July 15, 2014 3 Comments
Seriously. How can their be any doubt about this from an objective observer. I was listening to last week’s Slate political gabfest yesterday and David Plotz was making the point that Republicans are actively sabotaging government so they can make the claim that government doesn’t work and thereby undermine the Democratic agenda to effectively use government for the common good. Sadly, to a considerable degree, this project is working. I was about to simply link to a Drum post that highlights how Republicans are refusing to properly fund the federal bureacucacies that handle immigration— all the better to foment a “crisis.”
Obama has tried to get funding for more judges as part of the annual budgeting process. No luck. He’s tried to pass comprehensive immigration reform that included funding for more judges. No luck. Now he’s trying to get emergency funding for the border crisis that would include money for more judges. So far, no luck.
There are, obviously, multiple causes of the current border crisis. As usual, though, Congress is one of them—and, in particular, obstructive congressional Republicans who aren’t really much interested in doing something that would fix an ongoing border crisis that provides them with useful political attack ads. If Congress needs someone to point the finger of blame at, all they have to do is look in a mirror.
Okay, good enough post. But then just before I was going to post this, I came upon this Wonkblog post actually titled, “One political party is actively working to make government fail (guess which one!)” And this is not just some blogger musing, the post is based on a study by esteemed Political Scientist, Paul Light. Here’s the key:
Republican contributions to government failure, on the other hand, have been “very deliberate.” Here Light minces no words, and its worth quoting him at length:
Republicans exploited the Democratic cowardice by doing everything in their power to undermine performance. They stonewalled needed policy changes, and made implementation of new programs as difficult as possible; they cut budgets, staffs, and collateral capacity to a minimum, proving the adage that the logical extension of doing more with less is doing everything with nothing; they used the presidential appointments process to decapitate key agencies, and appointed more than their share of unqualified executives; and they muddied mission, tolerated unethical conduct, and gamed the performance measure process to guarantee failing scores for as many government policies as possible. [emphasis mine]
Again, Paul Light is not exactly Daily Kos. This comes from a fair, reasoned analysis. And, honestly, this is truly shameful. Republicans are actively working to make things worse for the American people. Sure, they convince themselves that this is just collateral damage for a greater good of a smaller government led by Republicans. But honestly, this is just truly deplorable. And sadly, quite effective as most Americans just don’t pay enough attention to realize what’s going on and who to blame. They just know government is not working. Are Democrats partially at fault? Of course. But let’s be clear, there’s only one party in America that is actively undermining attempts to make government work for the American people.