When Obama took office, I was excited because I actually thought that here is a guy who is logical, pragmatic, and really wants to get things accomplished. I still believe that to be the case. Obama has extended the 'olive branch' to Republicans on numerous occasions (through appointments, meetings etc.) in an attempt to hear their ideas. What has he gotten in return? Nothing but a united stance against almost anything he does..no matter how logical it may be.
Well, you know what, I think it is time to tell the Republicans in the House and Senate, "screw you".
As much as I still believe in a two party system and how debate can bring the best ideas out in a situation, the end goal has to be shared by those debating. By presenting no ideas and simply countering any of Obama's policies, it is clear the Republicans do not have the interests of the American people in mind. They are focused on elections and how they can somehow take the White House, and Senate/House majorities again. Republicans have been the annoying fly (that Obama, unfortunately can't swat away) on numerous issues like the stimulus package (even though basically all economists said it was needed), the budget (even though Obama's budget is actually more fiscally responsible than Bush's were), Wall Street reform (even though the lack of oversight just caused the recession we're in), the Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination(even though she is more qualified than others that have been appointed already), foreign policy (even though the last eight year's policy has proven disastrous), Iran (even with an election and violence that is on another continent some Republicans are insanely blaming Obama for the violence), and of course now Health Care (even though everyone agrees health care is currently on an unsustainable path). They are also gearing up to obstruct any reform on energy and education, as well.
Republicans sole purpose as a party is to reject the change that might lead to the success of the United States (because then Obama succeeds). I say they lose their seat at the table and get someone else in there that has genuine ideas and intentions. I hate painting all with a broad brush, but as united as Republicans have proven to be against anything Obama, why even bother asking them about their ideas? Because of the Republican's actions, they've made 'bipartisanship' impossible to attain. They've set the stage to be a failed, insignificant minority party. Their own strategy may be the noose that strangles them into political obscurity.