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January 31, 2014

In Your Opinion: Dems must fight obstructionist GOP

The Daily Star

---- — According to Robert Draper’s book, “GOP’s Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration,” while Obama was celebrating his inauguration, top Republican lawmakers and strategists at a private dinner in Washington were conjuring up ways to submarine his presidency. 

They decided on day one they weren’t going to negotiate on anything. Republicans decide to make it Obama’s economy and they wouldn’t have their fingerprints on it.

In 2010, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted his No. 1 one goal was to make Obama a one-term president.

Republicans still don’t have any interest in improving the lives of the average American. They’re acting as if the 2012 election vindicated their strategy of obstruction.

Post-FDR and preceding Reagan, most Americans experienced prosperity. Today, we are the country with the highest level of income inequality. The growing concentration of wealth at the top is very disturbing.

Congressional Democrats must not accept the Republican vision of government. They must never consent to policies that pander to the super-wealthy while hurting the rest of us.

Citizens United is about giving billionaires the power to tell members of Congress what they can and cannot do. Voters must reject lawmakers who believe that corporations are people, allowing unlimited anonymous money to flood our elections and drown out compassionate voices.

The tea party and Republican Party share the same political playbook. They demonize the poor while protecting profitable oil corporations, costing taxpayers $21 billion a year in subsidies.

After the Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act, Republican-controlled state legislatures passed laws to suppress the minority vote. There exists no evidence of widespread voter fraud, and Colin Powell warned Republicans that the strict voter identification laws they’re pursuing will damage that party’s standing.

Jim O’Leary