Simple, basic obstructionism.
In the Senate, thanks to Harry ‘The Whimp’ Reid who can’t even remember 8 months ago :
May 10, 2012 :
Republicans can continue to filibuster.
And in the House, Republlicans can continue to ‘defund’ everything.
Two years of continued stagnation will bring America to it’s economic knees.
‘Holding out little hope of compromise, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan predicted Saturday that the nation will face “tepid growth and deficits” under President Barack Obama and Republicans must prudently “buy time” and “keep the bond markets at bay — for the sake of our people.”
The Wisconsin Republican and 2012 vice presidential candidate made his remarks before the National Review Institute in a speech titled “The Principle of Prudence and the Conservative Renewal.”
‘But most striking was the grim tone and almost total absence of any confidence that progress can be made between the two political parties in the budget process this year’.
‘Instead Ryan portrayed more of a long waiting game: “If they won’t help fix our entitlements, then we have to buy time,” he said. “We have to keep the bond markets at bay — for the sake of our people.”
“The horizon before us might seem narrow. But believe me: It’s going to grow,” he promised his conservative audience’.
“As the president implements his agenda, the results will fall far short of the rhetoric. And they won’t be pretty. We will have tepid growth and deficits — health-care price controls and rationing.”
“This session, I’ll advance reforms to protect and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid (cutting both programs),” Ryan said Saturday. “Dave Camp, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, will advance a tax-reform effort(tax cuts for the ‘job creators). And we will propose a budget that will balance and pay down the debt (cutting social programs while increasing military spending)”.
“Unfortunately, the Democrats are unlikely to accept our proposals. They refuse to consider real reform. But we will lay the groundwork for future endeavors. So when reform is possible, we will be ready.
“The president will bait us. He’ll portray us as cruel and unyielding,” Ryan said. “Look, it’s the same trick he plays every time: Fight a straw man. Avoid honest debate. Win the argument by default”.
Note : Winning by default means the other side didn’t show up.
“The way he tells it, it’s the president (because basicly it is) — and only the president — who’s trying to fix our bridges, to feed our children, to care for seniors, to clean our water,” Ryan added. “But we can’t get rattled. We won’t play the villain in his morality plays. We have to stay united. We have to show that — if given the chance — we can govern. We have better ideas (we just can’t think of them right now).”
From : http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/paul-ryan-obama-2nd-term-wont-be-pretty-86762.html