by JOHN CASHON
It's 2009 and Barack Obama has just been inaugurated as the President of the United States. The Republicans have lost big in the election and they are asking themselves what to do now.
The country is going through a damaging recession and millions have lost their jobs and the housing market is in shambles. We have been in this situation before. In 1929, the 'Great Depression' began. The Republicans begin looking for similarities to be able to place blame on the new President.
Herbert Hoover was the President in 1929 and history does not look kindly on his efforts to help the suffering people of the United States. Is there any way the Republican's can duplicate history by making President Obama the new Hoover?
To do this, they need to make sure the economy doesn't get better by the next election, but how? Ah-Ha! Make sure he cannot pass anything that is effective with helping the economy. Make sure he is a one-term president like Hoover and hang all the troubles caused by the previous administration on President Obama's shoulders.
The Republicans don't have control of the House and the Senate, so it is going to be a tough time trying to block anything that would make the President look good. The President helps get the Stimulous Bill passed and when he tries to produce legislation to help cure the ills of the faulty Health Care system in the United States, the Republicans are delighted when the far right Tea Party rises up from the grassroots to oppose it.
The Tea Party is their answer so their next tactical move is to pander to this new group and make sure they back them against the President at all costs. It doesn't matter that some of them are hostile to the Republican establishment because the ultimate goal is all that matters.