooo ineffectual as a leader of a party to help the Americans who DON’T belong to his country club, tanning salon, or upper-crust neighborhood as to be seen as effectually NON-American!

  • TurboKitty

    Thank you so much for bringing attention to this!

  • HarrietM

    On the bright side: watching the abusive relationship between Obama and the House Republicans really highlighted the abusive relationship I was in with my Republican husband, so I finally got out.

    I walked away and found myself a nice Democrat who believes that we did not build a society so that we could live by the law of the jungle.

    If I can do it, the US can, too! As a country, we can walk away from the small-minded Republicans and find ourselves a nice bunch of Democrats who believe that we should be lifting each other up, not tearing each other down.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Top Comment, right there.

  • http://twitter.com/GeekHillbilly Geek Hillbilly

    I’m doing my part not only to get rid of Bitch McConnell,but Hal Rogers as well.Eastern Kentucky has suffered too long under the likes of these GOP A-Holes

  • http://twitter.com/UmadBrazi1 Austerity Sucks

    Sorry but the Pauls have a much more progressive foreign policy than any Democrats have had in the past three decades, with a record to prove it.

    So your attempt at belittling progressives who support progressive principles regardless of who is espousing them is noted and rejected.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002713660098 Christina Smith

    Like Republicans trying to demagogue Obamacare before any data points come in, we shouldn’t expect to see full benefits immediately after implementation. It’ll take a few years for the law to spread to everyone that could willingly benefit from it, I think, so it may well take longer than 2014.

  • http://twitter.com/Zvyozdochka Zvyozdochka

    The word you’re looking for is “treason”. People ought to start using it.

  • Aurthor

    He looks evil.

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