Updated with stats! For Republicans, “Compromise” Joins “Liberal” as a Dirty Word

In the late George Carlin’s classic bit on the Seven Words You can’t Say on Radio or TV, he laments that there really are no “bad words,” only “bad thoughts” associated with certain words.

In 1994, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, employing a list of negative references to Democrats, Progressives and Liberals, was successful in getting the word “Liberal” to be taking in a very negative sense even though “Liberty” is a root of the term.  President Obama’s address to the nation last night underscored that for Republicans, the word “compromise” is not only a dirty word, it’s a complete and unforgivable sin.  If you look at the debt-ceiling plan offered by Democrats, Republicans in the House are getting more than they ever dreamed of. But because the idea was prosed by Democrats, it’s not acceptable.


Today’s New York Times lead editorial captures my thoughts on this exactly. 

“House Republicans have lost sight of the country’s welfare. It’s hard to conclude anything else from their latest actions, including the House speaker’s dismissal of President Obama’s plea for compromise Monday night. They have largely succeeded in their campaign to ransom America’s economy for the biggest spending cuts in a generation. They have warped an exercise in paying off current debt into an argument about future spending. Yet, when they win another concession, they walk away.

This increasingly reckless game has pushed the nation to the brink of ruinous default. The Republicans have dimmed the futures of millions of jobless Americans, whose hopes for work grow more out of reach as government job programs are cut and interest rates begin to rise. They have made the federal government a laughingstock around the globe.

In a scathing prime-time television address Monday night, President Obama stepped off the sidelines to tell Americans the House Republicans were threatening a “deep economic crisis” that could send interest rates skyrocketing and hold up Social Security and veterans’ checks. By insisting on a single-minded approach and refusing to negotiate, he said, Republicans were violating the country’s founding principle of compromise.

“How can we ask a student to pay more for college before we ask hedge fund managers to stop paying taxes at a lower rate than their secretaries?” he said, invoking Ronald Reagan’s effort to make everyone pay a fair share and pointing out that his immediate predecessors had to ask for debt-ceiling increases under rules invented by Congress. He urged viewers to demand compromise. “The entire world is watching,” he said.

We agreed strongly when Mr. Obama said Americans should be “offended” by this display and that they “may have voted for divided government but they didn’t vote for a dysfunctional government.” It’s hard not to conclude now that dysfunction is the Republicans’ goal — even if the cost is unthinkable. “

  2 comments for “Updated with stats! For Republicans, “Compromise” Joins “Liberal” as a Dirty Word

  1. Mearl Hinckley
    July 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Ever since my old dad’s beloved Republican party went off the rails in 1980, the grand old party has refused to recognize a Democratic president. In 1994, they were so pissed off they tried to shut down our government; when that failed, they tried to impeach Bill Clinton for getting an Oval Office blowjob. So sincere are they in their determination that they rigged at least two Presidential elections (2000 in Florida and 2004 in Ohio), bought their own propaganda outlets (Fox News and crypto-Nazi shock-jock radio), and winked approvingly at a blatantly nativist rump (the Tea Baggers) in their own party. They are now the party of plutocrats, Xenophobes, racists, Ayn Rand flub-a-dubs, anti-union country-club greedheads, and dimwitted Christians from the Hookworm Belt. Yet beneath the yay-hooism, they are very clever, somehow convincing people that five decades of vital societal entitlements and financial regulations are part of a socialistic beer-hall putsch to Sovietize the populace. Nothing they do will ever surprise me. God help us.

  2. July 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Jail: Obama, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner For The $16 Trillion Theft and Loan Fraud

    (A link to the Government Accounting Office’s report is at the bottom of Senator Sanders comments on the Fed Audit.)

    Under LaRouche’s “Glass-Steagall Is Only the Beginning” program the Federal Reserve would be put under the Treasury Department.

    The gutless cowards: House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Harry Reid are proposing a $3.0 to $2.7 trillion cut OVER TEN Years which averages $300 billion per year. They see the $300 billion cut but not the $16 trillion theft. Boehner and Reid should either cosponsor H.R. 1489 (Restore Glass-Steagall) or resign.
    Stop the theft reinstate Glass-Steagall.

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