GOPocrisy, Obama, Republicans — August 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

10 ideas Republicans loved until Barack Obama became President


It’s not the ideas they hate, is it?

Republican obstructionism isn’t exactly new in Washington, D.C. It’s been all the rage since Barack Obama was elected President. Since then, a majority of Republicans have gone to great lengths in an attempt to torpedo his Presidency.

The twisted irony is this: Many of the ideas President Obama and the Democrats have tried to put forth were actually Republican ideas first. So when you think about it, finding common ground and passing legislation that might, you know, help the American people, would be possible if  Republicans weren’t hell-bent on attacking President Obama.

Here are 10 examples:

1. The Obamacare individual mandate. Before they became obsessed with bringing down Obamacare, Republicans had the idea of a free-rider fee for people who can afford health insurance but refuse to buy it, also known as the individual mandate. The free-rider fee is part of “Romneycare” in Massachusetts.

2. End-of-life counseling. Republicans also used to include counseling for end-of-life issues in their own healthcare proposals. But when President Obama liked the idea? Well, he just wants to kill your grandparents. Oh, and by the way, the so-called “death panels” are nothing of the kind. It’s simply about giving patients and their families the information they need to make the best decisions about the end-of-life care they want.

3. Donor disclosure. Before they opposed the DISCLOSE Act, Republican Congressional leaders were all for transparency in campaign contributions. How can we forget House GOP leader John Boehner proclaiming that “sunlight is the best disinfectant”?

4. Clean energy. There was once a day when Congressional Republicans made clean energy a priority. They supported national energy laboratories, hybrid-vehicle manufacturers and the development of electric car batteries. Now, of course, they want nothing to do with clean energy. After all, there are plenty of climate-change deniers to claim there’s no reason to make the investment.

5. Medicare cost savings. Before they accused Obamacare of “cutting” $700 billion from Medicare, Republicans in Congress proposed the same $700 billion in savings from reducing waste and inefficiencies in Medicare. But unlike the cuts made by Obamacare, which come from eliminating excess payments to providers (not patients), the GOP wanted to use the money for more tax cuts for the wealthy. Not to mention that Republicans have been trying to make cuts to Medicare for years, and still are. Vouchers, anyone?

6. Deficit-reduction commission. This one’s downright blatant. Republicans in Congress voted against their own bill to create a deficit-reduction commission because, according to a former GOP senator, they wanted to “stick it to the president.”

7. Welfare flexibility. After wanting more flexibility to eliminate red tape and move people out of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and into jobs, Mitt Romney, GOP governors and Congressional Republicans fought the idea when the Obama Administration proposed it.

8. Nuclear START treaty. Before they tried to block the nuclear START treaty negotiated by the Obama Administration, Republican leaders supported it under Presidents Reagan and Bush.

9. Gun violence prevention. Republicans in Congress helped President Reagan pass the Brady Bill establishing a national gun purchase background check system and pass a ban on military-style assault weapons. Now Republicans in Congress
oppose restoring the ban
, and voted against closing the background check loophole that lets criminals buy guns easily at gun shows and over the Internet.

10. Upholding the Constitution. Many Republicans — especially Conservatives — say they live by the Constitution. But they can’t seem to make up their minds about the Constitution’s eligibility requirements to serve as President. Conservatives have, and still do, argue that if President Obama were born in a foreign country (which he wasn’t) to his American mother, he’d be ineligible to be President. But they don’t seem to have a problem with Tea Party darling Senator Ted Cruz running for President — even though he actually was born in a foreign country to an American mother.

[GOPosaur image courtesy of Daily Kos]

  • DerfelDog

    Racism, pure and simple and blatant as hell.

    • Alan Teague

      Racism and war on women! That’s all you’ve got bc you can’t win debating the issues!

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  • judyms9

    Thank you for the concise summary, and I’m sure you find additional instances of historical sanity in the Republican Party before they became the party of anti-American sore losers who are happy only when the likes of Bush and Cheney push them around. They have lost their moral compass and now navigate by staring directly into the sun.

    • David W. Russell

      Hahahahahahah we are the party of sore losers? Right!! All those protests and marches conservatives had when Obama was President. How’s it feel to be blind?

  • RobertSeattle

    Key and Peele nail it when they do a skit on Obama meeting with Republicans.

    • Amy Lynn Smith

      Ha! Perfect.

  • MEH

    Add to #10. that George Romney didn’t seem to think that being born in Mexico should keep him from running for President in 1968. And that John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone.

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  • Alan Teague

    You can Google all of these issues and see the truth behind every single one.

    • $6 trillion in new national debt under Obama…after he promised to decrease the deficit.

    • Obamacare — A massive and incredibly convoluted bill which exponentially increases the federal government’s control over our personal lives…which neither Obama nor a single Democrat even read before passing, and which will likely bankrupt the nation.

    • Billions of taxpayer dollars gambled on “green” companies like Solyndra, NextEra, Light Squared, Ener1, Solar Trust and many others — all of which went bankrupt.

    • An intentional refusal to enforce federal immigration laws.

    • Unemployment at or above 8% for almost his entire term in office (which was actually closer to 15% actual unemployment).

    • Operation Fast & Furious — a government-sponsored illegal gun-running scheme designed to purposely go awry so as to induce public outcry for gun control.

    • Spent 20 years listening to a racist anti-American pastor (Rev. Jeremiah Wright), whom Obama desribed as a mentor. On March 18, 2008, Obama gave a speech in which he said “I could no more disown Jeremiah Wright than I could disown my own grandmother” and “[Wright’s church, Trinity United] embodies the black community in its entirety.” Now Obama tries to pretend that Jeremiah Wright doesn’t exist, and that his extremist anti-white philosophy didn’t influence Obama’s worldview.

    • Increased the percentage of Americans dependent on food stamps to unprecedented levels (now over 15% of the nation’s population).

    • Before he entered politics, Obama worked as a lawyer suing banks in landmark cases, forcing them to give home loans to unqualified minority borrowers — a practice now understood as one of the primary initial causes of the eventual housing bubble and market collapse.

    • Handed out over 1,200 waivers to politically connected donors exempting them from the onerous requirements of Obamacare.

    • Greatly expanding the number of unaccountable “czars,” which essentially amounts to unilaterally adding new federal departments with no congressional oversight — leading to a true “bureaucracy” in the original sense (rule by unelected bureaucrats).

    • Using taxpayer dollars to bail out the private pension funds of autoworkers’ unions at GM & Chrysler.

    • Illegally ending the welfare-to-work requirements passed by Congress.

    • Doling out $800 billion in stimulus cash for “shovel-ready” jobs that didn’t exist — the money just evaporated with no measurable economic benefit.

    • Alienating and isolating Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East.

    • Apologizing to Islamists and terrorists for offending them.

    • Under Obama’s watch, for the first time in history America’s credit rating was downgraded, due to his poor economic policies.

    • Stopped American oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, allowing other nations with worse environmental records to drill instead — thereby managing to both weaken our economy and damage the environment simultaneously.

    • Proposed in 2008 to intentionally bankrupt the coal industry — and now lies to voters and workers in coal-producing regions about his true intent.

    • Pretends to be concerned about skyrocketing energy prices, when in fact he vowed to increase them on purpose (so as to make alternative energy schemes more competitive.)

    • In a primary debate against Hillary Clinton in 2008, Obama said he would never force people to buy health insurance, since those without it couldn’t afford to buy it. Less than two years later, he rammed through Obamacare, which does indeed force people to buy health insurance.

    • During the 2008 campaign, Obama repeatedly promised that if he was elected “No family making less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase.” This promise was broken over and over again once he was elected.

    • In 2008 Obama vowed if elected to increase security along the U.S.-Mexican border — and then in 2010 stopped construction of a “virtual fence” on the border and re-routed money earmarked for border security to other projects.

    • Cash for Clunkers, which doled out taxpayer money to anyone who wanted to replace their old cars, but which mostly only ended up subsidizing the puchase of foreign-made cars by people who could have afforded them on their own anyway; meanwhile, the traded-in cars were all destroyed, creating a shortage and thereby increasing the cost of used cars, hurting the pocketbooks of poor people.

    • Violated the U.S. Constitution by authorizing assassinations and drone strikes to kill American citizens abroad — without due process.

    • Was caught on a “hot mike” promising the President of Russia that he would cave in to their demands for a weaker missile shield — after he was re-elected and no longer had to keep up the pretense that he sought to defend America.

    • Soon after taking office, Obama rescinded the “Mexico City Policy,” which previously had banned NGOs which are supported by American taxpayer funds from using those funds to perform abortions in foreign countries.

    • Appointed Van Jones, a former avowed communist who supported a “9/11 Truth” petition, to be “Green Jobs Czar.”

    • Appointed Anita Dunn, who said Chairman Mao was her “favorite philosopher,” to be White House Communications Director.

    • Appointed John Holdren, who perviously entertained the notion of forced mass sterilzation to stop overpopulation, to be Science Czar.

    • Appointed Steven Chu, who openly advocated an artificial increase in gasoline prices to $10/gallon (and similar increases in other energy prices) to be Secretary of Energy.

    • Appointed Kevin Jennings, who led a group that promoted X-rated “sex-positive” textbooks for 13-year-olds, instructed teenagers at a conference how to perform “fisting” (anal penetration by fists), who refused to report instances of statutory rape, and who expressed admiration for a member of NAMBLA, to be America’s “Safe School’s Czar.”

    • When states voted to enforce the federal immigration laws which the federal government refused to enforced, Obama sued to stop them.

    • Blocked continued construction of the Keystone Pipeline, thereby intentionally reducing energy resources for the US and forcing Canada to sell more of its oil to China.

    • Repeatedly changed his position on gay marriage over the years, depending on what was politically expedient at the moment and which intended audience he was addressing.

    • Before he was president, Obama staunchly opposed raising the national debt limit — but once elected, he insisted that it be raised.

    • When giving a 2009 speech in France that he hoped and assumed Americans would never hear, he described the United States as “arrogant” and “dismissive.”

    • When states tied to stop election fraud with voter ID laws, Obama sued to prevent them from doing so.

    • Instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to stonewall any investigation into the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers.

    • Promised in 2008 that once elected he would officially recognize the Armenian Genocide; but to this date he has still failed to do so, caving in to threats and pressure from Turkey.

    • Vowed to end the influence of lobbyists in Washington, but under Obama’s watch their influence has only increased.

    • When he was first running for President, Obama promised, “I will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.” Needless to say, he has broken that promise with almost every bill he has signed since.

    • Aided and abetted the “Arab Spring” which deposed existing secular governments across North Africa, leading to a regional power vacuum which was filled by Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other hardline Islamists.

    • Refused to provide assistance or support the the earlier secular Iranian democracy uprising, allowing them to be crushed by the Islamic fundamentalist Iranian regime.

    • In his first months in office, Obama bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia, the president of China, the Emperor of Japan, and President of Mexico, among others.

    • Ordered NASA to make one of its top priorities not space exploration or scientific research but “Muslim outreach.”

    • Used Obamacare as a pretext to greatly increase the size and power of the IRS (which was given 16,000 new agents and additional mandates to penalize taxpayers for noncompliance).

    • Used the IRS to harass conservative businesses.

    • In the GM bailout, he illegally shortchanged investors who according to bankruptcy laws were first in line to be recompensed; instead, he gave their share to the unions.

    • Shut down oil drilling in the US, but then turned around and lent $2 billion to Brazil to support their government-controlled oil-drilling effort — and then promised the US would become one of Brazil’s biggest oil customers.

    • Sued Boeing in an effort to control where businesses could locate, kowtow to the unions, and block the creation of 1,000 jobs in South Carolina, a right-to-work (i.e. no forced unionization) state.

    • Adopted a longstanding Socialist political slogan, “Forward!”, as his 2012 campaign motto.

    • Sent insulting form letters to the familes of dead SEALs.

    • Neither disavowed nor distanced himself from anti-Romney campaign ads which threatened or implied vilence against Republicans.

    • Shortly after the recent eruption of anti-American violence in North Africa, Obama went to Las Vegas to do his debate preparation in a hotel…with a romanticized North Africa theme.

    • Said in an interview that the Muslim call to prayer was “the most beautiful sound in the world.”

    • Union boss and far-left activist Andy Stern has visitied Obama in the White House at least 53 times, at last count — greater access than any other private citizen.

    • Hosted at the White House many Islamist members of groups associated with Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc.

    • Sponsored performances by and attended fundraisers with radical rappers like Michael Franti and Common, both of whose lyrics have in some cases been anti-police, anti-white, and anti-America.

    • Hired Timothy Geithner, who is documented as cheating on his own personal taxes, to be Secretary of the Treasury.

    • Told Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher that it was good to “spread the wealth around.”

    • Told small business owners nationwide in a 2012 speech that “you didn’t build that” — implying that they should not claim credit for their own success, since taxpayers (i.e. themselves and other business owners) had funded the national infrastructure.

    • Insulted the British people by rudely returning to them a bust of Churchill which previously had been a ceremonial gift on display at the White House; when later confronted on this inexplicable action, he lied about it.

  • Alan Teague

    Let a black conservative run for office, see who the real racists are!

    • Steven6319

      It’s your ideas that are repugnant.


      Yep like Carson…

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  • Tim Luke

    Hyper-partisanship really can make great ideas sound terrible and vice versa. *sigh*

  • VSamuels

    The GOP is no longer a serious political party, but thanks in part to a hapless corporate electronic media—they have managed to escape the sort of real scrutint of their 16 or so presidential aspirants who should be explaining what has changed in their philosophies from the failure of George Bush. Sure, some of the questions were tough, if not at times a bit seemingly personal, but what was ignored is the republican policies that tanked the country and plunged it into a couple of wars.

    The notion that none of these folks were directly asked about republican policies and theories and the lack of legislative accomplishments, should signal how important it is not to have these folks return back to power. Not a single GOP candidate spoke clearly about what they stood for and their vision to deliver it to the American people, some had real good rehearsed answers, yet the substantive responses—void of hatred of ALL President Obama, doesn’t exist.

    President Obama co-opted their ideas and the best they could do was to deny him and these ideas in the sunlight of public opinion—-and, without any other ideas to replace them. In essence, they have given President Obama and the Democrats their workable policies to improve upon, while they stand on the sideline and whine. It was also worth noting that inspite of how much hate they have collectively directed to President Obama—few times did they take open swipes at the Muslim, Communist, Marxist, race baiting, failure, with no class.

    You would have thought they suddenly realized this was about them.

  • billybear3

    Republicans hate Obama more than they love America….


      You mean Obama hates America more he hates Republicans.

  • SWSimpson

    The GOP always hates it when a Democrat is in the White House…. they do everything to discredit, malign, implicate and distort the facts… with President Obama, that absolute hatred became more personal, more vicious, more disrespectful, more harmful to the nation as a whole. My white Republican Mother will tell you that it is her believe that the color of President Obama’s skin absolutely was a factor in their complete hatred of a decent, compassionate and dedicated man.

  • Snad264

    President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Bill (Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, signed into law 11/30/1993). not Ronald Reagan.

  • David W. Russell

    Amy Lynn Smith you have to be one of the top Kool-Aid brain liberals I’ve ever seen. Most of your list is totally false and your reference to Obamacare ideas from Romney is a joke. One liberal state, for a program that never was or will be part of the Republican platform. Also go check any bill that the Republicans voted against and you’ll find attachments that would have raised the debt even more. Democrats had two years control of both houses and gave us Obamacare that no one could see until they voted on it! Harry Reid never had a budget in six years they controlled the Senate. Your college needs to be closed and you need to be fired. What a disgrace to the human race.