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Republicans Are Clearly Happy to Destroy the Country...If They Can Get Political Leverage Out of It

Republican leaders plotted to intentionally sabotage and undermine the Obama presidency at every turn, no matter how much damage it did to the American people.

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At the Caucus Room dinner itself, Robert Draper quoted Congressman Kevin McCarthy as saying, “We’ve gotta challenge them on every single bill. Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies.”

Looking back from five years later, we can see that the “united and unyielding opposition” that Congressman McCarthy called for is succeeding in harming America and thus preventing President Obama from having any significant progressive successes. Just ask Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel.

In an interview with The Daily Beast published this past Friday, the New York Congressman said that Republicans in the House are doing more damage to American competitiveness, and to the American people, than any terrorist organization could.  

Rangel told The Daily Beast that, “What is happening is sabotage. Terrorists couldn’t do a better job than the Republicans are doing.”

And Congressman Rangel is right.

Republicans on Capitol Hill have been relentless in blocking any legislation that may improve the economy and President Obama popularity.

Since President Obama took office, Republicans have filibustered a variety of bills that would have helped the American people and economy.

These include President Obama’s jobs bill, Nancy Pelosi’s “American Jobs, Closing of Loopholes, and Prevention of Outsourcing Act,” which would have prevented the outsourcing of jobs overseas, and the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act, which encouraged small businesses to hire by giving them temporary tax credits.

Just last week, Republicans vowed to block President Obama’s attempts to cut corporate tax rates, something Republicans have wanted for years, because to let him do that would be to give him one small victory.

Republicans have also worked very hard to tear down America.

They’ve refused to increase funding to our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, leaving our country stuck in the 19th century.

They’ve voted to slash billions of dollars from social safety net programs like food stamps and Medicaid, and radically slashed unemployment insurance.

And, in the most blatant form of “shooting the hostage,” Republicans pushed the devastating sequester on the American people, and John Boehner bragged that he got 99 percent of what he wanted.  

Since Boehner’s sequester went into effect, millions of Americans have felt its impact.

In Michigan alone, federal unemployment checks have fallen by 10.7 percent since late March, sucking as much as $150 per month out of people’s budgets.

In California, the Contra Costa County Meals on Wheels program has been forced to cut its budget by 5.1 percent, and scale back the number of meals it brings to shut in, disabled and elderly poor people.

Meanwhile, as the sequester cuts continue to ravage our country, Republicans are refusing to support President Obama’s most recent jobs bill, which would have put millions of Americans back to work, and would help solve our nation’s poverty epidemic.  

Ever since President Obama’s first inauguration, on the night of January 20, 2009, Republicans have made it clear that they’re very comfortable with “shooting the hostage.”

It seems that even Chris Wallace is beginning to realize that when it comes to Republicans being willing to “shoot the hostage,” it’s really not a matter of “if,” it’s a matter of how much longer they will keep doing it.

Thom Hartmann is an author and nationally syndicated daily talk show host. His newest book is "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America — and What We Can Do to Stop It."