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Mon Dec 30, 2013, 08:27 AM

Republicans: Cynical Paralysis


Republicans: Cynical Paralysis
Le Figaro, France
By Jean-Sébastien Stehli
Translated By Kim Wang
23 December 2013
Edited by Gillian Palmer

The Republicans’ strategy for winning the U.S. midterm election next November is simple: Pose small questions and do nothing. It is difficult to make an error when one's political philosophy is inaction. A Republican leader recently confided to Time Magazine, “Ideally, we'd freeze things the way they are in amber until November.” Eloquent. In 2014, Congress could be even less productive than in 2013 — too bad for American citizens.

With a bit of luck, the next session in Congress could be the least productive in nearly a half-century. During its last session, less than 60 bills were passed, which almost sets a record.

Republicans, who were seven points behind after the two weeks of government shutdown (47-40 percent), are now ahead (44-41 percent). Political commentators had already started to bet that John Boehner, the House Speaker, would lose his majority this November. Today, however, the situation has been reversed. The GOP has been greatly assisted in its comeback by the disastrous launch of Obamacare.

However, good economic data, notably a 4.1 percent growth in the last trimester, could still allow the Democrats to pull ahead.

unhappycamper comment: A word or two on Obamacare.

1. The 'Obamacare' health care plan was written by the Heritage organization. (Insurance companies love it.)

2. Mitt the Shit implemented the Heritage's health care plan in Mass.

3. What we really need is a single-payer heath care system.

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