Thursday, July 15, 2010 | 2:03 a.m.
There is no question that the American people are growing impatient because of our economic woes. Families are suffering because of critical unemployment numbers. Congress is stagnated and can’t get necessary reforms passed, primarily due to an obstructionist minority in both houses of Congress.
Our memories are short. People don’t realize how close we were to another Depression. Since it didn’t happen, the argument is that it would not have happened and bailing out Wall Street was a mistake. We were losing jobs at the rate of over 700,000 per month when President Barack Obama took office. His administration is given no credit for reversing that trend.
Former President George W. Bush’s miscue comes to mind when he botched the well-known quip by saying, “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”
Of course, you can be fooled again! Listen up, particularly you independents. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
The Republican leadership’s prescription is “no” to every attempt by the current administration to offer solutions to a host of dire predicaments. Their failure to work with the party in power toward fixing problems affecting our country is an indication of what their priorities are. Lie in the weeds; blame the other guy; get power back.
I agree with the president that the Republicans drove the car into the ditch, and they should not be given the keys back. In fact, their license should be suspended because they have demonstrated that they drive and govern recklessly.
Sadly, there is a growing percentage of the electorate inclined to believe that the Republicans were not driving, that there was no car, and there was no ditch. Maybe they are metaphorically challenged. This certainly is the case for the Tea Party crowd, but I hope coolheaded Republicans and independents don’t get fooled again. “Fool me twice, shame on me!”