The Weekend's Congressional Republican Lowlights

On NBC's Meet the Press, a Republican leader Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) admitted the Republican economic plan for the future is more of the same failed Bush-Republican policies that got us into this mess:

David Gregory: “…I think what a lot of people want to know is if Republicans do get back into power, what are they going to do?…”

Congressman Pete Sessions: “…We need to go back to the exact same agenda…”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) embraced President Bush's legacy on C-SPAN's “Newsmakers” program on Sunday and predicted the American people would, too:

Susan Swain, C-SPAN Host: “Last question. We learned this week that President Bush's memoir is going to be available really in mid October … Is this a plus for your candidates to have President Bush's Administration regurgitated, discussed before Election Day? …”

Sen. John Cornyn: “Look, I think President Bush's stock is going up a lot since he left office…I think a lot of people are looking back with a little more — with more fondness on President Bush's Administration, and I think history will treat him well.”

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) was taken to task by an editorial this weekend in the Dayton Daily News, his hometown paper, for calling for the repeal of Wall Street Reform legislation:

Once upon a time — back in a much-forgotten part of 2010 — financial regulatory reform was supposed to be the one major bill that Republicans and Democrats in Washington might be able to get together on…

In fact, though, the bill passed the U.S. Senate with all but three Republicans opposed (just as in the House)…

Immediately after the Senate vote, House Republican leader John Boehner called for repeal, just as he and others did after passage of health care. This seems to have become a strategy: every fight must go on and on, lest the president get credit for accomplishing something, and lest Republican financial contributors stop contributing.

On Fox News Sunday, Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN)–Chairman of the House Republican Conference–repeated the Republican line that giving unemployment benefits to millions of jobless Americans would cost too much — while at the same time calling for the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, which will cost twenty times more:

Chris Wallace: “Congressman Pence, why is it that extending unemployment benefits has to be paid for, according to Republicans, but extending the Bush tax cuts for wealthy, which would cost $678 billion — that doesn’t have to be paid for? …Why then not pay for the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy?”

Congressman Mike Pence: “Well, I think the reality is that as you study — when President Kennedy cut marginal tax rates, when Ronald Reagan cut marginal tax rates, when President Bush imposed those tax cuts, they actually generated economic growth…”

Chris Wallace: “But the deficit still grew.”

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