After President Obama's job speech last night, I see that some Republicans are saying stuff like "There were things in his speech I could support" and "I think we can find common ground" and "We should be able to some at least some things passed." Riiiiiight.
They take us for fools because, mostly, we are. There is no way they will pass anything, diddly squat, that the President proposes. They've made the choice that a lousy economy hurts the President and therefore helps them, and they are going to do NOTHING that will help get the economy going.
There are many fine Republicans in Congress, though as the influence of the Tea Party grows, good Reps are getting fewer and fewer. The good ones, the "Bob Dole" type Reps, will still compromise, and do really want to do well for the country. The teahadists, well, not so much. They're willing to do anything to gain, or regain, power, and the country be damned.
Those words of cooperation from Reps like Eric Cantor remind me of the promises ans assurances made by various Arab leaders in response to the popular uprisings. The say, "Yes, we'll implement reforms, and yes, I'll step down. Soon." And then they never do either. Just say anything to get past the moment. Just like Republicans in Congress are doing in response to Obama's jobs speech.
Republicans have only one plan; destroy government. When the economy is good; tax cuts. When the economy is bad; tax cuts. Remember, virtually every Republican in Congress has signed Grover Norquist's pledge to never raise taxes. He wants to shrink government until he can drown it in a bathtub, and they all are happy to oblige. When the economy is bad and you give tax cuts to stimulate it (which doesn't work), and cut spending to pay for the cuts, then when the economy recovers if you try to get back to where you were you're raising taxes. It's a one-way ratchet, ever downward.