Cantor: The Public Is ‘Finally Waking Up’ To The Fascist ‘One-Party Government’ In Washington D.C.

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C-SPAN’s Washington Journal hosted House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) this morning. During the segment, a caller phoned in to “thank” Cantor “and [Rep.] Michele Bachmann [R-MN] and all of the conservatives that are doing such a great job.”

The caller then said it’s “insanity” that there are “people” drinking “from the kool-aid” who “seem to think that there is a magical tree of money behind Washington,” adding that the country is descending into “fascism.” In response, Cantor said the public is “finally waking up” to this and that the GOP is trying to bring President Obama “back into the mainstream”:

CALLER: But what really is scaring the rest of us, the other half of us, is the fascism. I mean the true fascism that is happening in this country today. [...] The belligerent takeover of a one-party system. [...]

CANTOR: Now as far as a one-party government in here, I think what the public is doing they’re finally waking up and everybody is realizing that checks and balances are a part of the system and divided government is something that is beneficial to a balanced debate, and something that can produce a better outcome. Which is exactly why Republicans in the House have said, “Look, we want to work with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle. We want to try to bring this president back into the mainstream.”

Watch it:

Its not surprising that instead of denouncing the caller’s attacks, Cantor simply ran with them, as it appears that demonizing President Obama’s agenda is all the Republicans on Capitol Hill can come up with in opposition.

Indeed, shortly after Obama’s election victory, one GOP congressman compared one of Obama’s proposals to “what Hitler did in Nazi Germany.” In fact, Cantor’s colleagues in the Republican leadership have been fanning the flames as well. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) called Obama’s budget proposal “a new American socialist experiment” while Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), the third-ranking House Republican, denounced Obama’s economic agenda as “European-style socialism.”

Transcript:

CALLER: Good morning, Congressman Cantor.

CANTOR: Good morning.

CALLER: You are a breath of fresh air sir.

CANTOR: Thank you.

CANTOR: Sorry about all of the ignorance that has descended upon you this morning. But first of all, I would just like to thank you and Michele Bachmann and all of the conservatives that are doing such a great job. The people that drink from the kool-aid seem to think that there is a magical tree of money behind Washington and their theory is that if you want to go on a diet, you should eat more cakes and steaks. And if you want to stop drinking, you should fill your house with alcohol. I mean its insanity. But what really is scaring the rest of us, the other half of us, is the fascism. I mean the true fascism that is happening in this country today.

HOST: What do you mean by that, caller?

CALLER: The belligerent takeover of a one-party system.

CANTOR: Alright well let me respond to that caller. First of all, I think you are right about the fact that when people earn their own money, and they’re given a chance to have more control over how the dollars they earn are spent; you ultimately get a better outcome. So the attempt to tray and say “we need to take more money from the people who earn it, bring it into Washington and decide what the priorities should be from here,”
I think is misguided and at the end of the day you create a lot of waste, a lot of inefficiency and you don’t get economic growth. So we want to put incentives in place. You are absolutely right.

Now as far as what is going on in this town, and in this budget, and you say that the formula the president has adopted is “we need to spend more to produce an economic recovery,” that seems to be what this budget is about. Because you are right, this budget spends more and it represents a larger portion of government expenditure, a larger portion of GDP than we have had since 1945. So I agree with you, we need to make the same kind of choices here in Washington that working families are trying to deal with every single day. They have got to balance their budgets. We ought to be doing the same.

Now as far as a one-party government in here, I think what the public is doing they’re finally waking up and everybody is realizing that checks and balances are a part of the system and divided government is something that is beneficial to a balanced debate, and something that can produce a better outcome. Which is exactly why Republicans in the House have said, “Look, we want to work with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle. We want to try to bring this president back into the mainstream.” Because what you see about the budget document he has presented, is one that is so far out of the mainstream. Proposing this cap and trade scheme that frankly will produce a tax hike on every household in this country. Some estimates out MIT say that each household in America will play over $3,000 in taxes every year because of this cap and trade scheme that the president is proposing. That means if you pay an electric bill, you pay higher taxes. If you pay a gas bill, you pay higher taxes. If you buy anything manufactured in this country, you are going to pay higher taxes under this president’s. That is a job killer. And if we’re concerned about taxes right now, we cannot have that provision and we cannot have that plan go forward.

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