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Symbolic Job Creation

© Mike Luckovich

The new Republican-controlled House voted to repeal Obama’s Health Care Reform act. But they didn’t propose anything to replace it, and even some conservative Republicans think the effort is more about posturing than about actually doing something.

So what’s next? While most Americans want some action on the economy, the Republicans have indicated that their top priority — after symbolically destroying health care — is (can you guess it?) abortion (of course).



  1. Sammy wrote:

    If scientists had found a true cure for all types of cancer, but it was discovered that Obama had anything to do with the funding of this cure, Republicans would find a way to oppose it.

    Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink
  2. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    Watching this unfold is like a case study of why I don’t vote Republican anymore. It has nothing to do with the tenets of conservatism, several of which I agree with. It is because the Republicans don’t actually care about any of them.

    Feed the rich, starve the poor, try to shove often contradictory morality down America’s throat. Harp on deficits and spending while out of office, spend like the world is ending once in.

    Rinse and repeat! 🙂

    Monday, January 24, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink
  3. Patricia Andrews wrote:

    1032 — Can you bottle and sell that? Well said!

    Monday, January 24, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink
  4. ebdoug wrote:

    TenThirtyTwo: Right on. So many of us agree with you.
    I have people I want to vote for but can’t because they are on the Republican ticket.
    Cures for cancer are already know: reduce factory emmissions. Bar cigarette smoking John Boehner, and stay out of the sun. The list could go on, but us who never smoked even though we were exposed to it as children don’t have cancer unlike our parents (we are all in our sixties except one in her seventies.) Because the cures are known,

    Monday, January 24, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink
  5. Iron Knee wrote:

    Apparently there is a whole state that agrees with you guys:

    The article is about how the GOP brand is dead in California. California voters often support conservative ballot measures, but in the last election did not elect a single Republican for statewide office. For example, LA District Attorney Steve Cooley had a string of victories when he was running for non-partisan offices, but when he ran for state attorney general, he put an R after his name and lost.

    Monday, January 24, 2011 at 9:34 am | Permalink
  6. Jason Ray wrote:

    Well said, 1032. I too was a registered Republican for a long time (1978 to 1998) but finally departed because it was clear that the party power-brokers had a very different agenda – and because I just couldn’t stomach voting for W. Ever since I’ve watched as their actions speak so much louder than their words, and it pains me that so many people still fall for their B-S.

    How many of the right-wing supporters have noticed that although the Republicans have claimed their mission is to stop the “Obama job-killing agenda” not a single thing on the high priority list has anything to do with that? As IK said, abortion is the next major target, more fighting over the lost cause of health care, more fighting over incidental spending, and nothing remotely approaching a real plan.

    If the Republican party had a real plan and was moving to implement it, they would pick up a lot more momentum but as it stands they are just pandering to their base.

    Monday, January 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
  7. ebdoug wrote:

    Abortion: We have one of the lowest rates of abortion on this earth. Even so there are 4000 unwanted babies aborted per day in the United States. (I had the links on a former post) That is almost 1.5 million unwanted babies the Republicans want born a year. But remember we are cutting back all services so who is going to take care of these unwanted babies? Not the government, not the parents. Now the next year another 1.5 million are born if the Repugs get their way and on and on year after year after year.
    I just had my life long Republican neighbor stop buy “The Republican are going to get nothing done for the next two years.” He isn’t happy with them.

    Monday, January 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink