I am not a big fan of David Frum. Frankly I find him rather obnoxious. This week, however, he has at least temporarily won me over. One of the things in the stimulus package the Republicans railed against was funding of wetland restoration that would benefit among others the marsh mouse. Here’s an excerpt from Frum’s February 15 blog post:
And facing all this – we’re talking about mice?
Could we possibly act more inadequate to the challenge? More futile? More brain dead?
We in fact have a constructive solution to offer, one that would deliver more jobs faster: the payroll tax holiday, an idea endorsed by almost every reputable right-of-center economist. But that’s not the solution being offered by Republicans in Congress. They are offering a clapped-out package of 1980s-vintage solutions, including capital gains tax cuts. Capital gains! Who has any capital gains to be taxed in the first place?
Almost 70% of Americans say that President Obama will change the country for the better, the CNN poll found Feb. 7-8. Asked whether President Obama is doing enough to cooperate with Republicans, 74% said yes. Asked whether Republicans are doing enough to cooperate with President Obama, 60% said no.
In every poll I’ve seen, hefty majorities approve of President Obama’s economic performance. Approval numbers for congressional Republicans remain dismal.
If we’re to make progress in 2010, we have to look serious. This week we looked not only irrelevant, but clueless and silly.
From watching John Boehner, Eric Cantor and their buddies whine every time the camera turned on, I got the distinct feeling that the Republicans were offering little more than complaints. The obstructive party of “no” in a time when the nation needs constructive problem solvers.
Republicans, now is the time to listen to your most vocal conservative critics. Heed the words of David Frum and grow up. Otherwise you deserve to be out of power for the next ten years.