No longer needing Republican votes for his aborted attack on Syria, President Obama returned directly to bashing the GOP, suggesting in an interview that aired Sunday that Republicans were intentionally seeking to widen the divide between rich and poor.
“The problem that we’ve got right now is you’ve got a portion of Congress who — whose policies don’t just want to, you know, leave things alone, they actually want to accelerate these trends,” Obama said during an appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. “There’s no serious economist out there that would suggest that, if you took the Republican agenda of slashing education further, slashing Medicare further, slashing research and development further, slashing investments in infrastructure further, that that would reverse some of these trends of inequality.”
Obama seemed to reveal his impatience with the fact that there is any debate at all about his solutions for rising income inequality.
“I think the president can stop it. I – the problem is that there continues to be a major debate here in Washington,” he said.
Obama’s frequent Republican-bashing has helped make it all but impossible for him to build bipartisan coalitions on Capitol Hill.
Obama was headed to defeat in the House on the Syria bombing resolution in part because he faced the hopeless task of corralling Republican support to overcome opposition within his own Party. The president was spared potential humiliation when he reached a deal with the Russians on the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons.