As the plane climbed above the clouds just after takeoff, one belligerent man starting yelling "I hope the pilot fails!! I hope the pilot fails!!" Of course, there was only one parachute on that plane and the guy screaming also happened to be the guy with the parachute.
On most planes, the other 199 passengers would likely subdue the man– nobody wants the pilot to crash. But when the plane is the United States of America, the pilot is President Barack Obama and the passenger is Rush Limbaugh, a vocal minority on the plane, against their best interests, also want to the pilot to fail. Of course only Limbaugh, with his $400 million contract and millions more in the bank can afford for the President to fail. However, the rest of us, just like the passengers on the plane, can’t afford for President Obama to fail. We can’t afford the plane to crash.
So why did the Republican party decide to follow Rush Limbaugh in 2009? Why did Republicans want the economy to fail?
The Republican message this election year is President Obama failed the American people on the economy. They are correct; the economy, although better than it was four years ago, is lagging under the weight of 8.2% unemployment.
But, as we count down the days to the presidential election between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, and I hear Romney’s message of President Obama being at fault for the nation’s economy, what I don’t hear is Romney’s plan on getting the economy back to where it was when Bill Clinton was president.
What I do hear is Rush Limbaugh’s words echoing... "I hope he fails!" Then I remember the GOP in lockstep, sitting on their hands, doing absolutely nothing to help get the economy back on track. Then I remember a political party that bet– and hoped– the economy would go further in the tank so they could blame our economic woes on President Obama.
Republicans should not be rewarded with the White House for not only hoping our families’ economic situation got worse under the Obama administration, but by doing nothing to assist our families over the last four years.
So, even though I lack the enthusiasm I had four years ago when I voted for Barack Obama, I’ll support him again this year. I don’t mind Mitt Romney. He might make a good president. But I don’t like his party. I cannot condone what his party did in 2009 and 2010 when they did nothing to help the struggling economy. Republicans made a calculated decision to forsake the American economy so they could retake Congress in 2010 and the White House in 2012. The GOP should not be rewarded with the White House for betting against America.
So when you listen to the arguments this fall over what President Obama did or failed to do as President to help your family, ask yourself what did Republicans do to help you. What policies did the GOP put forward to help our ailing economy? You may disagree with the president’s policies which may be your reason to vote for Mitt Romney. But, if the economy is the reason for your vote– Republicans should be held to account. Their inaction– and the calculation behind it– speaks volumes about a party that is willing to sabotage America to win an election.