By Hugh J. Campbell
Philadelphia, Pa., son of a Steelworker
Recently former-congressman Patrick J. Murphy highlighted how the American people spoke definitively in 2012 by reelecting President Obama, keeping the Democratic Senate majority, and electing 8 more House Democrats. The current extortionist tactics, namely, a willingness to raise the debt ceiling in return for derailing Obamacare exposes the GOP’s true colors and hypocrisy regarding competition, the free markets and even Democracy; which they normally praises to the high heavens.
The Grand Obstructionist Party lost the 2010 Obamacare vote, lost the 2012 election on all three counts and now is desperately trying to extort healthcare from millions of Americans. Their double-standard regarding competition and the free markets speaks volumes, namely, worshiping each when they widen the wealth gap but when the free market forces of Democracy don’t go their way, they are sore losers.
Stephen M. R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything defines “blind trust” as a high propensity to trust, accompanied by low analysis. Because of this low analysis, the last thing those engaged in blind trust want is to be held accountable because their lack of analysis almost assures conflict, resulting from violated expectations. Our debt ceiling conflict is the result of almost four and a half decades of blind trust in erroneous policies, many of them being errors of omission caused by obstructionists, for example, failing to rein in healthcare cost and failing to establish a strategic trade policy, both addressed two decades ago by most of our trading partners.
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