By Daniel Patrick Schamle, Lawrence
To the editor:
After the 2010 congressional elections (in which the Republican/tea party took control of the House and gained in the Senate), top Republican leaders were caught on film speaking to their followers, saying the “No. 1 priority” was to make President Obama a one-term president. With the country in the midst of the worst economic state since the Great Depression, an economic disaster caused by Republicans, they were going to focus on destroying a Democratic president. This was just days after campaigning for a year on “creating jobs.” But if jobs were created, if more people were employed, it made Obama more popular, increasing his chances of being re-elected. What to do?
How about not presenting a single (not one) jobs bill in the House? How about using the filibuster to kill Democratic-sponsored job bills in the Senate? “Priority One” must be served. Besides, the corporations (overwhelmingly Republican) are doing swimmingly — record low taxes (even before loopholes) and basking in wonderful profits over the last three years. Who cares about the middle and lower classes? Let them eat cake.