The Republicans are fundamentally unserious people

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It’s hard for the government to get anything done in this critical moment in American history, and the reason for the disastrous gridlock is simple: Republicans are fundamentally unserious people.

There’s a pandemic raging, 898,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits just last week, and the stock market is convulsing because Washington can’t pass an economic stimulus bill. The Democrats passed a more than $3 trillion plan in the House in June, while Senate Republicans have argued since this summer that we don’t need a large scale bill.

And no matter what the headlines claim about back and forth between the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Senate GOP’s position hasn’t changed either — and that’s all that matters. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will spend no more than $500 billion on a “targeted” (some may say “paltry and inadequate”) stimulus bill to combat the pandemic, and he plans to bring such a doomed bill to the floor of the Senate.

If it feels like there’s some action on this front, it’s only because the Trump White House is negotiating with House Speaker Pelosi like a pig on LSD. Trump has said he wants an even bigger bill than the one House Democrats passed. Of course, such a bill does not exist, he hasn’t done much to whip votes for such a bill with fellow Republicans, and since the president is lagging in the polls he has little leverage over McConnell.

Talking to the White House is a waste unless it can move McConnell (unlikely). And McConnell’s bill likely won’t provide aid to hurting state and local governments, so it’s a no-go with Democrats. These are not serious negotiations, because the Republicans are not serious about this issue — or really anything else.

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The only thing Republicans seem serious about doing is appointing judges, not just in the Supreme Court — where some polls show their rush confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett has met widespread disapproval from Americans — but in courts all over the country.

That is because appointing judges and creating a conservative judicial system perpetuates their power. So Republicans are working fast, appointing more judges to appeals courts than any president since Carter. But even there, the GOP is not taking things that seriously — making the power grab obvious. Trump has also nominated more judges rated “not qualified” by The American Bar Association (ABA) to the bench than any President since 1989 (when the ABA started keeping track).

Aside from all that, you won’t see Republicans get much done aside from cutting taxes. The GOP is a party without a plan or a platform (at this year’s RNC it presented one thing as its platform — Donald Trump.) It has no ideas, no vision for the future of America, no policy proposals, no ambitions beyond maintaing power for itself and those who support it. That is why it is more than useless at a time when we desperately need to get things …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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