As a form of political warfare, sabotage varies from acts that require detailed planning utilizing specially trained operatives, to obstruction of legislation based on insignificant logical fallacies. Republicans planned to sabotage the economy on Inauguration Day 2009, and their specially trained operatives, congressional Republicans, deliberately placed obstacles to economic recovery as a means of portraying President Obama as ineffective at reversing the effects of the catastrophic Bush-Republican Great Recession. Subsequently, every measure the President and Democrats proposed to stimulate the economy and create jobs were held up or blocked by inserting unrelated amendments the Republicans knew Democrats would not accept, and their criminal hostage maneuvers preventing a more robust recovery that political observers have known for three years is finally recognized by American voters.
In a recent poll, 49% of all voters believe the Republicans are intentionally “stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy to ensure that President Obama does not win re-election,” and that includes 61% of moderates and 75% of liberals. Republicans telegraphed their agenda when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” and not create jobs, help struggling Americans, or jumpstart the economy. True to his word, for a change, McConnell and his cohort blocked, obstructed, or added unrelated amendments to legislation Republicans normally support and would definitely hasten economic recovery, and their tactics as a governing strategy have retarded recovery and killed millions of Americans’ jobs.
In early March, in a rare bi-partisan move, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and James Inhofe (R-OK) collaborated on a transportation bill that will save 1.9 million construction jobs and create 1 million more. The bill will upgrade and repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure that is crucial for business and Americans to move around the country. Now in the Republican-controlled House, the obstructionist Republicans are complicating passage of the bill by inserting extraneous issues to enrich a foreign oil company, U.S. refineries, and Speaker of the House John Boehner. The Keystone XL pipeline has become an obsession with Republicans whose priority is rewarding the oil industry, and effectively increase the price of gasoline at the pumps, jeopardize critical aquifer supplies, and employ 2,500 Canadian pipeline construction specialists. The benefit to the American people, the economy, and American jobs is negligible, if not non-existent, and besides moving dirty tar sands across environmentally fragile farmland, it redirects oil from the Midwest that will reduce supplies for Americans as Canada’s refined oil is sold on the foreign market. There is no connection between the Keystone XL pipeline and the transportation bill except that Republicans are using it to obstruct 2.9 million American’s jobs unless Democrats join Republicans in repaying the oil industry for supporting Republicans.