Most people have, at some point in their life experience, had the difficult experience of interacting with disagreeable, discontent, needy, and wanting human beings, and if they are little children, one can make allowances for unsatisfactory behavior. However, when adults cannot find satisfaction in any situation they lack total control, there is little room for tolerance and understanding. House Speaker John Boehner and his recalcitrant Republican cohort are the epitome of spoiled malcontents, and if that is their behavior at home, one feels sympathy for their families, but as legislators elected to govern, their behavior is trying the American peoples’ patience. For the past four years, Republicans have obstructed and rejected any proposal from President Obama, and yesterday the President finally pointed out that the GOP keeps “finding ways to say no rather than yes” and there is little secret their opposition is founded in antipathy for the President.
The President called on congressional Republicans to accept his latest fiscal cliff deal because he believes the two sides are close to the grand bargain they have sought for two years, and it is senseless to abandon the deal now. During a news conference yesterday the President said the main obstacle to an agreement is opposition to him, and that “At some point they’ve got to take me out of it and think about what’s best for the voters. And do that.” The President is not telling voters anything they are not already aware of, but it was important for him to point out that regardless the concessions and compromises he has made over the past four years to benefit the people, Republicans are never content. The latest offer from the President to reduce the deficit using a balanced approach is a plan Republicans could accept if they had any regard for the country and the people, but that is the problem with opposition for opposition’s sake; due regard goes out the window. President Obama said, “I think anybody who looks at this objectively would say that coming off my election, I have met them at least halfway in order to get something done for the country,”
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