Frank Luntz - GOP Minister of Propaganda
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (My emphasis)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA),
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX),
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX),
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA),
Sen. Jim DeMint (SC-R),
Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ-R),
Sen. Tom Coburn (OK-R),
Sen. John Ensign (NV-R) and
Sen. Bob Corker (TN-R).
Non-lawmakers present Newt Gingrich - Failed GOP candidate for President
At the meeting, Rep Kevin McCarthy said, "We've gotta challenge them on every single bill." (My emphasis)
"Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies."
So they fought against EVERY proposal the president made--EVEN THINGS THEY HAD SUPPORTED UNDER BUSH!
Here's how they had all voted [under Bush]: --
"Yes" to Bush/Cheney January 2008 Stimulus --
"Yes" to Bush/Cheney bailing out Bear Stern --
"Yes" to Bush/Cheney bailing out AIG --
"Yes" to Bush/Cheney TARP (Sept 2008) --
"Yes" to Bush/Cheney TARP (Oct 2008)
Supported Bush/Cheney keeping cost of two wars out of the Budget.
Supported Bush/Cheney spending $4 Trillion while giving Top 1% Tax Cuts; ignoring the fact that taxes pay for wars.
Now, here's what they opposed or did under Obama:
[Opposed] Funding Planned Parenthood,
[Opposed] Raising the Debt Ceiling which, in-and-of-itself, would cause US Economic turmoil. (BTW, Paul Ryan was more responsible than ANY OTHER MEMBER OF CONGRESS for the downgrade of the U.S.'s credit rating).
- Filibustered more Bills (over 300) than any Congress ... in US History.
- Voted NO on every single piece of Legislation brought to the Floor including:
NO on Al Franken's Anti-Rape Amendment,
NO on Lilly Ledbetter,
NO on Fair Pay Act,
NO on Anti-Outsourcing Bill (2010)
[Opposed] President Obama's American Jobs Act that independent economists claim would create 1.3 million new jobs.
And of course, they voted against the stimulus plan even though they had been granted major concessions and the ACA, where the mandate used was a Republican idea.
Oh, and here's a convenient chart for easy reference:
The Republicans EVEN stated publicly that the did NOT want the Federal Reserve to act to stimulate the economy, in effect THREATENING the Fed if it did so.
I'm going to be blunt: Paul Ryan and his cohorts didn't give a DAMN about helping this country out of the economic disaster that had been caused by conservative policies and allowed to happen by a Republican administration. They hated Obama more than they loved America. They had one objective, and one objective ONLY:
And leading the pack was the Republican candidate for Vice President.
You know, the same guy that piously denounced the Obama stimulus.
And then asked for money from it.