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The GOP and insane resistance

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I’ve had a couple of comments from Republicans. Their comments were civil and  naturally enough supported the Republican view, but both comments showed the same problem: they were talking about the GOP of 10-20 years ago, when it was still rational.

For example, regarding the use of the filibuster, one commenter did the "both parties are guilty" trick, apparently in ignorance of the one-sided use of the filibuster:


That is from this post by Kevin Drum. While it is true that both parties have used the filibuster, do you notice anything unusual about the current Congress?

Another said that the problem was that Democrats rejected all ideas from the GOP and would not work together. That also shows considerable ignorance of what is happening. Healthcare reform had so many GOP ideas in it that it’s generally seen as the Mitt Romney plan—the same thing the GOP supported in Massachusetts. Indeed,take a look:

… a few of the Republican initiatives included in legislation passed by Congress:

Includes personal responsibility incentives: Allows health insurance premium to vary based on participation in proven employer wellness programs

(Sources: H.R. 3468, “Promoting Health and Preventing Chronic Disease through Prevention and Wellness Programs for Employees, Communities, and Individuals Act” (Castle bill); H.R. 4038, “Common Sense Health Care Reform & Accountability Act” (Republican Substitute bill); H.R. 3400, “Empowering Patients First Act” (Republican Study Committee bill); H.R. 3970, “Medical Rights & Reform Act” (Kirk bill), “Coverage, Prevention and Reform Act”)

Advances medical liability reform through grants to States: Provides grants to States to jump-start and evaluate promising medical liability reform ideas to put patient safety first, prevent medical errors, and reduce liability premiums.

(Sources: S. 1783, “Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America Act” (Enzi bill); H.R. 3400, “Empowering Patients First Act” (Republican Study Committee bill); H.R. 4529, “Roadmap for America’s Future Act” (Ryan bill); S. 1099, “Patients’ Choice Act” (Burr-Coburn, Ryan-Nunes bill))

Extends dependent coverage to age 26: Gives young adults new options.

(Sources: H.R. 4038, “Common Sense Health Care Reform & Accountability Act” (Republican Substitute bill); H.R. 3970, “Medical Rights & Reform Act” (Kirk bill))

Allows automatic enrollment by employers in health insurance: Allows employee to opt-out.

(Sources: House Republican Substitute; H.R. 3400, “Empowering Patients First Act” (Republican Study Committee bill); “Coverage, Prevention, and Reform Act” )

Mechanisms to improve quality.

(Sources: H.R. 4529, “Roadmap for America’s Future Act;” S. 1099, “Patients’ Choice Act;” H.R. 3400, Republican Study Group bill; S. 1783, “Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America Act” (Enzi bill))

Community Mental Health Centers. The President’s Proposal ensures that individuals have access to comprehensive mental health services in the community setting, but strengthens standards for facilities that seek reimbursement as community mental health centers by ensuring these facilities are providing appropriate care and not taking advantage of Medicare patients or the taxpayers.

(Source: H.R. 3970, “Medical Rights & Reform Act”)

That’s just in healthcare reform. The same thing happens in other legislation as well. Cap-and-trade, for example, was proposed by the GOP. The Dems signed on, and the GOP immediately then opposed the idea.

Written by Leisureguy

30 July 2010 at 11:16 am

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  1. I don’t quite understand your point. I never denied that Democrats have used the filibuster. I was making the point that its use today has gone beyond all previous limits. (Thurmond, BTW, was always a conservative, and after being a Dixiecrat became a Republican. You can get an idea of his party by noting that he was filibustering against the Civil Rights Act—which is still opposed by many Republicans.)

    I don’t agree with the quotation you provided. The number of filibusters is beyond all reason, and the GOP has filibustered every piece of important legislation, as well as placing holds and refusing to confirm appointments. I understand your loyalty, but you really need to look at the facts.

    Thanks for commenting, though.



    30 July 2010 at 12:52 pm

  2. I was thinking more about your comment and the quoted matter, and it struck me that Strom Thurmond exactly encapsulates a point I was making. Although Thurmond was labeled a “Democrat” at the start of his political career, the meaning of the word has changed (in terms of what it denotes in the political positions of the day): The Thurmond Democrat of that era would undoubtedly be totally opposed to at least progressive Democrats today and perhaps to all Democrats—Thurmond after all did change his party affiliation.

    Just so, I’m saying, the “Republican” of today is a far, far cry from the Republican of 20 years ago. And indeed we’ve seen stalwart long-time Republicans drummed out of today’s party for being insufficiently conservative. This is new, and the GOP is moving hard-right as fast as it can, with the Tea Party as its new center.

    But I guess you don’t see it that way.



    30 July 2010 at 1:16 pm

  3. I did read that, but I gave it no credibility. Sorry about that, but from I sit I see the Senate struggling to pass any significant measures against strong GOP resistance, and I can count as well as you the number of nominees still to be confirmed—and compare that to presidents past.

    I attempted to communicate this in my comment by writing, “I don’t agree with the quotation you provided.” I’m sorry that was not clear. I need more evidence than the simple statement.

    This GOP has completely embraced obstructionism. If you can’t see that, I’m



    31 July 2010 at 7:41 am

  4. Regarding the refusal of the GOP to confirm presidential appointments, take a look at this post.



    31 July 2010 at 7:43 am

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