Dear President Obama:
I’m on your side, but you are making a terrible mistake. I know that your heart is in the right place trying to create legislation acceptable by both sides, but it just doesn’t work when dealing with today’s Republicans. No group is more difficult to deal with than those “who know not and know not that they know not.” Those are today’s Republicans.
In the House, you struggled hard to please the know nots by adding unnecessary tax reductions instead of adding more infrastructure money. The result: 162 Republicans voting against you and 0 Republicans supporting you. My Jewish mother had an expression which fully describes your attempt to please or pacify Republicans. It was “Ghet garnichts helfen!” Translated, that means that absolutely nothing will help. A complete strike-out. Totally futile.
Again, I respect your desire to change Washington to a place where reasonable men and women discuss and decide. But the 162 to 0 vote and the subsequent unified Republican revolt in the Senate should tell you that these Republicans are not reasonable men and women.
Mr. President, I voted for you so you would carry out progressive Democratic programs. Drop this nonsense about bipartisanship. Quoting Barney Frank, “I did not vote for a tie.”
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