If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times, in House and Senate floor speeches, Republican campaign speeches, TV interviews and on talk radio — and Thursday night, there it was again.
The setting was a House Energy and Commerce Committee markup session for its health reform legislation, carried on C-SPAN. We think ranking member Joe Barton, R-Texas, said it, but we were busy doing PC housekeeping, so it could’ve been another Republican.
In this instance, it was used as an indictment of President Obama, for wanting a public-option plan and thereby interfering with business, with the sacrosanct private sector.
This is a paraphrase, albeit a close one, of remarks delivered using the Republicans’ patented formula for arrogant, dismissive resentfulness.
” . . . from someone who has never operated a business and has never had to meet a payroll!”
We ached to hear a Democrat on that committee come back with the riposte that just might put this inane meme away for good.
Mr. Chairman, I always find it interesting when our Republican colleagues question someone’s leadership, condemn their decisions, because they never ran a business or had to meet a payroll.
If I’m not mistaken, Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan never operated a business or met a payroll. If that is to be the benchmark for sound leadership, would our Republican friends want to include those presidents in their condemnation?
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and I yield back the balance of my time.
That comeback could include a reminder that one-term President George H.W. Bush and his son, George W., did run businesses and meet payrolls. And so, would Republicans care to hold them up as models of superior leadership and results?