Obama, Don’t Step in the GOP Budget Trap

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 14:33 By The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program

President Obama, you were a child when it happened, so it’s probably not surprising that you don’t know about it.  But I want to make sure that you do, because, if what I’m hearing about your budget proposal tomorrow is true, you are stepping into a trap that was laid for you before you even smoked your first cigarette. Back in the 1970s, after Richard Nixon went down in flames and, with him, the entire Republican Party, a Republican strategist named Jude Wanniski had an inspiration.

The Democrats, he said, had always been the party of Santa Claus.  They gave the American people what they wanted.  Social Security.  Unemployment compensation.  Medical help.  The minimum wage.  Free public education and inexpensive public hospitals.  Unions.  Environmental protections.  Child labor laws.  Workplace protections.  Paid vacations and sick days.

Meanwhile, the Republicans had always been the party of Scrooge.  They’d said, loudly, “No!” to every one of those things.  Over and over again.

And the American people knew it, which is why the Republicans didn’t control the Congress for over 40 years, and a Democrat who was really good at playing Santa Claus – FDR – got elected four – count them, four! – times as president.

So, Jude said, Republicans have to figure out two things.  First, they have to somehow become a Santa Claus.

And, second, and perhaps most important, they have to figure out a way to force the Democrats to shoot Santa Claus.

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