Republicans stomp their feet and ignore any effort to move the country forward

Way to go, Republicans. Seriously, nice job – you sure are delivering on your campaign promises; not even in office yet, and already determinedly stepping the country back ten, twenty, thirty years of progress in economics, energy and national security. Happy Hanukkah.

Today, the Associated Press reports that “Senate Republicans intend to block action on virtually all Democratic-backed legislation unrelated to tax cuts and government spending in the current postelection session of Congress, officials said Tuesday, adding that the leadership has quietly collected signatures on a letter pledging to carry out the strategy.

What ever happened to bipartisan compromise? Oh wait, that’s right – it doesn’t apply to the good old GOP, only to Democrats who are so-obviously “out of touch” with the American people.

“Despite what some Democrats in Congress have suggested, voters did not signal they wanted more cooperation on the Democrats’ big-government policies that most Americans oppose,” Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and incoming House Speaker John Boehner wrote in an op-ed article published in the Washington Post. – AP

Yes, “big-government policies” whose agendas have been so extremely exaggerated, distorted and in many cases outright lied about by the Right-wing media in an effort to convince the less-informed masses (aka Republican voters) what to think, say and feel.

According to the anonymously-signed letter delivered to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this morning, Republicans intend to block ALL debate on ALL legislation until they unconditionally “get their way” regarding the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts –  even if it means missing the opportunity to pass DADT, unemployement insurance and the DREAM Act.

“[W]e write to inform you that we will not agree to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to any legislative item until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers,” the letter reads. “With little time left in this Congressional session, legislative scheduling should be focused on these critical priorities. While there are other items that might ultimately be worthy of the Senate’s attention, we cannot agree to prioritize any matters above the critical issues of funding the government and preventing a job-killing tax hike.” – Anonymous Republican Senators

Funny how the signatures were “quietly” collected (anonymously), as it aims to block ground-breaking legislation (and sure-to-be hot-button 2012 campaign issues).

Current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid answered the letter quite effectively by calling out the hypocritical Republican “work with us or else” agenda:

Reid: “My Republican colleagues…know that the true effect of this letter is to prevent the Senate from acting on many important issues that have bipartisan support. With this letter, they have simply put in writing the political strategy that the Republicans pursued this entire Congress: Namely, obstruct, delay action on critical matters, and then blame the Democrats for not addressing the needs of American people. Very cynical, but very obvious. Very transparent.”

Meanwhile, in another corner of the soon-to-be Republican House, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), an adamant climate change skeptic (denier), officially announced plans to relinquish the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, which Nancy Pelosi created in 2007.

Sensenbrenner is simply choosing to ignore the dangers of climate change and subject the country to the likely pitfalls of an energy-dominant India, China or even Germany without regard to the national security threats from our continued dependence on foreign oil.

This unabashed effort to delegitimize climate change and essentially roll back the Obama administration’s aggressive climate policies is nothing more than an appeasement to Big Oil and the Right-wing stance of God over science, stupidity over logic. And sadly, he will get away with it.

Because, as always, today’s empowered Republicans do not seem to believe in accountability. Or infrastructure. Or energy independence. Or national security. Or personal freedom. They prefer to mask themselves behind the guise of exceptionalism and re-name it as “patriotism”, because too many in this country still do not understand the difference.