The title of a CBS News article released on February 2, 2013 is “GOP: “Pass a budget or YOU DON’T GET PAID” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-34222_162-57567293-10391739/gop-pass-a-budget-or-you-dont-get-paid/?tag=socsh).
“For the third time in as many weeks, Republicans used their weekly address Saturday (February 2, 2013) to SLAM Senate Democrats for not passing a budget in four years, touting a proposal that would withhold lawmakers’ paychecks until they pass a budget and ACCUSING Democrats of “a FAILURE TO LEAD“. There are TWO things to note here. First “slam” and “accusing” are both examples of “Blaming and Criticizing” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk). On top of this, “failure to lead” could be describing Republicans or Democrats (given that REPUBLICANS are going after Democrats here), making this yet another/the latest example of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Rep. Susan Brooks, a freshman Republican from Indiana, said, “I recently voted along with my colleagues in the House to present the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate with a simple, but powerful challenge: PASS A BUDGET OR YOU DON’T GET PAID“. This is A THREAT. Looking at this comment, it is HIGHLY LIKELY that Brooks will be assigned to the TEA PARTY caucus because this is exactly how Tea Partiers talk.
“By FORCING SENATE Democrats to finally live up to one of the most basic responsibilities of governing – passing a budget – we are presenting them a golden opportunity to confront and solve OUR SPENDING PROBLEM“. This is yet more GOP and TEA PARTY rhetoric. We also have the latest/yet another example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“President Obama agreed with the GOP’s call for austerity in his address,,BUT argued, “We CAN’T just cut our way to prosperity”. This is what the GOP especially/more specifically the TEA PARTY wants. In fact “cut our way to prosperity” is what the Tea Party is DEMANDING (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “It HASN’T worked in the past and it WON’T work today. It could (in fact) SLOW DOWN our recovery. It could WEAKEN our economy. And it could COST US jobs – now and in the future” obviously. THIS IS A NO-BRAINER. “What we need instead is a BALANCED approach; an approach that says, ‘Let’s cut what we can’t afford but let’s make the INVESTMENTS WE CAN’T AFFORD TO LIVE WITHOUT“. This is out of the question for the GOP which has now essentially adopted a CUT UNTIL WE DROP policy.
“Brooks also LIT INTO Democrats for the upcoming “sequester,” which she described as “a series of HARMFUL , across-the-board cuts” that will land on March 1 (2013) unless Congress votes again to suspend or annul them”. “lit into” is the latest/another example of “Blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL:
She described the automatic cuts as “the president’s sequester”. “The cuts were proposed and passed by a strong bipartisan majority in Congress”, which is certainly A RARITY these days.
Finally, “The White House has described the cuts as “bad policy” and indicated its desire to replace the sequester with more targeted cuts and ADDITIONAL REVENUE” by RAISING TAXES ON THE WEALTHIEST people. Also notice “bad policy”. This is also yet another example of “Blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk)..
This is yet another easy conclusion. Let’s go back to the title once again: “GOP: “Pass a budget or YOU (Democrats) don’t get paid“. So REPUBLICANS are only saying this to and threatening DEMOCRATS. This must work BOTH ways.