Excuse me, Republicans. I'm sure you've forgotten, so forgive me for mentioning it, but you're longer in power. You're the minority now and you will be for a long time. You've been thoroughly whupped by the voters.
You had your chance, and it was a disaster. The mood of the country has changed. Now there's a Democrat in the White House and Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress.
So how about shutting up and backing off? How about practicing a little bipartisanship for the sake of the country in this terrible time of economic disaster?
We're in a lot of trouble and the new man in the White House is doing the best he can in the face of almost overwhelming odds.
It would be nice, just once, if you'd put aside your old-fashioned, timeworn mantras of government for the rich, by the rich and of the rich in favor of some genuine cooperation.
Give the president a little breathing room. What you're doing is a disgrace. The nation is very close to bankruptcy: Banks are on the verge of collapse, unemployment is exploding, the auto industry is teetering on the edge, families' savings are being wiped out, and increasing numbers of people are perilously close to losing everything.
What do we get from the GOP? Obstruction. Non-cooperation. But the party that presided over human rights violations, officially sanctioned lies, deceit, government-sponsored torture, the killing and maiming of hundreds of thousands in an insane war of choice is no longer in charge.
Get over it.
The stimulus package proposed by the president could be better.
It needs billions more for infrastructure spending, less appeasement to conservatives whose mantra of "tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts," is as useless as it is outdated. That didn't work for Reagan, Bush 41, or Bush 43.
It won't work now.
At least Obama has tried to compromise, unlike the nay-saying Republicans who are attempting to sabotage the stimulus plan at every turn. Incredibly, Republican governors say they won't accept the additional federal money being offered - essential cash to help the unemployed - because they sense a political opportunity.
In times of economic disaster, government becomes the spender of last resort. Economist John Maynard Keynes preached this all his life, and in 1939 FDR finally became a believer in his philosophy. Between 1939 and 1944 (the peak of W.W. II production), America's output almost doubled. Unemployment plummeted from more than 17 percent to just over 2 percent. Keynes' theories, fueled by the necessity of wartime effort, lifted the U.S. out of the Great Depression.
This is what Obama's stimulus plan is about. So let's get to work saving this nation. Nationalize whatever is necessary and prudent.
You intellectually bankrupt Republicans?
Stop your whining.