The Republican Party, led by Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), posted a shut out vote on the stimulus package. Representative Cantor is quoting as saying… "Tell Speaker Pelosi to begin to work with us." That statement and the failure of the House Republicans to bring mature minds to the table in these critical times speaks volumes for the demise for the Republican’s hoping to hold their seats in 2010.
I am still trying to understand how the Minority Whip could ignore the attempts of the President to bring bi-partisanship to the table in these trying times simply because he wanted to send a message to Speaker Pelosi. Did he think that by not voting for the Stimulus Package Speaker Pelosi’s feelings would be hurt, that she will think twice before she "denies" the Republican Party the right to dictate how legislation will be worded? Only a fool would assume such!
What the Minority Whip did was ignore the welfare of the American people; the message that he sent didn’t reach Speaker Pelosi; the message landed in the stomach of the United States of America’s citizenry! The Minority Whip is young, dumb, and full of manure and he will pay a considerable price for his stupidity. If the Republican Party thought that 2006 was a disaster, and 2008 was a holocaust, then 2010 probably be called the Mother of all Apocalypses. The message is that the Republican Party didn't get the two previous messages that certainly were sent by the people on November 4th – Democrats rule!
Obama has extended a hand to everyone that would meet him halfway. He has gone to Congress and held meetings with each Party within the Senate and the House in an attempt to gain a bi-partisan response to this bill. He has gone to big business with hopes of getting their input. We have listened as he explained his objectives to us, the American people, via radio, television, and YouTube. Apparently, that was not enough for the Republican House and its leaders Eric Cantor and John Boehner.
In a democracy, silence is not golden; it is condonance in the face of injustices; it is fear, where the thought of reprisal fosters control - Rodney A. Davis