Re: “GOP sacrifices jobs in shameless bid to win election” (TNT, 6-13).
After the attacks of 9/11, Americans rightly closed ranks behind President George Bush, Democrats and Republicans alike. Those Democrats who balked at the headlong rush to war were labeled as al-Qaida sympathizers or worse. They were labeled as soft on terrorism because they didn’t go along with legislation such as the Patriot Act or the Military Commissions Act, even though both seriously weakened our Constitution.
In the end, their skepticism of the Bush administration proved well-founded. After inheriting a budget surplus, that Republican administration spent like drunken sailors, put our economy into the ditch and then handed the keys to the new president.
On the very day Barack Obama was inaugurated, in a month in which hundred of thousands of Americans lost their jobs, Republican leaders were meeting behind closed doors, conspiring and pledging among themselves that they would obstruct every measure introduced by Obama even if that measure would ease suffering and put Americans back to work.
They would just say no. No to jobs, no to anything that would make Obama look good because they knew that continued joblessness, indeed even if it meant the very destruction of the middle class, would be their path to retake the White House in 2012.
So we must ask ourselves, if our country is faced with a crisis, be it military or financial, are the acts of those who would deliberately block efforts meant to help our people and nation, the acts of a traitor?