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Conservatism: The Obstructionist's Roadblock (Pt. 2)
The Catalyst for America's Economic Downturn
Some actions have dire consequences!
Undoubtedly the attacks of September 11th, 2001, lit the fuse on the powder keg that was at one point a robust and thriving US Economy. It united the country in a moment of outrage and sorrow that someone would do such a horrendous act against unsuspecting Americans. The sheer totality of those heinous acts solidified our resolve as a peaceful nation to a call for action, i.e. "The War on Terror" was the first straw.
Once those responsible for the terrorist attacks had claimed credit for their actions, we set out to locate them and bring them to justice. Osama bin Laden and his radical group al-Qaeda didn't give an exact answer for why they attacked innocent people for no reason other than to kill the American infidels. The days that followed we found out they had been in a certain part of Afghanistan but they'd gone off the radar, hiding out in the mountainous regions of the country.
As the"War on Terror" began we sent US Troops to Afghanistan, because we'd learn that the Taliban had harbored and aided al-Qaeda terrorist. Their leader Osama bin Laden was a citizen of Saudi Arabia, born into a privileged life. He studied at the university there until 1979, where he joined the mujaheddin forces in Pakistan fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. He helped to fund the mujaheddin by funneling arms, money and fighters from the Arab world into Afghanistan, for which he gained popularity from many Arabs.
In 1988, he formed al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, where he was later banished from in 1992, so shifting his base to Sudan until US pressure forced him to leave Sudan in 1996. After establishing their new base in Afghanistan, he declared a war against the United States for our support of Israel and US troops in Saudi Arabia, by initiating a series of bombings and related attacks.
Bin Laden was on the FBI's list of 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and 10 Most Wanted Terrorist Lists for his involvement in the 1998 US Embassy Bombing. Initially Bin Laden denied responsibility, but it wasn't until 2004 that they officially took credit for the 9/11 Attacks. By then we had troops on the ground in Iraq.
With two actual Wars (Afghanistan and Iraq) going on at the same time wasn't the only causes of our Economy going into the toilet. Although they did burn through the budget surplus that the Bush Administration had when they came into office. There were three other nails left to do that, next was the Medicare Prescription drug plan that wasn't fully paid for, then the broad sweeping Bush Tax Cuts. The final nail for that coffin was the financial meltdown in late 2007 early 2008.
The deck has been stacked against President Obama since day one, when Obama beat McCain on election night the plot began. On inauguration day the plan was put into play, Republicans were set to start the obstructionist tactics. There were things that the Republicans were in favor of before Obama agreed with them and they did a quick 180 degree turn to staunchly oppose the very idea they once believed in.
It's like the tale of two minds, in reality it's really childish in nature. But once the Tea Party came into power within the GOP it's been a no hold barred battle for control of the party's platform. With the far right wing media spewing such hateful speech and vitriolic language. There's been an implosion with in the GOP to see who can go farther to the right than the other person to oppose President Obama.
Case in point, the wasteful and hateful nature of today's GOP, they're looking for anything they can find to create a scandal against President Obama regardless of how ridiculous the subject was. They're relentless in their effort to shame or disavow his administration as not being legitimate or proper.
There's no doubt in my mind that the economy has grown under the Obama Administration, as the saying goes the proof is in the pudding. And it would be growing and thriving more without the obstructionists tactics employed by the House GOP. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has almost tripled to a new historic highs of 17,000 plus points since he took office and the national unemployment rate has dropped to right around 6 percent. And now imagine where the economy would be if the GOP hadn't been so blatant in their obstructionists ways, who's to say the Dow wouldn't be near another historic high of say 21,000 points or better or the national unemployment rate wouldn't be down near 4.5 or 5 percent had they the GOP not been so divisive. Think about that before you condemn this administration.