Why Do Republicans Think They're Better at Governing?

I have always wondered why Republicans think they can govern better than Democrats or Independents. Whenever a Democrat is currently president, Republicans spend most of that time trying to figure out how to either stop everything that president is trying to do or find some excuse to attempt an impeachment. Let's look back at the Republican presidents over the past forty-six years which encompasses my lifetime. The first Republican president I remember when I was a child was...

President Richard Milhous Nixon:

The biggest success in President Nixon's presidency was ending the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and he also ended the military draft. His diplomatic record was quite good as he was the first president to visit the People's Republic of China.

In spite of some great successes, tensions with the Middle East along with the falling value of the U.S. dollar and depleting oil reserves, the U.S. suffered a significant energy crisis. I remember the long lines at the gas pumps where you could only buy $3.00 worth of gas at a time.

Then there was the Watergate scandal which ended Nixon's second term as president in disgrace, making him the only president to resign the office.

President Gerald R. Ford:

President Ford was only president for a little over a year since Nixon resigned.  Ford, being Nixon's Vice-President, basically kept the Oval Office seat warm until the next president came along. The most significant thing Gerald Ford did was to pardon President Nixon which didn't bode well with the American people. With the distrust the American people felt towards the U.S. government at the time, due to the Nixon debacle, Americans had enough of Republicans, so they voted in a Democrat from Georgia, President Jimmy Carter.

President Ronald Reagan:

Ronald Reagan, the Republican poster child, was voted into office after Jimmy Carter served only one term. This was due to the fact Iranian terrorists were not going to release the hostages in Iran, who had been held for 444 days, as long as Carter remained president. This wasn't Jimmy Carter's fault though because Iran was angry at the U.S. for allowing the overthrown Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, admittance to the U.S. for cancer treatments. Any current sitting president would have suffered the ire of Iran during this time. When Reagan took office, the hostages were released.

Republicans today hate to raise taxes, but one thing they conveniently fail to mention is that their poster child raised taxes every year from 1981 to 1987. This was in response to a growing recession and high unemployment which started just as soon as Reagan took office.

Reagan's economic policy which was named "Reaganomics" and "trickle-down economics" did nothing to help the poor and middle class but instead made the rich even richer. No wonder Republicans today revere Reagan with such regard. Those were some big, fat days for them at the expense of the poor.

Reagan's parting gift to us was the Iran-Contra scandal where administration officials sold arms to Iran in spite of an arms embargo. This was in hopes that Iran would release yet another round of hostages and also to assist the Contras in Nicaragua. As a result of this scandal, eleven members of Reagan's staff were convicted.

Let's give credit where credit is due though. Reagan did perform a successful bit of diplomacy which led to the end of the Cold War.

President George H.W. Bush:

"Read my lips no new taxes!!"....yeah that was a big lie. On the heels of President Reagan's second term came, who we now call Poppy Bush, George H.W. Bush who was Reagan's Vice-President. In spite of Bush I's promise not to raise taxes, what did we get?...HIGHER TAXES!!....WOO HOO!!  This tax increase was also in response to yet another economic recession. We were now two for two in recessions from two Republican presidents. Of course this recession was caused by the deficits left over by Ronald Reagan. A gift that just kept on giving.  Also remember the Savings and Loan or S&L scandal?

However H.W. only served one term and was beaten by a Democrat, Bill Clinton, who in spite of his short-comings as president, the U.S. enjoyed one of the best economic times in its history much to the chagrin of Republicans of that day.

Taxes did go up under Bill Clinton as well but jobs were created and President Clinton ended his presidency with a surplus and not a deficit.

President George W. Bush:

Now that the U.S. had a bustling economy and even a surplus, what did we do?...We got spending boy George W. Bush, son of George H.W. Bush  (Poppy).  Under George W. we ended up being told there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq after the terrorist attacks which collapsed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001 (9/11) causing over 3,000 deaths of innocent people. George W. then started the Iraq War under false pretenses which is a war we're still basically fighting and suffering repercussions.

Of course as with the previous two Republican presidents, we also got....wait...don't say it...ANOTHER RECESSION!! This wasn't just any old recession however, this was the grand-daddy of them all which nearly put the U.S. into a depression that would have made the depression of the 1930's look like child's play.

With war raging and with the economy going into recession, George W. told us not to worry. He sent us all a check and told us to go shopping.

Under George W., manufacturing plants were closed down and jobs flew out of the U.S. to land in other countries on gossamer wings. Unemployment sky-rocketed and let's not forget the failure of the "too big to fail" banks and Wall Street. George W.'s wars and Congressional blank checks led to record-setting deficits.

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This leads us now to the Democratic President Barack Obama who basically had to clean up the mess George W. created. Obama pulled us out of the recession and created an economic environment which created jobs, though slowly, all while fighting Republicans in Congress who sole purpose was to make sure Obama was going to be a one term president. How did that work out for them?

Under Obama's leadership, Osama bin Laden, who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, was found and killed. You don't hear Republicans touting that now do you? Obama succeeded where George W. failed or just didn't even try. Nor do you hear Republicans confirming unemployment has gone down under Obama's presidency. Many people now have health insurance under Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The economic recovery in the past eight years has not been perfect but with the extreme damage done by George W. Bush, it's a start.

So here we are in 2016. Republicans are now selling us another bill of goods where they want to undo everything President Obama did, mainly repealing Obamacare. If they could, I bet they would even bring Osama bin Laden back to life in order to undo that success as well just because Obama did it.

Under Donald Trump's economic plan, if he succeeds in getting the Republican nomination and eventually elected president, it will lead us into what?...What was that?...Yes!...RECESSION!

So when Republicans try to convince us they know how to govern better than Democrats, their track record over the past forty-six years says, "NO THEY DON'T!!"

 

 

An Old Letter of Mine Rings True Today

I ran across an old letter I wrote to The Roanoke Star in a July 2010 issue in response to an Independence Day Roanoke Tea Party Rally which was held at Elmwood Park in Roanoke, VA. It was as follows:
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Referencing the article “Second Roanoke Tea Party Big Success”  by Carla Bream in the July 10  16, 2010 issue of The Roanoke-Star Sentinel, I have to say this rally was not as successful as the Roanoke Tea Party had hoped.

Frankly, this movement scares me to death, especially in their support of the Fair Tax which they say will be better but in actuality, the consumer will end up paying all taxes for goods and big business, which will be exempt from their current taxation, will end up getting richer and the poor will end up getting poorer.

This falls directly into what conservatives want all along and that is to cater to the rich and big business while standing on the backs of the poor, taxing the poor and middle class to death thus casting the middle class into the poverty levels of the poor.  The conservatives are trying to achieve these goals by selling a fraudulent bill of goods to the ignorant and the desperate which is what the Tea Party is primarily composed.

It makes me extremely angry when the Tea Party quotes the forefathers to fit their agenda and pervert history to their own designs.  This movement is a threat to the nation and I firmly believe it is a precursor to destroying democracy and creating a new type of dictatorship or even communism.

Obviously Virginians were not fooled by the Tea Party considering last spring’s election where none of the three Tea Party candidates were elected to office.

So I would like to urge people, do not be fooled by the Tea Party.  If you support them, you are ultimately throwing yourself into the proverbial estuary of sewage without a paddle.
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Looking back, I think I pretty accurately predicted what we now face today. The middle class has been withering away since 2010 and is now an issue in this years presidential campaign on both sides. What is also a big issue is companies not paying their fare share of taxes but instead are ripping off the American people through tax subsidies and basically only returning unemployment as they move their operations to foreign countries. 

In 2010, I remember some back and forth with the Roanoke Tea Party's president, leader, grand wizard, fuhrer, or whatever he called himself, barking back at me with their typical rhetoric laced with lies as usual. I eventually turned it off. I said what I had to say and got tired of arguing with the lying assholes. 

I also remember getting the Roanoke Tea Party awfully hot under the collar when I called them a bunch of racists. The Tea Party is now supporting Donald Trump for president....I rest my case.  LMAO!!

 

Referencing the article “Second Roanoke Tea Party Big Success”  by Carla Bream in the July 10  16, 2010 issue of The Roanoke-Star Sentinel, I have to say this rally was not as successful as the Roanoke Tea Party had hoped.

Frankly, this movement scares me to death, especially in their support of the Fair Tax which they say will be better but in actuality, the consumer will end up paying all taxes for goods and big business, which will be exempt from their current taxation, will end up getting richer and the poor will end up getting poorer.

This falls directly into what conservatives want all along and that is to cater to the rich and big business while standing on the backs of the poor, taxing the poor and middle class to death thus casting the middle class into the poverty levels of the poor.  The conservatives are trying to achieve these goals by selling a fraudulent bill of goods to the ignorant and the desperate which is what the Tea Party is primarily composed.

It makes me extremely angry when the Tea Party quotes the forefathers to fit their agenda and pervert history to their own designs.  This movement is a threat to the nation and I firmly believe it is a precursor to destroying democracy and creating a new type of dictatorship or even communism.

Obviously Virginians were not fooled by the Tea Party considering last spring’s election where none of the three Tea Party candidates were elected to office.

So I would like to urge people, do not be fooled by the Tea Party.  If you support them, you are ultimately throwing yourself into the proverbial estuary of sewage without a paddle.

Sidney Vaught, Roanoke

- See more at: http://theroanokestar.com/2010/07/08/letter-tea-party-unsuccessful-and-misleading/#sthash.Unst16Vs.dpuf

Referencing the article “Second Roanoke Tea Party Big Success”  by Carla Bream in the July 10  16, 2010 issue of The Roanoke-Star Sentinel, I have to say this rally was not as successful as the Roanoke Tea Party had hoped.

Frankly, this movement scares me to death, especially in their support of the Fair Tax which they say will be better but in actuality, the consumer will end up paying all taxes for goods and big business, which will be exempt from their current taxation, will end up getting richer and the poor will end up getting poorer.

This falls directly into what conservatives want all along and that is to cater to the rich and big business while standing on the backs of the poor, taxing the poor and middle class to death thus casting the middle class into the poverty levels of the poor.  The conservatives are trying to achieve these goals by selling a fraudulent bill of goods to the ignorant and the desperate which is what the Tea Party is primarily composed.

It makes me extremely angry when the Tea Party quotes the forefathers to fit their agenda and pervert history to their own designs.  This movement is a threat to the nation and I firmly believe it is a precursor to destroying democracy and creating a new type of dictatorship or even communism.

Obviously Virginians were not fooled by the Tea Party considering last spring’s election where none of the three Tea Party candidates were elected to office.

So I would like to urge people, do not be fooled by the Tea Party.  If you support them, you are ultimately throwing yourself into the proverbial estuary of sewage without a paddle.

- See more at: http://theroanokestar.com/2010/07/08/letter-tea-party-unsuccessful-and-misleading/#sthash.Unst16Vs.dpuf